Introducing Waking Walks

Intimacy is far from a walk in the park. It requires hard work. But what if we’ve been doing it the wrong way? What if these long marathons from superficial to under-the-skin could have a shortcut? Like… a ninety-minute walk where we could reach unprecedented levels of proximity to people or ideas by just strolling our thoughts…

Pause proudly introduces Waking Walks! Booking opens in early January.



Most creative insights occur when people stop consciously considering key issues, elevate their heart rate slightly, and allow their subconscious to enter diffuse mode ('waking theta'). The Waking Walks method is a catalyst to this process. By taking small groups on a walk around Melbourne to debate interesting, higher order concepts, we aim to allow participants to consolidate their PauseFest daily learning whilst subconsciously linking ideas that will drive creativity, innovation and growth. Expect 90 minutes of enlightenment, "walkshopping" humanity's most universal and intimate ideas... guided by a neuroscientist and a strategist. What can go wrong!?

Here’s the itinerary:

·       Day 1: The intimate me: identity and consciousness
·       Day 2: The intimate you + me: love, sex and relationships
·       Day 3: The intimate us: civilization and culture




Why  we believe Waking Walks will take you to places? Three reasons: 

1)    Diffuse Thinking

Too often, when we become highly obsessed with a particular problem or question, we devote a large amount of explicit and focused ‘cognitive effort’ to solving that issue. Interestingly, prolonged periods of conscious effort trying to derive a particular solution has been demonstrated to actually hinder insight thinking, stifle creativity, and prolong the time needed to develop a meaningful answer.

Rather than focused thought, most insights arrive during periods of diffuse thought.  Interspersing short periods of rigorous effort with periods of off-topic thinking allows for the brain to consolidate new knowledge and link it to old, seemingly unrelated knowledge.  This subconscious process of linking is the breeding-ground of insight and creativity.


2)    Physical Movement

Again, when trying to decode or interpret a set of data, it is common practice to tie oneself down to a desk until the answer is derived. Interestingly, physical restriction has been shown to narrow thinking and lead to simple, highly contrived solutions. In fact, every 20 minutes spent sitting makes us slightly more stupid, so don’t be lazy when the bell rings. Get up and answer the door, you’ll feel smarter.

For insights to occur, people must be allowed to move freely.  Walking, jogging, kicking a football – movement in the body often drives diffuse thinking allowing for more disparate knowledge linkage, hence turbo-charging your creativity.


3)    Diverse Debate

People intuitively know that a pack can generate ideas better than a lone wolf - this is largely due to the clash in opinions, stories, and thinking strategies that comes when many people tackle one issue.  Unfortunately, not all group work is created equal. Highly structured brain-storming sessions that occur in the same boardroom every week often drive predictable and repetitive thinking patterns. Interestingly, sessions that occur in unpredictable and ever-changing locations (like street walking) consisting of cross-disciplinary teams will often drive innovative and truly unique thinking patterns.

Feel like going on a Waking Walk? Click here and apply to join a select group of 15 Waking Walkers and your two wondrous guides. Not all those who wander are lost. They are waking from lies and walking towards the truth… and may just find it. Take the first step!