What is a Pilgrimage?
“Walking is the great adventure, the first meditation, a practice of heartiness and soul primary to humankind. Walking is the exact balance of spirit and humility.” Gary Snyder – The Practice of the Wild
Pilgrimage is the act of walking for something that also represents a journey to the soul of place and humanity. Pilgrimage is also walking toward something, toward the essence of the quest, the inquiry, sometimes a religious center, or our own selves. Many of the major religions, belief systems and indigenous tribes have used the Art of Pilgrimage as a means to come closer to a meaning of life, an essence that connects the human being with the world. Some examples of pilgrimage are Mount Kailash, Mecca, El Camino de Santiago, Machu Picchu and the Five Great Mountains.
Walking Water attempts to connect that spiritual path of pilgrimage – our internal relationship to ourselves – with our relationship to our external environment.
In this sense we walk for the issue of Water, we walk with Water and the communities along this path that are so affected by this issue, and we walk toward a change in our acting and thinking toward water on both a local and global level. We also walk toward a vision of a regenerated environment, a healthy valley and a self-sufficient metropolis.
“The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green earth in the present moment, to appreciate the peace and beauty that are available now.” Thich Nhat Hanh – Touching Peace
The nature of Pilgrimage is simplicity, allowing it to include diversity, have minimal ecological impact, and offer space to re-connect with the land and our hope.