The health and saftey of our staff and guests, and of all residents of and visitors to Mull and Iona is paramount.
We ask that all guests coming to stay at our centres at Iona Abbey and at Camas should complete a lateral flow test in advance of their visit and only travel if this is negative and if they have no covid symptoms.
Please also be sure to bring, and to wear a mask as required and maintain physical distancing as guided. Please also bring lateral flow tests with you. Bringing your own water bottle and flask (for hot drinks) will also help. Please also ensure that you have adequate insurance to cover your visit in the eventuality that may you have to cancel.
IONA and CAMAS:
The Abbey Centre on Iona, and our adventure centre at Camas on Mull are open to guests within strict covid-compliant regulations.
Physical distancing in our worship and living space mean space is restricted. This means there will be fewer people ‘living together in community’ and not all our systems will be the same as they were in the past. For those of you who have stayed with us in the past, be aware that the experience of living with us in 2021 may be a little different from how it has been before. The essence of your stay will be the same, and the warmth of your welcome will be as powerful!
In the event of a covid outbreak at one of our centres, staff and guests will follow strict guidelines as outlined by NHS Scotland. We ask all guests to comply with these guidelines to help limit the spread of the virus.
The small resident group of people who live at Iona Abbey continue to worship daily, with our resident guests, in the Abbey. If you are a visitor to Iona and would like to join us in Daily Worship please book in advance via these pages.
They resident group on Iona also host a weekly Service of Prayers for Healing which are available via our Facebook page, Instagram feed and YouTube channel. If you would like names to be included in this service, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. The Iona Prayer Circle continues to offer prayer through its dispersed online network of intercessors.
The Iona Community Shop is open Monday to Saturday, 10.30am to 4.00pm. Masks must be worn and physical distancing musts be observed.
Access to Iona Abbey for visitors to Iona who are not staying with the Iona Community is managed by Historic Environment Scotland. To book a visit to, or a tour of Iona Abbey as a visitor please visit this site.
As a movement running residential centres, a book and craft shop and a publishing department, we realise that these restrictions may have practical, pastoral and financial implications for many individuals, for members of staff and for the Iona Community as a whole. However, the health and wellbeing of everyone towards whom we have a responsibility must be paramount.
FAIRFIELD, Glasgow :
Glasgow-based staff, including Wild Goose Publications and the Wild Goose Resource Group, are being enabled to work from home, though some of the staff have been furloughed. Email is the best way to get in touch – and if staff have been furloughed you will be advised of this in a return email. The physical office will not be staffed, and the phones will have a recorded message on them, but Glasgow staff will make regular visits to pick up messages and any post.
WILD GOOSE RESOURCE GROUP/weeWONDERBOX PROGRAMME :
Please check the Wild Goose Resource Group web-site regularly for updates on events.
The consequences of these difficult decisions will be huge for our staff. We expect email traffic and phone calls to be heavy in the weeks ahead as we respond to an ever changing situation. Please be patient with us as we try to deal with everybody’s queries, especially as we have a smaller than usual staff team dealing with these matters. We will also be having to address long-term financial ramifications, and doing so at a time when the whole country, and indeed, the whole world, is doing the same.
This is a time when we have to lean on the affirmation from our Office, that ‘gathered and scattered, God is with us’.
God our challenger and disturber,
help us to confront
all that makes for death and despair
in our lives, our communities, our world.
May we never lose sight
of the possibility of transformation
and be continually surprised
by people who believe in one another.