The Celtic Way

The voyage of faith, the practice of some of the Celtic missionaries was to set sail without oars or rudder and see where they were washed up and then start a Christian community. A free spirit, like a wild goose, which is the symbol of the Holy Spirit in Celtic spirituality. The Spirit is like the wind, “the wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with anyone who is born of the Spirit.” John 3: 8.

God is the one who spoke everything into existence, and our creator father longs to speak to us, through the created order. I like the thought that creation magnifies the creator, we are part of creation let us magnify the creator together. The Celts had a focus that centered mainly on the natural environment. That drew them ultimately to their maker and friend, having a reverent relationship with a supernatural God.

The creator invites and welcomes us, beckons us to take the journey of change and transformation. To bring about a restoration, this is a process that can be messy and very emotion filled. This is why we need fellow pilgrims to walk with us, to come by our side. We are touched and influenced by many things, but people are the catalyst for many areas of spiritual formation in our lives. We need a touchstone, a person to listen, walk with us, and be a comfort and support in the roller-coaster of emotions that we will encounter in the different stages of our lives.

We get excited and motivated by many sources, books, blogs, videos, people, inspiring us, and filling us with hope and giving us a focus. Then there are times of disappointment and disillusionment that rise and stand strong like guards at the door of our dreams, not allowing us to pass, not allowing entry. 

We don’t understand why we are not allowed entry and question what is God doing, but we know it is for our good. The closed-door or the way not passable, is a sign for us to read, it may not be no, but not at this time. It may not be the right season, and these barriers are signs that ultimately change and transformation us. They inform us that we are being prepared, and we will, if we are patient, and wait with anticipation, access of entry into our dreams, will come and is nearer than we thought, and we are standing at the threshold in anticipation, for that door to open.

Psalm 23:1 – 4

1 The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. 

2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 

3 he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. 

4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley,I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 

5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 

6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

God to enfold me,
God to surround me,
God in my speaking,
God in my thinking.

God in my sleeping,
God in my waking,
God in my watching,
God in my hoping.

God in my life,
God in my lips,
God in my soul,
God in my heart.

God in my sufficing,
God in my slumber,
God in mine ever-living soul,
God in mine eternity.

(Ancient celtic oral traditions – carmina gadelica) Read more at:

Musings about the next Pilgrimage

Those who want to go to Scotland or UK, and have an interest in Celtic Christian Spirituality.

Before the Pilgrimage to the UK, a stepping stone could be a long weekend at Columcille Megalith Park,PA. Accommodation at Kirkridge. This is not a prerequisite it can be a stand alone experience, for anyone who wants an introduction to Celtic Christian Spirituality, and don’t want to take the long journey to the UK.

Retreat Focus: Celtic Christian Spirituality, Art, Contemplation and silence and immersion in nature, as creation magnifies the creator.

Three Problems to solve or resolve

1. Too busy to be still, know self, know God or the Divine Spirit. (Partner with the Wild Goose)

2. Caught in the routine of life so that you feel like you are only going through the motions.

3. You know you need to get away, give yourself permission to have a getaway for yourself.

My three experiential activities the person on the retreat would participate in when on the pilgrimage or mini pilgrimage

1. To be in Scotland Iona, Lindisfarne or Cornwall. Or prior to international experience go to Columcille Megalith Park,PA. And be immersed in the beauty of nature and location, having the time and space for being still, and to draw close to our journey companion, the Spirit. We are on a journey, daily we enter into a pilgrimage, but at times we are going through the daily grind, and have need of being in a sacred thin place, having a moment of encounter with God in a sacred space and location.

2. Go and ponder the thresholds of life, at a stone circle, entering a holy building, or by walking a labyrinth.

3. Have time to Journal the journey, and given times to ponder our thoughts and feelings. Resting in the different experiences, plus reflect in a different manner by going on a walk and take a photo of a space that has captured your imagination or you have felt a connection too.

The accommodation near Columcille I would like to use is at Kirkridge

A sacred journey and ancient paths to be explored:

This is Celtic Christian spirituality. Is a discovery of ancient paths or a way of life!

This way has a connection to the creator and nature, as creation magnifies the creator. We will be given time to have space to create art, be in nature, develop relationships, and also time with God. Having fellowship with fellow believers, being inspired in locations that have been places of pilgrimage, that have been tried and tested for years. Becoming that oasis of  are sacred places where for centuries people have gone to encounter these sacred spaces. To walk gently on the earth.

Location and accommodation: Location, Location, Location!

Is it clean and charming?

Does it add to the experience and not take away from the feel you are trying to create?

Is it close to an activity that is in line with the theme of your retreat?

Make sure the morning session activity flows into the planned site to be seen.

After lunch: Is the activity in line with the theme of what you are promising to give? Is the location of the activity not too far away and is in line with focused goal that you are promising to give?

Are there places of interest not too far from the accommodation location of the retreat?


