There are many reasons to walk that are not related to transportation. The practice of walking can impact our health, spirituality, and culture.
In this webinar, we will expand on how walking is ingrained in our being (whether on foot or on wheels), focus on examples of walking as a practice, and discuss how walking can break down barriers in our communities. This webinar is intended for those just starting out on the walking path as well as those interested in learning more about the topic.
Marionette Audifferen is a volunteer Organizer and Adventure Squad Leader with GirlTrek. GirlTrek is a groundbreaking, public health nonprofit for African American women and girls in the United States, and abroad. Nearly 800,000 have pledged to utilize walking as a "practical first step" toward living a healthier lifestyle. Marionette has led women and girls on local walks and hiking adventures.
In early 2020, she started the Nurtured By Nature Club to help families connect with nature. Family hikes, nature play and crafting allow families to "explore, learn and play together."
Antonia Malchik writes about a variety of subjects but specializes in walking, public lands/environment, and science writing. Her essays and articles have been published by Aeon, The Atlantic, Orion, GOOD, High Country News, and a variety of other publications. She lives in northwest Montana, where she volunteers with local bike and pedestrian management committees and advocates for public lands, community engagement, and education.
She also researches and writes on the importance of embodied learning--being in the world--as a way for both children and adults to understand the world and themselves; her research into walking has explored the idea that the interaction between our bodies and the world can equally inform our spiritual selves and our scientific understanding. Her first book, A Walking Life, about the past and future of walking’s role in our shared humanity, is published by Hachette.