SUMMIT SCHEDULE

To help ease the decision making process this year’s sessions have been organized into three tracks – Skill, Knowledge, and Heart. The goal of creating these categories is to provide the opportunity to identify the experience you are looking to get from the Summit.

The skill stream is for folks who are coming to the summit to build tangible bike skills to get them out adventuring. Knowledge includes sessions that bring ideas to inspire community building and/or examining your current ideologies that may be helpful/harmful. Heart includes all the sessions designed to promote healing and introspection- this can also be seen as the track that focuses on personal development.

To see the sessions in these different Stream categories, click on THE DAY and then the stream you wish to participate. You can click on “All Topics” to see all the sessions offered on any day of the summit. Enjoy!

 

 

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  • DAY 1

    August 15, 2018

  • DAY 2

    August 16, 2018

  • DAY 3

    August 17, 2018

  • DAY 4

    August 18, 2018

  • We will welcome in the 2019 WTF Bikexplorers summit with an overview of the weekend’s events and some intention setting. Together we will develop community agreements and talk a little more about who we are and why we are here.
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    Celebrate

  • In the spirit of a World Cafe we will be kicking off this year's summit with a series of intimate small-group discussions. It's a little like platonic group speed dating but don't worry we'll explain it better when we see you.
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    Celebrate

  • Take a breath and check in each morning with yoga classes led by Keyonda Mcquarters.
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    Celebrate

  • Circle up, friends. We will begin each day with a quick check in to go over announcements, updates and whatever else needs tending to.
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    Celebrate

  • Join Maria for a discussion about the transformative power of storytelling. In Dancing on our Turtle’s Back, Nishnaabeg scholar Leanne Simpson explains the importance of narrating our stories of struggle, growth and survival: “Storytelling is at its core decolonizing, because it is a process of remembering, visioning and creating a just reality… Storytelling then becomes a lens through which we can envision our way out of cognitive imperialism, where we can create models and mirrors where none existed, and where we can experience the spaces of freedom and justice.”
    Heart
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    Celebrate / Heart

  • Explore your gender identity in a space where we can be our authentic selves! Better understanding our relationship with our gender identity can be empowering and help us better advocate for others. Hear what our doctors say: that gender comes from the brain and from deep within the heart! Work together to learn about privilege, oppression, and practice how to speak up for others. Learn how to recognize and build healthy relationships with your fellow lgbtqia2s+ bicycle community, break apart the binary, and be a vigilant ally to your fellow community members.
    Knowledge
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    Support / Knowledge

  • Having a well-fitting bike is an essential part of being comfortable and injury-free in the saddle. I will discuss some basic bike fit principles, saddle selection, and ways to self-assess potential issues on the bike. I will touch on the industry trend toward "women's" vs "men's" design in bikes and saddles, how that binary doesn't serve every body, and tools to a better approach that puts the rider and their unique body first.
    Skill
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    Connect / Skill

  • (ride/hike/meditate/journal) Go for a ride, take a hike, or just take a nap. Embrace the joy of missing out and take some time to do whatever it is that recharges you.

  • Reading books and magazines about bicycling, it's easy to see why representation is so important, in the bike community and beyond. This workshop is about the practical nuts and bolts of sharing your vision and experiences with others on paper. Comics, zines, essays, poems, reporting, art, whatever your medium, learn how to develop it so it sends a bat signal to the readers you want to connect with, and some ways to handle production, promotion, and the financial side, all depending on your goals. Feel free to bring your own writing or publishing idea for the group to workshop.
    Skill
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    Connect / Skill

  • Creating space for body size diversity in the adventure cycling community Folks will be invited to explore the connections between the experience of a bikers body and the activity of adventure cycling. We will cover some gear basics for larger bodies and open the space up to share related tips and tricks. To close the group we will discuss how to build a size diverse community of adventure cyclists by examining a few outdoor adventure groups that work to create space for fat people to recreate. **This session is not just for people in larger bodies. It is about creating empathy and connecting people with their own bodies.**
    Knowledge
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    Support / Knowledge

  • What is toxic masculinity? This session will hold space to share experiences and ideas on how we can and have worked to dismantle toxic masculinity from within ourselves and our communities. Together we will explore ways we can do better. Open to all with an emphasis on trans and non binary identifying folks- whether they are out or not..
    Heart
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    Celebrate / Heart

  • (ride/hike/meditate/journal) Go for a ride, take a hike, or just take a nap. Embrace the joy of missing out and take some time to do whatever it is that recharges you.

