Walking for Mother Earth

Photography Inga Hendriks Terblanche

Geoff Dalglish took a leap of faith and went from Petrolhead to Pilgrim when he began walking with a message about treading more lightly and lovingly upon the Earth on 7 July 2011.

He vowed to walk 40,075km, symbolically the equivalent of the circumference of the Earth, although he stopped counting steps and kilometres after five years in which he covered more than 20,000km.

It's been a journey of so many highlights, inspirations and unforgettable encounters. During 2013 he completed a 2,500km, 124-day walk through six countries as an ambassador for WILD10, the 10th World Wilderness Congress, and was nominated for a prestigious 2014 Adventurer of the Year Award. Part of the walk could become an international hiking trail called El Camino Salvaje, or the Way of the Wild.

He walks as an ambassador for the Findhorn Foundation community in Scotland and representative of the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN), and is exploring new ways of co-creating a world more loving, joyful and sustainable for humanity that recognises and celebrates the interconnectedness of all life. 

He is one of the many privileged to be part of Walking Water, a Californian pilgrimage that is following the waterways - natural and manmade - from the source in the Sierra Nevada mountains to the place of end use, being the megacity of Los Angeles. It is a three-year project and prayer involving indigenous people and some key role players that honours and celebrates the beauty and sanctity of water as a source of life and a common ground, worldwide. It recognises that we need to create a new relationship with water and each other. The next leg of the pilgrimage walk resumes at The Cascades, near Los Angeles, during October 2017 with other parallel walking events - including one in South Africa - in the planning.

Visit www.walking-water.org


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