Walking Water Phase 2: Owens Lake to The Cascades, Sylmar,  September 23 to October 14, 2016

Report and Next Steps

Introduction

We gather prayers through water from different parts of the world and all along our walk we carry it with us, offering and receiving from every place, each morning, finding our way to the ocean. Please join us in giving attention to the Water wherever you are.

Walking Water is an action, a prayer and pilgrimage that intends to restore our relations with and to water. We walk the path from source to end user, the Eastern Sierra watershed down to Los Angeles, with people from many parts of the world – both local and global – to explore what is ours to do….. how are we to be with the waters, the lands and its people.

This year, we entered phase two of Walking Water beginning where we ended last year – the Owens Lake in the Owens Valley, California. The Owens Lake has been dry since the 1920’s after the Owens River was diverted away from its original destination and was fed into the LA Aqueduct. Previous to the settlers, it was a site of huge significance and life to the Paiute peoples and now it is a construction site for a huge mitigation project having become one of the most toxic air pollutant areas in North America.

We entered the OwPhoto1_Jasmineens Lake once again as we started the second year of the pilgrimage headed for the Cascades, Sylmar. We walked 207 miles over three weeks, leaving the Owens Valley and the Eastern Sierra watershed after a few days and then entering Kern County and LA County. We saw only three open bodies of water in those three weeks, the Haiwee Reservoir, the Bouquet Reservoir and Little Lake. Many of our days were spent following the pipe of the LA Aqueduct.

Our Pilgrimage was full of joy, grief, challenges and achievements that we hope we can convey just a little of in this report. We also want to show our deep gratitude to all who contributed to this incredible journey.

I think I fell in love with the earth again. I think, through walking 207 miles, through slowing way down, through laughing and crying with others, through praying, I refound the Friend, the eternal partner, the Lover (as Rumi would call it), and strengthened, deepened, expanded my relationship with the environment.”

Sam DeBoskey, Walker

Walkers

This year we were joined by 55 walkers in total from 12 nations: USA, Bolivia, UK, Germany, Portugal, India, Israel/Palestine, Holland, South Africa, and Poland in addition to walkers from both the Big Pine Paiute Tribe of the Owens Valley and Lone Pine Paiute-Shoshone Tribe. To see a full list of walkers click here.

The walkers came with a range of experience, knowledge and practice in working with water both around the world and locally. There was a balance of men and women and a wide age-range from 20 to nearly 70. Similarities in how water has been managed over the last 100+ years were shared, with different responses and strategies considered. Our common ground in its simple essence became our love and respect for water.

“What a deep way of prayer in action–the simplicity of walking, sleeping under the stars, sharing food and thoughts. What an opportunity to be in a group with so much diversity, so many ways to relate to water and life. And yet there was a common ground where we could find each other, exploring different points of view, experiences and expertise, and a huge variety of ways we define prayer, action, activism.” 

Marie Winter, Walker

A Typical Day

PHOTO8_JENMany people ask us how our day was and while we really took each day as it came – to be flexible with route, the weather and needs of the group – we did find a common rhythm that seemed to work well.

We had a small logistics team and kitchen team that either followed or went ahead each day – providing our group shelter, water and food. This team had to be flexible and very creative as they could never predict what would happen next with us on the trail.

Each day we woke with the sun, normally around 6a, drank a cup of coffee or tea, prepared breakfast and made a picnic bag for lunch. We packed up our own belongings and were in circle by 8am. A few times we met while it was still dark to avoid the afternoon heat. Here we would leanly share essentials from the night, maybe a dream that was significant for the group and place, along with some guidance from Gigi, Kate, and later Alan, when he joined for week three. Each morning as we left the base camp and each evening as we arrived to our next base camp we would offer a water blessing – giving gratitude to the water and land. After WalkingWater2016-114the picture of our day ahead was shared, Krystyna and Laura guided us into silence with a question or thought for the morning. As the journey continued Hank and Jasmine met with the team and became our guides into the time of intentional silence with thoughts to consider. The silent walk often lasted the first two to three hours and our first break was enriched by hearing witness comments from the group. What did we see or find, discover or feel, inside or outside during this time, relevant to our journey?

We then set off again, walking 8 to 14 miles a day, with rest stops for lunch, and visits to important locations — such as the Crystal Geyser Bottling Plant or a natural spring that was discovered along the route. Not long after arriving in the afternoons to the night basecamp, we came together in council, song, and Talking Water. Supper was always a highlight just around dark and most would be asleep before the stars came out.

