Workshop Number: 4
Leaders: Avery J
Who May Register?: Open to All
Worship/Worship-Sharing: 20%
Discussion: 10%
Experiential Activities: 70%

Who May Attend?
part-time attenders welcome (can come any session)

Fossil fuels and consumerist culture keep us isolated from the land, deep history, natural beauty, water, and other sources of life where we live and travel. There’s a simple way to connect with the place where we are more mindfully and deeply: Biking.

Workshop Description

This Workshop was of course originally designed to happen in person, and the whole Biking piece must look quite different over Zoom. There are a few possible approaches, and participants will have a chance to give feedback on which to use. Here is the original description to give an idea of the basic concept and approach that will be adapted

Where was the water you’re drinking before you turned on the tap? How have people in the land where you are been providing food, shelter, and other life-necessitites for generations? How has the landscape been shaped by colonialism, oppression, and resistance? So few people can answer these questions even about where they live, let alone any place they visit. Our modern use of fossil fuels to travel long distances very fast makes it easy to take those places for granted, but this does not seem like a sustainable or healthy way to live.

In (bi)Cycles on the Land we will visit the water source we’re using, appreciate how much it does for us, and reflect on what that means for our own homes as well. We will visit some places that indigenous peoples have lived, and acknowledge how their forcible removal has made our current lifestyle possible. We will investigate other forms of oppression like slavery and how they too have affected the landscape around us. We will remember that all of the people who lived on this land were fully human and each had a unique relationship with this place before we arrived. We will look for the places of great Beauty that have likely moved some to Worship for thousands of years, and we will take part in that tradition they started.

Gathering is a wonderful, vibrant, intentional community but it can also be a bubble that isolates us from where we are being hosted. By mindfully biking over the land we will form a deeper connection with those places and have a chance to bring that knowledge and wisdom back to the wider Gathering and to the land each of us calls Home.

Leader Experience

Junior Gathering is a lot like an interactive workshop, so leading a few years of JG grade groups is pretty good preparation. I’ve also done the equivalent for over a decade at 2 Yearly Meetings (NEYM and NYYM) with age groups ranging from babies and teens, not to mention years of First Day School teaching and a lot of Retreats as well. Haven’t done nearly as much leading groups of adults, but I’m willing to seek guidance with that as needed.

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