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Join us on a very Special Day Trip to Glastonbury to celebrate Autumn Equinox.
Please note Bookings for this Trip will only be open for the next 48 Hours !!!
The sun rises due east and sets due west and the light is equal to the dark. We begin to move into the twilight of the year and our lives. A time for harvest and making contribution It is a time of
equal day and equal night, and for the moment nature is in balance. It is a
time to reap what you have sown, of giving thanks for the harvest and the
bounty the Earth provides. For finishing up old projects and plans and planting
the seeds for new enterprises or a change in lifestyle. Autumn Equinox - Mabon is a time of
celebration and balance.
On The Day
We will visit The Chalice Well Gardens, Glastonbury Tor and for those of you who wish to visit Glastonbury Abbey, time permitting there may be an opportunity for that too. Entrance to The Abbey is £6.00 which is not included in the price of the Day Trip.
Free time and time to stop for lunch and refreshments. Time to mediate and chat with our new like-minded Spiritual Friends.
A Jam packed day amongst Spiritual Friends celebrating Autumn Equinox in Glastonbury ( Heart Chakra of The World ). It does not get any more special than that !!!
The Chalice Well and Red Spring
The Chalice Well is among the best known and most loved holy wells in Britain. Many legends are attributed to its chalybeate waters, which flow ceaselessly at a steady rate and temperature that never varies. Not least among these is that they represent the blood of Christ miraculously springing forth from the ground when Joseph of Arimathea buried or washed the cup used at the Last Supper. For others the waters are acknowledged as the essence of life, the gift from Mother Earth to sustain its living forms and so a continuous spring like Chalice Well is a direct expression of an unbounded life force.
Chalice Well is a World Peace Garden. A place of peace and tranquility for those of all faiths and none. These festivals are grounded in common principles; welcome, stillness, silence, reflection, grace, communion, community, relationship, celebration, gratitude and blessing. That people gather together, not in a formalised building or structure of worship, but in a beautiful garden, allows a shared acknowledgement of the sacred and divine that transcends borders and differences.
The Well water is believed to possess healing properties. This belief can be traced back to the sixteenth-century.
The White Spring
Glastonbury was once an island and water rises and falls from it’s heart in profusion. Full of mystery and symbolism, two springs rise within feet of each other at the base of the Tor - the holy hill of Avalon. One, tasting sweet with calcium, leaves a white trail. The other, tasting metallic with iron, leaves its mark in red. We sought to create a Temple here in honour of the Spirit of the White Spring. The White Spring water flows through it, as does the Ley Line known as the Michael line. Cavernous and set apart, in blackness or candle lit, mysterious it remains. A stark contrast to the wonderful gardens of Chalice Well of the Red Spring.
Photo below is one I took of Chalice Well Celebrations for Winter Solstice 2012
Prominent hill overlooking the Isle of Avalon, Glastonbury and Somerset
This iconic and evocative landmark offers magnificent views of the Somerset Levels, Dorset, Wiltshire and Wales.
Steeped in history and legend, excavations at the top of the Tor have revealed the plans of two superimposed churches of St Michael, of which only a 15th-century tower remains.
Glastonbury Tor also has a grisly past. Abbot Richard Whiting was executed here in 1549 on the orders of Thomas Cromwell, the first Earl of Essex.
Glastonbury Tor is known as being one of the most spiritual sites in the country. Its pagan beliefs are still very much celebrated. It’s a beautiful place to walk, unwind and relax.
