Find The Others

Find The Others

Local gatherings organised by Dark Mountain readers

Photo: Jeppe Graugaard

In 2019, we’re launching an experiment to see if we can support readers who want to set up a local group.

Ever since we published the Dark Mountain manifesto, we’ve been hearing from people who tell us they feel less alone because they discovered this project. Over the years, we’ve organised festivals, book launches and courses – and we’ve seen the difference it makes to be able to gather face-to-face around the kinds of questions explored in our books.

We’ve also seen local groups set up by readers, friends and contributors, gathered around or inspired by Dark Mountain – and we often hear from people who want to know how they could do this.

So now we want to see if we can help create a network of local gatherings. We’re a small organisation, so there’s a limit to the amount of hands-on support we can offer – but we figured there are a couple of things we can do.

First, we can share what people around the Dark Mountain network have learned so far about setting up groups like this.

And then, we can use this site to help you find each other and get together.

There’s a kindness in spaces like that, a cultivation of hospitable habits of being human together, that we’re likely to need in the years ahead.

England, Scotland, Wales & Ireland

Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Local Contact: Anja Byg

I seem to come across Dark Mountain in different contexts, everywhere where the things that really matter are concerned.   I am not wedded to a particular format for a local group but hoping for a space where people can share stories, experiences and reflections, a supportive space that allows for opening up, reflection and exploration, whether in words, thoughts, creations or doings, indoors or outdoors.

 

Bridport

Local Contact: Sara Hudston.

I encountered a range of voices who were all writing about the things that mattered to me on the Dark Mountain website. I’d like be part of a group who holds a mix of meeting types dependent on weather, time of day and time of year. They could be practical and outdoors – a walk or a workshop to learn a skill. And they could be indoors too – in a pub or a cafe where it would be easy to just turn up, sit down and someone would start talking to you with the emphasis on ideas and genuine connection.

Guildford, Surrey

Local Contact: M.E. Rolle

I’m a PhD student in creative writing at the University of Surrey. I hope that in DM, I can find a quiet space in which to enjoy good writing and art, while at the same time being reassured that there were others out there who were also fumbling their way through various stages of grief over what we’re losing. I imagine gatherings would happen at a local coffee shop or similar space, and we would invite new people to talk about their feelings re the future, and what they do to cope. I can’t imagine a gathering of this sort of group where we didn’t share what creative/artistic mechanisms we’re using to express ourselves (sharing the fruits of those mechanisms, as well). I would also like to do mini art/writing exercises in these meetings, if others would be interested in that. I’d love to do quarterly meetings/outings somewhere where we can commune with nature, as well.

 

Fife, Scotland

Local Contact: Priya Logan

I am a mother, birthworker, permaculture student, aspiring writer and artist and I would like to be part of a writing discussion group around dark mountain themes.

 

Haltwhistle, Northumberland

Local Contact: Elizabeth Watson

Dark Mountain has provided me with a more organic way to be with other human beings feeling love / perplexity about their environment. I’m looking for other local people to start up a reading group with me, based around Dark Mountain books but including other relevant books suggested by members .  I hope that a group where I’m based would be friendly and open-minded and relaxed enough to start without much structure and just let things emerge- maybe rotating responsibility to coordinate the group logistics

 

Kendal/South Lakes, Cumbria

Local contact: Steve Freeman

I am a reader and writer who finds the ideas in Dark Mountain strike a strong chord with my own.  I imagine meeting in a pub, say fortnightly, and mainly talking about ideas behind and generated by DM writings, feeding into associated ideas and writings – basically an ideas discussion group. If others are also interested in writing then it could also develop partly into a writing group. Bearing witness to the destruction of the natural world and the breakdown of civilisation through discussions, writings or art helps a communal understanding of what is happening and can provide inspiration of shared thoughts and feelings.

Kingston Upon Thames

Local contact: Caroline Ross

I’m a boat dweller, artist and teacher and student of T’ai Chi. I found Dark Mountain via reading ‘The Wake’ and looking up Paul Kingsnorth. Realised I was a bit late to the party, but joined in anyway by attending Carrying the Fire and several subsequent events. I have since written and made art for the Dark Mountain books, including a cover for Issue 13, and have written for the blog. Met more like-hearted folk than I ever expected to. I would like to be part of gatherings with much tea, good conversation, a hearty welcome, listening to each other’s stories, seeing where it leads. Finding a way together to decide how we’d like to do things.

