August 27 – September 3, 2017
Post Conference Journey:
and the Isle of Iona
We begin our Post-Conference Scotland experience with a visit to the spiritual community and eco-village of Findhorn in Moray, east of Inverness. Here, we will explore its esoteric roots and its evolution from a remote possibility on a windswept caravan park in 1962 to global renown today as a center of reverence for nature and its warm, convivial community. How did it begin and what were the spiritual streams that influenced it? We’ll learn about the post-war esotericists who founded and inspired it, and come to understand why Findhorn was deeply green long before it became fashionable. We’ll come to know the artistry of its many unique buildings, the humor and openness of its members, and the beauty of its surroundings. We’ll also have opportunities to enjoy sacred dance and hear vespers at a medieval abbey. After Findhorn, we will travel down Loch Ness and across the island of Mull to the birthplace of Celtic Christianity, the incomparable island of Iona. St. Columba sailed here from Ireland in the 6th century to establish a spirituality deeply rooted in a sense of communion with the natural world. Iona is truly a holy place which, once experienced, is never forgotten. We will take gentle contemplative strolls among the coves and hillocks of its serene western side, come to know the island’s spiritual history and significance, meet local artists, and immerse ourselves in the unique meditative state engendered by the atmosphere of this ancient island. Our experience will also include sailing to Fingal’s Cave on nearby Staffa that inspired Mendelssohn’s Hebridean Overture.
Price: $1815 per person in double accommodations; $1985 in single accommodations
Includes seven nights’ accommodations and all meals through breakfast on the 3rd, all coach transport and round-trip ferries, fully-guided tour, all entrance fees and programming, and transfer to Glasgow Airport or central railway station on the 3rd of September