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£1,102raised of £1,500 target by 40 supporters

Weʼre raising £1,500 to support the community of Holy Island, in Scotland, with a gift of 40 new chairs for the Peace Hall.

Holy Island, Scotland
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Holy Island, near Arran, on the beautiful west coast of Scotland, is a sacred place with a long spiritual tradition which stretches back to the early Celtic Christians. In the 6th century it was a place of prayer and solitude for teacher and mystic St Molaise. In 1992, Holy Island was adopted by the Tibetan Buddhist community following Lama Yeshe Rinpoche’s vision of an interfaith centre for peace and sanctuary from the busy modern world. The Contemplative School of the Heart has been running retreats on Holy Island for several years, and many of us have been blessed to experience the hospitality, spirit, and healing sanctuary of the island and its welcoming community.

In the spirit of gratitude and interfaith friendship, we want to support the community with a gift of 40 new chairs for the Peace Hall, which will enable retreatants to meditate and pray more comfortably. So, we are organising a sponsored pilgrims’ walk to raise funds for the new chairs. We are planning to walk the first section of the North Downs Way, the traditional pilgrim walk which leads to Canterbury. The first section starts at Farnham and takes in the scenic River Wey, Runfold Wood Nature Reserve, Puttenham Common, Loseley House, and St Catherine’s chapel. On the first day, Saturday 21st April, we are planning to walk from Farnham to Ladywell Retreat and Spirituality Centre in Godalming, and then to walk back to Farnham on Sunday 22nd, a total of approximately 22 miles. Pilgrims can opt to walk for one or both days.

In memory of St Molaise, and to support Lama Yeshe Rinpoche’s interfaith vision, the pilgrim walk is also celebrating the deepening encounter, and friendship, between the spiritual traditions of East and West and the Christian and Buddhist monasteries/convents in the UK.

For more information visit Holy Island and Contemplative School of the Heart.

(Should we raise more than is required for the chairs, the remainder will be donated to the Holy Island project general funds.)

Many thanks and pilgrim blessings!

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  • Susanna Page14 days ago
    Susanna Page

    Susanna Page

    14 days ago

    Dear Supporters Thanks to your generosity we have raised a total of £1152.00! This has enabled us to buy comfortable sturdy chairs for the community of Holy Island and visitors to use in the peace hall for prayer, meditation and group retreats. After taking time to select an affordable and appropriate style of chair, we have now placed an order and they will arrive in September! On behalf of the Holy Island community and the Contemplative Spirituality network I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who kindly contributed. God bless. xx

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  • Susanna Page4 months ago
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    Susanna Page

    4 months ago

    Pilgrims’ Progress: We made it! 22 miles along the North Down’s Way. My 'interpretation' of distance and time, aka ‘Susanna Miles’, meant we probably walked a great deal further! It was a challenging journey in unseasonal heat with obligatory blisters all round. But pilgrim perseverance, good company and joyful spirits made it a walk to remember. It's thanks to you, though, wonderful people, that we are so close to meeting our target. On behalf of the pilgrims may I say a big thank you for your kindness and generosity. God bless. X

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  • Susanna Page4 months ago
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    Susanna Page

    4 months ago

    Dear Friends, only 2 days to go until our Pilgrim Walk to raise funds for Holy Island! Many thanks to all you wonderful people who have donated so far. You’ve helped raise an amazing £470 in contributions and pledges. That's almost a third of the total amount! There's still time to make a donation before and after the walk. Share with your friends and spread the word! Your support is very much appreciated. Love and best wishes Susanna. X

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Page last updated on: 8/7/2018 10:52 AM



  • Lee Whitaker

    Lee Whitaker

    May 14, 2018

    Its a great privilege to be a pilgrim. Thank you for the opportunity, Susanna. With love, Lee


  • Anonymous


    May 10, 2018


  • Freda


    May 3, 2018

    Well done to all of you.


  • Deirdre Kinlen

    Deirdre Kinlen

    May 1, 2018

    Deirdre -a big thank you to the community of Holy Island


  • Cordelia Bryan

    Cordelia Bryan

    Apr 30, 2018

    May the new chairs support many for decades to come.


  • Michael Gartland

    Michael Gartland

    Apr 29, 2018

    Hi Susanna , It was a great event . Never to be forgotten and it's next stop Santiago- now I'm in the swing of it. Thanks again for all the heartache that went into getting it off the ground X Michae


  • Judy Granville

    Judy Granville

    Apr 27, 2018


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