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"Avalon Rising" - Openhand Centre in Glastonbury

Openhand first established itself in Glastonbury in 2005, drawn by the very special energy here which is deeply alchemical, healing and revelatory. "Avalon" is the mystical name given by many locals to this place. In worldwide spiritual circles it is often known as the heart chakra of the planet. Openhand has been gifted two wonderful houses both side by side, both with huge back gardens, in the centre of the energy. It's been our pleasure to develop the space in a sacred way so that Openhanders from all around the world may come and partake of this exceptional energy and to gain a deeper understanding of the Openhand Philosophy. It is our pleasure to host you.

The space will be held by two wonderful Openhanders Ben Freund and Fiona Reilly, who've both been with us since the early days. And we'll be calling our new Centre "Avalon Rising". We do hope to see you here in due course. Here are some pictures of our Centre...

Our leafy gardens...

The Openhand Tribe gathering...

Ben and Fiona...

Sacred Fire Ceremony...

Lesley calling in the energy (we couldn't have established everything without you Lesley!)...

The Warriors, ready for the Sweat Lodge...

What better way to stir up an appetite?
Who will ever forget Trinity's Conscious Kitchen...

Lunch today was a delicious medley buffet of sun-dried tomato & ginger salad, raw sprouted sunflower seed pesto, curried chickpeas, sun-dried tomato tapenade, red pepper hummus and mint pea soup. Went down a treat...

How we tucked in!...

The delicious and healthy food helped all those deep contemplations:

Caroline focused...

Marjolyn letting go...

Open with Joann unraveling and unwinding during a session today...

After lots of unraveling Kim decides to contemplate with a hard earned cup of tea...

Contemplating inner child identities today, what better place to go than to climb a tree and sit in the tree house. Well that's just what Martin did...

Abi such a gorgeous being...

These guys are ALWAYS laughing and smiling...

See what I mean Smile

Music was never far away...

With our very own backing group...

Pennie on percussion...

Jaq and Mike melodying...

Myra delighting...

Trinity busted - exposed from behind the lense...

As always having a blast!


jdoran's picture

Thrilled!!! I felt a real loss when you announced the closing. I look forward to revisiting Avalon Rising. Love & blessings to Ben & Fiona for holding the space. Much love. Joann xo

Open's picture

Well, we'd be blessed to see you Joann!

Cynthia Sham Rang's picture

What a gift! Thank you Open, Trinity, Ben, Fiona, and Openhand for generating "Avalon Rising"! YES...

Js's picture

What wonderful news :)Openhand is spreading Smile I was having a discussion with a Religious friend just lastnite, she was explaining how she was working out her distortion, as I listened it was clear she was not accepting and embracing her distortion but rather was using positive thinking to wish it away and create a safe bubble so to speak...in her own words she was saying ''this is not me, how I feel''....long story short I gave her the Openhand perspective, of accepting the distortion, embracing the distortion and becoming one with the distortion and in time transcending through it ....I added a few more Openhand methods and guidance....in the end she said she would definitely be looking up Openhand on the internet and doing some reading about them, and their methods Smile Yay! Smile

.Jen's picture

Oh this is so super awesome!!! Who could have guessed it? Who could have planned it? I love seeing this kind of thing because you are just so open to what the moment is inviting without needing it any way. With love, Jen

Rich's picture

Wonderful news you guys!

Love always.


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Richard W's picture

The next incarnation - love the name too! What awesome news. I'm very happy that I may be able to come to experience those wonderful energies, and especially that garden! Thumbs up guys.

Emilia's picture

What a wonderful news!! This made me so happy, yay! Smile Thank you so much <3 <3 <3

Fiona Reilly's picture


It's an absolute joy to be here at Avalon Rising. I feel really blessed, thank you Open, Ben, Trinity and all the wonderful beings of the Openhand community. I too was sad at the prospect of Number 5 ceasing, thankfully the Universe conspired and the wonderful dance continues... I am enthused and excited to be part of it all.

It was an absolute delight to have guests stay last week after the 5 Gateways launch and I look forward to welcoming many more folk in the months ahead.

With love and gratitude, Fiona

Trinity's picture

It's an absolute joy to have you here Fiona! I LOVE that the universe has conspired to let it be again! I have no doubt, that it is because you rose up and said 'hey universe - I am ALL IN'. Yey!

I am feeling so much joy and delight with Avalon Rising. I can't wait for it to start rolling and have people staying there again. Lots to be unveiled. We are also going to announce more details soon; including that we've offering services for guests, such as reflexology and facilitation (Fiona), deep consciousness bodywork and sound healing (me) and of course spiritual coaching (Open).

Love and gratitude for your inspiration Fiona.

Cynthia Sham Rang's picture

My goodness!! With all of those offerings and combinations of energies Avalon will mo longer be Rising, she'll take off!!
I am looking forward to my next stay and to availing myself of the potency of these gifts the three of you offer.

Many thanks and much gratitude for all that you are and all that you do - with love

jdoran's picture

Cynthia as always you express in words what I would like to say...I hope we all get to be there together someday...much love. Joann

.Jen's picture

Oh Wow! I can not WAIT to return!!! It's seeming like this summer will be in the cards in some way! Will definitely be partaking in all of the heavenly delights...I mean really, the fudge was enough =)!! Much love to you all and immense support from my heart to the center of the heart of Gaia. x Jen

Fiona Reilly's picture

Thank you Trinity, it feels really special for me to be here and I am ever grateful. Thank you for the kind words.

Lovely Cynthia, I look forward to seeing you here and flying together again. Thanks Joann and Jen, be delightful to see you both.

Love, Fiona

Trinity's picture

The energy has been feeling really beautiful here at the Openhand Centre 'Avalon Rising'. There just feels like a gorgeous flow happening with lots of things unfolding with everyone here. Each moment is part of the spiritual journey, to learn, expand and find what really stirs the soul.

One of the things that Fiona and I have been up to recently is local foraging. It's such a soulful community 'tribal' thing to do... going off foraging for wild berries together. It really takes us back to nature and invites a deeper appreciation of the gifts of the seasons. As we walk into the countryside, we share and can't help but inspire each other with stories and ideas for the path!

Here is our smiling, joyful, soulful sharing as we gathered wild foraged blackberries yesterday. They are in their peak right now - blessed are we!

jdoran's picture

If there was a picture next to bliss in the dictionary I imagine it would look something like that. Thanks for sharing!

ishara's picture

Wow, what a magically enchanting place! I bet the nature devas and elementals are dancing with joy at Avalon Rising! <3 <3 <3

Diane Lee's picture

I've searched the site but can't see where Avalon Rising is located. What is the actual address with post code for sat nav ... thanks ... Smile

Trinity's picture

Hi Di
I've mailed you Wink

Horse's picture

Avalon rising sound and looks amazing. Along with Trinity,Open and the other Openhanders it could be nothing else. I look forward to one day meet some of you there.

'To Infinity and Beyond'

Fiona Reilly's picture

Thank you Horse,

We had a special gathering here last night, with nine beautiful souls sharing a meal together, before the New Year Retreat that starts this afternoon. The pre-course energy is building... it's going to be awesome!

It's such a delightful pleasure and honour to be here. I am blessed.

Hope to see you here some time soon.

Love Fiona