Leaders: Jerry Wright and Linda McFadden

Guest Leader: John L. Bell

​Music Leader: Lisa Whitfield

​Facilitator: Philip Wiehe

Guest Photographer: Martha Hoelzer

Philip Wiehe

Linda McFadden         

Martha Hoelzer

Jerry Wright

Iona Pilgrimage 2019​

September 20- 29
beginning at $3.290, double occupancy



go to Rates and Booking for details


The sacred isle of Iona in the Scottish Hebrides has for centuries been the destination of pilgrims seeking fresh inspiration and insight. As a thin place, where the veil between the visible and invisible worlds is especially transparent, Iona is an ideal setting for exploring the new religious paradigm which has begun to emerge. This new paradigm proposes that we live in an inter-related, inter-dependent universe, requiring that any religion of the future must be inclusive, intellectually and scientifically honest, and soul-satisfying. 

Under the leadership of Jerry R. Wright, Jungian analyst, and Linda McFadden, UCC minister and spiritual director, pilgrims will explore the new paradigm drawing on Jungian psychology, Celtic spirituality, mystical traditions, and the exciting discoveries of modern science and physics.

The Pilgrimage will include: presentations on the theme by our leaders; small focus groups/workshops on related themes; opportunities for worship in the beautiful Iona Abbey; ample time for exploring the island, personal reflection and solitude; guided silences and meditative rituals at sacred sites; the opportunity to explore the unique island of Staffa with its famous Fingal’s cave: and the delightful hospitality and delicious meals at St. Columba Hotel.  

The pilgrimage will begin and end in Glasgow, Scotland, so that pilgrims can extend their travel as they wish before or after the pilgrimage.

The Leaders

Jerry R. Wright is a Jungian analyst who resides in Flat Rock, NC.  He has led pilgrimages to sacred sites in Iona, Ireland, Peru, and India, and offers retreats and presentations on a variety of Jungian psychological themes.  He is the author of the book Re-Imagining God and Religion: Essays for the Psychologically-Minded.

Linda McFadden is a retired UCC minister who takes a Jungian approach to her life and practice as a spiritual director. She is a writer, photographer, and musician. She is currently writing a book about Brigid.

Music Leader

Lisa Whitfield is the Music Director for Allelu! Choir, a folk/traditional music group of St. James, Episcopal Church, Hendersonville. She is also a music teacher and composer with an ear for Celtic music style.

Special Guest Leader

Alison Adam Alison Adam is a member of the Iona Community ( and her work is very much an expression of the Community's commitment to the renewal of worship.
Alison worked with John Bell and the Wild Goose Resource Group for 7 years. Alison has a particular passion for getting folks singing using simply her hands and voice.

Special Guest Photographer

 Martha Hoelzer's  photography encompasses how she views life: “As a runner taking one breath at a time on the trails, hiking and enjoying amazing views and thankful for each breath that I take as I lovingly explore new places and cultures."

Linda’s husband, Philip Wiehe, is a retired Episcopal priest who takes a Jungian approach to Emerging Christianity and is a writer, dramatist, and musician.​ Linda and Philip have published two books about congregational dynamics.


(other than start and finish dates, the itinerary below is subject to change)

Friday September 20
10:30  AM Bus departs Glasgow airport for Oban – stop for lunch at Inverrary
3:00 PM Arrive Oban check in to hotel
5:30 PM Pilgrimage orientation
6:30 PM Dinner in the hotel

Saturday, September 21
8:00 AM Breakfast
8:45 AM Music workshop with John L. Bell
12;15 PM Ferry Departure then bus and ferry to Iona
3:30 PM Arrive Iona; orientation meeting
6:30 Dinner

Sunday, September 22
8:00 AM Breakfast
10:30 AM  Communion service in the Abbey
12:00 PM Iona Community Introduction -- Abbey
(lunch on your own)
​2:00 PM Pilgrimage walk 
6:00 PM Return to hotel
6:30 PM Dinner

9:00 PM Abbey Evening Worship

Monday, September 23
8:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM Morning Worship -- Abbey
10:00 AM Time with special guest
(lunch on your own)
4:30 PM Presentation
6:30 PM Dinner

9:00 PM Abbey Evening Worship

Tuesday, September 24 - Friday, September 27

The exact schedule for the next four days will vary depending upon weather, and other factors. There will be:

  • Presentations on the intersection of creativity and Celtic Spirituality, Jungian Psychology, Progressive Christianity and Wisdom Traditions
  • Opportunities for worship in the Abbey
  • Time to pursue your own creative impulses and sharing with others
  • An afternoon trip to the nearby island of Staffa (additional fee)
  • Deliciousl breakfasts and dinners in the hotel dining room (included)
  • Lunches on your own – a chance to explore other restaurants on the island or have a picnic

Saturday September 28
8:00 AM Ferry departure for Mull; bus and ferry to Oban
12:00 Arrive Oban; lunch
2:00 PM Bus to Glasgow,
4:30 PM Arrive Glasgow Airport, Holiday Inn, for check-in

       (this hotel night is included)

Sunday, September 29


Lisa Whitfield