The Summer of Love

street wisdom june 2018 munich

Little did I know that our Sunday tour in Munich coincided with an annual event of commemoration of the church, so that in various nieghborhoods, including the one we wandered in, roads were closed in order to accommodate processions of priests, musicians, and people. Though none of us were religious, it left each of us ...

Walking is… revolutionary

The slogan sprayed on Paris walls in the barricades of revolutionary 1968 went: “Beneath the streets, the beach!” This was not a deckchair insurgency. It was a literal reference to the sand the students found underneath the cobblestones they hurled at the police in their quest to alter the fabric of society. ...

The Power of Impossible Goals

When I chose to go to live in Damanhur 26 years ago, one of the things that struck me the most was the importance everyone gave to dreams. Dreams as night dreams as a form of dialogue with oneself, or special insight or even as the ability to interact with different dimensions of reality; ...

Walking is… free

Something I love about Street Wisdom is that it’s free. In a world where everything seems to have a price tag, it’s just really refreshing. As the Street Wisdom line goes, “you don’t pay fees, you pay attention”. But what does it mean to be free? I was recently in Los Angeles ...

The Beauty of Connection

It wasn't just our Street Wisdom event who had arranged to meet outside the Albert Halls last Wednesday afternoon. A lady in blue, carrying a bunch of flowers, had arrived as we were busy with our tuning up exercises and shared a brief conversation with one of our participants. He said later that this was ...

Climate (quick) Change

Last time we held an event in London’s Spitalfields market it was the coldest day of the year. Real stamp-your-feet and stick-your-fingers-in-your-mouth-prevent-frostbite cold. Mark even had to retreat to the West Country with a shovel to dig his family out of the snowdrifts. (Tomé Morrissy-Swan from the Telegraph was one of those not deterred by ...

Spring in Munich

munich spring collage

Spring is always a great time to walk around the streets. And when the weather is warm and sunny, it’s a bonus. We gathered in a lovely little marketplace called Elisabethplatz and from there wandered the streets enjoying all the birdsong, flowering trees (those with pollen allergies didn’t seem to suffer too much) and warm ...

Walking is… photography

"Is it OK if I take photos?" During Street Wisdoms, people slow right down, paying attention to the streets around them in a deliberate way that encourages fresh answers to old questions. "Of course!" I said to her. We normally recommend turning phones off, but this participant clearly wanted to use her phone to ...

The World Wide Wander 2018

We are very excited to announce our second World Wide Wander taking place Friday 14th to Sunday 16th September. This annual event is a chance to bring individuals together from all over the world for a weekend of wandering and wondering. It's a chance to bring our global network together to strengthen communities, find wisdom ...

CreateROSS in Ross on Wye

Street Wisdom - we still have a baker in town

by Caroline Utting A group of people arranged to meet at Ross Market Place 10am on a chilly Saturday in March. Only one of them really understood what they would be doing. The others had come with an open mind and a willingness to participate. They had been persuaded that it was worth dedicating a few ...

Walking is… massage

World Wide Wander

I ran a Street Wisdom recently and found myself saying to the group - in my opening remarks - that walking the streets in a Street Wisdom way was a bit like having a massage. (Just then the iPad I'm writing on autocorrected "massage" to "message", a useful bit of information we might come ...

Ten Reasons to go for a Walk

The pure and simple pleasure derived from going out for a walk is such that it requires no further justification. But should there be any doubt, this book gives us ten reasons – each as convincing as the next. Learning to walk is the primary occupation of the early years of ...

Street Wisdom for Mental Health Awareness Week

An important part of our remit at Street Wisdom is working towards ending the stigma of mental health in the workplace and support companies to deliver mental wellbeing to staff. Increasingly we’re working with companies who really care about mental health and creating a supportive environment for their employees to shine. That’s why this Mental ...

It’s all about LOVE

This was a very special Street Wisdom. First of all, the event sold out very quickly: 22 people signed up. My intuition had already told me I would have a bunch of people, but didn't think this many, this was very new to me. I had also sensed something would happen, so I was kind ...

Street Wisdom for young people

In a few weeks time, we’ll have our first Street Wisdom event specifically for young people led by Gail Donnan, a mindfulness practitioner who is well experienced in helping young people adopt mindfulness into their lives. Of course, Street Wisdom is more than just mindfulness - it provides an accessible, free ...

Snow Business with David Pearl

So people often ask us if you need good weather to do a Street Wisdom.  And we like to say ‘bad weather' is just an invitation to look at the city differently.  It’s Nature’s way of reminding us that the urban landscape is natural too. But even we had our doubts when the event we ...

Add a little wonder into your routine

Art Market Street Wisdom in Jersey

“Life is routine and routine is resistance to wonder.” Abraham Joshua Heschel Routine can be brilliant, it helps us get stuff done as efficiently as possible, makes us well prepared for whatever the day might bring and means things run smoothly. It’s especially important during the working week. Life can ...

Connecting through Mindfulness

This was our second Street Wisdom event and as always it was thoroughly enjoyed by me, as the host, and the guests. I picked a weekday this time and we didn't have as many participants as on a weekend but it was Market Day in our small town and it gave a whole new dimension ...

VIVA Manchester Magazine interview David Pearl

Within busy working lifestyles it’s often difficult to prioritise our physical and mental health; we book in for gym classes that we’re just too tired for after a hectic day, and New Year’s resolutions of less stress and more ‘me time’ seem a distant memory. David Pearl, founder of Street Wisdom, is on hand to ...