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Coach Lea wearing a hat and sunglasses mid-climb from the beach in the Point Reyes National Seashore.

Written by Lea Appleton,
Certified Coach, PCC

Indoor job: Life and Career Coach, Author, Speaker

Outdoor job: Guide for Wayfinding Days, Pilgrimages, and Labyrinth Walks. 


What others are saying about the book:

"This book is consistently interactive and its information exceptionally accessible."

—From the Foreword by Sharon Rae Graff, author of Haiku Gratitude (forthcoming Fall 2024)

This book is a star in the night sky of our lives' sea journey. It orients us; and helps us find our way.
—Frank Rogers Jr. is a professor of spiritual formation at the Claremont School of Theology and author of Cradled in the Arms of Compassion: A Spiritual Journey from Trauma to Recovery.

What Wayfinding Day participants say...

I recently had the pleasure of participating in a Wayfinding Day event with Lea. While I have long been someone who engages in thoughtful walking, Wayfinding guided by Lea took this experience to a new level! Lea is an expert guide who began by encouraging us to define an issue for which we sought clarity. Lea provided a workbook which served as a valuable tool to help guide our thinking. Each activity promoted self-awareness and added a new layer of depth to the experience. At the end of the day, I found myself with a newfound sense of clarity.  The positive take-aways have remained with me over time. I highly recommend embarking on a Wayfinding Day guided by Lea to anyone seeking a transformative experience.

Explore the terrain of your inner landscape!

The Story of Wayfinding Days

Wayfinding Days emerged following my DIY Pilgrimage I did in 2022, after my trip with my sister to walk the Camino de Santiago in Spain was cancelled in May 2020, due to COVID-19. In 2022, I decided to create my own pilgrimage, so I walked from Long Beach to Solana Beach, with a little help from the train through Camp Pendleton. My sister, my husband, and my 83 year-old father each walked one of those days with me and it was truly a wonderful experience.

Last year I created my own solo Wayfinding Day from Santa Monica to Redondo Beach on a Sunday in February. I walked with the intention to notice and reflect and journal my way through the day. I did some of that and I mostly walked in quiet thought. As I shared the DIY Pilgrimage and Wayfinding Day with other people, many responded that they wanted to do something like these mindful & intentional walking experiences. Last summer, I offered the first in-person Wayfinding Days. I also began writing a guide to creating your own Wayfinding Day. The book, Walking & Wayfinding: Create Your Own Mindful Practice, One Step at a Time, is now available for pre-order for the Kindle ebook while the paperback will arrive May 14, 2024!


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