Iona is the magical Scottish island, where they say the veil between this world and the next is “very thin.” I was to be hosting a retreat there now, along with my partner David; our dear friend Simon de Voil, and his partner Linden. We’ve been looking forward to making this journey for such a long time. But Covid had other plans. Now we will have to wait.

In the meantime, I bring you Simon, the Scottish-born musical minister, who inspired this retreat. I fell in love with Simon and his songs years ago, through David. (Simon’s song “Deep Peace” became a favorite dance prayer of mine.) In honor of Iona, we shared a recent Zoom chat about life and the sacred, and I even got Simon to play a little of his beautiful music!

Find out more about Simon and access more of his music at