At this time of acute global public health crisis, and taking into account guidance and direction from governmental and public health authorities, the leadership team and Council of the Iona Community have made the following decisions. As an organisation running residential centres, a book and craft shop and a publishing department, these decisions will have huge practical, pastoral and financial implications for many individuals, for members of staff and for the Community as a whole. However, the health and wellbeing of everyone towards whom we have a responsibility must be paramount.


The Abbey will remain closed to residential guests until 19 September. We will reassess the situation in the light of public health and governmental guidelines.

The Community Shop is currently closed to the general public. We are exploring the possibility of some online trading from the shop.

Historic Environment Scotland has closed all their historic sites to public access. This includes Iona Abbey. The small resident group whose home the Abbey is continues to pray the Daily Office and to offer prayers for healing. The Iona Prayer Circle continues to offer prayer through its dispersed online network of intercessors.

Phone and internet outage on Iona.  We currently have limited telephone and internet access in our Welcome Centre offices.

2020 Programme Details

All weeks (except the Christmas on Iona week) begin on Saturdays and end on Fridays. A children’s programme for age 4+ will be offered during July and August weeks, and for the Christmas week.
Week beginning 19 September to week beginning 10 October:
Time and Space…to experience life in community and explore the here and now.  The Abbey is not a conference centre, and everyone shares in light household tasks and washing-up. You are also welcome to join in daily worship in the Abbey Church and, if you wish, in helping to plan and lead services. There is also plenty to time to discover community over meals, to laugh and relax, to engage in creative activities, to explore this beautiful island with its white sandy beaches and profusion of wildlife, to read or write in the library – or simply to be quiet in the peace of the church or the hills.  Pilgrimages and boat trips are options, as well as learning more about the Iona Community and its concerns.

Week beginning 17 October: Community Week (Please note that this week is for Iona Community Members only)

Week beginning 24 October: ‘Exploring the Imagination’
For some people it is a bogus reality, for others a source of delight, but what was God’s purpose in bestowing those made in God’s image with imagination? In this week we will look both at the Divine imagination as exhibited in scripture, and at how our lives are fed and nurtured by the creative minds of others and what sometimes bubbles up inside. This is not a flight of fancy! Led by John Bell
Week beginning 31 October: Work Week
An energetic but enjoyable week for people who don’t mind getting their hands dirty, as the Abbey gets its autumn spring-cleaning!
Weeks beginning 14 November and 21 November: Quiet weeks
for individual guests (no programme, but sharing community meals and worship). 3-night stays are also possible and these can either be taken from either Saturday or Tuesday.

Week beginning 28 November: ‘Watching and Waiting’: a reflective Advent programme

Weeks beginning 5 December and 12 December: Quiet weeks (as above)

For information on the 2020 Camas programme and prices please visit the Camas Programme Page

If you have queries which cannot be answered by reading the information on the appropriate pages, please email [email protected] or call 01681 700404. For all bookings and supplementary assistance enquiries please use the website forms.


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