Against a background of changing colours, falling temperatures and shortening days, Autumn provides a chance to pause and take stock of life – to gather in what is ripe, to clear the ground and prepare for what lies ahead. Our 2019 ‘Autumn Encounter’ retreats offer the chance to do this in different ways against the vermilion and purple sunrises and softer pace of Iona in Autumn.

We are absolutely delighted to have 3 exceptional people leading this year’s programmes: poet and award-winning translator of Rilke and Meister Eckhart, Mark Burrows; long-time Wild Goose Resource Member, Jo Love; and art historian and popular speaker Debbie Lewer – who also led our wonderful Easter 2018 retreat.

Based once again at the lovely St. Columba Hotel, each programme is 5 nights; prices start at £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

Follow the links below for programme details and more information about the leaders.

A poster and a leaflet for advertising can be downloaded via these links:

2019 Poster

2019 Leaflet

18th – 23rd October

Ripening in Wisdom: Elder Poets as Sages for the Harvest of Life

Mark Burrows, Protestant University of Applied Sciences, Bochum








23rd-28th October

Kicking Leaves and Kindling Fires

Jo Love, Wild Goose Resource Group









28th October – 2nd November

Lighting the Dark, Darkening the Light: Exploring the Shadows of Art and Faith

Debbie Lewer, University of Glasgow

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