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.
The next tour (a bit unexpectedly) will be another Celtic Christianity Tour in October of this year. “Ancient Faith for Modern Believers: A Celtic Christianity Tour” will take place in the first two weeks of October 2015. Starting in Dublin it will explore Celtic sites in Ireland, Scotland, and northern England, ending in Edinburgh. Size is limited. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
There will also be a tour in June 2016. One possibility is a C.S. Lewis tour that includes his upbringing in Ireland, as well as Malvern and Oxford (with some Tolkien stops in Birmingham). Or perhaps a general tour of Ireland and/or England that would include writers, castles, gardens, stately homes, and leisurely walks. Paris in the 1920’s is an outside possibility too. Feel free to contact us with any preference you might have among these possibilities, or to suggest new ones.
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.