Going on retreat is a wonderful way to take time out of our busy lives and re-focus on what’s important. A spiritual retreat adds a further dimension, allowing us to really concentrate on our own faith and how we choose to honour it. Christ Church members have a long tradition of retreating to the island of Cumbrae, home to the Cathedral of the Isles and the College of the Holy Spirit. There is also an opportunity to undertake retreats nearer to home with Aig Fois. This organisation regularly offers day retreats, usually in Kirkcudbright and also an annual four-day residential. You can find details of both places and links to their websites below.
Cumbrae and the College of the Holy Spirit
Warden Andrew Wright writes, “Jesus himself took time out to pray which, in his context, was often up a mountain. Here on Cumbrae are a number of opportunities for you to do the same but to do so on Scotland’s most accessible island. There is something quite magical about making the journey across the water from the Scottish mainland onto an island – we invite you to come and experience it for yourself.
The College of the Holy Spirit is attached to The Cathedral of The Isles, Britain’s smallest cathedral, and is set in 8 acres of beautiful landscaped grounds. All of our retreats are fully catered with accommodation being in single, twin, double or family rooms; some of which are en-suite. The College is a Visit Scotland accredited 3 star Guest House. Facilities at the college include a library, common room and community art studio as well as the cathedral itself.
As well as taking individual bookings for our open retreats we also offer Bed & Breakfast throughout the year, from just £38pppn, and provide accommodation and conference/retreat facilities for groups who wish to come and stay and for whom we offer special rates.”
Andrew Wright, Warden
The College of The Holy Spirit Cathedral of The Isles
Isle of Cumbrae
Aig Fois seeks to create a space for people, wherever they are on their spiritual journey, to reflect on what is life-giving for them. We work within an ecumenical Christian faith tradition, however we warmly welcome people from all faith traditions, or none.
Our reflective spaces, retreats and occasional courses draw on the inspiration of the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises.
Aig Fois began in a private home and garden, with a small prayer room, in the Stewartry town of Kirkcudbright on the Solway Firth coast. We are now extending our activities to other towns in Dumfries & Galloway. If you would be interested in hosting a taster event, for example on creative ways of praying, we would be delighted to hear from you.
For further information and to book, please contact Rachel Inglis on:
The Retreat Association
You can also find out more about going on retreat by contacting The Retreat Association which was set up in 1989 to help people find ways of exploring and deepening their journey with God through spirituality and prayer.
Tel: 01494 569056
Clare Charity Centre