Global Spirit: The Pilgrimage Experience

About This Episode


For thousands of years, people of every tradition have embarked on long, difficult and often costly journeys to sacred places in search of various benefits, from health or material well-being to spiritual renewal. But why do millions of pilgrims endured such hardships? What are they ultimately in search of?

The Pilgrimage Experience utilizes compelling film footage from pilgrimages to India and Peru and brings together Peruvian anthropologist Zoila Mendoza and renowned travel writer Pico Iyer. These guests, together with host Phil Cousineau, shed light on various dimensions of this timeless ritual, which is an important part of most, if not all religions and spiritual traditions.

Global Spirit investigates philosophical and existential issues of the 21st century, tracing the eternal, yet still evolving human quest for meaning, truth and wisdom. Weaving compelling filmed segments with informed, engaging studio conversations, the series offers an intimate, discovery-filled viewing experience.