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Spirit of Iona: Lammas/Lughnasa

Date: 31/07/2022
Time: 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM BST See your local time
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In our third session of the Spirit of Iona series we explore awakening to the inner knowing of our Souls with guest speaker John Philip Newell.

We would love you to join us, as we celebrate this deeper meaning of Lammas/Lughnasa

Facilitated by Katherine Collis and guests, we will begin our Lughnasa celebration with a simple ritual and a time of reflection.

Katherine and her guests will create a sacred space for you to explore how your inner life aligns with the seasonal cycles and the sacred within the land where you live, wherever you are in the world.

We will continue to build community together through sharing insights and experiences with one another as we pause to reflect, dream, journal and deepen into the spirit of peace, prayer and pilgrimage – further discovering our lives as a blessing within the whole.

We will learn about and attune to the sacred Isle of Iona – her geography, historic writings, poetry, art, music, myths and legends, as well as the traditions of creating blessings and prayers.


(Photography by Aurora Imaging)

View of Iona Abbey from up on the hill

We will be joined by guest speaker John Philip Newell

A long time lover of the Isle of Iona, he will be sharing thoughts from his most recent book Sacred Earth, Sacred Soul.

“We know things in the core of our being that we have not necessarily been taught, and some of this deep knowing may actually be at odds with what our society or religion has tried to teach us. This book is about reawakening to what we know in the depths of our being, that the earth is sacred and that this sacredness is at the heart of every human being and life-form. To awaken again to this deep knowing is to be transformed in the ways we choose to live and relate and act.”

– John Philip Newell, Sacred Earth Sacred Soul (HarperOne, July 2021)

We explore awakening to this deeper aspect of our Being as we mark another Celtic festival of the year, Lammas or Lughnasa. This festival celebrates the first harvests in the northern hemisphere, the ripening which the sun and gods of light gift us.

It also is a marking of the shortening days as the manifestation of light begins its journey from the flourishing of outer growth towards the inner life of the seed. This is a potent time to mark the outer expressions of our own life journey as we remember and align to the callings, yearnings and wisdom of our souls.

Please join us in our online pilgrimage to celebrate Lammas/Lughnasa in the Spirit of Iona.

John Philip Newell and Katherine Collis in the sanctuary at Traigh Bhan, Iona.

Pricing and dates

Join us Sunday 31 July on Zoom at 4pm UK time, until around 6.30pm.
Across the world this will be:

8am PDT / 9am MDT / 11am EDT and Ottawa / 5pm Cape Town / 8.30pm Delhi / 11pm AWST / and AEST 1am Monday.

If you are unable to be there, we will send you a replay.

Purchase the replay of this event £25

Celebrate the Celtic Year £175

While our facilitators are here to support participants during events and courses, they are not trained therapists. We are not a therapy centre and the programmes are not designed for those needing therapeutic support.

What to bring with you

  • A journal to write in
  • Art materials – paper and paints, crayons, pencils of your choice
  • A candle to light for our sacred time together
  • An open heart that welcomes new possibilities
Book your place and celebrate Lammas/Lughnasa in the Spirit of Iona!
Katherine Collis

About 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.

About John Philip Newell

John Philip Newell is a Celtic teacher and author of spirituality who calls the modern world to reawaken to the sacredness of Earth and every human being.

Canadian by birth, and a citizen also of Scotland, he resides with his family in Edinburgh and works on both sides of the Atlantic. In 2016 he began the School of Earth and Soul (originally called the School of Celtic Consciousness) and teaches regularly in the United States and Canada as well as leading international pilgrimage weeks on Iona in the Western Isles of Scotland.

His PhD is from the University of Edinburgh and he has authored over fifteen books, including A New Ancient Harmony, Sounds of the Eternal, The Rebirthing of God, and his latest award-winning publication Sacred Earth Sacred Soul.

Newell speaks of himself as ‘a wandering teacher’ following the ancient path of many lone teachers before him in the Celtic world, ‘wandering Scots’ (or scotus vagans as they were called) seeking the wellbeing of the world. He has been described as having ‘the heart of a Celtic bard and the mind of a Celtic scholar’, combining in his teachings the poetic and the intellectual, the head as well as the heart, and spiritual awareness as well as political and ecological concern. His writings have been translated into seven languages.

In 2011 John Philip was awarded the first-ever Contemplative Voices Award from the Shalem Institute in Washington DC for his prophetic work in the field of spirituality and compassion. In 2022 he received the Sacred Universe Award from the Well Center for Spirituality in Chicago, IL in recognition of his significant work in furthering humanity’s relationship with the sacredness of Earth.


Date: 31/07/2022
Time: 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM BST See your local time
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