- About Other Ways to Walk -
Rachel Howfield Massey is an artist and wellbeing expert with over 20 years of experience of working creatively in arts and health. Her work in this field has led her to many interesting partnerships including mental health services, museums and galleries, social care services. She plays an active role in various networks including Culture Health and Wellbeing Alliance, Valuing Nature Network and Museum Development Yorkshire. She works with academic researchers specialising in the benefits of nature connection, including Nature Connectedness Research Group at University of Derby.
She led the Arts and Wellbeing Programmer at Yorkshire Sculpture Park for several years and now coordinates the county-wide arts and health network in Derbyshire.
She works is a qualified Mindfulness Instructor and Forest Guide and is a member of Royal Society of Public Health Arts and Health Special Interest Group.
About Other Ways to Walk
Other ways to Walk began as a series of journals and notebooks documenting Rachel's efforts to get a bit closer to the places she was walking – this journey led her to undertake forest immersion training spending a night alone in a woodland, a brief foray into animal tracking (difficult and fascinating) - and a lot of time spent observing nature and following her own fascination. She works and walks with all kinds of experts including a medical herbalist, artists, scientists and ecologists. She continues to record her meanderings in notebooks and many of her observations are reflected in her cards and resources. Others make it onto her blog or social media and it all informs her work with groups and organisations.
She frequently walks solo with only a notebook and flask for company - it's the only way to really notice the smells, flavours, colours, textures and sounds or the landscape and allow it to work it's magic. If you're interested in joining her you can take part in a workshop.
If you'd prefer to give it a go solo, you can get yourself a pack of Other Ways to Walk Cards. These cards are suitable for everyone, from beginners to advanced practitioners; they act as your guide to connect with nature in your own space, at your own pace. Whether you are walking for escape, solitude, fitness, slowness, happiness or fresh air, Other Ways to Walk cards add a twist of surprise and discovery to your journey.