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Amwe Women's Peace Ride : Who We Are


Join us in a movement for peace, as teams from Kenya, California, Rwanda unite together (amwe) in a moving prayer for women’s global health.  The intention of the CA ride is to focus on peacemaking within our own bodies and with the painful cultural/racial history of this area. Acknowledging that within the cross-cultural peacemaking picture, it must start at home. In Kenya, the peace ride team will start in Nairobi and make a journey across the rolling hills of Nanyuki 70 miles to Meru. Our teams will have the chance to cheer one another on virtually and send messages of peace from team to team, nation to nation. Through our pedals, sweat joined laughter, and prayer we are hoping to raise and exceed the funds to provide cancer patients in  Tharaka, Kenya with care.

The California Event
This event is open to all women-identified folk, femmes, and anyone with a lived experience of misogyny.

The Route 

 Join the CA Women's peace ride team as we journey up the central coast from SLO to San Simeon Campground (traditional Chumash land) where we will camp for the night. We invite all experience levels to join us in a cross-cultural movement with purpose. The Journey will be 37 miles up the coast with incorporated resting stops along the way for water and nourishment (Ice cream  in Harmony?) These points also serve as stopping points where anyone who is ready for a lift to the campground or needs bike/general assistance can get assistance. There is no requirement to complete the entire ride,  stop at 10,15, 20 miles or bike the whole route. Come as you are! We are here to celebrate one another. Participants will not need to have a bike rack/panniers as we will have the option to transport overnight gear directly to the campground by car. The entire ride is paved. If you need assistance locating a bike/tent/any gear please don't be shy to reach out and we'd be happy to do our best to locate one for borrowing. 

The Evening

Our moonlit evening will include a nourishing meal and fireside conversation, activities, and guest speakers around the peace-making journey. Topics include an inquiry into peacemaking in a 21st-century world (and on stolen indigenous land), celebrating and examining femininity, and building solidarity and allyship across cultures. We will have femme guest speakers-Deborah Morillo from the Northern Chumash Tribe and the wise Alexis Slutzky from Wildbelonging. More details will be provided to those that sign-up but if you have questions feel free to email Kens at
Pre Trip -Wednesday, Feb 9th, 6 pm, 2022,  Zoom, Co-Hosted with Bike SLO County. 
Meet the team, orient to the trip, and get tips on backpacking, ergonomics, and safety. 
Peace Ride- Saturday, Feb 19th 2022 7am to Sunday, Feb 20th Midday
Location: Our take-off location will be at a pre-determined location in SLO morning of Feb 19th, 2022. That night will be camping at San Simeon State Park, Cayucos, CA. There is access to potable water and bathrooms on site. 
Included: Pre-trip orientation instruction/meeting, Nourishing post-ride dinner, Post-Ride gathering circle, opportunities for celebration, and reflection with our teams across nations. 
Covid-19 Considerations: This event will be held fully outdoors. If you are not vaccinated, masks when in our outdoor community space (circle/dinner) will be strongly recommended. This will be a bring your own plate/bowl/utensil trip. Food will be distributed safely into personal dishes. To avoid health hazards we ask that you participate only if you are feeling fully healthy. To avoid sharing indoor spaces we ask that participants bring their own tent or share it with someone close to you. 

Purpose: Moving for Peace 
 Amwe has partnered with Naledi, a Kenyan organization that serves marginalized and underserved rural communities of women and girls in addressing women's health and social justice head-on through building regenerative models of self-sufficiency, self-esteem, leadership and socio-economic empowerment. As a cross-cultural family, we join to use our united movement to raise money for the treatment of 15 individuals in rural Kenya who were recently diagnosed with late-stage cancer and cannot afford treatment. This ride is a moving prayer, a celebration of women’s strength, and a way to explore creating cross-cultural bridges for peace we know is possible. For $60 each, our Kenyan community members can get access to NIF (National Insurance Fund) and receive the covered medical care they need for a whole year. With three yrs of care ($180) the cancer healing journey can become possible. For folks battling cancer in rural Tharaka, access to medical care makes all the difference.  15 people at $180 =$2,700 to meet actue community need. We can do it!Any funds raised beyond their healthcare coverage will go towards our partner organization which is striving to build peace for rural women and girls in a small community in Tharaka, Kenya. An initiative on their horizon is to build a mobile breast and cervical cancer screening and education clinic to serve women and girls in their rural area in Kenya. Read more about our partnership with Naledi- Here. Where will my money Go? -Learn more Here 
Cost: The base ticket cost of $30  dollars will hold your place in the event as well as cover dinner and campsite costs. As mentioned above, this event is a fundraiser for Women's health in collaboration with a community in Meru, Kenya. Our intention is to have a community of riders who are motivated to fundraise and share the message in a way that feels authentic to them. IE- reaching out/speaking to their individual friends, families, and communities, posting to social media, blogging, etc. We would love for Peace riders to share the story of what they are doing so that we can utilize the potent power of the community to fundraise together (amwe). 

Future Events//Can't make it? 
Amwe movement is brewing a co-ed CA multi-day peace trek in the High Sierra come late summer. We acknowledge that those that identify as men are also very much a part of the peacemaking conversation-stay tuned! 

OUR CA PEACE RIDE TEAM IS CURRENTLY FULL- we hope to see you next year! 

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