Walks & Field Trips
Before people were herded into classrooms with rows of desks, they learned outside as well as indoors, taught by family members, elders and wise people in their community, or simply by carefully sensing the world around them.
Why don’t we re-enchant the experience of learning?
Imagine someone teaching you while you walk together.
Together, you listen to the songs of birds, the banter of a local street vendor, the clatter of a nearby domino game. You notice the scent of ripening fruit, the texture of leaves, the engraved message on a monument. The teacher share the history and healing properties of the trees. You become aware of symbols, colors, sacred geometry, and relationships between what you encounter and other people and things near and far.
There is so much you hadn’t noticed!
Then your teacher directs your attention to other details in the landscape, revealing their connection to unsettling and silenced histories. As you walk, she’s also weaving in histories of struggle and solidarity in favor of equity and justice. You’re beginning to understand how it all fits together … and you “feel” the landscape in an entirely new way.
You feel awakened.
Imagine that spark: a renewed feeling of connection with people of every background, with plants and trees, with the stars, with the Cosmos.
Imagine outdoor walks that teach you a little bit of everything: history, deep ecology, the social construction of race, plant wisdom. These walks engage your senses and include hands-on creative activities.
Later you can engage with online exhibits, maps and timelines for more in-depth learning. There’s magic in re-connecting the arts and sciences with Earth-honoring traditional, embodied wisdom.
My grandmother showing me her North Carolina mountain garden.
Steps leading to Malcolm X/Meridian Hill Park in Washington, DC.
Beyond the Scripts of “Walking Tours”
When I first began leading walking tours of Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood in 2006, I described myself as a tour guide. Now I don’t think this is an accurate description of what I do.
I teach people while walking, and I teach people a way of walking through the world.
You won’t hear a tired and problematic scripts — or any script at all, for that matter.
Learn how and why popular narratives about places and people were invented, what brutal histories they obscure, and how they are linked to the bigotry and structural racism of today.
Build your awareness of the ways in which policies (like those related to housing) and practices (like those related to policing) shape our environment. Find out how stories and representations of places and “place types” (and those associated with these places) have been used to make racial, ethnic and class differences seem “natural,” so that disparities seem justified.
I also share silenced histories of struggle, resilience, flow and connection among residents of the Living Earth as a whole, revealing how ideas of innate separateness are in fact myths.
I’m here to plant a seed so you can continue learning on your own. I share knowledge that can transform the way you think.
I want to help you decolonize your mind.
Now and in the future, we need interdisciplinary thinking.
We will need to draw upon many different subjects in order to arrive at Aha moments. And we will need to shake ourselves loose of framings that have led us to a state of environmental destruction, ever increasing inequality, social fragmentation, violence and suffering. We can do better.
Are you ready to learn?
In 2020, I stopped leading walks due to COVID-19. In early 2021, I am moving from Little Havana to a historic neighborhood in Baltimore, Maryland.
I want to teach others how to offer these kinds of walks. I may offer a series of training workshops via Zoom. If you are interested in these workshops, please contact me.
I was introduced to Corinna through a mutual business associate who described her as “an individual who is truly connected to the heart of Miami.” He wasn’t kidding. As a recent transplant to Miami I’ve started to make my connections in this city which includes getting to know the incredibly unique and vibrant neighborhoods here.
With that in mind we hired Corinna to take us on a personalized tour of Little Havana, and what a pleasure that was! My husband and I have been able to indulge in a great deal of travel and in those travels we’ve met some amazing tour guides. These are people who live and breathe the essence of their cities and neighborhoods. Corinna is such an individual.
She has been meticulous in her study and understanding of one of my Miami’s most storied neighborhoods. Not only does she “walk the beat” as a resident of Little Havana, she has also researched the complex and fascinating history of the neighborhood including the blend of multiple cultures and races as well as the socio-economic forces behind it. By research I mean that she’s literally done the research through the eyes of an academic. With Corinna you’re not only gaining access to a passionate resident of Little Havana you’re also learning about the neighborhood from an academic who approaches her subject of study meticulously without cutting corners. Let’s just say you are getting your investment back threefold on a tour with her because she brings her skill sets as a Cultural Anthropologist and Author to her craft of tour guide.
So if you have ever been curious about Little Havana, which if you are new or old resident of Miami you absolutely should be curious about this gen of a community, or if you are just visiting, Corinna is your best bet to truly understand the heartbeat of this community. Highly, highly recommend her tours! She’s also charming and engaging making her Little Havana tour experience a special treat.
The tour was superb. Corinna will take you to the most interesting and eclectic places in Little Havana.
The Secrets of Little Havana Tour was the highlight of our trip to South Florida.
This tour took us deeper into the community than most outsiders could ever go, thanks to Corinna’s connections and intimate knowledge of the religious and spiritual life of the community. It became clear that this particular tour is one that is close to her heart as she helped us explore and understand the area, rather than just tour it. The tour started off with some background information about the evolution of the practices of Afro-Cuban religious life in the area and continued as evidence of these practices began to appear all around us — products, objects and symbols that we never would have known were there if we had not been taught to open our eyes to them!
Corinna was careful to dispel myths and explain spiritual practices in context so that we could understand how they changed over time. This is definitely the tour for anyone with an interest in religion, anthropology or sociology. Bonuses included tips on how food and drinks, artwork and music in the area are intimately connected to spiritual life, sometimes in surprising ways.