Coming Down the Mountain


After ten years of holding the space of Dark Mountain – the space between stories, the place you come when things you once believed in no longer make sense – it’s time for me to move on. I won’t be leaving overnight, but I’m now working to finish up or hand over the bits for which I’m responsible, and once we’ve celebrated the tenth anniversary of the manifesto next July, I’ll wander off to join those friends and collaborators who are already part of the project’s past.

It’s been an extraordinary privilege to work with all of the generous, ingenious souls who have made Dark Mountain the undefinable thing it is over the past decade – and it’s opened possibilities for which I will always be grateful.

But as I write on the Dark Mountain site today, “none of us can spend our whole lives on a mountain”, and it’s time for me to be making my descent. I leave the project in good hands and I’ll take pleasure in watching it continue to evolve.

I’ll write more soon about what’s coming next for me and Anna and the work of our school. But for tonight, thanks to all of you who’ve been a part of this journey, in smaller or larger ways.

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By Dougald Hine

Dougald Hine