The view overlooking Cowichan Bay.

view overlooking Cowichan Bay and the Salish Sea.

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Bicycle Buddha Adventure 2014

Sunday May 11 to Sunday May 18, 2014
or smaller portions thereof…

A 3 to 5 to 8 day Community Bike Ride that combines:
• mindfulness practice,
• nature connection,
• easy-level bicycle touring,
• community practice, and
• fun!

 

featherbike

beautiful trails, lots of car-free riding.


Travel by bicycle in gorgeous unfolding spring.

Meet yourself on two wheels and ride free.  This 3 or 5 or 8 day ride welcomes peope who are new to bicycle touring with manageable distances and lots of snack and stretch breaks.  Regular city riders, as well as those with experience touring are all welcome.  Likely we’ll be a group of 8 to 12 riders, rolling as a group.

Bicycle Buddha 2012 campsite near Metchosin, Vancouver Island

Bicycle Buddha 2012 campsite near Metchosin, Vancouver Island


Immerse yourself in natural beauty as we ride the shores of the Salish Sea and Sooke.

Living outside is a treat, especially at this fresh new time of year.  We’ll practice meditation outside daily, deepening our nature connection.

Sara's foot on pebble beach

walk on the earth that supports us all


Mindfully connect.  Authentically meet the world as it is, as YOU are.

Traveling by bicycle helps us connect directly with both the outside world, and the world within us.  We’ll practice riding in noble silence.  Connection and mindfulness can come easily, especially on Vancouver Islands’ famous Galloping Goose and Lochside rail-to-trail routes which are mostly car-free.

Bicycle Buddha 2012 camping oceanside

Bicycle Buddha 2012 camping oceanside by surprise


Embrace your journey and challenges within a supportive community. 

Our aim is that we wholeheartedly bring ourselves and offer our gifts, each contributing according to our abilities.  Together we roll in mutual support, sharing meals, skills, laughter, stories, mindfulness practice, and of course… fun!

Bicycle Buddha 2012 at Victoria Zen Centre

Bicycle Buddha participants 2012 at Victoria Zen Centre, feat Kosen Eshu Osho

-About the Organizers Roshin (aka Carmen Mills) and RedSara-

Contact us with questions and excitements!!!
Use this form or send an email to redsara -at- gmail.com
More details below.

Bicycle Buddha water crossing

Bicycle Buddha water crossing

Everything you wanted to know about the
Bicycle Buddha Adventure, May 2014

BICYCLE BUDDHA 2012
Building on the successful experience of the Bicycle Buddha Adventure of July 2012, where folks jumped in to participate fully in a 5-day bike trip, and it was so great that we kept touring together even after our planned portion was finished… we are THRILLED TO OFFER:
BICYCLE BUDDHA ADVENTURE 2014.

MAIN INTENTIONS:
• mindfulness practice,
• nature connection,
• easy-level bicycle touring,
• community practice, and
• fun!

OVERVIEW
We’ll be camping, and will have access to yummy local food along the way.  We’ll become a rolling community, feeding ourselves collectively and sharing roles amongst us, all contributing our strengths within a planned framework.  Guessing we’ll be 8 – 10 people total.  We will ride approx 250 to 300km over the 5 to 8 days (don’t be intimidated; with lots of stops to stretch and snack, it is not a gruelling schedule).  Some folks who are already committed to the tour are looking forward to riding mindfully in noble silence.

TIMING & LOCATION
Sunday May 11 to Thursday May 15: Vancouver to Sooke and return
Thursday,May 15 to Sunday May 18:  Salt Spring Island weekend
OR Sunday May 11 to Sunday May 18: Vancouver to Sooke plus Salt Spring Island.

WHERE WE’LL GO
Departing Vancouver early on the morning of Sunday, May 11, we’ll ride to Tsawwassen then hop the ferry to Vancouver Island.  We’ll ride as far as Sooke along the Lochside and Galloping Goose trails, which are fabulous rail-to-trail conversions so lots of the trip is completely car-free!  In Sooke we’ll be hosted at the Victoria Zen Centre by the inspiring Zen Abbot and Osho named Kosen Eshu Martin, and his family… and they literally live up a mountain at the edge of the Sooke Basin.  After a few days to relax, practice meditation or exploration, and enjoy the ocean we’ll roll out again towards Metchosin, and weather permitting we’ll do a full moon hike.  Next day we’ll turn North and bike together towards Salt Spring Island.

Depending on who we are, there is a possibility the ride will split into two sections.  This happened on our first trip, and was good.  One portion would ride directly to Salt Spring, retracing our tracks on the Lochside bike path.  The other portion would enjoy a new route to Salt Spring via Cowichan, a longer ride that would involve another night of camping on the road before arriving on Salt Spring Island.  This is just a guess, and what we do depends on who is present and what our wishes are at the time.

