Walkers Fund

From the beginning of the Walking Water story we have made this a ‘community’ initiative and a ‘gifting’ economy in the way of creating space for all aspects, ideas, practices and visions to be included in the forming of the project. Everyone who gives their time, skills and support are volunteers and as much as possible we are asking for gifts and a reciprocal process of giving and receiving to provide what we will all need on the walk. We are attempting to organize Walking Water in ‘flow’ – as water flows, money flows. We have also extended this to the idea of each person offering a contribution to the ‘finance pot’. The intention is that each participant will have a ‘share’ that they contribute and we will work in support of those in need to fundraise. No one will be excluded for lack of funds. The proposed share is $1,000 for 2 weeks. This year each walker has to commit to the 2 full weeks. Next to each walker we have added the amount needed and will also show those who have been funded.

Our intention with this page is to show who is committed to walk the path of Walking Water and to give the opportunity to support a walker in bringing their share, or make a general donation to the fund. Please take a look and see whether you feel you would like to support the walkers. We will update the page regularly and include more walkers as they join.

Please go to the Donate page for details on how to gift a walker.

Funds Needed

$1,000

Alan Bacock  |  California, USA

Alan Bacock is a Big Pine Tribal Member and serves as the Big Pine Paiute Tribe of the Owens Valley’s Water Program Coordinator. He has been involved with environmental issues for the past 15 years working on behalf of tribes to protect the water, air and land for the future. As the Tribe’s Water Program Coordinator, Alan monitors water quality to ensure that Big Pine Creek meets water quality standards established by the Tribe as it flows through the Big Pine Indian Reservation and evaluates water quantity changes by analyzing groundwater data. He is also the manager of the Tribe’s Sustainable Food Project. The Sustainable Food Project is an effort to regain tribal connections to the land and water by developing local food sovereignty using concepts which are good for the earth and good for people.

Funds Needed

$1,000

Silvia Belgardt  |  Portugal

She was born and educated in Germany. After a short period of working as a Kindergarten teacher she started searching for alternative ways of living. The “usual way of life” didn’t fulfill her social and spiritual longings. Her work in the Christian Kindergarten showed her the drama of family life in society. For the past 12 years she has been living in an international community in Portugal (Tamera) where she found answers to her questions and search. Here she has been in charge of several working areas, managing the guest kitchen for the last 3 years. Silvia is mother of a 7 yr old boy. She follows her creative passion as a painter and sculptor more and more. She will be coordinating the kitchen for Walking Water..

Funds Needed

$1,000

Lia Bentley  |  USA

Lia Bentley is a dancer who was born in New York City. She dedicates herself to culture work and social change through art, restorative justice circles, and community development initiatives. She is a Youth Ambassador for The School of Lost Borders, and is honored to walk in service to the healing of our waters.

Read Lia Bentley’s Letter of Intention

 

Funds Needed

$1,000

Kate Bunney  |  UK

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 numerous social and charitable organizations. She has a degree with honors in Psychology and a Masters in Women’s Studies and spent the last 15 years living in one of the most progressive communities in the world with a focus on educational programs for communities in conflict areas. Part of that focus was given to organizing and walking Pilgrimage, through Israel and Palestine, Colombia and Europe, as a simple act of re-connection to the beauty and power of the land allowing us human beings to return to the knowing that we have all we need. Kate had the vision for Walking Water in 2012, and has since been concentrating on that becoming a viable project.

Funds Needed

$1,000

Peter Cameron  |  California, USA

Peter is an actor and a listener. Inspired by children and the mystery of nature, he has been stewarding land in South and North America for the last few years after prying himself loose from life in Los Angeles, where he was trained in acting. Peter explores play, story, and the ways we make/move meaning as a way to drop deeper into a practice of living that cooperates with the natural world and believes we belong.

