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A pilgrimage is a journey of spiritual significance..

Hi this is Beth Haley with Pilgrimage Studio.

Human beings, regardless of the boundaries between culture, tribe, tradition, religion, race or gender, have been taking pilgrimages from the beginning of time.

There are many places one might go to for a pilgrimage. A famous one is the UNESCO World Heritage Kumano Kodo site that is home to the Kumano Sanzan Shrines, where monks and emperors have walked for more than 1,000 years. Today this pilgrimage route is traveled by more than practitioners of Buddhism and Shinto but by nature lovers, hikers, photographers, and historians.

There are also many reasons that one might set out on a pilgrimage; from paying homage, gaining spiritual enlightenment, to seeking healing. The purpose of my pilgrimage is focused on the every day journey that we all take, day in and day out, one step at a time, moment by moment, through our life.

This pilgrimage, for me, began with an interest in the cultural practices, customs, and traditions for transformation, wellbeing and healing across the world. Practices that are as old as time itself and have been proven by years of use.

This interest resulted in a Bachelor of Arts in the College of Health, Human Services, and Science for a degree in Complimentary and Alternative health (relatives of Holistic Health and Integrative Medicine) from Ashford University in 2014.

At first, this was an interest. And then it grew. Now, I share these practices with others.

In 2018, I began leading guided meditations. I will be adding some short meditations, as I learn to record, to the Meditation Space and more modalities will be added to the blog as I go along.

Welcome to my studio. I hope you find a therapy you love and a blessing to take with you on your personal pilgrimage of Wellbeing.


About Thela Foxgood

I was walking through the woods one day, when I noticed a difference. In me. I was connecting as I usually would to each leaf, tree, strip of moss, mushroom, pond, whisper of wind, dew drop, wild flower, and blade of grass. The dark earth beneath me cushioned each step, hiding its secrets and ancient roots. Why was I thinking about secrets? And ancient roots? The trees whispered answers, but I did not understand them.

As I continued visiting these woods, I sensed a stirring. An awakening. I wasn’t satisfied in merely noticing anymore. I began to have visions at night. I saw myself walking through those woods in the still of the night, cloaked and silent, the moon bright. I knew I was there for a purpose, but I had no knowledge of this purpose. I spoke words I didn’t know. I gathered leaves I didn’t recognize. I had no understanding of what I was seeing or hearing.

I stood beside my dreams and just observed, like a foreigner in a strange land.

It was in these woods, that something new was given its rightful birth. In me. Something that had been in me all along, came flooding to the surface so strongly, it was undeniable.

She had my face. But, she had no name.

I began to study. Years passed, and one day, I was working with letters, numbers and dates. Out the jumble and scribbles of these letters and numbers, Thela Foxgood came into being.

Sometimes I write as Beth and sometimes as Thela. We are known as one and the same, but now, by two names.

These days, while I work through my day drinking plant concoctions and chanting mantras, I just have to smile. Now, I know.

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111 Comments

  1. Ianus Christius

    Due to the fact that I’m also in this spiritual thing, I can understand some things that you are passing by, even do my spiritual journey is a lot of different form the journeys of other spiritual seekers. i observe the world in some sort of special holistic approach.

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  2. Pilgrimage Studio

    I was thinking about the polar opposites of these: love, acceptance, equality. How about freedom. It seems I see a lot, where people of certain religions think that freedom is only for their own belief system. Excepting that there are many different belief systems… which makes our world so colorful. Freedom is having our own shape and flavor. We don’t have to fit into someone else’s system. We each have our own… love, acceptance, equality… I think these things enable people to work alongside each other, despite differences, to create a better world more free of poisons like hatred

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    1. Pilgrimage Studio

      I have heard a lot about hallucinogens and I think they can be beneficial for certain types of healing pilgrimages! I haven’t tried them myself, but I have friends who have used them for spiritual questing and journeys.
      😊🌟😊 πŸ„
      Thank you for stopping by today! πŸ˜€

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  3. Vanessa Valeros Calapano

    Hi Beth,
    Thank you for your sharing. I find it very inspirational.
    By the way, I am new in blogging and I hope you can support me. Just recently, I made a challenge to myself that for the next 21 days, I will visit 10 blogs each day. During my visit, I will leave a comment and will have its link posted on my blog as well. Hope you can visit my blog too and leave your footprints.

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  4. Stine Writing

    Having been through quite a bit of trauma the last two years I decided at one point that I should try meditation. I used an app. The man’s voice was very relaxing and I followed along and ended up a hysterical crying mess as my inside feelings opened up. I believe in it but it is hard for me to do when I have so many other things on my mind.

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    1. Pilgrimage Studio

      Oh I hear that! It sounds like it really shakes things loose or brings them to the surface. I wonder if it would help to just take one small bit at a time…I know I recently experienced this through a Reiki treatment and I rode the storm out for a few weeks before I started working on things again. It can feel like too much all at once sometimes, especially when you’re busy. I hope you find a way that works for you and that you can carve out some quiet time just for you
      πŸ€—πŸ’›πŸ€—

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      1. Stine Writing

        Blogging has been a great therapy. I love reading about travel and all the poetry. I also love completing challenges, writing things I probably would never write. I have a lot of activities to keep me busy, actually some like Zentangles, is relaxing. Thank you for the advice.

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    1. Pilgrimage Studio

      Oh no worries!! Txx for letting me know 😊 I’ve had the darndest time with even getting back to comments at times and probably half of them I haven’t even seen the replies to on other pages. Txx again! 😊😊😊

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  5. rayedmonton

    Thanks for the journey into images. re Today’s shot 165, I like the little mushroom sitting in a sea of mosses? And the 2-leaf plant (?)behind it is, almost posing as a guardian of our wild places so much under threat.

    Your haiku: Mystical cottage / Enchanted fairy’s delight / Stop by for some tea

    brought to mind a haiku Matsuo Basho used to invite his poet friend Yamaguchi Sodo to come for a poetry visit. And, of course, for a cup of tea. He named his hut a name an his his essay about the hut is considered the first outstanding example of haibun literature. … It is called “the Genjuan,” or “Hut of the Phantom Dwelling.”

    Basho’s invitational haiku as translated by Gabi Grave is:

    Come listen / to the sound of the bagworm! / my grass hut

    Cheers, Ray Rasmussen

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    1. Pilgrimage Studio

      Hi Ray,

      Thank you so much!! I love how you saw the two-leaf plant 🌱 standing behind as a guardian. πŸ˜‡ I enjoyed looking more into Basho and I find his work so captivating. I didn’t know about his friend who he would invite over for poetry and tea. What wonderful visits those must have been!! What he considered a hut, I’d call β€œa place to never leave”. It looks enchanting. Thank you so much for stopping by and I have also enjoyed my visit to your publications!

      😊🌟😊

      All the best, Beth

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  6. Marsha

    I love everything about this page, Beth/Thela. The photo at the top drew me in to start. The great story about your education and quest for learning thrilled this educator’s heart. And finally your story of dreams and the nameless you. I always have one of them. She is usually in some kind of deep trouble or solving mysteries, driving, walking on cliffs, or abandoned houses. But she is always me/not me. I love that your other me has a name. Mine hasn’t told me hers. πŸ™‚

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