“Walking… is how the body measures itself against the earth.” Rebecca Solnit – Wanderlust: A History of Walking.
The act of walking together allows us to embody the experiences of our landscape by slowing down while still moving. By walking together we also get to witness, to listen and embody other’s experiences. Each of us begins to be part of a dynamic relationship between humans and the world around us, we begin to find our place within the circle. It is one way to embody, show and hopefully inspire our deep care, love and attention to water.
The nature of Pilgrimage is simplicity, having minimal ecological impact, and a slower pace allowing us to digest what is happening around us. We walk 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.
We also acknowledge that walking is not accessible to all people, and we welcome and invite each person who is called to join these prayers for water and resilience to work with us to find a way to engage that meets their needs and abilities.
Walks of Resilience
In collaboration with local partners, Walking Water intends to hold short (1 or 2 day) walks along both rural and urban waterways that can support and inspire community resilience. Walking with themes such as tribal sovereignty, infrastructure, water and power, gentrification, social and environmental justice, we will gather to share story and the current local situation. In circle participants will share their own stories and experiences, bear witness to each other and explore together what it means to be resilient in these times.
We are being asked to be creative, to think out the box, to come together in community, to be flexible, to begin acting with alternatives, to challenge and celebrate what has been and ultimately become resilient. Our relationship to money is also an integral part of our collective resilience and we will co-create local fundraising campaigns to support the walks and those who need financial support.
We invite proposals, questions, ideas and collaboration for places and ways to walk and are ready to consult on those walks we cannot be physically part of.