Pilgrimages to Avalon

Visit the Sacred Sites of Glastonbury

Activities In and Around Glastonbury

Glastonbury Tor 
Glastonbury is blessed with a wealth of interesting ancient sites most of which are a few minutes' walk from the Daisy Centre Retreat. From a distance the most noticeable feature to the visitor is the Tor as she rises enigmatically above the flat Summerland meadows. She is seen as a great Goddess, a huge bounteous female figure. Take the time to connect with her to receive her loving embrace. She is also a meeting place of the St Michael and Mary Magdalene Ley lines, plus as many as fifty others. For further information go to www.glastonburytor.org.uk

Glastonbury Abbey 
Founded in the seventh century, the Abbey is set in 37 acres of beautiful peaceful parkland, a 5 minute walk from the Daisy Centre. In its time it was a rich and powerful monastery and is associated with the legends of the Holy Grail and King Arthur in the tenth century. The Abbey ruins and associated buildings are open to visitors daily. A variety of events are held throughout the year within the Abbey grounds ranging from the Avalonian Free State Choir, Teddy Bears Picnic, Craft Demonstrations and the Annual Music Extravaganza. For further information www.glastonburyabbey.co.uk

Chalice Well 
The Chalice Well Is one of Britain's most ancient wells, nestling in the Vale of Avalon between Glastonbury Tor and Chalice Hill. Surrounded by beautiful gardens and orchards, it is a living sanctuary in which you can take the time to go within and soak up the atmosphere of deep peace. Experience the quiet healing of this sacred place; drink the red waters which are seen by many as the essence of life gifted to us from Mother earth. No mobile phones or loud noises, just the beauty and peace of nature. In addition the Garden is host to many lovely seasonal celebrations, musical concerts and storytelling. For more information www.chalicewell.org.uk

The White Spring 
The White Spirng is an ancient temple dedicated to water in a Victorian pump house adjacent to the Chalice Well. A wonderful place for Faeries and Devic folk to connect and replenish their energy. It is home to the white water which is the male counterpart to the red spring of the Chalice Well. It was gutted and refurbished to its original splendour last year and there are many pools and temples within dedicated to the water spirits. For more information www.whitespring.org.uk

St John's Church 
The Daisy Centre is next to this magnificent building. There has been a church on this site for well over a thousand years. Legend has it that Joseph of Arimathea, who gave his tomb for Christ's burial, came to Glastonbury and planted a tree in this churchyard. It is even suggested that in an earlier visit, he brought the boy Jesus here. Hence Glastonbury is considered by many to be the cradle of Christianity in Britain. For more information www.stjohns-glastonbury.org.uk

St Margaret's Chapel 
A very special little chapel on Magdalene Street in Glastonbury. Once part of a former medieval complex outside the Abbey, it served initially as a hospital and later as almshouses for the poor. The current chapel was built in 1444. It is nowadays used and revered by Christians, Sufis, meditators and followers of the Magdalene. The Chapel and its garden have a peaceful atmosphere, a safe harbour from the chaotic world. Although not open every day, with notice we can arrange for you to have access to this wonderful sacred place. For more information www.stmargaretschapel.org

Bride's Mound 
A tiny little mound to the west of Glastonbury at Beckery, just near the foot of Wearyall Hill. Legend has it that it was a gateway to Avalon where pilgrims arriving by boat from Ireland and Wales would stay in vigil through the night, before passing on the processional way to Avalon. Arthur is said to have had a vision of the great Goddess here and Mary with her son. St. Brigid of Ireland is also said to have stayed here. For more information see Friends of Brides Mound

Wells Cathedral 
Built in 1180. It is a vibrant, busy place and one of the most impressive of the English Cathedrals which has survived eight centuries with all its associate buildings still around it. In addition to hundreds of thousands of visitors, it is host to a wide variety of events, concerts and services. These vary in scale from intimate supper concerts to huge services and national broadcasts. The Cathedral is a 15 minute drive from the Daisy Centre or there is a local bus every thirty minutes to Wells town centre. For more information www.wellscathedral.org.uk

A prehistoric monument located in the English county of Wiltshire. One of the most famous sites in the world, Stonehenge is composed of earthworks surrounding a circular setting of large standing stones and sits at the centre of the densest complex of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in England, including several hundred burial mounds. For further information go to www.stonehenge.co.uk

Situated in southern England in the county of Wiltshire. Approximately 1½ hour drive from the Daisy Centre and well worth a visit which will be a very personal event. It still seems to retain the spirits of all those who laboured in its creation or whatever it was that led them to create it. If you are fortunate you may even connect with a crop circle. For more information www.cropcircleconnector.com

A late Neolithic monument, dating from about 2300 BC, with concrete markers replacing six concentric rings of timber posts, similar in size to Stonehenge, once possibly supporting a ring-shaped building. For more information see www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/woodhenge/

Merlin's Cave 
Tennyson made Merlin's Cave famous in his Idylls of King Arthur, describing waves bringing the infant Arthur to the shore and Merlin, the wizard, carrying him to safety. Local legend has long associated this cave with Merlin and Arthur. Merlin's Cave is on the right side of the rock at Tintagel. For further information go to www.tintagelweb.co.uk

St Nectans Glen 
This idyllic wooded valley valley is hidden near Tintagel in North Cornwall and is only accessible on foot. At it's head is a 60ft waterfall which has been described as amongst the ten most important spiritual sites in the country. It is a truly magical place that everyone should visit at least once in his or her lifetime to experience its mysterious and healing atmosphere. For further information go to www.tintagelweb.co.uk

Compton Dundon Church 
A sweet little parish church sitting on the site of a prehistoric grove. It has an amazing ancient yew tree dating back at least 1,700 years. The churchyard has a special stillness and atmosphere to it and invites you in to share its serenity and peace. Take the time out to visit this very special place; you will be glad you did.

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