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Holy Isle Newsletter – January 2016

March 14, 2016

Spring Volunteer Working Holiday

March 28, 2010

Home. That is what returning to Holy Isle feels like for many people, especially so during the Spring Volunteer Working Holiday.

As I’m sat here in the dining room, I am surrounded by Spring-like fervour, as the residents and volunteers scrub, plant, clean and launder their way into the new season, and with a quiet yet pervasive mindfulness, respect and tranquility which seems to seep its way into every soul that visits the island.

This year promises to be another busy year – several courses are fully booked, and the island will again be welcoming new and not-so-new visitors to its shores.

Today, the sun is shining after the wind and rain yesterday, which put a bit of a damper on the tree-planting and prevented the new poly tunnel from being erected – But spirits were not dampened by this; peoples’ flustered red faces laughing about the conditions of their first albeit wet day of work as they returned.

Everywhere you go today on the island, there are smiling faces to be found as people get stuck wholeheartedly into their chosen tasks – And there truly is something for everyone either as part of a practice or simply as a welcome break from their busy lives.

Yesterday evening, we participated in Earth Hour for the second year running; extinguishing our lights for 60 minutes as a sign of respect and solidarity for the earth; and to highlight our continued dependance on it’s natural resources, especially at a time as we strive on the island for it to become a model for self-sufficiency.

Earth Hour was a huge success both this and last year; proving that you don’t always need electricity for entertainment; but instead a comfortable settee, a hot drink and to be surrounded by friends and like minded individuals. This year’s Earth Hour took place in the freshly-reopened Boat House, with a joyeous mixed bag of poetry, jokes and a hearty sing along with music provided by the wonderful David and Alice.

The Peace Blanket for the Wisdom wing stairwell is nearing completion – It has taken almost two years to complete, with many intricate designs and patterns being woven by individuals in little squares which are now ready to be mindfully stiched together to create a beautiful piece of artwork; helping reflect not only the individuals’ creativity, but that they are part of a thriving community here on the island.

Posted by: Soen

Kevins Curtis Photo Gallery

Team Work




"If it wizny fir yer wheel barras where wid ye be!"

.....and time to relax

Big thank you to Kevin Curtis for his professional eye on these photos.

Posted by June in June!


Easter Extravaganza

April 17, 2009



Easter Weekend played host to an international footie match.  Both teams were made up of a mix of Holy Isle volunteers and guests on Jason Chans Easter Retreat course.

blog-pic-sarah PLAYER OF THE MATCH

Player of the match was Sarah,  especially for her vast  generosity in letting in 8 goals.

The  “Throw the Welly” competition was watched by many day trippers to the island.   Pictured is Waisum Chan with her husband Jason to her right and Damien giving her much encouragement from the left.