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Movement for Movement Builders

October 29, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm


Type: W&T | Pace: Conversational | Terrain: Trail, Sidewalks, Road and some Broken Sidewalks | Distance: Approx. 5 miles | En Español? Contacto: [email protected] (720) 810-2837

The Who & Why: This walk is intended for those who love on and serve community and people who live in the margins and hardships of our time: advocates, social workers, religious leaders, healers, activists, peacemakers, nurses, community organizers, grassroots non-profit staff and dedicated volunteers. You know who you are. As fellow movement-builders, we recognize the need to protect time for self-care and community support. Considering limited resources, stressful days and often unhealthy relationships to time, slowing down to move in-community and in-our-body is more important than ever.

Description: This will be a grounding 5-mile walking experience anchored in self-care, body movement and human connection. We’ll move at a 1-3 mile-per-hour pace through various streets, trails, neighborhoods, campuses and parks in the heart of Denver. We will offer a variety of prompts to guide silent reflection, written reflection and meaningful dialogue. This will be the first of many offerings and we’ll be changing the location and routes as we go.

Our Walking Route: We will start at Lincoln Park, make our way to the Platte River path, move up towards Confluence Park, back South on the Cherry Creek path, through Auraria campus and 9th Street Park and finishing back at Lincoln Park. We will be taking plenty of breaks and will have a long lunch break. Please plan to bring your own lunch or money to get something along the way.

Schedule, Planning, and Nearby Transit: We will meet and loop back at a location near the Osage Rail Station (10th & Osage). Exact meeting location will be emailed out to everyone who RSVP’s.

Cost: There is no cost for this event. This is a private, first come, first serve event. It is sponsored by local community foundation. Please consider supporting Walk2Connect by becoming a [email protected] Champion here and donating to Soul2Soul Sisters here.

Take Aways: 

  • A calm and guided space for connection, reflection and movement.
  • Time for silence and meditation.
  • Time for writing and reflecting.
  • Time for stretching and connection to our bodies.
  • Time for networking and connecting to fellow movement builders.
  • Learn new things ~ in body, heart and mind while walking (or rolling) in Denver

Lunch: We will take a 30-45 minute lunch break at/near the Confluence of the Cherry Creek and the Platte River mid-way through. Please plan to bring your own lunch or plan to pick something up.

Your Hosts:

 Reverend and Doctor, Dawn Riley Duval A Denver, Colorado native, Rev. Dr. Dawn Riley Duval is a social justice truth teller, a community organizer, a religious first responder, and is a co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Denver Chapter. As a Black, womanist, spiritually eclectic theologian, Rev. Dr. Duval is an ordained Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church who honors and practices African indigenous religions and rituals. She has 15 years’ experience as a community organizer, facilitator, and consultant to racially/ethnically diverse grassroots organizations in Colorado, Japan, Namibia, and Tennessee.

Rev. Dr. Duval has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Rhetoric from University of Illinois at Urbana, a Master’s in Print Journalism from University of Colorado at Boulder, a Master’s of Divinity from Vanderbilt University, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Chicago Theological Seminary. Additionally, she has received awards for her activism from NAACP CO-MT-WY Conference, Colorado Black Women for Political Action, and Vanderbilt Divinity School. Rev. Dr. Duval’s greatest joys are precious moments swimming, hiking, and laughing with her daughter and son.  Currently she is a Co-Founder and Consultant of Soul2Soul LLC, Program Director of Racial Justice at Interfaith Alliance of Colorado, and a Co-Founder and Consultant of Ashmore Duval Consulting LLC.

 Walk2Connect Founder, Jonathon Stalls is a passionate social entrepreneur, grassroots movement building advocate and devoted long-distance walker based in Denver, CO. He has given much of his life to inspire human connection at a one-to-three mile-per-hour pace alongside a broad range of people groups. He is Founder and Member-Owner of Walk2Connect, a worker-owned cooperative focused on connection-based walking programs for people, places and community. He recently started a project called Intrinsic Paths which aims to hold a variety of invitations around themes of sacred presence, vulnerability, and inner freedom.

Jonathon completed a 3,030 mile 242-day walk across the USA in 2010 and the Camino de Santiago with his father in 2012. He facilitates a wide variety of contemplative and meditative walks covering a vast range of distances and geographies throughout the year. He also leads walking experiences through challenging pedestrian corridors across the country educating and grounding decision makers and communities on the many challenges facing vulnerable populations inside of the built environment. Jonathon recently completed his studies at the Living School for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He writes and speaks on issues related to community wealth building, LGBTQ issues, contemplative action, and conscious communication and more. He resides in Denver’s North Park Hill neighborhood with his partner. Consider watching his 2013 TEDxMileHigh Talk “Life at 3MPH” here to learn more about his cross-country walk and the formation of Walk2Connect.

Trip Notes:

– Sorry, NO dogs are allowed on this walk.
– Accessibility: If you use a stroller or wheelchair, please get in touch with one of the organizers. You will be able to join us, but we’ll want to talk with you beforehand so you’re prepared for the environment.
– Wear/Bring: comfortable socks & clothing (pref. non-cotton!), light backpack for snacks and water, hat/cap, and sunglasses/sunscreen.
– Restrooms Please use the restroom before our walk. There will be limited places to use the restroom while on our route.
– Cancellation Policy: We will only cancel the walk portion in extreme weather conditions. Please reach out if you are unsure.

– Welcome Waivers: Please fill out the online Welcome Waiver or download, print, sign, and turn in a hard copy if this will be your first Walk2Connect walking experience in 2017.

RSVP: Register for this walk by using the RSVP feature below. You can email or call Dawn or Jonathon for any questions.


October 29, 2017
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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