The Street as University: Experience Street Wisdom in Arlington @ Metropolitan Park
Aug 1 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

WalkArlington is trying something new for our August walk.

Learn how to access the urban environment and find fresh answers to personal or work-related questions with Street Wisdom: a powerful, three-hour guided experience that uses the streets as an invisible university. This inspirational tool has been adopted by corporations, coaches and social groups across the globe – with profound results.

Street Wisdom

What is it? At the center of Street Wisdom lies the idea that every moment is extraordinary and every street is full of inspiration – that there’s no such thing as an ordinary street, just ordinary thinking. Few of us give ourselves time or permission to really focus on the signs and signals that we normally ignore, rich stimulus that can help us learn something new.

Street Wisdom takes place in three parts. First, your street guide (WalkArlington) helps you tune up your senses so you can pick up far richer information from the environment that you would normally. Then you’re off on a journey by yourself – your street quest – where you ask a question and see what answers present themselves. You don’t have to go far but it’s amazing what you can learn. In the final 60 minute session everyone gathers together to share what happened and, more often than not, wonder at how magical an ordinary street can become when you’re really aware of those hidden messages, chance meetings and unexpected discoveries.

In just three hours of walking and wandering, participants have resolved problems that have dogged them for years, found new business ideas, changed careers, discovered new directions, and learned how to deal differently with life and love.

Invented by creative maestro David Pearl in 2013 and developed with the help of business beatnik and fellow author Chris Baréz-Brown, Street Wisdom has rapidly grown into a global movement. Our mission is to make every street in every city a free source of inspiration for everyone, every single day.

Who is it for? It is relevant for anyone struggling with the day-to-day personal stuff, tackling a challenge in the workplace, figuring out what’s next, or seeking a creative breakthrough. Once experienced, it can be easily replicated on a personal basis, or taken into the workplace and used to inspire teams and colleagues.

What do you bring? An open mind, good walking shoes and clothes for all weather. A question you’d like answered: not too big (‘What is the meaning of life?’), not too small (‘What shall I have for lunch?’) but somewhere in the middle – a burning issue to which you’d like fresh answers.

Please watch the short video below and reserve your place so we can keep you updated – if you are unable to come at the last minute, you must contact WalkArlington so we may give someone else the chance to take part.

To contact the organiser of this event: To get in touch with Street Wisdom HQ: The information you provide when booking an event will be shared with WalkArlington and kept securely by us as explained in our privacy policy.


Space is very limited and registration for the event is required. The event is free for people of all ages and abilities.

Getting Here

The event location is served by transit, walking, biking, Capital Bikeshare, and car-share. Use Car Free Near Me to check out your transportation options.

Sketch Walk Arlington @ Central Library
Sep 7 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Sketch Walk Arlington @ Central Library

Come to create and hone your powers of observation while exploring Arlington during this open sketch session in Virginia Square. Experts from Sketching the District will start the walk with an introduction to sketching followed by an exploration of Virginia Square led by WalkArlington that includes multiple stops for drawing.

Urban sketching is the act of drawing and documenting the world around you, whether that is your local neighborhood, museum, park, or cityscape. Sketching facilitates a deep connection to your surroundings and an appreciation of the beauty in everything.

Afterwards, we will gather for a casual lunch. All are welcome.

What to Bring

Bring your sketching materials or a notebook and pencil, and cash/credit card if you plan on joining for lunch.

Where to Meet

We will meet outside of the N Quincy St entrance to Central Library. Look for the orange umbrella! We will walk to 3 locations in total.

Do I Need to Have Drawing Experience?

Absolutely not! We welcome all skill levels and simply want to encourage you to experience Arlington in a new way.

This walk is co-hosted by WalkArlington and Sketching the District.