“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, a place held sacred 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 the divine, god, spirit, earth – why we are here or the meaning of life – an essence that connects the human being with the world. Some examples of pilgrimage are journeys to 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 walk toward a vision of a regenerated environment, a healthy valley and a self-sufficient metropolis.
The nature of Pilgrimage is simplicity, allowing it to include diversity, have minimal ecological impact, and offer space to re-connect with place, people and prayer. We walk with an embodied experience of having ‘All we Need’ as a political prayer. Political in the sense of re-organizing/re-forming what we hold at the center of our lives and Prayer in the sense of allowing us to be guided by something greater than ourselves.