• What is
    30 Walks?


    The 30 Walks Project is a streaming audio service you can access on your computer, tablet or phone’s web browser. It's free to hear the first few episodes and you can subscribe to access more.

    Aims

    With an overarching aim to help listeners reduce their emotional pain and increase their personal agency, each half-hour audio episode of 30 Walks is the start of a conversation the listener will continue with themselves, in the back of their minds, over the days and weeks following.

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  • History

    At a personal crossroads and exiled in Paris, writer, musician and broadcaster Richard Lewis discovers the zen of walking. In the process, he finds the gentle motion acts not only to improve mood, but even more excitingly, walking acts as a gateway to productive reverie, or unconscious cognition.

    What's that?

    It’s a way to solve problems and generate big ideas. Over the course of thirty walks, Lewis tackles notions of self-care and psychological wellbeing in a series of reverie-like introspections that leave the listener feeling stronger and happier.

    Why should I listen?

    Part personal history, part self-improvement, part primer in philosophy, quantum physics and social psychology, it’s a thought-provoking and profoundly moving meditation on the human condition.

    OK, I'll listen
    History

Meet the team

Who makes 30 Walks?

Richard Lewis

Richard Lewis

Author/narrator

Richard is the bestselling author of three books, a writer of journalism, television scripts, a series for Channel Four Radio and numerous musical scores. Over a twenty-year career, he has had work published in most of the UK broadsheets and appeared on Radio Four's Loose Ends, Excess Baggage and others.

Outside of his creative work, Richard is a devoted father, a certified practitioner of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and a trainee counsellor.

He erroneously believes leisure time means doing different work, but when not behind his computer he is generally to be found on his Vespa or collecting rocks on the beach.

Photo: Rosario Oddó

Oliver Feldman

Oliver Feldman

Producer

Oliver is a freelance writer, editor and producer of web and audio content.

With over fifteen years experience in journalism and commercial copywriting, Oliver has parlayed those skills into his production and strategy work for the 30 Walks Project, producing rich, nuanced and engaging audio products that connect with listeners on an emotional and an intellectual level.

In his free time, Oliver is undertaking training in contemporary person-centred psychotherapy, studying eastern philosophy and spiritual practice, riding any one of his five two-wheeled vehicles, and dreaming about his next adventure.

Photo: Simon Green

your questions

FAQ

Are you qualified counsellors?
No, not yet. But 30 Walks is not a counselling service. Oliver is a member of the UK Council of Psychotherapists (UKCP), studying for an MA in Contemporary Person-Centred Therapy. Richard holds certificates in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Counselling Skills and is now working towards a Professional Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling. Richard says: “I’m a writer and a musician. My life is full of failures, disappointments and bad choices, along with the successes, achievements and good decisions. But what I seem to do well is find language and communicate ideas through stories, examples and music. To my great surprise, this approach has helped people feel better and achieve goals, so I’ve created this as a way to reach more people.”

So is this a course, a podcast, or an audiobook?
Yes, probably. Maybe think of each walk as a chapter and also an episode, like a radio show, rather than a lesson. Lessons need teachers and I’m more of a narrator. I’ve not seen anyone else use this format: a book set to music, delivered in audio, chapter by chapter as it’s written. It’s possible I’ve invented it.

So what will I learn?
Hopefully, you’ll tell me. The goal is to help people like themselves a little more, feel happier, spend less time suffering.

How will 30 Walks help me?
The idea is first of all to help you make walking for 30 minutes a day a routine. If the 30 Walks Project achieves nothing else for you then this will still give you plenty of benefits. The physical and psychological benefits of walking for 30 minutes a day are well documented. I hope to help you achieve this by giving you a reason to walk and a structured 30-minute distraction from the act of walking, so it doesn’t feel like a chore. I will then use that 30-minute privileged audience I have with you to tell you some stories that I hope will help you see things differently, feel something differently or give you new information. It is my hope that the act of walking will allow you to process the ideas yourself in the background, using unconscious cognition, and start adapting and adopting the ideas in your own way, without having to make too much of a conscious effort to learn anything.

Is this hypnosis?
No. To be effective, hypnosis requires the client and therapist to be present together. In addition, the script and modality would need to be written and chosen specifically for the client. It’s not possible to achieve this with a generic text using distance audio.

Can I download the episodes and listen to them offline?
No, sorry. That isn’t possible at this time. It’s a streaming service only.

What exactly am I paying for?
Online access to all the streaming content. As long as you keep your subscription, you will have access to all 30 episodes and any content that is added to that course. We may add other courses, resources and elements in the future or add membership levels. Please note that this is a public beta version of the site. Not every part is available at present. Some things may not work properly. If that happens get in touch via the social media channels linked to at the top of the site and let us know. Or drop us a line via the contact form on this site.

Can I cancel my membership at any time?
Yes, there’s a direct link in the website footer, below.

Do you store my credit card details?
No. We don’t have any way to capture them either. Payments are handled securely by Paypal.

How come there are only x number of episodes?
We’re still building the course. We’re adding new episodes at a rate of one a month and running the site in beta preview mode until they are all added. Please bear with us.

Is there any other content I can listen to for free while deciding whether I want to sign up?
Hell yeah. First up, join our mailing list and you’ll be first to know about everything we’re doing. Next there’s our youtube channel where we post video content and subtitled trailers. That might be a good place to start. There’s also our podcast channel which you can find on Soundcloud, iTunes or by searching for 30 Walks wherever you get your podcasts. For each walk we’ve put out an extended trailer or preview, each one is about six minutes long and it’ll give you something of a flavour of what each episode is about, that’s why we call them tasters and they’re completely free. Finally you can follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to stay up to date with all our news.

Can I subscribe for a month, pay my £3.50, listen to all available episodes before the end of the month then cancel?
Of course you can. You’ll miss out on the new episode we put up each month but it’s your money, it’s your time and it’s your choice. Go ahead.

Can I buy a subscription for someone else without having an account myself?
Definitely. Just go to our shop and select the gift voucher.

SGD. Macclesfield, UK

SGD. Macclesfield, UK

Woke up with anxiety, thought I was going back to panick attacks. But I've learnt. My 30 minute walk a day put me back the right way.

S.M. Oxford, UK.

S.M. Oxford, UK.

I have been taking my time with the walks, allowing them to roll around my head for a while before moving on to the next, though I now have the habit of walking for a minimum of 30 minutes a day.

User. Coventry, UK.

User. Coventry, UK.

You’ve utterly inspired me to dig deeper into
my own negative thought spirals.
Your manner is charming and easy and
I like the way you make us all feel comfortable
with experiences and situations from real life.

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