If you’re a successful, confident & brave woman facing a midlife
and feel ready to pause & reflect on your life…
join Kate on this Scottish
island retreat to surrender & let go of the
past, so you can
create your next magnificent chapter



27th April – 1st May 2022

Imagine … it’s spring in Iona and you are looking out over
the Atlantic ocean stretching before you, after a glorious pilgrimage across the wee island. It’s dotted with heather, machair grass, ancient stones, sheep, hairy cows and
SUBLIME views from every angle. You have just followed
the well-trodden path of pilgrims that have traversed the
island before you.

You look around at the powerful tribe of brave women
standing in your circle, each of you calling back the
the energy of your heart.


St Columba’s Bay with Labyrinth

Standing solidly together at St Columba’s Bay as witnesses
to each other’s transformation. Tapping into the ancient energy of the monk who “didn’t look back” when he started
a new life here and founded the Iona Abbey on the island in 563 AD. You can feel it in your heart that has been
preparing for this very moment.
The moment and ritual
of sweet release. Of finding peace, clarity and a sense of profound calm.

As the salty breeze swirls around, you notice the long arms
of kelp dancing in the rock pools and take in the dramatic Scottish sky stretching above. Close your eyes and take a deep, deep breath of pure air and hear the swoosh-swooshing of the crystalline water swirling across multi-coloured pebbles on the beach.

Will you find a rare Mermaid’s tear on the beach today?


★ Swoosh – it’s time to release sweet one
★ Swish – you deserve freedom
★ Swoosh  – you can do this
★ Swish – life will continue
★ Swoosh – your next chapter awaits

CUTTING THROUGH THE THREADS THAT BIND releases a strangely euphoric yet deliciously calm feeling mixed with salty tears of relief. A palpable lightness as people, places and burdens that are no longer yours to hold onto, slip into the ocean to be washed away. All that is rightfully yours comes surging back to you, boosting your energy and vitality. You feel more like yourself, connected to within, knowing you can sew beautiful new threads together for your next chapter now.

After basking in the energy of sweet release, we turn our backs on the ocean, taking all the gifts and slowly head back across the island for delicious scones, jam and tea!

Carrying a profound feeling of being “ at home” in your own body.

The Sacred Isle of Iona is gently whispering your name on the
wind, enticing you to embark on your personal pilgrimage
this Inner Hebridean Island. 


 Reflect on life

You will be so damn proud of who you are, what you have
done in your life and where you find yourself right now! You’ll have made deep peace with your past decisions, dilemmas, and disappointments. You’ll experience a profound sense of closure, a lightness of being, and truly being able to honour yourself again.

Are you ready to experience that sense of lightness, energy, and relief that comes from closure and letting go? You will find the lightness, laughter and love in your life again!

Imagine RELEASING the following:

★ A love relationship that ended
★ A friendship that turned sour
★ A divorce – amicable, messy or both
★ Leaving a country and emigrating
★ An accident or harrowing incident
★ The business you willingly sold
★ The one you were forced to close through Covid
★ A job you hated but can’t stop thinking about
★ The boss or friend who bullied you
★ A recent retrenchment that’s left you powerless
★ Important chapters in life that recently ended
★ A loved one to grieve and honour fully
★ An important “decade” milestone birthday you want to celebrate mindfully
★  Simply re-jigging your current outlook on life
★ Your heart has been yearning for a Sacred Pause
to reflect – you need to reconnect now

Most of all you want to draw a line in the sand with an outdated version of YOURSELF  and put a carefully
placed FULL STOP on the past!

When you are facing changes, reeling from loss, or up against this current crossroads in your life, you can ease the journey by being intentional in your approach. By actively pausing, seeking the gifts, insights, and blessings of the burdens of the past you have been holding onto….to finally say a heartfelt goodbye and release your energy into the present.

