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 […]

There and Back Again. Now What?

Every sacred journey ends with a return home. But once you have become the hero of your own story, how do you go back home? How do you have this amazing experience, this transformation that no one understands, and slide back into your old routine? We often get to that “now what” moment where going […]

What I Learned From Sacred Scotland

You know how you read something, see something, or hear something and think you know it. Then you live it, and now you know it in your bones? The “Go Wild” tour in Scotland did that for me. I can’t say I had any huge “ah ha” moments. It was like things mellowed and deepened. […]

Cultural Appropriation and the Spiritual Traveler

Anyone who is interested in leaving home to find yourself and deepen your spirituality has got to have a conversation about cultural appropriation and the spiritual traveler at some point. Am I right? So let’s start with a definition. “Cultural” means of or relating to a culture. “Appropriation” means to take. So “cultural appropriation” means the […]