Read Peter Cameron’s Letter of Intention

Funds Needed

$1,000

Colleen Choi  |  California, USA

Colleen Choi is an artist who’s biggest canvas is life itself. A CPA turned jewelry designer turned Earth wanderer and social activist, Colleen uses art to connect with the unseen layers within herself and to communities as she travels. For 3 months in 2012-2013, Colleen served women and children in the slums in India, reconnecting her to her heart. In 2014-2015, she travelled through Mexico and Guatemala, bringing healing arts to Mayan women and children. In November 2016 through January 2017, Colleen rose to her heart’s deepest calling by standing at Standing Rock. She now resides in Topanga, CA and enjoys watercolor painting, prayer and building deeper relationships with water and the healing land of the Chumash people.

Read Colleen Choi’s Letter of Intention

Funds Needed

$1,000

Cailey Clark  |  California, USA

Cailey is natural born earth lover, who actively works the land of Sonoma County tending to veggies, herbs, and medicines. With a degree in Environmental Science, she has built upon that foundation through the application of permaculture, hiking the Appalachian trail, and co-creative garden practices. Her passion brews within the transformation of collective consciousness and bursting the illusion of separation. Therefore, she finds herself living and learning in intentional community, and facilitating workshops exploring the themes of inner belonging and oneness.

Read Cailey Clark’s Letter of Intention

Funds Needed

$1,000

Gigi Coyle |  California, USA

Gigi lives in the Owens Valley and has been focused in many ways on the connection to water – the care of, the teaching of, the protection of, throughout her life. For forty-five years, she has served in various roles from director to consultant, student to teacher, working with different communities, organizations, and cultures, helping to build bridges “between the worlds.” She has organized and co-led journeys to the rainforest, the oceans, and the desert–journeys dedicated to witnessing and learning through the great suffering and abundant grace found on this planet. She is a leader of Beyond Boundaries, an inter-generational pilgrimage of service, and a response team for our times. She serves today as a wilderness rites-of-passage guide, trainer and council carrier, a community facilitator and mentor.

Funds Needed

(incl. travel)

$2,500

Geoff Dalglish |  Findhorn, UK

Geoff Dalglish is an award-winning photojournalist who has enjoyed a lifelong love affair with wilderness and wildness. He has been an investigative reporter, magazine editor, racecar driver, 4×4 driving instructor and overland expedition guide with adventures on all continents, including Antarctica. In 2011 he gave up his worldly possessions to walk with messages about treading more lightly and lovingly upon the Earth, covering more than 10,000 miles. Most recently he walked as an ambassador for WILD10, the 10th World Wilderness Congress and was a finalist for an Adventurer of the Year award. He is the PR for the pioneering Findhorn Foundation Ecovillage in Scotland that has one of the lowest recorded ecological footprints of any community in the developed world.

Funds Needed

$1,000

Sam deBoskey |  USA

Sam is an aspiring farmer, a council leader in training, and a wilderness guide apprentice. For the last few years he has split his time between farms in the northeast United States during the growing season and 3 creeks during the winter. He is especially interested in community supported agriculture and how to co-create holistic and regenerative farm systems. His hobbies and interests also include writing and reading poetry, improving his carpentry skills, and playing basketball.

Read Sam Deboskey’s Letter of Intention

Funds Needed

$1,000

Justine Epstein  |  USA

Originally from the humid coast, Justine finds herself living and thriving in dry places that have taught her the power and sacredness of water. She fell madly in love with the desert when she first visited the Thar desert in India in 2006 and has since cultivated deep and longstanding relations with indigenous artists and activists there and elsewhere around the world. Her studies brought her to another dry landscape — the front range of Colorado — where she earned a degree in Philosophy, focusing on the centrality of grief and mourning in human kind’s coming to terms with our current ecological and social crises. Justine first came to the Owen’s Valley in 2013 as a part of a Young Leaders Fast through the School of Lost Borders. Since then she has been returning every year to thank, listen, and pray and has spent much of the past year coming to know the seasons, people, and waters of the region as she helps to prepare for the pilgrimage. Justine is a poet, a lover of all things wild, a researcher of the human spirit, a dreamer, a global pilgrim, and an honored part of the Walking Water team.

Read Justine Epstein’s Letter of Intention