Speaking from personal experience, the support provided to riders on the Pilgrimage is nothing short of lavish. Each carefully sited rest stop is stocked with tasty, healthful food and staffed by charming and enthusiastic volunteers. The SAG vehicles patrol tirelessly offering compassionate action to those in need. The volunteer kitchen staff at the Cloverdale KOA produces a couple of marvelous meals in a small and, by all accounts, difficult kitchen. These and other crucial activities all require a coordinator who makes sure that all the right people are in place, that all the right things happen at the right time and that all ducks, metaphorical or actual, are in a row. At the present moment our list of committed coordinators is very short and we must fill these positions very soon or the 2014 Buddhist Bike Pilgrimage will not take place at all! In particular, the following are needed:
For those who may be interested but worried that they wouldn’t know what to do, there is good news. The Board and past coordinators have carefully documented the activities required to fulfill the various positions, giving everyone a kind of script to follow – and, of course, improve upon.
Everyone – riders, volunteers, coordinators, monks or nuns – makes this journey in their own way, and the result is nothing less than a miracle – two days of intensely focused group practice in which each one supports all others with unstinting effort. It doesn’t get much better than that, but what this means is that each part is vital to the emergence of the whole. Now would not be too soon to imagine the upcoming Pilgrimage and how you would most like it to be, then to think contributing in a new way, with full assurance that whatever role you take on, the rewards will be incalculable.
If you’d like to try one of the coordinator roles listed above please let us know by Monday, March 17. Also, don’t hesitate to get in touch if you would like clarification or need more information to make a decision.
Start your pilgrimage now – join the team!
Please click here to contact Lauren Van Ham, Director & President) to get more information.
The DharmaWheels Foundation Board Members: Tracy Dellavalle, Hime Levine, Paul Ries, Lauren Van Ham, Bill Weber, Zachary Smith & Paul Grantham