journey, listen, connect
September 20 - 28, 2019
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.
During our shared time we shall visit the Iona Abbey, restored in the early 20th Century for use by all people. Also the Iona Nunnery, a 13th Century ruin site, is a quiet place where many find peace for their own reflections and meditation.
We will learn about the island of Iona, from ancient rocks to the Scottish Crofting community. Those with stamina, appropriate footwear and waterproof gear will meet many sheep, birds, and unique wildlife on our walking tours! There will be an option (at own cost and own risk) to take a boat trip to the isle of Staffa for those brave and fit enough to walk over rocks and along perilous edges! The visit will be on Wednesday, September 25th. You can learn more about the boat trip at www.staffatrips.co.uk .
Iona’s beaches are many and varied - sandy, stony, rocky bluffs - with views in all directions to other Hebridean islands. We will together visit several of these beaches and other natural high points.
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.
Iona will surprise you. Iona will take you out of what is familiar and awaken new insights and wisdom in your heart.
Accommodation: Bishop's House and the Catholic House of Prayer (Cnoc-a-Chalmain). Click here for more information.
Retreat: Bishop's House is the perfect location for group retreats on Iona. They are located in the village and near to the Abbey, a haven of peace away from the tourist throng. Set in their own grounds, the House overlooks the Sound of Iona with access to one of Iona’s white sand beaches at the bottom of the garden.
Included in the price:
8 nights in single/double occupancy
Retreat Sessions and Tours
Double room: USD$ 2,995/person
Single room: USD$ 3,495/person
Payment plans are available. Contact us for more information.
Transportation to Iona
Meals and drinks not specified
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Sally Taylor has been coming to Iona annually for almost forty years. She has been involved in large group gatherings at the Abbey and in the hotels. She has helped facilitate smaller retreat groups, focusing on personal growth and the Celtic legacy of Iona. She has worked as a gardener, walked the land, and camped on the island.
Her knowledge of the island is intimate: historically, spiritually, and physically. Iona is part of her own personal story. Sally is a Tibetan Buddhist practitioner who currently lives and serves in County Down, Northern Ireland.
Andrew and Wendy Rudd
Andrew Rudd, PhD, is a poet, university lecturer, lay leader in the Church of England, spiritual director, and leader of writing workshops, retreats and quiet days.
Wendy Rudd, MEd, textile artist, mentor, and teacher, leads quiet days and retreats. She has created large scale contemplative installations throughout the UK. Wendy recently retired from working with young children with complex needs. The Rudds call Cheshire, England, UK home.