Glastonbury, in addition to being the location of the largest music and performing arts festivals in the world is a mecca for all things spiritual.  Glastonbury has been described as the Clapham Junction of the ley line world in that a remarkable amount of ley lines converge on Glastonbury.  The Tor is the obvious focal point and thousands trek to the top of the hill to visit the Tor as part of their Glastonbury pilgrimage.  The Chalice Well with its open well and flowing waters is the second most popular visitors attraction with  healing properties attributed to the water springing from this natural well which has been in use for over 2000 years and has never run dry.  It is a pilgrimage destination for the followers of the divine female. The town is filled with new age shops and is home to many well-respected spiritual gurus.  Tim Freke, the stand up philosopher and author of Lucid Dreaming, lives here.  Eckhart Tolle, author of The Power of Now lived in Glastonbury in the 1980's. 

The history of the town dates back to Iron Age times.  Glastonbury Abbey is one of the most important abbeys in England and was where Edmund Ironside was crowned King of England in 1016.  The abbey was recorded as being established in the 7th century although there are those who believe it was established by Joseph of Aramathea in the 1st Century.  Joseph provided the tomb for Jesus to be laid in after his crucifixion by the Romans.  The Glastonbury Goddess Temple was established in 2002 and is said to be the first temple of its kind to be established in over 1000 years.  

Glastonbury has been often linked to the Arthurian legends and was reputed to be the resting place of King Arthur and Guinevere.  This has been challenged by recent scholars.  In some literature, Glastonbury is linked with the legendary city of Avalon. 

It is also reputed to be where Joseph of Aramathea brought the holy blood of Christ in a cup, the holy grail.  He was reputed to have approached Glastonbury by boat and placed his staff in the ground from which flowed the Glastonbury Thorn or Holy Thorn. 

People often call Glastonbury the heart chakra of the planet.

So in view of all of this, it makes a pretty amazing place for a meditation retreat.

Glastonbury Meditation Retreats

Healing Waters Sanctuary

Healing Waters Sanctuary is situated on the holy site of Wearyhall Hill and is also on the St Michael's Ley Line which connects Glastonbury with Avebury, the Cheesewrings and St Michael's Mount.  It is an inter-faith centre, retreat and bed and breakfast.  They provide a range of retreats including a kharmic MOT and energy healing retreat.  Founded by Juliet Yelverton, the Sanctuary boasts stunning views of the Tor and the Somerset Levels and is founded on the principles of love and compassion.  Juliet is one of the therapists at the Sanctuary.  There are a number of rooms for group meditation including a yurt in the garden which can accomodate up to 24 people in a circle.

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