An Orthodox retreat on Iona

2010 Retreats

The Lord greatly blessed our 2009 venture, and this, together with the positive welcome received from the other Iona Christian Communities, encouraged Iona Orthodox Retreats to return to Iona in 2010.  The Centre was again based at Clachanach; a spacious and comfortable rented house with simple accommodation, close to both the Abbey and St. Oran's Chapel.

The temporary Iona Orthodox Centre opened twice during the year: in April for 3 weeks, during which 32 pilgrims stayed with us - including three priests and two deacons - and for one week in September. For most of the latter we were a small group of five pilgrims, but towards the end of the week Fr. Marcel and eight Romanians made a day visit. They had all left Glasgow at 5am to catch the first ferry from Oban to Craignure, in faith that the ferries would sail despite the violent storm during the night. The Lord honoured their commitment and devotion; they got to Iona, despite two very rough crossings, and served Divine Liturgy in St. Oran's with very beautiful Romanian singing. It was a memorable experience for all of us.


AN INVITATION. If you would like to come to Iona for a week in May or September 2011 to make your own Pilgrimage or personal Retreat , you would be welcome to stay at the Iona Orthodox Centre.

Book  now  to  secure  your  place  in  one  of  these  weeks:
or  late  Summer:    10th  to  17th  September; 
(A priest will be resident for part of this week)
            and            17th  to  24th  September;    (A priest will be resident for part of this week)
            and            24th  Sept.  to  1st  October.        THIS  WEEK  IS  NOW  FULLY  BOOKED.

Please write for further information to

Accommodation is limited to a maximum of 7 guests so please write a.s.a.p.

WORSHIP. The Orthodox Centre offers the opportunity of daily worship:
Orthodox Mattins and Vespers in the 11th century St. Oran’s Chapel, and
Midday Prayers in the Prayer Room at Clachanach.
When a priest is present, Divine Liturgy is also served in St. Oran’s.
Pilgrims will join in with as much or as little of the worship as they wish.

There is also a daily programme of ecumenical worship at the Abbey, and daily services in both the Episcopalian Bishop’s House and at the R.C. Prayer House, Cnoc a Chalmain.
Guests from the Orthodox Centre are made welcome at all of these services.

The Abbey also conducts a mid-week all-day walking tour of Iona.

LIFE-STYLE. The life-style of the Orthodox Centre is simple, as befits pilgrims: breakfast and an evening meal are provided, but guests are asked to make their own lunch arrangements (there are a number of places which provide lunches). All guests are asked to share in simple house chores.

FINANCE. There is no set charge for staying at the Orthodox Centre; please make a donation as the Lord moves you. If you are able to make your donation, or give a deposit, before you come that is especially helpful as the rent of the Centre has to be paid in advance. Please make your cheque payable to Iona Orthodox Retreats, and E-mail us at for the address to which to mail it so that we can acknowledge your gift.

If anyone wishes to support the Centre anonymously, please pay your gift into
Bank of Scotland, Iona Orthodox Retreats A/c 00204769, Sort Code 80-06-84.

View from Clachanach: Sunrise over Mull

GRATEFUL THANKS for donations this year of £500, £300, £100, £50, £50, £25 (this one, anonymous) and £50 (last one, anonymous) - all from well-wishers unable themselves to come to Iona. These donations enabled Iona Orthodox Retreats to meet the shortfall between Pilgrims’ donations and the running costs of the Orthodox Centre.