Remembering the Handless Maiden with Sarah MooneyEvent Website
March 14 – 17
A group of us will stay at the retreat house at the chalice well gardens and use the story of the handless maiden to reach out to hidden , numb, forgotten, forlorn and unloved places within us. This is a deep soul journey with the majesty and alchemy of myth as its backbone. We will talk the story in sections, re telling, writing, crafting, sharing and conjuring our own wholeness through this ancient tale. We will also visit and create ritual in the White Spring.
We will be staying in the luxury retreat house at the Chalice Well, Glastonbury.
The Chalice Well, also known as the Red Spring, lies hidden in the Vale of Avalon between Glastonbury Tor and Chalice Hill and is enfolded within a gorgeous, sacred garden. For over two thousand years it has been a welcome retreat for those seeking healing, peace and even inspiration by drinking the sacred waters.
Today, the site is lovingly cared for by the Chalice Well Trust. The gardens, filled with flowers to evoke the senses, rise up from the entrance to the well head at the top and are separated into ‘rooms’ with the copper-red spring waters flowing downwards throughout.
The well itself lies at the top of the garden and is so-called because it is said that Joseph of Arimathea, when he visited Glastonbury, buried or washed the Holy Chalice here and as a result the spring appeared and has continued to flow ever since at the same rate and temperature.