Walkabout-Mindfulness Based Art Therapy

Walkabout combines mindfulness skills training with easy mindful walking outside, the use of digital photography and collage making. The program is currently funded by the Kelly Heflin Foundation.

The program is open to those in active or post-treatment for cancer and their care partners. The group size for Walkabout is 7 - 10 and a wonderful creative camaraderie develops at the art table. Walkabout includes introductory training in mindfulness meditation and participants are given a meditation CD to use for home practice.

This program offers each participant the possibility of addressing their current challenges, with words and images, as they transition through post-treatment to surviving well. The Walkabout program mixes approaches which have proved successful in decreasing distress from illness, including physical pain, anxiety, depression, fatigue, and worried thinking that disturbs sleep, work and play. Each session includes verbal check-in, mindfulness meditation skills training and practice, mindful movement and walkabout, digital photography, collage-making using photos taken, and group dialogue to close.


There is no charge for this program, which is open to persons between ages 18-38 with sarcomas and other cancers. A strong commitment to attend the 8-sessions of the program is important. 

Where & When 

Attend a four hour orientation workshop on the second Saturday of each month. Then, join the weekly drop-in sessions on Wednesday evenings from 4:30 to 7 pm. All sessions are held in the second floor conference room at Pennsylvania Hospital.

Easy to Enroll

Call 215.829.6466. 

Program Facilitator

Licensed as a professional counselor in Pennsylvania, Caroline Peterson, MA, ATR-BC, LPC, teaches mindfulness meditation to help individuals reduce stress and manage their energy resources. An artist and art therapist, she has developed innovative ways to combine mindfulness skills and creativity to support the well-being of persons diagnosed with cancer.

Program Highlights

  • Skills training to be more attentive and aware, less reactive to challenging events in daily life, stronger and more flexible in the body, with increased vitality and greater ease of mind.
  • Physical activity component including mindful-movement and city walkabouts, camera in hand.

  • Expressive therapy component using digital photography, art materials, collage and journaling to explore the present and imagine a meaningful future (no experience necessary).
  • Engagement with peers, both in-program and through on-going digital interaction. 
  • Build 20 hours of participation or more by attending a four hour orientation workshop on the second Saturday of each month. Then, attend weekly two and a half hour drop-in sessions.
  • All materials provided, including meditation practice CD for home use, post program drop-in option.