  • Put your bikepacking skills to the test is this Wildcat scavenger hunt.

  • In this clinic, we'll cover the skills to help you ride more confidently over a wide range of road and trail conditions. We'll discuss body positioning, how to read the trail, turning/cornering, proper braking techniques, and other tips and tricks to make off-road cycling more comfortable and FUN!
    Skill
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    Connect / Skill

  • Go bikepacking, but make it fashion. Currently, clothing is one of the most discarded items on the planet. Fast fashions don’t consider comfort, fit, and ethical manufacturing of their apparel and certainly not thinking about the needs of bike adventurers. Break the cycle of fast fashions with a lesson on what to look for mindful alternatives.
    Knowledge
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    Support / Knowledge

  • WTF Writers Craft Our Stories During this session, we will discuss how writing, for both personal pleasure and money, can allow us to reshape the stories we tell about ourselves. We will start with conversation about the importance of storytelling, the colonial roots behind travel and adventure writing, and the lack of WTF, POC, and queer, representation in outdoors & bicycling media. We will then split into smaller groups – Kai will lead workshop exercises related to visual art and journaling and Mary Ann will work with nonfiction writers and travel writers looking to write for public platforms. We’ll conclude with sharing resources, including contacts (with editors/publications) and personal contact info, for folks who want to stay in touch and exchange work.
    Heart
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    Celebrate / Heart

  • (ride/hike/meditate/journal) Go for a ride, take a hike, or just take a nap. Embrace the joy of missing out and take some time to do whatever it is that recharges you.

  • Knowing how to troubleshoot on the trail can give you a boost of confidence when adventuring into the backcountry. In this session, we will work on how best to prepare for the unexpected by giving an overview of basic bicycle repairs as well as plunging into potential trailside emergencies — going in depth into tire repair, flat fixes, and toolkit selection.
    Skill
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    Connect / Skill

  • Feeding your body (and heart) while bikepacking Food is the ultimate connector and transcends all identities, cultures, and backgrounds. In addition to discussing backcountry food basics, this session will address people’s physical, emotional and ancestral connection to food. Participants will spend time identifying the foods and flavors that make them feel whole and learn how they can be used to enhance your trip. Diaspora, colonization, eating disorders, body dysphoria, etc. can have a large impact on how people relate and feel about food. This session will be an inclusive environment for people to connect to food on whatever level they feel comfortable.
    Knowledge
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    Support / Knowledge

  • Healing Trauma and Building Resiliency This session is about self-awareness, support, and celebrating biking. Nicole will share her experience of ongoing healing and facilitate conversations on the body’s response to trauma/stress and how to harness your strengths to challenge this response. We will also talk about how biking can support healing and explore ways to show up for yourself, and others, while biking. CW: Session will include discussion of the impacts of trauma on the nervous system. Attendees are encouraged to take care and participate however they can.
    Heart
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    Celebrate / Heart

  • (ride/hike/meditate/journal) Go for a ride, take a hike, or just take a nap. Embrace the joy of missing out and take some time to do whatever it is that recharges you.

  • Circle up, friends. We will end each day with a quick check in to go over announcements, updates and whatever else needs tending to.
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    Celebrate

  • Across the nation, many of us work ardently as Mobility Justice advocates. We do so because of how much we love our most thriving community members who are Black, Indigenous, People of Color, disabled, LGBTQIA+, undocumented, houseless, youth, elders, and etc. We do so because it is how many of us hold ourselves with dignity by speaking the truth. Our love is often misconstrued as rage when it really is our gentle, peace-loving and compassionate spirits moving us. Let's converge minds, spirits, and hearts to inspire each other for uplifting transformation.
    Knowledge
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    Celebrate / Knowledge

  • Join Sara Wainer and Jay Melena of Specialized for a fireside chat about representation in the bike industry. Hear their experiences, share your own, and help create a vision for what a more inclusive bike industry could look like.
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    Fire Pit

  • Take a breath and check in each morning with yoga classes led by Keyonda Mcquarters.
    Where
    Celebrate

  • Circle up, friends. We will begin each day with a quick check in to go over announcements, updates and whatever else needs tending to.
    Where
    Celebrate

  • (ride/hike/meditate/journal) Go for a ride, take a hike, or just take a nap. Embrace the joy of missing out and take some time to do whatever it is that recharges you.

