Glastonbury Pilgrim Reception Centre logo

Glastonbury Pilgrim Reception Centre

Glastonbury Pilgrim Reception Centre (PRC)

Name: Glastonbury Pilgrim Reception Centre
Address: Glastonbury Information Centre, St Dunstan’s House,
1 Magdalene Street, Glastonbury, BA6 9EL
Website: www.unitythroughdiversity.org
Contact: Morgana West
Email: manager@glastoncentre.org
Phone: 01458 834589
Affiliation: Open to all faiths and beliefs.
Purpose of Community: Our ethos is to welcome all people of all faith, paths and beliefs without prejudice. Our centre is not affiliated to any specific faith and has been created to celebrate and honour the diversity that abounds in Glastonbury. 

  •  We offer practical information and spiritual support to visitors and residents of all faiths and beliefs.
  •  We respect the uniqueness of each tradition, and differences of practice or belief.
  •  We value voices that respect others, and believe that sharing our values and wisdom can lead us to act for the good of all.
  •  We believe that our religious, spiritual lives, rather than dividing us, guide us to build community and respect for one another.
Facilities: The Centre offers practical and spiritual support for visitors and local residents. Undergraduates, placed with the GRC, will be able to support the Pilgrim Reception Team in the centre and help with general liaison with the community. Students will also experience other spiritually focussed organisations in the town. Over 70 different faiths, paths and beliefs are upheld in Glastonbury, said to be a greater concentration per capita than anywhere else in the world. Opportunities to hear and learn from leaders of beliefs and practices, such as Wicca, Druidism, Buddhism, Paganism, Esoteric Christianity and more can be offered, allowing students to get a glimpse of many different practices and beliefs.

The PRC does not have its own accommodation or restaurant but we can assist students in arranging accommodation and meals.

Access: Ramp to main door.
Suitability: University students
Further Reading: Check the PRC website for full information on the services and facilities that we provide and to learn more about the diversity of Glastonbury and all that it has to offer.

A Pilgrim in Glastonbury
Taylor, B (2010) Glastonbury: Abbey PressAlso more generally on Glastonbury:

The Avalonians
Benham, P. (1993) Glastonbury: Gothic Image Publications

The New Age: An Anthology of Essential Writings
Bloom, W. ed. (1991) London: Rider

Bowman, M. has written many articles on Glastonbury, including:

Learning from Experience: The Value of Analysing Avalon
(2009) Religion xxx, 1-8

Shrines and Pilgrimage in the Modern World: New Itineraries into the Sacred
edited by Peter Jan Margy (2008) Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press (in ch. ‘Going with the Flow: Contemporary Pilgrimage in Glastonbury’)

Ancient Avalon, New Jerusalem, Heart Chakra of Planet Earth: Localisation and Globalisation in Glastonbury
(2005) Numen, 52:2, 157-190

Public Liability Insurance: Yes