“You have to stay for a long time with your prayer and follow your heart. Keep the relationships going and invite the people to create circles. Keep learning about the history of the place and the people. Be aware what you look at. There is beauty everywhere as well. Do not block your grieving. Take your time to cry and then ask: What is yours to do?”

Janka Striffler, Walker/Kitchen team

Some Memorable Moments

*Beginning our inquiry and concern by walking in silence through the parking area of the Crystal Geyser bottling plant.

* Standing in a powerful silence when an angry rancher began yelling at one of our vehicles for “speeding”, in front of the whole group, to whom he then added an apology for his actions.

*Co-creating spontaneous blessing ways at natural springs and pipeline sites along our route.

*Finding our way into an “everyone must share a song” council that helped us meet the loud, wild and crazy 30 mph winds.

*Being stopped and asked by many, “What are you doing?” Their concern led to offerings of help and their realization of the purpose of our journey most often led to gratitude.

*Finding and learning about the Mojave green rattlesnake, tracks of bobcat, and bear.

*Having two beautifPhoto 2_Jasmineul campfires permitted and started with bow and drill by our firekeepers … one at Red Rock Canyon campground and the other the last night for our closing council, in the Santa Clarita campground.

Every walk * Every meal * Every council * Every Talking Water

Talking Water

Talking Water took place practically every other day serving as one of the spaces where we invited both walkers and local community members to share their stories and be open for questions and comments by the group. Doing this, we keep ourselves engaged in the issues and stories of the land we walk on and its people, as well as have a way to explore and practice the art of questioning. There is a deep impact to hear stories directly from the storyteller.

Some of this year’s highlights were:

Marc Valens – lawyer and land steward who has been working for many years to bring together all the different stakeholders in order to remove the Klamath River dams.

Marcela Olivera – Bolivian water activist who was instrumental in the people’s water uprising against water privatization in Cochabamba and who continues working for the commons today.

Alan Bacock – water coordinator of Big Pine Paiute Tribe and member of Walking Water Core Team who spoke of his people’s history as well as his personal journey in relation to water.

Mark Dubois – an earth care activist who has dedicated his life to saving rivers—most notably the Stanislaus–where he years ago chained himself to the river bed to stop it from being flooded.

Rajendra Singh – the ‘Waterman of India’, who shared his award-winning work in India in community empowerment and water management.

Raymond Naylor-Hunter – member of the Lone Pine Paiute-Shoshone Tribe who spoke of the Trail of Tears where roughly 900 Paiute were marched out of the Owens Valley in the 1860’s.

Shira Kronich – an Israeli water engineer working for the Arava Institute who spoke of education between peoples around water with a focus on transboundary water management.

Krystyna Jurzykowski – co-founder of High Hope Retreat and Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, a preserve for endangered species, who spoke of the healing power of giving and new relationships possible with money.

Laura Whitney –President of The Ojai Foundation, who spoke of how the way of pilgrimage has led to essential changes in her life and her family’s investments.

Geoff Dalglish – journalist and ‘earth pilgrim,’ who shared the depth of his “turn around” from a career built around cars and cross-country expeditions to becoming an earth pilgrim, and subsequently walked thousands of miles for the human/nature connection.

Meredith Hackleman –a long time activist recently returned from Standing Rock, who spoke of the growing movement of water protectors and the increasing brutality they experience, what is needed there, and the power of non-violence.

Andy Lipkis – founder and president of TreePeople who spoke of the work being done in Los Angeles on storm water catchment and conservation.

Dustin Hardwick–resident of the small town of Cartago and board member of the Cartago Mutual Water Company that is now in dispute with Crystal Geyser – a water bottling company based in the Valley. Dustin’s community maintains that Crystal Geyser, through its methods of extracting, storing, and illegally discharging arsenic has contaminated the local groundwater aquifer.

Will Scott – co-founder of Weaving Earth spoke of the need for relational education in the great turning.

Jim Epstein – chairman of his family’s investment company for over 30 years and founder of various social initiatives, Jim spoke of his path in weaving social consciousness with money.

Johannes Ewig and Janka Striffler – co-workers of Tamera Healing Biotope 1 in Portugal, gave an insight into Tamera as one of the longest running intentional communities in the world whose intention is to create complex models for a peace culture.

