FINAL UPDATE: We hiked 400 kilometres across Vancouver and Burnaby in British Columbia!
UPDATE: We have completed 300km across Vancouver! Over 70 direct public contacts have been made along the way and we are going to continue. Some of our team members are sharing some reflections that came up during the hike.
“Recently I spent a week in Vancouver with 3 strong women, with a goal of walking over 300 km around Vancouver in order to spread awareness of putting an end to violence against women and girls. I was asked why I wanted to participate in this trip.
Growing up, I was a fun loving, confident and independent person and always looking for the next adventure. While travelling around Europe in my early 20’s, I met a man who I thought was “the one.” The relationship grew very quickly and before I knew it the relationship changed. I found myself now in a relationship where I was being manipulated, controlled, emotionally and financially abused. I stayed with this man in England for 6 long years. I finally found the strength to return to Canada, without him, but I was now just a shell of myself. My confidence had slipped away, my self esteem was gone, I had no sense of self worth and did not trust anyone. Around this time, I met Dr. Roz and learned of the good work she does to help women and children fleeing violence and abuse. She helped me find myself again. She helped me realize that it was not my fault and there is no need to be ashamed. I have kept in touch with Dr. Roz for many years now and was excited when she told me of her next venture. Dr. Roz and her team were going to hike 300 km across Vancouver in order to help raise awareness and educate others about putting an end to violence against women. I wanted to be a part of this journey.
It took a long time for me to heal and to learn that no one has the right to take away your sense of self, and all women and girls have the right to live a life free from abuse. I wanted to be a part of this Vancouver hiking team to help deliver this message.” – M.
“In 2008 we did a similar journey, hiking 470 km across China. Someone will ask, do you see any changes? My answer is “no”. Fourteen years later, we are still trying to bring awareness. We still know that 85% of victims are not reporting, we know that in some countries women are not seen as equals, we know that violence against women is considered a family and private issue. What is the solution? I don’t pretend to have the answer, but I know prevention is better than cure. We continue to talk and educate as this is a health issue. The journey of bringing awareness continues.” – G.
You can continue to support us on our journey! Details below.
Led by Dr. Roz Roach, The Learn, Earn & Return Outsiders will be hiking 300 kilometers through Vancouver, British Columbia, to raise awareness about the prevalence and impact of violence against women and funds for Anti-Violence initiatives and programs. In 2008, executive director Dr. Roz Roach and twelve other women from hiking group The Learn, Earn & Return Outsiders hiked 470 kilometres across China to commemorate the lives of women killed in violence. We recognize that both crisis response and public education are imperative to manifest real change in society.
Movement is one of the most simple and natural ways that we can heal both our bodies and minds. All experiences are stored in the body, and movement allows us to process and release them.
The Learn, Earn & Return Outsiders is a group of women who gather regularly to hike outdoors and raise funds to support anti-violence initiatives and programs. We gather periodically throughout the year to organize outdoor hikes to engage in public education and community outreach. In 2008, we hiked 470km across China to commemorate the lives of the fourteen women killed in the 1989 massacre at École Polytechnique in Montréal.
We are doing our best to provide a variety of options to donate. Donations may be made online through the Sponsor Me to the Mountains GoFundMe page. Additionally, you may send an eTransfer to or send a request via email to arrange cash donation. Again, thank you so much for your continued support of our important initiatives. Our success stories are yours too!
Do something amazing yourself AND women and children fleeing violence! You are invited to Charity Yoga featuring 3 Gentle Yoga classes with Linda from BPYC . BPYC is one of four yacht clubs located at the foot of the Scarborough Bluffs. Linda is the Commodore of BPYC and also a Yoga Teacher, RYT500.
Make donations of $10/class (or more) at https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/63874 and send receipt(s) to
PLEASE SHARE WITH ALL FAMILY AND FRIENDS! Zoom links below.
Topic: Charity Yoga for Dr. Roz – Nov 10thTime:
Nov 10, 2021 05:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Meeting ID: 896 0951 9616 Passcode: 998967
Topic: Charity Yoga for Dr. Roz – Nov 17
Time: Nov 17, 2021 05:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Meeting ID: 846 4760 8574 Passcode: 828674
Topic: Charity Yoga for Dr. Roz – Nov 24
Time: Nov 24, 2021 05:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Meeting ID: 895 6852 8151 Passcode: 911641
We thank you, Linda and BPYC Community!
Amplifying Voices for Women’s Empowerment is a week-long event, from July 19th to July 26th, that includes a Facebook group full of valuable content, downloads, and live streams from a wide array of coaches, teachers, and mentors to fill you up with inspiration and equip you with practical tools for your health, wellness, and personal development.
Our week together culminates in a powerful night featuring 10 inspirational speakers. When you donate you will have the opportunity to win amazing prizes, which include autographed books, gift baskets, private coaching sessions, and much more. If you opt for a donation of $99 it will give you a one-year access pass to additional classes, full courses, and in-depth programs donated by our wonderful coaches, mentors, and teachers – in other words, thousands of dollars worth of personal development and learning!! GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!
All profits from this event will be donated to Dr. Roz’s Healing Place, a centre for abused women and children with a mandate to eradicate violence against women and children. They will be using the funds to support an initiative called Sista’s Calling.
This week-long event begins on July 19th and all content will be recorded for you to watch at your convenience.
Learn more about it here.
UPDATE: The Hiking for Healing event is postponed due to the unpredictability of the current lockdown situation limiting outdoor group activities. The new date for the hike is Saturday June 26th, 2021.We strongly encourage you to utilize this extension to potentially increase your sponsorships. Feel free to contact Orisha at if you require further information.Register at www.drrozshealingplace.com/hiking-for-healing/
LEARN, EARN AND RETURN OUTSIDERS invite you to join them in a 15-kilometre hike along the Nottawasaga River and Wasaga Beach! A wellness and social circle will be held after the hike, an opportunity for connection, support and healing. Funds raised for this event will be donated to Dr. Roz’s Healing Place for their Special Programs.
The hike will take place on Saturday June 26th, 2021. Registration for the full hike costs $150 (minimum 10 sponsors, $1 per 1km). Participants for the full hike must be aged 16 on or before the 26th of June. Registration will be closed by June 12 at 6 pm. All forms and funds raised must be in by June 19th.
Sistas Calling rethinks these dated mechanisms by presenting through a performing arts lens, with a focus on music and dance. Written and produced by Dr. Roz Roach, using popular music genres, blended with spoken word and powerful vocals that speak to the stigma of violence, racism, homophobia, and the power of healing. This theatrical production arose from adversity and the existing challenges that victims/survivors experience. A portion of the proceeds from the production will be donated to Dr. Roz Healing Place. Sponsors and donors are welcome to make this production a success.