Exercise: Smell Walk


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What are we doing?

You will journal about an imagined walk related to the sensation of smell. Our senses are an integral part of embodiment, which is the state of being fully aware of one’s body.

Why are we doing it?

These are exercises in brainstorming and creativity. These proposed walking exercises (A Walk I Will Not Make), are thought-experiments we execute mentally/intellectually (we sketch or write/journal about them), but we do not execute them in real life due to some sort of restriction or other reason – perhaps geographical, ethical, monetary, length, scale, people involved, the laws of physics, availability of materials, etc. Students are encouraged to think outside the limits one normally imposes on oneself (cost, time-period, scale, materials used, contexts involved, subject matter, gravity, etc.).

How are we doing it?

Think about your favorite and least favorite smells. Jot down reasons for your selections.

Next, configure a walk that includes a selection of these smells in some way. There is no right or wrong way to do this.

Remember that you are not constrained by time/space/reality/etc (it can be truly fantastic!).