THIN PLACES TRAVEL
“Thin places–physical places with spiritual significance.”
Thin Place Travel emphasizes trips that combine mind, body, and spirit. Its name comes from the Celtic understanding that in some places the line separating this world from the transcendent world is very thin, encouraging easy crossings. Our trips are designed for reflective people on their own pilgrimages through life who are interested in others who have gone before.
These tours are not academic, but they are for people who like books and ideas. Readings are suggested for preparing for each trip, and there are frequent talks, guided tours, and times for discussion. No tests or papers, but lots of good conversation.
Daniel Taylor and his wife, Jayne, have led many student and adult trips to places around the world, ranging from Britain, Western and Eastern Europe and Australia to Cuba, Guatemala, and Brazil. They continue to lead trips annually and invite those interested in coming along to contact them using the Contact page.
IRELAND AND SCOTLAND: “Ancient Faith for Modern Believers: A Celtic Christianity Tour” (October 2-13, 2015). Starting in Dublin it will explore Celtic sites in Ireland, Scotland, and northern England, ending in Edinburgh.
FRANCE: “20TH C. FRANCE: ARTISTS, WRITERS AND WAR” (June 21-July 1, 2016)
If you were a writer or artist in the 1920’s, Paris was the place to be. It was the center of an explosion in the arts and a lab for both intellectual and social experimentation. This period was bracketed by horrific war, introduced by World War I and brought to a definitive end by World War II. This tour explores the rise of Modernism in literature and the arts, with a special look at Paris in the 1920s, and on how it, and western culture generally, were shaped by the experience of world war.
We start in Paris, re-imagining the 1920’s Paris of Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Stein, Pound, and Joyce, and of artists such as Picasso, Braque, and Brancusi. We also take in many of the traditional sights of this great world city.
We then travel north for two nights in Amiens and a day touring the battlefields and cemeteries of World War I in the Somme. From there we coach to Giverny, Monet’s famous home and source for his water lily paintings, and then to Bayeux in Normandy where we spend a day touring the D-day beaches and fields of Normandy. The next day we coach to the great island monastery of Mont St. Michel, spending the night in Chartres, home of one of the world’s greatest cathedrals before returning to Paris.
The tour is led by Dr. Daniel Taylor, professor emeritus of English at Bethel University, with the assistance of Dr. Wayne Roosa, professor of art history at Bethel.
Anticipated cost: $2750-$2950 plus airfare per person.
Application requests and questions: Daniel Taylor through the Contact page.
RECENT PAST TRIPS
A LIGHTLY LITERARY NEW ENGLAND LEAF TOUR (Oct. 10-19, 2014). A 10 day tour of New England with an emphasis on great American Writers (Dickinson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Melville) and great fall colors.
FOLLOWING THE SAINTS: A CELTIC CHRISTIANITY TOUR (September 7-21, 2013)
A two-week tour of Celtic Christian sites in Ireland, Scotland, and northern England. Begins in Dublin and ends in Edinburgh.
ENGLAND TERM REUNION TOUR (June 14-27, 2012)
For those who have participated in any Bethel University England Term semester or Interim “Travel Writing” course since 1979. A thirteen-day tour (with a departure point at 11 days) that will include some of the familiar places from past tours, plus something new.
C.S. LEWIS, TOLKIEN AND INKLINGS TOUR (September 5-12, 2012)
A seven-day tour of Oxford, the Cotswolds, Stratford, and Wales, with an emphasis on the lives and works of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.