The Martinsey Isle Trust aims to protect sacred sites in and around Glastonbury and in particular to purchase or protect Martinsey and Lidney, two of the sacred islands centred upon Glastonbury (subject to agreement with the farmer with whom the Trust is in consultation).

Part of that dream is to provide a 'poustinia' and place of spiritual rest, regeneration and succour for the dying, the newly dead and their loved ones - and a resource centre for scholarship and information.

The Martinsey Isle Trust is actively engaged in research into the spiritual and historical traditions of Glastonbury and area.

This enquiry centres around the gift of the seven holy islands purported to have been given to Joseph of Arimathea; the first above ground church in England; the story of King Arthur; and the earlier and prehistoric origins for such veneration.

Eternally renowned as the place for 'the ingress and egress of souls' and 'the isle of the dead', the Martinsey Isle Trust hopes to create a natural burial ground of choice beneath the Tor - land has been purchased for this and the Trust continues to try to achieve planning permission for usage as a burial ground.

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To help to release some of the fear, guilt, denial, distancing and taboo which so often surround death and dying, and to consider more fully the everlasting nature of the spiritual self, the Martinsey Isle Trust provides workshops, talks and events on subjects such as:

  • Spiritual and practical preparation for death and dying - long before these occur;
  • Conscious living, conscious dying, where death may inform life and life informs death;
  • Exploring life before life and life after death;
  • Assisting soul companionship during and after death;
  • Alternative funerals and the best of the traditional;
  • Life-death-life cycle of nature;
  • Surveying and care of local flora and fauna.
Martinsey today

The Martinsey Isle Trust and the Glaston Rose Humane Company Creating an idyll of Martinsey and Lidney Islands Natural Burial honouring life's sacred thresholds
The Martinsey Isle Trust was co-founded in 2002 by David Wasley, its inspiration, and Judith Pidgeon, its grounder

The Martinsey Isle Trust - Ivy Cottage - Bath Road - Sturminster Newton - Dorset - DT10 1DU - UK - Telephone: 01258 475 125
Registered Charity Number : 1135600
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