Restoring and Building Our Relations

Becoming Allies with Peoples, Lands and Waters with Desirae Harp and Kate Bunney


Event Details

  • Date:
  • Cost: By donation, letter of intention required.

Originally this program was intended to be a weekend gathering in May but due to the current situation that is now postponed and we have moved online instead.

Intention

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 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

In these four sessions on Zoom, we will begin to 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 led by Desirae Harp and Kate Bunney.

This is a collaboration between Black Mountain Circle, Walking Water, Beyond Boundaries and Weaving Earth.

Dates on Zoom:

Mon April 27: 6pm – 7:30pm (PT)

Mon May 4: 6pm – 7:30pm (PT)

Mon May 18: 6pm – 7:30pm (PT)

Mon June 1: 6pm – 7:30pm (PT)

Cost: Offered by donation. We encourage the way of gifting, your generosity is important and we will not turn anyone away because of costs, especially in these times. 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.  

To Register: Please send a letter of intention to Kate Bunney (kate@walking-water.org). Maximum participants is 15. 

Desirae Harp

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

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.