Another one of my photos of Glastonbury Tor
This has got to be the most amazing picture I have ever seen of Glasto Tor. Not one of mine though !!! Super Moon :-)
Glastonbury Abbey (optional time permitting during Free Time)
£6.00 Entrance Fee
The Abbey is set in 37 acres of beautifully peaceful parkland in the centre of the ancient market town of Glastonbury. It is traditionally the first Christian sanctuary in Great Britain, visited, so legend has it, by Joseph of Arimathea and Saints David & Patrick. Many believe that the Holy Thorn tree that can be seen in the grounds originated from Joseph of Arimathea's staff and others are convinced that King Arthur was buried in the Abbey beside his lovely wife Queen Guinevere. Whatever one believes the facts are that the ruins are unique, the grounds provide a spot of peace and tranquility in an otherwise hectic world, and if the weather is poor there is the new Visitor's Centre with award winning Museum which includes a model of the Abbey as it might have looked in 1539, together with a display of the Town, a children's Display and the magnificent 16th century Othery Cope.
Meet at the pick up point at 8.15 for a coach departure at 8.30 A.M. Please aim to arrive early as the coach will be leaving on time.
10.30 am approx arrival in Glastonbury where we will be dropped off by our coach for the day. You will need to take your belongings with your as we will not have access to the coach until pick up time.
We will make our way to The Chalice Well Gardens for the Wheel of the Year Festival - Autumn Equinox Meditation.
There is FREE Admission to the Gardens until 12pm.
For those of you BRAVE enough to stand in the Healing Pool (my favourite spot) you can join me for this 'must have' experience. The pool which has a constant temperature of VERY COLD !!! but well worth the experience.
We can purchase Refreshments at the Chalice Well.
We will leave The Chalice Well at an agreed time and head for The White Spring together.
We will then head into the town together. There will be an opportunity for some Free time in the town where we can have a wander around the shops, perhaps visit The Abbey and stop for lunch. We will split into smaller groups for this and have a meeting point and time.
Next on the agenda is a wonderful walk up to Glastonbury Tor where we can join in with the celebrations for Autumn Equinox. We can gather as a group and enjoy a meditation together and spend some time absorbing the wonderful energies of The Tor.
Some more free time to spend as we wish in the area before meeting at 5pm for a group sharing then we will head to the departure point for our trip back to London.
6.00pm We leave Glastonbury for our journey home to our departure point in Central London.
There will be many opportunities throughout the day to connect with one another and during the Free Times you are welcome to join me if you wish. No-one will be left alone unless they wish to have some Alone Time.
What to Bring
Be Sure to bring a bottle to fill with the magical waters of The Chalice Well. We will visit both the Red Springs and the White Springs. I prefer to mix my water with both waters.
If you wish to dip your feet in the Chalice Well Healing Pool, you may wish to bring a small towel to dry your feet.
Bring appropriate clothing for the day. Rain or Shine as well as comfortable walking boots or shoes.
Enough money for food and refreshments and a bit of retail therapy !!! There are some fantastic book shops and New Age type shops in the town. If you love Crystals then you will be in Crystal Heaven.
All payments are to be made online via PayPal in full if you decide to RSVP (you will be taken to the payments page after you RSVP).
Please note you do not have to have a Paypal account to pay via Paypal. If you do not have a Paypal account, choose the option to 'pay with a debit or credit card' and fill in your card details, address, email etc as directed by the screen.
Please 'click here' to view an organisers meetup group set-up with instructions and screenshots on how to pay without a Paypal account.
Payments are non-refundable unless the trip is cancelled or rescheduled. We hope members will understand that if we provided one person with a refund then every person would be entitled to a refund. If we allowed that to happen then we would risk losing the substantial amount we have already paid for the whole trip.
it would not be possible to plan trips of this scale without an organisation fee included in the price. Therefore, included in the cost of £34 will be a contribution to myself for organising the trip.
If you have any other questions at all , please contact me.
Places will be limited and bookings must be made and paid for by 13th September. We will require a minimum of 25 bookings in order for this trip to go ahead so please please book as soon as you can. In the event that this event is cancelled by me, a full refund will be made without delay !!!
This trip will also be offered to another Spiritual Social Group and Healing Group that I run, all like-minded Spiritual Folk. More New Friends !!! :-)
To Book your place, either click on the link below or on the RSVP button.