Ruth’s Pilgrimage to the UK – Part Two

Hello Everyone,    

My last post left off with my arrival at Glastonbury, where I was to spend four days.    

The following morning, after my previous evenings sunset climb up the Tor, I made my way to the Chalice Well Gardens.     

The bowered entrance to the Chalice Well Gardens

Chalice Well is one of Britain’s most ancient wells, nestling in the Vale of Avalon between the famous Glastonbury Tor and Chalice Hill.    

Surrounded by beautiful gardens and orchards it is a living sanctuary in which you can experience the quiet healing of this sacred place. For over two thousand years this has been a place where people have gathered to drink the waters and find solace, peace and inspiration    

The Chalice Well

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.     

The Goddess

For me, being at the well head,  drinking  the water and absorbing  the atmosphere in the gardens can be a truly inspirational experience. A deep sense of peace fills my being and keeps me centred and calm. and many of those who vist find this ot be true for them too. This is a place of quiet inspiration and contemplation, where voices are hushed and the bird song is heard.                                                   

I felt blessed as the day was just glorious – warm and sunny and the light was so clear.     

I spent the best part of the morning in the gardens – meditating, cleansing my feet in the special bathing pool, drinking the water and filling my bottles with the Chalice Well Water to drink over the coming few days at the workshop I would be attending.    

Chalice Well Water is taken from the Lion Head Fountain

Each time I visit the Chalice Well Gardens  magic happens and I meet, or rather re-encounter, a soul sister or friends from times gone by,. This time during my visit I began talking to the most delightful and beautiful girl who had a very fine and ethereal energy to her. She was visiting from Sweden and as we spoke we really connected and realised how lovely it was to meet a “sister” in such a sacred place as the Chalice Well. We spent some time talking of her work and mine, and I was given many messages from Spirit for her about her work with pearls.  I left her with a hug and gave her a gift of a crystal which I had brought from Australia.  Such a wonderful encounter, full of grace.  The day after writing this, I received a package from Sweden – how delightful it was to be sent a card and thankyou gift from Anneli. She had sent me, as promised, some of her precious pearls which I have been using to imbue my filtered water. The water tastes so sweet and has a high vibratory frequency to it. If you are interested in learning more of her work Anneli has a website – although skills in Swedish could be an advantage when visiting her site. However, Anneli is fluent in English so if you wish to contact her the email address is [email protected]    

The time I spent at the Chalice Well Gardens went by so quickly that I knew I would have to return before I left Glastonbury after the weekend – and indeed I did.    

The Lion Head Fountain


Following the Tim Freke Magical Mystery Experience (which I will tell you about in my next post) I returned once more to the Chalice Well Gardens and this time I had the place almost to myself. I spent a long time alone by the well itself (quite a treat in high season) and as I prepared to leave another delightful lady graciously took this photo of me.   

A Favourite Place

 I filled my bottles at the Lion Head fountain and drank my fill again of the iron –rich water. This water was to bring home to Australia to use in ceremonies and my work with clients and students. Of course these days one is not permitted to carry liquids (over 100 mls) onto an aircraft so my Chalice Well Water was going to have to go in my suitcase.  4 bottles of it weighs about 3 kilos so several parcels of my clothes had to be posted home – such is my dedication. Needless to say, I use the Chalice Well water sparingly on high days and for special occasions in Australia as it is such a long way to go for it.  

Glastonbury Tor

Before I left Glastonbury I once more climbed the Tor and spent some time sitting in the grass reflecting on the previous few days and absorbing the glorious views of the countryside from my vantage point. I love to imprint the vision of the green into my retinas so I can reconnect into the powerful energy when I return to Australia.




  As is my custom, I left  crystals brought from Australia at the Chalice Well Gardens and atop the Tor and indeed throughout Cornwall – where I was now headed.      

In my next post I will tell you about Tim Freke’s  course held  at Glastonbury Abbey House.      

Light filled days to you all,      


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