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Conference Schedule

Saturday August 19

Those of us attending our Pre-Conference Journey will arrive into Inverness, make our way to our hotel for check-in, and then enjoy a free afternoon before meeting our group for dinner at a lovely inn on the banks of Loch Ness.

Sunday August 20

This is our Pre-Conference Travel Day to the Outer Hebrides and Stornoway. After breakfast at our hotels, our coach meets us for the ride to Ullapool and the ferry to Stornoway, with boxed lunches in hand. We will arrive in the early afternoon; mini-vans will transfer us to our respective hotels for check-in. We’ll then have an open afternoon to relax or to explore Stornoway before gathering for dinner at Lews Castle.

Monday August 21

Our Pre-Conference Journey with Alastair McIntosh begins. After breakfast at our hotels, we will depart Stornoway for a full day of touring the magnificent Isles of Lewis and Harris, finishing up with a visit to a local distillery. We will return to Stornoway for dinner at the Crown Inn.

Main Conference Only – Group Travel Option: August 21

Participants opting for group travel to our Main Conference arrive at Inverness Airport by the early afternoon. Our coach meets us at 3pm, bound for the picturesque village of Ullapool where together we will have dinner and spend the night.

Tuesday August 22

Pre-Conference participants continue their journey with a half-day, contemplative retreat with with Alastair McIntosh, followed by lunch at the Royal Stornoway hotel.

Main Conference Only – Group Travel Option: August 22

Main Conference Group Travel participants will board the 10:30am ferry from Ullapool and arrive in Stornoway by early afternoon. Mini-vans will provide transfer to our hotels for check in. There will be an open afternoon to explore Stornoway before our evening program at Lews Castle.

Independent Travelers: August 22

Participants making their own way to Stornoway will arrive by mid-afternoon to check in to their hotels and relax before our evening program at Lews Castle.

Our Main Conference proper begins in the early evening with a festive dinner and orientation at Lews Castle.

Wednesday, August 23 – Saturday, August 26

Our full Main-Conference days begin with breakfast at our hotels before participants make their way to Lews Castle. Morning plenary sessions are followed by lunch at the Castle and then afternoon activities (some optional), allow us to explore the surrounding Isle. We return to Lews for afternoon workshops. Group dinners and cultural events round out our evenings.

Sunday, August 27

Our conference ends with a morning plenary, a closing circle and boxed lunch. Participants whose travels end with the Main Conference may join the Open Center for optional group travel back to Inverness for flights home. Alternately, they may travel by taxi to Stornoway Airport for flights later that afternoon. Our Post-Conference Journey participants will travel by ferry and coach to Inverness, stopping for dinner at the Waterside Hotel before continuing on to Findhorn.

For more information about our Post-Conference Journey: Findhorn Eco-Village and the Isle of Iona, press HERE .

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