Glastonbury Goddess Temple
Glastonbury Goddess Temple was first opened to the public in 2002 and was formally registered as a Place of Worship on 18th June 2003. We believe that we are the first indigenous British Goddess Temple for perhaps 1,500 years to be officially recognised as such within Brigit’s Isles or Europe. This is an ‘herstoric’ registration as for the first time a sacred space has been recognised which rests within the embrace of Goddess.
Glastonbury Goddess Temple is dedicated to the Lady of Avalon, who is Goddess of the Sacred Isle of Avalon, which is the Otherworldly counterpart to the everyday world of Glastonbury. Our Temple is a very special place and we hold it with open hearts and wide loving consciousness as a Sacred Space of Goddess. People travel from all over the world to visit our Goddess Temple, to commune with the Lady in this sacred space specially dedicated to Her.
The Glastonbury Goddess Temple is located in the Courtyard of the Glastonbury Experience, up the wooden staircase. It is open to the public 365 days of the year for prayer, ceremony, meditation and worship from 12.00 noon-4.00pm. While the Temple is open, volunteer Melissas are in attendance to look after the space, to offer blessings, perform ceremonies, etc. The Temple is used for smaller public ceremonies, New Moon Healings and Ceremonies of Embodiment of the Lady of Avalon. The Goddess Temple is also available for Legal Weddings, Handfastings, Rites of Passage, etc. We happily welcome pre-arranged groups of pilgrims, school and college students, from home and abroad, who want to learn more about Goddess and the Temple. We offer a gateway to the Goddess in Glastonbury and Avalon, where people can come to pray, attend ceremonies and meet other like-minded Goddess-loving people and explore our developing Goddess spirituality. Since we opened Goddess Temples have opened or are being planned by Priestesses who have trained with Goddess Temple Trainings, in other parts of the UK, Holland, Spain, USA, Hungary, Argentina, Czech Republic, Sweden, Belgium and Australia.
Please visit the Goddess Temple website for more information about it.
Our Priestess Registrars: Dawn Kinsella and Sharlea Sparrow
Here in the Goddess Temple on the Isle of Avalon we are blessed with being able to conduct Sacred marriages for conscious couples that are legally binding.
As Priestesses of Avalon and Priestess Registrars, Dawn Kinsella and Sharlea Sparrow are inspired with their chosen role in this life of feminine wisdom keepers… to keep unfolding and to honour the ways of Goddess as her Priestess in the aspects of love and what that means to hold love in a sacred way.
Dawn explains: “To experience the almost tangible energies in the Goddess Temple when a sacred marriage is taking place is a powerful experience that reverberates into the fabric of our being for a long time after. We feel so very fortunate to be a part of this, to hold the space in a sacred, ceremonial way”.
Dawn is a Priestess of Avalon and Priestess of the Goddess. She has an NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Celebrancy and is one of the Registrars for legal marriages in Glastonbury Goddess Temple.
Dawn completed three years training as a Priestess of Avalon and moved to Glastonbury/Isle of Avalon to follow her calling.
She is a full-time priestess devoting her life to serving the Goddess Temple and the world-wide Goddess community. Dawn is Melissa Mother for the Goddess Temple, taking care of the Temple Melissas, who volunteer their time to open the Temple to the public. Dawn is the keeper of the keys and one of the guardians of the Temple, serving all who come to Glastonbury seeking Goddess. Her role as Priestess is as ceremonialist and she conduct ceremonies, sacred marriages and handfastings here in our beloved Temple.
“Life is blessed with love. I am so happy to serve in this way, conducting ceremonies of sacred marriage and union in a way that reflects Goddess tradition and custom. Bringing back Goddess to human consciousness in the way of love.” – Dawn Kinsella.
Sharlea has been a Priestess of Avalon for many years and is one of the Glastonbury Goddess Conference Ceremonialists. She is one of the Priestess Registrars for legal marriages in the Temple and is experienced in creating meaningful ceremonies. In 2014 she undertook the highest, and only, national qualification Level 3 Diploma in Celebrancy in the UK.
“It was wonderful to qualify in a time when all couples, whatever their sexuality, are able to celebrate marriage, freely and equally. I welcome the opportunity to at long last reflect that equality. I am really passionate about celebrating diversity, meeting new people and making the most of all the great opportunities and experiences life has to offer.
Being a Celebrant is exciting for me as I can use my creativity and attention to detail to assist you in creating a ceremony that is exactly the way you want it to be. It is a privilege and pleasure to be a part of someone’s special day, whether it be for a wedding, civil partnership, new arrival, renewal of vows or commitment ceremony.”
Iona is a Priestess of Rhiannon (in training!) and Wedding Planner for the Goddess Temple. Iona spent several years in London working in the events department of a busy PR and Marketing Agency. Here she worked on different brand events for festivals, concerts and bespoke parties. After some time she decided to change her career and become a Holistic Therapist. Since re-training she now has a practice in Glastonbury and has gone on to create many sacred events, including the Glastonbury Pamper Evenings, the Coventina Day Spa at the Goddess Conference, Goddess Temple Healing Evenings and Yoga Retreats. As well as this she has now found herself being brought into the world of love and Sacred Weddings. Iona is loving her new calling:
“I enjoy weaving together the elements of love, celebration, inspiration and magic to create your dream day!”
Trevor is our main Wedding Melissa. He is a Priest of Avalon and will be there along with another Melissa on the day to assist you and your guests with anything you need!