Kate is masterful at supporting you through major thresholds
that hold the key to a fresh perspective
and renewed energy for life. It is the essence of
how she lives and the path she has walked.



Joining Kate and other powerful women on Iona is
really a calling from your heart. The moment you
answer yes, the work and energetic shifts start
swirling before you arrive on the island – such is
the power of intention and working with Kate.

By the time we gather and sit in the circle together,
the release and closure will unfold with love
and compassion.


Can you imagine finally letting go of and closing
the door on your past?

On this remote island retreat, we tap into the wild power of nature alongside profound rituals and
processes. Everything centers around “Cutting the Threads that Bind”, to release the old ties to the
past. Walk the sacred labyrinth at Columba’s Bay and experience the power of “Recapitulation” that
turbocharges deep release.

How wonderful would it be to trust yourself to make new decisions with clarity?

On Iona, where the “veil between the two worlds” is very thin, we tap into ageless wisdom
to connect you back into your true essence. When you take time to look back at your life with
love, pride, gratitude and a full heart at all you have achieved, been through, overcome,
you enter a new realm.

When you finally enter the GAP that exists between NO LONGER …..&….NOT YET you can simply BE.
Then we RE-THREAD your future around the fireplace. You will step off the island with a suitcase of
profound yet practical tools to navigate life from your inner core and a place of deep, unwavering trust.

How awesome would it be to greet yourself again and feel witnessed in a safe space?

This retreat combines sacred group time and delicious shared meals, time to hear each other’s
heartfelt stories, oodles of quiet downtime plus a one-to-one connection with Kate. The invitation
to stay off social media and e-mail helps you reduce the incessant pull of the outside world to
reconnect deeply to yourself and others.



Gratitude in the fairy glen

You yearn to feel free, present and lighter! Oh yes, please.

If you are at a major threshold and not sure how to leave the
past behind to start a new chapter, then joining Kate on Iona is
your key. If you have perhaps felt lost, alone, stuck in pain and
grief from the past with negative cycles on repeat – it’s time to experience the sweet release by CUTTING THE THREADS THAT BIND.

Imagine feeling heart-centered acceptance and GRATITUDE
and experiencing peaceful calm in your heart. A sense of purpose, light and energy in your life again.

There is elegance in closing a chapter so that it fills you with
love and pride, whereby you can leave any pain and burden
of it behind. When you have experienced that – you are then standing fully in the present in the GAP that exists between

You will step off the island with renewed vigour and delightful anticipation for your future armed with practical tools to face
life challenges as you walk your new path.



This is IONA island

The Sacred Isle of Iona is where the veil between the worlds is said to be very thin! Access to spirit realm abounds.

A small working croft island, off the South West coast of Mull, off the west coast of Scotland. It is the permanent home to approx. 170 brave souls. Remote, wild and profoundly spiritual, and enlivening. Once experienced, you will always hold the magic and power of Iona close in your heart. A place where Scottish kings are buried, the book of Kells was said to be illuminated, Celtic crosses carved and where you can scour the wild beaches for the rare Mermaid’s tears. It’s a place known as “The Cradle of Christianity’ in Scotland after St Columba, an Irish monk landed in a small currach on the island in around 563 AD and founded the Iona Abbey.

Iona offers pilgrims and visitors (around 200 000 per annum) a place of community, a respite from the world and a rare chance
to pause and reflect on life. A place where visitors cannot take cars, and the only access is by ferry. A chance to gather all of yourself together and continue on your chosen journey of life. It’s a place that offers up answers to your profound questions and offers you a way of coming “home” to yourself again.



The Green Shed on the North Shore as seen from Dun-I highest point

Based at the northernmost tip of the island, The Green Shed (former Iona Hostel) is a very special space on the island. Located just steps away from the beautiful white sand beaches of the North Shore, means you can wake up and be soaking up the sunrise before the kettle has even boiled. Run with sustainability uppermost in mind, the Green Shed offers a variety of accommodation, both single and twin. You will choose the option that best suits you, depending on availability when booking. The Green Shed oozes charm, warmth and carries the energy of
both healing and creativity within its walls.