A different UK location I’m pondering and considering is Cornwall for a Pilgrimage location:

Received this card from a friend who lives in Cornwall

Prideaux at Padstow

My friend from Cornwall took this photo Shaun Skinner.

Go to the location of this Cross, Prideaux, Padstow.


St. Crantock is he a figure to learn from. Was he a Celtic Saint?

St. Cubert, wondering if this is a spelling variation of Cuthbert?

St Piran church

St Piran’s Day

Section from Main article: St Piran’s Day

St Piran’s Cross in the dunes at Perranzabuloe

St Piran’s Day is popular in Cornwall and the term ‘Perrantide’ has been coined to describe the week prior to this day. Many Cornish-themed events occur in the Duchy and also in areas in which there is a large community descended from Cornish emigrants. The village of Perranporth (‘Porthpyran’ in Cornish) hosts the annual inter-Celtic festival of ‘Lowender Peran’, which is also named in honour of him.

The largest St Piran’s Day event is the march across the dunes to St Piran’s cross which hundreds of people attend, generally dressed in black, white and gold, and carrying the Cornish Flag.[30] A play of the Life of St Piran, in Cornish, has been enacted in recent years at the event. Daffodils are also carried and placed at the cross. Daffodils also feature in celebrations in Truro, most likely due to their ‘gold’ colour. Black, white and gold are colours associated with Cornwall due to St Piran’s Flag (black and white), and the Duchy Shield (gold coins on black).

In 2006 Cornish MP Dan Rogerson asked the government to make 5 March a public holiday in Cornwall to recognise celebrations for St Piran’s Day.[31] In 2010, a short movie about St. Piran was made and premiered at the Heartland Film Festival.

Kernow in the name for Cornwall, I think this would be a good location for the next Pilgrimage abroad.

St. Levan’s Church, Cornwall

St. Ives

St. Clether’s Holy Well and Chapel, Bodmin Moor, Cornwall

Men-an-Tol, Cornwall

Lanyon Quoit, Cornwall

Tintagel Head, Cornwall

St. Nectan’s Glen, Cornwall

St Nectan’s Glen is an area of woodland in Trethevy, Cornwall, near to magical Tintagel. It houses a spectacular 60-foot waterfall known as St Nectan’s Kieve, the only waterfall of its kind, where the water falls down through a holed stone into the basin below. The waterfall is said to have healing powers, and is described as being one of the ten most spiritually significant places in the country.

Merlin’s Cave, Tintagel, Cornwall


Other tour sites

Air B and B Cornwall

7. St Nectan’s Glen, Cornwall

The making of Sacred Wonders, I had never heard of St Nectan’s Glen in Cornwall. It is an astonishingly beautiful, even magical spot, like a fairy glen made real. The glen has been cut by water and erosion during who knows how many millennia. What greets the visitor now is a waterfall that drops around 20m into a natural bowl and then emerges through a circular hole cut by the endless stream. Moss and lichen cloak the sheer sides, along with precariously perched trees, so the whole place has a mysterious, otherworldly atmosphere. Once revered by pre-Roman Celts, who venerated the spirit of the water, and later associated with the 6th Century Saint Nectan, it is still visited today by thousands of people from all over the world. The Arthur myth too has been bolted on and folk thereabouts believe the king and his knights came to the glen to be blessed, before heading out in search of the Holy Grail. Christians, Buddhists, pagans and curious visitors with no religious beliefs of any kind are drawn to the place to this day. Many leave little souvenirs of their visit – single coins wedged into tree trunks, old train tickets from the journey, photos and keepsakes of loved ones.

8. Iona, to the west of Mull, Scotland

St Columba, the man credited with converting the Scottish Gaels to Christianity, fled or was driven out of Ireland in 563 AD. He was likely a high-born son of the O’Neill clan and so able to use his status to befriend the great and the good of western Scotland.

The wonder of Iona

                              Iona is the symbolic center of Scottish Christianity

                              It was one of the greatest centers of learning in Dark Age Europe

  St Columba established a monastery which became a center of pilgrimage

Source: BBC History

Discover the history of Iona

The Kingdom of the Gaels

He attended the inauguration of King Aedan mac Gabhrain in 574 and for his efforts was awarded the island of Iona. It was there that he and his followers established a Christian community, which in time became one of the brightest beacons of European Christianity. As well as the faith, Columba and his ilk brought literacy to the tribes. The community on Iona brought stability to much of the west of Scotland and the life of the saint was made immortal by the hand of Adomnan, a later abbot of Iona who wrote, The Life of Saint Columba.

Iona cross I have always liked saw at Celtic Festival July 2019

It is the Alexander Ritchie Nunnery Cross from a carved stone that was on Iona, wonder if stone is still there?


Cornwall is a Celtic land, sharing a common identity with such places as Brittany, Wales, Ireland and Scotland.

