A ‘Soulful Saunter’

This circular two-hour ‘saunter’ with Brian is a mini walking retreat. He will take you from Winchester’s ancient cathedral, out of the city and through Winchester’s water-meadows. You’ll practice finding connection along the way with the the natural features of the landscape, to breathe the air, feel the ground beneath your feet and let your soul gently stir. You’ll pause for personal reflection, and use some mindful/soulful practice - bringing contemplative prayer into your physical movement, for instance - to help you step more deeply into the sacred space around you and within you. Whatever the weather!


The walk is roughly three miles long, on relatively flat terrain. We’ll be stopping and starting along the way, so bring warm clothing, wet weather gear and walking shoes as some of the paths may be muddy in February! We meet outside the cathedral’s main entrance at 12pm, and will back to the cathedral by 2pm, in good time for you to enjoy the afternoon sessions of the festival.


This combined ticket includes both the Soulful Nature lecture at 10am and the walk led by Brian Draper.


12.00pm Saturday 25 February 2023


Brian Draper

Brian Draper is co-author with Howard Green of Soulful Nature: A Spiritual Field Guide (Canterbury Press, 2020), Soulfulness: Deepening the Mindful Life (Hodder Faith, 2018), Less is More: Spirituality for Busy Lives (Lion Hudson, 2012) and (among others) Spiritual Intelligence: A New Way of Being (Lion Hudson 2009).

He’s a regular on BBC Radio 4’s Thought for the Day, works with organisations to nurture ‘soulful leadership’ (often using labyrinths), and loves to lead walking retreats. Clare Balding joined him for her Radio 4 Ramblings programme, and said that ‘A walk with Brian helps you see and hear more clearly, feel with a warmer heart and be a part of nature rather than just an observer.’


Brian Draper
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