Margate

Local contact: Hattie Pierce

We are planning on starting a Dark Mountain reading and discussion group in Margate. At the moment we have four confirmed members and about four more who will likely attend. If you are interested in helping us get this started, please get in touch.

Sheffield, Yorkshire

The Dark Mountain Thing, hosted by Raven Nielsen

I heard about Dark Mountain from a friend – and the more I learned the more it felt like home. I went to a couple of events (Uncivilisation and Base Camp) and wanted to carry on the sense of connection and curiosity I felt there, so myself and my brother set up an informal monthly meet-up just to chat about Dark Mountain things, maybe spark other projects/events, and to see who else was out there. For announcements about future meet-ups, join our Facebook group.

Wexford, Ireland

Local Contact: Sue Breen

I find stories a very nourishing way to process the grief and fear we are submerged in. I’m also vastly thankful for organisations that are willing to face the truth and process it with beauty and creativity.  I would like to meet with people somewhere warm and inviting, preferably outside by a fire. Maybe begin with an introduction of a relevant topic or someone reading a favourite piece, followed by discussion.

 

Europe

Brno, Czech Republic

Local contact: Tom Smith

My first Dark Mountain essay appeared in Issue 6. I went on to guest edit Dark Mountain: Issue 8 – Technê, and have worked on a number of others since. I’m not sure if there’ll be anyone in these parts to meet up with, but if there is, I would like to be part of an informal reading and discussion group, a space to connect and befriend.

La Fouillade, France

Local contact: Dominic Holman

I hope to find and foster a sense of real community, and rekindled faith in mankind with like-minded people. I would like to be part of a group that feels like a place where people can exist exactly as they are but feel everyone around them has the same core understanding at heart. Sharing ideas and skills and meeting others that want to feel heard and understood.

 

Würzburg, Germany

Local Contact: Dominik Kron

The way of story telling and the topics resonate with something inside me, that feels like there are not only a few others who are on similar routes. The more I read on the Dark Mountain, the more apparent it seems to me, that there might actually be a majority among us who feel the same instincts rising. We are just lacking the words – or non-words – to express it and to connect with each other. I would love to be part of a group that holds story circles; inviting anyone interested to take a seat by the fire (or coffee table, depending on where we meet) and, taking the Dark Mountain art as a foundation, to tell and discuss those stories which help us processing the struggles of today and the worries of tomorrow. But I would also love the group to re-tell their other favorites, almost forgotten stories, or inventing and maybe even writing down our own.

Leiden, the Netherlands

Local contact: Leonie van der Plas

I discovered Dark Mountain a few years ago and I have been published in the books twice. I would like to start off by having a drink, maybe going outside and exchange ideas of how we both see it and how we can start organising a group together.

Oslo and Nesodden, Norway

Local contact: Andreas Nordengen

I am a subscriber to the Dark Mountain Books and found out about the project via David Abram’s Alliance for Wild Ethics. I would be interested in forming a group that hosts informal hangouts at a pub/cafe to cultivate relations and share ideas/literature/sense of wonder.

Västerås, Sweden

Local contact: Dougald Hine

I’ve been involved with Dark Mountain since the start – or a bit before the start, you could say. For me, it started with reading a blog post from Paul Kingsnorth where he floated an idea for a publication he wanted to create and asked for help to make it happen. We didn’t know each other, but we were in touch a few times over email and then we started to meet up and talk over a beer. That’s how we ended up writing what became the Dark Mountain manifesto. Roll forward ten years, and I currently live in Västerås, Sweden. I’m in the process of handing on the role I’ve played as part of the team running Dark Mountain, but I’d love to hear from other readers near me – and maybe organise a get-together one night at the Bishop’s Arms or something.

Bern, Switzerland

Local contact: Adrian Demleitner

I came relatively late to Dark Mountain, through an article on Remembrance Day for Lost Species in 2015. I stuck with it because I felt understood and inspired. I imagine a local group where you should feel welcomed, no matter the circumstances. Because, I guess, safe havens are what we need these days. Islands of temporary peace, to rest and bond. If there are topics to be discussed or worked on, those need to arise in the specific local context with the local people. There’s lots to do, but we’re all just humans.

 

North America

Berkeley, California, USA

Local Contact: Joshua Swenson

I have been attempting to grapple with the ecocide and civilization collapse we are facing, and processing my despair, and Dark Mountain has been source of solace and resonance. I am a new father, concerned for the world my daughter will inherit. I am interested in learning how others have come to Dark Mountain, and how the ideas sit with them, possibly reading articles and books and discussing, or going on nature walks together. I’d hope that we could support each other, and bear witness to each other.

Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Local Contact: Michel Anderson.
Finding the Dark Mountain Project has pleasantly (and unpleasantly) spun and reoriented my compass. As an undercover Dark Mountaineer, I do my best to foster similar conversations and ideas in the many public workshops and lectures I give about Baltimore City’s ailing waterways. I would like to help start a small monthly gathering to discuss writing, art, and films that deal with the topics found on the Dark Mountain. I’d also like the meetings to be a space where we can share our own creative output receive feedback (if desired), and perhaps ready submissions to the Dark Mountain books and blog.

Central Massachusetts, USA

Local Contact: Judith Haran

I would like to be part of a gathering of people who have come to realize that the future is not what we used to think it would be and that we need to have a place where it’s OK to talk about this to voice our fears and doubts without being judged or shouted down. I imagine it might be held in a local cafe or a library. People would introduce themselves and say a little about what drew them there. Perhaps talk a bit about things they are involved in that mean a lot to them (i.e. as opposed to “work”). I would like the group would of a limited size, and by invitation only, based on interested parties writing a 300 word statement about who they are and why they are interested.

 

Harmony, Florida, USA

Local Contact: Kerul Kassel

Dark Mountain fills a need for me, a community of people who are willing to see into what the current state of the world implies to be a dark future.

I would like to be part of a group where we can reconnect with the beyond-human world, and each other, and see where it goes, reading and discussion or creating art or whatever else we collaboratively decide, even it if is to just walk in / commune with nature with others. I am happy to offer a potential venue for a group meeting here: https://www.firstnaturefoundation.org/about-first-nature-foundation

 

Bozeman, Montana, USA

Greater Yellowstone Dark Mountaineers

This is a group dedicated to meaningful, in-person gatherings in the Greater Yellowstone area to connect, honor, and create community that acknowledges the realities of life at the end of empire. We are looking for others who feel the squeeze of the times and are interested in crafting a meaningful, artistic response inspired by the Dark Mountain Project.

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

Local Contact: Charles Vane 
I am a subscriber to Dark Mountain and would like to be part of a monthly or biweekly get-together at a local coffee shop, to discuss recent readings. Maybe with a goal of surviving the despair of our era.

Truchas, New Mexico, USA

Local Contact: John Galuska

I’m an educator, farmer, and food activist and  I feel deep kinship, with the voices and perspectives in Dark Mountain. I’m interested in creating opportunities for people living in rural northern New Mexico communities to gather and share ideas related to food, farming, and creativity and what synergies and partnerships we might share with our “urban neighbors”? I’m interested in being part of the spark that helps create and support the space for opportunities for discussions and interactions to begin in this area.

Silver Spring Maryland

Local contact: Stefani Olsen

I would like to be part of a group that meets outdoors somewhere to come together in nature to experience what remains and cherish it. We could start by learning why we are all here, and evolve into sharing theme based poetry, writing, or art.

Brooklyn, New York

Local Contact: Vipul

To me, the Dark Mountain community is composed of people who instinctively find within themselves a deep connection with nature and value it for its own sake, rather than treating it simply as a pastime or a resource to be exploited.  I’d look forward to meeting others in New York who also find the ideas in this community resonant.I think meeting with a small group of others in a casual setting somewhere in Brooklyn—at a cafe, or under a tree in Prospect Park—would provide a much-needed outlet for me. Volunteering with local groups like the Red Hook Community Farm could be a great activity as well, helping us get some of that dirt under our fingernails.

 

New York City

Local Contact: Robert O. Leaver

I’ve written a few things for Dark Mountain which have ended up in their books. I am a performance artist, writer and musician.  I would like to meet others in my area for walks down by the river, a beer in the local pub or coffee in the cafe. Perhaps we will plot something, or just laugh and tell stories of fear and courage in the face of collapse.

Northwest North Carolina, USA

Local Contact: Matt Miles

I have been contributing written work for both the print and online publications since 2015. I would like to host a gathering at a friend’s bar, Thirsty Souls, in Mount Airy, North Carolina. We would meet up for beers and pizza there on a monthly basis maybe and discuss significant recent DM publications or events, especially in relation to current geopolitical, environmental, or social developments.

