2019 Pilgrimages – Update on available places

Concerning our NEXT year (2019) Pilgrimages, here are the news:

Thank you so much for the wonderful response to our Pilgrimage announcement. Below is an update on the available places (updated today, June 20, 2018).

18 – 25 May:            7 available places

1 – 8 June:                2 available places

15 – 22 June:           2 available places

29 June – 6 July:   FULLY BOOKED

20 – 27 July:            1 available place (must be a lady pilgrim)

3 – 10 August:         FULLY BOOKED

24 – 31 August:       1 available place (must be a gentleman)

As in previous years, we shall limit each group to only ten people per pilgrimage – this is due to the size of the boats we use, as well as that of the house. I also find that a larger number of pilgrims takes away the opportunity to spend time together and to properly meet each other.
For a fourth year running, we shall keep the cost of the pilgrimage unchanged – 1400 USD / person (double occupancy). The cost in pounds will be updated regularly, due to currency exchange variations. The price includes everything for the week you are in the Isles – accommodation for seven nights, all meals, three cars available for transport, a sailing boat and a motor boat to get us to the isles we shall visit, ferry tickets, entry tickets to museums and historical sites, and fees.
To book a place, you must purchase a non-refundable Deposit (400 USD) either through the monastery website or by cheque. Please send an email to ierom.serafim@yahoo.co.uk before paying for your deposit, to avoid double-booking.
Cheques should be written to our US organisation – American Friends of the Celtic Saints – and sent to 3736 W County Rd 4, Berthoud, CO 80513
The remaining balance is due by the end of the calendar year (31 December 2018).
We visit some of the most remote and authentic holy sites connected with early Celtic Christianity. Some of these places have been uninhabited for centuries, with no touristic or religious routes linking them to other destinations. The pilgrimages organised by the Monastery are the only way one can visit some of these isles.
Among many other places, we shall get to the Isle of Iona (Iona Abbey, Martyrs’ Bay, the Nunnery, St Oran’s Chapel, the famous Celtic High Crosses, St Columba’s Bay, the Hill of the Turning Back to Ireland and the Machair); the ruins of St Kenneth’s monastery and the ancient hermit cave; St Brendan’s monastery and bee-hive cell on his uninhabited Isle; and some of the great Christian places on the Isle of Mull (such as The Nuns’ Cave and Kilninian).

2019 Summer Pilgrimages to the Isles of Scotland

I am happy to announce the Four weeks of Pilgrimage to the Isles of Scotland for the summer of 2019:
1 – 8 June
15 – 22 June
29 June – 6 July
20 – 27 July
As in previous years, we shall limit each group to only ten people per pilgrimage – this is due to the size of the boats we use, as well as that of the house. I also find that a larger number of pilgrims takes away the opportunity to spend time together and to properly meet each other.
For a fourth year running, we shall keep the cost of the pilgrimage unchanged – 1400 USD / person (double occupancy). The cost in pounds will be updated regularly, due to currency exchange variations. The price includes everything for the week you are in the Isles – accommodation for seven nights, all meals, three cars available for transport, a sailing boat and a motor boat to get us to the isles we shall visit, ferry tickets, entry tickets to museums and historical sites, and fees.
To book a place, you must purchase a non-refundable Deposit (400 USD) either through the monastery website or by cheque. Please send an email to ierom.serafim@yahoo.co.uk before paying for your deposit, to avoid double-booking.
Cheques should be written to our US organisation – American friends of the Celtic Saints – and sent to 3736 W County Rd 4, Berthoud, CO 80513
The remaining balance is due by the end of the calendar year (31 December 2018).
We visit some of the most remote and authentic holy sites connected with early Celtic Christianity. Some of these places have been uninhabited for centuries, with no touristic or religious routes linking them to other destinations. The pilgrimages organised by the Monastery are the only way one can visit some of these isles.
Among many other places, we shall get to the Isle of Iona (Iona Abbey, Martyrs’ Bay, the Nunnery, St Oran’s Chapel, the famous Celtic High Crosses, St Columba’s Bay, the Hill of the Turning Back to Ireland and the Machair); the ruins of St Kenneth’s monastery and the ancient hermit cave; St Brendan’s monastery and bee-hive cell on his uninhabited Isle; and some of the great Christian places on the Isle of Mull (such as The Nuns’ Cave and Kilninian).
May God bless us all. Please keep me in yours prayers.
In Christ,fr seraphim

2018 Pilgrimages – we are now FULLY BOOKED

All our 2018 Summer Celtic Pilgrimages are now fully booked. Thank you all for your love, support and enthusiasm. I look forward to meeting all our new pilgrims in just a few months, and I shall shortly announce the weeks of pilgrimage for the summer of 2019. If you would like to be added to our waiting list, please send an email to ierom.serafim@yahoo.co.uk

May we all be blessed.

