Funds Needed

$1,000

Siri Gunnarson  |  California, USA

Siri is a global citizen and member of Beyond Boundaries, an intergenerational ‘response’ team, working for community development. A youth guide in wilderness and cross-cultural journeys, Siri trained for 6 years with School of Lost Borders and is now working on the expansion of youth programs. She is a coordinator of Tamera’s Global Campus, an educational platform for the creation of peaceful community models. A council carrier and trainer, Siri has worked in Portugal, Kenya and Rwanda and is now part of team developing a Global Council network. Happiest with her feet and hands on the earth, she has studied natural building and plaster, and participated in building three council huts – round buildings, sacred spaces for humans to gather.

Read Siri Gunnarson’s Letter of Intention

Funds Needed

$1,000

Kris Hohag  |  California, USA

Kris Hohag is an educator, artist and life-long community member of the Owens Valley.  Raised in Bishop as a citizen of the Bishop Paiute Tribe, he is but one of a new generation of young Native leaders poised to represent the Paiute and Shoshone people of Payahuunadu for years to come.  He believes fiercely in the wisdom of our ancestors and advocates that the land will provide if we respect the balance of nature and do our part as human beings.
Kris received his Bachelors degree in Sociology from the University of California, Irvine and his Master’s in Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Washington.  He is a community organizer at heart whose work has focused mainly on youth leadership development and building bridges between diverse cultures to unite over our common love of water and land.

Funds Needed

$1,000

Benjamin Holgate  |  California, USA

Ben was born and raised in the Owens Valley. A serious gardener for 15 years he has helped lead the renewed development of local food production and efforts to reclaim a food shed in the Owens Valley. Ben is a local food and soil development advocate and water and environmental activist. He has worked with Walking Water for several years and will participate again this year in the final leg of the pilgrimage within the Los Angeles basin.

Read Benjamin Holgate’s Letter of Intention

Funds Needed

$1,000

Kin-sin-ta Joseph  |  California, USA

​Manahu!

My name is Kin-sin-ta Joseph. I am the daughter of the late Tom Joseph and Patricia Joseph. My dad is a Paiute, Shoshone, and Mono descendant from Lone Pine. My mother is Hupa and Karuk from the Hoopa reservation in Northern California. My parents met during the fish wars in the 70’s on the Klamath River. From there, they both moved back to the Payahuunadu to build our family. I am one of ten siblings. We then moved to Idaho on the Nez Perce reservation until we moved back to Hoopa in 2005. i just recently moved to Bishop to reconnect with the homelands and her cry for help for the water.
My parents made sure that we were very much involved in the ceremonies and prayer circles all over Native country. They knew it was important to connect to the land and build relationships with people everywhere we go in order to take care of our Mother Earth as we promised.  As we know, Standing Rock was a big awakening not only for Native people, but our allies as well. My family was sure to be there and share a sacred fire representing California. My mother was the founder of the California Kitchen at Oceti Sakowin, where we were able to feed thousands of people. We were also able to provide housing and were completely sustainable thanks to the vast support and donations from all over California. It was very heart warming and powerful to see that other Native Californians were supportive and ready for more action. We were all able to learn so much at Standing Rock, and we are excited to keep this flame lit and build more relationships to help with our water issues everywhere. I’m excited to be a part of Walking Water, and I would like to thank everyone who is making this happen.
Aho’!
Paya for the People!

Funds Needed

$1,000

Krystyna Jurzykowski  |  Poland, Brazil, France and USA

Krystyna Jurzykowski is a co-founder of Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, a wildlife preserve for endangered species; Eco-Naturaleza, a trio of coastal rainforest cacao micro-enterprise projects in Panama and High Hope Ranch, a working ranch for retreat, connection and learning. As a child of immigrants in exile, Krystyna understands the destiny gene of wandering with wonder, belonging in service and community. She grew up in a combo of vast wilderness and cement jungles in 3 different continents. Ultimately, the wisdom of nature, became home, her sanctuary of Guidance. Today, she participates and works with individual and organizational partners who seek to deepen their relations with nature, the nature of our collective “story,” the nature of mutually reciprocal living systems and the philanthropy of spirit. Otherwise, she might be found guiding in the wilderness, in circles of council, on solo pilgrimage walks, delving into new forms of social finance, communing with a rhino, or in relation with land, kindreds and the invisible ones.

