Although our own residential centres remain closed for refurbishment, the Iona Community is delighted to announce that it will be running an Autumn residential programme based at the St Columba Hotel on Iona. Against the vermilion and purple sunrises and softer pace of the island in Autumn, these retreats offer the chance to pause and take stock of life – to gather in what is ripe, to clear the ground and prepare for what lies ahead.


We are absolutely delighted to have 3 exceptional people leading this year’s programmes: poet and award-winning translator of Rilke and Meister Eckhart, Mark Burrows; long-time Wild Goose Resource Member, Jo Love; and art historian and popular speaker Debbie Lewer – who also led our wonderful Easter 2018 retreat. 


Dates are as follows 

18th – 23rd October: 

Ripening in Wisdom: Elder Poets as Sages of the Harvest of Life

Mark Burrows, Protestant University of Applied Sciences, Bochum

23rd – 28th October:

Kicking Leaves and Kindling Fires

Jo Love, Wild Goose Resource Group

28th Oct – 2nd Nov

Lightening the Dark, Darkening the Light: Exploring the Shadows of Art and Faith 

Debbie Lewer, University of Glasgow

Fuller descriptions of the programmes can be found by visiting and following the links


Based at the lovely St. Columba Hotel, each programme is 5 nights; prices start at £735 per person and include continental breakfast, lunch, dinner, accommodation and programme charges. Places can be reserved via the St Columba website or by phoning the hotel on 44 (0)1681 700 304


Any queries can be directed to Pat Bennett:


Posted by Sarah Pothecary in News on 15th May 2019