Walk & Write writing holidays for the body, mind and spirit.

 

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YOUR FACILITATOR

H
i there, and welcome to Walk & Write!

 

Meet Stephanie Dale

author, journalist and traveling writer who loves to walk very long distances,

and write while she walks.

 

 

 

Hi, I’m Steph, your walking and writing guide and facilitator:

Stephanie Dale

Stephanie Dale

Why walking and writing?

 

Because they are twin passions of mine.

 

I swear I could walk forever. And my definition of a great day is sitting on sunny headland looking out to sea (or high on mountainside or beside a gentle creek), bread cheese chocolate and mandarins in my pack, a notebook and pen on my lap, writing.

 

All day writing. All day walking. All day walking and writing.

 

“When you are in a car beautiful places are a moment,

when you stop the car they are a cluster of moments;

when you walk, beautiful places are an eternity carved into the soul.”

Stephanie Dale, author My Pilgrim’s Heart

 

That’s a quote from a book I wrote about walking with my son across Italy, through the Balkans and into the Middle East. (I joined him for the middle leg of his epic 7000 km pilgrimage from Canterbury to Jerusalem).

 

It was theme of my first published book, My Pilgrim’s Heart: A woman’s journey through marriage and other foreign lands.

 

Here’s a short video I made to introduce his journey, which came on the back of our pilgrimage across Spain together two years prior to that.

“My Pilgrim’s Heart by Stephanie Dale…tests the author’s resourcefulness and is a journey of often painful self‑discovery, as all good travel writing should be. It (demonstrates) the kind of humour and pluck for which Australians like to think we are famous.”
Susan Kurosawa, The Australian, Travel

More on Steph

 

I’m a journalist by trade, 15+ years in newspapers, and an author by design, 2 published books and a smattering of ebooks.

 

Three years ago I drove west to the Australian outback on a hunch – that people on the other side of the Great Dividing Range would like a hand telling their stories.

 

After years of telling people’s stories for them, I figured folk in isolated areas might appreciate an opportunity to tell their own story, their way.

 

And they did. To this day I am stunned by how many people would like to write a book – just about everyone. And if not a book then a collection of memories. And if not a collection of memories then an important letter home. And just about everyone needs a hand to get started.

 

I called this project The Write Road and we are now in the process of making our courses and workshops available online (in no small measure so I don’t have to drive 5000 kms every time I go to work, however wonderful the commute!).

 

The Write Road is dedicated to brave new and unpublished writers. Because yes, it takes courage to step up and claim our longing to write.

 

People used to say I was brave walking through the Balkans and into the Middle East.

 

“Oh no,” I’d reply, ‘writing a book was much braver!”

 

It’s funny – and it’s true.

 

And now The Write Road has sprouted Walk & Write writing holidays, which is my way of sharing my love of walking and writing with you.

 

Join me, and your group of dedicated writing buddies, as we roam the world’s great trails with a notebook and pen in our packs.

 

Walk & Write has partnered with UTracks (World Expeditions) to bring you these journeys. This means that your warm pilgrim bed is assured each night, and so is your trusty pilgrim transport.

 

It means the logistics are taken care of, leaving us free to walk beautiful trails each day, to wander through iconic towns and villages, taking in history, architecture, culture and cafes, devouring good food in great company. . .

 

. . . and writing along the way.

 

Walking and writing must be about the most productive pursuit available to a human being. We satisfy our physical body with gentle continuous movement, we engage our mind with productive pleasure, and we set our soul free to soar on the wings of our own choosing, day after glorious day.

 

It’s the wholeness of walking and writing holidays that has captivated me.

 

Come, join us.

 

blockquote-lI teach nothing I have not learned myself: that it’s okay to be out on a limb, that a deep breath is the key to courage, that looking the world in the eye instills confidence. That raising our voice is critical to the change we seek. That visibility might be scary but it’s incredibly liberating. That knowing our story makes us strong.

 

My vision is to grow this work until every single person in the world who longs to write their story is doing so, and those who long to share their work with others have the confidence they need to shine.blockquote-r

 

Stephanie Dale, Walk & Write writing holidays