This unique GLOBAL SPIRIT program explores and follows the actual experience of Pilgrimage, with host Phil Cousineau, journeying with the Global Spirit team, to India and the ancient pilgrimage sites of Varanasi – the ancient Hindu city of light, Allahabad – where three sacred rivers, the Ganges, the Yamuna, and the Saraswati all converge, and to Bodh Gaya – the most important Buddhist pilgrimage site on earth, site of the Bodhi Tree, under which the Buddha sat for 49 days and attained enlightenment.

Back in the studio, Phil brings acclaimed travel writer and essayist Pico Iyer together with Peruvian anthropologist Zoila Mendoza, who herself brings unique film footage and insights from a fascinating indigenous Christian pilgrimage in the Peruvian Andes. Join this most personal and exciting multi-faith journey and discussion of this ancient spiritual phenomenon.

This program was supported by:Fetzer-Logo-for-CEM-website

PatheosRead review of Global Spirit’s Sacred Travel: The Pilgrimage Experience


Listen to Pico Iyer interview on The Transformed Traveler

Listen to Stephen Olsson, interview series producer/director on The Transformed Traveler

6 thoughts on “The Pilgrimage Experience

  1. An excellent series of heartfelt spiritual explorations.Phil Cousineau is a thoughtful interviewer who brings the best out of some of the leading seekers of our time.

  2. This is a wonderful series. I have watched two episodes so far. Both were thought-provoking, interesting, and offer a satisfying mix of intimate conversation and video footage from around the world. The guest speakers bring humor and wisdom in good measure. It is hard to build a series that is both seriously informative and also entertaining. Global Spirit is doing it!

  3. I particularly loved and resonated with the interview with Sraddhalu Ranade. Thank you for the great program!

  4. I am blown away by how incredibly awesome this series is! I haven’t finished watching them all, but I am deeply moved and touched by these discussions. So powerful! Amazing TV, please keep doing what you are doing!

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