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Kingfisher Sky Art Video

By |December 13th, 2017|Uncategorized|

In October 2017 Walking Water joined with participants from three Los Angeles Schools to form a beautiful kingfisher image on a school field along the LA River. The kingfisher is a bird that is emblematic of a healthy watershed. In the form of a giant living painting, the bird became an embodied prayer that we become [...]

The Art of Listening and Questioning

By |December 5th, 2017|Uncategorized|

"Change happens by listening and then starting a dialogue with the people who are doing something that you don’t believe is right" --Jane Goodall, primatologist, anthropologist and UN Messenger of Peace   Walking Water has been an epic three-year, 880km journey made up of many millions of footsteps, countless questions and a determination to listen, [...]

a letter of reflection

By |December 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|

Lia Bentley 25 years, New York. Walking Water logistics. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ of whatever otherness holds it merging, emerging in circles i hear humility   intelligence of dew this was spoken earlier.   Dear community, I’ve recently returned from several weeks in Los Angeles with Walking Water, a pilgrimage and education project designed with the intention to [...]

Showcasing a Healthier and more Sustainable Future

By |November 30th, 2017|Uncategorized|

‘Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean’  Ryunosuke Satoro, Japanese writer and poet   Want to be inspired? Then how about a visit to the award-winning TreePeople conservation charity nestling high on a ridge in Coldwater Canyon Park in the very heart of Los Angeles.   Here you’ll see how we can [...]

Watershed Remarks by Christina Noonan

By |November 8th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Prepared Remarks for WATERSHED (the day-long Inquiry with Walking Water and TreePeople), from Christina Noonan, Member of the DWP Board of Commissioners.   At the request of Commissioner Noonan, These remarks were read to the assembly by Andy Lipkis, during the "New Story" round table of WATERSHED: Water is our most precious resource. It is what [...]

Meeting Angels in Carmageddon

By |November 8th, 2017|Uncategorized|

‘Angels speak to those who silence their minds long enough to hear’ Proverb   It seems that we can thank a devout Franciscan priest for the spark of inspiration that led to Los Angeles being nicknamed the City of Angels.   Back in 1769 Father Juan Crespi, who was accompanying the first European land expedition [...]

Walking the Trail of Sorrows and Hope

By |October 25th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Insights sometimes appear suddenly and often with a painful intensity when you walk in meditative silence and treat each step as a prayer and a blessing, always asking: what are the learnings. And what is my part to do in all of this? And so it was on the seventh day of the latest leg [...]

Walking for Water and a New Story

By |October 20th, 2017|Uncategorized|

‘Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet’   Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese monk and peace activist   Eyes were often moist and voices choked with emotion as Walking Water pilgrims and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power representatives met on 14 October at the Cascades against the dramatic backdrop of [...]

“Paths Are Made By Walking”: A Commencement Speech on Pilgrimage

By |September 26th, 2017|Uncategorized|

"A walking pace is the speed of community.  Where high speeds facilitate separation, a slower pace gifts us an opportunity to commune. " -- Nipun Mehta In 2012, Nipun Mehta addressed graduates of the University of Pennsylvania as the Baccalaureate commencement speaker. His words offer meaningful insight about the experience and service of pilgrimage. Click here to read.

Earth Guardians: Protect Our Future Campaign

By |August 16th, 2017|Uncategorized|

It's time to protect our water! Earth Guardians offers a call to action: "We are calling Earth Guardians far and wide to take on projects through the end of September that promote and build healthy, clean water locally and globally. This is a chance to take action through creative expression, education, direct action, water ways [...]