Pilgrims Process Authors


Elyn Aviva

A pilgrim at heart, Elyn Aviva is happiest when she is doing research on and writing about sacred sites and spiritual quest. Elyn earned a Ph.D in cultural anthropology at Princeton University (1985) where her dissertation topic was the modern-day pilgrimage on the 500-mile-long Camino de Santiago in Spain. It was the first anthropological dissertation on the Camino, and Following the Milky Way, her travel narrative based on her experiences and her research, was the first contemporary American account of the pilgrimage.

Not one to rest on her laurels, she also earned a Master of Divinity degree from Iliff School of Theology (1997) and has established herself as a fiber artist who creates pieces that, like her writing, are expressions of her spiritual life.

She currently lives in Oviedo, Spain, with her husband Gary. They travel to sacred sites and powerful places, and are co-authors of the Powerful Places Guidebooks, a series which currently includes seven guidebooks.

Titles by Elyn Aviva:
Walking Through Cancer: A Pilgrimage of Gratitude on the Way of St. JamesThe Journey: A Novel of Pilgrimage and Spiritual QuestDead End on the Camino;  When Aloha Means Goodbye: A Noa Webster Mystery; Where Heaven and Earth Unite; Following the Milky Way; Powerful Places in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly; Powerful Places in Wales; Powerful Places in Ireland; Powerful Places in Scotland; Powerful Places in Brittany; Powerful Places in Catalonia; Powerful Places on the Caminos de Santiago

A New Release by Elyn Aviva (June 2018)

The Question is a magical fable about a seer, a seeker, and a scribe. It is about being lost and finding the way, of learning to ask the most important questions and discovering the deepest answers. It is a journey that reaches beyond Death, a spiraling exploration of the nature of reality and the meaning of life. It is a story that is as long as it needs to be—and no longer.


Gary White

After his retirement from Iowa State University as a Distinguished Professor of Music, Gary White was just getting started. It didn't matter that he had composed over 50 published musical compositions, that he had developed the music theory curriculum for the university or that he had authored numerous textbooks on music theory...this man had not even begun to scratch the surface of what he wanted to do!

Since he "retired", he has become the owner and publisher of Pilgrims Process Publishing where he is responsible for the design, production and distribution of all titles published by the company. In addition, he is also an established author in his own right that has written his memoir called Pebbles: Memories of a Small-Town Kansas Boy. He has also co-authored Powerful Places Guidebooks with his wife Elyn Aviva based on their travel to sacred sites and powerful places. The series focuses on transformational travel, specifically how to "experience" a place, not simply "visit" it. 

Gary currently lives in Oviedo (Asturias), Spain, with Elyn. When he is not following his writing pursuits, he is a labyrinth facilitator that has built a number of portable and permanent labyrinths. He is also trained in Healing Touch, Reiki Healing, Swedish massage, Phenomenal Touch, and hot stone massage. He might also be walking...he has walked the Camino de Santiago across Spain and the French Chemin de St-Jacques from Le Puy-en-Velay to the Pyrenees.

Titles by Gary White:

Powerful Places in Cornwall and the Isles of ScillyPowerful Places in WalesPowerful Places in Ireland; Powerful Places in Scotland; Powerful Places in BrittanyPowerful Places on the Caminos de SantiagoPowerful Places in Catalonia

Dr. Leonard Feinberg

Dr. Leonard Feinberg was internationally respected as an authority on humor and satire. After serving as a naval officer in World War II, he returned to complete his Ph.D. in American Literature. He then taught at Iowa State University for 35 years where he was a Distinguished Professor Emeritus that taught courses in American literature, creative writing, and satire. He authored numerous academic publications, satiric works, and novels. His honors include the ISU Professor of the Year, and he was a Fulbright lecturer that traveled and spoke all over the world.

Titles by Dr. Leonard Feinberg: The Satirist; Introduction to Satire; the Secret of Humor; Asian Laughter; Hypocrisy: Don't Leave Home Without It; The ET Visitor's Guide to the USA; Where the Williwaw Blows: The Aleutian Islands - World War II; Waking the Tiger: A Novel of Sri Lanka