[Community Members, if you’re looking for a place at one of the Community Weeks, please contact Ruth directly]

We are looking forward to throwing open the doors and welcoming guests into the beautifully refurbished and accessible Abbey Centre!

It’s been a tough year for many; sharing our community life, our work and our worship will have a special resonance in 2021.  There will be time to listen, to reflect, to share experiences and to learn more about the Iona Community, its passions and concerns.

True to its beginnings and to the rebuilding by the Iona Community, the Abbey is a place where everyone shares in the practical tasks of communal living. You are welcome to join in the daily services of worship in the Abbey Church and, if you wish, in helping to plan and lead services.

We have found that our life in community, while limited by Covid, has also enhanced our reflection and action together. As we gather and scatter as a global community, so we who live together in the Abbey gather and scatter, taking intentional time to reflect on those things that matter deeply to us, to pray, and to act. We invite you to join us in this lived expression of the life of faith.

Even with Covid restrictions, there is plenty to time to discover community over meals, to laugh and relax outdoors, 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. 

Boat trips are also an option and the Iona Community Shop is a good place to browse for poetry, history, books of prayers and on issues of concern, liturgical items, postcards, gifts and jewellery.  Whilst families and young people are very welcome, our programme this year does not include sessions specifically for children with a children’s programme worker.

All weeks begin on Saturday afternoon and end on Fridays after breakfast.  Make your booking enquiry here. Not all the weeks listed below are available to book; the booking enquiry form includes available weeks only.

29 May – 4 June  Wildlife Week: learning more about the local ecosystem and using nature as a means of understanding ourselves and our world better. There will be a balance of exploratory and educational sessions, looking at birds, bees, moths and wild flowers, with more reflective sessions focusing on observation, mindfulness and spirituality. There is not a separate children’s programme; all ages are welcome to join the activities.  Led by Eve Sharples.

12 – 18 June  Time and Space … to experience life in community and explore the here and now: through storytelling and music, 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.

19 – 25 June  Time and Space … to experience life in community and explore the here and now: through storytelling and music, 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.

26 June – 2 July  Time and Space to experience life in community and explore the here and now: through storytelling and music, 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.

3 – 9 July  Time and Spaceto experience life in community and explore the here and now: through storytelling and music, 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.

17 – 23 July  Time and Spaceto experience life in community and explore the here and now: through storytelling and music, 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.

24 – 30 July  Time and Spaceto experience life in community and explore the here and now: through storytelling and music, 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.

31 July – 6 August  Braving the Elements: a week’s immersion in the practice and purpose of creative, participative liturgy. With the Wild Goose Resource Group.

4 – 10 September  Time and Spaceto experience life in community and explore the here and now: through storytelling and music, 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.

23 – 29 October   Exploring the Imagination … with John Bell.

30 October – 5 November  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.

6 – 12 November  Quiet Week: for individual guests (no programme, but sharing community meals and worship). This first week in November includes the option of a three-night stay beginning on either Saturday or Tuesday.

13 – 19 November  Quiet Week: for individual guests (no programme, but sharing community meals and worship).

20 – 26 November  Quiet Week: for individual guests (no programme, but sharing community meals and worship).

27 November – 3 December Quiet Week: for individual guests (no programme, but sharing community meals and worship).

21 – 27 December  Christmas on Iona: celebrate the feast of Christmas in good company amid the winter beauty of Iona.

All weeks begin on Saturday afternoon and end on Fridays after breakfast.  Make your booking enquiry here.

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