The Wordcatcher, Phil Cousineau, in a North Beach cafe session.

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Books by Phil Cousineau

Phil Cousineau grew up in a family where they took the dictionary with them on vacations. In Wordcatcher, he writes about the origins of his love of words, and describes more than 300 of his favorite words and the fascinating stories behind them. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
As indispensable as forgiveness has been to the healing process throughout history, there is another equally profound action that is needed for ultimate reconciliation, which Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mohandas Gandhi, calls “the other side of the coin.” ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
This book is a brooding, daring, exploration of the secret strength of storytelling, in which Phil Cousineau addresses the central theme which runs through all of his work, the transportive power of words. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Cousineau writes, "Creativity is as natural as breathing. To create is to grow, which in turn makes us feel vitally alive." ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
"If Joseph Campbell, the Dalai Lama, and Bill Moyers were to have collaborated on a book about journeys...I suspect it would look very much like The Art of Pilgrimage." ~Austin American Statesman ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Discover the meaning of tea through the eyes of tea lovers from eight countries around the world. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Huston Smith In Conversation with Native Americans on Religious Freedom ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Rekindling the True Spirit of the Great Games ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Conversations with Huston Smith on the Spiritual Life ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Joseph Campbell on His Life and Work ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The Power of Ancient Stories in Modern Times ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Readings from Socrates to Ray Charles ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Travel Stories ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Stories of Synchronicity That Illuminate Our Lives ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
A Modern Book of Hours ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Poems ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Poems ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
A Rhapsody on a Theme of Famous and Infamous Last Words ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Basball Haiku ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Cousineau's Cabinet

2016 Travel Programs with Phil Cousineau

January 11, 2016

Tags: Travel, Greece, Hydra, England, pilgrimage

Hydra, Greece
Phil Cousineau is pleased to announce three new small group travel programs for 2016.

First up, in May, is the quest for the Grail, that immortal symbol of inexhaustible sustenance, the magic cauldron of myth and mystery! Learn more about King Arthur’s Avalon and the Quest for the Holy Grail with Phil Cousineau on the Sacred Earth Journeys website. Here's the link to the trip's Facebook page.

In September, join us for The Heart to Ancient Greece An Odyssey with Phil Cousineau: The Myths, Heroes, Gods and Goddesses, and Sacred Sites of the Classical World Learn more on the Sacred Earth Journeys website. Also check out the trip's Facebook page.

In October, stoke your creative fires on the Hydra Writer’s Retreat with Phil Cousineau. Learn more about this unique workshop and travel program on the Sacred Earth Journeys website. Visit the trip's Facebook page.

For more information on any of these travel programs, please e-mail or call 604-874-7922 (toll free 1-877-874-7922) Sacred Earth Journeys.

Transformative Travel E-Course: The Art of Finding Meaning on the Road with Phil Cousineau

May 26, 2014

Tags: Spirituality & Practice, E-Course, Phil Cousineau, Transformative Travel, The Art of Finding Meaning on the Road, travel, pilgrimage

Since he was a boy riding in the family Ford station wagon from Detroit to points all over America, Phil Cousineau has been fascinated with travel. The author of the bestselling book, The Art of Pilgrimage, Cousineau has taken cross-country motorcycle trips, driven the length of Route 66, crossed the Pacific, taken trains from the Arctic to Cape Horn, dragged movie cameras down the Amazon River, and led groups around Ireland, England, France, Greece and Turkey on mythic journeys. Along the way Cousineau studied accounts of the greatest travelers in history, and asked travel advice from thousands of fellow pilgrims.

Now he will share what he has learned in the Spirituality & Practice e-course from June 2 - 27, 2014, "Transformative Travel: The Art of Finding Meaning on the Road." Join us and widen your notions about what travel can offer — whether you are planning a trip abroad, visiting a park or a new city, or venturing to a different part of your own community. After all, if life is a journey and the world is an inn, as a wise man once said, then it is up to you to decide if you will embark as a tourist, traveler, or pilgrim, which will in turn determine if you will be a stranger or the unmet friend to those you encounter on the long and winding road.

"I have come to the happy conclusion that there is no such thing as a boring destination and no excuse for meaningless travel," Cousineau says of his philosophy. "All we need to do is open our hearts and minds, follow a few road-worthy practices, try a few tricks of perspective, and be curious and respectful wherever we go. Then we can discover what the ancients called 'the soul of the world.' If we are lucky enough to experience that, we might feel our spirits soar, and sense the kind of transformation that history’s great travelers, from Ibn Battua to Freya Stark, Mark Twain to Pico Iyer, have all written about — the ability to come home again and see our own backyards as sacred ground."

Learn more about the Transformative Travel e-course with Phil Cousineau on the Spirituality & Practice website. It’s time to unfold your own journey.