Pilgrimage 1 (9 – 16 June 2018):      SOLD OUT

Pilgrimage 2 (23 – 30 June 2018):          SOLD OUT

Pilgrimage 3 (30 June – 7 July 2018):             SOLD OUT

Pilgrimage 4 (14 – 21 July 2018):             SOLD OUT

Pilgrimage 5 (4 – 11 August 2018):             SOLD OUT

Pilgrimage 6 (18 – 25 August 2018):       Sold OUT

To make a booking, first please check with me that the places are still available , (at fatherseraphim@mullmonastery.com), then I shall advise you on the available payment options – online (PayPal / credit card / debit card) or by cheque.

More information concerning costs and our schedule is available on the Monastery Bookstore.

New Pilgrimage Places for 2018

Thank you so much for the unbelievable response to our Celtic Pilgrimages for the summer of 2018! Three weeks after we publicly advertised them, we only have one available place left out of the forty.

Because of this, and since we are still receiving a great number of emails from people who would like to join us next summer, we have decided to add two more pilgrimages to the initial four.

The new weeks of pilgrimage are 30 June – 7 July 2018, and 4 – 11 August 2018. The available places for the whole summer are distributed as follows (updated on July 12th):

Pilgrimage 1 (9 – 16 June 2018):      SOLD OUT

Pilgrimage 2 (23 – 30 June 2018):          SOLD OUT

Pilgrimage 3 (30 June – 7 July 2018):             1 available place (one gentleman)

Pilgrimage 4 (14 – 21 July 2018):             SOLD OUT

Pilgrimage 5 (4 – 11 August 2018):             SOLD OUT

Pilgrimage 6 (18 – 25 August 2018):       SOLD OUT

To make a booking, first please check with me that places are still available (fatherseraphim@mullmonastery.com), then send your deposit by cheque to American Friends of the Celtic Saints, at 3736 W County Rd 4, Berthoud, CO 80513.

For UK pilgrims, please send your cheques to Kilninian Trust, 25 Howard Terrace, Morpeth, NE61 1HT.

International pilgrims, please pay your deposits via the website (by PayPal or any major credit / debit card).

Your booking is confirmed once we receive your deposit.

UPDATE – available places for 2018

This is an update on the number of places that are still available for our 2018 Celtic Pilgrimages.

The available places are distributed as follows (updated on May 30th):

Pilgrimage 1 (9 – 16 June 2018):      SOLD OUT       

Pilgrimage 2 (23 – 30 June 2018):          SOLD OUT

Pilgrimage 3 (14 – 21 July 2018):             SOLD OUT

Pilgrimage 4 (18 – 25 August 2018):       1 available place (for a man)

To make a booking, first please check with me that places are still available (fatherseraphim@mullmonastery.com), then send your deposit by cheque to American Friends of the Celtic Saints, at 3736 W County Rd 4, Berthoud, CO 80513.

For UK pilgrims, please send your cheques to Kilninian Trust, 25 Howard Terrace, Morpeth, NE61 1HT.

International pilgrims, please pay your deposits via the website (by PayPal or any major credit / debit card).

Your booking is confirmed once we receive your deposit.

2018 Summer Pilgrimages

Christ is risen!

I am happy to announce that all our pilgrimages for this summer are fully booked, and that we are now accepting bookings for the summer of next year.

The four weeks of pilgrimage for summer of 2018 are:

Pilgrimage One:       June 9 – 16

Pilgrimage Two:       June 23 – 30

Pilgrimage Three:    July 14 – 21

Pilgrimage Four:      August 18 – 25

As in previous years, we shall limit each group to ten people per pilgrimage – this is due to the size of the boats we use, as well as that of the house. I also find that a larger number of pilgrims takes away the opportunity to spend time together and properly meet each other.

For a third year running, we shall keep the cost of the pilgrimage unchanged – 1400 USD. The cost in pounds will be updated regularly, due to exchange variations. This price includes everything for the week you are in the Isles – accommodation, food, three cars, a sailing boat, a motor boat, ferries, entry tickets and fees.

To book a place, you must purchase a non-refundable Deposit (400 USD) either through the monastery website or by cheque. Please send me an email – at fatherseraphim@mullmonastery.com – before paying for your deposit, to avoid double-booking.

