‘Fire in the North’
‘Fire in the North’ is a retreat that seeks to revitalise our own spirituality. We’ll explore the central themes that characterise the early Celtic Christian movement through telling the narrative of its trail-blazers. Much of the content is shared whilst walking and visiting some of the atmospheric Celtic sites on the Scotland’s west coast.
Christian meditation will be guided by biblical texts, Celtic prayers and poems that often reconnects people with a lost spirituality for which they’ve longed. This is a sensory journey that draws on creation as a starting point for wonder and worship. The retreat helps to rediscover the natural ebb and flow of our lives that we may be better adjusted to serve coming from a place of rest and revelation.
‘Fire in the North’ retreats are run for individuals as well as for small groups. The programme is flexible according to the activity level of the group and can include a mountain meditation day for the more active, led by a qualified and insured mountain guide. Retreats are based in Argyll close to the tranquil shores of Loch Awe and the sites that tell the story of how Christianity broke into the warrior society of the Picts.
NB. We are open to creating retreats in other Scottish locations and would be happy to discuss these possibilities. Use the ‘Contact’ button at the top of the page.
Also refer to the blog: Celtic Christian Retreat: https://www.roamingscotland.com/blog/
Costs for a retreat based in Argyll includes full board on a self-catering basis in a high end cottage (except for budget option), sharing a bedroom, transport from the Central Belt, full programme including daily outings and return.
2 Days + 1 Night
Budget (car sharing & based in comfy hostel) - 12 person group = £90 per person (pp)
For 7 people based in cottage sharing a room = £118 pp
For 6 people based in cottage sharing a room = £133 pp
For 4 people based in cottage sharing a room = £187 pp
For 2 people sharing a cottage = £345 pp
Individual retreat cost £650 with own room in a cottage.
3 Days + 2 nights
Budget: (car sharing) - 12 person group = £160 pp
For 7 people based on sharing a room = £194 pp (or £160 with car share)
For 6 people based on 2 sharing a room = £220 pp
For 4 people based on 2 sharing a room = £305 pp
For 2 people sharing a room = £553 pp
Individual retreat cost £1,040 with own room in a cottage
4 Days + 3 Nights
Budget (car sharing) - 12 person group = £225 pp
For 7 people based on sharing a room = £270 pp
For 6 people based on 2 sharing a room = £305 pp
For 4 people based on 2 sharing a room = £422 pp
For 2 people sharing a cottage = £530 pp
NB. Cost reductions can be achieved by opting out of the provided transport if your group does some car sharing. Also different sized groups can be catered for. Just enquire for a price to meet your specific need.
“We based ourselves at a hostel right on the edge of Loch Awe - a wonderful peaceful spot. The hostel was very comfortable and well priced. The weather was very variable and Martin was flexible to change the programme as necessary.
The highlight was the 'course' Martin had prepared for me to learn about Celtic Christianity. He skillfully wove this into our trips and walks over the days. Martin has huge knowledge in this area. He shared with me about the key saints and people of that time as we drove and as we walked and then then we would discuss. We visited places such as St Columba's cave, St Conan's Kirk, and Kilmory Knap Chapel (to see Celtic grave stones). In order to discover the fuller picture of life at that time we also visited Fort Dunadd where the Dalraida kings were crowned as well as standing stones and tumulae erected by the druids. Martin prepared and left me with some substantial and very helpful written notes from what he shared. It was a wonderful and memorable trip. I would highly recommend Martin just as a walking guide but also as a specialist teacher in the area of Celtic history. “
“Thank you for an excellent time, I really enjoyed it. It was all I had hoped it would be largely thanks to your preparation and working things through. The days went far too quickly but as I reflect I think we covered a lot of ground - literally in terms of walking but also in our discussions. And all in the most wonderful corner of God's creation. It was wonderful to have such a knowledgeable guide. You have whetted my appetite and I am motivated now to look into the Celtic tradition further.”
‘Fire in the North’
- drawing fresh inspiration from Celtic Christianity
“Come Lord, come down, come in, come among us.
Come as the wind to move us;
Come as the light to prove us;
Come as the night to rest us;
Come as the storm to test us;
Come as the sun to warm us;
Come as the stillness to calm us.
Come Lord, come down, come in, come among us.”
Celtic Daily Prayer