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Phil Cousineau Named New Dimensions Guest Host

May 3, 2014

Tags: New Dimensions, Michael Toms, Justine Toms, radio

Phil Cousineau is proud to announce that he is now a guest host on the legendary New Dimensions Radio Show, which has been "Changing the World, One Broadcast at a Time," since the 1960s, making it the longest-running and most successful independently produced interview in the history of public radio. Founded by Justine Toms and the late Michael Toms and featuring interviews with cutting-edge thinkers in a myriad of fields, Phil is honored to be part of the New Dimensions legacy. Having been a guest multiple times over the past twenty-five years, Phil's first interviews in the host's seat include conversations with psychologist Dr. Stuart Brown on "Play is More Than Just Fun," philosopher Dr. Jacob Needleman on "The Search for Wisdom," author Mikkel Aaland "In Search of "The Perfect Sweat" and poet and Poetry Flash publisher Joyce Jenkins on "The Mythopoetic World." Tune in!

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The Mythic Heart of Ireland with Phil Cousineau

October 25, 2013

Tags: Ireland, 2013, Sacred Earth Journeys, Phil Cousineau, journey, pilgrimage

Phil Cousineau and Dara Molloy, Inishmore
Phil Cousineau's travel program to The Mythic Heart of Ireland from September 21 through October 2, 2013, was a grand adventure. It's challenging to call out the highlights of this spirit-renewing journey to the West of Ireland as they were numerous. From perching at the top of the Cliffs of Moher, venturing by sea to the mysterious Aran Islands, gleaning the poetry of Yeats' Tower, following 15 centuries of pilgrims up Croagh Patrick, combing the ruins of Clonmacnoise, and even paying homage to The Book of Kells at Trinity College on the last day, the whole journey was extraordinarily special.

To read more about this tour, visit the The Mythic Heart of Ireland tour pages.

Contact Sacred Earth Journeys for more information the 2014 small group travel programs with Phil Cousineau. In Fall 2014 he'll be leading groups to Greece and Turkey.

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Global Spirit Premieres on PBS World and Local Stations in July

June 24, 2012

Tags: Global Spirit, PBS, Phil Cousineau, Link TV

“The discussions on Link TV’s Global Spirit series are sorely needed in this dispirited
and disenchanted world. In many ways it is more important than journalism today.”
Bill Moyers

The Global Spirit team is proud to announce that their "internal travel" television series launches on PBS in July 2012. Debuting on more than 200 World and Local PBS stations between July 2 and July 8, the first season broadcasts for ten weeks through the summer.

This richly rewarding series, hosted and co-written by Phil Cousineau, investigates urgent spiritual and philosophical issues of our time, such as "The Spiritual Quest," "The Journey Towards Oneness," "Art and the Creative Spirit," "Earth Wisdom," and more. Global Spirit is a unique inquiry into humankind's belief systems and wisdom traditions, featuring stunning film footage and interviews with an array of fascinating guests such as Deepak Chopra, Karen Armstrong, Robert Thurman, Peter Russell, David Steindl-Rast, Riane Eisler, Joanne Shenandoah, Andrew Harvey, Ravi Ravindra and many other world-renowned teachers, and experts.

Produced by award-winning producer and director, Stephen Olssson, and featuring presenting host John Cleese, Global Spirit brings ancient wisdom traditions together with modern science, to explore and discover answers to some of our most essential human questions.

Visit the Global Spirit website for more information.

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The Purpose of a Sacred Journey

September 7, 2011

Tags: pilgrimage, pilgrim, journey, Greece, Phil Cousineau, Sacred Earth Jouneys, The Art of Pilgrimage

Finding Meaning in the Myths and Mysteries

Imagine your first memorable journey. What images rise up in your soul? They may be of a childhood visit to the family gravesite, the lecture your uncle gave at a famous battlefield, or the hand-in-hand trip with your mother to a religious site. What feelings are evoked by your enshrined travel memories?

The word "pilgrimage" derives from the Latin peligrinus, meaning foreigner or wayfarer. It refers to the journey of a person who travels to a shrine or holy place.

The pilgrim’s motives have always been manifold: To pay homage, to fulfill a vow or obligation, to do penance, to be rejuvenated spiritually, or feel the release of catharsis. The journeys all begin in a nervous state, in deep disturbance. Something vital was missing in life: Vitality itself may be lurking on the road or at the heart of a distant sanctuary.

The ritual act of pilgrimage attempts to fill that emptiness. It can happen halfway around the world as easily as it can just down the road. On the small group travel programs that I lead to sacred places around the world, we take the role of the pilgrim to heart.

My next group journey is to Greece in June 2012. You're invited to join me on this adventure to explore the myths and mysteries of ancient Greece. We'll hear the stories and experience the legends of the ancient gods and goddesses on-site, and discover meaning in them together.

To learn more, contact Sacred Earth Journeys. For details on itinerary and cost, vist the Greece tour pages. Feel free to share the Facebook invitation with fellow pilgrims and friends.

Click here for more information on The Art of Pilgrimage and making travel more meaningful.

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