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Reach to the sky and see you in Catalonia!

14 Apr, 2024

Not only is today literally a Look Up at the Sky day, but as well a Reach to the Sky Day.
It all began with Jack Borden (1948 - 2020), a former Boston newsman witch a passion for the outdoors, taking long nature walks at the Great Meadows, and one day in 1978 woke up from a few minutes snooze in the woods, to see a sky he had never experienced in all his life. “In a millisecond I saw more of the sky than in all my life to that point,” he says. He decided to quit his job and dedicate himself to an educational philosophy of “sky awareness” and founded For Spacious Skies, a nonprofit in the 1980s. The organization focuses on teaching children and adults to live in the moment rather than passing through life without noticing nature’s beauty.
You don’t have to strain your neck to be aware of the sky, the sky is not only what is above us, but around us, and more than just seeing it, we feel the sky. According to a Harvard study, young people who are more aware of the sky are the ones that excel in reading, writing, music, and visual arts. To be aware of the sky is being in the moment, sensing, being aware of what surrounds you and this is exactly what walking is about. Slowing down, not consuming anything, looking at the world from a different perspective and appreciating the small beauties in a hectic, fast-paced, often ugly life.
Even more, today is not only about looking up at the sky but reaching for the sky. Walking is as much about changing perspectives than about being in the moment. Walking invites new possibilities, expectations and visions.

Change, movement, a more than human perspective and future, that is also what is the objective and invitation of the Walking Arts Encounters and Conference in Catalonia, this summer, focusing on transhumances, nomadism and migration, between July 1-6.
This conference and encounters, in a collaboration between Nau Côclea and WLC, will happen for a large part while walking in nature, in between, in the physical space between the cities of Girona and Banyoles, and in the mental and creative space of thinkers and artists joining the walkers, with keynote speakers Radhika Subramaniam, and Luce Choules of TSOEG | Temporal School of Experimental Geography.
Check out the open call for artists and for researchers, open till April 26th. We wait for your proposals.

It is not obligatory to present your work, you can just join and walk with us, taking part in the curated or selected activities and talks.

Before we have a drink in Girona, join us for a meeting with invited writers in conversation with Ann de Forest, Jonathon Stalls and Antonia Malchikat @ Walking America and at our next WALC Café with William Sharpe as our Café guest. His book on The Art of Walking: a history in 100 images was published to wide acclaim.

Looking forward to seeing you next week and walking with you in Catalonia.

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2024-04-17 20:00 · Online
Walking America is a quarterly series of conversations that brings together American writers whose books share common themes. Ann de Forest, writer and editor of the anthology Ways of Walking(New Door Books, 2022), hosts and moderates the lively exchange with Antonia Malchik and Jonathon Stalls. Keep reading
2024-04-23 18:00 · Online
We are delighted to have William Sharpe join us as our Café guest. This time last year, his book on The Art of Walking: a history in 100 images was published to wide acclaim. So how did he come to choose which images best represented the art of walking, and what did he choose to leave out, and why? Keep reading

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If you sleepwalk, or just like to stroll about after dark, you have a tendency to noctambulate, or walk around at night. Credits to Mark Peters.

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