May 18-27, 2020
Led by the Very Reverend Nathan LeRud & the Reverend Jadon Hartsuff
Trinity Cathedral, Portland, OR and All Souls Episcopal Church, Washington, DC
English diarist Samuel Johnson famously wrote, “That man is little to be envied…whose piety would not grow warmer amid the ruins of Iona.” Ever since Saint Columba established his monastic community on this remote island off the western coast of Scotland in 563, Iona has been a sacred destination for seekers and pilgrims who journey to this “thin place” where heaven and earth seem to meet.
Our days will include plenty of time for silence and individual prayer as well as times for deep listening and sharing in community as we explore the wisdom of Celtic saints and teachers. We will participate in the worship life of the Iona Community and explore the island as a site of renewal and transformation. Then, following the footsteps of Columba’s own monks, we will journey to eastern Scotland to visit several important and inspiring religious sites that owe their existence in some way to the distinctive Celtic Christian heritage of Iona.
Our leaders, Jadon Hartsuff and Nathan LeRud, are good friends and fellow Episcopal priests with a love of pilgrimage and formation. Jadon, the rector of All Souls Episcopal Church in Washington DC, is a retreat leader, spiritual director and worship leader. Nathan, the dean of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, OR, brings a passion for history and teaching. Together they will form a group of seekers and learners who will come together to laugh, learn, rest, and come to better see God’s vision for a world renewed and made whole.
Bookings with initial deposit payment should be received by Friday, November 2, 2019. Bookings received after that date may be subject to surcharge, depending on flight availability. Final balance due by Friday, March 21, 2020.
- Hotel Accommodations
- Breakfast & Most Dinners
- All entrance fees for sites listed in the itinerary
- Single Room Supplement
- Travel Insurance
- Optional Tours
- Laundry and items of a personal nature
Day 1: MONDAY, MAY 18
We fly from the USA to Scotland, journeying through Newark International Airport. Our intercontinental flight departs at 7:45 pm, and dinner will be served on board together.
Day 2: TUESDAY, MAY 19
We land in Glasgow at 7:30 am, and after clearing immigration and Customs formalities, we begin the journey to Iona. Our bus will take us to the attractive town of Oban, where we board our first ferry across to the island of Mull. After crossing the island, we come to Fionnphort, where we board the passenger ferry over to Iona. All being well, we should arrive mid afternoon, and have time to freshen up before our first dinner.
Days 3-5: May 20-22 Staying on Iona
For the next three days we have a chance to pray, explore, rest and relax on this uniquely beautiful island. During our stay, there will be the chance to visit Iona Abbey, and to participate in a walking pilgrimage of the island led by one of its residents. Alongside this there will be time for silence and worship, organized by Fr. Nathan and Fr. Jadon.
Day 6: SATURDAY, MAY 23
We bid farewell to Iona after breakfast and begin our journey back to the mainland. When we land back in Oban, we will enjoy a tour of its famous distillery, before heading onwards to Edinburgh, where we will arrive in time for dinner at our hotel, situated in the heart of Scotland’s beautiful capital city.
Day 7: SUNDAY, MAY 24
After breakfast we will walk to St. Mary’s Cathedral (about a 15 minute walk) through the elegant streets of the city, and join the local community for the principal Cathedral Eucharist. The rest of the day will be free to explore the city on your own or with friends.
Day 8: Monday, may 25
Today we will explore Glasgow, to learn about the great Celtic saint Kentigern, also known as St Mungo. We will start by visiting the Church of Scotland cathedral dedicated in his honor, and where his tomb is situated. After a guided tour of this very significant building and some free time in the adjoining Musuem of Religious Life and Art, we will have a break for lunch (not included in the tour price) at the Kelvingrove Gallery (where we will have the chance to see Salvador Dali’s famous painting Christ of St John of the Cross), we finish our day by visiting the early medieval stones at Govan, created to celebrate the richness of the lost kingdom of Strathclyde.
Day 9: tuesday, May 26
Our last full day will be devoted to some of the highlights of Edinburgh. Starting at Holyrood Palace we will also visit the Royal Mile and St Giles Cathedral. There will also be some final free time for last minute shopping before our final dinner together.
Day 10: wEDNESDAY, MAY 27
After breakfast, we will make the short journey to Edinburgh Airport for our lunchtime flight back to Washington Dulles Airport, where we will land back mid afternoon, and those flying onwards to Portland will connect onwards, to arrive home later this evening.