Evolution of the Project
by Richard Dealler
For a number of years I have been working with male perpetrators of Domestic Violence, supporting men to change patterns of destructive and abusive behaviour. A common pattern with clients is of disconnection, with energy concentrated in the head, predominantly negative, self centred thinking leading to resentful, irritated and frustrated states of mind. During one group session we reflected on experiences in life when men had felt most attuned to themselves and how this had influenced their responses to other people and the world around them. As a consequence of this discussion I thought about my own experiences and vividly remembered walking for a month to Santiago de Compostella about 15 years before, an experience which had been influential in shaping my subsequent life.
Several months elapsed, then at Christmas 2009, I sat late one evening in St Michael the Archangel Church in Chagford. There before the nativity scene I had a moment of insight (I hesitate to call it revelation!) the need to establish a walking pilgrimage route across England from Cornwall to Norfolk associated with the Michael and Mary Earth energy currents. I very nearly talked myself out of the idea during the restless night that followed, judging it as grandiose and impractical but fortunately the first response from a friend the next day was hugely encouraging. From there the momentum built over the next 18 months. At times the challenges have seemed daunting, but at each turn along the way there has been just enough encouragement, just enough money and just enough of the right people with the necessary skills for another step to be taken.