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About Kate Bunney

Kate was born and raised in the UK. Surrounded by water on all sides, she learnt to swim and sail as soon as she could. From an early age she witnessed many disparities in our human world – and began searching for the places where change was happening, for the better. She has worked in safe houses for women and children experiencing domestic violence, adults with learning difficulties, schools, a child abuse study unit, with young offenders, young girls working on the streets and as a consultant for the UK police force, National Unions and NGO’s. She has a degree with honors in Psychology and a Masters in Women’s Studies with focus on epistemology leading her to carry the question of what do we do with what we know. For 15 years, Kate lived in one of the most progressive communities in the world and held a focus on educational programs and consultancy for communities in conflict areas, fundraising, global networking, organizing and public relations. One of her main roles was organizing and walking Pilgrimage, through Israel and Palestine, Colombia and Europe, as a way of empowering social action and re-discovering our potential as agents of change. In 2012 Kate founded Walking Water – a pilgrimage with the waters – as a way to inspire us to be in community, be in relation with the waters and the places we live and ultimately to experience the huge potential we all have to create change. Walking Water already has a strong global following and is seen as a model in social action. Kate is a member of the Beyond Boundaries team, a Council carrier and community consultant and has recently joined the Weaving Earth team in California.

Water, People, Place – Walking Water 2016

By |April 7th, 2016|Walking Water|

As we step fully into the preparations for Phase 2 of Walking Water it seems a good moment to evaluate and clarify what it is we are intending to do. Over the last 4 years of gradually bringing Walking Water to life the pool of people responsible and holding its vision has grown tremendously. It [...]

Locals Reflect on Walking Water Experiences

By |October 15th, 2015|Walking Water|

Lydia Gonzales of the Lone Pine Paiute Shoshone Tribe poses for a portrait after walking three miles with Walking Water. Lydia wanted to join the walk even though she didn't know any of the other participants. Photo by Jasmine Amara Tracking the extensive issues that revolve around water in the Owens Valley can [...]

Walking Water Event Reaches Bishop

By |September 14th, 2015|Walking Water|

After two weeks of walking, from Saddleback Lake to the Bishop Paiute Tribe’s Cultural Center, roughly two dozen hearty souls and their mission, elevating awareness of water issues both globally and in California, were hosted to a meal and a panel discussion Thursday evening. Activists from Europe to South Africa as well as Inyo and [...]

Week One: Report from the Field

By |September 7th, 2015|Walking Water|

It has been an amazing first week of Walking Water! Thirty-five pilgrims from around the world awoke on a beautiful clear morning at Cattleguard campground outside of Lee Vining, September 1st. We were joined by many from the local community for the opening ceremony, a strong time as a diverse crowd gathered in support of [...]

From the Ojai Valley News

By |September 4th, 2015|Walking Water|

Today Ojai Foundation president Laura Whitney, together with 34 people from around the world, will walk ten miles of a 200-mile pilgrimage from Mono Lake to Owens Lake to raise awareness about California's water problems and possible solutions. The three-week pilgrimage, called Walking Water, started Aug. 31 and will follow some of the natural and [...]

Walking Water Begins its Journey

By |September 3rd, 2015|Walking Water|

Here in the Mono Basin, we have come to know how important water is for sustaining life. The streams that flow down the mountains and into Mono Lake support a thriving ecosystem. The Mono Lake Committee and its members remember how Rush, Lee Vining, Parker, and Walker creeks were once silent, and that it took [...]

Walking Water Seeks a Softer Approach

By |August 20th, 2015|Uncategorized|

After 100 years of often angry conflict and confrontation, a gathering of local and international water activists are poised to present a softer, more personal approach to the battles over water and resources that have linked the Owens Valley and Southern California since the early 1900s. About 50 people will come together in the Eastern [...]

Prayers for Freedom

By |August 7th, 2015|Walking Water|

This video was inspired by love and reverence for water, for friendship cherished and laughter forever praised. Inspired by pilgrimage. Please visit Sarah Nutting's fundraising campaign and donate if you feel inspired!

Trees: The superheroes we’ve been waiting for

By |August 4th, 2015|Learn More|

When is the last time you stopped and really looked at a tree? Sometimes the things we see everyday lose their profound importance as they seem so commonplace, ordinary, already understood. Andy Lipkis has dedicated his life to trees, and talks about the extraordinary, and untapped power of the tree. Andy Lipkis if the Founder [...]

California Is Sitting On The Solution To Its Drought Problem

By |May 26th, 2015|Learn More|

"There's a lot of water around, it just needs to be put to better use. By now you’ve heard about the epic drought threatening every California water user, from almond growers to swimming pool owners, resulting in mandatory cutbacks and ostracism from neighbors for being the last on the block with a green lawn. So [...]