During the Dark Ages, in the 6th century AD, the Celtic Saints came to Cornwall

and as we can still see today, left their mark on it in its place names, churches and chapels, crosses and holy wells, found across the whole of Cornwall.


Cornwall One of the Celtic nations

Cornwall’s Celtic identified

The Rocky Valley Labyrinths

A more plausible theory is that the carvings are related to the early Christian hermitage at St Nectan’s Glen, further up the river. We know that the hermitage was a destination for pilgrims as early as the 6th century, and it would make sense that pilgrims would have walked up the river from Rocky Valley to the hermitage. Could the labyrinths have been carved on the old pilgrim’s path, and if so, what did they signify?

Finding the labyrinth carvings is straightforward. Just follow the footpath off the B3266 between Tintagel and Trethevy, opposite the minor road to Hagabron. Alternatively, take the South West Coast Path from either Boscastle or Tintagel, and turn inland when you come to the mouth of the River Trevillet. You will see the exposed rock face near the ruins of Trethevy Mill, and the carvings are quite easy to spot.

I took the longer route, starting in Boscastle and following the south west Coast Path along the cliffs. The scenery is simply stunning, and well worth the exertion. Just follow the signposted path to Rocky Valley. When I visited one of the footbridges across the river was washed out, but I was able to find a safe place to leap across without too much trouble.

The Celtic Pilgrimage June/July, 2019.

Evan McElfresh one of the group, produced this wonderful digital presentation of the Pilgrimage highlights.


The Pilgrimage began a year and a half before we actually went on the journey to Scotland, where we were assimilated  into the culture by starting in Edinburgh.

We then went onto the Scottish Borders

Scots View and Wallace Statue

Jedburgh Allerton House

Old Melrose Abbey

Melrose Abbey

Photo By: Kirsta McElfresh

The Pilgrimage was a wonderful experience for all in the group.

Holy Island was liked by many of the participants and most of them if they where given the opportunity would liked to have stayed longer.

Media Memories

As a result of preparing for the Pilgrimage a lot of research was done by myself and as a result I put the information all together into a booklet. It is still a work in process but it is material to be used for the next Pilgrimage.

I’m about to begin planning for the next Pilgrimage.

If you are interested contact me at

An Epic Experience That Must be Seen!

Celtic Pilgrimage Unlock an Ancient Spiritual Awakening

This looks to have turned out well, resonating with me so much, putting visually, and with a spoken narrative what I would like to have said myself. I hope this will unlock a new awareness for people about Celtic Christian Spirituality.

CELTIC PILGRIMAGE does what I want to articulate, communicating what I want to express in a wonderful way, with quality, and in a powerful way. It is what I wanted to say, and couldn’t put words too. A demonstration of a rich heritage we do not want to lose, this is going to be a tool to aid this from not happening.

Going by the preview that we have been able to see. I’m Looking forward to the seeing the whole thing when it comes out.

Thanks to all the contributors that have put so much time into this gem of a work. To help keep these women and men of God always before us, to inspire a deeper walk as they had, making people aware of these men and women of faith.

I hope there are more in the works to cover some of the other Celtic nations and saint, like from Wales, Cornwall, and others that are not coming to mind right now. Plus more of the Women who contributed in a rich way to this stream of faith, that became a raging river. However, I’m extremely happy and look forward to having this in my DVD Library, when it comes available.

Revival exploded during the Dark Ages across Ireland, Scotland, and England, led by Apostles and Prophets who raised the dead, encountered angels, and took entire nations for Christ. Follow the steps of these leaders and discover powerful lessons for the church today in the film, “Celtic Pilgrimage,” available on DVD on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th, 2018. ~ CELTIC PILGRIMAGE

Celtic Pilgrimage man walking

Spiritual Awakening in the Dark Ages! Follow in the steps of Celtic saints as a fresh wave of the Gospel sweeps Ireland, Scotland, and England in 400-665 AD. ~ Seed TV


A Celtic Pilgrimage to Lindisfarne and beyond.


God's Path

Steppingstones on the Celtic Way Mark Condy’s Thoughts for further insight for those who are interested.


Begin a jornal

Possibly use my book as a spiritual reflection tool

Journey of coloring

or the booklet/workbook I’m presently writing.Front Cover

For some reading options here is a link of suggestions: PDF: Book Recommendation

Pilgrimage Calander Final

*The Condy Family stay to visit family and go to Portugal to visit Lucia, Grace, and Darren his brother who has moved there.


The Agenda is all subject to change dependent on the needs of the group and to consider the pace that we need to take.

“For a successful pilgrimage experience, the outer journey must never be so filled with activity that the inner journey is crowded out.” pg 6 Soulfaring.

“Thus the focus of a pilgrimage is the interior growth resulting from an exterior journey.” pg 9 Soulfaring.

