Bard of the Holy Isle
A tiny, windswept spot off the west coast of Scotland, the sacred island of Iona holds a special light that draws thousands of pilgrims each year. Rev. Simon Ruth de Voil lived and worked in Iona Abbey for three years and found his life entirely changed. In this talk, Rev. Simon will give us a brief introduction to this island of druids, monks, murderous Vikings, and holy mystics, as well as share his personal understanding of Iona, including his experience of becoming a non-denominational minister in service to the spirit of the island.
Rev. Simon is on the staff at Unity of Port Townsend and is an independent, ordained, interfaith minister, sacred musician, youth worker and wooden boat builder. In all these vocations, he uses music and carpentry as a means to help individuals and groups connect sacred presence with everyday life. He also leads worship services, preaches, facilitates workshops, crafts personalized rituals, and performs weddings, baptisms, and funerals as well as other rites of passage. A dynamic and talented public speaker and musician, Simon has shared his unique combination of creative worship, sacred music, and storytelling with universities, community groups, and spiritual gatherings across the US, Australia, and Scotland. His unusual life and music are the focus of the award-winning documentary film Funny Kinda Guy.