Abbey, MacLeod & Camas Centres

Abbey & MacLeod Centres

Camas Centre

Abbey & MacLeod Centres,
Isle of Iona,
PA76 6SN,
Scotland, UK
Camas Centre,
Isle of Mull,
PA67 6DX,
Scotland, UK
t: 01681 700404
f: 01681 700460
e: [email protected]
t: 01681 700367
e:[email protected]




Wild Goose Publications

Iona Community,
21 Carlton Court,
Glasgow G5 9JP,
Scotland, UK.
Iona Community,
21 Carlton Court,
Glasgow G5 9JP,
Scotland, UK.
t: +44 (0)141 429 7281
e: [email protected]
t: +44 (0)141 429 7281
e: [email protected]

12 Responses to Where We Are

  1. Michael Simonsen says:

    Hello, I’m Michael, a pastor of the Lutheran Church in Germany. Together with my 12y old son Benjamin I’d like to spend a meaningful time abroad, f.x. in the week after the feast of Easter 2019. As a member of the protestant Church in Bavaria, ELKB, I’ve heard a lot of good things about Iona, of course. So it comes to my mind, to ask under which conditions a short time stay at your community would be possible. I’m looking forward to get some information by you. Thanks and
    kind regards
    Michael Simonsen

    • Pat Bennett says:

      Dear Michael, thanks for your enquiry. Unfortunately our own residential centres on Iona will be closed in 2019 as we are in the middle of a large upgrade and refurbishment project (see for more information about the work). However there are plenty of other places to stay on Iona – other retreat centres, hotels, B&Bs, camping, hostel, pods etc (you can find details of these on the Island’s own website here – and you would still be able to visit the Abbey and attend services there. Alternatively, the Iona Community also has a centre on Mull at Camas where we do kayaking, abseiling, swimming, wild camping etc. You can see some photos and learn a bit more about Camas and its ethos here The 2019 programme for Camas is not yet published but if you contact Carol on [email protected] she may be able to let you know when that will be available. Our Abbey Residential Centre on Iona is scheduled to reopen in 2020 and we will once again be extending a welcome to residential guests and running a varied programme. Full details of this will appear on the website next year so do watch out for that too. Hope this helps, and that you and Benjamin manage to visit and enjoy Iona sometime soon. Best Wishes, Pat (Programmes Development Worker)

  2. Helen Marie Hoogendyk says:

    Hi i am interested in your group in Holland

  3. Nancy Mann says:

    Hello, I am a retired pastor and I am interested in attending one of your workshops/programs, likely for a one-week period, in spring/summer 2020. Do you know when this program will be announced?

    • Pat Bennett says:

      Hi Nancy. Thanks for your enquiry. We are currently planning the programmes for when the Abbey Centre re-opens next year; we don’t yet have dates confirmed but as soon as these are finalised we will put all the information up on the website and advertise it across our social media platforms. Pat

  4. Steph McNally says:

    Greetings from San Francisco! I am a member of an Episcopalian community hoping to make a pilgrimage to Iona in June 2021. I have heard the Iona community runs wonderful mid-week pilgrimages on the Island. I wondered if the Iona community would be planning to do this in 2021 (knowing this is some time in the future!) and what day these may take place? We would hope to coordinate our visit around this.

    • Pat Bennett says:

      Hi Steph, thanks for the enquiry. Our Centres on Iona are currently closed whilst we undertake upgrade and refurbishment work and though we are scheduled to re-open the Abbey Centre in early summer next year, we are still working on programme details. At this stage it’s not really possible to say whether we will be offering weekly Pilgrimages in 2021 or, if we are, on what day they will be happening. What I suggest is that you keep an eye on the website as this will be the first place we post updates on the programme for 2020 and beyond. Sorry not to be able to give you a definitive answer at this stage. Pat

  5. Margaret Graham says:

    Hi Pat
    I have received the exciting news re Iona community with details of what you are planning for 2020
    I am really interested in the plans for The Easter Program at the St Columba Hotel for 2020 also interested in the opportunity of helping to test out your Refurbished Abbey if this is possible if not I would love to book in for a week in June or July
    You say there is a booking form on this web site cannot find it but maybe this will not appear until November
    I am well but the wound in my ankle has not yet healed and still attending Hospital but walking well.
    I still owe you and Jo and the hotel my appreciation all help gave me.
    Wishing everyone in the community best wishes and prayers that all your planning will be come to a wonderful conclusion in 2020. Every blessings
    margaret Graham

  6. Fr.C.V.Balaraj says:

    i am a Catholic priest, in the diocese of Aberdeen. i would like to visit Iona and have the spirit of membership and friendship in the light of your vision.
    kindly advise me.

    • Pat Bennett says:

      Father Balaraj – If you are wanting to stay with the Community, our Abbey Centre re-opens next summer. You can find full details about that and about stopping with us by following the links on this page If you simply want to visit Iona for a few days then there is a lot of useful information about various retreat houses (including the Catholic House of Prayer) and other places to stay on the island’s own website I hope this helps. Pat

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