Syren Nagakyrie

is creating Disability Community and Justice in the Outdoors

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You receive access to the Adventure Journal - posts about traveling and writing the Disabled Hiker's guidebook, as well as the regular patron updates and occasional special offers.

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About

Hello and welcome! I’m Syren and I’m the founder of Disabled Hikers. Become a member to support Disabled Hikers' work and receive access to behind-the-scenes content and special offerings. You'll also get to follow along on my adventures of writing a brand new book!

Disabled Hikers is building disability community and justice in the outdoors. Our vision is a culture transformed by fair representation, accessibility, and justice for disabled and all other marginalized outdoors people. We are unique because we are by disabled people, for disabled people. We center the diverse experiences of disability and build community among disabled and chronically ill folx around interdependence and autonomy, so that people can enjoy the outdoors on their own terms with the support of the disability community.

I am disabled and got so fed up with being excluded from outdoor groups and scouring hiking guides only to start out on a trail and still encounter multiple barriers. . The work I do includes writing trail guides, leading monthly free group hikes, contributing articles and interviews, and work with other organizations to improve accessibility and inclusion. I also maintain active social media platforms for the community. I train other disabled people to do the same things, so that this movement can grow across the country. I am committed to building an intersectional, accessible outdoors movement. The project's motto: Love Your Self, Love Your Place highlights the power of love and belonging.

I am also writing a guidebook tentatively titled: The Disabled Hiker's Guide to Western Washington and Oregon: outdoor adventures accessible by car, wheelchair, and foot, to be published by Falcon Guides in 2021. The book will be the first of it's kind, and the flagship book of a series to be written by other disabled hikers. It will provide 50-60 listings with the information that disabled folks need for scenic drives, wheelchair accessible trails, and a variety of hikes. Tips and resources will also be included, as well as thorough land acknowledgements. Writing this book requires extensive travel and is my primary focus this year -- it is a physically demanding endeavor requiring the majority of my spoons. Your support directly impacts my ability to do this work -- join my Patreon and you'll get to follow my adventures!
 
Disabled Hikers is my primary project, but I have been involved in community building and activism for over 20 years. I've launched or organized countless organizations and projects. Just a few of them:

Started the community blog project Deepening Resilience: Earth-based Responses to Climate Change; co-founder of a network for monastic polytheist pagans; a founding board member of Gods&Radicals, organizer of the conference Many Gods West, founder of the Shekhinah Mountainwater Memorial Fund, co-founder of the Mother Grove Goddess Temple.

As a writer I’ve been published in many print anthologies, community zines, and online publications. I also write on my personal blog and I perform at readings. There is much more writing I plan to do, particularly around community, grief, the natural world, and critical issues. 

Almost all of my useable hours per week go towards uncompensated community work. I have faced housing instability since 2017, following my divorce from an abusive spouse. I currently live alone in a rural area and my disabilities prevent me from full-time wage labor. Your support helps me survive while I continue bringing this work to those that need it. As such, my focus is on doing the work rather than consistently updating this platform with new content. However, you will receive links and updates for all of the work that I am doing. I will occasionally share behind-the-scenes looks, invitations to private events, original stories, and special surprises.

Interlocking identities that I inhabit include white, queer, disabled, poor/working class background, domestic violence survivor, out of order death griever, with an anti-capitalist anti-colonialist intersectional feminist political lens. 

My Patreon account is set up to 'charge up front'.
What this means is that you will be charged for your first monthly pledge at the time you make it, regardless of when in the month you join. You will then be charged again on the 1st of the following month. This means that you will have access to my feed and to perks right away, and I will have access to funds more quickly! If this presents an issue for you, let me know and I would be happy to send you a reminder on the first of the month.

I have a more in depth discussion of why I decided to start a Patreon campaign and the potential it has for community building here.
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$349.22 of $500 per month
Sharing the Burden

Thank you for helping me shoulder the burden. At this goal I will be able to pay the bulk of my monthly bills. 

You will be supporting me for 25 hours per month of community work.

Living under capitalism, in which we must earn our right to exist by proving our productivity, is challenging for disabled people and creative people. Not living in fear of being able to pay my utility bill would create so much space for me to stretch into well-being and creativity.

 As a thank you, everyone will receive an individual poem or piece of prose from me.
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Audio releases
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Writings
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Video

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