Connect the Dots: Refinery Healing Walk #3

Start: Saturday, June 14, 2014 8:00 AM


It's time to transition to a fossil free future & stop the potentially explosive Bakken crude oil trains.   Join us for the third of four healing walks along the refinery corridor in Northeast San Francisco Bay. We will begin at the 9th Street Park in Benicia (Valero Refinery) and walk in prayer and conversation to Lone Tree Park in Rodeo (Phillips 66 Refinery). Please see below for full details, schedule, bicycle contingent, transportation, etc.

Native American elders and community members will lead the walk, stopping to pray at certain places, including the water. We will walk from the 9th Street Park in Benicia to the Lone Tree Point in Rodeo, and will be walking over the Carquinez Bridge. The walk is approximately 14 miles with support vehicles so that walkers can rest whenever they would like. There are also several places where walkers can join the walk along the route (Details below).

Around the last mile, walkers will be encouraged to begin imagining their own communities beyond fossil fuels and what they would ideally be like. Walkers will be invited to share those ideas with their own drawings on muslin at the end of the walk. The muslin squares will be sewn in to a quilt and shared at the last walk on July 12 (Rodeo (Phillips 66) to Richmond (Chevron). Art from previous walks will be exhibited.  Joining us? Please make sure to check back for more details no later than June 11.

Transportation Options: Going with friends? Leave one car at the end and one at the beginning.

Bus from MacArthur BART (and back) in Oakland at 7:00 a.m. - To reserve a space email - RSVP your spot on the bus by Thu/June 12

Carpool: Have a ride/need a ride please contact:

CLICK HERE for Details on the Bicycle Contigent
We will ride as a group to/from the Healing Walk via closest BART stations. Although it may be possible to ride alongside the Healing Walk, bikers are encouraged to participate by walking with their bikes.

1st Leg: Ride from Concord BART to Benecia Valero refinery (12.3 miles). Meet at 7am for 7:15 rollout.
2nd Leg: Walk to Rodeo ConocoPhillips (10.8 miles)
3rd Leg: Ride to Richmond BART (12.5 miles)

Suggested joining spots - Times are approximate. Call (510) 619-8279 on walk day for more exact times:

9:45 am - Columbus Parkway & Rose Drive, Benicia
10:30 am - Intersection of Benicia Rd, Glen Cove Rd & Rollingwood Dr, Vallejo (Sogorea Te sacred site family joins here)
1:30 pm - Maritime & Interstate 80 Frontage Road (Chevron Station), Vallejo
2:30 pm - Vista Point, San Pablo Ave., Crockett (South of the Dead Fish Restaurant)
3:45 pm - San Pablo Ave & California St., Rodeo (Close to end & a wonderful place for families to join)


A group of boaters and kayakers will paddle as a group alongside the Healing Walk in the Carquinez Strait, drawing attention to protecting our water--the Bay, the Delta and the Ocean. We will have some flags with messages and hardware to attach to the front of the kayaks. If you have a kaya/boat and can join us contact:
David (510) 967-7377

WHEN: Sat June 14, 12:30 pm

WHERE: Meet near Nantucket Restauraunt and the Striped Bass Fishing Club in Crockett just under the South side of the Carquinez Bridge. We will paddle out as the Healing Walk goes across the Bridge (scheduled for 1:30, but subject to change), keeping safe, based on conditions and experience.
From I-80: Take the Pomona St exit toward Crockett. Turn left onto Pomona St. Take the 1st left toward Dowrelio Dr. Turn left onto Dowrelio Dr, which ends in a parking lot before the train tracks.

Benicia to Rodeo Route Map & Joining Points:

Two important considerations1.) Please bring your own lunch and snacks. Lunch will not be provided.
2.) At whatever point you decide to leave, you need to provide your own transportation back home unless you have made carpool/bus arrangements.

So, what should I bring to the Healing Walk (besides my positive energy)?• Sunscreen and a hat (even if it is overcast)
• Asthma inhaler/medicines
• Refillable water bottle (we will have water for refills along the route)
• Snacks: energy bars, fruit, trail mix, and your lunch
• Fully charged cell phone, camera
• Comfortable shoes and an extra pair of socks
• Money for: necessities along the way, a 2014 Healing Walk t-shirt ($5-$20 sliding scale),

a donation for our expenses, if you wish.
•Wear layers of comfortable clothing that you can use to adjust your temperature.
• Check the weather and bring rain gear if there is a chance of precipitation.

What should I NOT bring to the Healing Walk?• Do not bring weapons of any kind
• Do not bring drugs or alcohol

Questions or concerns?
Please call (510) 619-8279 (keep this number handy during the walk).

256px-Sunflowers.jpgNon-violence agreement: At the beginning of the Healing Walk, we will ask you to sign an agreement to participate in this event in a non-violent manner, for the well-being of all involved, and out of respect for the tradition of Healing Walks.

Click here to see: Our AWESOME list of Endorsers

Inspiring video by Constance Beutel on Healing Walk #2, May 17, 2014:

Can you chip in $5 or more to help with the costs of the walk?  We'd sure appreciate it!  It's easy to do here: Contributions

Walking by the refinery in Martinez, Healing Walk #1

Event by
Pennie Plant
San Pablo, CA