Mike Prather –a teacher and avid birder as well as a huge support throughout Walking Water – offering advice and local knowledge about the water issues in the Valley – this year spoke about the Owens Lake and how the water flows or why it doesn’t through the Valley.

And even our co-leaders Kate and Gigi shared personal stories this year in between weaving thoPHOTO 3_Jenughts and guidance for our journey throughout.

There were many other Talking Water informative interactions along our route, including those with;  

– Members of Little Lake Ranch – a duck hunting club near Coso who toured us through their philosophies and land.

– Pete Legan and his wife from Antelope Valley, who gave us permission to stay at their home and joined in our circle.

– Terrie Anderson, fun and gracious host of Casa de Luna in Green Valley, where hundreds of Pacific Crest Trail hikers stop.

– The BLM, who visited us along the roadway one day after putting a huge amount of work into supporting our route with permits.

“I find myself moved and inspired by that mystery and magic of what happens when we give water back its place and power, and surrender to the constellation of life and abundance that wants to happen.”

Justine Epstein, Walker

Expanding Partners and Deepening Relations

Paiute Peoples

PHOTO4a_JENThis year we have been very fortunate in our strengthened relations with the Paiute Tribes in the Valley. Along with Alan Bacock being part of the core team and Kathy Bancroft supporting in so many ways, we were also joined by Ray Naylor-Hunter of the Lone Pine Paiute Shoshone Tribe as a walker. Teri Red Owl, Rosanna Marrujo and Jesse Archer of the Owens Valley Indian Water Commission again offered shuttles and much support throughout the walk. And some Bishop tribal elders came to our opening and closing events that was significant for all present.

The route this year crossed at times with the Trail of Tears, the path where the Paiute were forcibly marched out of the Valley by the State and imprisoned at Fort Tejon in the 1860’s. Many were killed before the march, and of the roughly 900 who were marched, many died en route. For much of the walk we honored the trail and the brutality experienced by the Paiute in the Valley. And for many of us it was a time of deep grieving, to acknowledge our history and those acts committed.

This strengthened relationship and partnership with the Paiute tribes has enriched Walking Water by offering more integrity and understanding of what this land and water use were for the original people. Our understanding of what having a deeper relationship to and with water can mean, entails connecting the new story with the ancient story . We feel the voice and guidance, understanding and perspectives of First Nation peoples is an essential part of the change needed, the healing, learning and growing into a more healthy, just world for all of life.

Weaving Earth

Deeply rooted in Sonoma County, Weaving Earth is a center for relational education and is a key partner of Walking Water. Two of the co-founders, Will Scott and Dave Hage and some of their students, walked with us, and Kate is also now part of the Weaving Earth team responsible for guiding in Pilgrimage and Social Activism.

“They say it’s not a political war, 

It’s a water war…

The challenges we face, both inside and out, must be resilient indeed.

Luckily, so is the depth of our care.”

Will Scott, Walker

Beyond Boundaries

This year many people from the “alliance” Beyond Boundaries joined the walk and played significant roles in leadership as well. The carrier and logistics team held their preparation gathering at Three Creeks, a Beyond Boundaries home hub and sanctuary, that has served in supporting Walking Water in a variety of ways over three years. Outreach and learning about the walk through Beyond Boundaries allies, partnerships, communities and networks such as Tamera, Findhorn, Auroville, Threshold, The Ojai Foundation and others, continue to grow.

 TreePeople

Andy Lipkis, founder and President of TreePeople in LA, has continued to be an influential contributor to the vision and practice of Walking Water. In particular, his support in liaison with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has been invaluable. We are hoping to work ever more closely in the coming year. Holding our last event at TreePeople was also quite significant as a taste of what is to come through the following year. We met TreePeople’s CEO Cindy Montanez, who was a wonderful contribution to the sharing that evening.

The WILD Foundation

Again, we were incredibly happy to have the support of the WILD Foundation. They kindly offer us fiscal sponsorship and give guidance in project management where needed.

The Ojai Foundation

The Ojai Foundation was well represented throughout the walk in the form of its President Laura Whitney and Gigi Coyle as one of its Elders. As a Founding Center for Council, the ways of Walking Water are well aligned with those of the Ojai Foundation.

