Why Go on a Pilgrimage? a Pilgrimage is about letting God surprise you and allowing the journey to grow you closer to yourself and to God. It’s about receiving the gifts along the way of people, places, and even the interruptions.
On pilgrimage you grow as you go.
After the years of pandemic, I was emotionally exhausted. As an extrovert without people and without in-person work, I needed to find my joy again. I needed to go on pilgrimage. I went to Scotland in May of 2022 and it changed my life. I have been on pilgrimage to Scotland before and led others on pilgrimage to other places in Europe and Ireland, but this was a pilgrimage to my very favorite place on the planet, the island of Iona.
Iona is known as a thinplace…a place where the veil between heaven and earth is thin. A place where you can, and do, experience the presence of the Holy. St. Columba landed on Iona with his 12 monks to start a community in 563 AD. That means that people have prayed on Iona for almost 1500 years – and you can feel this when you step off the Ferry!
Join me August 28-September 4, 2023 for a Finding Your Thinplace Pilgrimage to Scotland. We will be on Iona from Aug 30-Sept 4th staying at the beautiful St. Columba Hotel eating amazing gourmet food together. We will take walks around the island out to the beautiful beaches and discover the magic of the people and the place through field trips to local artists and time at the Abbey. Come discover the unforced rhythms of grace with a group of pilgrims seeking rest and restoration. Rediscover yourself and make Iona one of your favorite places too.
Experience God in a place of Great Beauty
Pray where people have prayed for almost 1500 years.
Eat good food, sit and enjoy the view.
Have Time for rest
Have Time to explore
Have Time to create, write, walk and just BE!
Example Day: Breakfast together * Morning Gathering and Experience and Practice * Lunch on your Own (or included in field trip experience) * Afternoon Gathering * Field Trips to artists and craftsman on the island and hikes around Iona * Time at the Beach (we will walk to all four during our time together) * Time to Rest * Dinner together * Evening Fireside Session * 9pm Abbey Worship (optional) * Bed
What is a Finding your Thinplace retreat?
Curated by Lilly Lewin, a Thinplace Retreat is a space for you to get away and find rest. It’s a place to process grief, to experience joy, and a place to reflect and recharge while surrounded by beauty. Come along with Lilly and give yourself permission to reconnect with your soul. Give yourself permission to reconnect with yourself and your God. A Thinplace Retreat isn’t about stuffing you with information, it’s a place to unpack. It is a place to experience. It is a place to rest, relax, play, connect, and experience a Thinplace.
Give yourself the gift of a Finding Your Thinplace Retreat: Space to breathe and to rest, space to be creative, space to connect with the beauty of creation.