Glastonbury Reception Centre and Sanctuary

Glastonbury Pilgrim Reception Centre (PRC)

Name: Glastonbury Reception Centre and Sanctuary
Address: 10B High Street, Glastonbury, Somerset BA6 9DU
Website: www.unitythroughdiversity.org
Contact: Morgana West
Email: admin@glastonbury-pilgrim.co.uk
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 Sanctuary space does not have its roots in any specific faith and has been created to celebrate and honour the diversity that abounds in Glastonbury and honours our Unity through Diversity. 

  •  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 volunteer Companions 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 will be offered, allowing students to get a glimpse of many different practices and beliefs.

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

Access: One step up into the front door. A ramp is available for users of wheelchairs. Hearing loop.
Suitability: University students
Further Reading: Check the GRC 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. There are also GRC information booklets available to purchase.

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