“So it is a search for self and a search for God or the divine. A generous time needs to be allowed at each holy place, this may mean that the pilgrimage visits fewer holy sites, it also means pilgrims will be able to savor the particular spiritual qualities or numen of each place. Such use of time will greatly enhance the overall pilgrimage.”  Pg 6 Soulfaring Celtic Pilgrimage Then and Now, by Cintra Pemberton, O.S.H.


Arive in Edinburgh

Arive edin

Scotland MapQuest

A suggestion was given off a Taxi service, this may be a cheaper option for our transportation needs when we are visiting.

Take the train to Waverly Station, bus,  or taxi from the airport.


Following is the itinerary is firmed up to include:

Royal Mile

Edinburgh Accommodation

Royal Mile Accomadation

  • 3 nights in Edinburgh on the Royal Mile to experience its surrounds and be immersed in the culture and get over jet lag

The accommodation has been booked at Edinburgh Castle Hideaway, Lawnmarket, Air BnB on Royal Mile for the nights of June 26, 27, and 28, 2019. It is wonderfully located has 5 bedrooms and 2 baths.


The following are some of the possibilities for the group to decide upon seeing when we are in Edinburgh

The first section was compiled by Mary Ann Crist

SCOTLAND June 25 – July 5

  • Fly to Edinburgh  arrive 26th Edinburgh
  • 27 Edinburgh
  • 28 Edinburgh
  • 29 Jedburgh
  • 30 Jedburgh
  • Holy Island
  • Holy Island
  • St. Andrews
  • Edinburgh
  • Airport Fly to Dayton

The Pilgrimage Group some have different flying arrangements

  • Tuesday, June 25, Flight: Air Canada 1904, Toronto =>Edinburgh 6:55pm – Edinburgh 6:35am
  • Wednesday, June 26 (Edinburgh) @

Edinburgh Castle Hideaway (Check-in 4pm. Msg host for early check-in)

Lawnmarket, Royal Mile

505 Lawnmarket EH1 2PE

44 7989 406455 (Host: Kelly)

Thursday, June 27 (Edinburgh) Edinburgh Castle Hideaway

Friday, June 28 (Edinburgh) Edinburgh Castle Hideaway

Saturday, June 29 (Jedburgh)

Pick up the rental car by 10am (Hertz – 10 Picardy Place 44 0843 309 3026)

  • Drive to Jedburgh

Allerton House (Check in at 4pm)

Oxnam Road TD8 6QQ

44 1835 869633

Sunday, June 30 (Jedburgh) Allerton House

  • Monday, July 1 (Holy Island) Drive to Holy Island (Can only cross at low tide—Check tide chart)

The Open Gate (Notify them of arrival time)

Holy Island

Berwick-upon-Tweed TD15

01289 389222

Tuesday, July 2 (Holy Island) The Open Gate

Wednesday, July 3 (St. Andrews)

Drive to St. Andrews

The Albany St Andrews (Check in at 2pm)

56 North Street KY16 9AH

44 1334 477737

Drive to Edinburgh

Thursday, July 4 (Edinburgh Airport)

Hampton by Hilton Edinburgh Airport (Check in 3pm)

Almond Avenue, Ingleston, Newbridge EH12 9DN

Friday, July 5  (Fly)

Drop off the rental car by Friday at 9am

Recommended sights in Edinburgh

  • Royal Mile: Historic city road lined with museums, pubs, and shops.
  • Edinburgh Castle: Hilltop fort and royal residence complete with crown jewels and history. $23
  • National Museum of Scotland: Artifacts from prehistoric times to 20th century.
  • Gladstones Land: Seventeenth-century merchant’s residence. $10
  • St. Giles Cathedral: Preaching home of John Knox with Neo-Gothic chapel/spectacular organ.
  • Scottish Parliament Building: Striking headquarters for parliament since 1999.
  • Palace of Holyroodhouse: Queen’s splendid home with lavish rooms, 12th-century abbey. $15
  • Scottish National Gallery: European Masters and Scotland’s finest artists.
  • Scottish National Portrait Gallery: Beautifully displayed Who’s Who of Scottish history.
  • Georgian House: Intimate peek at upper-crust life in the late 1700’s. $10
  • Royal Yacht Britannia: Ship for the Royal family with a history of famous passengers. $20
  • Scotch whiskey Experience: Gimmicky but fun and educational. $18-$32
  • The Real Mary King’s Close: Underground street and houses last occupied in 1600’s. $20
  • Museum of Childhood: Five stories of historic fun.
  • People’s Story Museum: Everyday life from the 18th to 20th century.
  • Museum of Scotland: Historic mementos.
  • Rosslyn Chapel: Small 15th century church full of carvings. $12

Transportation and tour options

  • Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tours of City: $18-$28
  • Royal Edinburgh Ticket: 2 days of unlimited bus travel, admission to Castle, Britannia and Holyroodhouse $65  (
  • Day Trips from Edinburgh: Highlands Tours: 8am – 8:30pm: $65
  • Stirling: One-hour train trip from Edinburgh. Castle $20. Stirling Bagpipes: Shop that makes and refurbishes bagpipes.

