World Visionaries • Spiritual Practices
A desire to connect with the Divine is a part of the human experience--and how we make that connection personally is our spiritual practice; how we access something larger than ourselves as a collective creates a culture. The ways in which the world’s faiths and spiritual movements are enacted is often a window into a country or region’s culture and history--as well as a thread that ties together far-flung places. And common to many religions are sacred sites of deep cultural heritage, places that inspire journeys of pilgrimage.
This collection of stories tells of Spiritual Practices from around the world - from Slovenia to New Orleans, to Ireland to India, we follow those who undertake inner and outer Pilgrimages in their quest for learning. These stories are not merely about spiritual tourism or religious tourism, but rather inspirational tales of the journey to enlightenment and connection to a place of profound cultural meaning..
In this series we uncover the secrets of Mayan healing and Energy; take a look at what a Pilgrimage really is; explore Celtic mythology; and examine the universal human longings and principles that unite different faiths of the world...as well as what divides us.
We hope that these stories of transformation inspire you, as much as they have us in the process of sharing them.
Findhorn Eco Village, Scotland is a community, nature sanctuary and very special place. I had come to find out about life in Findhorn, and in particular discover more about the art of Taize
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
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.
Our journey through the Troodos Mountains to the Kykkos Monastery, Cyprus was one full of visits to beautiful old Cypriot churches, allowing a glimpse into the heritage of religion and some of the secrets of Kykkos
New Delhi Photographer and Film Maker Benoy Behl shares his adventures across India in search of history and meaning behind art in India, and the incredible discoveries at the Ajanta caves
Our visit to Lafayette Cemetery New Orleans not only provided a unique view of the city and a unique perspective of NOLA’s history; it also showed me a side of myself I’d been holding down for a long time.
Easter Traditions in Slovenia are rich and plentiful. I was lucky enough to experience the handing out of Easter Baskets (complete with plenty of Potica) at, as well as learning about the history of Tustanj castle.
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.
What is a Pilgrimage? From the mighty Hajj, to Hindu and Buddhist practices of devotion, to the Catholic paths of Europe we explore how a pilgrimage can take many forms, and not always in the ways we might think.
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
In this interview with author Eric Weiner we asked him about spiritual adventure, searching for god, and the quest to find a meaningful life
San Juan Chamula Mexico, is unlike any other place in the country. Home to the Chamula community the religion and customs here are a unique blend of Mayan and Catholic. I found this town to be a shining example of humanity and a reminder too of our inter-connectedness as seekers
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.
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.
Lake Atitlan is a sacred centre for Mayan culture in Guatemala: in fact, it’s considered the energetic gateway to an ancient underworld. I spent time exploring Lake Atitlan and learning more about the beautiful traditions of the Maya tribes of Guatemala
The South East of France is home to Cathar Country, perhaps most famous for its Cathar Castles! France is home to about 20 Cathar Castles in total, and the region is rich in culture and nature too. This is a fabulous place to step back in time and stand in awe of what generations before us witnessed
Travelling the Onion Route, Estonia is a chance to journey back in time and discover more about Estonia’s “Old Believers”