Christmas Retreat for Gay Men - on Iona

This programme is not currently scheduled.

Niels Paulsen

A time to slow down and celebrate Christmas in a different way in the company of men who love men.

Situated on the west coast of Scotland, Iona is a sacred island known as a historic place of pilgrimage.

Traigh Bhan is the Findhorn Foundation's retreat house on this magical island. Traigh Bhan offers the opportunity for quiet contemplation, while the island itself - with its views and spectacular coastal scenery - is ideal for long walks of exploration and contact with nature's beauty.

If you need time to integrate the lessons of a workshop or space to reflect on your own journey and next steps, our retreat house on Iona, Traigh Bhan, is the perfect place for spiritual rest and renewal. Comfortable and well-equipped, the house has its own peaceful sanctuary for prayer and meditation. Our residential Foundation custodian can guide you in making the most of your time.

For Foundation bus information to Iona please contact our Transport Department:
Tel: +44 (0)1309 678020 or email:

If you are making your own travel arrangements, please let the custodian on Iona know what time you will arrive on Saturday at Traigh Bhan. It is best to phone around meal times during the week as the custodian is away from the house meeting the ferry on Saturday morning. Tel: +44 (0)1681 700 383.

You will find some useful travel links below:
Traveline Scotland
CalMac Ferries
Bowmans Coaches on Mull

islands022All retreats cost £275 - £495 according to individual circumstances. This includes 7 nights accommodation (maximum 6 guests) in shared rooms and vegetarian food for shared meals. Arrival time is midday Saturday, and departure time is the next Saturday morning. We ask you to attune to the final amount you pay, by cash, debit card or credit card, with our residential custodian, while you are at Traigh Bhan on Iona.

Please pay only your deposit when you make your booking.

More information about the Isle of Iona

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This year we are celebrating 40 years of the gift to the Findhorn Foundation of Traigh Bhan. We have recently carried out major improvements to the house, with more planned, and we would be very grateful for your support as we continue our care.

If you would like to make a contribution, however big or small, for this ongoing care, you can do so by:

  • making a donation to the custodian while on retreat
  • credit or debit card by phoning Supporter Relations at +44 (0)1309 690808
  • downloading, completing and posting a donation form to Supporter Relations at the address at the bottom of the form

Thank you for your support.

Niels Paulsen is an experienced workshop leader and a trained practitioner in massage, healing and personal development.