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Iona - A Guide to the Sacred Isle: the historic island of Iona in the Western Isles of Scotland has been known through the centuries as a sacred place where “the veil between the worlds is thin.” Why has Iona gained the reputation that it has, and why do people from all faith traditions come on pilgrimage to this sacred place?

Through personal accounts and spiritual reflection, the author, who has directed retreats on Iona for 40 years, brings to life the rich heritage of Iona and the legacy of Celtic Christianity. She also gives practical advice and information about the Island and how to plan a memorable pilgrimage retreat.

“I would suggest that every Iona pilgrim carry a copy of Vivienne Hull’s Guide. It beautifully connects past and present, the personal and the cosmic, the spiritual and the practical, and, most importantly of all, inner healing with the great work to which we are all called, transformation in our world.”

—John Philip Newell, author of A New Harmony: the Spirit, the Earth, & the Human Soul


The Iona Report - Story of an Enduring Vision: here is the story of a couple, Fritz and Vivienne Hull, who for 40 years have led retreats on the Island of Iona in Scotland. Why is this tiny island such a famously powerful and sacred place? 

As the home of a resilient Celtic tradition for hundreds of years, Iona has enriched the lives of countless pilgrims and nurtured many movements for spiritual renewal. In telling about these annual retreats, the island itself, and Celtic spirituality, the author brings the story into the present, describing a newly emerging work on Whidbey Island in Washington State that is deeply inspired by Iona.

Just published: Two important contributions to the legacy of Iona, Scotland — ‘The Sacred Isle’

Vivienne Hull, author of

Iona ~ A Guide to the Sacred Isle,

was born and raised in Northern Ireland. In this book she brings to life the rich heritage of Iona and the Celtic Christian tradition.

With her husband, Fritz, the author founded the Chinook Learning Center and the Whidbey Institute on Whidbey Island, Washington. She is associate director of their most recent project, Spirit of Legacy, which includes the School for Knowing Home and its programs on spirituality and

nature for children and young adults. Vivienne Hull is a Lindisfarne Fellow and, with her husband, a co-recipient of the 2007 Thomas Berry Award. She and Fritz live on Whidbey Island.

Fritz Hull, author of the Iona Report - Story of an Enduring vision, is director of the Spirit of Legacy project and the School For Knowing Home — programs of the Whidbey Institute. He is a founding director of the Whidbey Institute and co-founder of the Chinook Learning Center, which he co-directed for nearly twenty years. An ordained Presbyterian minister, Hull served as a campus minister at the University of Washington in Seattle from 1963 to 1972. In 1966 Hull and his wife, Vivienne, purchased land on Whidbey Island, Washington, where in 1972, with a group of friends, they established the Chinook Learning Center.

Fritz Hull was born and raised in Seattle. Hull edited Earth & Spirit: The Spiritual Dimension of the Environmental Crisis, published in 1993.