PHOTO4_JASMINE Council and Round Tables

 One of our intentions is to inspire all of us to walk with water, listen to the water, and from that quiet experience, to talk with and listen to each other. We are not offering a quick fix. As part of our pilgrimage we ask everyone to be in the spirit and practice of inquiry and bearing witness. Alone and together we discover our questions and concerns, listening to the many stories evoked by our relations with each other and the natural world. Out of a deeper place of listening and learning, we then ask what is ours to do. This simple way is at the root of the practice of council. This pilgrimage has become in part a kind of training in how to make decisions that are inclusive, and how our actions may be skillful, non-violent means towards a greater care and sharing of water.

Most every day even as part of hearing from selected speakers, we sat in a circle. Being in council supports us to hear each other, as well as the land and the water stories, walking with us. This became a time of intergenerational learning and listening, seeing the dedication and commitment of so many from different parts of the world.

Round Tables, another vital way of Walking Water offered in the spirit of council, opens an opportunity for heartful listening amongst selected speakers and an audience. This contributes then to widening our circle of knowledge and making relations. Two such public events marked the beginning and end of Walking Water this year.

On September 22nd, the eve of our departure, we were hosted by Meredith Hackleman at Lauren Bon’s Metabolic Studio at the PPG plant in Bartlett. Here we held a Pot Luck and Round Table with speakers Alan Bacock, Matt Kingsley (Inyo County Supervisor), Kammi Foote (Owens Valley Committee) and Michael Grahek (LADWP), and guided by Gigi Coyle and Kate Bunney. It was a rich evening, evoking many questions and a connection between all the speakers. At a time when the Big Pine Paiute Tribe are having such real current difficulties with the LADWP, there was the opportunity to voice concerns in a way that opened the possibility of listening again, outside of the limits of a confrontational meeting room, perhaps sparking a renewed engagement of building relations.

On October 15th, to complete this year’s walk we held an event as co-hosts with the TreePeople. Located on Mulholland Drive in LA, we quickly adapted to the urban space after three weeks in the desert. Speaking at the event were walkers Marcela Olivera, Rajendra Singh, Shira Kronich, Alan Bacock, and Will Scott with guidance again from Gigi Coyle and Kate Bunney. Cindy Montanez contributed beautifully with her personal story as well as an overview of TreePeople’s passion and work. What unfolded was a taste of Walking Water…the people…the experience…and perspectives, rounded out with a few key questions from the larger circle. The Walking Water singers called in some of the magic of community with songs from this year and last. It was all offered as a seed of what might be offered next year. With only water to offer as snacks, it was amazing to see how long people wanted to linger and connect. Thank you Cindy for expanding our time frame.

Challenges

Some of the challenges to name:

PHOTO5_JASMINEThe lack of open water – We didn’t see water for roughly two-and-a-half weeks, only following the water in the pipe of the LA Aqueduct. This made for a very different existence and movement, compared to last year.

Weather – Although we were incredibly lucky in the weather conditions, we were still faced with 30mph winds on a number of days. As well, we spent many days walking long distances in extreme heat without any shade for relief.

Diversity – In some ways we had a diverse group of people in age, gender and work, as well as people from other countries. However, more diversity is wanted as we move south. Even with money gifted to those who walked, we are still at a point where it takes a certain amount of privilege to be able to join such a walk for three weeks. Our vision is that as we come close to LA, our team will continue to grow our outreach and diversity. The first step will be to make the Walking Water website both English and Spanish. We will look to Marcela Olivera and Yamin Chehin for assistance with translation, as well as becoming a part of developing some of LA connections in the Hispanic community.

Route – In some ways the route work this year was much simpler than last year’s. We worked mainly with the BLM and were gifted the use of expensive GPS equipment that was an essential tool. However, two major challenges working with BLM were the cost of receiving permits and the inability to get permission for some of our chosen sites, which meant that some days were very long in mileage, while others quite short. Our last 10 days were all on private land. This meant a lot of time was given to building relations with private landowners, many of them not living in California or easily contactable. We are hugely grateful to those who agreed to our request to stay on their land, especially since many of the landowners we contacted would not give permission.

PHOTO5_JENVehicles – One of the challenges of old and/or borrowed 4wd vehicles is that they break down!! And this year our logistics team had to deal with trucks that wouldn’t start almost on a daily basis. With each vehicle carrying essential equipment this meant a constant juggling by the team to get to the next basecamps, move all the equipment, and support the walkers at the same time.

