December 4, 2020
Dear Gathering Family,
We have made the difficult decision to postpone the Spiritual Unity of Tribes - Gathering of Eagles from June 2021 to June 2022. Though we have been anxious to bring the Gathering Family together again, we now believe that holding it this summer could be too difficult.
Our primary concern is for the safety of all of the participants at the Gathering, of course, and we have been hoping that we could determine what the Coronavirus Pandemic might be like in May and June. However, in the meantime, Shambhala Mountain Center (SMC), where we will be holding the Gathering of Eagles, sustained quite a bit of damage from a major wildfire that impacted this area. The Cameron Peak Fire, now the largest wildfire in Colorado history at 208,913 acres burned, began in mid-August, burned through SMC on September 26th, and was finally contained this week. The firefighters did an incredible job of saving all of the largest structures at SMC, but we recently became more aware of the extent of the damage to the infrastructure. Of the 70 buildings on the property, 17 were destroyed by the wildfire, and 167 of the tent platforms were also destroyed. With the question of safety due to the Pandemic added to the losses from the wildfire, the Gathering Committee held a meeting this week and unanimously agreed that a postponement would be the most reasonable path forward. We don’t want to create any unnecessary hardship for Shambhala Mountain Center to have to be ready to host a large event in early June, when we are not certain that people will feel secure in coming to a Gathering that soon. This will allow time that we all need for recovery from the Pandemic, as well as time for the restoration of the infrastructure at SMC and some healing of the land. For any of you who would like additional information on how the wildfire affected Shambhala Mountain Center, including photos and videos, please go to their website at https://www.shambhalamountain.org/about/cameron-peak-fire-updates/
We have been given the new dates of June 5th-10th, 2022, with Sunday, the 5th, for Camp Day, and Friday the 10th, for Clean-up Day. We look forward to welcoming you to what we are certain will be a very special Spiritual Unity of Tribes - Gathering of Eagles in 2022. Please put these dates on your calendar, and spread the word to others who might also want to join us.
With gratitude and love ~
Mary Ellen and Clay Uptain and the Gathering of Eagles Committee