holy island, arran

holy island centre for world peace


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Holy Island, off the west coast of Scotland, near the Isle of Arran, was first bought by Tibetan Buddhists in 1992 and has since been officially recognised as a sacred site by the UK’s Alliance of Religions and Conservation. In May 2003, it was designated as a Centre for World Peace, providing the right conditions for people of different faiths to meet and explore ways of developing a greater level of peace and understanding.

At the north of the island there is the Centre for World Peace and Health where an ongoing retreat and course programme takes place. They also welcome guests to stay at the Centre for personal retreats or holiday breaks. A closed Buddhist retreat takes place at the south of the island.

With a far reaching vision, the Holy Island Project is working to address the spiritual value of land through restoring and conserving the natural ecology.

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The Centre’s design was guided by a desire to seek a compromise between form, funcntion and environmental considerations. The final design minimises the environmental footprint of the building process upon the island while providing a modern facility for its guests. Wherever possible environmental sustainability has been the guiding principle. In addition, the whole of the island has been the subject of an ongoing programme of ecological restoration and improvement, becoming an exemplar of good land management.

Holy Island welcomes volunteers, so if you are interested in joining the community for some good soul work, contact us in the first instance and we will pass your interest on to the Centre.

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