Whether devout parent and child adherents to a particular faith or a simple, solitary soul seeking a moment of personal growth or enlightenment, it has often been challenging over the years for busy professionals and families getting away from it all to stay connected spiritually while traveling for business or pleasure. Happily, this need not be the case any longer.
With more online resources now than ever, the world weary traveler can easily find information about class and worship schedules, small study group activities, major religious festivals, or even a perfect tree under which to meditate most anywhere in the world. The following is just a small sampling of the many web tools available to help you maintain (or regain) your bliss.
(Note: If your religious or personal growth practice is not listed here, try searching via Yahoo or Google by entering the name of your spiritual tradition and the town where you’re staying. Or, check with the staff at the local chamber of commerce, public library, or your hotel.)
- Bay Area and beyond – upcoming spirituality events: Check out the Bay Area Spirituality Examiner’s weekly events calendar, which is updated each Friday with an extensive listing of events across Northern California and beyond.
- Retreat Finder: With lists of all purpose spas to silent retreats, this is the site to use when researching options for your rendezvous with rejuvenation.
- World-Wide Labyrinth Locator: If you’re looking for weekly labyrinth walk and meditation opportunities near your home, place of work, or while traveling, this online resource provides an easily searchable database of private and public labyrinths in settings from schools and hospitals to churches and parks.
- DharmaNet International InfoWeb: If you’re Buddhist or just thinking of investigating another side of spirituality, search DharmaNet’s user-friendly, web-based directory by tradition or geographic location to find Buddhist centers and meditation groups worldwide.
Christianity – Catholic:
- Parishes Online: Find Mass times, staff contact information, and descriptions for Catholic churches near you with this comprehensive Online U.S. Directory of the Catholic Church.
Christianity – Protestant:
- Open Directory: This extensive (but not comprehensive) worldwide list of Protestant churches by geographic location from the dmoz Open Directory Project can be a great starting point for your church search if you’re a Protestant or just wanting to learn more about the many different denominations of this faith. This site also contains links to additional lists by denomination and categories such as GLB Welcoming, and cyber-churches.
- Shaivam: Described as an “abode for Hindu God Shiva on the Internet” and for helping individuals practice the way of Bliss, this site presents a Prayer of the Day and provides information about Hindu scriptures in multiple languages, an events calendar, and a directory of temples around the world.
- Prayer Finder: This handy search tool from About.com allows users to enter zip codes and desired search radii to determine prayer times and also locate mosques, cultural and fellowship centers, and other facilities worldwide.
- goDaven: This easily searchable online database of Orthodox Minyan worldwide, includes minyan locations, times, and contact data.
- Union for Reform Judaism: The web site for the largest Jewish movement in North America presents this easy-to-search online directory of Reform congregations across the Bahamas, Canada, and the United States.
- United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism: The web site for the Conservative branch of Judaism offers a Find a Synagogue page, which enables individuals to easily locate places of worship, service times, etc. in Canada, Mexico, and the United States.
Metaphysical, New Age, or Personal Growth:
- Astrology Organizations and Associations: StarIQ’s web site provides a listing of various astrology organizations worldwide.
- Discover the Gift: Uncover your talents on the way to finding fulfillment in life with the latest lectures and blog posts. Download the acclaimed feature-length documentary film, or learn more about the upcoming personal growth cruise planned for March 2012.
- Shirley MacLaine: Learn about everything from astrology to UFO’s, listen to Shirley’s radio broadcast archives, and find out where this spiritual trailblazer will be appearing.
- Wanderlust: This web site presents information about the annual series of festivals which attract major yoga teachers, entertainers, personal growth devotees, and fitness enthusiasts.
- Covenant of the Goddess (COG): This web site of one of the oldest and largest Wiccan organizations provides a directory of local Wiccan councils, links to Covenant member organizations and interfaith groups with which COG is active, and details about its annual MerryMeet.
- Pagan Federation International (PFI): Founded in 1971, PFI educates its members and others across the globe about the organization’s three principles (kinship with nature, a positive morality, and recognition of the Divine, which transcends gender). Visit its web site for a list of the names and contact information for PFI coordinators worldwide.