05 Jun 2019 | Reading and Walking

53. Clare Qualmann and Claire Hind, eds., Ways to Wander

Ways to Wander is a collection of 54 different sets of suggestions, reflections, instructions, or scores about walking, created by 54 different walkers. It also contains an introduction by Carl Lavery and copies of e-mails between the two editors. All of this material is assembled randomly, and I think that was deliberate. The list of […]

05 Jun 2019 | Elspeth Penfold

Elspeth Penfold 2019-06-05 04:29:00

Are You Listening, Elspeth - Billie-  Penfold 2019Are You Listening?A Soundscape produced by Thread and Word. Weaving together of sounds from our walk in Battersea Park on Sunday May 26th.Tracks :1. Trees Can Talk     Billie P...

29 May 2019 | Elspeth Penfold

Elspeth Penfold 2019-05-29 05:26:00

Are you Listening?A Video and a Photo diaryA walk in Battersea Park for the Chelsea FringeAs we take part in interventions on our route and listen  to poetry readings we knot handmade ropes as a record of the emotions we feel as we walk.These rope...

16 May 2019 | Walk Coach Learn

The Mouse & The Bramble

Once upon a time there was a mouse and a bramble.* . The mouse made a nest under the bramble where its thorns, nature’s barbed wire, offered protection. The mouse family ate the bramble’s berries. The mice excreted the eaten berries. This dispersed the seeds of the bramble and gave them a good chance of … The Mouse & The BrambleRead More »

12 May 2019 | Reading and Walking

42. Simon Coleman, “Accidental Pilgrims: Passions and Ambiguities of Travel to Christian Shrines in Europe”

In the group of essays Matthew Anderson were a couple by Simon Coleman. You may recall him as the co-editor of Reframing Pilgrimage: Cultures in Motion, the anthology of essays on pilgrimage and motion I read last week. He is, Matthew tells me, a very influential writer on pilgrimage and currently the Chancellor Jackman Professor in the Department […]

06 May 2019 | Elspeth Penfold

Elspeth Penfold 2019-05-06 05:11:00

'Listening' sketchbook drawing 'A Walk'  sketchbook drawing."Are You Listening? "A circular walk that will offer the opportunity for us to consider our relationship with the environment, through small site specific interventions, poetry readi...

05 Apr 2019 | Walk Coach Learn

Are you a coach that works while walking? (And what about the weather?)

Have you tried coaching while walking? ‘Invigorating’, ‘Inspiring’, ‘Great for shifting perspective and getting unstuck!’ These are some of the reflections on coaching walking made by a crowd of AoEC coaching graduates who joined me last week to walk and talk while connecting with each other and London. Remarkably, after a spate of cold, rainy, … Are you a coach that works while walking? (And what about the weather?)Read More »

03 Apr 2019 | Walk Coach Learn

Why Coaching While Walking?

Do you find that going for a walk makes you feel good, clears your head and helps you solve problems? Walking has so many benefits. There is increasing scientific evidence that walking supports our physical and mental health, as well as our ability to think positively and creatively. Combined with coaching, walking becomes a powerful … Why Coaching While Walking?Read More »

01 Apr 2019 | Richard White


Exhibition and workshops in Stroud I am showing work here alongside Walking the Land artists and offering a short textual intervention with the Space, Place, Practice research group. We give the idea of enchantment ‘a good frisk’, according to one … Continue reading →

21 Mar 2019 | Elspeth Penfold

Elspeth Penfold 2019-03-21 08:25:00

 ' Home coming', 2018I will be joining a fab collection with eighteen wonderful artists at CabinetI'm so delighted to be a part of this collection as it has given me the opportunity to consider how to display my work connecting weaving, ...

19 Mar 2019 | Reading and Walking

27. Michel de Certeau, The Practice of Everyday Life

My productivity has diminished lately, partly because it’s that time of the semester when other tasks, like marking, take up much of my time, and partly because it’s that time of the winter when I’m particularly exhausted and anxious for spring to arrive. The winters here are long, and this one has been very cold, […]

14 Mar 2019 | Walk Coach Learn

Walking to reflect on failure

We need to fail in order to learn.  Failure is part of trying new things and moving forward.  But how comfortable do we feel talking about and sharing our failures? We (Professor Susannah Quinsee and I) made this the theme of our SEDA conference walk in November: Walking as a tool for reflective practice.  Delegates … Walking to reflect on failureRead More »

24 Feb 2019 | Elspeth Penfold

Elspeth Penfold 2019-02-24 18:46:00

“Sumak Kawsay” * A photo diary with a few words about our walk for Terminalia.  VaraThis walk is now recorded through knotted ropes attached to a Vara. It's title: ‘Sumak Kawsay’.A Walk for Terminalia on Saturday February 23rd with Threa...

21 Feb 2019 | Elspeth Penfold

Elspeth Penfold 2019-02-21 08:52:00

A Walk for Terminalia with Thread and Word. 23/02/2019 (for more about this walk please see previous blog postings.)‘sumak kawsay’*This photo taken at Reculver , during a walk on Wednesday. A PlaylistWoody Guthrie - Waiting at the Gate : yout...

20 Feb 2019 | Walk Coach Learn

Developing UX Teams: It’s a Walk in the Park

I do this. I take teams and individuals for coaching walks in green urban areas, aka parks. I do this to help teams think clearly, bond, feel good but mostly to help them manage the change they’re experiencing.  UX teams are great to work with. They are often not only undergoing constant changes in their work, they … Developing UX Teams: It’s a Walk in the ParkRead More »

20 Feb 2019 | Walk Coach Learn

Resilience. What is it and why would we want it?

Resilience is one of those terms that is often used and something we’re urged to have. But what is it actually? We may associate it with mental toughness or grit, bouncing back or the ability to just keep going. Resilience Engine describes resilience as our capacity to change. It’s a positive state that is resourceful, adaptable and … Resilience. What is it and why would we want it?Read More »