Around the Festival site many different spiritual groups offer hospitality and sanctuary, and some provide welfare for those in need. You will not be expected to join in any acts of worship or other activities run by the tents, although you are welcome to join in if you wish. They are all present at the Festival to offer a service, and are open to everyone regardless of faith – or lack thereof.
Located at the top of Big Ground, near Welfare at the farmhouse and the main Medical Centre, the Church – also known as Sanctuary – has been offering a warm welcome, a quiet space and a listening ear to festival-goers for many years. Open 24 hours throughout the Festival, we offer space to chill and reflect in the busy-ness of the festival, a place to sleep overnight if needed, and a cup of water. Team members – made up of volunteers from churches around the South West of England – are always available to talk, listen or pray. And throughout the afternoon we offer arts and crafts, karaoke, face painting and games.
Christian worship is held twice a day – 11am and 5pm. And on Sunday morning, there is a Catholic Mass (9.30am) and a service of Holy Communion (11am) followed by afternoon worship at 5pm. All are welcome to worship with us.
The Krishnas offer food and some simple welfare. They are situated in Holts camping field, near Oxylers Bridge.
Here you will find people of many different spiritual persuasions. The Buddhist Meditations centre, Hindu groups, Taoist groups and different pagan groups. They are on hand before, during and after the Festival, to offer a safe space, and to help in whatever way they can.
Located in the corner of the Field of Avalon, by the old railway track, the Iona Community has been a regular at the Festival for many years now. They are a dispersed Christian community with roots in Scotland but with members living in many places all committed to working for peace, social and environmental justice, the rebuilding of community and the renewal of worship. They offer a drop-in centre for conversation, counselling and worship and information on the Community itself and its concerns. For more information visit iona.org.uk.