The Joy of Third World Spiritual Travel

One of the greatest joys of third world spiritual travel is the rawness of life. The people don’t have the luxury of first world distractions, so every day is real. They can’t afford or can’t get an aspirin for their aches much less a Xanax or Percocet so there is no escape from their feelings. […]

Missing Bonnie Scotland

Some places hit you over the head. Some are softer and creep in like the fog in the night. For me, Scotland is the latter. It was certainly special while we were there, but with the distance of three months now, my fondness has only grown. The people are among the nicest I’ve met in […]

What To Expect on a Spiritual Intensive?

Are you new to spiritual intensives? Are you not sure what to expect? Every intensive is different. Every location and group is different, so it’s hard to predict just what it might be like. However there are some commonalities from one experience to another. When you know what to expect, you can rest easy when […]

Can You Really Do a Group Spiritual Retreat?

Can you really do a group spiritual retreat and get what you need to get out of it? Isn’t it counter intuitive? Isn’t a retreat about getting away from routine and simplifying? Does being in a group just turn it into a social event? Or maybe an intellectual event? Or maybe it’s uplifting, but not […]

The Spiritual Significance of Scars

If you want to know about the spiritual significance of scars, visit a battleground, a holocaust site, or any symbol of horror. I’ve been to Tuol Sleng, Culloden, and Wounded Knee. I hope to visit Auschwitz some day too. You might wonder what that has to do with spirituality. Aren’t those places of darkness? Actually, […]

Finding the Sacred on the Battlefield

A battlefield is not your typical place that a sacred seeker finds the divine. I mean, who ever heard of a sacred battlefield? If all life is sacred, then God is here too. On our last trip to Scotland, we stopped at the Culloden Battlefield where between 1,500 and 2,000 Jacobites and 300 government soldiers […]

Living Small

One of the most profound discoveries I came back from our sacred travel tour of Scotland with is the idea of living small. That runs so counter to the western programming of bigger, better, faster. We’re always reaching for higher heights. When you realize how small you are, it’s easy to laugh at that and […]

Sleepwalking on Mull

I didn’t spend a lot of time on Mull. We caught a late ferry and had to scoot to get to Iona. The weather was dreich (dreary). I am sure that impacted the way things felt there. Honestly, it felt like the world was sleepwalking on Mull. It’s the closest I’ve ever come to feeling […]

What it Means to “Go Wild”

“Go Wild” was the theme for my last sacred travel adventure to Scotland. It was pure inspiration, nothing planned. It just felt right. I thought it would be about tapping into our own individual nature and allowing it room to flourish. For me, it was not that at all. “Go wild” meant far more than […]

You Might Be a Sacred Travel Junkie If…

I admit it. I am a Gypsy at heart. I have a full fledged case of wanderlust. Palmists have told me it’s in my palm. It’s in my astrological chart. It’s just what I was born to do. You’ll get no apologies from me. That said, there is a line where too much of a […]