Walking as Attunement: Being With/In Nature as Currere



currere, walking pedagogy, poetic inquiry, relationality


Being physically and spiritually attuned to the world around us forms the loom on which we weave our curricular understandings. Here, we strive to find the extraordinary in the ordinary and make room for a poetic way of attending to the lived curriculum. More than a way of doing research, we regard this way of being as a deep and disciplined presence with/in the world we inhabit. Through our own individual practices of walking the earth, our physicality explores the relationships between flesh and stone, and rain and tears, and the immediacy of the poetic takes form. Our walking practices open up the space not only to mindfulness, but bodyfulness, where the present moment has the capacity for the infinite. This type of active contemplation invites us into an expansive place where we can consider the very nature of education and its potential to foster or impede holistic teaching, learning, living, and being. Through writing together, we lift ourselves and each other out of the metaphorical and literal containment of our current contexts and find an invitation to walk and write into wonder.

Author Biography

Ellyn Lyle, Yorkville University

With deep connections to place, Ellyn embraces metaphor to untangle lived experience as a way to inform teaching and learning as autobiographical experience. She began her career in secondary English classrooms before moving toward adult education and organizational contexts where she championed critical education practices and leadership for social change. She is currently Assoicate Dean in the Faculty of Education. Ellyn’s research interests include: the role of reflexive inquiry in practitioner development; narrative; education for social justice; pedagogies of place; identity; and lived/living curriculum.