Things to do in Edinburgh continuation by Mark

Free to explore as the individual or as the group feels led and desire?


An App that looks interesting to possibly use


Description of App

The city center of Edinburgh, Scotland is a bustling place, bursting with energy and activity. It is good to be able to join in, but the walk set out in this App offers an opportunity to explore the heart of Scotland’s capital in a more contemplative manner. It gives you the chance to reflect on the people and places which have helped shape the life of this great city.
The walk contains 15 points of interest and the App offers thoughtful reflections at each stage along with a progress indicator.
The Tour is available in English and Scottish Gaelic.

St Giles

Scottish cathedrals

St Marys Cath the presence

St Mary Cath the presence explenation

Edinburgh castle

St Margarets Chapel


Rosslyn Chapel

scotland alba

Leaving the Edinburgh area and entering into the Borders.

scottish borders


Ruberslaw 2

St Cuthberts church

This reminds me of my first church in my home town in Hawick. This began the fascination with St Cuthbert. It look to have the same blueprint as the church I attended.

Following is the church I attended: St Cuthbert Hawick

Hawick Church

Conversant traveler


Map Edi to Jed

  • 2 days in the Borders area in southeast Scotland which includes several interesting sites in preparation for the retreat on Holy Island

Jedburgh accommodation

Allerton House collage

Allerton House in Jedburgh for the nights of June 29 and June 30 2019. It was through

You can view it at this link:

Here is their website:



Things to do in Jedburgh and beyond:

29th June 2019 Go to Scott’s View and Wallace Statue and have lunch at Milestone near St. Boswells. My parents meet us there for lunch, with Susan and the boys or join us as we see those sites mentioned.


30th Junes 2019. Choose out of the following options:


Visit Scott’s View and William Wallace Statue, Bemersyde.

Scott’s View

map scotts view

Google maps


Old Melrose


Old Melrose St. Cuthbert Chapel “The place where St Cuthbert started as a monk around 630AD.”

Old Melrose Interpretation Center:

History of the site of old melrose

Old Melrose Interpretation Centre

Tea Room 

Ravenswood Estate, Old Melrose Off the A68 just south of the A6091 Ravenswood Roundabout, Melrose TD6 9DF Scotland

Saintly venue brings history alive at Old Melrose

Snip20170923_44Dryburgh Abby

Holy Island the wals

Trip Advisory

Pilgrims Way

If you want to achieve something that is on many people’s bucket list, and follow in the footsteps of people who have taken this route for centuries, you will not be disappointed. A couple of key points though…follow the route marked by poles from the first lay bye on the causeway from the mainland side. Allow at least 70 to 90 mins unless you are an experienced walker. Also best to walk in bare feet across the sands. It can be slippy in places so walking sticks would help (but we managed without, although only just avoiding a couple of falls!). Always be aware of the safe tide crossing (the tidal times can vary, and refer to the causeway, not the pilgrims way, which can be 45 mins less than the causeway times). However, using common sense you can cross safely and enjoy the experience. We walked back on the road to make it a little easier and quicker, and allowing for more time using the causeway. Enjoy!

St Cuthberts way banner


The thought presently is to walk a small section of the St. Cuthbert Way to allow us to have experienced the route Cuthbert could have possibly taken.

Holy Island tide table



St Cuthbert way short walks


map.St.Cuthberts way

Macs adventures

Macs adventures





Jedburgh to Holy Island

Map Jd to Holy Island

Lindisfarne Pic

Northumberland map

Things to see and do on Lindisfarne (Holy Island):


Other Location:

  • Bamburgh up the road from Holy Island
  • Bamburgh Castle

Open Gate on Holy Island for 2 nights, July 1 and 2. This has been booked:




Tjitske Bongers kindly gave me permission to use the above photographs that she took and some PDF’s

Holy Island Map Large

Holy Isalnd Map Information

Holy.Island.plattegrond.informatie (1)


Community Aidan and Hilda pic

Map Holy Island

Info on Holy Island i

Info Holt Island ii

Information about Holy Island iii

Map Holy Island to St Andrew's

After our time on Holy Island onto St. Andrew’s

Albany Hotel

Albany Townhouse Hotel

Visit St Andrews Things to do


Hotel at the Airport befor departing to return to the United States

Additional Information for future Pilgrimages tools to aid the next step:

  • Passport has it been acquired?
  • Cell Phone, talk to your phone provider what options there are for travel abroad.
  • Money: Pre-paid debit card or order travelers check or currency.
  • VISA/Mastercard AAA has a card with no charges for exchange rate conversion.
  • Medical Insurance. (Contact your present provider and learn foreign coverage)
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Car Rental options.
  • Gas for vehicle: remember this cost.
  • Ground travel: Train, Bus, Taxi (Look at Public transport options).
  • Packing lightly.





