Kicking Leaves and Kindling Fires: 23rd-28th October 2019

Do you think of yourself as someone who lives creatively? Do you habitually draw on art, writing, making things, time outdoors, to reflect on life? Are you curious about the practices that others practise, that help us stay alive, especially in the darker months of the year? If you’re a resounding ‘yes’ or a yearning ‘I wish’ to questions like these, you might enjoy this autumn event on Iona.

Under the expert guidance of Wild Goose Resource Group member Jo Love,  this will be a time to befriend the season outside and within, with creative ways to deepen our days. Artful writing, beach sculpture, Biblical rummaging, team totem making, and more… or less – the choice will be yours!


Part of the Iona Community’s 2019 ‘Autumn Encounters’ series, this 5-night programme is based at the lovely St Columba Hotel on the Isle of Iona. Prices start from £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

Jo Love… pedagogue, arts worker, critical questioner, inveterate journal keeper and articulator of incisive observations,  Jo is an ordained Deacon of the Church of Scotland and a Member of the Iona Community. She worked for several years in urban parishes, with much involvement in youth and children’s work, faith exploration and enabling creativity in worship. She then qualified in primary teaching before being enticed from the classroom into her post with WGRG.

Born and dragged up in the Kingdom ( …of Fife), Jo has a surprisingly normal and engaging personality. She occasionally indulges her love of beach combing and fondly reminiscing on past truck driving adventures. Drawing others into creative thinkings and doings is her passion and delight.

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