‘Gentle community walks in nature to nourish your soul’ Soulwalk
In January 2020, Carmen started walking the British Isles coastline, leading communities to reconsider walking for the nations health and:
– raise awareness of walking in nature for the mind, body and spirit
– bring together communities through Soulwalk
– normalise therapy
Leaving her childhood home Weston super Mare, she headed west around the Isles, before COVID-19 stopped her along the way. From there, a new plan was formed. To start with, she’s hosting individual Soulwalks in places around the country. The next one is on 4 April 2021 in Richmond Park.
We held our first Soulwalk in October 2019 in Richmond Park. Think parkrun for walkers. 7 other walks took place across London, in major parks, and Bristol.
We soon remembered, that we all crave connection. That a simple initiative can bring joy to many. To meet new people. It gives an excuse to bring friends and creates time to talk to them. It allows you to slow down. It allows you to be quiet. It’s simple. It’s understated.
We’re continually creating Soulwalks for groups, communities and businesses. If you’d like to join a community Soulwalk, or organise one then check out the details below or just email Carmen@soulhub.co.uk
These are some of the ways to get involved:
- Come join us for a Soulwalk – From 10am for 3kms across the country. Bring your friends, school, families, businesses.
- Organise your own Soulwalk (email Carmen@soulhub.co.uk) for a starter pack.
- Pledge to support what we’re doing via the ‘Soulwalker Pledge’ – this goes towards ‘walk and talk’ therapy sessions with Carmen as she creates Soulwalks around the British Isles, and towards soulwalks so we can keep them free for all.
- Listen to The Soulwalker Podcast
- Share news and follow us #soulwalk @soul_hub @soul_walk
Soulwalker Sessions (Around the UK)
If you’d like to receive some talking therapy or want to pledge a therapy ‘soulwalker’ session for someone you know or even a stranger, you can do that. Gift someone their first ‘walk and talk’ or a phone call/Skype with Carmen. Who knows how beneficial it can be for someone. Often it’s the first conversation which leads to an understanding that more support should be sought.
To pledge, visit the Soulwalker Pledge page – You can book yourself in for a session. All conversations are confidential with Carmen, a trained therapist.
For now – please email firstname.lastname@example.org as we continue to evolve.
What do people say about Soulwalk?
“I count myself lucky to have discovered Carmen’s Soulwalks and the bonding with nature, trees and deep breathing that happens when you do a soul walk. I have met ‘by chance’ some amazing people, and it’s been a breath of fresh air to arrive with no expectations (and I must admit a bit of OMG what people will I meet this week) to discover that on each walk I have been fortunate enough to have had some fantastic conversations and have embraced the unexpected, and the unexpected is what I seem to get each time !!!!! I remain a dedicated follower…”
”A great walk with Soulwalk in Hyde Park. Perfect way to spend a Sunday morning. We all met at the meeting point, gathered and started our walk. During our time together we discovered parts of the park we had not seen before, which led to new conversations as the scenery led to new open thoughts and fresh perspectives. Soulwalks is such a great idea as it gives you time out of your day to day life to express hopes and dreams and realities, and therefore wellbeing in nature. I felt up lifted and looking forward to the rest of the day and week. Can’t wait to join the next walk.”
We’ll be raising money for mental health. Firstly for ASCA (Addiction Support and Care Agency) where Carmen worked for 3 years and feels passionate about addiction in our society and working with this group. For grow, a local wellbeing charity in Sussex who encourage community groups to explore nature, and for ‘Trees with Beauty’, planting trees in Scotland to offset our consumption.
The Soulwalker Podcast
Carmen is sharing stories form friends and strangers and with the nation via The Soulwalker podcast. Stories to unveil how we are all feeling in thee times of uncertainty. The state of our nation. How does this vary from West Whittering, to the Shetland Islands, to St David’s. From fishermen and pub landlords to business owners, grandmothers to school leavers. What’s really going on.
In general, we like to start at 9.30am and walk for approx. 3kms (more or less). Walk at whatever pace you want to. We start you off, and you can crawl along, or stride out. Talk to friends. Not talk. However you’re feeling. It’s okay with us.