A Sacred Journey to Turkey with Phil Cousineau
Long Conversations in the Land of Troy, Rumi and the Goddess
October 10 - 22, 2014
Join us for an exciting journey to Turkey, the true crossroad of Europe and Asia, the land where the ancient and the modern overlap and provide a glimpse at our future. This journey takes us to historically important sites, relics that reveal ancient civilizations and cultures, and opens us up to deeply spiritual experiences, including an exploration of the work of Rumi, long considered the Shakespeare of the Islamic world, and a visit to his shrine as well as an enchanting Whirling Dervishes performance. Our group will be able to more profoundly understand our visits and experiences thanks to the wisdom, knowledge, and storytelling of our Tour Leader, the writer, presenter and scholar, Phil Cousineau. Phil is well acquainted with Turkey having visited the intriguing country some ten times since 1990, and this journey marks his fifth organized tour here.
Our journey will range from one of the oldest sites ever excavated, the nine thousand year old site of Catal Huyuk, to the “windy walls of Troy,” the magnificent mosques of Istanbul, and one of the most extensive archaeological sites in the world, the marble marvel of Ephesus. We will visit two of the original Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, and the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, the stone-glazed pools of Pamukkale, and the strange troglodyte caves of Cappadocia.
More than just a tour that connects the dots of one of the friendliest and archaeology site-rich countries in the world, our journey will feature our trusty leader, Phil Cousineau’s innovative style of "The Long Conversation." Each day will be highlighted by talks and group discussion that evoke the soul of the country. They range from talks on the "Seven Wonders of the World," to "The Origin of Libraries," when we are in Pergamum, "The Twelfth-Century Poet-Philosopher Mevlana Rumi: The Most Popular Poet in the World Today," and "Catal Hayk: Marija Gimbutas and the Birth of the Goddess Movement."
Special invited presenters include Jay Fikes, professor of history at the University of Istanbul, and Bedri Baykim, renowned Turkish artist, residing in Istanbul.
With Phil as our guide, we will visit places and share experiences that are not on the typical tourist trails. We will gain a greater understanding of Sufism thanks to our readings of Rumi, our visit to his shrine and other spiritual sites, and our witnessing of a special Whirling Dervishes performance in Konya – the birthplace of Mevlana Rumi himself – with time afterwards to discuss this intriguing, mesmerizing event. We will also explore the Goddess and her role in antiquity, through illuminating Conversations with Phil and visits to sites such as Aphrodisias, a place of worship of the Mother Goddess of fertility since 5,800 B.C., and the Shrine city of Catalhoyuk, where we can see evidence of the worship of The Great Goddess of Anatolia. To help provide context to these profound visits, we will enjoy a special lecture at the University of Istanbul by Dr. Jay Fikes, and an excursion to the “The Mystic Tea and Smoking Garden,” in the heart of Istanbul, one of the great meeting places for travellers in the world.
Join us on this enlightening, culturally-rich tour of sacred Turkey and enjoy humbling sites, deliciously fresh local food, lively and insightful conversations and much more.
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