May 23 - 30, 2020
“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.
Single Room Before December 31, 2019: $3395
Single Room After December 31, 2019: $3695
Double Room Before December 31, 2019: $2695
Double Room After December 31, 2019: $2995
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.
MEET YOUR IONA 2020 GUIDES
REV. DAVE BROWN
Rev. Dave Brown is a writer, speaker and consultant. Since 2013 he has been one of the Pacific Northwest Interfaith Amigos speaking and leading workshops on Interfaith. He has lead five spiritual pilgrimages to Iona.
Dave is the creator and host of Blues Vespers, a blues concert with poetry and a reflectionm which take place monthly at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma and quarterly at the Interfaith Community Sanctuary in Seattle. Recently retired as pastor of Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Tacoma, Dave has served congregations in Federal Way and Green Bay WI. While at Immanuel along with the Iona pilgrimages he co-led four Habitat for Humanity builds, one to Columbia and three to Guatemala. Before Immanuel he served as staff to the National Council of Churches Committee on Public Education and Literacy. Rev. Brown has published numerous articles and created poetry collections for the Habitat builds and the pilgrimages to Iona.
Frederica is a global professional, scholar, teacher and complexity enthusiast. Inspired by the subversive-mystical Christian tradition and a penchant for mountains, she has spent two decades exploring entanglements at the intersections of spirituality, social justice, and ecology. Prior to joining SDI, Frederica served as a global interfaith peacebuilder with the United Religions Initiative and as a professor at the University of Washington and Seattle University, teaching undergrad and graduate courses on religion, power and privilege, and global concerns of social and environmental justice. Frederica holds two masters degrees from Yale Divinity School and Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and a BA from Dartmouth College in Religion & Environmental studies. She lives and plays in Seattle with her partner and two young children.