Iona Pilgrimage, St Columba Hotel, Isle of Iona, Scotland

Date(s) - 15 September 2018 - 22 September 2018


For more information or to register for this event please contact the St Columba Hotel at


Each day on Iona begins and ends with the rhythm of prayer and meditation together, either at the Abbey or elsewhere on the island. In the mornings John Philip Newell teaches on themes related to the sacredness of the earth, interfaith relationship, and commitment to practices of contemplation and action as the basis for transformation in our lives and world. The afternoons are given to hiking, conversation, and rest, and the early evenings to further reflection and embodiment practices of chant and meditative movement. On at least one of the days we walk the seven-mile island pilgrimage route together to pray for the journey of our lives and world. The Columba Hotel’s organic gardens, eco-friendly policies, and welcoming staff are an important part of our community life together.

Registration for this event is made directly through the St. Columba Hotel. You can inquire about the tariff, prices, and availability here. (Please state that you are enquiring about Iona Pilgrimages with John Philip Newell.)

Scholarship Funds Available

Are you in need of financial assistance? Our generous donor community has contributed funds to help people attend the New England School of Celtic Consciousness.

Heartbeat has Scholarship Awards in the amount of $1,240 available to go towards food, dorm room lodging, and program fees. Scholarship recipients are responsible for their own transportation to/from the event as well as a $10 scholarship application fee.

Apply by filling out the online application and have a teacher, mentor, advisor, or religious/spiritual leader fill out our online reference form by May 1, 2018. Heartbeat’s Selection Committee will review all applications and notify successful candidates by May 18, 2018.

If you require further financial assistance in traveling to Iona, you may apply for an additional $500 travel stipend. To apply for a travel stipend, please click here.