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Learning Journeys

Phil is currently on Sabbatical. He is exploring one of the important sub-themes of this research: how human consciousness (our sense of who we are and why we are here) has changed throughout history. He, with his wife Lesley, is focusing on three time periods by taking a “learning journey” for each:


  1. Pre-modern – the medieval pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. They will make the journey by bicycle, cycling from Le Havre in Northern France and picking up the formal route at Le Puy, then over the Pyrenees into northern Spain. The route has hostels that were used by the original pilgrims. Our pilgrimage ends in northwest Spain where legend has it that St James is buried, then to Santander (a total journey of 2842 kms.) to sail home.
  2. Modern – a journey to a destination that speaks of a crucial influence on the modern mind. Mount Burgess in Canada contains deposits of shale with the largest known fossil record. This has been crucial to the more recent understanding of evolution which has changed how modern people think about who we are and why we are here. Their visit to Canada will be combined with work collaborating with staff at Regents Collage and other academics.
  3. Future – Their final journey to the Eden project will help explore new ways of thinking, being and doing as we move beyond the age of carbon to whatever is coming next.


Reports of these journeys will appear on this site in the autumn of 2010.