Columbus, Ohio, USA

Local Contact: Janet Dowell, (from July, 2019)

I really connect with the Manifesto & purpose(s) of Dark Mountain.  I would like to initially hold meetings outside (unless it’s deep winter) and ask people to leave cell phones in their cars or turned off. I think there’s great value in being able to just talk with others who have already faced the truth of the situation we are all in, and whom seek a way to live within that framework. Where do we go from there? Well, I think that’s something we all have to figure out going forward.

Portland, Oregon, USA

Local Contact: Georgia Mackay Reid

For some years since stumbling across a trail of Dark Mountain writings, I’ve been returning to those pages when I need to be reminded how to bear witness to the crackling and otherwise complicated mythologies of our times. But, oh how essential a gathering group can be!: I’d love to circle with other folks who resonate with Dark Mountain publications/thoughts, and host the sort of conversation space where we can tenderly take apart what we think we know toward things more true. Held in the warmth of tea or soup, and hand-craft, perhaps, I’d like to share space where we bring questions, welcome creative tension and deep disagreement, and nourish whatever creative process emerges to remake us.

 

Corvallis, Oregon, USA

Local Contact: Maria Johnson  

I am an artist, marine scientist/conservationist, and writer; my work surrounds questioning the illusion of separateness, cultivating a sense of place, and exploring interconnections through community and ecology. I imagine a group of people coming together in an accessible outdoor or community space to share ideas and discussion around a relevant theme. This could perhaps lead to collaboration and the generation of ideas and projects. Ideally, the direction of the group would be co-created, changing in shape and concept as new members joined.  

Local Contact: Beau Vandendolder

I am a visual artist and writer and would like to be part of a simple discussion group, meeting at someone’s home or a cafe to share ideas, reflect on and discuss readings, and perhaps share about arts and skills.  

 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Local Contact: Justin Greenfield 
I would like to be part of a Dark Mountain reading group with a focus on creating a place for reflection on predicament and the yet unknown, rather than planning and action.  The individuation process of becoming whole is inner work and accommodation of loss and grief is a part of this.

Lubbock, Texas, USA

Local Contact: Ian Wilkinson

I am an IT professional, part-time writer and musician. I would like to be part of a Dark Mountain reading and discussion group in Lubbock with people who have a need to express their reaction to Global Climate changes through writing, music, and art. It is a small city, so people who attend one of these events would likely encounter people they are already acquainted with through other artistic or progressive organizations.  

 

Seattle, Washington, USA

Local Contact: West Latta
I’m a Pacific North West Native and long-time Seattle resident. I would like to be involved in small, intimate gatherings of friends with music, food, and sharing of stories, fears, ideas, and inspirations and adaptations. Helping one another find new and/or ancient stories and ways of seeing, hearing, and experiencing the world amidst the long descent of civilization into whatever is next. Helping one another envision what is next.

San Juan County, Washington, USA  

Local contact: Elisabeth R

I find Dark Mountain incredibly comforting: knowing there are other people out there who feel as I do and I’m not alone. Most people want to stay safely in their realms of delusional optimism, which I find incredibly depressing.

I like the idea of picking one or a few pieces to read/view and respond to, and then getting together to discuss what comes up for us as we discuss.

Toronto, Canada

Local Contact: Eric Boyd

For me the appeal of the Dark Mountain has always been the possibility of finding new stories that allow us to re-orient ourselves and our world. I envision a fairly irregular meeting where like minded people can gather to share conversations about the dark mountain- everything from story-telling to book readings to parties to workshops are possible.

Asia

Singapore

Local Contact: Joe Goh

The Dark Mountain manifesto felt like a healing salve and helped me face the reality of the situation when I felt lost. I would like to be part of a group where we have some tea and talk about coping with what’s happening in Singapore. There would be copies of the manifesto available for people new to it all to read.

 

Oceania

Christchurch, New Zealand

Local Contact: Siana Fitzjohn

Kia Ora, I was introduced to Dark Mountain by a friend three years ago. I found company amongst the chaos and in the dark, and have felt a connection and loyalty to the project ever since. I imagine local gatherings taking place initially in town in a back garden, a potluck dinner with candles and lanterns, chats about the Dark Mountain project and how it has weaved into our journeys, a reading or two, a discussion about what we may want to do as a group, and any joint writing or art projects we might want to work on together. Aotearoa has its own Dark Mountains, Rivers and Oceans, whose depths I long to explore in good company. Aroha Nui.

 

Dark Mountain: Issue 15

The Spring 2019 issue is a collection of non-fiction, fiction, poetry and artwork that responds to the ‘age of fire’.