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Creative Retreat – on Iona

Creative Retreat – on Iona

Sat 1 August 2020 (7 Days)
Marialaura Romagnoli, supported by Marja Kuijer

How about having a rest in a beautiful place, on an island on the West coast of Scotland?
Leaving behind your daily living with its tasks, inevitable routines and difficulties? Taking some time out to rest, rejuvenate and being inspired by nature?

We are offering this amazing retreat on Iona in combination with expressing your natural impulse to create.

Iona Spiritual RetreatsOur retreat house Traigh Bhan on the island of Iona is situated directly at the beach in the North part of the island.
The house has a spacious porch with a stunning view of the island of Mull. It also has its own sanctuary and is built on a power point. The energy is very tangible and the sanctuary is available 24/7.
It is a perfect place to relax, retreat, to feel inspired and to rejuvenate. To fully immerse yourself in island living without being distracted and no internet access. The house has a landline telephone (for emergencies).
The cosy kitchen is fully stocked where everyone can prepare their own breakfast and lunch. We will be taking turns in preparing the dinners during the week and enjoy eating the meal together.

On the Saturday we will be arriving and taking time to fully landing in the house. Getting to know the other participants and settling into your room (shared accommodation).
Gradually letting go of mainland activities and taking time and tuning in to your inner world. And when you are ready, to start to exploring the outer world.

Iona is famous for its special and famous energy and attracts thousands of people each year. Those visitors are mainly visiting the Abbey and are having a set time to spend before returning to the ferry and their buses. Therefore the majority of daily visitors don’t have the time to visit the northern part of the island. That makes this part of the island and the surrounding of the house very quiet and peaceful.

We start the week with a ritual and also end the week with a ritual on the Friday.
Every day starts with an (optional) meditation in the sanctuary, when we will link in with Erraid, the Findhorn Foundation and Glastonbury.

Throughout the week we aim to have a good balance and combination of group activities and individual time. A healthy balance between being active and time to rest/meditate.
Some of the creative activities will be in a group setting and some will be individual. Some will be outside and some inside. Acknowledging that we are at the West coast of Scotland and that the weather can be very changeable. We will try to be as flexible as possible.
During the ‘free’ times there is the choice to rest, meditate, sleep, read, swim, walk, explore or visit the abbey and/or the many craft shops that are available near the harbour.
There might even be the opportunity to visit St Columba’s Bay at the South side of the island.

For the creative part of the week we will be collecting different natural materials like stones, shells and seaweed. All of them are very abundantly present all over the island with it’s many different beaches.
Allowing ourselves be in awe and getting inspired by the many colours, shapes and endless different structures.
Giving ourselves permission to play and to be creative like making mandalas, mosaics and all other different pieces of art.

This week doesn’t require previous artistic experience. Just a willingness to be curious, playful and to have fun.
Allow yourself to be surprised!

Tiered Pricing

Our quoted prices are fully inclusive of participation in the workshop or retreat, accommodation (maximum 6 guests) in shared rooms (including towels and linen) and vegetarian food for shared meals. Arrival time is midday Saturday, and departure time is the next Saturday morning.

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Before you book your place, please take a moment to consider that the Findhorn Foundation is a Charitable Trust. We believe that the benefits of holistic learning should be available to everyone regardless of their financial or life situation, and that the transformational journey is enriched by a diversity of participants.

We recognise that what is affordable for some can be a financial stretch for others and offer a tiered pricing structure. When you book, please select the price that feels appropriate for you.

Pay it Forward Price covers the cost of your workshop and includes a contribution to our bursary fund. This will make participation possible for one or more people who otherwise would not be able to join our transformational work in the world.

Sustainable Price covers the cost of your workshop and helps us to sustain our learning and guest facilities.

Supported Price reflects a partial bursary toward the cost of your workshop and is intended for those with minor financial need.

Thank you.

The cost of the workshop does not include transport to Iona. For information on the Findhorn Foundation bus to Iona and to book a seat, please send an email to [email protected] Please state the dates you wish to travel and if you would like to be picked up from Cluny or The Park.

If you are making your own travel arrangements, please plan to be at Fionnphort on Mull in time to meet the retreat focaliser from the Findhorn Foundation bus. This is normally at 11:15, but please check with the focaliser. If you need to call Traigh Bhan (+44 (0)1681 700 383), to inform us what time you will arrive, please be aware that there is nobody at the house on Saturday between 9.00 am and 1.00 pm.

You will find some useful travel links below:
Traveline Scotland
CalMac Ferries
West Coast Motors

Please note: We recommend participation in an Experience Week before joining a retreat on Iona.

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Date Days Price Other info
2020-08-01 7 £700 / £570 / £470