Cheques should be written to our US organisation – American friends of the Celtic Saints – and sent to 3736 W County Rd 4, Berthoud, CO 80513

The remaining balance is due by the end of the calendar year (31 December 2017).

To find out more about the islands and places we visit, or for more details about the pilgrimages, please take a few minutes and browse this site. You will find information about each day of the pilgrimage, as well as an updated account of the available places for each of the four weeks of pilgrimage.

May our risen Lord bless all of us, and may the Celtic Saints keep you under their protection.

Update on 2017 Celtic Pilgrimages

(updated on 24th March, 2017)

This is an update on the number of places that are still available for our Celtic Pilgrimages next summer. The last available places are distributed as follows:

Pilgrimage 1 (3-10 June 2017):     SOLD OUT

Pilgrimage 2 (17-24 June):             SOLD OUT

Pilgrimage 3 (1-8 July):                   SOLD OUT

Pilgrimage 4 (15 – 22 July):            SOLD OUT

To make a booking, first please check with me that places are still available (things change rather quickly), then send your deposit by cheque to American Friends of the Celtic Saints, at 3736 W County Rd 4, Berthoud, CO 80513. Your booking is confirmed once we receive your deposit.

For UK pilgrims, please send your cheques to Kilninian Trust, 25 Howard Terrace, Morpeth, NE61 1HT.

International pilgrims, please pay your deposits via the website (by PayPal or any major credit / debit card).

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How difficult is this Pilgrimage?

Day Where do we go? How do we get there? How difficult is this trip (on a scale of 1 to 5; where 1 is easy and 5 most difficult)? Notes
Sun Lochbuie Standing Stones Circle; St Kilda’s Church; Moy Castle. By car, followed by walking The standing stones circle is a 1.5 – 2 grade, because there is some mud. The rest is a 1 – 1.5 grade; this is an easy, pleasant walk, on gentle paths and beautiful beaches For those more fit, we can also try to get to MacKinnon’s Cave (a hermit cave dating back to sixth century) later that evening. This entirely depends on the tide.
Mon Iona 1 – the Village (Martyrs’ Bay; the Abbey; the Nunnery; the wonderful Celtic Museum; St Oran’s Chapel; the sixth century monastic cemetery). Optional: The White Strand of the Monks By car, followed by ferry, then walking The Village is an easy walk of level 1. The walk to the White Strand of the Monks is a 2.5 walk, on a very gentle path, with no climbing or steep descending, but it takes about 30 minutes each way. The walk to the White Strand of the Monks is optional. Alternatively, you may choose to spend more time in the Abbey or in the Village.
Tue St Kenneth’s Isle. We’ll visit and pray in St Kenneth’s hermit cave (sixth century) and the ruins of the medieval monastery built on the island. On the way to St Kenneth’s isle, we’ll see the beautiful waterfalls of Mull and (God willing) sea-eagles, whales and dolphins. Car, Sailing boat, walking Grade 2.5. The walk itself is short (20-25 minutes each way) and not difficult at all. The only potential challenge is that we may have to walk for 20-30 metres over an area of the beach covered with seaweed (so have good, waterproof boots). This only happens at low tide. This is entirely weather dependent. If the weather is bad, the local fisherman will not sail. The alternative is a trip to Staffa, one of the Treshnish Isles, and home to the puffin colonies and the famous Fingal’s Cave.
Wed Iona 2 – St Columba’s Bay; the old ‘Desert’ of the Celtic Monks; the Machair (the ‘raised beach’ where the monks worked) Car, Ferry and Walking This is a grade 3 difficulty, only because it is a long walk (1 hour and 15 minutes each way). Apart from that, we walk a nice path all the way to the Bay and back, through the most beautiful parts of Iona. We rest as often as necessary, and there is no need to hurry. This day is optional. For those who feel unfit for the walk, there are three things you could do: spend some more time in the Village; rest at home (you will fall in love with the place and the views we get from the house); try to arrange a day visit to Duart Castle.
Thur St Brendan’s Isle. We shall see and pray in the oldest standing ecclesiastic structure in the UK (the double beehive cell, dating back to 541, when St Brendan founded the monastery), the tenth century chapel, the medieval ruins of the monastery and the old Celtic cemetery, where St Columba’s mother is buried. Car, Speed Motor Boat, Walking Similar to St Kenneth’s Isle. A grade 2.5 walk. This used to be a difficult day, but we have learnt that if we sail at high tide, the boat can take us straight onto the beach. Again, this is weather dependent, but not as much as the trip to St Kenneth’s Isle, because motor boats are safer and more reliable during stronger winds than an old-fashioned (but absolutely beautiful) sailing boat.
Fri Kilninian; the Monastery of All Celtic Saints; Calgary Bay; Tobermory. Car and walking Grade 1. We do no climbing; the only walks involved are on the Monastery grounds, on the sandy beach at Calgary Bay and on the Main Street of Tobermory. Nothing to comment, except that – should you decide to pay a visit to the Tobermory Single Malt Whiskey Distillery – I shall look the other way and pretend not to notice…

New Celtic Pilgrimages – Summer of 2017

I am pleased to announce four new Celtic Pilgrimages to the Scottish Isles during the summer of 2017.

