A Walking Water Pilgrimage
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On September 1st I will set out with other Pilgrims on a 200 mile, 21 day journey from Mono Lake to Owens Lake. We will walk, pray, pass along stories and song, restore community and renew our own personal relationships to water.
“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
Walking Water will host this Pilgrimage.
"Walking Water is an invitation, an action, an educational journey and a prayer intended to foster a healing relationship among people and water. It celebrates the beauty and power of water and recognizes that water is common ground, worldwide."
Walking Water ( www.walking-water.org)
two stories walking side by side....
For over one hundred years, water from the Owens Valley has flowed via a man-made aqueduct to supply the growing city of Los Angeles. LA receives approximately one third of its water supply from this source of imported water. Depleted water tables affect native vegetation and irrigated lands. Hazardous airborne dust has caused lung problems in the human population. Animals have lost their food and water supply. The Paiute, the native people of this area, have a long history of creating sustainable aqueduct systems to channel the water; they no longer have the sovereignty to utilize the water on behalf of all living beings.
The Northern California Water Story might not be so different if the 10-year water transfer program is to come to pass: the proposal of water transfers from the Sacramento Valley through the Delta to the San Joaquin Valley. Chico CA organization, Aqualliance, has for many years, and continues to speak on behalf of water.
"AquAlliance will protect the ground water and wetlands in northern California to sustain family farms, communities, creeks and rivers, native flora and fauna, vernal pools, and recreation. Achieving these objectives is essential to restoring North America’s largest inland estuary: the San Francisco Bay Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta."
As walkers, we are asked to bring a monetary offering to go towards meals, outreach and logistics. My intention is to offer $2000. I hope to match this amount as an offering to Aqualliance.( www.aqualliance.net)
My intention is to bridge these communities through their common story, and to bring awareness to the reality that is in fact a global story.
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May we all walk in a good way with Water.
The Water Pilgrimage continues:
THROUGH GOD'S EYES
One Water Story - Every Water Story
at the Yoga Center of Chico
250 Vallombrosa #150, Chico, California 95926
Saturday, December 19th, 2015
6:30pm - 9:00pm
This evening is an invitation to connect around Stories of Water. Our storytellers will include Kate Bunney, visionary of Walking Water: www.walking-water.org, representatives from the Butte Environmental
Council, Aqualliance, and more. The evening will be woven together by music from Sarah Nutting of MaMuse and poetry & photos by Jasmine Amara
Bring your stories, your questions, your excitement for Pilgrimage, as we take a look together with eyes of compassion into the deeper issues of that
which most sustains us: WATER.
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Blessings and Peace,
I'd like to invite you all to read the Walking Water 2015 "report/next steps"...This gives a beautiful glimpse into the heart of the three weeks shared as Pilgrims in the Owen's Valley:
Also, for those of you who live close enough to make the pilgrimage this Friday, October 23rd to Chico, California, I'd love to invite you to attend an evening presentation/fireside gathering and sharing of my personal journey through the Owen's Valley. For More info and directions:
So grateful for these Fall Fresh Rains...Please let me know if you'd no longer care to receive emails from me, as the campaign is "officially" over. Otherwise, I hope to continue sharing events, updates, stories and songs of the water as she speaks through me.
I've been three days back in Chico, and fallen in love all over again with this blessed valley. We have it SO good here...flowing waters, luscious food, deep community, flowing waters....Never before have I experienced this valley as "lush," but after walking three weeks through the Owen's Valley, I must say that my lens has changed.
I will continue to use this campaign format as a way to communicate about Pilgrimage, honoring that as a community, $1500 was raised and given to "Walking Water," and $1000 was raised and will be offered to AquaAlliance. Thank you thank you thank you!....Feel free to continue to donate as you like, but I'm formally closing the "fundraising" intention for this chapter.
Last night I began the challenge/task of educating myself on local water issues. And my oh my it feels so BiG, and I have a strong sense that it is really time to learn and understand, so that the same story of the Owen's Valley does not play out here in our precious valley. My heart sends out the call for those who understand, those who have info to share, those that want to talk about Pilgrimage in this valley to please reach out to me as the calling to walk for water continues. Thank you all friends, and please stay tuned for local presentations about my time in the Owen's Valley.
I would also like to credit the beautiful photos from the Walking Water Journey : Jasmine Amara
Blessings and Love!
Hello there. It's been a little over a week marking our closing ceremony in the middle of Owen's "Dry" Lake, marking the end of the 1st chapter of this 3 year Pilgrimage. Words cannot express the depth to which I have been touched. There is so much in my heart to share, and for now, more than anything,, I want to offer my deep gratitude to you as the wind in my sails.
As I look forward, I return to Northern California with the question, " what is mine to do?" More than ever I am inspired to learn more about my own watershed, and to serve in the deepest way that I am called. There is a strong vision that came through my walk for a Northern California Pilgrimage in the coming year; As we in the North face our own issues surrounding right relationship and stewardship of our most precious life giver - Water.....
In the coming weeks I will be organizing a presentation crafted of song, story, photos and facts. It is my prayer that I may share this story with many. The story of the Owen's Valley is a story meant to be shared. Please reach out and let me know if you have interest in hosting a presentation in the coming months, and or have interest in being a part of the Northern California Pilgrimage visioning.
In the meantime, I am still collecting donations, just as this pilgrimage is not complete, so is this opening to continue raising funds for Aqua Alliance.
For more stories and photos from the Walking Water Pilgrimage, please visit the website:
Blessings and much more to come,