Moving towards LA – Having spent much of the three weeks in the desert it was quite a quick adjustment for some to face the urban environment of LA County. As we held our closing ceremony at the Cascades we were situated alongside the intensely noisy and busy freeways which connect LA with the northern areas of California. Even speaking, much less sharing, blessings over such a noisy din was a challenge. And such a place evoked a huge part of the story – the question of how we are heard, of how we make or contribute to building relations with both the source and the end user.

“I feel my grief for the water is older than my bones, and the call to pilgrimage is bigger than my own longing. The journey focused our common eye on bearing witness, listening and asking questions to open a space of inquiry, beginning with curiosity and leaving the heart open to receive all sides of the story.”

Siri Gunnarson – Walker

Parallel Events

We encourage communities, individuals and organizations to hold parallel events that bring focus to their own local waterways. We ask only that it be relevant to the waterway and the local community, that it be simple and inclusive. Here are the groups around the world who joined us this year.

California: Ojai, The Ojai Foundation held a pilgrimage and council in Matilija Canyon on October 4th,

Mendocino: Rivers Bend, Laurie Adams called community members together to be with the waters of the Navarro River and the Navarro River Resource Center.

Russian River: Russian River Confluence Headwaters-to-Sea Descent, Walking Water 2015 pilgrims – coordinator Shay Sloan and logistics team member Brendan Clarke, participated in an event that brought together leaders of public agencies, NGO’s and business, between First Nation and Euro-American settlers – to re-envision the Russian River as a thriving watershed.

Texas: Friends of the Brazos, a multi-county community supported effort, organized a walk in the Mitchell Bend area of the Brazos River on September 30th.

Czech Republic: Natural Spirit organized a four day women’s water pilgrimage.

Greece: Skala Ecovillage of the Thessaloniki region, organized a day dedicated to the Water. It was the same day as Greece’s national elections, reminding us that environmental and political issues go together.

Israel: Pilgrims connected to the prayer and action of Walking Water, participated in ‘The March of Hope,’ a two week pilgrimage bringing together thousands of Israeli and Palestinian women calling for peace.

15055697_10210383496851060_6265866062353292247_nKenya: OTEPIC of Kitale, a grass roots sustainability and organic farming community project, joined in solidarity through planting trees and walking along the local river.

Palestine: Young sustainability students excited by the vision of Walking Water spontaneously joined in enthusiasm, walking from Jenin to Hebron (far north to far south of Palestine) in connection with Walking Water.

Portugal: Tamera Healing Biotope, a community went on a ten-day “walking tour” in their local watershed, bearing witness, listening to the land, water and people, and envisioning a region of communities taking responsibility for the watershed.

Canada: Salt Spring Island, BC, Ally Naomi Jenson hosted a special Dance Temple with the prayer for the waters.

Scotland: Findhorn Foundation, Geoff Dalglish, Earth Walker and Findhorn resident, returned from the Walking Water Pilgrimage and hosted a well-attended event, ‘Water is Life,’ and a walk along Findhorn Beach.

Turkey: Friends of Alakir River walked in solidarity, bringing awareness to the political complexity and environmental impacts of hydro-electric development in their region.

Media, Music, Blogs and Film

We were very fortunate to have Geoff Dalglish, Jasmine Beaghler and Jen Fedrizzi all join us again to su150-WW-phs2-jfpport us with words and images. Some of Geoff’s blogs are already on the website and we are expecting more. Jasmine and Jen are now preparing a set of images that will soon be shared. We anticipate creating a traveling art show for next year with pictures painted and creations of all kinds.

Music was more in the center this year with Sarah Nutting supporting community songs to flow while also creating her own songs/sound. Hank Wadsworth provided us with the Walking Water 2016
song that was inspired by his preparation for the walk.

Emmett Brennan and Cailey Clark also accompanied us as they filmed their independent film ‘Reflections.’ We look forward to seeing all of the creations that will emerge.

“For Her Speak…

 River Wide and River Deep

Calls me to her side…

To Protect and For Her Speak

Water She says It is Time…

Vast Vast Ocean and Bubbling Creeks 

All are friends of mine..

From Valley Floor to Mountain Peak..

