Walking is an activity we often undervalue and underestimate, thinking of it just as a way of getting from one place to another. It’s time to reconsider it, with this guide to walking therapy.
How do you consciously walk? What’s the difference between walking from home to the office and hiking surrounded by trees? How do you process a trip after you’re back home, to be left with new feelings and creative ideas?
This new guide to walking therapy by Walter Orioli features four different itineraries as told through the eyes and heart of the author: the Camino de Santiago, the Francigena Way, the St. Francis Way and the Wayfarer Path.
The book suggests a three-steps approach to the experience of walking: how to prepare the trip before you take it; how to enjoy it to the fullest; and how to process the feelings that spring from a walk and turn them into art.
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Walter Orioli is a psychologist and a drama teacher, but mostly considers himself a wanderer. His love for walking and hiking started when he was still in college, a time during which he wandered the streets of Venice during the day and at night. Now, not a day goes by without him setting off to explore. He also teaches walking therapy classes, allowing people to be fully immersed in a natural environment.