The Iona Retreat

Last week a group from St John's went North to the holy island of Iona. Iona is a tiny island off the southwest coast of Mull in the Inner Hebrides. It is only 1.5 miles wide by 3 miles long, with a population of around 120 permanent residents. Iona has a long and illustrious history and is well known as being ‘The cradle of Christianity’ in Scotland.

The group was joined by a member of St George's Anglican Episcopal church in Berlin, with whom we have shared a number of retreats over the last few years. They all enjoyed the peace of the holy island as well as the good weather during their stay at Bishop's House on the waterfront. The Reverend Margaret Legg led the retreat with a series of talks on exploring our own Spirituality in the context of the Celts, entitled: Discover, Desire and Divine. Each day participants went away with a thought and a prayer to reflect on.

During the retreat the group held a Northumbrian Community Compline (Night Prayer) on the beach with many others joining in. Everyone returned safely South - at the end of an enjoyable and refreshing weekend.


Bishop's House

A home away from home
for our pilgrims