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TRAVEL PROGRAMS with PHIL COUSINEAU

RESCHEDULED: April 18 - 29, 2022

 

GREECE: In the Footsteps of Odysseus and Penelope with Mythologist Phil Cousineau


A Homeric Journey into the Wonderland: Heroes and Heroines, Gods and Goddesses

 

Join author-filmmaker-mythologist Phil Cousineau on a journey to ancient Greece to visit many of the significant sites associated with two of Homer's greatest heroes, Odysseus and Penelope.

 

We will travel across the "wine-dark sea" to the world immortalized by Homer in the Odyssey, with a special emphasis on recent scholarship, archaeology, and a spate of extraordinary new translations, which gives long overdue attention to Penelope, Circe, and Calypso, Athena, Aphrodite, and Hera. We will visit sites such as the Corinth Canal, the citadel of Mycenae, Menelaion near Sparta, Kranai islet, Ancient Olympia, the mythic island of Ithaka, and Corfu (ancient Phaecia), as well as engage in lively discussions and "Long Conversations." 

 

Learn more about Phil Cousineau's journey to Grecce: In the Footsteps of Odysseus and Penelope on the Sacred Earth Journeys website.

 

For more information, please email info@sacredearthjourneys.ca or call 604-874-7922 (toll free 1-877-874-7922) Sacred Earth Journeys.

RESCHEDULED: April 3 - 13, 2022

 

ITALY: La Dolce Vita: The Sweet Life of Mythic Italy with Phil Cousineau

 

A Mythic Adventure to the Land of Gods and Goddesses, Divine Art, the Pleasures of Everyday Life, and Breathtaking Scenery

 

Phil will lead you on an adventure through one of the most artistic cultures in the world, where we will visit great art masterpieces, brilliant public architecture, artisans' studios and workshops, the Venice archipelago, Northern Italian hilltop villages, and the medieval cities of Rome, Assisi, Florence, and Parma. Our tour will be framed by daily discussions of "The Great Beauty" that is at the heart of Italian culture, in its myths, art, literature, fashion, and crafts. You will become a cultural time traveller on a quest for la dolce vita, the sweet life

 

Learn more about La Dolce Vita: The Sweet Life of Mythic Italy with Phil Cousineau on the Sacred Earth Journeys website.

 

For more information, please email info@sacredearthjourneys.ca or call 604-874-7922 (toll free 1-877-874-7922) Sacred Earth Journeys.

RESCHEDULED: May 6 - 13, 2022

GREECE: The 2022 Hydra Writer's Retreat with Phil Cousineau

 

An All-New Approach to Crafting Your Story: A Seven-Day Writing Retreat in the Greek Islands

 

"True teachers use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross; then, having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create bridges of their own." —Nikos Kazantzakis

 

If you would like to immerse yourself in the art of crafting stories and if you are looking for a way to reignite your passion for the written word, then join our Writer's Retreat on the breathtaking island of Hydra in Greece. Writers of every level and genre are welcome to our weeklong gathering of kindred spirits looking to spark new material and/or release current work into the world.

 

Instead of spending our valuable workshop time by critiquing each other's work, during this writer's retreat you will be encouraged to spend your time developing your current manuscript or writing new material in a safe and invigorating atmosphere, and to take "The Next Step," whatever that might be for you and your manuscript. Every day will begin with a reading from Greek literature, followed by a writing session designed to help you find and refine your own natural writing voice. This will include creative writing games, visualization exercises, experimentation with story structure, interview techniques, dialogue practices, writing outdoors, and optional evening sessions that will encourage revision.


During our workshop, Phil 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. Every afternoon there will be one-on-one consultations, and every evening the group will gather at dinner. Over the course of the week you will enjoy the opportunity to replicate the ideal writing life, which is a dynamic balance between creative solitude and social immersion, and learn how to best present your work in the ever-changing world of publishing.

 

Learn more about The Hydra Writer's Retreat with Phil Cousineau on the Sacred Earth Journeys website.

 

For more information, please email info@sacredearthjourneys.ca or call 604-874-7922 (toll free 1-877-874-7922) Sacred Earth Journeys.

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.

Phil Cousineau: Small group travel journey leader since 1984

Phil Cousineau 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 importance of pilgrimage in today's fast-paced world.