For more than two decades Berkana has worked in friendship and partnership with people around the world discovering that there is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about. In 2012 the Institute made a decision to enter into a period of hibernation. Emerging from this time of reflection, we offer a simple experiment called Gathering Friends. Berkana will be a catalyst for the creation of self-organized circles of friends simply willing to offer steadfast support for one another. We know that gathering with friends is a powerful way to strengthen our physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. With this strength and confidence, we can do the work that is ours to do and stay available to those we aspire to serve.