The 11th walk is complete!
Join us to hear all about it:
May 12 – Exhibit opening reception @S34
Save the dates:
The 12th walk will take place over 4 weekends (Fri/Sat/Sun) from August 25 to Sept 17.
Registration opens June 15th!
2022 was a big year for Walk Around Philadelphia:
Catch the new exhibit in West Philly!
Sign up for Walk updates & other invites from JJ:
100 miles of adventure and discovery around the city’s edge:
Walk Around Philadelphia happens twice a year in February and September.
The walk is so many things – a way to connect to friends old and new; an opportunity to connect to aspects of the city that are familiar and totally unfamiliar all in the same walk.– Utsav S.
You can join a group walk, organize your own (just follow the guidelines…) or hire me to facilitate a perimeter retreat for your organization.
Philadelphia is large and contains multitudes.
Walk Around Philadelphia is an opportunity for adventure and discovery close to home. It provides a physical challenge & sense of personal accomplishment. It cultivates civic pride & a humbling sense of scale. Along the way are opportunities to ponder themes of social & environmental justice, infrastructure & ecosystems, commerce & incarceration, indigenous history & colonization, privilege & access, and of course borders & boundaries.
Along the city’s edge, one finds highways & waterways, ruined factories decaying & new housing being developed, a historic mansion alongside prisons. There are shipyards, scrapyards, graveyards and farmyards. Amidst beautiful parks are piles of storage units, and so much more.
The oddly-shaped boundaries sometime follow the curves of waterways and other times arbitrary-seeming straight lines drawn by surveyors. In some places, there’s no visual difference between either side; in other areas the contrasts are stark.
The project holds space for authentic connection between individuals who might otherwise not cross paths. Rare in our world are opportunities to walk side-by-side for long, uninterrupted periods of time, and the experience of setting out walking together is in many ways an inclusive one: One participant noted “How easily the numbers ebbed and flowed with people joining for parts of the walk and how accepting and welcoming everyone was when you “landed” in the group.”
On the other hand, there are real barriers to participation ranging from accessibility issues to financial circumstances. These are the barriers that Walk Around Philadelphia has begun to address and will continue to as more resources become available.
Join us in the next steps…
Partner for a program
I’ve developed a unique retreat offering and the walk can be an amazing addition to your organization’s programs.
One day, three day, and custom programs available.
On your own!
You can always undertake the walk on your own, although a group of four is recommended for safety.
Make sure that you follow the guidelines, and tell us about it when you’re done!
Get in touch with any questions not addressed in the FAQ.
Walk registration fees only cover a fraction of the administrative and logistical costs associated with facilitating the walk.
Additional contributions are most welcome; your support helps me continue to develop the project and make it more accessible to others.