An Anchor for the Soul

Iona Pilgrimage

June 2 – 12, 2022

Iona, Scotland

Join Pilgrimage Leaders Carole Crumley, Leah Rampy, and Bill Stone on this sacred island to draw on Celtic wisdom and vision for new life and fresh possibilities.

Experience the spiritual treasures of Iona and the Iona community.


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Iona Pilgrimage Q & A

If you are considering Shalem’s pilgrimage to Iona in 2022, this is an opportunity to ask questions and talk with the pilgrimage leaders, Carole Crumley, Leah Rampy and Bill Stone on Zoom. Register in advance by clicking on a date below.

There are no current dates scheduled.

Iona, a sacred island off the West coast of Scotland, is only three miles long and a mile and a half wide. According to geologists, the rocks on Iona are among the oldest on Earth, some 2.7 billion years old. On these ancient rocks, Columba and a small cohort of fellow monks arrived on Pentecost Day in 563. They discovered a wild and beautiful place battered by strong tides and fierce winds, yet also a safe haven where they could anchor their souls and live into the promise of new beginnings.

Today, Iona continues to be an anchor for one’s soul. Its simplicity and beauty nourish the pilgrim heart. Vibrant worship services in the iconic Abbey deepen confidence in God’s presence and goodness in all of life. The ancient rocks steady hopes and inspire visions of new possibilities. Columba and other Celtic saints offer their wisdom and guidance as we follow their footsteps and seek a world woven together in love.

On this pilgrimage, we will share times of prayer and reflection every day, while also experiencing plenary and small group times for deeper listening and opening to God’s spirit. There will be opportunities to participate in the worship life of the Abbey, as well as guided pilgrimage walks in the Abbey and across the island to Columba’s Bay. There will be ample free time for exploring on your own, and a quiet day for deepening our trust in the mystery of divine Presence. In our own Contemplative Communion Service, we will celebrate our renewed heart-confidence that God is birthing a new life and vision in us, and through us, a blessing for the world.

We will honor the giftedness of our own pilgrim spiritual community, deepen our awareness of the Holy One’s radiant presence in all of life, experience the spiritual treasures of Iona, and draw on Celtic wisdom and vision for new life and fresh possibilities.


This schedule may vary slightly based on the movement of the Spirit and the needs of the community. Click on a photo to see the full itinerary.

We begin our pilgrimage in Glasgow…

We continue building our spiritual community…

We travel by bus through the beautiful Scottish countryside…

Day Four

We join the Abbey community for Sunday morning worship…

Day Five

We continue our reflections on contemplative pilgrimage…

Day Six

Our journey includes a pilgrimage walk to Columba’s Bay…

Day Seven

We deepen our experience in the Abbey through a guided prayer walk…

Day Eight

This is a quiet day for deepening our connection with the God of all creation…

Day Nine

This day is free for us to explore the island on our own…

Day Ten

We seek to harvest some of the spiritual treasures of this pilgrimage…

Day Eleven

After breakfast, we say goodbye and begin the next chapter of our journey…

“To experience the [journey] in a prayerful pilgrim community has been an extraordinary gift for me. I appreciate the careful and inspired planning that went into making each step a mindful, spirit-filled opportunity to open our hearts to creation.”

-Past Pilgrim


Carole Crumley

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Leah Rampy

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Bill Stone

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$4200 per person, double occupancy
Single room supplement: $550 additional and subject to availability

Included in the Pilgrimage Fee:

  • Three nights in Glasgow (Hotel TBA)
  • Seven nights at St. Columba Hotel on Iona
  • Breakfast daily, eight dinners, one picnic lunch
  • All entrance fees for sites included on the itinerary
  • Gratuities for drivers, housekeeping, dining and other staff
  • Travel by bus and ferry from Glasgow to Iona and return

Not Included in the Pilgrimage Fee:

  • Airfare to and from Scotland; airport transfers to/from Glasgow hotel
  • All lunches (except picnic) and two dinners
  • Beverages at scheduled meals except breakfasts
  • Excursions not on the itinerary

(*) A Caveat on Cost: Please be aware that should currency exchange rates and/or accommodation rates increase significantly over the next few months, we may have to request an additional surcharge. We appreciate your understanding.

Payment Schedule:

  • $500 per person (non-refundable deposit) due now to reserve your space (Reserving your space is contingent upon receipt of your deposit.)
  • $1850 per person (first installment) due 2/1/2022
  • $1850 per person (second installment) due 3/1/2022
  • Single room supplement due 3/1/2022

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations received on or before February 28, 2022 – 100% of monies received minus $500 non-refundable deposit; cancellations received between March 1 and April 3, 2022 – 50% of monies received minus $500 non-refundable deposit; no refunds will be made for cancellations received after April 3, 2022. Shalem reserves the right to cancel the pilgrimage for any reason, in which case you will receive a full refund of all monies paid.

We are requiring all pilgrims to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (including booster shots). Our pilgrimages will follow all future travel guidelines set by the country in which the pilgrimage will take place.


Pilgrimage Dates: June 2 – 12, 2022

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Trish Stefanik is the Registrar for the Iona Pilgrimage and can be contacted at


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Grounded in our understanding of God’s desire for peace, wholeness and well-being, we envision a world transformed by contemplative living and leadership in which all people honor one another and creation, recognize their unity and interconnectedness, and courageously seek to live out of this reality.