‘When we see things like shadows, colour, leaves. We listen to things, really simple things; water, birds, waterfalls. We notice more things.’
Breathe in, and breathe out… discover mindful walking with To Wander is to Adventure.
‘To Wander is To Adventure’ is a collaboration between Purple Patch Arts and grassroots arts project Wur Bradford, working with adults with learning disabilities to explore creative and mindful ways to walk. For 18 months, To Wander is to Adventure took place in Oastler Market, Bradford; then in September 2020, the project continued, this time over Zoom! A new group of participants were introduced to mindfulness, mindful walking techniques and creative practices.
At the beginning of 2021, we began to co-create digital mindfulness resources with the group to share our experiences and learning. The sessions focused on developing the participants’ mindfulness practices, as well as building their skills in creating and leading their own mindful activities. Consequently, as well as co-creating a variety of mindful walking resources, the To Wander participants were also given the opportunity to visit our Lifelong Learning programmes to present their To Wander work to the Purple Patch Arts community.
What does mindfulness mean to you? We reflected on what mindfulness meant to us after 6 months of To Wander is to Adventure:
Learn how to do your own mindful walks and activities using our To Wander is to Adventure resources:
Colouring Ourselves In
A Guided Sound Walk
Claire’s Shape Game
Hiten’s Tree Meditation
Kaitlin’s Mindful Noticing
Our To Wander is to Adventure sessions always include a quote from Thich Nhat Hahn, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk who brought mindfulness to the world!
Meet the Team!
‘I am walking more, I am looking at colours and objects like the pear tree. I’m learning more about things.’
We hope you enjoy using our mindfulness resources!
To Wander is to Adventure – 2021-2022 UPDATE
To Wander is to Adventure returned in November 2021 to co-produce the first of four seasonal walks. We began with sessions on Zoom, re-acquainting ourselves with our mindful walking practice, this time with the theme of ‘winter magic’. We celebrated the beauty of sunsets, explored bricked up doorways, used our bodies to spell words like ‘drift’ and ‘walk’ and we marked the beginning and end of each session with the lighting of our friendship candle.
To plan our first walk, we thought about what we like about walking, what makes walking accessible for us, we chose a walking destination from two options, and thought about what we would need to bring with us. We chose to visit Cartwright Hall in Bradford, and on the day we experienced some amazing winter magic: snow! We had a magical day exploring our surroundings both in the galleries of Cartwright Hall and in the snowy gardens, using sound, sight, taste, smell and touch.
Our next walk will be in the Spring time, in March 2022!
Wur Bradford (Wur means ‘our’ or ‘we are’) is a grassroots arts project which explores how we can make our world better through imagination and creative action. Wur Bradford was started in 2015 in a market stall in Bradford and is run by three artists; Jean McEwan, Chemaine Cooke and Uzma Kazi.
Wur Bradford believe everyone is creative and everyone has a story to tell. They have worked with lots of people, groups and organisations on everything from creative workshops to events and projects like To Wander is To Adventure. You can find Wur Bradford on Twitter and Instagram.
Lucy Barker is an interdisciplinary artist and creative producer, whose work aims to engage a wide range of people in creative processes – as spectators, participants and co-producers. Lucy believes that art can, and should, communicate in new and interesting ways to people from all backgrounds, and through her projects, she strives to offer fresh perspectives that inspire audiences and participants to make positive personal and social change. You can find out more about Lucy’s work on her website.