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Spirit of Iona: Wisdom of the Celtic World for Our Time

Join this online pilgrimage deep into the heart of Celtic spirituality

Explore the meaning and message of the Isle of Iona as a source of inspiration, healing and hope for the future. Experience the Spirit of Iona and awaken to your sacred connection to the earth and her seasons. Deepen your connection to the Divine with its qualities of deep peace and beauty, and be inspired by the stories, traditions and resources from the Celtic world.

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The programme includes eight sessions, based around the four solar festivals and the four Celtic seasonal festivals. Past recordings and resources are made available for those who register for the full program.

Session I – Beltane (1 May 2022)
Pilgrimage into the Spirit of Iona: Trust Journeys, with Juliet Spohn Twomey, Adele Horler and Geoff Daglish.

Session II – Summer Solstice (19 June 2022)
Falling in Love with the Earth, with Iona geologist Fiona Menzies and Angus Marland.

Session III – Lammas/Lughnasad (31 July 2022)
Awakening our Inner Knowing, with Celtic Christian scholar John Phillip Newell, author of ‘Sacred Earth, Sacred Soul’.

Session IV – Autumn Equinox (18 Sept 2022)
The Celtic Vision: Wisdom of our Druid Ancestors, with Celtic scholar, author and teacher John Mathews.

Session V – Samhain/Halloween (30 October 2022)
When the Veils are Thin: Liminal Times, Liminal Places, with Jungian therapist, author and activist Jean Shinoda Bolen.

Session VI – Winter Solstice: 18 Dec 2022
The Rising of the Sun: What do “Light” and “Dark” mean in Native Celtic Spirituality? With Fionntulach of the Céile Dé Order.

Session VII – Imbolc/St Bridgid’s Day: 29 Jan 2023
Taking the Mantle of Brigid: Sovereign Protection in Uncertain Times, with Caitlín Matthews including guests from Ireland inaugurating the first St Brigid’s Day as a state holiday, Februrary 1, 2023.

Session VIII – Spring Equinox: 19 March 2023
Completion: Homecoming to the Soul of the World, with guest author and teacher David Spangler.

If you are unable to be there at the time, replays will be made available within a week of each session.

Hear Katherine as she talks about the Spirit of Iona


What does the wisdom of Celtic spirituality offer in these challenging times?

For centuries Celtic spirituality has provided a guiding light of faith and a connection to the invisible realms, offering a sense of belonging for the peoples of Scotland and Ireland. With the advent of worldwide travel and interconnectedness, Iona has mysteriously drawn people from all over the world who not only have their ancestral roots there, but who also come from different cultural and faith traditions. It is a reminder of a powerful collective awakening to the Light at the heart of all creation.

In this course you will be encouraged to remember your own connection to that Light, learning about the Celtic traditions of prayer and those daily rituals to help restore the ‘Deep Peace’ our world is so longing for in times of conflict and darkness.

A celtic christian cross at Iona Abbey, a place for meditation and contemplation


Mike Scott

Peace of Iona


Be Inspired

Explore poetry, art, music, stories and historic writings, including the traditions of creating blessings and prayers. The different faces of this sacred Isle reveal its myths and legends, told by authors, scholars, musicians and artists, hosted by Katherine Collis.

Join our global Spirit of Iona community, sharing your insights and experiences, expressing yourself in poetry, prayer, art or song and participating in zoom breakout rooms, if you wish. We will make time for meditations, reflection, journaling, healing prayers and practices including inner listening, attuning to the angelic presence of Iona, connecting with the earth and the sacred within the land where you are living.

Celebrate the Celtic Year £175


This course is for you if you

…have already been to the Isle of Iona and would like to share and learn more

…have always wanted to go but have not been able

…want to know more of Iona’s story and early spiritual lineage

…want to uncover a more holistic worldview at the heart of Celtic Christianity

…long for pilgrimage but can’t travel

…seek meaning, direction and vision

…are exploring the sacred flow of the divine through all life

…want to embrace and making sense of the invisible, mystical and magical

…want to create holy space where-ever you are

…feel called by the world soul to serve the spirit of healing and wholeness in this time

A Prayer from St. ColumbaBe a bright flame before me, O God a guiding star above me. Be a smooth path below me, a kindly shepherd behind me today, tonight, and forever. Alone with none but you, my God I journey on my way; what need I fear when you are near, O Lord of night and day? More secure am I within your hand than if a multitude did round me stand. Amen.


This journey will be from 1st May 2022 to 30th March 2023.

The sessions will be held around the time of the annual solar festivals and the Celtic seasonal festivals. For times see the section above titled What to Expect.

Course price: £175

If you’d love to join us but find the rate a financial strain, please contact Bookings to apply for financial assistance through our Education Support Fund

Celebrate the Celtic Year £175

Katherine Collis

Facilitated by Katherine Collis

Katherine Collis is a Findhorn Fellow who lived in the Community in the early 1970s and has maintained a close relationship over the decades. Upon leaving she moved to the United States as part of the founding of the Lorian Association – a sister organisation to the Findhorn Foundation.

Katherine has a background in adult education, gerontology, human and spiritual development and works as a spiritual counsellor, retreat leader and teacher. She has a 50 year relationship with the Isle of Iona where she has led annual retreats and conference groups with a focus on Celtic Spirituality and its vision of the sacredness at the heart of all life.

Katherine lives in Santa Barbara, California where she partners with her husband Roger in mentoring groups and individuals.

A message of gratitude… A big THANK YOU to Katherine for your help in the workshop “the divine gap“ on Iona and for your intelligent guidance. It was you and the island who helped me make a decision to heal and live

IW, Art Therapist
Iona Retreat Participant

“Your session with us was as much a work of art as it was a session of wisdom level teaching… your choice of stories and information stirred responses below easy rational levels with a quality of authenticity present in what they each said. Thank you for sharing the journey”

PL, Word and Life Study Group 2022

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