Walks n Talks Program

On a weekly basis, our group will convene for a leisurely stroll through a picturesque area in Canberra. Each participant will be provided with a journal. Following a brief walk, we'll collectively choose a spot to sit and engage in reflective writing. Whether you prefer to follow the provided prompts or express your personal thoughts and emotions, the choice is entirely yours. 

The walks will be about working as a group to support each other and build some connections. 

Each walk will be in an area that can be easily accessed and the pace will be set by the group. 

Who: Those who have experienced or are still experiencing cancer. A minimum of 1, no maximum so feel free to come as a group. 

Why: The aim of the walk is to immerse participants in nature and encourage a state of simply being. The journals serve as a helpful instrument, helping a connection to feelings, thoughts, and ideas, helping to process personal experiences. The group retains full control over the direction and dynamics of these interactions, ensuring a flexible and personalised experience.

When:  Every Thursday and every other Friday from 1st Feb.  

Where: Easy to reach locations around Canberra such as the Botanical Gardens and the Arboretum. 

Lyndsey can also offer one on one counselling support to anyone who takes part in a walk. This support can be offered over the phone or face to face. Please speak to Lyndsey about this during or after the walk or contact Cancer Council ACT on 6257 9999.


Facilitator & Guide

The guided walks will be hosted by Lyndsey Houghton, a University of Canberra Masters of Counselling student engaged in a collaboration with Cancer Council ACT as part of her academic pursuits. With roots in the UK, Lyndsey has called Australia home for the past 14 years. Her enthusiasm for fostering connections and recognizing the transformative influence of nature in promoting balance and happiness is at the heart of her mission. Lyndsey looks forward to meeting individuals from diverse backgrounds, providing support as they discover connection and serenity through shared walks and mindfulness practices, facilitating a journey towards being present in the moment.

Lyndsey can also offer one on one counselling support to anyone who takes part in a walk. This support can be offered over the phone or face to face. Please speak to Lyndsey about this during or after the walk or contact Cancer Council ACT on 6257 9999.

Frequently Asked Questions

Many people find it easier to talk to others whilst walking alongside together – it’s less intimate than sitting opposite. Walking together over, under, through, up and around different country can also really enable us to move over, through and across different moods, feelings and ideas we have – we might gain new perspectives that bring us new choices which may in turn help get out of any ‘stuck’ situation. Similarly, movement itself, helps move thinking and feeling – and having trusted, different people along with us can also bring new insights and options.

We allow nature, the natural world to be our therapist – letting go of the digital domain for a short while and allowing ourselves to listen, see, smell, feel and to be differently. In many ways, Lyndsey is there to facilitate the experience.

Lyndsey will guide us practically and also in terms of creating invitations to notice differently, to pause for a while, listen deeply, focus on a particular theme. She is also there for counselling conversations either within the group or more privately by dropping off the back of the group for a few moments.




For the purpose of the walks n talks our walks will be on established paths through nature reserves and other green places.  

Trainers, walking shoes or walking boots – something with a reasonable tread so you can make positive contact with the trails and that you feel confident to walk on uneven ground in. They should be reasonably sturdy so your feet are not slipping about inside the shoe.

Clothes – dress for the weather. Layers are good – things we can peel off as we get warm and layers we can add on as we cool down when we stop or if the temperature drops. The ideal is lightweight, quick drying material but T-shirt and a couple of long sleeve layers is good enough.  Jeans are not great as they stay wet and cold for a long time and can rub.

Bring or wear a coat – ideally windproof or waterproof but use whatever you have and we’ll adapt.

  • Bring or wear a warm hat and gloves if the forecast is chilly. An umbrella can be handy too.
  • Bring water– at least 500ml, ideally 1 litre in a resealable bottle.
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses and a sun hat are good to have as we move to spring.
  • Your phone for photos, navigation etc.
  • Personal medication that you would normally have access to. If you’ve a small first aid kit that would be great, however Jo will have a full First Aid kit with her. If bringing an Epipen or salbutamol or similar inhaler please let Jo know at the start of the walk.
  • Camera / phone.
  • Snack bar/ favourite nibbles for energy.

We will go out in all weather (unless it is dangerously cold or windy), so dress appropriately. We’ll adapt the walk length or route to match how we feel and the weather.

Sorry, but we are not able to accommodate children.

As we will be in Nature Reserves and in groups of folk who may / may not like dogs, we’d prefer you not to bring a dog with you.

People who have had or have cancer who have come to know of the walks n talks through the Cancer Council ACT. People of all ages, cultural backgrounds, shapes and sizes. People who are curious about being in nature, gentle exercise, learning a few new skills / practices and would like to do that in company.

You can choose to say as much or as little about yourself as you like. 

We ask that everyone accepts some basic principles in how we’ll be together such as respecting one another, respecting the world we are walking through etc. We will actively work with anyone using inconsiderate or offensive behaviour or language and may ask them to leave the group.

We will walk on established paths or even earth; some sections may even have blacktop; there will be stepped sections.