rain in the amazon jungle

Rain in the Amazon Jungle

Oh, there is nothing so wild and wonderful as rain in the Amazon jungle. It’s a rainforest. You’d expect to see rain there – lots of it. But last season they said they only got two months of rain. Fewer trees means less rain. So when it started raining in May, a month after rainy […]

made in china

Made in China Spiritual Tours

The last four international trips I have been on were to “must see” spiritual travel sites. Some were repeat visits to places I’ve been before and loved. Others were new. The thing that they all have in common is that they’ve become Made in China. What I mean by that is that they’ve sold out […]

Photograph by Chetan Karkhanis

I Went to Peru and Fell in Love

I went to Peru and fell in love. No, not with a person, but with life… and perhaps myself a bit. It happened so gradually that I didn’t even know it was happening until I got back home. Peru makes you slow down. You can’t hurry because of the altitude. There is not enough air […]

Have You Gone on an Ancestor Pilgrimage?

Spiritual travel is a big business now. Lots of people go to the pyramids, Stonehenge, and Machu Picchu, but have you gone on an ancestor pilgrimage? What’s that, you say? An ancestor pilgrimage is a journey to the land of your people to reconnect with them and to see yourself. It’s a way to reclaim […]

How to Hold On the the High After Pilgrimage

If you’re a sacred travel junkie, you know the routine. You go somewhere amazing and have an absolutely transformative experience, then you get home and feel like you a fish out of water. What happened? Who are you now? Why is this life so ill fitting all of a sudden? How can you hold on […]

La Dolce Vita

I had been to Italy before and remembered being awed by the beauty around every corner. The people were walking works of art. The buildings were lovingly adorned with carvings and curves that just made them not simply functional, but beautiful. Squares were gathering places for life, smiles, and affection. My memories were all so […]

Get Lost

You know, some of my most favorite trips were ones where I had no agenda and no particular destination. It’s just a kind of “get lost on purpose” or an “I’ll know where I am when I get there” type of adventure. These are the types that encourage meandering, lingering, and savoring. When you don’t […]

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 […]