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Scotland, Skye and Sea: A Creative Pilgrimage

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Join Catherine for a creative pilgrimage to Ireland or Italy, or attend a creative workshop with her in NC, VA, OR or NM.

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Scotland, Skye and Sea: A Creative Pilgrimage

This five night trip begins with dinner in Edinburgh on our first day. Day two includes a trip to Rosslyn Chapel in the morning, followed by the Scottish Borders area in the afternoon with a visit to Dryburgh Abbey on the banks of the River Tweed, with its historical roots with the Druids and the early monks of the 13th and 14th century. On day three we travel across the Scottish countryside with numerous stops on the way to explore and drink in the beauty of the landscape to the small town of Dornie where we spend the night with a view of Eilean Donan Castle and the loch surrounding the castle. On day four we will leave early for the Isle of Skye and spend the entire day exploring the island including Old Man of Storr, Quiraing, Fairy Pools and the Fairy Glen, returning to sleep in Dornie at the end of the day. On day five we will travel to Oban via the 10am ferry from the Isle of Skye, visiting small villages on our way as well as the Glenfinnan Viaduct (made famous in the Harry Potter movies). We will spend our final night in Oban, and have a farewell breakfast together on Saturday, June 13th. From there those traveling with Catherine to Iona will head to the ferry to travel to Iona together.

This is the itinerary … what you return home with after this creative pilgrimage is harder to put into words. My aim is that you “return home laden with pollen you shall work up into honey the mind feeds on” to quote the poet R.S. Thomas, and that your sense of possibility will be expanded and deepened as we explore the sacred landscape of Scotland. Through exploring three ways of seeing using our cameras (iPhones are perfect for this) we will start expanding the way we see the world around us.


The cost of this trip is $2,250 for double occupancy in twin bed rooms. Single occupancy is additional where it is available. If you require single occupancy please let me know as soon as possible.

Included in the cost is:

  • Two nights accommodation in Edinburgh

  • Two nights accommodation in Dornie with a view of Eilean Donan Castle

  • One night accommodation in Oban

  • All transport from the hotel in Edinburgh through to Oban on the last day

  • A Creative Pilgrimage travel journal

  • Exploring three ways of seeing the world around you through photography

  • All breakfasts and lunches and one dinner

We will be traveling in two private Mercedes vans with our own tour guides/drivers and this will be a small group trip limited to a maximum of 12 participants plus pilgrimage guides.

Not included are:

  • Dinners (apart from dinner on the first night) and drinks

  • Transport costs from the airport to our hotel in Edinburgh

  • Transport costs from Oban to Iona

  • Travel Insurance


  • A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required to confirm and hold your space

  • A second payment of $1,000 is due on or before December 20th 2019

  • The balance is due on or before April 20th 2020

It is highly recommended that you purchase your travel insurance on the day you book this trip to ensure that your deposit is covered should you need to cancel.

To reserve your space, you can pay the non-refundable deposit of $500 using the PayPal link below and complete the registration form which you can download here.

As of October 6th 2019, this retreat is full. Contact Catherine if you would like to be added to the wait list.

You can either scan (using Notes on the iPhone) the registration form once you have completed and email it once you receive confirmation that your deposit has been received, or mail it directly to Catherine using the address on the form. Contact Catherine if you have any questions.

Scotland, Skye and Sea Creative Pilgrimage
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  • Your deposit reserves your space in the retreat and is non-refundable.

  • Should you cancel between December 21st, 2019 and April 20th, 2020, your payments less $750 will be refunded.

  • There are no refunds after April 20th, 2020, but you may find another person to take your place on the trip provided they agree to the terms of the agreement.

  • Written cancellation is required to process a refund.

  • In the unlikely event of it being necessary to cancel the retreat for any reason, all payments will be refunded in full.