Jennifer Smith Glastonbury Retreat
Jennifer Smith

‘Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light’

Glastonbury Retreat butterfly
Glastonbury Peace Garden
Sacred Garden Glastonbury Peace
Glastonbury Retreat Abbey

As a child I remember being deeply curious about what makes a person who they are. Looking back now, it’s obvious that I was destined to discover my deeper nature. I recall reading a book called “Return to Love” by Marianne Williamson, and there was a passage that captured the depth of my heart……. 

“Love is within us.  It cannot be destroyed, but can only be hidden.  The world we knew as children is still buried within our heart…..The Mists of Avalon are a mythical allusion to the tales of King Arthur.  Avalon is a magical island that is hidden behind huge impenetrable mists.  Unless the mists part, there is no way to navigate your way to the island, but unless you believe the island is there, the mists won’t part”

At the time I had little understanding of how this message would shape the course of my life. Through exploration of the inner realms, psyche/unconscious, I came to realise how collective and ancestral beliefs impacted my perception of the world and others, and how suppression of emotions blocked the authentic expression of my own true nature and purity of heart..   

“Realisation is not acquisition of anything new nor is it a new faculty.  It is only the removal of camouflage” 
Ramana Maharashi

Over the years have continued to experience the dissolving of these false perceptions, a challenging and often turbulent experience. Through the release of suppressed feelings, there is a deep purification within the body, mind and heart uncovering the love and wisdom that lie within. A deeper compassion and intimacy with life and others unfolds, dismantling everything external have identified with as being a source of happiness and fulfilment.

“The courage to stop…be still….to feel….and release suppressed emotions, rather than filling myself with whatever that is externally has been the doorway to embodying more love.  A realisation that nothing outside can fill the empty hole, no achievement, no person, no..thing………only love…. the others are temporary fixes”. 

The foundations of Yoga, Silence, Meditation, Bodywork, inner reflection and connecting to nature have been gifts in my life, supporting this opening, continually reminding me of the very essence of my being, my true nature as the body releases the old patterns. 

“When you humble your heart to accept that you are both king and queen of your own individual destiny, you will discover that there is no-one above you or beneath you…… in this true description of royalty.  To know and receive yourself for the royalty that you are, immediately shifts your ego into a resting place, calling forth a serenity in which you feel safe enough to allow others this same acknowledgment without reservation”

The Sacred Garden is an 18th century home in the heart of Avalon, close to Glastonbury Abbey.  A space created to epitomise the depth of my heart’s intention, a sanctuary, dedicated to the expression of this unconditional love. 

A purification space allowing you to  cleanse and transmute old patterns and blocks from the body, reconnecting you more deeply with the purity of your own true nature, the unconditional peace(love) that is always there within despite fear, worry, lack, doubt and other survival based conditioning.

“Embodying more love in this world”


“My own inner journey and unravelling has been the primary focus… only in so far as the embodiment of love happens within oneself, can that transmit and ripple into the world, a transmission beyond techniques and practices that can be felt through the hearts of all”
Jennifer Smith

28 April 2019

“Thank you so much Jennifer on so many levels. Thank you for making the world a more beautiful place…. Thank you for walking your truth and creating pathways for us to travel…. And for being so real and vulnerable – despite the serious challenges you have faced you manage to make this all seem so effortless and graceful.. You’re so inspiring, gifted, honest and real…. Thank you for enriching our journeys as we weave together our silken fabric”
Gigi, Leicester