March 19 - 27, 2021
“An I mo chridhe, I mo ghraidh.
- In Iona that is my heart's desire, Iona that is my love.”
- St. Columba (521 - 597 AD), founder of Iona Abbey
Steeped in Wisdom
Iona, a small remote island off the Western edge of Scotland, is very special. A significant holy place in ancient times, it became a cradle of Christianity after St Columba arrived in 563.
This “thin place,” has attracted spiritual seekers for thousands of years. A destination for pilgrimage, it is still only reached by a long and sometimes arduous journey.
IONA WILL SURPRISE YOU
Iona will take you out of what is familiar and awaken new insights and wisdom in your heart.
Iona feels on the edge of the world and its natural beauty will stagger you. A beach may have jagged boulders pounded by crushing waves, and a little ways away changing to tranquil white sandy beaches. On one side of the island you'll spot faraway views of the Scottish Highlands - lush meadows, towering peaks and searing cliffs. To the other side – the Atlantic Ocean for thousands of miles.
There will also be opportunities to slow down, explore and pay attention, finding words for the experience in poetry and creative writing. Simple daily rituals will call us together as a community, to share in discovery and wonder.
Included in the price:
7 nights in single/double occupancy
Retreat Sessions and Tours
Transportation to Iona
Travel Protection Insurance
Built in 1894, Bishop's House on Iona is a retreat house taking groups and individuals daily and weekly. It is situated close to Iona Abbey and looks out to the tranquil setting of the Sound of Iona. The beautiful St. Columba's Chapel is situated right in the heart of the house. Bishop's House has a fine tradition of a warm welcome, complemented by good wholesome home cooking.