  • When you're headed out on an adventure, the last thing you want to think about is catching a case of poison ivy or bringing extra aspirin to sooth some killer cramps. Luckily, mother nature's got you covered! This is an experiential learning session in which we will explore the woods around us, identify several plants, discuss their medicinal uses, and learn how to properly and easily process them so their magic can be harnessed on the trail when we need it.
    Skill
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    Connect / Skill

  • Recognizing Power to Heal Ourselves For this session, we will talk about some practical ways to create safe(r) spaces. Participants will lead a theater of the oppressed workshop that they can take back to their communities. Through this hands-on activity, participants will access tools for addressing difficult topics like privilege and power. After the activity, we will debrief and talk about how we can better implement anti-oppressive practices in our bike-shops, activist groups, and social circles.
    Knowledge
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    Support / Knowledge

  • In summer 2015, Stanford researchers published a study elucidating the connection between time spent in nature and decreased the likelihood of depression symptoms. Many QTBIPoC have long known of the benefits of spending time in natural settings, whether we were conscious of this awareness or not. In fact, many of us have spiritual roots in the natural world; we’ve found home there. In this session, we’ll break down the study a little bit, discuss our collective experiences with nature as a source of healing, and begin naming and addressing the barriers to access many in our communities face. The session is planned as an interactive discussion in which all participants are seen as experts with valuable contributions based on their real-world experiences.
    Heart
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    Celebrate / Heart

  • (ride/hike/meditate/journal) Go for a ride, take a hike, or just take a nap. Embrace the joy of missing out and take some time to do whatever it is that recharges you.

  • Learn how to make meals you’ll look forward to while riding.
    Skill
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    Connect / Skill

  • Gender Inclusivity in Youth Bicycle Education Skillshare and facilitated discussion of curriculum and best practices that support gender inclusivity and queer safe space while teaching kids about bikes and safety. Cycles of Change collective members will give examples of our curriculum and host a discussion about how to engage youth effectively through educational programming on bikes.
    Knowledge
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    Support / Knowledge

  • Being white is not a problem. Whiteness is a problem. Let's talk about it.
    Heart
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    Celebrate / Heart

  • This clinic is an introduction to the benefits of route making and GPS navigation. We will talk about the how GPS navigation and ride data are tools for independence in the backcountry, some basic terminology, the pro’s and con’s of following someone else’s route vs. making your own, as well as resources to make, share, and find routes. We will give a brief overview of the process of building a route. Bring pen and paper to take notes, or just come by to listen!
    Skill
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    Lodge / Skill

  • Welcoming Gender Diversity in the Outdoors (and everywhere) #ShredtheCistem and learn more about what you can do to make rides and community events in the outdoors more inclusive and affirming of trans and gender non-conforming (GNC) riders.
    Knowledge
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    Connect / Knowledge

  • In WTF and other intentionally gendered spaces, some of us bring sun energy, or “masculinities” informed by patriarchal culture. As two spirit, non-binary, trans folks who lean into the direction of Sun and queer/trans ‘masculinities’, we seek to heal ourselves and be healthy contributors to the bike communities around us. We seek and sometimes we fail! In this session we intend to engage in a discussion with others who build bike community to examine how we can honor ourselves while acknowledging and supporting gender inclusive spaces. ** This is a loving space for all Black Indigenous People of Color - full gender spectrum inclusive- for self-affirmation and loving accountability around sun / masculine / male energies within bikelandia.
    Heart
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    Celebrate / Heart

  • (ride/hike/meditate/journal) Go for a ride, take a hike, or just take a nap. Embrace the joy of missing out and take some time to do whatever it is that recharges you.