It is also a working croft and has an award-winning
small forest that has been painstakingly planted
by John and volunteers over the past 20 years.


☆  The Sea Room

It is here we enjoy our main retreat, chatting, eating and circle space. With a glorious long wooden table
for communal meals, a fireplace for special rituals, and views to die for. Wander the shore looking for pebbles or take a dip in the chilly clear water just two minutes walk from our front door  – looking out for seals and crabs, dolphins and minke whales, or watch the gannets divebomb the water!

Large windows bring the ever-changing, dramatic view right inside – you can see the Dutchman’s Cap, the Cullins of Skye, Tiree and Coll in the distance and keep an eye on the resident Hebridean black sheep or hairy cows
who pop to the window to keep an eye on proceedings.

Sea Room grand kitchen

Views forever from the fireplace








There are three simple, yet beautifully appointed bedrooms in the Sea Room, either twin or single, all with shared bathrooms.

Sea Room

☆  The Studio and The Snug

Delightful self-contained studios under the same roof as the Sea room. Each has its own private
entrance, a shower/toilet and kitchen facilities. These two spaces offer you a little more privacy if
that’s what you prefer when on retreat.

The Studio

The Snug



☆  The Bothy

For the brave of heart – This is a beautiful Shepherd’s hut set just two minutes walk from the main dwelling,
where you have the feeling of being totally secluded. Perfect for retreat space! It does have electricity to
make a cup of tea and stay cozy warm, and offers you another layer of switching off to go within. A profound
experience to sleep under the stars in this way. Shared bathroom facilities are near the main dwelling.

The secluded bothy & Dun-i

The delightful Bothy













Sustenance is key and Kate is a total foodie – your tummies will be very well nourished! We will be eating
delicious local Scottish fare and where possible, sourced from the island.
Meals will be taken together in The Sea Room and form an important part of our connection and ritual.
Hearty breakfasts, picnics on our walking day, wholesome, energizing food to comfort our souls.
Advance notice is required of any food allergies/requirements due to the limited availability of food to
purchase ON the island. We need to prepare well in advance to ensure we have supplies.
Our final celebration night will be a feast, at the Argyll Hotel, complete with wine. You are in for a real treat. Local kelp-fed organic lamb,hand-dived scallops (seen here) or delicious Vegetarian options
grown in the hotel’s organic garden! 


Oh, and you can always sit in the garden overlooking the ferry crossing the sound while munching their world FAMOUS scones!













The iconic Iona Abbey – for pilgrims from all corners of the earth

Each day will consist of quiet contemplation alongside group connection

We will be making the most of the island and the weather alongside the energy and needs of the group to best support your retreat.

Expect some dedicated silence built into the day, group process work, alone time, private time with Kate and delicious shared meals for connection and heartfelt chats.  This is a retreat after all … which means slowing yourself down and having plenty of time and space to BE.

NO schedule of events is shared ahead of time.
A list of what to bring will be shared after booking
on the group call  – including clothing.


★  I can’t seem to get a grip and make peace with all the past decisions I have made. I feel unsettled yet stuck at
the same time. I’ve willingly made all these massive choices, and also dealing with a few more that have been thrown at me and it’s left me reeling to be honest.

I need some space to BE, to laugh again and find ME!

★  It’s impossible to admit  that
I’m a tad embarrassed. I don’t have my supposedly successful life “sorted” right now. So much has happened and changed and I’ve just kept going. I haven’t stopped to soak it all in, breathe and catch my breath. I can’t think straight as I seem to be looking backward all the time. I want to feel lighter and look forward now.

★  I should be charging forward with my new life but … I’m stuck. I’m questioning everything I have done in life and it all feels like such a waste to be honest. I keep going round and round reminiscing about my ‘old life’
and scared to make the same mistakes or wrong decisions going forward. What the heck is wrong with me?

