Walking Water

The Right Stuff

By |October 31st, 2016|

For decades the Mojave Desert has been synonymous in my mind with myths, legends, extremes of weather and feats of human courage and endurance – so what would it be like to walk through it?

I imagine all Walking Water participants had some anxieties around the long, hot, dusty days we’d spend tramping across this harsh […]

Walking Water Traces Path of Vanished Rivers

By |October 31st, 2016|

Walking Water is a “fervent prayer and pioneering social action” that began last September in eastern California, continued last month, and will conclude in the fall of 2017. The “water” the participants are calling attention to is now mostly a memory, for the rivers and creeks of this Eastern Sierra valley were conscripted in the […]

In the Footsteps of the Ancestors

By |October 8th, 2016|

Walking Water is a fervent prayer and pioneering social action and as we participants walk ancient paths we aspire to be as caring and conscious as many indigenous peoples have been for millennia.

We’re walking in the footsteps of ancestors who lived lightly upon the Earth, seeing the sacred in the skies, the waters, the trees […]

Walking Water Sister Events

By |October 2nd, 2016|

Week one of Walking Water is complete, and today we closed our first cycle with gratitude, grief and joy for our water and world. As we walk through the Owens Valley, bearing witness to the land and water, meeting people from different facets of the complex web of local water issues, we keep aware of […]

Heartbreak and Hope!

By |September 30th, 2016|

It was the stuff of nightmares and easy to imagine that all the demons of Hell had been unleashed as the wind moaned, howled and gusted ferociously while loose panels of roofing screeched, banged and clattered through a seemingly endless and sleepless night.

Was the tortured moonscape of the dry Owens Lake expressing its outrage at […]

Mulholland: Visionary or Villain?

By |September 22nd, 2016|

By any standards The Great Los Angeles Aqueduct is a towering engineering feat. It is also utterly audacious and unprecedented in that it was nothing less than the theft of a major river whose source began hundreds of kilometres away high in California’s magnificent snow-capped Sierra Mountains.

It’s architect and engineer William Mulholland achieved instant celebrity […]

The Prayer of the Paiute

By |September 17th, 2016|

Seven-year-old Owen Bacock of the Big Pine Paiute tribe is named after his parents’ great love of the Owens Valley and as a bridge to his Irish ancestry on his mother Anna’s side.

He is a symbol of the hope that his generation and those to come will share in a more sustainable and heart-centered world […]

Flow!

By |September 2nd, 2016|

A passionate love of all life and a burning desire to honour the rights of the Earth is bringing together an inspiring international group who’ll resume the Walking Water pilgrimage in California’s parched Owens Valley September 22nd.

Each is driven by a great love affair with the natural world and many have amazing stories to tell […]

A Walker’s Personal Story – Brendan Clarke

By |April 22nd, 2016|

Brendan Clarke participated in Phase 1 of Walking Water both as walker and part of logistics team. Here is a personal account of some of his experiences walking along that path.

WATER IN THE WEST

The Owen’s Valley: Small Story Meets Big Story

I will begin with good news. Owen’s Valley is beautiful, and Los Angeles (LA) is […]

Water, People, Place – Walking Water 2016

By |April 7th, 2016|

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 is […]