Moving Into the Sacred: A Retreat for Every Body

Iona, Scotland

Jurian Hughes
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Aug 31 - Sep 7, 2024
Group size: 12 - 21
Moving Into the Sacred: A Retreat for Every Body
Iona, Scotland

Jurian Hughes
  • Email address verified

Aug 31 - Sep 7, 2024
Group size: 12 - 21

About this trip

Join us on the mystical island of Iona for a week of embodied exploration and soul-filling connection to yourself, to the land, and to Mystery.

This tiny island off the coast of Scotland, barely three miles long and one mile wide, has been a holy meeting place for thousands of years. It's often described as a “thin place”, where heaven and earth are said to press close together, and where the sacred melds seamlessly into the everyday. 

On this seven-day retreat, we'll deepen our connection to the sacred through yoga, dance, meditation, and other practices to invigorate the body, mind and heart. We'll walk the island together to experience its wild and spectacular landscape, to pray with nature, and to celebrate the beauty of this profoundly peaceful place. There will be time for rest and reflection, as well as connection with each other, with the land, and with the Exquisite Invisible.

About Your Guides

Jurian Hughes, E-RYT 500, YACEP, MFA, is a pathfinder. Through the gateway of the body, she guides students to connect with themselves in ways they had forgotten were possible, longed to revisit, or maybe never even knew were there. “I do my best to create a space in which people feel like they can be completely themselves. Through my own vulnerability, honesty and humor, I try to help us all find our way to greater joy.”

Hughes is founder of the Yoga of Voice;  co-creator of the Yoga of Yes; a Let Your Yoga Dance® teacher trainer; voice coach; personal mentor; writer; speaker; and theatre performer known for her passionate, playful and engaging teaching style. As a senior faculty member of the Kripalu School of Yoga for more than a decade, Hughes has led thousands of workshops and programs and trained more than 1,000 Kripalu yoga teachers. In addition to her extensive teaching experience, Hughes has a long theatrical resume spanning Broadway, off-Broadway, Europe, film, television and voice-over. Through her own study and decades of practice she has developed a deep understanding of the ways in which the tools of yoga, dance, voice, mindfulness and play can be used to cultivate greater self-knowledge, freedom and joy. She leads inspiring workshops, retreats and trainings at Kripalu and around the world that promote whole-being wellness, increased creativity, and the ability to thrive. Find out more at

Linden de Voil, RH(AHG), is a practicing clinical herbalist and professional member of the American Herbalist Guild, the only accrediting body for herbalists in the U.S. A writer and educator in the field of plant medicine, natural health, and earth-based spiritual practice, her work invites us to strengthen our innate ties to the more-than-human, living world through curiosity, observation, and delight. A believer in practical magic, Linden uses somatic practices, simple ritual, and plant medicine to help find our path back into belonging and connection with the natural world.


We’ll have exclusive use of Bishop’s House, a beautiful center built in 1894 that serves as a retreat house for the Scottish Episcopal Church—though you don’t need to be of any particular faith tradition to enjoy their warm welcome and hospitality!

Bishop’s House is a retreat house, not a hotel; it offers comfortable, simple accommodation including wholesome home-cooked meals, use of a library with open fire, access to a beautiful chapel, and a view of the sound of Iona. All bedrooms are up one flights of stairs, although a chair lift is available. Each bathroom is shared by several guests.

Although Bishop’s House itself is just a short walk from the ferry, this retreat will require some walking over rough ground, short uphill walks, and muddy terrain. In order to participate fully in these portions of the pilgrimage, you should be comfortable walking up to three miles on uneven ground.

For those who aren't able to join these rambles — or simply prefer not to! — we'll offer suggestions for shorter walks and other ways to make use of your time on the island.

Getting to Iona

We recommend flying into Glasgow airport. (You can also fly into Edinburgh, though it is a longer train ride from Oban, and you will need to change trains in Glasgow.) From Glasgow Airport you can take a shuttle bus, taxi, or Uber into the center of town. Trains to Oban depart from Queen Street Train Station, and it’s just a few hundred feet from the Oban train terminal to the Mull ferry.

You can buy your train tickets in advance to save some money, or you can purchase them at the time of departure. It takes about three hours to make the journey to Oban by train. Although it is possible to take a bus from Glasgow to Oban, we highly recommend the train as it’s more comfortable, and a beautiful journey!  

From Oban, you'll take a 45 minute ferry to the island of Mull, cross Mull by coach, then take a short ferry ride across the Sound of Iona. Although this may sound complex, it's a very well-traveled route — the island bus and ferry schedules are timed to align, and you'll find it fairly easy to make your way. This handy website has curated all the information and links you'll need. (And if you plan to extend your stay on Iona, we highly recommend staying at the Green Shed on the lovely north end of the island!)

Payment Plans, Refunds and Cancellations

Payment plans are available, and you may pay your balance due in part or in full any time between registration and March 1, 2024. 

The $500 registration deposit is nonrefundable.
Refunds (excluding deposit) are available until March 1, 2024.

In case of cancellation after March 1, your registration can be transferred to a friend or family member.

We HIGHLY recommend that you consider purchasing Travel Insurance. Travel insurance companies offer policies that insure your investment in case you need to cancel (including “cancel for any reason” coverages), coverages for expenses incurred due to to weather & travel delays, personal property loss and emergency travel medical.  Please review policies carefully to choose the coverage you need.

What’s included

  • Accommodation
    Lodging and three daily meals at Bishop's House Island Retreat Centre
  • Retreat experience
    Daily sessions including yoga / movement, guided walks, and contemplative practice.
  • Travel to Iona
    You can reach the Iona ferry by bus, train, car, or a combination of all three.
  • Off-site food/drink
    Any food and drink beyond the three daily meals and snacks provided by Bishop's House is not included.
  • Personal excursions
    We'll set aside a few blocks for personal time, and we highly recommend a boat trip to the neighboring islands!
  • Travel insurance
    We strongly encourage participants to purchase travel insurance that allows cancellation for any reason.

Available Packages

Single Occupancy Room
Sold Out
Deposit: $500
Double Occupancy Room
9 left
Deposit: $500


August 31

Make your way to Iona to meet the island! Travel to Iona is a pilgrimage in itself; you'll take a ferry, a coach across the island of Mull, and another short, beautiful ferry ride to arrive on Iona. 

We'll be waiting to greet you on the other side.

Your Organizer

Jurian Hughes
Jurian Hughes, E-RYT 500, MFA, is founder of the Yoga of Voice; co-creator of The Yoga of Yes; a Let Your Yoga Dance® teacher trainer; voice coach; personal mentor; writer; speaker; and theatre performer known for her passionate, playful and engaging teaching style. As a senior faculty member of the Kripalu School of Yoga, Hughes has trained more than 1,000 yoga teachers since 2006. She uses yoga, dance, voice, mindfulness and play to promote joyful wellness, increased creativity, and the ability to thrive.