Water She says it is Time…

So lay down your weapons

I come in Peace

to be a Stand for All Life

For all things Thrive where water is clean

Water She says it is Time…”

Sarah Nutting, Walker

What’s Next

We intend to ….

*follow up with questions about Crystal Geyser to Matt Kingsley, the Inyo County Supervisor who came to our opening event

*support two Europe-bound Walking Water pilgrims as they initiate a meeting with Crystal Geyser in Paris

*stay in connection with three Walking Water pilgrims Rajendra Singh, Ethan Hirsch Tauber, and Julia Maryanska who are attending Morocco COP 22 – working to get water at the center of the discussion

*listen to local Paiute peoples on how to be supportive of Standing Rock as well as issues here in the Owens Valley

*create a podcast we have been asked for

*create events in California and other places as well, to share the story and inspire community awareness and activism through slide show, music, and film

* update the website and make it bi-lingual language – English/Spanish

* develop more PR and press opportunities, etc.

* engage the school districts in LA and Inyo County to incorporate water curriculum, which shares about the Paiute people, the Owens Valley, and the LA Aqueduct

And now …. As we complete Phase 2, we are in the dreaming for Phase 3. As with all phases that means to really listen to what is being asked for as we walk into LA. So many questions are arising, such as how long we will walk next year? Is it three weeks again as we weave through LA or shorter, given less mileage? What will our logistics team look like in the city? How might we include bikes? What kind of events shall we prepare? How do we create a diverse group of partners, walkers and supporters? These questions in part will be answered by who steps forward. In the next weeks we will gradually put together the picture and begin the preparations.

What we need

Walking Water has emerged and grown through those who have been called to be a part. We are more of a growing community and movement than an NGO. We are open to good ideas and anyone who has a gift to share. We look forward to new relationships and supporters as we move toward Phase 3.

What we do know already is that we need and want to keep expanding the Walking Water team. We are looking for someone who can be responsible for the Logistics throughout this coming year, someone who can be support with events, a person responsible for locations and overnight accommodations and food.

We are looking to widen our partner base, in particular with LA based organizations but also worldwide. This includes those who wish to do parallel events. We are looking to widen our sponsorship base and fundraising efforts. And as we want to increase the media attention, we are looking to add a media coordinator to the team.

PHOTO7_JASMINEFinances

An important aspect of any community ‘way’ is reciprocity, the art of giving and receiving. Walking Water sees this as an important aspect in ‘restoring all relations.’ Building healthy relations to and with money, placing it within a communitarian field, contributes to developing, protecting and renewing a healthy relationship to water. We begin from the premise that everyone has something to both give and receive. Our task is to match these aspects, and support a flow that is greater than ourselves. We encourage all to ask for what they need and offer what they can. We appreciate and imagine abundance, while working with what we have and looking to do what we are able to do well.

As well as financial contributions from allies and partners, we also seek local business sponsorships that give many more the opportunity to play a part. We ask each walker to help cover their share of our walking costs which include food, water, permits, route work, vehicles, communication and coordination etc. As each and all reach out and ask for support, we find this is an opportunity to share our story, for walkers to share their intentions for walking and to join in the art of asking and receiving. Fundraising then becomes more about educational outreach and building community. As all give just what they can, we then ask others who are able to contribute more to do so as needed.

This year we received roughly $81,000 and spent roughly $74,500 meaning we begin Phase 3 with some small initial money in the pot. And in terms of sponsorship and gifts in kind, while difficult to put an exact number to it, it was roughly $50,000 – from people’s time and consultancy to truck loans to chewy bars ….

We give a huge thanks to you all for this community involvement!

A complete budget is available for those who would like it.

Acknowledgements

Walking Water is truly a community initiative, part of a movement that is expanding gradually each year with those who offer their time, skills, knowledge and experience to the vision and its implementation. We are very fortunate to have had so many hands and hearts involved this year. We give thanks for all those who have gifted, supported, loaned and offered so much energy, time and care. Please let us know and forgive us for any names we have missed!

Foundation Supporters and Gifts in Kind

Ananda Fund, Dolphin Blue Inc., Lush Cosmetics, Namaste Foundation, RSF Social Finance, The Harmey Bancroft Scholarship Fund, The Scheerer Family Foundation, Three Creeks, Threshold Foundation members, LA County Park Service, Lauren Bon and the Metabolic Studio, The LA EcoVillage.

