Glastonbury Pilgrim Reception Centre
Offering information and support to all those wishing to experience the sacrednessof this unique site in the west of England. Ynis Witrin. Avalon.
Since time immemorial, people have journeyed to Glastonbury in order to immerse themselves in a deep cauldron of legend, romance, myth and history. A centre of pilgrimage for millennia, this small Somerset market town has a powerful attraction drawing people from different walks and paths of life, from all over the world.
The potpourri of independent shops, cafés, and organisations on a bustling High Street abounds with diversity and experiences. With more than seventy practising faiths and beliefs, Glastonbury of the 21st century has emerged as a place that honours diversity and this is reflected in the wide and varied activities and colourful personalities that can be found in this vibrant, captivating place.
If this is your first time here, we offer you a warm welcome. Kick back, explore and enjoy our website. We hope our Pilgrim Reception Centre can assist you in person, to find out more about our colourful town, how you might experience it in a way that suits you best, and explore all that Glastonbury has to offer.
Places to see and things to do
Glastonbury Unity Candle
Faiths, Beliefs & Spiritual Paths in Glastonbury
Pilgrimage and the
Be a 'green' pilgrim
Glastonbury Therapists' Forum
Our talks and workshops
An Avalon Anthem - a song
The Glastonbury Peace Pole
Glastonbury 2012: Unity
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Find us in within the Library of Avalon in the rear courtyard at the Glastonbury Experience.
Monday to Friday
13.30pm - 16.30pm
Unity through Diversity in Glastonbury
Our Centre has an ethos of Unity through Diversity but this is not to suggest we feel all faiths and paths are the same, or that they should be.
It is an expression which has been in use for thousands of years and in essence, can be seen to imply the working together of all aspects of a community without losing the special personality and beliefs of the individual projects and people involved. We acknowledge that diverse beliefs and practices can present complex and difficult challenges creating chasms that often-times are difficult to bridge. However, rather than focus on the discordant differences, our goals are to create ‘living spaces’ where acceptance, understanding and co-existence can be found, demonstrating how together, we can live well, whilst remaining different.
"Building bridges between diverse beliefs is essential if we want to live in a community that has great social cohesion. It doesn’t have to mean we have to all become one homogenised blob of humanity, but it CAN mean that we can respect each other, even if we don’t agree. We can also take our acceptance one step further, by proactively encouraging and supporting people of good heart and intention on their own path through life. We know only too well that there is widespread agreement that bridge building can be successful in reducing prejudice and hostility between different groups and in helping people to live peacefully alongside each other." Morgana West
The Glastonbury Unity Candle
"The sense of unity & tolerance in the diversity is palpable when you talk to people in the town. This unique approach is an inspiration to the world."
Sarah Brett - Melbourne, Australia
An Avalon Anthem