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Autumn Encounters - In conjunction with the Iona Community

Autumn Encounters - In conjunction with the Iona Community.


Walking into Winter.

21-28th October

Led by Jan Sutch Pickard, Joy Mead, and Ruth Burgess

As the seasons change and the year draws towards its close, what words and images come to the forefront of our minds? How can we make creative use of these - through storytelling, poetry, and writing – to help us shape our journeys into winter? A week of conversation and collaboration with three well loved Wild Goose authors and Iona Community Members.

Jan Sutch Pickard is a poet, preacher and storyteller living on Mull. She is former Warden of Iona Abbey, Vice President of the Methodist Conference, and Ecumenical Accompanier. Her many books resources include A Pocket Full of Crumbs, Walking Through Advent, and Between High and Low Water: Sojourner Songs. She is also a frequent contributor to IBRA’s Fresh from the Word daily reading series.

Joy Mead is a member of the Iona Community and the author of Glimpsed in Passing, Walking Our Story, and A Way of Knowing. She leads creative writing groups, and has been involved in development education and justice and peace work.

Ruth Burgess is a member of the Iona Community and the author of Winter, Moments of Our Nights and Days, and Saying Goodbye. She lives in Dunblane and spends her retirement watching the antics of crows, writing, and gardening.

To reserve your place please visit our online booking section, or if you have any questions please contact us at info@stcolumba-hotel.co.uk or call us on 01681700304.


Stillness, Silence, and Song.

28th October-4th November

Led by Alison Adam and Cara Riley

In the changing light and landscapes of autumn on Iona, come and experience an unhurried week of meditation and song on this sacred island. There will be space for stillness and reflection, time to roam, and room for encounter with self and others, Creation and the Creator.

Alison Adam and Cara Riley are Members of the Iona Community and have regularly led weeks for the Community on Iona. Alison brings her gifts as a song and worship leader who is passionate about the transformative power of song and enabling folk to sing together. Cara is an accomplished facilitator working with diverse groups and individuals, helping them to reflect on their place and imagine new ways to move forward.

A gentle week to help you explore and connect with your own life journey.

To reserve your place please visit our online booking section, or if you have any questions please contact us at info@stcolumba-hotel.co.uk or call us on 01681700304.


Cycles of Grace: Exploring the Ten Beatitudes.

4-11th November

Led by Alastair McIntosh

The Beatitudes set out by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount are the essence, not just of the Christian faith, but of all faiths that are drawn from the wells of love. How can we live well when the world seems graceless? What gifts from the Beatitudes might wait for us to share? Under the expert guidance of activist, author, and poet Alastair McIntosh we will reflect on ten Beatitudes and on how we might complete the cycles of grace they set in motion.

Alastair McIntosh is an Associate of the Iona Community and an honorary fellow in the School of Divinity at the University of Edinburgh. He is the author of many books including Soil and Soul: People versus Corporate Power (Aurum), Spiritual Activism: Leadership as Service (Green Books), and most recently, Poacher’s Pilgrimage: an Island Journey (Birlinn).

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