Spiritual Practices

Mayan Healing with Jose Santos Tamay: I Recognize in you my Other I

The Maya are a people with rich culture, history, traditions, and a way of life that we can learn much from today. I learned more about Mayan healing as well as the culture in my interview with Jose Santos Tamay who I met at Hacienda Chichen in Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico. My own journey has shown how much wisdom cultures such as the Maya have to teach us about our lives and how we see them today.

Mayan Healing with Jose Santos Tamay: I Recognize in you my Other I

Celebrating Connections & Cherishing Differences in San Juan Chamula

The villagers of San Juan Chamula in Mexico's Chiapas Highlands are skilled textile artists and practice a faith that that mixes Mayan mythology with Catholic tradition. Get a virtual introduction to Chamulan beliefs, which include a strong commitment to community service & tradition that considers pine to have sacred properties. Saint John the Baptist church is a spiritual home for the devoted residents who put no price tag on their beliefs. Travel opens our eyes to both the cultural differences between us and others, as well as the bond of human connection.

Celebrating Connections & Cherishing Differences in San Juan Chamula

Curacao’s Jewish Heritage - the “Mother Synagogue of the Americas”

Did you know Jewish heritage in the Americas began in the Caribbean island of Curacao? Curacao Synagogue Mikve Israel-Emanuel is the oldest active Jewish congregation in the Western hemisphere.

Curacao’s Jewish Heritage - the “Mother Synagogue of the Americas”

Volunteering with the Hero of Chiapas by Patricia Ferrer

Guest writer Patricia Ferrer shares her voluntourism experiences in Mexico's San Cristóbal de Las Casas, working with "big man" Sergio Castro, known by locals as “heroe de Chiapas.” Don Sergio is a humanitarian, an ethnologist, a collector of Maya costumes, textile and artifacts, museum curator and a polyglot. Patricia takes us on his life journey, diving into the history and culture of many of the villages in which he has positively impacted.

Volunteering with the Hero of Chiapas by Patricia Ferrer

Ullapool Encounters With Serendipity

One of BCD's guiding ideals is the power of listening--to ourselves, to others and to the Universe. In the tiny village of Ullapool on Loch Broom in the Scottish Highlands, locals share stories of powerful instances of serendipity. Meet Collen & Richard Lindsay, co-owners of West House, who describe the happy accident behind their B & B & launching the Ullapool Guitar Festival. Be amazed by the incredible story of Polly Hoad, owner of textile shop Unlimited Colour, who weaves a story of devastation, miracles & paying it forward. Be reminded of the power of chance encounters!

 Ullapool Encounters With Serendipity

On Puerto Rico’s Santos Trail: 11,000 Virgins, the Powerful Hand, and Anima Sola

Read about the Puerto Rico Santos tradition of Saint Ursula & 11,000 Virgins, the Powerful Hand, and Anima Sola. Delve into the mindset of collectors through visits to Museo de los Santos, the Museum of the Americas & Galeria Botello.

On Puerto Rico’s Santos Trail: 11,000 Virgins, the Powerful Hand, and Anima Sola

Lafayette Cemetery # 1 in New Orleans a Fertile Ground for Life Lessons

Take a tour of Lafayette Cemetery # 1 in the Garden District with local Sarah, who offers a primer on unique New Orleans' traditions like the ‘second line'. BCD found Lafayette Cemetery # 1 to be unexpectedly fertile ground for fresh ways to look at life. Read on for how New Orleans celebrates & inspires individuality. 

Lafayette Cemetery # 1 in New Orleans a Fertile Ground for Life Lessons

Jose Santos Tamay, Mayan healer: I recognize in you my other I

In Mexico's Yucatan, near the ancient Mayan ruin of Chichen Itza, ancient rituals are still practiced by J'men, or shaman. In this revealing and inspiring interview, Mayan healer Jose Santos Tamay debunks myths about Mayan beliefs and offers insight on cultural and spiritual concepts that are both profound and exceedingly practical.

Jose Santos Tamay, Mayan healer: I recognize in  you my other I

Malta Good Friday Celebration: Purple Pageantry and Tears of Joy in Zebbug

Become a part of Malta's colorful celebration of the traditional Catholic holiday of Good Friday. The Maltese express their spiritual beliefs on this occasion with an elaborately-costumed parade in Zebbbug that is filled with purple pageantry and an experience to behold! Let BCD guide you other local Good Friday traditions being practiced in Vittoriosa, one of Malta's 'Three Cities.' BCD scouts out the most authentic experiences for you!

Malta Good Friday Celebration: Purple Pageantry and Tears of Joy in Zebbug

Dara Molloy on Accessing Celtic Spiritual Tradition Through the Irish Landscape

Fascinated by Celtic spirituality? Meet Dara Molloy, a Celtic priest and author who gives you the lay of the land of his adopted home of  Inis Mor, one of Ireland’s three Aran Islands. Discover the legends behind the sites & traditions of Inis Mor such as Dun Aengus, Na Seacht dTeampaill & St John’s festival. Let BCD take you on a spiritual journey informing you of local people and sharing their wisdom with you!

