Public Seminar – Spiritual Tourism: Transformative and Socially Engaged or Negligible?

Public Seminar – Spiritual Tourism: Transformative and Socially Engaged or Negligible?

Thursday 19 November 6-8pm

Lecture theatre HB40, Monash University, Caulfield Campus

 

Speakers:

Mr Ben Bowler, Managing Director + Founder, World Weavers Spiritual Tourism

Dr Joseph Cheer, National Centre for Australian Studies, Monash University

Dr Yaniv Belhassen, Ben Gurion University of The Negev, Israel

Dr Joanna Kujawa, Author Jerusalem Diary: Travels in Holy Madness (2009)

Dr Damien Williams, National Centre for Australian Studies, Monash University

 

According to Norman (2012, p. 20), “spiritual tourism has been proposed as a phenomenon in leisured travel” and “defined as tourism characterised by a self-conscious project of spiritual betterment”, while Robledo (2015, p. 72) posits that “spiritual tourism is much more than religious journeys”.

In this seminar we examine the growing ‘spiritual tourism’ phenomenon. In conjunction with World Weavers, Monash University researchers are leading the development of ground-breaking research that examines the impacts of spiritual and responsible tourism in developing countries.

World Weavers has been a leader in the field of Spiritual Tourism since creating the Thailand-based ‘Monk for a Month’ program in 2009. Today, they operate spiritual immersion programs in Tibetan India, Nepal, Cambodia and Ethiopia. The goal of these programs is to facilitate transformative experiences for participants. World Weavers also works alongside NGOs on local development projects to ensure host communities also profit from these sacred encounters. 

 

What are the transformative effects on participants and hosts? To what extent does spiritual tourism impact the socioeconomic contexts of hosts? And to what extent does spiritual tourism lead to long-term reciprocal exchanges between participants and hosts? To answer these questions we also welcome past participants of ‘Monk for a Month’.

 

Please RSVP by November 18 205 at the following link.  http://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=168133