• 2019,  2020,  Spirituality,  Walks

    On Thin Places – Journey to Iona – Part 2

    “One of the most beautiful aspects of (Celtic spirituality) is the perspective that death is a river that is hard to see or a place of black sorrow that is difficult to cross and that the angels of God are guiding us over to a goodness of unimaginable glory. This glory is not, however, unrelated to the goodness we have known in creation and in the earth’s cycles of seasons, to the Source of creation, a returning to the One who is the heart of all life.” J. Philip Newell, Celtic Spirituality — The jagged rocks I scrambled up onto and over the waves of the ocean. The cliffs in…

  • 2019,  Spirituality,  Walks

    Pilgrimage – Iona Journey Part 1

    I’ve just returned from four weeks travelling around the United Kingdom. The first 11 of those days were in Iona – a tiny isle off the coast of Western Scotland, where I was helping facilitate a group of travelers for an SDI Journey – one of many spiritual travel experiences that we offer for people who want more than the typical tourist trip. Iona is a special place. In 563, St. Columba arrived from Ireland to establish a monastery. From here, a form of Celtic Christianity rooted in love of the natural world blossomed and flourished and is still practiced to this day by many. The Book of Kells was…