 

WEEKEND POSSIBILITY
What about joining us for the Salt Spring Island portion of the trip?  This could look like getting yourself and your bike to the Tsawwassen ferry, riding to Schwartz Bay and meeting up with the Tour at the Ferry Terminal.  Together we would travel by ferry over to Salt Spring Island.  The ride from the Ferry to Ruckle Park is only 9km, but it is a hilly 9km on roads that are quite narrow.  Car traffic is present on this section of the Tour.

 

PLANNING
The plans continue to unfold for the Salt Spring half of the trip… with enough interest we could find ourselves camping together and immersing in the natural world at Ruckle Park, and connecting with existing Sangha on the island, as well as with our own rolling sangha for the weekend.

 

YOU
The skills of participants, whoever you are, will shape what we do.  We each offer our gifts and skills to the group, and together we learn.

sooke basin beauty

fog, sun and sooke basin beauty

EVEN MORE DETAILS

  • We’ll be tenting.
  • Mostly we will ride in noble silence.
  • Dharma/mindfulness discussions amongst peers (informal, but intentional).
  • Daily morning stretching / outdoor sit in forest.
  • Schedule that we develop and modify as needed, striving for a container for practice.
  • Shared meals co-created on a rotating schedule.
  • Riding 40 – 60km per day, this is an accessible distance if you ride fairly regularly in the city
  • Meeting up with local dharma groups for a sit now and then, or they meet up with us where we are.
  • Possibility of story-sharing in the evenings.
  • Opportunity to be free from technological distraction for the trip duration.
  • 2012 Bicycle Buddha was awesome, and happened in July.  May is earlier, fresher, maybe we’ll experience some rain?
  • etc!

COSTS
$40 to $70 ferry costs, depending on route.
$90 (estimate) for 6 nights camping.
$80 for food for the trip.
optional dana (donation) for coordination, logistics, etc

YOU NEED
a bicycle in good working order, equipped for touring, including a minimum of 2 panniers
a tent (although there may be a possibility to share), plus other sleeping gear
stiff-soled shoes for riding
commitment to participating in our co-created community
We will be carrying all of our camping gear, no ‘sag wagon’ – so you should be of sound health and prepared to carry 20-30 lbs on your bike.

BICYCLE SUPPORT
Organizers have done lots of bike camping and can offer plenty of guidance and support for novice bike tourers, and this is designed to be an intro-level tour.  If you ride regularly this should be a manageable experience for you.

 

CONTACT
Please get in touch soon!
Sara (redsara @ gmail.com) is available to chat and discuss any details, questions, doubts, etc!  Roshin Carmen will also be available intermittently (carmen @ emeraldcity.bc.ca)

About the Organizers

RedSara is deeply into nature connection, bikes and meditation.  She is excited to share her fire for the natural world and our connection to it, and especially loves birds.  She brings her experience with collectives and collective living to help our community connect and thrive in the time we are together.  She is also an artist, educator and community organizer.

Roshin (aka Carmen) has recently returned from six months of residential practice and service at Upaya Zen Centre, where she was given her new name: Roshin, by Roshi Joan Halifax in a Jukai ceremony.  Carmen is a writer, buddhist practitioner, biker, designer, events producer, and instigator of amazing projects.  Read her latest on her blog http://bicyclebuddha.org

Together Roshin (aka Carmen) and RedSara have worked on various Bicycle Buddha related projects, including the original Bicycle Buddha Adventure in 2012.  They helped found ZenYU: Young Urban Zen which is a weekly meditation practice group for young-identified folks in the Vancouver area.

The organizers are committed to ensuring:
• a clear route,
• organized details such as ferry times and ride distances,
• camping locations and logistics,
• fresh water,
• food sourcing,
• connections with other mindfulness practice groups,
• support for a mindful practice container,
• meditation support,
• nature connection support,
• other logistics as needed.

 

CrowRoostRide2014

ALL WELCOME
for this friendly Bike Ride
on Saturday Feb 8, 2014
Meet at 4:30pm
at
Lakewood Drive at the Central Valley Greenway
(also known as North Great Northern Way).
Bring: snacks to share if you care to do so,
and maybe a hot thermos for yourself.
Remember warm clothes,
Bike Lights, and
Bring Kid-friends too.

See below for more information, and alternate start locations.

-article adapted from Renfrew Collingwood Community News, Jan 2013-

So Many Crows, Where Do They Go?

The answer is to their roost on the banks of Still Creek, where Vancouver meets Burnaby. Join the Crow Roost Twilight Bike Ride on Saturday February 8th to find out more, and to experience the famous crow roost for yourself.

