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Walking the path, I

Have you noticed the increasing interest in walking?


Articles, books, medical research.


Did you know 11 minutes of walking very well may decrease your risk of heart disease, many kinds of cancer and overall mortality.

How about 150 minutes of walking a week?

Even better. Cut that risk of premature death by 20%.


No kidding, you can read about it here.

Leslie and I love walking.

In forests, neighbourhoods, parks, shorelines, even city streets.

Put something that looks like a path in front of us and we’re off.

We’ll even travel long distances to find a good one.

And yes, the physical health benefits are great.

But there is something much more to walking than exercise, I think.

It’s how the rhythm soothes the body.

It’s how the mind stops whirring.

It’s how it offers the chance not just to be in touch with our environment, but to be a participant in it.

Rebecca Solnit points out that we can imbue this “universal act” with all kinds of meaning and purpose: “an investigation, a ritual, a meditation.” (Wanderlust, p.3).

If you enjoy walking or just want to take a little time to explore what walking means for you, we hope you’ll join us for our next retreat.

Paths Through Time & Nature

An in-person, outdoor retreat.

June 4, 10:00 am – 2:30 pm

High Park, Toronto.

Register here

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We are settlers on Treaty 13 Land, the traditional territories of many Indigenous Nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples, and home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples from across Turtle Island. We are committed to honouring the history this land bears witness to, responding to the 94 Calls to Action of the  Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, and walking lightly on the Earth. A portion of proceeds from all our offerings are sent to:  The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation and The Nii’kinaaganaa Foundation.

The Inside Outside Retreat Centre, Centre for Social Innovation (CSI), 720 Bathurst St., Toronto, ON, M5S2R4