The Art of Pilgrimage

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  • About the Book:

    Geared toward modern-day pilgrims looking for inspiration and a few spiritual tools for the road, this book combines stories, myths, parables and quotes from famous travelers of the past (and insights from travel guru Cousineau) to help them focus on the purpose and intention at every stage of their journey. (Hardcover & paperback editions, Conari Press; Audio: Dove Audio; also available in Spanish, Portuguese and Korean editions.)

    "I am convinced that pilgrimage is still a bona finde spirit-renewing ritual. 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 of focus, keen prepartion, attention to the path below our feet, and respect for the destination at hand, it is possible to transform, even the most ordinary journey into a sacred journey, a pligrimage."

    --Phil Cousineau, from The Art of Pilgrimage

    About Laura Read:

    Laura Read is a freelance writer focused on the genres of culture, science and travel stories. She works with the San Francisco Chronicle, National Geographic Traveler, MIT Technology Review,and The Furrow, among other publications. Recently, she’s been the opinion editor for the North Tahoe-based Moonshine Ink. She edited “Wolfdale’s Cuisine Unique'' cookbook and the book, “My Life Giving the World a Lift.” A Nordic skier, mountain biker and stand up paddleboarder, she lives in Tahoe City with her husband, Doug, and her dog, Wheeler. Her website is

    Why Laura Chose This Book:

    Phil Cousineau is an established author and guide, and a very spiritual person. This book is a staple, a lovely meditation on what travel can bring us.