‘Sacred Travel’: Re-create Yourself at Spiritual Hotspots

Tabby Biddle by Tabby Biddle | December 3rd, 2008 | 6 Comments
topic: Personal Growth, Yoga

Love to travel but no longer content with South Beach or Vail? There is another option available. A number of years ago, I wanted a trip that was based on personal growth and discovery. Today this is called “sacred travel.” (Back then it was about taking my savings and heading out with a backpack.)

I first went to Nepal and trekked in the Himalayas. It was there that I encountered yoga in a spiritual form and began the study and practice of it.

I then went to Thailand to learn about Buddhism and sat for two 10-day silent meditation retreats. It was there that I began to see my mind in a way that I never had before. I traveled around Laos, Vietnam, and Indonesia learning to live in the moment and listen closely to my intuition. So taken by yoga and Buddhism, the following year I went to India to study more yoga and begin the study of Tibetan Buddhism.

Today sacred travel is a growing niche of the travel market. It is a kind of travel that is not just recreational, but “re-creational,” where the focus is on personal growth and sacred experiences. It involves visiting “spiritual hotspots” where the traveler is able to tap into ancient cultures and philosophies through meditation, ritual, prayer and ceremony. In many cases, the traveler finds they are changed forever — in a good way.

  • Karen Tate, author, lecturer and sacred tour director, leads trips specifically to sacred sites of the Goddess. These are sites around the world where the Goddess was prominent in the past and in many cases is
    prominent today.
  • Shiva Rea, internationally renowned yoga teacher and retreat leader, leads what she calls “pilgrimages” to places such as Bali, India, and Greece where “awakening shakti” is the intention.
  • Lisa Black, another renowned yoga teacher and a very dear friend of mine, leads an annual winter retreat in Mexico at Maya Tulum where the intention is to experience a “deeper sense of total health and well-being and leave you more open, energized and inspired for life!”

If you are thinking of a special trip for the new year, what are you looking for? How will you renew yourself and inspire yourself for 2009? Will you take a trip of transformation?

Republished courtesy of Yogamates.com


  1. Last year I went on a month long bike trip down the Oregon coast. No electricity, no television, camping under the stars every night. It was so amazingly refreshing and spiritually uplifting. The year before, I went on a week long trek through the high Andes in Peru. For me, the combination of physical exertion, nature, and quiet allows me to really come back to myself and my purpose.


    jh | December 3rd, 2008 | Comment Permalink
  2. I’m definitely into trips that aren’t simply about going wild, or about not lifting a finger and relaxing the whole time. I definitely thing there is something to be said for trips that fall in the middle that are about something more than just marking off another country from the checklist. At this point in my life I’m not into spiritual trips necessarily, but I do like trips that are meaningful and about making connections with others as well as learning about myself.

    Melissa | December 5th, 2008 | Comment Permalink
  3. I’m getting ready to spend five days in retreat on the Big Island of Hawaii. I turned 40 this year and this was a gift to myself. There will be no tv or phones and much of the day will be spent in yoga, meditation and kirtan. Although I live on Oahu and have the natural beauty of Hawaii to draw from daily, I find that I still get caught up in the anxiety and stress of everyday living. It is important for me to take the time to reconnect with my deeper self through retreat. We all need to be reminded that there is a higher purpose in this life we live. We need space and time to recognize this.

    Jessica Rigney | December 6th, 2008 | Comment Permalink
  4. Hello!
    Very Interesting post! Thank you for such interesting resource!
    PS: Sorry for my bad english, I’v just started to learn this language ;)
    See you!
    Your, Raiul Baztepo

    RaiulBaztepo | March 28th, 2009 | Comment Permalink
  5. Hi !! ;)
    My name is Piter Kokoniz. Just want to tell, that I like your blog very much!
    And want to ask you: will you continue to post in this blog in future?
    Sorry for my bad english:)

    PiterKokoniz | April 7th, 2009 | Comment Permalink
  6. sacred travel is a thoroughly cool idea. I must try it.

    Cyber Rainbow | July 15th, 2009 | Comment Permalink

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