As the Iona Abbey Capital Appeal project enters its final stages, we are delighted to announce that, as from the week beginning 13th June 2020, our Abbey Centre will once again be open to residential guests. Details of the programme can be seen below and booking enquiries can be done via the form on the bookings page. 

2020 prices and details of subsidies can be seen here

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 13 June to week beginning 18 July:
Time and Space…to experience life in community and explore the here and now
Through storytelling and song, creative expression and shared reflection on the concerns of the Iona Community for inclusion, sustainability and mutual accountability, discover the ‘wisdom in the room’ for facing the challenges of our lives and our world. Led by the Programme Team

Week beginning 1 August: ‘Braving the Elements’
A week’s immersion in the practice and purpose of creative, participative liturgy. Led by Jo Love of the Wild Goose Resource Group, with Carol Marples and Jane Bentley.
*Please note that as a first step you need to apply directly to the Wild Goose Resource Group in Glasgow using this form. Please DO NOT complete an Abbey booking form until you have heard back from WGRG confirming your place.

**Please also note that there is a supplementary charge of £50 Adult, £25 Student/16-21 to offset increased resource and material costs for this week.

Week beginning 8 August to week beginning 5 September
Time and Space…to experience life in community and explore the here and now
(details as above)

Week beginning 12 September: Focus on Music
Enjoy a programme of making music and sharing song, with the emphasis on participation, where even those who think they can’t sing surprise themselves. Led by the Abbey Musicians
Week beginning 19 September to week beginning 10 October:
Time and Space…to experience life in community and explore the here and now
(details as above)

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)

Tuesday 22 -Monday 28 December: Christmas on Iona
Celebrate the feast of Christmas in good company amid the winter beauty of Iona.


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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