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St. Columba Hotel | Isle of Iona, Argyll, Scotland


St. Columba Hotel | Isle of Iona, Argyll, Scotland

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Sep 12 2020 - Sep 19 2020


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Iona Pilgrimage Scholarship

We are hopeful that the September Iona pilgrimage will take place as planned and we are currently accepting applications for scholarship funding. We will be following any government recommendations or restrictions for group gatherings and travel in light of the coronavirus pandemic. In the event that the pilgrimage is rescheduled, we will hold each recipient’s place for any potential new dates. 
Application Deadline: May 17, 2020

Each year Heartbeat provides scholarships to make attending the Iona Pilgrimage with John Philip accessible to all. Our goal is to deepen an individual’s spiritual journey and to ground, sustain, and enhance their efforts towards healing and transformation in their own unique context.

Heartbeat is pleased to be able to offer scholarships for this offering of the Iona Pilgrimage, on the Isle of Iona, Scotland, from 12-19 September, 2020. 

The award amount for this scholarship is £1,315. The scholarship award covers the following:

– Lodging for seven nights at the St. Columba Hotel in a double occupancy room. Recipients will be asked to share a room with another scholarship recipient. 
– Breakfast and dinner each day (lunch is not provided).
– The pilgrimage and teaching program provided by John Philip Newell.

Funds will be transferred directly to the St. Columba Hotel in the successful applicants’ names. 

We only consider applicants with significant financial need for scholarship awards.

Additional costs to the scholarship recipient include:

Transportation to and from the St. Columba Hotel on the Isle of Iona, Argyll, Scotland

Lunch each day

$10.00 application fee

To apply, please complete our online application and have a mentor, teacher, or spiritual leader complete our online reference form by the application deadline of May 17, 2020. Heartbeat’s Selection Committee will review all applications after the submission deadline has passed and will notify all applicants of their status by the end of the month.

Please note there is a $10.00 application fee to be paid at the time your application is submitted. In light of the pandemic, we encourage any accepted applicants to ensure that any travel bookings are fully transferable in the event that the pilgrimage is delayed. 

Each day on Iona begins and ends with the rhythm of prayer and meditation together. In the mornings, John Philip Newell teaches on Celtic themes of Earth and Soul as sacred and invites us into the holy work 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 meditative chanting in the 11-century Chapel of St Oran. One day, we walk the nine-mile island pilgrimage route (see below) together to pray for the journey of our lives and world.

Learn more about this event overall here.