Read Krystyna Jurzykowski’s Letter of Intention

Funds Needed

$1,000

Julia Maryanska  |  California, USA

Julia is a filmmaker, photographer, performance artist and community builder based in the San Francisco Bay Area. A roving documentarian, she uses her medium of film and photography to artfully tell stories that inspire agency and social change. For 10 years, she has been producing films alongside Oscar nominated filmmakers about subjects running the gamut, from a case study of illegal immigrants on the outskirts of Paris to Susan Sontag, from Tibetan Buddhism to Wikileaks, and now she is making her first feature film called UNION about evolutionary love. She is a land steward who is passionate about community as a way of life, trained and training in communication modalities such as circling, forum, NLP, and Council. All these things combined propelled her to co-found Re/Culture Media, a collective telling stories for a regenerative culture.

Read Julia Maryanska’s Letter of Intention

Funds Needed

$1,000

AnMarie Ramona Mendoza |  California, USA

AnMarie was born and raised in the San Gabriel Valley and identifies with the distinctive and diverse working-class communities of the area. Generations of her family have witnessed, endured and contributed to the molding of Los Angeles and it is for this reason she seeks to understand the historical intersectionality of her Gabrielino-Tongva and Mexican lineages within her academic work. AnMarie has a Bachelors degree in Political Science from UCLA and is beginning her Masters program in American Indian studies, where she will confront mainstream erasure of American Indian history and politics. She has a passion for political organizing and hopes to contribute to indigenous movements that seek both social and spiritual justice. AnMarie lives in Pomona, CA with her 7-year-old son Michael, who is her ultimate motivation. She is very thankful to take part in the Walking Waters pilgrimage.

Funds Needed

$1,000

Tara Milliken  |  California, USA

Tara Milliken is a member of Beyond Boundaries, a student of council, and a lover of water in all forms. She currently lives in Sonoma County, CA where she studies at Weaving Earth. Tara is invested in regenerative community design, rites of passage and social justice. She has been with the project since 2015.

Funds Needed

(incl. travel)

$3,000

Phillip Munyasia  |  Kenya

Philip Odhiambo Munyasia, the founder of OTEPIC, grew up in Mitume as the youngest of 8 brothers and had the rare opportunity to visit a high school. Afterwards, he started to teach people in his neighborhood how to grow their own food and improve their situation. Eager to learn more, he was given the opportunity to do an internship in the Permaculture farm. “Ecology Action” in California. Later he took part in the Global Campus training program in Tamera, Portugal where he became familiar with Holzer´s permaculture. To the surprise of his friends and clients, he has returned to his poor neighborhood after every visit abroad, and has not spent the money he raised for private purposes. Instead, he has developed a deep wish to change the situation of his people and has acquired ideas for how to do it.

In 2008, he founded OTEPIC and created a team which has been teaching people, initiatives, groups and communities to use Permaculture as an alternative way to gain food security and to conserve nature and biodiversity.

At the moment we have three demonstration centres


on our bigger centre we are in process of creating a peace Permaculture School for Kenya and Eastern Africa. The school will be a model for social and ecological sustainability, a
place to reinstall the African dream of nature, hospitality and
abundance, a training site to explore and share the knowledge of
regional autonomy in water, food and energy supply, an ecovillage. M
ore info from the www.otepic.org

Funds Needed

$1,000

Lynn Murphy  |  California, USA

Lynn was raised in the Central Valley of California and left early on to work around the world, keeping a connection to the land and water story in this state. Lynn has been a teacher, community developer, researcher, movement builder, and worked for more than a decade as a large-scale funder of girls education and education reform efforts across the Global South. After more than two decades of global service work in education, international development, and philanthropy, Lynn finds herself in the space “between stories” and vocations. Most recently, she’s studied and works on somatics, new modes of philanthropy, and regenerative systems to find ways to build bridges where we can live in and with more life affirming systems and practices.