Individual Supporters and Gifts in Kind

Alan Bacock, Alexis Slutzky, Alicia Voltmer, Allaire Paterson Koslo, Andrew Beath, Ann Campbell, Arun Nair, Benjamin Holgate, Benjamin Kahrl, Cailey Clark, Cara Gardner, Carol Petrash, Christine Jurzykowski, Claude Pepin, Daniel Lewis, Dave Hage, Deborah King, Diane Saturnino, Emmett Brennan, Ethan Hirsch-Tauber, Gaie Alling, Geoff Dalglish, Gigi Coyle, Hank Wadsworth, Harriet Platts, Helen Feldman, Isobel McBride, Iverner and Fullmer, James Epstein, James Haim, Jane Packard, Janka Striffler, Jasmine Beaghler, Jason Krebs, Jeanne Feeney, Jen Fedrizzi, Jill Sablosky, Jim Epstein, Jiordi Rosales, Johannes Ewig, John Wolfstone, Julia Maryanska, Justine Epstein, Karen Summers, Kari McCabe, Kari Stettler, Kate Bunney, Kathy Bancroft, Kelly Feeney, Laura Feeney, Laura Whitney, Lauren Embrey, Lauren Hage, Lia Bentley, Lionel Epstein, Lynn Murphy, Madeline Udashen, Marc Valens, Marcela Olivera, Marie de Beauvoir, Marie Winter, Mark Dubois, Mark Finser, Mark van Thillo, Mary Elizabeth Horan, Matilda Dorsey, Meredith Hackleman, Michael and Lesley Bunney, Michael Baldwin, Michael Prather, Miles Epstein, Monique Yip, Peter Cameron, Raymond Naylor- Hunter, Richard Burg, Robert Scheff, Robert Weiner, Roger Milliken, Samuel DeBoskey, Sandra Skrei, Sarah Epstein, Sarah Hamilton, Sarah Nutting, Scott Davidson, Sean Wadsworth, Shira Kronich, Sierra Silverstone, Silas Hagerty, Silvia Belgardt, Siri Gunnarson, Susan Gorgon, Tara Milliken, Terrie Anderson, Trea Yip, Troy Carter, Victoria Simiele, Will Scott, William Helmer, Win Phelps, Yvan Rytz

Partners

Beyond Boundaries, Big Pine Paiute Tribe of the Owens Valley, Bishop Paiute Tribe, Lone Pine Paiute Shoshone Tribe, MaMuse, The Ojai Foundation, Owens Valley Committee, Owens Valley Food Coop, Owens Valley Indian Water Commission, The School of Lost Borders, The Biosphere Foundation, The Grace Foundation, TreePeople, WILD Foundation 

Sponsors

Ace Hardware, Big Agnes, Cascade Designs, Dwaynes Pharmacy, Go Raw, Great Basin Bakery, Guayaki Yerba Mate, Joseph’s Market, Larabar, Looney Bean, Lundberg Farms, Mahogany Smoked Meats, Manor Market, Marley Coffee, Mono Market, Nature’s Path, Numi Organic Tea, Nutiva, Paul Mitchell, Sierra Elevation Adventure, Teeccino, TeeChia, Trader Joe’s, Wildbrine, Wofchuk Honey

  Core Team

Kate Bunney, Gigi Coyle, Alan Bacock

Logistics Team

Ben Reader, Lia Bentley, Peter Cameron, Scott Davidson, Troy Carter

Kitchen Crew

Janka Striffler, Karen Summers, Silvia Belgardt

Carriers

Krystyna Jurzykowski, Laura Whitney, Geoff Dalglish, Kathy Bancroft, Win Phelps

Team members

Justine Epstein – assistant to coordinator

Lia Bentley – logistics assistant

Sarah Nutting – music and song

Jasmine Beaghler – photographer

Jen Fedrizzi – photographer

Siri Gunnarson – parallel events

Emily Pease – website and graphic designer

John Mosley – mapping

Wild card team support

Ben Holgate, Lynn Murphy, Ray Naylor Hunter, Sam Deboskey

Special Acknowledgements

*The LADWP for giving access to Bouquet Canyon Reservoir

* The Big Pine Paiute Tribe for generously funding the TreePeople event

* The many café’s and gas stations that gifted us water and gave us ice

* Our compost man ‘Paul’ who came to collect and use our compost