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The Art of Pilgrimage: The Seeker's Guide to Making Travel Sacred

The Art of Pilgrimage: The Seeker's Guide to Making Travel Sacred

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The Spiritual Traveler’s Travel Guide

“A must read before a trip.” ―Escape

“One of the greatest travel books I have ever read.” ―
Peter Feibleman, author of Lilly: Reminiscences of Lillian Hellman

#1 Bestseller in Atlases & Maps

The classic guide to making travel meaningful. The Art of Pilgrimage is a travel guide full of inspiration for the spiritual traveler.

Not just for pilgrims. We are descendants of nomads. And although we no longer partake in this nomadic life, the instinct to travel remains. Whether we’re planning a trip or buying a secondhand copy of Siddhartha, we’re always searching for a journey, a pilgrimage. With remarkable stories from famous travelers, poets, and modern-day pilgrims, The Art of Pilgrimage is for the mindful traveler who longs for something more than diversion and escape.

Rick Steves with a literary twist. Through literary travel stories and meditations, award-winning writer, filmmaker and host of the acclaimed Global Spirit PBS series, Phil Cousineau, shows readers that travel is worthy of mindfulness and spiritual examination. Learn to approach travel with a desire for risk and renewal, practicing intentionality and being present.

Spiritual travel for the soul. If you’re looking for reasons to travel, this is it. Whether traveling to Mecca or Memphis, Stonehenge or Cooperstown, one’s journey becomes meaningful when the traveler’s heart and imagination are open to experiencing the sacred. The Art of Pilgrimage shows that there is something sacred waiting to be discovered around us.

Inside find:

  • Inspirational stories, myths, parables, and quotes from many travelers and many faiths
  • How to see with the “eyes of the heart”
  • Over 70 illustrations


If you enjoyed books like The Pilgrimage by Paulo Coelho, Unlikely PilgrimZen on the Trail, or Pilgrimage─The Sacred Art, then The Art of Pilgrimage is a travel companion you’ll want to have with you.

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  • Phil Cousineau

    PHIL COUSINEAU is an award-winning writer and filmmaker, teacher and editor, lecturer, storyteller and TV host. His fascination with the art, literature, and history of culture has taken him from Michigan to Marrakesh, Iceland to the Amazon, in a worldwide search for what the ancients called the "soul of the world." With more than 35 books and 15 scriptwriting credits to his name, the "omnipresent influence of myth in modern life" is a thread that runs through all of his work.

    TALKS & TRAVELS: Phil Cousineau lectures frequently on a wide spectrum of topics that reflect his mythic and scholarly journeys, including mythology, movies, writing, beauty, language, travel, sports, and creativity. He has appeared with some of the great thinkers and philosophers of our time, such as mentors Joseph Campbell and Huston Smith. An expert on pilgrimage and meaningful travel, Cousineau also leads small group journeys and writing retreats to sacred and culturally rich places. To learn more, visit:

    BOOKS: Phil Cousineau's books include STOKING THE CREATIVE FIRES, ONCE AND FUTURE MYTHS, THE ART OF PILGRIMAGE: THE SEEKER'S GUIDE TO MAKING TRAVEL SACRED, THE HERO'S JOURNEY: JOSEPH CAMPBELL ON HIS LIFE AND WORK, SOUL: AN ARCHAEOLOGY, and WORDCATCHER. Other books include BEYOND FORGIVENESS, THE PAINTED WORD, and BURNING THE MIDNIGHT OIL. An expanded edition of Phil Cousineau's travel stories inspired by his decades on the road, THE BOOK OF ROADS, and a collection of Cousineau's own aphorisms and sayings, THE ACCIDENTAL APHORIST, are his most recent books. Cousineau's books have been translated into more than ten languages, and he is a contributor to more than 50 other books.

    FILMS: Phil Cousineau's screenwriting credits in documentary films have won more than 25 international awards, and include: A SEAT AT THE TABLE, ECOLOGICAL DESIGN, WAYFINDERS, THE PEYOTE ROAD, WIPING THE TEARS OF SEVEN GENERATIONS, THE HERO'S JOURNEY; and the Academy Award-nominated FOREVER ACTIVISTS.

    TV & APPEARANCES: Phil Cousineau is co-writer and host of GLOBAL SPIRIT, Link TV's "internal travel" television series broadcasting on World and Local PBS stations. He has also appeared on CNN, The Discovery Channel, and NFL Films, and more. He has been featured on Voice of America, PRI's The World, CBC's Tapestry, Deepak Chopra's Wellness Radio, and NPR's Weekend Edition. He has been interviewed for stories in TIME and NEWSWEEK as well as the NEW YORK TIMES. He has been a judge for the Emmys, the San Francisco Film Festival, and the PEN-WEST literary awards. Look for his expert commentary and mythic take on film among the special features on several Warner Brothers DVDs. In 2016 he provided on-camera commentary for MAJOR LEAGUE LEGENDS, the Smithsonian Channel and MLB-produced series on baseball's most iconic ballplayers.

    CONSULTING: An expert on mythology and film and the "hero journey" structure of screenplays, Cousineau has consulted on film projects for Warner Bros., LucasFilm, and Pixar. He also consults on all types of writing projects, and leads annual writing retreats.

    Phil Cousineau lives with his family in North Beach in San Francisco, California. He is currently finishing one book on beauty, a book about Sisyphus, and another on baseball. Learn more about his work at
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