Iona Community

Postal Address
Iona Abbey
Isle of Iona
PA76 6SN

Electronic Mail
World Wide Web
Year started
Number of over 18s
Number of under 18s
Ideological focus
Legal structure
registered charity
Open in principle to new members
Charge visitors
Work in Lieu

The lona community is a dispersed Christian community which maintains 3 residential centres on Mull and lona, as well as an office base in Glasgow. The community came into being around the rebuilding of the monastic quarters of the mediaeval abbey on lona during the middle of the 20th century. The community today remains commited to ‘rebuilding the common life’ through working for social and political change, striving for the renewal of the church with an ecumenical emphasis, and exploring new, more inclusive, approaches to worship, all based on an integrated understanding of spirituality.

On Iona we run the Abbey and the Macleod Centres as places which provide an experience of community living for over 90 guests who come for a week at a time. Guests and staff share in meals, worship, work and a variety of programme and social events. The third centre is Camas, on nearby Mull, which is more basic in its facilities, and thus closer to nature and more outdoor-pursuits oriented.

The resident group of staff number about 30, together with children, but during the season (April-October) this number is doubled through volunteers who come for periods of time from 6 weeks upwards. Only a handful are members, but all work and live here on behalf of the lona Community. Resident staff and volunteers work in areas such as maintenance, children’s work, our shop, kitchen, housekeeping, personnel, office, finance… Details of volunteering and staff positions, as well as much more, are available on our frequently updated website.

community does not share income
community does not require capital from members
community does not have broadband internet access
community does not generates any of its own electricity
community uses solar energy
community buildings not insulated to a high standard
community members use bicycles
community has organised system for car sharing
community is accessible by public transport
community shares utilities
community has tool sharing system
community has organised systems for recycling
community does not have any kind of ecosewage system
community is not involved in land management
community does not grow vegetables
no communal animals
regular communal meals
community does not have policy which restricts smoking
community buildings not wheelchair accessible
community is not involved in campaigning

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Iona Community is currently looking for new members

Camas Centre on Mull, part of the Iona Community, are looking for two new resident staff members. One to manage the garden and other to help deliver activities and expeditions. Please have a look at the information at Thank you.

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Iona Community is currently looking for volunteers

Experience communal living whilst volunteering at Wild Futures’ Monkey Sanctuary in Cornwall, and learn about the welfare and conservation of primates and their habitats worldwide. Help us maintain the house, clean out the monkey territory, prepare food and enrichment items for the monkeys, work in the gardens and vegetarian café and help with children’s activities during our open season.

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