"The Mythic Heart of Ireland," 2014

Phil Cousineau on Travel

“Have you ever made a vow to go someplace that is sacred to you, your family, your group? Have you ever imagined yourself in a place that stirred your soul like the song of doves at dawn? If not you, then who? If not now, when? If not here, where?"

"Are you alive now at home? Are you going to stay in your coffin of mediocrity, [or] break out of your cage, and take a journey to discover this in order to find yourself?"

“The practice of soulful travel is to discover the overlapping point between history and everyday life, the way to find the essence of every place, every day: in the markets, small chapels, out-of-the-way parks, craft shops. Curiosity about the extraordinary in the ordinary moves the heart of the traveler intent on seeing behind the veil of tourism.”

"In each of us dwells a pilgrim. It is the part of us that longs to have direct contact with the sacred."

–from The Art of Pilgrimage: The Art of Making Travel Sacred by Phil Cousineau

Phil Cousineau haunting Paris, 1993

Pilgrimage to Greece, 2008

Phil Cousineau and Mort Rosenblum flank Sylvia Beach Whitman at Shakespeare & Company in Paris

Phil Cousineau gives a poetic tribute at Yeats' Tower on "The Soul of Ireland."

Journey to Angkor Wat, 1996.

Current Appearances and More

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 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


The Wild West of Ireland with Phil Cousineau: The Myths, Music, and Magical Literature of Connemara, Clare, and the Aran Islands
Join storyteller Phil Cousineau on a travel adventure to the Wild West of Ireland, where Celtic folklore and Viking legends exist side by side with Christian mysticism and the finest Irish music and literature.
September 18 - 28, 2017

Modern Ireland is a place where art and poetry, legends and mysticism meet; travel with us to explore the Irish Twilight literary revival, and the genius of its music, dance, filmmaking, and crafts.

ur 2017 journey to Ireland includes excursions to Dublin, Clifden, the Aran Islands, as well as the sacred sites of Clonmacnoise, the lunar landscape of the Burren, Yeats’ Tower, Lady Gregory’s Coole Park, Tim Robinson’s Folding Landscape Art Studio, Malachy Kearns’ Bodhrán Shop, and much more. Invited speakers, contemplative nature walks, time for journaling, and lively discussions with Phil Cousineau make this a truly unforgettable tour. We look forward to seeing you there!

Learn more about Phil Cousineau's September 2017 travel program The Wild West of Ireland on the Sacred Earth Journeys website. You'll find a complete Tour Description, Summary and Itinerary, and more. Also check out the trip's Facebook page. For more information please e-mail or call 604-874-7922 (toll free 1-877-874-7922) Sacred Earth Journeys.

Ireland: The Connemara Writer’s Retreat with Phil Cousineau
An All-New Mythopoetic Writer's Workshop: A Seven-Day Writing Retreat in the West of Ireland
October 1 - 8, 2017

If you would like to immerse yourself in the art of crafting stories and reigniting passion for the written word then join our Writer’s Retreat in the breathtaking West of Ireland. Writers of every level and genre are welcome to our week long gathering of kindred spirits looking to spark new material and/or burnish current work.

During our workshop, Phil Cousineau will combine his popular mythopoetic (literally the making of stories) approach to writing with the nine-stage creative journey model presented in his book, Stoking the Creative Fires. This gathering will combine the spirit of a workshop with the contemplativeness of a retreat. Beyond the classes and tutorials there will be ample time to experience Ireland, attend cultural events, and revel in the golden opportunity to make friends from around the world.

Learn more about the 2017 The Connemara Writer’s Retreat with Phil Cousineau on the Sacred Earth Journeys website. You'll find a complete Tour Description, Summary and Itinerary, and more. Also check out the trip's Facebook page. For more information please e-mail or call 604-874-7922 (toll free 1-877-874-7922) Sacred Earth Journeys.

Phil Cousineau: Small group travel journey leader since 1984

Telling stories on "Mystery Centers of Ancient Greece," 2005.
Since 1984, Phil Cousineau has led small group journeys to sacred and culturally rich places in the world.

He led his first travel program to Ireland in 1984 with poet Robert Bly. The story of the group's visit to a local pub with poet Seamus Heaney, who regaled the group by reciting Yeats to them by heart, is legendary. Phil Cousineau's next trip, in 1985, was an exploration of Arthurian England with Marion Zimmer Bradley (her first trip to England) and Geoffrey Ashe. The high standard for Phil's travel journeys with unique itineraries and soulful storytelling at sacred sites was cast.

Other past travel programs include "Bohemian Paris," "Myth and Mystery in the Mediterranean," "The Soul of Ireland" and "A Pilgrimage to the Mystery Centers of Ancient Greece," to name a few. Phil has led tours for Cross Cultural Journeys, Timeless Travels, The Joseph Campbell Foundation, the Institute of Imaginal Studies, Book Passage, and for the last several years, for Sacred Earth Journeys.

Check out this interview with Phil Cousineau on the difference between a pilgrimage and a vacation.

Phil Cousineau and Dara Molloy, Inishmor, Aran Islands, Ireland, September 2013.
In September 2013, Phil Cousineau led a group travel program called "The Mythic Heart of Ireland: A Pilgrimage into the Heart of Sacred Ireland," an exploration of the West of Ireland.

Check out Joan Ishbashi's post about her pilgrimage to Ireland with Phil on the Sacred Earth Journeys' blog.

Phil Cousineau and his son, Jack, were honored to accompany Atlanta's All Saints' Episcopal Church on a youth pilgrimage to Greece in June 2008. This photo shows the group assembling at the steps of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi, Greece, where each participant prepares to ask the Oracle their pilgrim question.

Are you interested in having Phil Cousineau lead your group or organization on a unique travel program tailored just for you? Send us note on our site's contact form to begin exploring possibilities.