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Elyn Aviva and Gary White

Elyn Aviva  (neé Ellen Feinberg), Ph.D., M.Div., is an independent researcher specializing in sacred sites, powerful places, comparative religion, and pilgrimage. Her Ph.D. (Princeton University 1985) was the first dissertation in cultural anthropology documenting the contemporary pilgrimage on the Spanish Camino de Santiago, which she first walked in 1982. Her book,  Following the Milky Way,  now in its second edition, was the first modern travel narrative by an American about walking the French Way. It describes what the Camino was like in 1982, before it became so popular. Elyn has walked the Camino several times and has also walked the French pilgrimage route from Le Puy en Velay to the Pyrenees.

Elyn is the author of numerous articles and over a dozen books, including novels based on the theme of pilgrimage. She is a long-time student of geomancy, dowsing, and related arts. Along with her husband, Gary White, Elyn is co-author of the transformational-travel guidebook series, “Powerful Places,” written for travellers who want to experience more deeply the locations they visit. This series includes  Powerful Places in Scotland in Ireland in Brittany , and more. She is also co-author, with Ferran Blasco, of  Where Heaven and Earth Unite: Powerful Places, Sacred Sites, and You,  a series of in-depth interviews that explores how megaliths, labyrinths, churches, and other sacred locations utilize telluric and solar energies. Her latest novel,  The Key to the Kabbalists Garden,  will be released in late 2017 or early 2018.

Elyn and Gary have been living in the magical town of Girona, Catalonia, Spain, since 2010.

More information on her publications is available at  www.PilgrimsProcess.com. Many of Elyn‘s articles can be found at  http://www.yourlifeisatrip.com/home/author/elynaviva

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Gary White

Gary White, Ph.D., is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Iowa State University, where he was a professor of music theory and a successful composer. He is author of a number of college-level music theory textbooks. After his (early) retirement in 1994, he established Pilgrims Process Publishers, which has published over 30 books by different authors on a variety of subjects, including sacred sites, pilgrimage, fiction, and a series of seven books under the general title of “Powerful Places in . . .” The series, which is co-authored with his wife, Elyn Aviva, includes: Powerful Places in Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Cornwall, Catalonia, Brittany, and the Caminos de Santiago. For more information, go to www.powerfulplaces.com.

White also blogs at  www.FandangoLife.com and www.YourLifeisaTrip.com.

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