We are delighted to announce that our 2019 Holy Week Retreat on Iona will be led by writer and broadcaster the Rev. John L. Bell of the Iona Community.
Paul Tillich, the German theologian claimed that there could be no experience of depth without a way into it. From Darkness into Dawn will enable us to accompany Jesus on his way to the cross and beyond, through the dark valley rather than around it. We will be following a path of lament, grief and sorrow towards the events of Good Friday as a necessary prelude to the joy of Easter Day.  

Date: 17th-22nd April 2019

Venue: The St Columba Hotel, Isle of Iona

Prices: From £745pp including full board and programme charge

Book online at:www.stcolumba-hotel.co.uk using code ICEASTER19 or call 44 (0) 1681 700 304

Please note that this is a very popular time of year at the hotel so to be sure of a place book before July 14th 2018 – after that our reserved rooms will also become available to non-retreatants

JOHN BELL is a Resource Worker with The Iona Community, who lectures, preaches and conducts seminars across the denominations.  He is a hymn writer, author and occasional broadcaster, but retains a primary passion for congregational song.  John is based in Glasgow and works with his colleagues in the areas of music, worship and spirituality.
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2 Responses to From Darkness into Dawn: An Easter Retreat on Iona led by John Bell

  1. Rachel says:

    I am interested in coming to iona Thursday 18th – Monday 22nd April to join the retreat. Firstly, is there space? Secondly, must we stay the the st columbia hotel to participate? thirdly, what’s the program like?
    Many thanks

    • Pat Bennett says:

      Hi Rachel. Thanks for your enquiry. The retreat was fully booked but we had a cancellation last week so there was one double room free. I’m not sure if this has now been booked again but if you call the St Columba on +44 (0)1681 700304 they will be able to let you know if it is still available. The programme sessions themselves will only be open to those who are staying at the St Columba as part of the retreat but obviously the services and other events of Holy Week (e.g. Stations of the Cross) are open to all. We don’t yet have the finalised programme but we will be following the Holy Week story through various different types of sessions: some will be a mixture of input from John and conversations, some will involve singing, some will be reflective etc. Hope this helps. Pat

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