WHEN AND WHERE DOES THE PILGRIMAGE ACTUALLY BEGIN AND END?
All of our Iona Pilgrimages begin and end at the Glasgow airport. Typically they begin mid to late morning when we board a motorcoach for the 3 hour ride to Oban. The pilgrimage ends the morning after the late afternoon return to Glasgow and overnight stay at one of the Holiday Inns at the airport.
WHEN SHOULD I BOOK MY PLANE TICKET?
You can book your plane ticket as soon as you are confident about your departure and return dates. Many of you will prefer to arrive a day or two early to cope with jet lag and do some touring before or after the pilgrimage. Airline ticket prices are fluid responding daily to supply and demand. For the last two years the New York Times Travel section has recommended purchasing overseas tickets about six months in advance. Apparently this is the low point on average for ticket prices.
HOW SHOULD I BOOK MY PLANE TICKET?
Use whatever vendor you prefer: a search engine such as Orbitz or Travelocity, a specific airline website such as United or British Airways, or a travel agent. Flights from the US to Glasgow typically arrive by 9:00 AM the next day. So if the pilgrimage is scheduled to start on September 2, you will need to depart the US on September 1.
PILGRIMQUESTS REQUIRES THAT I HAVE TRAVEL INSURANCE. WHY IS THIS?
Travel insurance when overseas is always a good idea, and PilgrimQuest's insurance carrier requires that you have travel insurance that includes emergency medical evacuation back home if needed. Most plans do include this though there is wide variation in the amount of coverage. See the link below for more information.
WHEN SHOULD I PURCHASE TRAVEL INSURANCE?
Purchase travel insurance after you have made your arrangements for travel from your home to Glasgow and back. We suggest you do this at least 3 months before departure if at all possible. AAA, AIG, Travelex and other insurers have a range of offerings that pilgrims have used. Some of you may have medical insurance coverage that includes medical evacuation. After you have made this purchase or affirmed coverage, please send us either the delcarataions page of the policy (usually the firsts page or two) if it is emailed to you, or scan and print the declarations page (policy name, number, phone contact) and send it electronically or by mail.
SHOULD I PURCHASE CANCELLATION INSURANCE?
Cancellation insurance is an option in many travel insurance packages, and will cover your PilgrimQuests costs in case of various unforeseen events (that vary by the package.) If you cancel your travel with PilgrimQuests for any reason, here are no refunds unless your space is resold (minus a $250 service fee).
WHAT ARE THE "INTEREST GROUPS"?
Some of our pilgrimages have interest groups. Those who wish to do so, may use an hour or so of free time each day to gather in interest groups by artistic medium. Here are the choices:
1. music - vocal, instrumental; no performance experience necessary
2. art - drawing, painting
4. writing: fiction, non-fiction, memoir, poetry
5. Dream Groups. The Haden Institute has established an excellent procedure for exploring your dreams.
6. Perhaps you are more of a reader, listener, or viewer and would like to visit one or more groups
7. One may also choose to go for a walk, chat with others about one's experience, meditate, or take a nap.
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know of your preferences, if any. These choices are not binding. You can do as you wish on any given day.
HOW MUCH PARTICIPATION IS REQUIRED AT THE VARIOUS EVENTS ON THIS PILGRIMAGE?
We will say this repeatedly: there are no requirements for attendance at anything on this pilgrimage. It would be a good idea to attend each of the first meetings in Oban and Iona so you will be informed, but then you are on your own to select the resources that will make the pilgrimage whatever it needs to be for you.
Iona 2019 Pilgrimage Home Page
Resources for Pilgrims
At least 3 months before departure Click hereto go to a detailed online registration form. You will need to have your passport handy. Note that to travel to Scotland, your passport must be valid for six months following your planned return date.
SOME HELPFUL LINKS
Here are a few books to introduce Celtic Christianity and an overview of Iona:
How the Irish Saved Civilization, Thomas Cahill
Iona: A Pilgrim's Guide, Peter W. Millar
Listening for the Heartbeat of God: A Celtic Spirituality, J. Philip Newell
The Celtic Way of Prayer, Esther de Waal
For background on Jerry Wright's presentations see Reimagining God and Religion, Jerry Wright
More by John Philip Newell:
The Book of Creation, an introduction to Celtic Spirituality
A New Harmony
If Jungian Psychology is new to you, you might want to read one or both of these books:
Jung: A Very Short Introduction, Anthony Stevens
Memories, Dreams, Reflections, C.G. Jung
Unopened Letters from God, Robert Haden
Link to Haden Institute