Welcome to Soulcycler, the home of Rick Gunn, writer, photographer, adventurer and public speaker.
Fall-winter 2013 has brought an exciting new children’s peace project that will have me cycling and speaking for 45 days across the Islamic Republic of Iran!!
The ”Wheels of Peace Iranian-American Children’s Art Project,” cofounded by myself and my good Iranian friend, World cyclist Mohammad Tajeran, begins this October. It will have the two of us visiting classrooms in our respective countries (both America and Iran,) so as to share with young students the story of our friendship and our symbolic 2007 peace project in Malaysia that had us riding for peace between America and Iran.
More importantly we will also discuss the idea of non-violent conflict resolution through dialogue and mutual understanding. When we are done we will request of those who are willing to create artwork and exchange letters based upon these topics. Then, in late November 2013, I will carry those letters and that artwork to Iran. Then climbing atop our bicycles, the letters will be exchanged between American and Iranian students, and the artwork will be digitized and enlarged and displayed in variety of public exhibition as we ride across Iran. The project have us pedaling 600-mile ride across the Islamic Republic, through Mashhad, to Isfahan, through Yazd, Shiraz and then return to Tehran. Riding along with Mohammad and I will be philanthropist Bob McKerrow of New Zealand. In addition Mohammad I will hold two speaking engagements in which we will speak before large audiences in Iran’s holiest city of Mashhad, then in Iran’s capitol, Tehran. This project has been a dream of mine for over a decade now. It is now time for our dream peace between our two countries to come true! Along with the Wheels of Peace project I have continued work on Soulcycler the Book! Joining with new editor Kim Wyatt of Bonafide Books! I have also partnered with Videographer Jobe Pilgrim of Pilgrim Productions on the finishing edits on two Soulcycler videos
With my first TEDx Youth@Mt.Diablo talk under my belt, (see below) I am now waiting to hear of a new date for my second TEDx South Lake Tahoe event.
For those who interested in having me bring my classic “Soulcycler” round-the-world bicycle presentation to their city, group or school, the information below gives a bit of information about that show, and how you can book it. Proceeds from these shows will be used to fund the Wheels of Peace project along with all the other vital Soulcycler projects all of which are created with intent upon enhancing the globe and this one human family.
Peace and pedals, Rick ABOUT SOULCYCLER SHOWS
Ultimately transformed by scenes of war, poverty, and disease along the way, Gunn begins dedicating his journey to the greater good, expanding his defintion of what it means to care, to give, and to love. Whether reporting from an orphanage in Nepal, volunteering in an AIDS Hospice in Thailand, Covering Bomb extraction and mine victim rehabilitation in Laos and Vietnam, to simply planting trees in Borneo, “Soulcycler” delivers a first hand account the realization of a dream, the current state of the planet, and what it means to care. Heres what one viewer wrote about, “Soulcycler”: “What an honor it was to attend Rick Gunn’s presentation of his 26,000 mile bicycle journey at the Brewery Arts Center Thursday. The evening was emotionally filled with stories and photographs of his three year journey that simply took your breath away. Images of love, hate, poverty and oppression left one feeling like there was so much more to life than we even know. Gunn is truly a remarkable human being, full of passion for what he believes in. I can only hope we could all share this passion for life. I left feeling the desire to care more, do more, and yet at the same time, need and want so much less. Thank you Rick for a whole new insight.” TANJA MUSSELMAN Carson City For booking information, please call: 775-339-1344 or send an email inquiry to email@example.com
Below you will find my stories and photos from my recent bicycle journey across India.