We invite you to join us in our beautifully refurbished and accessible Abbey Centre.

There is always time to listen, to reflect, to share and to learn more about the Iona Community, its passions and concerns.

True to its beginnings and 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, help to plan and lead services.

 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.

There is plenty of 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 landscape. 

Boat trips to Staffa are available 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. 

Weeks (except around Easter) begin on Saturday afternoon and end on Friday after breakfast.  

2022

March

12 – 18  March: Work Week for energetic people who don’t mind getting their hands dirty, helping to prepare the Abbey for the new season.

19 – 25  March: Breathing Space, a week for LGBTQ+ folks and allies with Jo & Alex Clare-Young. An opportunity for LGBTQ+ people and allies to spend time together exploring our own identities and our work for social justice.

26 March – 1 April: Time and Space to experience life in community and explore the here and now through creative expression and shared reflection on the Iona Community concerns for inclusion, sustainability and mutual accountability.

April

2 – 8 April: Time and Space to experience life in community and explore the here and now through creative expression and shared reflection on the Iona Community concerns for inclusion, sustainability and mutual accountability.

9 – 12 April (Saturday to Tuesday): Time and Space for families to experience life in community and explore the here and now through creative expression and shared reflection on the Iona Community concerns for inclusion, sustainability and mutual accountability.

13 – 18 April (Wednesday to Monday): Easter on Iona Experience the rhythm of life in community as we journey together through the events of Holy Week and Easter.

19 – 22 April (Tuesday to Friday): Time and Space for families  to experience life in community and explore the here and now through creative expression and shared reflection on the Iona Community concerns for inclusion, sustainability and mutual accountability.

23 – 29 April: Time and Space to experience life in community and explore the here and now through creative expression and shared reflection on the Iona Community concerns for inclusion, sustainability and mutual accountability.

May

30 April – 6 May: Time and Space to experience life in community and explore the here and now through creative expression and shared reflection on the Iona Community concerns for inclusion, sustainability and mutual accountability.

7 – 13 May: Time and Space to experience life in community and explore the here and now through creative expression and shared reflection on the Iona Community concerns for inclusion, sustainability and mutual accountability.

14 – 20 May: Time and Space to experience life in community and explore the here and now through creative expression and shared reflection on the Iona Community concerns for inclusion, sustainability and mutual accountability.

21 – 27 May: Time and Space to experience life in community and explore the here and now through creative expression and shared reflection on the Iona Community concerns for inclusion, sustainability and mutual accountability.

28 May – 3 June: Journeys to Justice with Azariah France-Williams & Richard Skinner. Why are black & brown people still mad? What do white people need to do next? A week of exploration as we use scripture, story, and song to deepen our common humanity and to acknowledge our contested histories.

June

4 – 10 June: Wildlife week with David Coleman & Katharine Preston. We will learn about the ecosystem using nature to understand ourselves and our world. There will be exploratory and educational sessions looking at birds, bees, moths and flowers and reflective sessions focusing on observation, mindfulness and spirituality. 

11 – 17 June: Time and Space to experience life in community and explore the here and now through creative expression and shared reflection on the Iona Community concerns for inclusion, sustainability and mutual accountability.

18 – 24 June: Time and Space to experience life in community and explore the here and now through creative expression and shared reflection on the Iona Community concerns for inclusion, sustainability and mutual accountability.

25 June – 1 July: Time and Space for families  to experience life in community and explore the here and now through creative expression and shared reflection on the Iona Community concerns for inclusion, sustainability and mutual accountability.

July

2 – 8 July: Pilgrimage at the margins: dignity, agency and power with Niall Cooper celebrating Church Action on Poverty’s 40th anniversary. We will listen to and amplify the truths revealed by people and communities on the margins of British society, sharing their vision for the future and standing in solidarity with them, speaking truth to power about the changes needed to bring this about.

9 – 15 July: Time and Space for families  to experience life in community and explore the here and now through creative expression and shared reflection on the Iona Community concerns for inclusion, sustainability and mutual accountability.

16 – 22 July: Time and Space to experience life in community and explore the here and now through creative expression and shared reflection on the Iona Community concerns for inclusion, sustainability and mutual accountability.

23 – 29 July: Youthfest 2022 a week of amazing activity and community building for young people. This week is not open for general booking yet.

August

30 July – 5 August: Wild Goose Resource Group. Immersion in the practice and purpose of creative, participative liturgy.

6 – 12 August: Community Week. Members of the Iona Community gather on Iona (restricted to Iona Community Members). This week is not open for general booking yet.

13 – 19 August: Time and Space for families  to experience life in community and explore the here and now through creative expression and shared reflection on the Iona Community concerns for inclusion, sustainability and mutual accountability.

20 – 26 August: Time and Space to experience life in community and explore the here and now through creative expression and shared reflection on the Iona Community concerns for inclusion, sustainability and mutual accountability.

27 August – 2 September: Time and Space to experience life in community and explore the here and now through creative expression and shared reflection on the Iona Community concerns for inclusion, sustainability and mutual accountability.

September

3 – 9 September: Time and Space to experience life in community and explore the here and now through creative expression and shared reflection on the Iona Community concerns for inclusion, sustainability and mutual accountability.

10 – 16 September: Students’ week with Ruth Harvey & Glasgow University. A week for students to experience life in community, to share laughter and stories, to explore the island and to reflect on current concerns. This week is not open for general booking yet.

17 – 23 September: Faith Leaders’ week with Catriona Robertson. For faith leaders from different traditions to explore the natural beauty and history of Iona, to enjoy meals and life in community and to share wisdom as we face the challenges of our lives and our world.

24 – 30 September: Time and Space to experience life in community and explore the here and now through creative expression and shared reflection on the Iona Community concerns for inclusion, sustainability and mutual accountability.

October

1 – 7 October: Time and Space to experience life in community and explore the here and now through creative expression and shared reflection on the Iona Community concerns for inclusion, sustainability and mutual accountability.

8 – 14 October: Exploring the imagination with John Bell. 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? We will 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!

15 – 21 October: Associate Members’ Week. Associate members of the Iona Community gather on Iona (restricted to Iona Community Associate Members). This week is not open for general booking yet.

22 – 28 October: Time and Space to experience life in community and explore the here and now through creative expression and shared reflection on the Iona Community concerns for inclusion, sustainability and mutual accountability.

29 October – 4 November: Work Week for energetic people who don’t mind getting their hands dirty, helping with some end of season jobs.

November

10 – 15 November: Quiet Week: for individual guests (no programme, but sharing community meals and worship).

17 – 22 November: Quiet Week: for individual guests (no programme, but sharing community meals and worship).

24 – 29 November: Quiet Week: for individual guests (no programme, but sharing community meals and worship).

26 November – 2 December: Quiet Week: for individual guests (no programme, but sharing community meals and worship).

December

1 – 6 December: Advent Quiet Week: for individual guests (no programme, but sharing community meals and worship).

8 – 13 December: Advent Quiet Week: for individual guests (no programme, but sharing community meals and worship).

15 – 20 December: Advent Quiet Week: for individual guests (no programme, but sharing community meals and worship).

22 – 28 December: Christmas on Iona: celebrate the feast of Christmas in good company amid the winter beauty of Iona.

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