What is a well-being wilderness walk?

Any journey outside is really a journey inside. Our walks provide an opportunity for people to take time out from their busy lives, and find a better connection with nature, and their own nature, through some gentle practices to develop self-awareness, such as pair-sharing, group discussion and individual reflection. See our inspiration page or blog for more background about well-being and wilderness.

What does that actually mean?

It’s just a walk. Each day there will be ‘invitations’ to contemplate certain aspects of our lives e.g. our sense of purpose, our feelings of loss. At certain points, we will allow the landscape to guide what we focus on, for example, at a sea wall, we might talk about the ways in which we ‘defend’ ourselves. In the evenings, there will be circle time where we can share as much or as little as we like and listen to other people speak their truth. There will be time to laugh, rest and play too.

Do I have to be religious or ‘spiritual’ to take part?

No. Our walks are not religious pilgrimages; they are ‘pilgrimages’ in the sense of being a devotion; a time to devote to our well-being, and enjoy the reflective space of a simple walking journey. Our circle time is non-denominational, and well-being is not necessarily ‘spiritual’; our journeys are grounded, practical and ‘hearty’ – good walks, involving honest sharing with other people.

Are the journeys safe?

Yes. The walking routes are on marked paths, and are not too strenuous. We are never far from civilization. You will never be forced to take part in any activity; there are just invitations to examine a concept, or to share your feelings about a topic. You are responsible for keeping yourself emotionally and physically safe throughout the walk. As the group leader, I am passionate about the outdoors and personal development. I have experience in guiding groups, and outdoors expeditions, and am trained in remote first aid. Please see our risk assessments for more information.

How far/fast will we be walking?

That depends on the journey. Consult the journey itineraries for mileage per day. The group walking pace will be between 3 – 4 miles per hour. So make sure you can comfortably walk a mile in under 20 minutes, in order to join us.

What do I need to bring?

See the kit list for details. Hiking boots, a rucksack, adequate clothing, water and a first aid kit are essential.

What if I have special needs?

Just let us know. We wish to be accessible and will do our best to accommodate your needs. All dietary requirements can be catered for.

The beauty of myth, metaphor and storytelling mixed with a magnificent poetic selection of readings for different parts of the journey made it just so magical
— Previous participant; 'Navigating Transitions', March 2018