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.
Arriving on Saturday afternoon there is plenty of time to settle into your cottage and have a cup of tea before a short tour of our settlement to ensure you know your way around.
On Sunday we have a ’start of the week’ meditation in our beautiful sanctuary followed by a 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. We see doing our communal chores as ’Love in Action’ and you can choose where you would like to join in. Depending on the season and needs of the community it could be the gardens, cooking, maintenance, painting, decorating, firewood and on occasion the candle studio. After a sociable tea break in our dining room at 11.15 am we recommence our ’Love in Action’ and have lunch at 12.30. We come back together again at 2 pm for ‘Love in Action’ for the afternoon to finish around 4.45 pm in time for meditation at 5 pm and sometimes singing at 5.30 pm. We complete the day with dinner at 6 pm and then you often have the evening to yourself. Sometimes evenings are spent together going for walks, playing games, making music, watching films, swimming in the sea and much more…
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 always be possible due to the weather or available boaters.
Thursday we join together in the daily rhythms again which leads us into Friday.
On Friday morning we will have more time for sharing about our experiences of the week. Our morning sharing is followed by home care in our cottages. The afternoon is given over to your ‘personal completion’ where you will have space to do whatever you feel you need to do to complete your stay on the island. This may be anything you wish: exploring new places on the island like ‘Hanging Rock’ and ‘Pigeon Cave’, enjoying the white sands of Balfour Bay once more, jumping off the pier, reading a book, gardening or whatever you feel drawn to do on your last afternoon on Erraid. On Friday we also complete with the ‘end of week’ meditation, followed by the ‘financial attunement’.
On Saturday morning it is time to leave the island… for this time.
“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