★  I’ve lost my ‘vooma’ and feel exhausted and weary! I’m constantly stressed and I’m at the bottom of my
own priority list.

★  I seem to burst into tears at the drop of a hat and have zero patience with anything, even the people
and things I love.

★  I’ve left parts of myself all over the place – I just said to my best girlfriend this week it feels like I’m split,
scattered and confused. 
ife feels so weird and heavy. I swear I’m lugging around a
thousand bricks in my handbag every day.

★  I just want to draw a line in the sand and say ENOUGH – the past is the past and it’s time
to look forward! Time to create an awesome next chapter for myself.

Yes, that’s what I need!


★ 4 nights accommodation, Green Shed, North Shore

         ★ 4 nights soulful retreat, rituals and ceremonies

          ★  PRIVATE coaching session with Kate – Valued £495

ALL delicious home-prepared Scottish fare meals,
snacks and refreshments.

★ 4 Dinners, 4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Afternoon Teas

★ Final evening celebration 3-course feast at the Argyll Hotel, wine included

 Guided walk across the island

★ Access and tour of Iona Abbey

★ All materials required while on the island

★Transfer of luggage from the pier to the
north shore accommodation

★ The healing power of breathwork & swimming (optional for the crazy cold water swimmers! )


★ A connect call with Kate to establish where you are at and why you wish to join

★ Pre-Trip Group Call – meet everyone in the group and learn how to best prepare yourself!

★ Post-Trip Group Call –integrate your learnings and support each other once back at home!


      27th April – 1st May 2022

Non-refundable deposit of £650
Final balance payable 15th March 2022

Transport to and from Iona Island.
     Getting here is part of your pilgrimage. All details will be given on booking.
Any personal massages/treatments
Wine/alcohol other than final evening celebration
Bicycle hire to explore the island
Any items of a personal nature – exquisite craft shop & local silver jeweler
Personal, medical
or trip cancellation insurance


★ TWO VIP day places are available to stay on and experience further one-to-one transformation with
Kate. This is a perfect time to dive deeper into and set up your next chapter before you step off the island.
You may need to transfer accommodation to somewhere else on the island. Please discuss directly with
Kate about costs before making travel arrangements

★ BOAT TRIP TO STAFFA to Fingal’s Cave and the cute puffins who nest there every summer.
This is usually a three-hour trip and costs about £40


Kate is known as the QuickShiftDeva – which means shining light.
She supports women on the threshold of making courageous
leaps and if you dare, she will lovingly guide, support and
nudge you forward.


She believes there is strategic power in disconnecting from the outside world to journey within to greet your heart. She is known
to facilitate easy, rapid shifts
while also embracing the wisdom that certain challenges and
healing requires divine timing and patience to unhook and transform.

She has a diverse toolbox gleaned from 20 years of coaching, mentoring and facilitating transformational retreats globally.
She has been living globally #LocationFree, following her heart for the past 6 years sharing her motto of #LiveLightLiveLarge.

Known as South Africa’s clutter expert ensures you will be in professional hands – someone who can see
the bigger picture, yet who can also hone into the details of what’s keeping you stuck and stagnant. She
embodies a unique combination of patience, compassion, insight, and kindness along with her
no-nonsense, stop-mucking about energy and well-aimed heel when needed.

She has shared her life-changing work globally, from Dubai, Italy, Scotland, USA, South Africa, DRC,
Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Mauritius, Greece, Romania, the Czech Republic and more.

She is described as a mix of insightful spiritual energy that’s grounded in the real world of practical
life and business experience.

KATE & IONA: a 20-year affair

Kate worked a summer in the St Columba hotel over 20 years ago and visited another twice within a year. She was so connected to the island that she put it in her will that her ashes be scattered on the North Shore beach one day. She experienced another powerful pilgrimage to Iona in 2020, just after travel opened up to the island after lockdown. She was once again recalled to the island to heal. She needed to unplug and do her own deep CUTTING THE THREADS THAT BIND.

