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.