Re-searching spirituality and culture: Transformative pilgrimage learning and living answers into Big Questions

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Abstract

This article explores the notion of transformative pilgrimage learning and what it might mean to deal with the Big Questions of life – such as who we are and what we are doing on the planet – in light of experiences of Love and Death. It examines the question at the heart of transformative learning theory – ‘What form transforms?’–particularly in relation to spiritual experience. It summarizes the findings of a longitudinal research study on how spirituality and culture informed the learning of a multicultural group of North American adult educators teaching for social justice. It also discusses what the researcher learned from research participants, particularly about pilgrimage and the notion of wisdom, as well as from her own experiences of two pilgrimage journeys. It concludes by examining what the research findings and the learning from pilgrimage experiences might suggest for living life as pilgrimage.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)84-94
Number of pages11
JournalJournal for the Study of Spirituality
Volume10
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Religious studies

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