She went on a personal retreat to close out and release 3 major events
in her life: saying thank you and goodbye to a beautiful country she no longer called home (South Africa), forgiving and moving
on from her ex-partner and finally “recapitulating” her energy from 17 years of running an international coaching business and say goodbye
to the slice of it she had sold off to a client. Major transitions and junctions that she wanted to honour.

She was burnt out, a tad bored, grieving and unsure of the next chapter ahead. Her vision for the future
had gone somewhat awol and through her expertise and life approach, knew she simply had to go to this sacred isle to go within to do the work. She just knew she could no longer carry on without first purposefully pausing to release, closeout and honour the past.

Armed with her professional toolbox and a simple calling in her heart – she ventured to the Iona to
sit quietly, go within and do the work. The heart and soul work.

To bring closure to a chapter
To clear out the debris lurking in her heart
Feel peace and a sense of absolute perfection in timing
Look for the gifts insights and blessings of the past
To feel so goddam proud of her life
Feel real healing and forgiveness
No longer carry around feeling small
To summon the courage to create her next awesome chapter
VOILA this retreat is her next chapter of love in action!

No matter where you are at – if you know you are carrying heavy burdens of the past in your heart
and soul – perhaps it’s time to intentionally release. To do so with a guide who has walked that road
before you. Who understands the highs, the lows and the depth of the work required to get the burst of
energy as the result.
It is these same powerful processes she will share with you on this retreat.


Deposit to book your place and choice of accommodation is £650 and is non -refundable.
If the retreat is canceled by the organizer due to Covid or another emergency,
there will be another retreat date offered, or it will be shifted to an online version
at a mutually acceptable time. The balance of payment is due 15th March 2022.

You are strongly advised to take up trip, cancellation and medical insurance

If you have taken up the early bird offer (till 15th Jan) or paid in full,
please note the following cancellation terms:

➜ Up to 90 days before the start date of the retreat, 50% of the full fee paid
(LESS THE NON REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT) will be reimbursed within 14 days

➜ 60-90 days before the start of the retreat, 25% of the full fee paid
(LESS THE NON REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT) will be reimbursed within 14 days

➜ 0-60 days before the start of the retreat, 0% of the full fee paid will be reimbursed


★ These dates don’t work for me:
You can book this retreat as a person VIP option. Chat to Kate directly about dates and costs on

★ Iona seems very remote:
That is EXACTLY why it’s the perfect place for this retreat. Getting here has a few elements to it
that just requires time and patience. It is also the most scenic trip from Glasgow or Edinburgh.
First, you get yourself to Oban, West coast Scotland. A great place to spend a night!
Hop on the 45-minute Ferry to Mull.
Next, a 75-minute drive (with connecting buses to some ferries) across Mull
Then a 10- minute ferry crossing the Sound of Iona.
Lastly, a beautiful 20-minute walk to stretch your legs, open your heart and greet the island!
Or a taxi dash up the road can be arranged!
I approach the journey as PART of your whole retreat pilgrimage.

★ I’ve never done this kind of group work before:
Kate is an expert at supporting and guiding diverse groups of people through 30 years of retreat
work since her mid 20’s. She combines her practical energy and vast life and business savvy
with down-to-earth tools and techniques that simply work. While you can expect deep
transformational work, you can also rest assured it’s not too wild and woo – woo. Kate operates
between the space of grounded energy and spiritual insight. There will be a mix of alone and
group time so that while you get the connection needed to support your work, you also have
plenty of alone time to process it all and be still.

★ What if I book and have to cancel?
Please see the full cancellation policy above.


or mail her directly on kate@kate-emmerson.com
Remember the EARLY BIRD PRICE FINISHES 15th January