Read Lynn Murphy’s Letter of Intention

Funds Needed

$1,000

Sarah Nutting  |  California, USA

Sarah was reared and raised by the South Carolina Salt Marshes, immersed in a love of water since the very beginning. She currently lives in Northern California and has made home with many communities all over the West Coast by touring with music duo MaMuse. This inspirational folk duo of Sarah Nutting and Karisha Longaker has made an appearance on “A Prairie Home Companion,” folk festival stages, theaters, homes, and has found its way into the hearts of many.
The story goes that when “MaMuse” was created, there was a strong knowingness that the music would be informed by and in service to WATER…..four albums and seven years later, the boat still sails along.
Sarah received her bachelor’s degree in Music Performance. Other areas of formal study have included: Outdoor education, community singing, yoga and “Death Midwifery.” She enjoys wandering the wilds, cooking, ecstatic DANCING, reading, exploring community living, homesteading, and sharing playful company with friends young and old.

Funds Needed

$1,000

Raymond Naylor-Hunter  |  California, USA

Raymond Naylor-Hunter, Owens Valley Paiute-Shoshone, is an enrolled member of the Lone Pine Paiute Shoshone Tribe. Ray is a speaker of the local indigenous language, song carrier, and practices ceremonies of his area. Ray holds a Master of Arts degree from the UCLA Graduate School in American Indian Studies. Upon receiving a permaculture design certificate from the Regenerative Design Institute, Ray works full time at the Bishop Nursery where he can apply and build examples of permaculture that are financially and ecologically successful. Ray lives in Independence, CA with his two children, Waucoba, age 7, and Tsiava, age 4. He loves mountain biking, hiking, reading, and being among family and friends. He is very grateful for the Walking Water project and is committed to building health and wellness in conceptual and practical applications as a holistic lifestyle.

Read Ray Naylor-Hunter’s Letter of Intention

Funds Needed

(incl.travel)

$2,500

Marcela Olivera  |  Bolivia

Marcela Olivera is a water commons organizer based in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Marcela was part of the la Coordinadora de Defensa del Agua y de la Vida (Coalition for the Defence of Water and Life), the organization that defeated water privatization in Cochabamba in 2000. Since 2004 she has been developing and consolidating an inter-American citizens’ network on water justice named Red VIDA as part of her work as the Latin American Coordinator for Food and Water Watch.

Funds Needed

$1,000

Jiordi Rosales  |  California, USA

Jiordi has lived most of his life in the coastal hills of Sonoma County, where he spends his time building instruments, making music, asking questions, and playing outside. He began exploring various forms of community in early childhood alongside his family’s organization (S.H.A.R.E.) – with whom he has since worked for cultural resilience projects in Rwanda, Cambodia, Myanmar, and the Sahara Desert.

Presently, he is spending the summer in Alaska, working for The Aleutian Pribolof Islands Association and The Qagan Tayagungin Tribe in service to Unangan culture camps as a builder and teacher of the Iqyax (Aleutian sea kayak). As a dedicated member of his own bioregion, Jiordi will be returning home to California for the Fall to participate in his second year of the Weaving Earth Immersion, and subsequently – the pilgrimage.

Read Jiordi Rosales’s Letter of Intention

Funds Needed

(incl.travel)

$3,000

Rajendra Singh  |  India

Rajendra Singh is a well-known water conservationist, also known as “waterman of India”. He won the Stockholm Water Prize, an award known as “the Nobel Prize for water”, in 2015. He has been doing pioneering work in community-based efforts in water harvesting and water management for decades. He runs the NGO Tarun Bharat Sangh, which was founded in 1975, an instrumental organization in fighting the slow bureaucracy, the mining lobby, and also in helping villagers take charge of water management in the areas close to Thar Desert, through the use of johad, rainwater storage tanks, check dams and other time-tested as well as path-breaking techniques. Starting from a single village in 1985, over the years TBS helped build over 8,600 johads and other water conservation structures to collect rainwater for the dry seasons, has brought water back to over 1,000 villages and revived five rivers in Rajasthan. He is one of the members of the National Ganga River Basin Authority, which was set up in 2009 by the Government of India as an empowered planning, financing, monitoring and coordinating authority for the Ganges. In 2008, The Guardian named him amongst its list of “50 people who could save the planet”.