NYC Walk/Study (with coyote)

I have met with but one or two persons in the course of my life who understood the art of Walking, that is, of taking walks, who had a genius, so to speak, for sauntering…

… in Wildness is the preservation of the world …

Henry David Thoreau, Walking

Click poster to go to Walk Study web site

New Yorkers are walkers. Whether by preference or by necessity, you pretty much have to walk to get anywhere in this city.  But some New Yorkers are walkers of a whole other order, who have, as Thoreau said, “a genius for sauntering.”  One of these is Dillon de Give

Dillon de Give, walker extraordinaire

Dillon leads an annual three-day trek north into Westchester to trace in reverse the pilgrimage of Hal, a young coyote who wandered into Central Park in 2006, and died after being captured by city officials.

Coyote walk by Dillon de Give

The coyote walk, held in early spring around the time of Hal’s death, is called laH: returning the spirit of Hal to the wilderness. Last year, I met Dillon and a small cheerful band of fellow walkers near Hallett Sanctuary and accompanied them north through the park.

On their way

I left them at 110th Street

Crossing into Harlem

and the troupe continued on their 45-mile journey.

A rest stop somewhere north of Manhattan

This spring – starting next Sunday, in fact – Dillon and his colleague Blake Morris are leading the Walk Study Training Course, “a series of meetings of walking about reading and reading about walking.”  Participants will meet for six Sundays from 3-6 to walk in the city and discuss writings by Thoreau (of course), Mary Overlie’s The Six Viewpoints, Michael de Certo, Honore de Balzac, Richard Schnechner, Bruce Chatwin and Frederic Law Olmsted, and others.  If you’re interested (and how can you not be?), please visit The Public School, New York to see the reading list and register.  The class is free.

Oh, and while not part of the class, participants are invited to join the 2011 three-day coyote walk.

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6 Comments on “NYC Walk/Study (with coyote)”

  1. p hoey Says:

    hats off to the saunterers! May Gaia the Grand bless ’em.

  2. Bill Says:

    From my point of view it is so wonderful to hear about these people honoring the spirit of one animal. This really raises my spirits. Everyday new hope, and this is the hope I have found today.

    Thank you. Thank you.

  3. nyc edge Says:

    this is off topic, but thought you & some of your readers might find this interesting:

    “New Yorkers come to the rescue of woodcock lost in snow in Manhattan”
    http://www.nydailynews.com/lifestyle/pets/2011/03/05/2011-03-05_help_is_for_the_birds_unhappy_woodcock_lost_on_snowy_sidewalk_saved.html#ixzz1FwisHdEk

    I’d like to rehab if only I didn’t live in a small apartment with a large cat!

  4. mthew Says:

    Have you ever seen those people who walk backwards in the park? It’s an Asian discipline of some kind, for some, but when I do it I think of Walter Benjamin’s angel of history looking at the past as the wind blows him forward.


    • Yes, and I love your reference to the Benjamin’s angel of history, which in turn references Paul Klee’s Angelus Novus, which in turn …. wait, I’ve got to turn around now to see where I’m going.


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