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.

Moving Mindfully into the New Year:  An On-Line Retreat
Saturday, December 29 - Tuesday, January 1
Tickets - $30 on-line
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Looking for a way to reflect on the year that has past and move mindfully into the year to come? Join us for this on-line, at home retreat as we explore ways to take stock of the old year while looking forward to the new. A mix of poetry,meditations, and exercises shape our reflection while suggestions for personal rituals invite release and celebration as we cross the threshold into the new year.

Retreat materials are sent to you ahead of time for you to explore according to your own rhythm. Periodic emails prompt times to pause for a moment of mindfulness throughout the long weekend.

In the DC area and attending the in-person Moving Mindfully into the New Year retreat at Washington National Cathedral on January 30? Sign up for both the in-person and on-line retreat for a reduced rate.

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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.

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Anam Cara Retreats
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Wheaton, MD  20902

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