Kayak 2

Tourist Information


Air BnB


At beginning walk and before departing to return to the US, we walk the Labyrinth, this would bookend the journey with the conclusion of walking the Labyrinth. To compare our heart after the experience of the Pilgrimage.

Morning session Labyrinth

The first morning for our spiritual activity will be to go walk a Labyrinth. Each other morning session will be a reflective exercise or artistic activity. Each person on the group is asked to participate by contributing by leading a session for the group. They may abstain from doing so, it is a challenge by choice. The participation would, however, give to the whole from the varying backgrounds and perspective of the group. We would bookend the Pilgrimage, and conclude our time together with a Labyrinth if time permits, and if I can locate a different location Labyrinth. Labyrinth Meditation


By Tessa Morrison

Car Rental





Mini coach

If the Pilgrimage was in August the Tattoo could be an option

Royal Military tatoo 

Royal millirary tatoo ii

Military tatoo pic

Accommodation options in the Hawick






As a Pilgrimage group, we have chosen to stay in Jedburgh and not Hawick.

David Cole Cost outlined by David Cole



Durham map











The Celtic Cross


St Aidan Celtic Christian and the Aidan Way

I’m in a Celtic Christian Facebook community, a person in the group asked about the Celtic Cross. How did the Celtic Cross come to be?

Looking at a couple of books I had and some web searching. It has been very interesting to discover the different thoughts with regard to how the Celtic cross came into existence.

One book talked about the Druids having a standing pillars with a circle at the top, symbolic for the sun, which was a major divinity for them. “The message of the Celtic missionaries was simple: We have not come to deny the importance of the sun. Indeed, without it we would have no heat, no light, no life. Rather we have come to introduce you to the one who who is behind even the sun, moreover has revealed himself in the person of Jesus. Hence the pillar with the circle at its head simply developed into the Celtic cross with the arms of the cross superimposed or extended from the central orb.” pg 112 The Celtic Resource Book Matin Wallace.

The celtic resource book

The following website talks more on the aspect of the other theories site construction strength to the design – the circle strengthened the cross beams, preventing breakage or destruction by the elements or time.

Then there is an article Stick, Stones and the Zodiac giving a lot of further insight.

Celtic Article

The Celtic Guide Vol1 issue 3 March 2012

The Celtic cross is also called the Wheel Cross. “The Celtic cross combined the ancient pre-christian symbolism of the sun wheel, the sacred circle quartered by the four directions, with another layer of meaning: the cross on which Christ died, creating the intersection between Heaven and earth, God and humans.” pg 82 Water from an ancient well, Kenneth McIntosh.

Water from the ancient well book

After reading these books and article, I have come to the understanding that I have had a simplistic understanding of the Celtic Cross. However, I love the craft in the following video. That has become a meditative practice for me personally and my first contact with the Celtic Cross. This has allowed me to enjoy designing in the paper cross and giving me a lot of pleasure over the years.


The Church Of God’s Dreams


What would be the church of God’s dreams?

Unity, love, yielded surrendered people like Jesus who said, I’m about my Fathers work. He only did what his father told him to do.  The church of God’s dream needs to have no oppression or exploitation, but having compassion, care, and a love for one another, a new LAW of Love, Acceptance, Welcome.

What would it be like to be in the sandals of the Celtic Monks? Would they even have a dream of the church of God’s desire? Yes, the book of Acts.

They established a church not as we know it, and what the Celtic Monks know as the church; it would be so different than our current day church. I’m finding it hard to visualize what it would have been like to be n their time in history. It is a gradual unfolding as the Holy Spirit lead, and these men and women yielded to hid guidance.

What can we learn by walking in their sandals, what would it be like?

It is hard for us to imagine all the hardship the Celtic saints had to go through to get to the desolate barren locations and then establish a community. We have the convenience of cars and public transport, food in stores we can purchase with ease. These men and women of God press on forward demonstrating the love they had for the poor, as they where one poor sinners, now rich in love, because of a God of love, who is love. This God loves them and desires that they enter a relationship and is as close as the very air they breathe, and is not a god that has to be appeased with offerings, and if this is not fulfilled stirs up wrath and misfortune into their lives.

God's Path

We tend to do things that are right in our own eyes, do the things we want to do, but when it comes to walking the ways of the Lord, we tend to drag our feet. We forget that the Lords ways are higher than our own. Do we deny ourself or make a personal sacrifice? To begin leave behind the familiar and comfortable for the greater cause of the Lord’s enter into the Lords plan. We can get so easily caught up in the cares of the world, the  everyday stuff, distracted, even led astray, when we don’t have the Lord in every aspect of our lives. The acts of our everyday actions becoming a prayer, a symbolic action such as dressing, visualizing that you are clothing yourself with Christ, or being covered by the shadow of the lords wing of protection. In the act of having a shower in the morning, make it a prayer to be clean, symbolically wash away the sin, and allow the Holy Spirit to wash over you and empower you for the day. To be aware of each act of your life can become a way of having the Lord present in every moment of your life.