The wonderful groups we have had this year (my deepest gratitude to all of you) and the great time we spend together have shown me how important it is for you to experience first-hand the extraordinary beauty and the amazing Christian heritage of Celtic Isles. Come and join one of our small groups (up to ten people only) for a week-long Pilgrimage to the Celtic Isles of Scotland.

When?

The weeks of the 2017 Pilgrimages are:

03 – 10 June (2 places left)

17 – 24 June (2 places left)

01 – 08 July (1 place left – must be a man)

15 – 22 July (fully booked)

Where do we go?
We shall visit first-millennium Celtic Christian places connected to Sts Ninian, Columba, Brendan the Navigator, Oran, Kenneth etc.
We shall visit monastic dwellings founded in the 500s, beehive cells, hermit caves, bays and beaches were Celtic monks and nuns were killed for their faith, uninhabited islands that were centres of Christianity before the Viking raids etc.
We visit some of the most remote and authentic places connected with early Celtic Christianity. Some of these places have been uninhabited for centuries, with no touristic or religious routes linking them to other destinations. The pilgrimages organised by the Monastery are the only way one can visit some of these isles.

Among many other places, we shall get to the Isle of Iona (Iona Abbey, Martyrs’ Bay, the Nunnery, St Oran’s Chapel, the famous Celtic High Crosses, St Columba’s Bay, the Hill of the Turning Back to Ireland, the Marble Quarry and the Machair); the ruins of St Kenneth’s monastery and the ancient hermit cells; St Brendan’s monastery on his uninhabited Isle; and some of the great Celtic Christian places on the Isle of Mull (The Nuns’ Cave, the Carsaig Arches, Kilninian etc). The schedule depends on the weather and the state of the ocean.

For one week, we shall attempt to function as a small monastery, fighting the temptations that come with any spiritual experience and putting prayer, obedience and love for one another before everything else.

How much does the Pilgrimage cost?
1400 US dollars or 960 British pounds.
Compared to 2016, the cost has remained unchanged in US dollars (1400 dollars), with a small increase in British pounds (960 pounds). We have made most of the expenses already (we have rented the house, the motor boat, the sailing boat etc), so we need to make sure we are protected against possible currency variations.

What does this include?

The cost of the Pilgrimage includes:

  • accommodation for a week in either twin rooms (two single beds) or double rooms (one double bed; for families), in one of the largest and most beautiful houses on the Isle of Mull
  • all meals: breakfasts, dinners and packed lunches
  • use of three cars for the week
  • private hire of a sailing boat for a day
  • private hire of a motor boat for another day
  • ferry tickets to and from Iona for two days
  • entry tickets to all places of interest
  • private guide (myself) to all places we visit

How does one book a place?

To sign up, first email me (ierom.serafim@yahoo.co.uk) to check that there are available places for your preferred week of pilgrimage, then pay your non-refundable Deposit (300 pounds or 400 US dollars) to secure your place.

Your place is only booked upon receipt of the Deposit.

How can I pay my Deposit?

By Card, PayPal or Cheque – your choice.

To pay by Card or PayPal, please visit the Monastery bookstore and ‘buy’ a 2017 Pilgrimage Deposit (300 pounds).

If you would like to pay your deposit by Cheque:

1. Pilgrims from the United States. Please write your cheque to ‘American Friends of the Celtic Saints’, mark it as ‘Pilgrimage Deposit’ and send it to:

American Friends of the Celtic Saints

3736 W County Rd 4

Berthoud, CO 80513

2. Pilgrims from the United Kingdom. Please write your cheque to ‘Kilninian Trust’, mark it as ‘Pilgrimage Deposit’ and send it to:

Kilninian Trust

25 Howard Terrace

Morpeth, NE61 1HT

When do I have to cover the Balance Payment?

By the end of November.

Thank you all SO much for all your support and encouragement. I would like to once again confirm that everything we do – including these pilgrimages – is to support the Monastery of all Celtic Saints, and to bring us one step closer to having it built by the end of 2018.

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