The intention of this offering is to explore how we show up for indigenous led prayer walk and/or how we can become allies with peoples, lands and waters. How do we embody solidarity in real time. Using pilgrimage and prayer walks as our guide, we will walk the path from we will walk the path from listening to responding to what is happening in the world around and within us. This will be a journey from vision to implementation.
Organizing and walking in this way asks us to:
- Listen to the stories of the lands, peoples, waters that we walk with, and through deep listening, become responsible with what we learn
- Be in relationship with what is around us in every moment, and with every step respond to what is new (ie, a different location, a different story)
- Find and live our questions together in community
- Keep moving and be in flow
Through the session we will explore the themes and practices that enable us to respond to our current world situation. This includes protocols and permission, collaboration and partnership, vision, responsibility and fundraising as well as many other elements that go into being a good ally to prayer walks/pilgrimage.
Much of the group sharing will be based in story, emergent, and deeply grounded in years of experience organizing both local and global prayer walks.
Each session will be led by Desirae Harp and Kate Bunney.
The course is a collaboration between Black Mountain Circle, Walking Water, Beyond Boundaries and Weaving Earth.
Dates: May 22-24:
Location: TBD – Near to Berkeley/Marin
Costs: We offer a price of $200 per session to cover minimal costs and ask that those who can make larger gifts of $350 or more. Your generosity is important and we do not want to turn anyone away because of costs.
We aim to make this offering as accessible as possible, and honor the time, experience and monetary costs it takes to offer such an experience. Working with our relationship to money is a key element in how we organize and co-create together so we invite everyone who wants to participate to actively engage in that relationship building from the start.
Accommodation/Food: This is a non-residential offering and lunch for each day will be pot luck style.
Maximum number of participants will be 20 …. Please sign up soon to ensure your place.
Desirae Harp is a member of the Mishewal Wappo tribe from the central coast of California, and she is a descendant of the Diné Nation from the Southwest. Desirae is a singer/songwriter, cultural bearer/activist, and teacher. She is the founder of the Mishewal Ona*staTis language revitalization program, and she works with the run4salmon campaign to restore the California waterways, salmon runs, and indigenous ways of life.
Kate Bunney is co-founder and organizer of Walking Water and has coordinated pilgrimages in conflict areas for the last 15 years. She has worked with Weaving Earth since 2016 as pilgrimage trainer. Kate is a community organizer, a member of Beyond Boundaries and a Council trainer.