Do we have tears of compassion and tears of remorse for the things we should be doing, for the things we have left undone?

Do we trust, and entrust ourselves into the hands of the Lord?

Thinking of the Celtic Monks, could we live with no wealth, give to the poor anything that is gifted to us. Hand over ownership of monetary gifts, as it is the Lords and not our own to do with as we please, but to do with as the Lord wills.

Being content with the simple daily provision, grateful with what they had as a community, and not asking for extra, for there was at times, not more to have.

To be faithful with what we have been given and do the things that the Lord has told us to do. Life can be a test of endurance. However, do we even enter into the extreme conditions the Celtic Monks went through, what they put themselves through as an act of devotion and service. Do we even have self-discipline, mastery over our bodies, minds, thoughts, deny ourselves anything, do we take up the cross of suffering? Do we feed soul and not just bell? Do we go to bed early, early to bed early to rise, so as to have quality time with the Lord? Are desirous of getting a word from the Lord? As a person cannot live by bread alone, but by every world that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord.

We are family, and to be in a community of faith, for in this community we are tested, and shaped, and this is the plumb-line we use to test our faith. In the way we handle with care, in the way we treat its weakest members, we will be asked one day how we have treated them. Jesus said, the poor you will always have with you.

The Beatitude, “Blessed are those who recognize their spiritual need. For the kingdom of heaven belongs to them.” (Manga MessiahBible). We can be poor, if we don’t recognize our spiritual need, not just poor materially.

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for all that is right. For they will be filled.” (Manga MessiahBible).

Is it possible to live such a life? With the temptations and the voices of the world, pressing to get our attention. How is this accomplished? Holy Spirit we need your help!

These thought are a work in progress for me also, we are all growing into our faith. May we not be fooled by being full of information, as we need to see the transformational work in people lives, and in our own lives.



Here are some of my beginning research, that is a work in process with regard to the changing face of the church. What is our place in it? Those who profess to be Celtic Christians. I don’t admit to being an expert if there are articles, books recommendations, please suggest and I will add to this work in progress.


Websites that looked interesting to me on this subject of Church, and following this Celtic influence and those who are the visionaries so far. I have not read them all, so not able to endorse them as everything I believe, however look like they would be informative.

“Get a dream from God that is so big that only God can take you there. Then ask the Lord to show you how to get there.”’s-dream-for-our-church

The church is! People, we need to not forget this, it is not a church building and its programs, it is people who have a heart for God.

Matt 16:18 says, “And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock, I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.”

– The greek word ekklesia (church) refers to a meeting of people called out and summoned together.

– In the N.T. it designates primarily the congregation of God’s people in Christ, who come together as citizens of God’s Kingdom (Eph 2:19) for the purpose of worshipping God.

– The word church can refer to a local church (Matt 18:17; Acts 15:4) or the universal church (Matt 16:18; Acts 20:28)

– So therefore as individuals, we are the church, and when we come together we make one body or one unit.

– Like I mentioned before, there a local church which we are a part of, and the universal church, which is everyone who is saved that has died and gone on, and who is living around the world.

– God’s plan for the church is truly amazing. So what is the church:

– The church is presented as the people of God.

– The church is a people called out, also the church is the temple of God.

– The church is the body of Christ and the bride of Christ.

– The church is victorious over sin, death hell and the grave.

– The church is on it’s way to Heaven and the gates of hell can’t stop it.

– The church truly is a people with a future hope.

“We need to first discover God’s dream and vision for our church, and then build our dreams around His.”

“Are you serving Him first in everything you do?”

“Scripture says that the Creator of the universe knows you and longs to have a relationship with you. He has a dream for your life!”

“I dream, you dream, we all dream God Dreams. If you were ever excited about something that’s yet to be, then you are a visionary.”

celtic heart

How can the influence of the Celtic Monastic monks/saints help us in today’s church?




Northumbria Community



David Cole



Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
naught be all else to me, save that thou art –
thou my best thought, by day or by night;
waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.


George MacLeod






Is there a physical location of equivalence in the USA.

Like Iona, Lindisfarne, and the Northumbria Community?

I want to start discussion, does anyone in the community know of a sacred place and space that is a pilgrimage location here in US?

I asked this question 2016 this was the responses.

Adrift for God


Adrift for God or drifting away from God. Drifting toward love or away from love. It is like in a coracle at the mercy of the water, and the leading of the Holy Spirit.

But it is the heart condition that leads our choices also. The cry of the heart, crying out here I am, send me, or a heart that is willing, open to having a desire to listen as we are quiet, making ourselves ready for obedience, like the boy Samuel after being still waiting with instruction to say. Speak Lord for your servant is listening. 1 Samuel 3:10.

