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PHIL COUSINEAU is an award-winning writer and filmmaker, story consultant and editor, travel leader and inspirational speaker on myth in the modern world. His fascination with the art, literature, and history of culture has taken him from Michigan to Marrakesh, Iceland to the Amazon, in a worldwide search for what the ancients called the “soul of the world.” With more than 40 books and 30 scriptwriting credits to his name, the “omnipresent influence of myth in modern life” is a thread that runs through all of his work. His books include Stoking the Creative Fires, Once and Future Myths, The Art of Pilgrimage, The Hero's Journey, Wordcatcher, The Painted Word, The Oldest Story in the World, The Book of Roads, The Accidental Aphorist and The Lost Notebooks of Sisyphus.


The Art of Pilgrimage: The Seeker's Guide to Making Travel Sacred

Third edition, with new preface by the author


"A must read before a trip." ―Escape


"Seeking answers to one's own existence? Cousineau guarantees that the pilgrimage approach is the right path for obtaining those answers." ―Booklist


"The quintessential traveling companion." ―Spirituality and Practice


"Stories, anecdotes, quotes, vignettes, and practical suggestions from travelers and pilgrims throughout history create a guide to building a personal journey by learning to slow down and linger, savor, and absorb each stage." ―Library Journal


"Phil Cousineau reminds us that we can make all of our journeys more intentional: With the roads to the exalted places we all want to visit more crowded than ever, we look more and more, but see less and less. But we don't need more gimmicks and gadgets; all we need do is reimagine the way we travel. If we truly want to know the secret of soulful travel, we need to believe that there is something sacred waiting to be discovered in virtually every journey." ―U.S. Catholic


"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


"If Phil Cousineau's fine book were to have the influence it deserves, tourism might cease to be an environmental blight and become an educational blessing." ―San Francisco Chronicle


"Phil Cousineau's The Art of Pilgrimage is a modern classic in the annals of travel writing. His book is a soul-stirring work that reveals the deeper meaning of our adventures on the road. Over the years it has inspired our own personal travel practices and informed our own work in the transformational travel movement. Phil's writing has also been a guiding light the way we mentor travelers in our programs to bring home the boon, the wisdom of every journey, so they might lead better lives when they return home." ―Michael Bennett and Jake Haupert, co-founders of Explorer X and The Transformational Travel Council


"…a journey without challenge has no meaning; one without purpose has no soul.' Phil Cousineau wrote these words twenty-five years ago, and they ring true even more now. The Art of Pilgrimage has served as a guide to thousands of people seeking meaning in their lives―for a 'time in' in search of a new perspective―so this third edition brings me joy. Enjoy the stories, the insights, and the potential places you may travel whether from your armchair or a niche in an airport. Phil is a consummate traveler; one who shares meaning and his soul." ―Lauren Artress, author of The Path of the Holy Fool: How the Labyrinth Ignites Our Visionary Powers


"Cousineau fires our night with flaming soul-bursts from every age and quarter… If there is such a thing as a world soul―an anima mundi―it would address our times in something like Cousineau's voice." ―Huston Smith, author of The World's Religions


"Phil Cousineau is the finest and most inspiring pilgrimage guide writing today." ―Alexander Eliot, TIME magazine art critic, author of Because It Was Beautiful


"Phil Cousineau gets right to it―the human soul's need for meaning. Travel is a quest for meaning and pilgrimage is the answer. Whether your pilgrimage is to the sacred sites in your own neighborhood, to the Taj Mahal in India, or the Shrine of the Black Madonna of Poland, Phil Cousineau is a trustworthy guide. The Art of Pilgrimage is an essential companion to life's journey and the depth of meaning you might find." ―China Galland, author of Longing for Darkness: Tara and the Black Madonna


"A treasure. It triggers the imagination and memory of all inner and outer journeys one has or has not taken." ―Angeles Arrien, PhD, cultural anthropologist and author of The Four-Fold Way and Signs of Life


"Whatever your longing, path, or destination, Phil Cousineau gives you the most valuable gear you could pack in your satchel." ―Anthony Lawlor, author of The Temple in the House


"Inviting, enlightening, deep, and enduring, The Art of Pilgrimage is the spiritual traveler's bible. I first read it decades ago; it never gets old. It's how I love to travel; it's what I like to read." ―Linda Watanabe McFerrin, author of Navigating the Divide


"Phil Cousineau is the most effective public speaker I have ever heard. His book on pilgrimage is one of the greatest travel books I have ever read." ―Peter Feibleman, author of Lilly: Reminiscences of Lillian Hellman


"Phil's book is a reminder that all poets are pilgrims of the word and all pilgrims are poets of the road." ―Lawrence Ferlinghetti


"Of all the books I've ever read about pilgrimage, this is the most poetic, personal, and timely." ―John O'Donohue, author of Anam Cara


"The Art of Pilgrimage―that's a classic." ―Deepak Chopra, author of Spiritual Solutions

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Phil Cousineau
Sisyphus Press
P.O. Box 330098
San Francisco, CA 94133 USA