This essay argues that nearness to other monks is a dominant theme in Adomnan's Life of St. Columba. Spiritual proximity is of much greater concern in early Irish monasticism than in Benedictine or Pachomian monasticism, even though the Irish are noted for lonely peregrinatio.
Rolfe, Alexander, "Columba and Spiritual Proximity" (2004). Faculty Publications - George Fox University Libraries. 18.