In Celtic cultures the role of the anam cara, or soul friend, was to offer encouragement and vision for the pilgrimage of life. 

Following that time honored tradition, Anam Cara Retreats offers both individuals and communities wisdom and companionship for the journey.

From retreat planning and leadership for individuals and faith based communities to journeys through sacred landscapes with kindred spirits, let us help you discover and deepen the movement of the spirit in your life, your community, and the world.


Writing from the Heart of Spring:  Nature, Poetry, and the Spiritual Journey
at Washington National Cathedral
Saturday, April 13, 9 am - noon
Tickets - $25/advance; $30/at the door
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As daffodils and tulips paint the landscape with a riot of color, explore what is blooming in your own spirit with a morning apart to explore the rhythm of spending time in nature and turning inward to reflect on its wisdom. Learn from the words and experiences of poets and contemporary writers in the context of the ancient Celtic practice of honoring the seasons. Engage your own experience through simple writing exercises rooted in the spring landscape of the Cathedral grounds and gardens.Come listen, learn and write with a community of kindred spirits.

Pilgrimage to Iona with Washington National Cathedral
May 24 - June 2, 201
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Pilgrimage is at the heart of the Celtic tradition, an outward physical journey that invites the traveler to a deeper inward journey. There is perhaps no more famous pilgrim than St. Columba, who left the green hills of Ireland for a rugged island off the Scottish coast.

In the centuries since he established his monastic community on Iona, the island has been a pilgrimage destination for countless seekers who travel to this thin place in the landscape where heaven and earth seem to meet.

Join us on a pilgrimage to Iona as we listen to the silence of the land, the wisdom of saints, and the stories of our fellow pilgrims. The rhythm of our days begins and ends with prayer with the ecumenical Iona Community in the historic abbey church. Morning presentations and conversations explore hallmarks of the Celtic spiritual tradition, while free time in the afternoon provides the opportunity for you to explore the island on your own or with others.

Follow in Columba’s footsteps and discover how the landscape of this holy island and the wisdom of Celtic spirituality through the ages may deepen your own spiritual path in whatever walk of life you come from and return to.

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In other news . . .
Check out our latest blog post for a taste of the talk, "Lives, Legends and Landscapes:  Walking the Pilgrim's Path in Wales," presented at this year's North American Festival of Wales over Labor Day weekend.

Ancient Wisdom for Today's Journey
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Wheaton, MD  20902

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