The Art of Pilgrimage: The Seeker's Guide to Making Travel Sacred
Published by Conari Books
"I am convinced that pilgrimage is still a bona fide spirit-renewing ritual," writes Phil Cousineau, "but I also believe in pilgrimage as a powerful metaphor for any journey with the purpose of finding something that matters deeply to the traveler. With a deepening focus, keen preparation, attention to the path below our feet, and respect for the destination at hand, it is possible to transform even the most ordinary trip into a sacred trip, a pilgrimage."
With the roads to our chosen destinations more crowded than ever and travel bookstore shelves groaning under the weight of guidebooks that cover everything from ballparks to celebrity homes, we are forced to look longer and harder yet see less and less. Instead of more gimmicks, gadgets, and packages, we need to reimagine the way we travel. "We need to believe," suggests Phil Cousineau, "that there is something sacred waiting to be discovered in virtually every journey."
With over 70 illustrations, mostly original photographs from the author, The Art of Pilgrimage is for the traveler who longs for something more than diversion and escape, for those searching for a path with heart. For millennia, pilgrimage--a transformative journey to a sacred center--has summoned the soulful traveler.
And every journey can be sacred, soulful, and transformative if it is undertaken with a desire for spiritual risk and renewal.