Close to God - on Iona

This programme is not currently scheduled.

This course requires previous participation in Experience Week.

Niels Paulsen

Explore the forces of nature by walking the island, cultivating the garden, and preparing and cooking food together.

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, 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

All retreats cost £545 - £295 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 in £ (GBP Sterling), 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.

Prior participation in an Essential Findhorn programme is a prerequisite.

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Niels Paulsen

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