The Findhorn Foundation is lending its support to a pilgrimage in California called Walking Water that will spotlight humanity's relationship to water and invite people to co-create solutions that are pivotal to the wellbeing of all life on Earth.Walking Water is an invitation, an action, an educational journey and a prayer intended to foster a healing relationship among people and water, while celebrating the beauty and power of water.
The pilgrimage takes place over three years, starting on 1 September 2015, and will bring together the voices of many through the act of walking together on a route that follows the waterways – natural and manmade – between Mono Lake, Owens Valley and LA, with the Greater Los Angeles Area today being home to more than 18 million people.
Among those participating is Findhorn Foundation PR Geoff Dalglish, who most recently walked as an ambassador for WILD10, the 10th World Wilderness Congress in Spain.
"I'm privileged to be playing a part in this inspiring initiative and also representing the Foundation," Geoff says. "While there is a perception in Scotland and the UK of water being totally abundant, access to clean, healthy water has become a burning global issue and nowhere on Earth is immune to the need to radically re-envision how we act, think and live in relation to water."The pilgrimage will take place in areas of astonishing natural beauty but also pass through areas devastated by drought and the impacts of the water being channeled to LA during the past century, literally sucking some areas dry.
"Walking Water brings together role players from all walks of life – including representatives of the indigenous tribes who are the first people of the land – and hopefully together with ancient and modern knowledge we can co-create healthy ways of being in relationship to water and each other."
The intention is to walk a section of the route each year for three weeks until arriving in LA during 2017, with this year's section linking Mono Lake and Owens Lake. Separating it into three sections will give participants time to interact with the local communities and environment, and to weave in activities that have the potential to create beneficial long term impacts.
The pilgrimage is seen as a journey through inner and outer landscapes that connects to the soul of a place and to our essence as humans, with the art of pilgrimage having been used for many centuries by the major religions, belief systems and indigenous tribes as a way to come closer to the meaning of life.Walking Water attempts to connect that sacred 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 towards a change in our acting and thinking towards water on both a local and global level," says coordinator Kate Bunney.
"We also walk toward a vision of a regenerated environment, a healthy valley and a self-sufficient metropolis."Our approach is to work in a way that is synergistic, collaborative and future-orientated, revolving around a simple bottom line: for the enhanced protection of all life."
"We invite you to create an event that is appropriate for your area of the world, maybe a pilgrimage, a music festival, a school project or a tree planting. The most important thing is that it is an event that inspires and empowers each of us to become part of the global solution to water management and usage."
The Findhorn Foundation community and Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) are among the growing list of cooperation partners and share the goal of contributing to a vision for a healing relationship between people and nature, specifically the waters, that will bring long-term water practices that benefit the people and ecology of the area and beyond.
GEN was established at the Foundation in 1995 and 20 years of walking its talk will be celebrated during the GEN+20 Summit at the Findhorn Ecovillage from 6–10 July. Our relationship with water will be one of many topics presented.
GEN today connects more than 10,000 villages, urban neighbourhoods and intentional communities in more than 100 countries and showcases high quality, low impact lifestyles.
Water-related events will be featured on the Walking Water website. For more information on how to offer support and/or organise a parallel event please write to