The following are basic guidelines to help you prepare for a Footprints for Peace event. We encourage you to contact us with any questions you may have that could arise from these guidelines
There is no registration fee to join an event. The cost is $10 per person per day. This helps to pay for support vehicles, food, mobile phones and associated costs for the event. No person will be turned away from our events in relation to money, and we encourage those that can afford more than the suggested amount to please make a donation.
Everyone is responsible for paying their own cost of travel to and from the event.
Each person who would like to participate in any of our events is required to fill out a registration form and send this to Footprints for Peace. Go to the specific event you wish to participate in and
We will organize with local communities along the route to arrange overnight accommodation and possible meals. At times we will have access to showers and the internet. However please be aware that in some communities this is very difficult to organize and we may be without these for some days.
The stay places will be a mixture of space. Please be prepared to sleep on floors, in small spaces and outdoors. You will be expected to bring all your own equipment, ie: sleeping bag & mat, tent etc.
As we rely on the tremendous generosity of the local community in organizing our overnight stay place we ask that people do not burden the hosts with individual demands. FootPrints for Peace accepts graciously what is given and organized for us in advance.
We will be at times walking on very busy highways and possibly staying in parks and areas where animals are not welcome so we advise not to bring your animals.
FootPrints for Peace will organize support vehicles. These will be used for the transportation of participants’ luggage and will be available to transport walkers who may be unable to continue walking through injury or illness.
As we will be co-ordinating with local people to organize food for the participants we will accept what is offered to us. At each opportunity we will request the possibility of vegetarian meals.
There will be a kitchen support van for most events. The meals will be vegetarian when the collective is to cook its’ own meals.
We will eat our meals together as a community with local people whenever possible.
If you have a special diet it will be your own responsibility to take care of these needs.
Please be prepared to help with cooking and cleaning responsibilities.
We request that all luggage and equipment is kept as light and compact as possible.
Please no swags as space will be limited
Please ensure you have your own eating utensils including a bowl or plate and mug.
Tent, sleeping bag & mat, flashlight, raincoat, sunhat & sunscreen, toiletries, warm and cool clothing, personal spending money, day pack
You are responsible for the packing and safety of your own luggage.
You will need a day pack to carry your basic needs for the day’s journey: Water bottle, rain jacket, camera etc.
We encourage people to come with their children as each event will be a family friendly event. Please be fully responsible for your children.
IN THE SPIRIT OF FOOTPRINTS
FootPrints for Peace events will function as a collective from the beginning. People of all ages, backgrounds and cultures will come together to walk the land and live in community sharing responsibilities – an exciting opportunity to be involved.
Through-out the event there will be regular circles to share information and attempt to exercise non hierarchy system to make decisions on a consensus-driven basis. However we are aware that this may not always be possible and may have to use another method.
Be prepared to rise early. The daily schedule will begin between 8.00 am & 8.30 am, however before we begin we eat breakfast, pack & clean up. Depending on the terrain, the weather, the location we finish around 4.00pm.
We generally walk 20-25klm a day from stay place to stay place. In the event of not finding a suitable close stay place we will take transport to the stay place and return the following morning to start were we stopped.
We walk as a group and stop every hour for approximately 10 minutes and take an hour for lunch.
A TYPICAL Event DAY SCHEDULE
7.30am pack & clean stay place
8.00am morning circle
8.30am begin walking
4.00pm arrive at stay place
free time unless host has schedule an event
media / local greeting
7.00pm public meeting / cultural exchange / free time
10.00pm lights out
We will try to walk as one group. For the safety of all participants and the public we will have people at the front, in the middle, and at the back of the group of walkers that will carry safety flags and wear visible vests. Be prepared to follow the direction of these safety people especially when crossing roads.
Walkers are requested to respect the sharing of footpaths with other pedestrians so single file maybe necessary at times.
We would ask that while we are walking that IPods, radios and other musical devices that block the hearing of traffic and other noises not be used.
REMEMBER THIS IS A DRUG AND ALCOHOL FREE EVENT