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Maria's Story

[Maria Rosa Galter is a core owner of the Walk2Connect Cooperative and the owner of Walking Inspiritus.]

One of the reasons I love to walk or hike is that when I’m walking with someone else, I go into deeper relationship with that person. The conversation is not superficial. Walking has always been a place of deep connection and healing for me. There’s a beauty in walking with another person, but there’s also a beauty in walking by yourself. I love to do walking as a contemplative spiritual practice, and I create walking retreats. I think one of the things we’ve lost is our connection with the sacredness of the earth upon which we walk, the sacredness of the spaces we travel through. We’ve lost the idea that everything around us is sacred, including the air we breathe. I like to think of the sacred as a river that runs through every aspect of life: everything we touch, everything we see, everything we smell. Our body is immersed in a sacred experience. We can reconnect with that by walking in nature and experiencing the holy in everything we see.

 

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Sarah's Story: Walk 2 Wellness

[Sarah Schwallier is a Walk2Connect Cooperative member-owner and is a trainer & wellness coach at Strides Life.]

My walking story began in the fields of West Michigan where I grew up on a farm and learned to appreciate the simple things in life. Whether it was walking the fields with my mom or strolling the beaches with my sisters after a long day of volleyball, I cherished these moments of shoulder to shoulder, forward thinking and forward moving. As life became more complicated with an unhealthy marriage, I moved away from these simple ways, both literally and figuratively, and I lost sight of how walking kept me whole.

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Nicole's Story: A Call to Walk

Nicole Huguenin is a founding member-owner of the Walk2Connect Cooperative. Here, she shares her experience of deepening her own intuition and empathy through walking, and how that brought her to Walk2Connect. Read more about Nicole’s faith in walking as a way to realize our human potential on Walk2Connect Stories.

 

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Taking Steps and Moving Mountains

On August 10, I drove down to the San Luis Valley with Ben, Angie, and my puppy Ernie. We were heading down the night before the 10-mile walk which would take place in the morning. My first time in San Luis had been a week prior, when I went on the Lobatos Bridge Rio Grande walk, led by the same Caminos del Valle walking leaders that would lead the next day’s San Luis, Culebra Basin and Mission Churches Camino. 

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The Power of Walking. The Power of Healing.

A snake slithers across the dirt path on a hot summer day. The screams of a twelve year old and the rough barks of her golden retriever interrupt the ambience of a nice June afternoon.

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Walkthrough the Worker-Owned Model

There is an instinctual rhythm and balance within walking; a comfort and release that creates space to connect with self, others, and place. Walking and talking go hand in hand, step by step. As social beings, we choose to walk with members of our community. Walk2Connect gathers neighbors, business owners, and community leaders to establish that safe space for organic conversation. Conversation is a form of education, an exchange of knowledge, fundamental for the political and social change possible in a grassroots organization. An innovative social enterprise led by member-owners, Walk2Connect achieves strong sustainable community through its worker-owned co-operative.

 

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Great Changes Coming to Outdoor Gear

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Two of our Walk2Connect Cooperative Member-Owners, Chris and Darcy, dove into the giant Outdoor Retailer show in Denver the last weekend of January to check out new trends in active living gear. Three major themes jumped out at us as we explored hundreds of booths at the Colorado Convention Center: urban hiking is on trend, sustainability sells, and finding clothes that fit is about to get easier.

 

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Shifting paradigms — a place for walking

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By: Walk2Connect Co-op Member-Owner, Sarah Massey-Warren

Picture this: you’re walking home from the bus at the end of a rainy day, looking at six lanes of moving traffic right next to your foot, and realizing that it might be the last thing you’ll do. The photo seems fuzzy — just like my future. A six-inch wet-pavement-planing from a Subaru would clarify the situation in ways I don’t even want to contemplate. I ponder this situation daily, and wonder what could happen here — either safety or death. And certainly this walk doesn’t compel admiration. It shouldn’t be this way. What does it take to create safe places for walking?

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Pilgrimage in Pieces

By: Walk2Connect Co-op Member-Owner, Sarah Massey-Warren

Probably the sacred grail for the lone walker is the pilgrimage. Many walkers or would-be distance walkers aspire to complete long, challenging journeys like the Camino de Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Walk2Connect Founder Jonathon Stalls began his walking journey with a solo trek across the United States and kept on striding to discover his life’s path. Pilgrims from Chaucer’s time and earlier committed themselves for the distance journey.

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Summer Steps: An Intern’s Reflections

                 

By: Summer-2017 Senor Intern, Jaeson 

The Seventh Avenue Stroll  was the first walk I went on at the start of my internship this summer. Before I went on this stroll, I wasn’t quite sure what to think about walking. As far as I knew, it was just a form of transportation to use when driving was not an option. But as I went on my first walk and many more over the course of my internship, I began to see how it was more than just a form of getting from one place to another.

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