The instruction for the open-heart condition, heart motivation, the heart is a symbol of love, the condition of the heart either result in a drifting toward or a drifting away from the Lord.

Are we trying to model our lives on the treasured instructions of Jesus, and the Saints of old, like St Brendan, and his companions who went on an adventure, not knowing where they were going, set out to sea, having no location in mind, many a time no land seen to give them hope of nearing a destination, they had to trust the Lord in their journey? The feast day to remember Brendan is May 16,

Jesus, what did the Celts think of Jesus? Jesus’ heart instruction was “if you love me, keep my commandments” A new commandment I give, is that you love one another as I have loved you. The root is love, out of love the obedience flows, no love, the heart drifts away from God who is love, and is Love, as God is Love.

Do we have difficulty obeying, drifting away, is it because our heart actions don’t stem from the motive of being done out of love?

Why did the Celtic Saints go? Sent by their bishop to evangelize, or share the message of the one who they love?

“Do you love one another as Christ loved you?
Do you forgive others so that you may be forgiven?
Do you tithe [give] and practice justice, mercy, and faith?
Are you known as a person of prayer?
Are you witnessing about Christ to the world in the power of His Spirit?
Are you displaying unity with other believers in your church, with other churches, and with Christians in other denominations?” pg 78 – 79. Fresh Encounters by Henry T. Blackaby.

These are questions we drift into or away from in our daily lives. It is a choice to listen and be willing to be available, to act or be passive. We can be inactive and go along with the crowd, or inactive, but in the flow of God’s love, trusting that God knows the way for us, and that is enough.

Are we adrift for God?

It is listening to and being aware of the movement of God, and also being aware that the pilgrimage is to Jesus, and is for Jesus.

The nudge or the stirring of the heart by the Holy Spirit is to evaluate if we are heading in the right direction, a constant realigning, with a yielding to God again, and again, seeking the next step to take on this journey called life.

Holy Spirit guide me back to an intimacy and excitement about the journey, the pilgrimage is toward Jesus and the heart of the Father.

Help me not go astray and be left to my own devices, as I will become miserable because of wrong choices, and begin to drift away rather than toward you.

This is a daily choice of connection and relationship, not legalism but love, as rules without relationship leads to rebellion.

Hear my prayer, let it be.

Here is St. Brendan’s Prayer; he ascends the mountain and discerns in his heart before the Lord, the choice he is deciding to take, to leave behind the familiar. Testing what he is feeling, is this the leading of the Lord. He is questioning, pondering, testing, is what he is thinking, and what he feels, is it the leading and stirrings of the Holy Spirit.


St Brendan's Prayer


Caim Prayer


I stumbled across the Caim prayer a few weeks ago and had not heard about this protective prayer and practice. I loved the thought of evoking the blessing of the Trinity over my circle of friends and family, and have started praying protection around my family and friends. The following devotion by Ray Simpson talked about circling and loved it and this is what he had to say.


God divided light from darkness by a circle.

Job 25: 10

Flocks with shepherds huts burgeoned around Ninian’s community at Whithorn, for the brothers, pilgrims and poor people all needed to be fed. Ninian wanted to bless these as well as the monastery, so when the flocks were gathered in at night he would walk right round them, marking a circle on the earth with his staff. Then he would raise his hand and ask God’s protection on everything within the circle.

On Michaelmas Day at Iona all the humans and even the animals walked sunwise around the Angels Hill to seek God’s blessing on the island for the coming year. We know that abbots of Iona such as Columba and Adamnan practised the circling prayer. Adamnan tells us that when Columba sailed from Loch Foyle he blessed a stone by the water’s edge and made a circuit round it sunwise. It was from that stone that he went into the boat. Columba taught that anybody going on a journey who did the circling prayer round the stone would most likely arrive in safety.

In Wales you can still see traces of the circles of stones that surrounded monasteries and other holy places. They marked a place dedicated to Christ like human sentries, protecting the inhabitants from evil forces.

What is the significance of the circle for Christians? Celtic Christians carried on the Druids’ understanding that the Devil was frustrated by anything that had no end, no break, no entrance, because they knew that God is never ending both in time and in love, and the Three Selves within God form an ever encircling Presence. One of the chief rites of the sun-worship of pagan Celts was to turn sunwise in order to entice the sun to bless their crops. The Christians said to them, in effect: ‘The Creator of the sun is now amongst us, we will continue to circle our crops, but now we do it in the name of the Sun of Suns. The Creator had built the circling of the sun into creation, which reflects something of its Creator, so it is good for us’. This is not magic, it is an expression of the reality of the encircling Presence of God. To say the Caim or Circling prayer, stretch out your arm and index finger and turn around sunwise calling for the Presence to encircle the person or thing you pray for.

  • Circle me, Lord
  • Keep love within, keep strife without
  • Keep hope within, keep despair without
  • Keep peace within, keep harm without.

From Daily Light which is a wonderful devotional   by Ray Simpson