Mary DeJong lives in Seattle, Washington (USA) and has traveled to Iona many times, both on personal pilgrimage and as a retreat leader for vocational discernment pilgrimages and retreats. Her personal studies of Celtic Christianity have led her to pursue graduate studies in theology with an ecological focus, with the hopeful vision of sharing with urban communities about our inherent need for Creation and how to live forward in such a way that honors Other and the Future. Mary's first published title, Waymarkers, is a unique pilgrimage journal specific to the journey to Iona; it has been received with excitement by pilgrims the world over and has been endorsed by many Iona Community associates.
Mary and her husband Joel, with their three children, live in Seattle's Columbia City neighborhood. She is a long-time member of Seattle's Madrona Grace Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) where she is involved in tending the church garden with the children and youth as a means of faith formation. Mary is also the Forest Steward of SE Seattle's Cheasty Greenspace, and has been leading the neighborhood in reclaiming, restoring and re-imaging this urban forest. In her spare time, Mary enjoys knitting, bicycling with her children, drinking coffee and taking long walks at Lincoln Park.
You are invited to participate in this transformative journey to Iona, Scotland for Pentecost 2013. Allow the winds of the Spirit to breath new life into you and inspire your way forward!
Please also consider this pilgrimage opportunity for small groups, women's ministries or individuals you may know who might be interested and benefit from this experience.
Applications are being accepted now.
I'm local to Seattle and would be happy to correspond and/or meet with anyone who has questions of interest.
Mary A. DeJong firstname.lastname@example.org
You ride on the wings of the wind, You make the winds your messenger. -Psalm 104:3-4
IONA PENTECOST PILGRIMAGE, MAY 12-20, 2013
Celebrate the Spirit and seek solace in its movements in your life in Iona, Scotland for Pentecost 2013.
Your heart has longed for something unnamed and now the Call is before you: Make pilgrimage to Iona, Scotland with the intention of opening yourself to the Spirit's wind, who flows in directions we cannot predict.
This is a time that calls you to intentionally focus on creating space and opening up time to the radical posture of surrender; in this position you will release the questions and perceptions of your life's journey and make room for God to blow fresh in the most life-giving directions. This is a place where, in the strong and gentle company of women only, we can respond to the Spirit’s invitation to relinquish control of our lives and be carried to a place of growth and newness. During this week of retreat, we will take time and space to listen and respond to God through the element of wind.
Our days together will be marked with rhythmic movements of sharing meals and stories, time set apart for quiet reflection and prayer, corporate worship at the Abbey, and of course, plenty of time to hike through heathered hills to legendary green stoned beaches.
This significant season marks the 1450th anniversary of St. Columba's arrival to this sacred isle. Historic Scotland and the Iona Community are committed to creating special events and services to honor the rich legacy of this Celtic saint. You won't want to miss out on being on Iona during this special time.
Take some time now to pray and think about applying for this once-in-a-lifetime journey! Please visit waymarkers.net for more registration information as well as additional resources on the Sacred Isle of Iona.
COST: $1200.00 (This fee includes the full retreat offerings, lodging, meals, materials and programming; travel to/from Iona is not included)