Though it is too simple to say that walking is writing for Thoreau, the connection - rhythm, presence, heightened awareness, physicality - are all part of both the walk and the words of Thoreau. With Thoreau’s essay “Walking” as a “guide” we will walk, experience, explore, find a center and a rhythm within the walk itself that has a measure we can keep. Notation, response, some sharing, some solitude, and some conversation with the nature will structure this literary pilgrimage.
Participants are suggested to read Thoreau’s “Walking” soon beforehand (breakfast that Sunday). Leave cell-phones at home, or in your cars. Bring a small journal/notebook/sketchbook and writing implement.
This walk is limited to 12 guests.
Jim LaVilla-Havelin is a poet, educator, and community arts activist. He is the Poetry Editor for the San Antonio Express-News and the Coordinator of National Poetry Month activities in San Antonio. In the late 1960’s LaVilla-Havelin spent a night a Walden Pond.