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Iona Pilgrimage with John Philip Newell

Iona Pilgrimage Weeks

with John Philip Newell

Every year the St Columba Hotel hosts at least three Iona Pilgrimage Weeks with John Philip Newell, the celebrated author of Listening for the Heartbeat of God: A Celtic Spirituality.

Each day on Iona begins and ends with prayer and meditation, either at the Abbey or elsewhere together on the island. In the mornings John Philip teaches on themes related to Celtic Spirituality and the sacredness of the Earth. The afternoons are then given to hiking, conversation, and rest. In the early evenings, before our shared meal, we gather again in the 11th-century Chapel of St Oran for chanting and simple rituals of healing and awareness. On a number of evenings there is the option of joining the Iona Community for night prayer at the Abbey. Half way through the week we walk the seven-mile island pilgrimage route together, reflecting on the journey of our lives and world, and pray for peace. The Columba Hotel's organic gardens, eco-friendly policies, and welcoming staff are an important part of our community life together.

John Philip Newell is one of the most prominent Christian teachers of spirituality in the Western world. Formerly Warden of Iona Abbey he now divides his time between Edinburgh, where he does most of his writing, and travelling and teaching internationally. In 2016 he established the School of Celtic Consciousness in his belief that Celtic wisdom is needed at this moment in time, urgently. It is a spiritual tradition in the Christian household that can nurture vision of mind, strength of soul, and compassion of action. John Philip Newell is an ordained Church of Scotland minister with a passion for peace among the great wisdom traditions of humanity. In 2011 he received the first-ever Contemplative Voices Award from the Shalem Institute in Washington DC in recognition of his work in the field of spirituality and peacemaking. His PhD is from the University of Edinburgh and he has authored over 15 books, including his most recent visionary title The Rebirthing of God: Christianity’s Struggle for New Beginnings. For more information see www.heartbeatjourney.org.

The dates for the upcoming pilgrimages are:-


27th April – 4th May

8th June – 15th June

14th September – 21st September


25th April - 2nd May

13th June - 20th June

20th June - 27th June

12th September - 19th September

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.

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