We invite all people whatever their spiritual path, religious belief, age or gender, to honour and celebrate nature and our part in the continuing evolution of this unique and beautiful planet; in peace, unity and co-creation with all life on Earth. We are open every day from 10am to 6pm (last entry at 5.30pm) Companions Day is Saturday 9 July. The garden is closed to the public for this exclusive event until 3.30pm on Saturday 9 July
Our aim is to be a place to heal mind and body through the agency of the Spirit with the co-operation of Nature. A place to nurture a growing sense of Unity, in every phase of life. To create conditions where Love can manifest in act and word.
“There is no power on earth that can withstand the united cooperation on spiritual levels of men and women of goodwill everywhere.”
Wellesley Tudor Pole, 1960 | Founder of Chalice Well Trust
At the foot of Glastonbury Tor within a sacred garden
The Chalice Well and the main gardens are enfolded in the vale between Chalice Hill and the Tor and the garden’s landscape (or aspect) naturally rises upward from the bottom of the garden toward the well head at the top.
The gardens progress from the open space of the lower lawns following the course of the waters to their source.
It is a garden of many ‘rooms’ each with different qualities, features and planting, but all combine to create a living sanctuary of healing, sanctity and peace.
In times of crisis people often wonder ‘What can I do?’ At Chalice Well we have been receiving requests about the Silent Minute and its antecedents. The seeds of the Silent Minute were sown in 1917 when Tudor Pole was about to go into battle. His Somerset companion officer told him he would survive and the world would go on to an even greater conflict where people who had died in World War One would help the Forces of Light in the Second World War with a spiritual weapon.
This was The Silent Minute, inaugurated by Tudor Pole. At 9pm each evening the BBC broadcast would fall silent and up to 10 million people throughout the world would observe silence, creating a united and harmonious channel through which can pass strength and guidance. The keynote was ‘Here am I, send me’, offered in selfless service. Many people worldwide still observe this minute and The Silent Minute is once again being observed on a large scale.
‘There is no power on earth that can withstand the united co-operation on spiritual levels of men and women of goodwill everywhere.’ WTP
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A Silent Minute is observed in the gardens of Chalice Well each day at midday and 3pm
Whether visiting for an hour, a day or a week a place of quiet retreat
Many people visit the gardens to experience the peace and unique atmosphere here. Visitors often speak of a sense of crossing a threshold and leaving the everyday behind.
Sometimes just an hour spent in the gardens can be enough. But for those looking for a longer retreat or more personal experience, we offer a number of ways you can benefit from the peace and spiritually rejuvenating energies of Chalice Well.
For a longer stay, we have our retreat house, Little St Michaels. This can be booked by room or, for groups, as a whole. Guests staying in the house have 24-hour access to the gardens; there is nothing else like the quiet of the gardens in the evening.
We also have a light and airy, wood framed Meeting Room for holding meetings or workshops. Adjoined to Little St Michaels, the Meeting Room is perfectly situated for groups who wish to include workshops as part of their stay.
Private Access gives you exclusive access to the gardens, outside public opening times. Either as an individual, a group simply wishing to enjoy the gardens or for celebrating and honouring a particular moment in life’s journey, you can book the gardens for a couple of hours, before we open or after we close.
Retreat House & Meeting Room
Our beautiful retreat spaces are available for Companions and their guests. Available for individual and group bookings, they are an ideal setting for retreats, pilgrimages and sacred tours. We hold all of our spaces in a manner that preserves the peace and sanctity of this much loved sacred site, therefore all are free from mobile phone/laptop use and there is no smoking, meat or fish in the house.
Events, workshops & retreats
Our annual programme of events honours the seasons in nature which fall on days celebrated since ancient times. They are grounded in the common principles of community, stillness, blessing, communion, reflection, gratitude and celebration. That people gather together in a beautiful garden allows a shared acknowledgement of the sacred and the divine that transcends borders and differences. For details of our upcoming events please see our Events information
A place within which to experience peace and from which to take peace into the world
“The more love we reflect and share with one another, the greater will be the supply available to us: a supply that is infinite, boundless, never failing and eternal. When the truth of this realisation is recognised and utilised we shall be on the first lap of the road leading to the arrival of “Heaven on Earth”.
Wellesley Tudor Pole, founder of Chalice Well Trust, from his booklet ‘God is Love’.
Chalice Well Shop 10.30am to 5.30pm
The shop at the Chalice Well provides a beautiful and peaceful environment to browse a wide range of books, crystals, jewellery, essences and other items which allows the visitor to take a piece of the Well away with them – ensuring that the connection with the Well can always be maintained directly.
It’s the ideal place to find the perfect gift for yourself, friends or family, and is a perfect way of finishing up your visit to the Well where you can talk to our friendly and knowledgeable staff team. Our on-line shop allows you to purchase many of the items available in our shop, 24 hours a day from wherever you are in the world. Perfect for those people who aren’t able to get to the well in person on a frequent basis.