Dara Molloy on Accessing Celtic Spiritual Tradition Through the Irish Landscape

Mayan Energy, Artistry & Traditions of Lake Atitlan in Guatamala

Searching for breathtaking natural beauty? Interested in Mayan culture? A fan of hand-made textiles? Let BCD give you the highlights of Guatemala's Lake Atitlan! Meet Rilaj Mam, the spirit guardian of the Tz'utuhil people. Discover the Tz’utuhil legend with a Romeo and Juliet-esque plot! Connect with Angelina, who shares the story behind her art! BCD's insightful reporting gives you the lay of the cultural landscape in a way no other site does.

Mayan Energy, Artistry & Traditions of Lake Atitlan in Guatamala

Estonia’s Onion Route & Old Believers

On the shores of Lake Peipsi in southeastern Estonia, the Old Believers live on the Onion Route; the history behind their chief crop on the Russian/Estonia border has roots in religious reforms. The Old Believer faith is in rich in traditions: clean & dirty sides of the house, sweet tea ceremony, patterns that tell life stories, symbolic grave markers & cherished Slavonic texts.

Estonia’s Onion Route & Old Believers

Cyprus’ Painted Churches of Troodos Mountains & Kykkos Monastery

Can a UNESCO World Heritage site be off-the-beaten-path? Enjoy the peace & tranquility of the ten painted churches of the Troodos Mountains in Cyprus! The village of Pedoulas is home to the Church of the Archangel Michael, rich with ancient iconographic murals. At nearby Kykkos Monastery, meet Father Benidiktos, and learn about a day in the life of a a young monk. Let BCD's in-depth coverage offer you a unique encounter with Cyrpus' cultural and heritage before you travel!

Cyprus’ Painted Churches of Troodos Mountains & Kykkos Monastery

Taize in Findhorn Eco Village Scotland

Have you ever sang to meditate? Experience the soul-moving power of singing meditation at the Findhorn spiritual community and eco-village on Scotland’s Moray Firth coast. Within the walls of its Nature Sanctuary, the power of sound, intention and prayer reverberate. The building itself was made with whimsical and wonderful acoustics that helps the daily meditation sound so loud and perfect. Connect with the members of the Findhorn community & let them share their stories of their Taize practice.

Taize in Findhorn Eco Village Scotland

Places of Pilgrimage: Connecting with Self, Others and Spirit.

To everyone, places of pilgrimage are something different, but for so many Pilgrimage offers a way to connect: to one’s past, to one’s future, to a spiritual meaning, or to a place. We may not always call spiritual journeys a Pilgrimage, but

Places of Pilgrimage: Connecting with Self, Others and Spirit.

Pilgrimage: Spiritual Journeys or Sacred Destinations?

When we reflect on what spiritual journeys are, these can be a journey inside as much as it is to an outside destination. We hear from those who have been on those spiritual journeys, in all directions.

Pilgrimage: Spiritual Journeys or Sacred Destinations?

Easter Baskets in Slovenia: At Tustanj Castle

Ever wonder how other countries celebrate Easter? Or how and where certain universally-practiced traditions originate from? Let BCD share with you Slovenia’s Easter traditions. Get a tour of Tuštanj Castle, owned by Pirnat Family since 1874; learn about the castle’s rich heritage before heading to its 17th century chapel where Easter service is conducted and the traditional Easter baskets of the local townspeople are blessed.

Easter Baskets in Slovenia: At Tustanj Castle

Eva Michaelsen on Walking Meditation and El Camino de Santiago

El Camino de Santiago is perhaps one of Spain’s greatest walks, but it’s more than that to Eva Michaelsen: for her El Camino de Santiago has been a teacher in meditation, mindfulness and her purpose in life too, as each journey has new wisdom to reveal.

Eva Michaelsen on Walking Meditation and El Camino de Santiago

Art in Cyprus: Inside the Painting Studio of Myrianthi Constantinidou

In search of art in Cyprus we found the studio of Myranthi Constantinidou, a beautiful painter in Limassol, specialising in the art of iconography - and of feeling through art

Art in Cyprus: Inside the Painting Studio of Myrianthi Constantinidou

Discovering Celtic Rituals & Mythology in Aran, Ireland with Dara Malloy

On the Island of Aran, Ireland, I met Dara Malloy - a Celtic Priest who helped me discover the world of Celtic Rituals, Traditions, Mythology and even Celtic ceremonies that take place today. This beautiful and wild part of Ireland is home to a rich history, and plenty of examples of forging stronger connections through a tangible sense of connection.

Discovering Celtic Rituals & Mythology in Aran, Ireland with Dara Malloy