  • The Nitty Gritty is for those of you who have attended “The Basics” or are already very familiar with the benefits of route making and navigation. The Nitty Gritty is an interactive workshop on making routes, uploading them to your GPS device, and noting ride statistics. We’ll start with a brief introduction on how to make your own route, upload it onto your GPS device, and some settings/features we recommend. Then we’ll break out in groups where you will build a route starting with a paper map, then drawing it on the Ride with GPS website or Gaia GPS app, loading that route to a GPS device/Phone. We will be along for the ride answering questions and troubleshooting with you. Bring a map, a laptop (if you have one – we’ll be sharing!), GPS device of your choice (Iphone is ok too), pen and paper to take notes, or just come by to listen!
    Skill
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    Lodge / Skill

  • Towards low waste, resource respectful bike travel. In this session we will discuss strategies for low waste/ zero (there is no zero!) waste bike trips as a “everyday acts of practical reverence” (Robin Wall Kimmerer, The Honorable Harvest). Wherever we visit by bike, we are in relationship with histories and ecologies, the human and beyond human world. Our consumption and waste can have impacts that can take many forms, including participation in regenerative economies, respect for local resources of water, food, land, and learning about how a place came to be the way it is in terms of who has access to those resources. While our personal practices of low waste are not the systemic change we need, the practice offers a deeper looking and invitation to larger movements of Just Transition. We will use an example of a gravel road tour between two Oregon train stations as a model to explore low waste trip planning, and build a framework of questions to help guide us as we visit. Some reading/listening/following: bringing together what belongs together The Honorable Harvest in “Braiding Sweetgrass” by Robin Wall Kimmerer “Beyond Guilt Trips: Mindful Travel in an Unequal World” Anu Taranath “Farming While Black” Leah Penniman BIPOC zerowaste folk to follow @woke_n_wasteless @zerowastehabesha Organizations @movementgeneration @neweconomycoalition podcasts The Herbal Highway, June 13 interview with Chochenyo and Karkin Ohlone leader Corinna Gould. Guest host Emiliano Lemus interviews Chochenyo and Karkin Ohlone leader Corinna Gould about The Sogorea Te’ Land Trust, an East Bay urban indigenous women-led project. They discuss re-envisioning what it means to live on Ohlone land, and current opportunities to be in relationship with plants and the sacred in this place. https://kpfa.org/episode/the-herbal-highway-june-13-2019/ The Zero Waste Movement and Environmental Racism (a white activist’s perspective) https://pollybarks.com/podcast/episode-1-the-zero-waste-movement-and-environmental-racism/
    Knowledge
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    Connect / Knowledge

  • QTIBIPoC Bike Tour Experiences This space is intended for black, brown, indigenous, queer, trans, and/or intersex cyclists to meet and discuss our experiences as bike explorers. This is a POC autonomous space that centers the experience of queer and trans people. Cis-het POC allies are welcome to join with the intention of listening to the experience of QTIBIPOC to better their position as allies. This session meet at the lake deck and head out on bikes to a picnic spot to share food and stories. Tez and Teo will have suggested topics prepared but will allow conversation to flow where it wants to go.
    Heart
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    Celebrate / Heart

  • (ride/hike/meditate/journal) Go for a ride, take a hike, or just take a nap. Embrace the joy of missing out and take some time to do whatever it is that recharges you.

  • What is the future for WTF? What have we done so far? Where are we going?
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    Celebrate

  • Martina Brimmer (Swift Industries/Seattle), Molly Sugar (Friends on Bikes/Multi-Regional), Cait Rodriguez (Anchorage GRIT), Kimberly Wiman (WTF Mid-Atlantic), Monique Laraway (Transit Cycles/Tucson), D'Frantz Smart (The BLK Bike Panel/ Chicago). Moderated by Pepper Cook It's time to mobilize. Join instigators near and far for a panel discussion on how you can build stronger more connected communities for women, trans, and gender non-conforming folx at the local level.
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    Celerbate

  • Step up to the stage for a low stakes no-talent talent show featuring some familiar faces from the summit.
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    Celebrate

  • Where do we go from here? In this closing circle we will recap what we've learned and talk a bit more about what we can do to keep the momentum going.
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    Celebrate

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