Thin Places Travel

Cliffs of Moher, Ireland by Vincent Guth

Cliffs of Moher, Ireland by Vincent Guth

 
 

Thin places – physical places with spiritual significance.

Thin Places 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 tours 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.

While you’re at it, check out photos from past trips on our photos page.

 

Upcoming Trips

Irish Saints and Writers: From Celtic Christianity to C.S. Lewis

September 2020

Ireland is an ancient land known for green hills, great writers, music, turbulent politics, and a distinctive expression of the Christian faith. This tour touches on all of these and more. Starting in Dublin, we explore the beginning of Celtic Christianity (including a look at the Book of Kells) and touch on the writing of James Joyce and W.B. Yeats. We then move to St. Kevin’s beautiful valley of Glendalough, with it monastic ruins and twin lakes, followed by travel west across the country to the magnificent Cliffs of Moher and a stop at Yeats’ tower at Thoor Ballylee. Then to Yeats country in Sligo, on to C.S. Lewis’s Dunluce Castle, and the natural wonder of the Giant’s Causeway. In Belfast we tour Lewis sites and the excellent Titanic museum. From there we return to Dublin, with stops in the Mourne Mountains associated with Narnia, the great Celtic Crosses of Monasterboice, and possibly the Hill of Slane where St Patrick confronted the druids.

For those interested in more on Lewis and his friends, there is an optional add-on segment that takes us to Tolkien sites in Birmingham and the Oxford of the Inklings, ending in London.

Dates are September 17 to 28 for the Ireland portion, and September 17 to October 1 for those adding the UK portion. Cost likely in high 2000s plus airfare for the Ireland portion and low 3000s plus airfare for Ireland plus Oxford.

Interested in Going? Questions? Contact Daniel Taylor

 

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