Finding The Waymarkers: A Pilgrim's Journal for Modern Times

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The Iona Community
A dispersed Christian ecumenical community working for peace, social justice and the renewal of worship

View from the Pier
A writer's journey of self-discovery

The New World Foundation
An organization of Associate Members and Friends of the Iona Community living in the USA

Project Egeria
Focused on the preservation and promotion of pilgrimage monuments in the Mediterranean

Abraham's Path
A route of walking that follows the footsteps of Abraham across the middle east.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites
962 cultural and national heritage sites around the world

Explore Faith
Spiritual guidance for anyone seeking a path to God

Information on heritage and community for those visiting The Holy Island

Community of Aidan and Hilda
A dispersed ecumenical body drawing inspiration from the lives of the Celtic Saints

Confraternity of St. James
Describes and supports the undertaking of a pilgrimage to Santiago, the shrine of St. James

St. Cuthbert's Way
Describes a 62.5 mile walking route across the Scottish Boarders from Melrose to Lindisfarne

Spirituality and Practice
Offers resources for spiritual journeys

Christian Practices of Faith
Explores a way of life shaped by practices that respond to God's grace and love

Pilgrimage: Story, Spirit, Witness, Place
A "community-in-print" that contemplates inward and outward exploration



Iona Pilgrimage in 2013

"Pilgrims are poets who create by taking journeys."

Richard Neibuhr

I would like to invite you to join me in a unique pilgrimage of body, mind and spirit to the Isle of Iona and the Iona Community in the Western Islands of Scotland. Since shortly after the arrival of St. Columba in 563 with twelve fellow monks, the island has been a place of Christian pilgrimage. It has been described by countless pilgrims as a “thin place” where heaven and earth come close.

We will spend a Gathering Week at the Abbey Center, participating in the life of the Iona Community, experiencing daily rhythms of worship, exploring the movements of pilgrimage, always reserving time for personal reflection. We will encounter the beauty and serenity of Iona’s cobalt sea, white sandy beaches, ever changing weather, and the highest point on the island, Dun I. The Abbey is not a retreat center but rather a place to grow in community while exploring the inner life. Staff and guests share in the daily work of household tasks.

Iona Abbey
Abbey of the Iona Community

I hope you will join me on pilgrimage to Iona next Spring.

Our dates are May 25 to May 31, 2013

Time on Iona will include:

  • Twice-daily worship in the Abbey
  • Sessions on "Pilgrimage in Modern Times" and the Iona Community and its Healing Ministry
  • Music – Both within and outside the Abbey worship services
  • Pilgrimage around the island, visiting places of historic and spiritual significance
  • A Ceilidh – Scottish evening of dance and song
  • Boat trip to the island of Staffa and its puffins (extra charge)

Details of Travel:

  • Departure from Glasgow,Scotland at 8:21 am on Saturday, May 25
    Return to Glasgow at 6:00pm on Friday, May 31
  • Tentative Cost: $950, includes:
    - Room and board for 6 days at the Iona Community
    - Transportation from Glasgow and return (train, bus and ferries)
    - Program – By Susan Copeland and the Iona Community staff
    - Study materials including Susan's book, Finding the Waymarkers
  • A list of resource materials and daily schedule will be provided at the time of registration.
  • Nonrefundable Deposit: $100 due upon registration
  • Reservation on a first-come/first-serve basis
  • Reservation must be made by October 10, 2012.
  • Does not included: Airfare, ground transportation in Glasgow, or two-day accommodations in Glasgow

For Additional Help with Travel Details, CLICK HERE

Scotland and Iona

The journey to Iona is a true pilgrimage. Leaving Glasgow, the pilgrim travels by train, ferry, bus, another ferry and finally by foot to arrive at the Abby. One passes through some of the most scenic landscapes in Western Scotland, always mindful of the rich history and traditions that have, for almost 1,500 years, defined this pilgrimage.

To download a detailed description and application packet click this button.

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The Iona Community

“The Community, founded in 1938 by Glasgow parish minister, The Rev. George MacLeod, is an ecumenical Christian community committed to seeking new ways of living the Gospel in today’s world. Initially working to restore part of the medieval abbey on Iona, the Community today remains committed to “rebuilding the common life” through working for social and political change, striving for the renewal of the church with an ecumenical emphasis, and exploring new, more inclusive approaches to worship, all based on an integrated understanding of spirituality.” – Ruth Burgess


Scenes from Iona 2012

Iona Scotland



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