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Ailsa Piper: Talk: The Single Step

Session Info:

We’ve all heard it: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

Not many can lay claim to intimate knowledge of how that feels, but Ailsa Piper can. In 2010, she walked alone across 1300 kilometres from Granada to Galicia, and she carried a swag full of the donated sins of others for the whole distance.

Why? How? What motivated her to start? What on earth motivated her to keep going through floods, snow, searing heat and snoring Spaniards? And how did she keep her faith in her feet?

This is a funny, inspiring and uplifting presentation. But beware: you will be in danger of taking to the road when Ailsa finishes with you!


  • Inspiration – when it comes, how to trust it
  • Self-belief – when it leaves how to regain it
  • Spanish steps – relishing other ways
  • The journey home is the journey out
  • Blisters, bliss and banishing listlessness
  • The battle to be good – whatever the framework
  • Walking euphoria
  • Maintaining self-belief when the journey ends

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