Erraid community is a small community on an island of the West coast of Scotland. During a Love In Action Week you join in community life by helping with the tasks that make our life here possible, as a spiritual community we see all of these as Love in Action.
An overview of our Love in Action rhythms follows.
On Sunday we have a ’start of the week’ meditation in our Sanctuary followed by tea in the garden or kitchen. Later on Sunday we offer an orientation walk across the island, where you can look at the lighthouses from the observatory, make a wish on the wishing stone, watch the seals at ’Seal Bay’, dip your feet in the azure waters of our beautiful beach ’Balfour Bay’ and enjoy the unspoiled wildness of this ancient landscape.
Most weekdays begin with a meeting at 9.15am, and then we join together to help with the many tasks on offer. After a tea break we re-commence our Love in Action. Lunch is at 12.30 and we’ll provide you with a hearty soup and home-made bread. We start Love in Action again in the afternoon at 2 pm and finish around 4.30 pm. There is a guided meditation at 5pm and sometimes the opportunity to sing sacred songs together. We complete the day with dinner at 6 pm and then you usually have the evening to yourself.
After joining us for our daily tasks on Monday and Tuesday, you have a free day on Wednesday where you can rest or take a walk on the island. Often we can take you to Fionnphort where you can catch the ferry across to the Isle of Iona and explore its mystical beaches and the ancient abbey holding the graves of kings… Unfortunately this will not be possible this winter due to the weather / availability of boaters.
Thursday we join together in the daily Love in Action rhythms again. On Friday morning we will have more time for sharing about our experiences of the week. We also all clean our cottages so that they are ready for new guests. IN the afternoon you have the opportunity to complete your week in whatever way meets your needs. We also have an ‘end of week’ meditation, followed by the ‘financial attunement’.
On Saturday morning it may be time to leave the island or, if you are staying for longer, to help with the community clean of shared areas ready for the new week.
“Living on Erraid is like living in a cuddle.”
Laura – volunteer – June 2018
“When I arrived I thought I was visiting an I-land. When the week finished I realised I had come to a we-land.”
Bas – love in action guest – September 2018