Our Story

Columcille, Inc. is a nonprofit organization established in 1978 to promote transformation through inner and outer work. It has its origins in Casa Colum (Gaelic for Home of the Dove), a small house opened in 1975 by William Cohea Jr. as a ‘salon by the side of the road’ where ‘tired sinners and reluctant saints’ could drop by and share their experiences and ideas. Cohea had been inspired during a visit to the Isle of Iona to create an open space which welcomed people of all faiths and traditions interested in renewal and transformation. 

In partnership with Fred Lindkvist and "Friends of Columcille," the original foundation grew and Columcille erected the St. Columba Chapel in 1979. The building took its name from Colum Cille, the 6th century Irish monk who founded a monastic community on Iona.

 

St. Columba Chapel

Following construction of the chapel, the St. Oran Bell Tower was begun, patterned on eighth century Irish ruins.  Shortly thereafter a stone circle was added, along with a small fresh water meditation pond. As more stones were set, the outlines of the present Megalith Park began to emerge.  Today, Columcille includes the trilithon Thor’s Gate, the Glen of the Temple, and numerous megaliths strategically placed on the land. The Park is constantly evolving.  New megaliths added in autumn, 1997 bring the total to over eighty standing stones, and work continues on the system of woodland trails and meditation sites set aside for men and women. 

Columcille is located on the Kitatinni Ridge of the Appalachian Mountains in eastern Pennsylvania, USA -- less than two hours' drive from New York City and Philadelphia. The convenient location, proximity to the Appalachian Trail, and friendly relationship with Kirkridge Conference Center next door attract over 4,500 visitors annually for quiet retreat and meditation. Those who wish to stay a while can find accommodations at Kirkridge or in the town of Stroudsburg. 

Columcille is open to the public daily from dawn to dusk. 

The unique spirit and inspiration of Columcille has been recognized by the National Museum of Art at the Smithsonian Institution, which includes it in its catalogue of cultural heritage sites. On June 21, 1997, the park was placed in conservation easement with the Heritage Conservancy to ensure its preservation as a sacred space and outdoor sanctuary. As a non-profit organization, Columcille is financed through the donations of visitors and friends and the generous support of its Members