“Being at the roost is a completely energizing and incredible experience”, says ride leader Sara Ross. “Last time I was there I could not believe how the birds just kept coming and coming and coming. It was as if the air above still creek became an ever-flowing river of crows, all arriving home for the night. It’s such a crow community celebration, I love it.”

Local experts estimate the number of crows spending the night at the Still Creek Roost to be upwards of 20,000 birds. Despite being pushed into ever-smaller pieces of viable roost habitat by development, crows seem to have adapted to their small piece of Still Creek near Gilmore. They return night after night and come from absolutely all over the lower mainland.

Still Creek runs from its’ headwaters near Slocan Park into Burnaby before flowing into the Fraser River. Decades of efforts to repair the once severely polluted Still Creek have been paying off, this year seeing the first sizable return of Chum Salmon.

Crows, unlike Salmon, easily thrive in the urban conditions we’ve created, favoring flat open areas similar to shoreline, which would have been their native habitat. That translates into crows loving parks, parking lots, lawns, rooftops. Crows are very smart and adaptable. They also have complex family groupings, and the adolescent birds help their parents raise the next generation of young. There is lots of cooperation.

Ross, a local artist, bird-lover, and bicycle organizer, will be leading the FREE family- friendly bicycle ride on Saturday, February 8th to visit the crow roost.

Travelling like a murder of crows, perhaps with some friendly chatting and squawking along the way, the Crow Roost Twilight Bike Ride will follow the path of Still Creek eastward. The route is 98% on separated bike routes along the Central Valley Greenway.

Ross says, “You can expect to be amazed by the experience of flying on your bike with the crows towards the roost, and then we’ll quiet down as we arrive. Maybe the crows will recognize us as fellow quiet flyers on our bikes?”

This ride is part of Still Creek Stories, a larger program created by Still Moon Arts that aims to connect people with the creek, and with our local environment by spending time near, and enjoying Still Creek. Learn more at http://stillmoon.org/

More Crow Info
Burnaby Now Article LINK
Vancouver Province Article LINK

Ride Details: Saturday, Feb 8, 2014
~rain or shine~

Choose your start location

LONGER RIDE (4km one way distance): Meet at 4:30pm at Lakewood Drive at the Central Valley Greenway (also known as North Great Northern Way)
SHORTER RIDE (2.5km one way distance): Meet at 4:45pm outside of Renfrew Skytrain Station
RETURN JOURNEY
Note that bikes are allowed on Skytrain for your return journey if desired. All riders and abilities are welcome on this ride.
ACCESSIBILITY
Assistance is available for people with unique mobility needs who wish to join the ride through tandems, chariots or loaner bikes. Please inquire in advance of Ride Leader Sara Ross at redsara@gmail.com
WHAT TO BRING
Don’t forget to bring very very warm clothing including gloves, and lights for your bike for the return journey. And if possible bring a few home-made snacks to share, and a thermos of something warm to drink for yourself?
Course Poster Gachet

creativity is like a muscle
when you work it it gets stronger

T r a n s f o r m   is a new course starting mid-February being offered as part of Gallery Gachet’s Art School.  Its purpose is to support individuals in their daily creative practice.

for self-identified artists of all abilities, including aspiring.

Note that you can attend the first session with zero obligations to complete the course.

We believe that:
  • By creating art every day we’ll improve in leaps and bounds (both technique and creative prowess).
  • By committing to your practice (and to this course) you’ll find increased confidence in your creativity, and
  • By flexing your creative muscles you’ll gain personal power to shape the world around you, from the mundane to the monumental.

To learn more about this art course please,
CLICK HERE to download Info Sheet.

Course begins Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Crow Roost Ride 2013 INVITE

ALL WELCOME
for this friendly Bike Ride
on Saturday Feb 2
Meet at 4pm
at
Lakewood Drive at the Central Valley Greenway
(also known as North Great Northern Way).
Bring: snacks to share if you care to do so,
and maybe a hot thermos for yourself.
Remember warm clothes,
Bike Lights, and
Bring Kid-friends too.

See below for more information, and alternate start locations.

-article adapted from Renfrew Collingwood Community News, Jan 2013-

So Many Crows, Where Do They Go?

The answer is to their roost on the banks of Still Creek, where Vancouver meets Burnaby. Join the Crow Roost Twilight Bike Ride on Saturday February 2nd to find out more, and to experience the famous crow roost for yourself.

“Being at the roost is a completely energizing and incredible experience”, says ride leader Sara Ross. “Last time I was there I could not believe how the birds just kept coming and coming and coming. It was as if the air above still creek became an ever-flowing river of crows, all arriving home for the night. It’s such a crow community celebration, I love it.”

