Qigong and Meditation retreat in Holy Island Scotland

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The Qigong & Meditation Retreat Week offers space to breathe deeply, move, stretch and release through Chinese Medical Qigong.The gentle yet powerful movements of Qigong offer a direct and intuitive access to the deep wisdom of the body through which blow the winds of our habits, both emotional and mental. In stillness we immerse ourselves in peaceful mind and loving kindness meditations. Holy Isle will soon become a sanctuary for you and is where Sue spent a year in retreat – and it is somewhere to visit in your mind after returning to the hurly burly of every-day living.

Accompanying us again on this year’s retreat is Shiatsu Practitioner Jenny White, who is offering shiatsu massage to participants to complement their practice in their free time.

The week is suitable for beginners and experienced practitioners alike. It is a wonderful opportunity to develop mindfulness skills through movement alongside relaxation and meditation practices that support the beginning or deepening of a life-long spiritual journey.


Off the coast of Arran in the Firth of Clyde, the island has a long sacred history with an ancient healing spring, the hermit-cave of a 6th Century monk, St Molaise, and evidence of a 13th Century Monastery. Celtic Christians sought the solitude of Holy Island to support their prayer and meditation, just as the Tibetan yogis did in the Himalayas. The powerful nature of these places becomes charged with the energy of spiritual practice which can touch the heart and inspire the mind.

The Centre provides accommodation in a range of rooms including singles, twins and dormitories.

Each of the rooms is fully furnished, has central heating and a small wash basin. The dining room, with its quarry tile floor and open fireplace, provides a warm rustic place for social gatherings, while the peaceful space of the library will be for quiet contemplation.


Meals are at set times of the day, and there is also the opportunity to join the resident volunteers.

Our aim is to offer delicious vegetarian food but regretfully we can only cater for dietary requirements arising from a diagnosed medical condition.

  •  Accommodations
    7 days/6 nights accomodation in single or twin room
  •  Meals
    3 vegetarian meals
  •  Qigong
    classes daily
  •  Meditation
    daily meditations


Travel to Holy Isle via Ardrossan Harbour, on the South West coast of Scotland about ten miles north of Ayr.

From the ferry terminal at Ardrossan Harbour take the ferry to Brodick on the Isle of Arran. The journey takes 55 minutes. Bus 323 from the ferry terminal at Brodick connects with the ferry and takes you round to Lamlash Pier (10 minutes) from where the Holy Isle Ferry (see picture!) will bring you across Lamlash Bay to Holy Isle. The ferry trip takes about 10 minutes.

Make your Way to Ardrossan Harbour

  • By Rail – there are direct trains from Glasgow Central.
  • By Car – you can leave your car in the carpark of the ferry terminal.
  • By Bus – buses run from Buchanan Bus Station in Glasgow to Ardrossan Town, from where it is a short walk up to the Harbour.
  • By Air – the two nearest airports are Glasgow Airport and Prestwick International Airport


Cost Information:

Cost Information: £385 single room, £560 for two people sharing a twin, £224 dorm. Full board and lodging costs.

Course fee £245