Phil Cousineau is a writer, teacher, editor, independent scholar, documentary filmmaker, travel leader, and storyteller. His life-long fascination with art, literature, and history of culture has taken him on many journeys around the world. He lectures frequently on a wide range of topics from mythology, film, and writing to beauty, creativity, travel, and sports. He has published over 30 nonfiction books and has more than 20 scriptwriting credits to his name. Currently he is the host of the much-acclaimed “inner travel” television series, Global Spirit, on Link TV, which is also streamed on the web at www.globalspirit.tv.
"The discussions on LINK TV's 'Global Spirit' series are sorely needed in this dispirited and disenchanted world. In many ways it is more important than journalism today." Bill Moyers
Phil's books include his international bestseller, The Art of Pilgrimage: The Seeker's Guide to Making Travel Sacred, which has been translated into ten languages; The Book of Roads: Stories from Michigan; the recently released The Meaning of Tea; Stoking the Creative Fires: Nine Ways to Rekindle Passion and Imagination; The Olympic Odyssey, which was selected by the US Olympic Committee as a gift to the athletes at the 2004 Athens, Greece Olympics; Soul: An Archaeology: Readings from Socrates to Ray Charles; The Soul of the World: A Modern Book of Hours; and The Hero’s Journey: Joseph Campbell on His Life and Work. Cousineau also worked with the drummer John Densmore on his bestselling autobiography, Riders on the Storm: My Life with Jim Morrison and the Doors. Cousineau is also a contributor to more than 50 other books.
Phil’s screenwriting credits in documentary films, which have won more than 25 international awards, include: A Seat at the Table; Ecological Design: Inventing the Future; Wayfinders: A Pacific Odyssey; Humble Serpent: The Life of Reuben Snake; Wiping the Tears of Seven Generations; Eritrea: March to Freedom; The Presence of the Goddess; The Hero’s Journey: The World of Joseph Campbell; and the 1991 Academy Award nominated Forever Activists: Stories from the Abraham Lincoln Brigade. His most recent work was story consultant and on-camera interviewee for Stealing Home: Tiger Stadium, Detroit’s Field of Dream. An expert on mythology and film and the “hero journey” structure of screenplays, Cousineau also consults on many types of films and projects, including at Warner Brothers and Twentieth-Century Fox studios.
Cousineau has been the keynote speaker at major conferences as diverse as the Ansel Adams Centennial Celebration in Yosemite National Park and The European Unitarian Universalist’s Fall Retreat in the Netherlands. He has been invited to lecture at distinguished venues including the University of California, Berkeley, UCLA, Stanford University, Pacifica Graduate Institute, the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago, the Swedenbourg Library, Syracuse University, Bard College, and the University of Tennessee. He recently gave a prestigious TEDx talk called “The Passionate Life”.
He has collaborated and appeared with many of the great thinkers and philosophers of our time including mentors, Joseph Campbell and Huston Smith, John O’Donohue, Karen Armstrong, Robert Thurman, Robert A. Johnson, James Hillman, Brian Swimme, Robert Bly, Brother David Steindl Rast, Marija Gimbutas, Angeles Arrien, Baseball Hall of Fame announcer Ernie Harwell, and many others. He enjoys collaborating with musicians and artists such as, John Densmore, drummer for The Doors, Mickey Hart and Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead, cellist David Darling, songwriter R.B. Morris, Cliff Aerie and Chris Bakriges of the Oikos Ensemble, movie producer Jeff “The Dude” Dowd, and painter Gregg Chadwick.
Cousineau’s most recent works include The Art of Pilgrimage Travel Journal (2011) andThe Song of the Open Road: Photographs of Sacred Travel (2010), both of which were inspired by his award-winning book, The Art of Pilgrimage: The Seeker's Guide to Making Travel Sacred, which was published in 1999, and has been translated into six languages and sold over 100,000 copies worldwide.
Currently, Cousineau is co-writer and host of Global Spirit, an internationally broadcast television series on Link TV, rebroadcast on PBS in early 2012. A fellow of the Joseph Campbell Foundation and a Trustee of Sacred Sites International, Cousineau lives with his family on Telegraph Hill in San Francisco. For more information about his books, films, lectures, and art and literary tours, please visit http://www.philcousineau.net
Photo Credit: Phil Cousineau on the Warner Brothers lot, photograph by Jo Beaton, 2010.Phil Cousineau has led journeys to Greece, Turkey & Ireland for Sacred Earth Journeys. If you are interested in creating a custom tour with Phil, please contact us for a quote!