Vision

Our three main aims are:

1. Building a sensitive connection to nature. The relationship between the individual and the surrounding nature is the foundation for a responsible handling with our planet.

2. International meeting. Global thinking is only possible if we personally know and learn to understand the others. Building new networks, sharing and talking about visions, plans, experiences supports individual growth.

3. Social skills and artistic work meet an intensified, contemplative approach of “researching” the past. In this case the Celtic-Christian background of Iona, the origin of a loving and caring handling with nature and people.


Besides the natural beauty of Mull and Iona there are good reasons to turn our attention to this place on earth, especially for the younger generation.

Rudolf Steiner talks of two different “streams” of science. One came about with the modern age and Cartesian thinking, which led to empiricism and materialism, the life-denying science we have today. The other stream, says Steiner, is mainly hidden today. Its origin can be found in the Hibernian Mysteries, and its traces can still be felt on Iona. These mysteries were open for the Christ-Impulse, and embraced Christianity. A loving way of looking at nature has its origins in the far West of Europe. Caring about the earth and healing what we see and touch was integrated with an ancient spirituality, giving rise to what we can now call: “seeing and sensing the spiritual in nature through nature observation” (Rudolf Steiner on the 6th of December 1919, in: GA 194). A path to higher knowledge lies before us in which the spiritual beings of nature become accessible to us not in anonymous transcendence, but in very present, tangible ways: a monism of spirit and nature before our eyes. This is a distinctive path, very close to the Goethean approach and Steiner‘s anthroposophy, where the latter is understood as a modern renewal of the “hidden stream”.

Vision

We want to foster a way of looking at the world that connects with both the past and future, including the very present and powerful elements around us in places – the Isle of Mull and Iona – where one can still sense and discover certain spiritual origins of mankind through active and practical study of nature, accompanied by observation, meditation and life-filled thinking.

In a 'karma lecture' in London (27. 08. 1924), Rudolf Steiner describes the experiences he had in the summer of 1924, when gazing into the light at Tintagel, along with his reflections beside the ocean. He called this vision of esoteric Christianity the “advanced science”. We wish to become those new scientists of love.

Every phenomenon has its spiritual aspect that leads us towards what it seeks to tell us – its sensory-supernatural state of being. We would like to learn to listen and to perceive nature's whisperings by being present and developing sensible organs of perception and social skills. We see this as a necessary ability, essential for the future, for creating a non-invasive, harmonious approach to the living worlds of mind and spirit, in nature, and in social interaction.