On Sacred Ground
A SoulCollage® Pilgrimage to Iona, Scotland
October 14-20, 2017
Join Sally Freed and Laurie Smith for a 6-night SoulCollage® pilgrimage and retreat at the Bishop's House on the beautiful isle of Iona off the west coast of Scotland, October 14-20, 2017.
Though tiny in size (just 3 miles long and 1 mile wide), Iona is one of the most iconic and sacred places in all of Scotland, offering a gentle and welcoming community spirit where the beauty and diversity of the land and seascapes – even the quality of the light – have been sources of inspiration for generations of travelers, artists and spiritual seekers.
Iona may be best known for the arrival of Columba, an Irish monk who took refuge on Iona in 563 A.D. His founding of a thriving monastery on the tiny isle heralded the spread of Christianity across Scotland, and much of northern Europe. The famously illuminated Book of Kells (now in Trinity College in Dublin) was crafted on Iona, along with Celtic High crosses from the 8th and 9th centuries. Iona is also the final resting place for some of the most famous kings of Europe.
The magnificently restored Iona Abbey sits on the original site of the monastery, destroyed long ago after several foreign invasions. It is known for its intentional and international spiritual community that focuses on issues of peace and justice. The Abbey offers daily services of prayer, and provides respite to pilgrims from every faith tradition, open and welcoming to all.
We’ll explore our own deep wisdom and intuition through the simple, yet profound creative process known as SoulCollage®. The writings of Irish poet and author John O’Donohue, along with other sources of Celtic spiritual wisdom, will guide our conversations and reflection.
Our retreat will be an opportunity to create, reflect, explore and restore. We’ll share meals and laughter, raise our voices (and glasses) in song, and maybe even kick up our heels. Our time on Iona will provide ample space to breathe on our own, as well as make meaningful connections with others.
We hope you’ll journey with us On Sacred Ground: A SoulCollage® Pilgrimage to Iona! Have questions? Please feel free to contact Sally by email or phone (509-630-6573).