May 2008 Journal

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May, 2008

Otesha's Ontario teams are on the road! Let the countdown to the West Coast tours begin….

In this month's journal you'll find:

        1. Spring tours hit the road
        2. Bring Otesha to your town (East Coast call-out!)
        3. Website of the Month 
        4. Postcard of the Month 

1. Spring tours hit the road 

The tours of 2008 have begun! On May 1st, 22 brand new Otesha team members met at the Ottawa bus station and cycled out to Riverglen Farms (one of the few operational biodynamic farms in Canada) to train and prepare for the journeys ahead. The training week was filled with theatre and bicycle maintenance workshops, many great discussions and some late-night contra dancing. On the teams' last night together, they put on their very first performance of the play for a crowd of Otesha's friends and Ottawa community members in the main barn. The response was incredible! Lots of laughter, smiles, and of course popcorn all around.

And so, with a week of not-so-hot weather under their belts, the teams hit the road on May 9th in high spirits, eager to take on Ontario. To check out the team bios and keep up to date on their respective journeys, subscribe to Notes from the Road for the Algonquin and Great Lakes Tours.   

Finally, we want to send out a huge thank you to all of the people and businesses in the Ottawa community who helped out with training week by donating their time, resources or food to the Otesha teams. We are so grateful for these contributions and our week certainly wouldn't have been the success that it was without this generous support!

Thank you to:
Dave and Linnea our hosts at Riverglen Farm
Josee and Rozzy our even-better-than-Emeril chefs
Alec Elsworth our theatre guru
Martha Cooper and Sam, who brought our contra dance to life
The Lax Family for offering a haven from the rain
Boko Bakery
Bridgehead on Elgin
Dow Honda
Harvest Loaf
Herb & Spice on Wellington
Mountain Equipment Co-op
Rainbow Foods
The Bagel Shop
The Wheat Berry
The Wild Oat

2. Bring Otesha to your town (East Coast call-out!)

Otesha has three tours planned for Eastern Canada this fall. The Rising Tide, Highlands & Islandsand Across the Rock tours cycle out in all directions starting in Halifax in September. If you live on or near any of the places where we're headed, we'd love your help. To book an Otesha performance or connect us with Otesha friends, contacts and accommodation along the route, please contact our East Coast tour directors Elizabeth and Jason at 613-237-6065 or by e-mail at & 

Here's where we're headed: 

Rising Tide Tour
Nova Scotia: Halifax - Bedford - Bridgewater – Pleasantville
Liverpool - Barrington - Yarmouth - Digby
Middleton - Kentville - Upper Rawdon - Truro - Amherst
New Brunswick: Sackville - Moncton - Kouchibouguac National Park
Miramichi - Doaktown - Douglas - Woodstock
Fredericton - Oromocto - St. John 

Highlands & Islands Tour
Nova Scotia: Halifax - Musquodobit Harbour – Tangier – Sherbrooke - Guysborough
Port Hawkesbury – Richmond – Fourchu - Louisbourg
Glace Bay - New Waterford – Victoria - Cape Breton Highlands National park
Cheticamp - Inverness - Port Hood
Antigonish - New Glasgow - Pictou
Prince Edward Islands: Cardigan – Charlottetown – Summerside – Tignish - Wellington
New Brunswick: Bayfield – Shediac 

Across the Rock Tour
Nova Scotia: Halifax – Enfield - Upper Stewiacke
New Glasgow - St. Mary's - Havre Boucher
Whycocomagh – Baddeck - North Sydney
Newfoundland: Channel-Port Aux Basques - St. Fintan's
Stephenville – CornerBrook - Deer Lake
Birchy Lake - South Brook - Grand Falls-Windsor
Gander – Traytown – Clarenville - Come By Chance
Conception Harbour - St. John's 

You can also check out our summer tour routes here. To book an Otesha performance or connect us with Otesha friends, contacts and accommodation in British Columbia and southern Alberta, please contact

3. Website of the Month

As an organization focused on working with youth, we couldn't help but fall in love with Claudia Davila's comic strip "Luz: Girl of the Knowing":

Each week, Claudia posts another segment in this light-hearted comic strip story about a young girl who is on a quest to gather knowledge about human sustainability on the earth. Luz, the main character, thinks critically about her own consumer choices as she explores the possibilities of a world without petroleum. For a topic that can be quite dark, Claudia has found a way to convey a positive and hopeful message that will hit home with kids and adults alike.

4. Postcard of the Month

"I'm helping my father to repair our deck this week and we're only changing the pieces we need to"

-Sarah, age 10, Hampstead, PQ