Local experts estimate the number of crows spending the night at the Still Creek Roost to be upwards of 20,000 birds. Despite being pushed into ever-smaller pieces of viable roost habitat by development, crows seem to have adapted to their small piece of Still Creek near Gilmore. They return night after night and come from absolutely all over the lower mainland.

Still Creek runs from its’ headwaters near Slocan Park into Burnaby before flowing into the Fraser River. Decades of efforts to repair the once severely polluted Still Creek have been paying off, this year seeing the first sizable return of Chum Salmon.

Crows, unlike Salmon, easily thrive in the urban conditions we’ve created, favoring flat open areas similar to shoreline, which would have been their native habitat. That translates into crows loving parks, parking lots, lawns, rooftops. Crows are very smart and adaptable. They also have complex family groupings, and the adolescent birds help their parents raise the next generation of young. There is lots of cooperation.

Ross, a local artist, bird-lover, and bicycle organizer, will be leading the FREE family- friendly bicycle ride on Saturday, February 2nd to visit the crow roost. (Rain Date February 9, check http://stillmoon.org/ for last minute ride changes and confirmation).

Travelling like a murder of crows, perhaps with some friendly chatting and squawking along the way, the Crow Roost Twilight Bike Ride will follow the path of Still Creek eastward. The route is 98% on separated bike routes along the Central Valley Greenway.

Ross says, “You can expect to be amazed by the experience of flying on your bike with the crows towards the roost, and then we’ll quiet down as we arrive. Maybe the crows will recognize us as fellow quiet flyers on our bikes?”

This ride is part of Reflecting Still Creek, a larger program created by Still Moon Arts that aims to connect people with the creek, and with our local environment by spending time near, and enjoying Still Creek. Learn more at http://stillmoon.org/

More Crow Info
Burnaby Now Article LINK
Vancouver Province Article LINK

Ride Details: Saturday, Feb 2
in case of rain date: Saturday Feb 9

Choose your start location

LONGER RIDE (4km one way distance): Meet at 4pm at Lakewood Drive at the Central Valley Greenway (also known as North Great Northern Way)
SHORTER RIDE (2.5km one way distance): Meet at 4:15pm outside of Renfrew Skytrain Station
RETURN JOURNEY
Note that bikes are allowed on Skytrain for your return journey if desired. All riders and abilities are welcome on this ride.
ACCESSIBILITY
Assistance is available for people with unique mobility needs who wish to join the ride through tandems, chariots or loaner bikes. Please inquire in advance of Ride Leader Sara Ross at redsara@gmail.com
WHAT TO BRING
Don’t forget to bring very very warm clothing including gloves, and lights for your bike for the return journey. And if possible bring a few home-made snacks to share, and a thermos of something warm to drink for yourself?

I’ve been finishing up a proposal for a Course that I hope to offer next term at the Gallery Gachet Art School, co-facilitated with my rad friend Caleb.

 

Transform: Active Creativity for Personal & Social Change

The backbone of this course is that we agree to make art, or to do something creative every day (or every other day). Creativity takes bravery, and a willingness to be vulnerable as we learn to see and experience reality directly, and then to act to transform this reality in some way through our actions.

Using a combination of discipline and gentleness, as well as by locating our creative practice within a supportive community context, we vastly increase our odds of success and of realizing our intentions.

 

Urge

I’ll probably do more promo here, but for now I include the drawing I did this morning, as I contemplated re-engaging with this daily creative practice thing… that if you follow this blog you’ll know I’ve not been doing recently. I prefer my mindfullness practice on my meditation cushion these days.

I do believe approaching daily creative practice within a group context will be super cool, and I am genuinely excited to support others in this work that has been so transformative for me. And i guess jumping back in too!

 

More about Gallery Gachet, from their current show catalog:

Collective Habitat 1997 – 2012 | ART-i-FACT: 88 East Cordova

For 15 years, this building/Gallery Gachet site has been home to diverse and unusual artists; it bears witness to creative engagement with art against oppression, paradigms of self-taught vs. school taught, politically motivated art, art borne of abuse and marginalization, inclusive art, and art revealing the power dynamics within contemporary art practice and institutions. Gachet’s contributions are unusual, subversive and underrepresented. In the development of the knowledge exchange concerning art, Gachet engages mental diversity, inclusivity issues and intersections of oppression. Vision, reality and artistic output have an intimate relationship with perspective and socially-defined definitions of sanity and competence. As we move into a more expansive and accepting climate in the contemporary art world in Canada – one that is warming to Outsider art, ability-iconoclasm and political art – Collective Habitat creates an artistic and theoretical record of Gallery Gachet’s participation in this zeitgeist.