[posted on 12 July 2006]
Mission to the Holy Island of Arran
June 2006, Isabel Soria Garcia, member of the Delos Initiative, visited
the Holy Island of Arran in Scotland. There she stayed in the Centre for
World Peace and Health, one of the two centres of the Island, which is
the place for interfaith work and retreat.
interviewed a series of people of several backgrounds; various
stakeholders –such as representatives of the Scottish Natural Heritage
and the Council of Arran–, religious leaders, persons in charge of the
management of the Island, environmentalists, landscapers, volunteers,
visitors etc. In addition, she interviewed the participants of the
various activities she had the chance to get involved with (such as an
initiation to meditation activity, gardening and forestry). This enabled
her to gain a deeper view to the relation of sacred issues with the
environment. The sharing of firsthand experience and the exchange of
knowledge became easier for her.
first impressions from this mission were that people are quite positive
to an initiative like Delos, which concerns sacred sites in
technologically developed countries; they were friendly and ready to
provide information. The place emanates a sense of deep spirituality.
mission became possible with the support of the University of Edinburgh,
her supervisor Mr Alastair McIntosh, while WWF International provided
the financial assistance for the project: The spirituality of urban
and rural regeneration in Scotland.