Narrative Walks (12kms)
Time & Location
About The Event
Narrative Walks (shorter walk) is a free mixed gender and age group program. It is run on Raebold Hill, Bold Park. Starting at the Camel Lake Carpark in City Beach at 8:30am group participants are expected to walk 6km to the Lookout where we stop for lunch and then walk the 6km return route to the starting point by 1pm.
The focus of the walk is to work on an issue that a participant identifies and names through the registration form before they come to the walk. The walk is not intended as group therapy but rather a self reflective process for participants with varying degrees of complexity of problem.
Chris Darmody has been a psychologist for over 15 years and has facilitated and developed a number of successful groups. Chris has a passion for combining therapy with the outdoors as he feels it reduces issues of power and can be more suited to some people who may not be interested in entering a clinic. A number of co-facilitators that are not from a therapeutic background will also attend. Numbers will vary on depending on the group size.
Participants must be willing to engage in the walk and have a medium level of fitness. A small amount of self-disclosure, to the degree each participant is comfortable, is part of the program. Snacks are provided and people should bring their own comfortable walking shoes, water and hat. Use of electronic devices are discouraged on the walk. The walk will go ahead regardless of some rain - baring torrential downpours.
What people have said about Narrative Walks;
“I think my mates at school would be more likely to do something like this than see a Psychologist.”
“I’m interested to see where my thinking goes after the walk.”
“I feel a sense of achievement from not only exploring my problem, but also walking 20 kilometers.”
“It was good to hear about other people’s issues and support them.”
“My legs felt good until I stopped.”