Long Distance Walking-Writing Workshops
“Me thinks that the moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow.”
Henry David Thoreau
Long Distance Walking Writing Workshops take place on pilgrimage routes or nature-based walking paths across the globe including the West Highland Way in Scotland, the Camino de Santiago in Spain, the The Camino Portugal, the Shikoku Temple Walk in Japan, and others.
Workshops are limited to 8 people to create a more intimate setting for travel, walking, writing, sharing and craft discovery. Sessions are grounded in the positive, art-affirming Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA) method. The method works to dismantle the archaic belief that writing is the domain of other, smarter, more educated, "real writers." As facilitators of this method, we believe whole-heartedly that if you pick up a pen or sit at keyboard and write, YOU are a writer. YOU are an artist.
Participants should be physically able to walk between 5 and 15 miles a day for a minimum of 11 days — I offer a training plan to get you going. Research shows that walking, especially walking in nature and in a foreign setting, elevates creativity, especially for the writer. Walking connects mind and body and boosts creativity centers in the brain.
Arts Integrated, simple artistic activities that connect to the path, will also be present in some writing sessions.
No writing or art experience is necessary. Just openness and a sense of play.
Writers of ALL experience levels, backgrounds, cultures, colors, creeds, and orientations welcome and wanted.
Prices vary depending on length of trip, location, amenities. On average most run $2,500 to $5,000 and include lodging and breakfast.
In some locations rooms may need to be shared, although I seek to find private rooms where possible.
Participants must cover airfare and other meals.
NOTE: For Seattle-area participants I am happy to book airfare in order to travel en masse.
NOTE: Two spots are always available on a sliding fee scale (no fee to 75% of fee). Or ask about a payment plan.