Lindsay is a Homoeopath, Reiki Master and Spiritual Companion and continues to study and research alternative methods of healing.
As an only child living in the country, she formed a close bond with nature and animals which has never left her and she spent many years training and rehabilitating ex-racehorses and German Shepherd dogs.
As a child of the sixties she rushed off to see the world at the age of seventeen and since then she has been fully participant in the university of life, raising a family, setting up, running and consequently selling two successful businesses, working for a Doctor of Philosophy at Oxford University and working with the homeless, amongst other things.
Spirituality was never far away and for the past twenty years has been the focus of the way she lives her life. Like so many, a series of synchronistic events bought her to Chalice Well, to Glastonbury and to where she finds herself today.
I have been fortunate to have many golden threads in my life – the Chalice Well being an important, significant one. I first visited the Well nearly 20 years ago, and for many years I would take time out to retreat from working and family life to spend time alone in Little St Michaels – to stop, breathe and be. I became a trustee in May 2019 and feel very privileged to be serving the Well in this role, not least in assisting others in holding the note in this precious, sacred place.
My background is in Education and Psychotherapeutic Counselling. Most of my working life was spent working in Universities in London and Essex. I returned to the West Country 7 years ago to take on the role of Housemother at the Chalice Well, which felt a real honour and was a role I loved. Living and working on-site for several years enabled a sense of profound deepening of connection for me to this thin place.
I currently work as a Spiritual Director and I lead quiet days and times of silence. I offer ‘retreat conversations’ for people on individual retreat who experience challenging issues arising and I work with those in spiritual crisis.
I am very drawn to contemplative prayer and meditation and I am particularly interested in peoples’ attitudes to silence. At some point I would like to make the time to return to researching this area in more detail. I strive to achieve a balance between doing and being in my own life and practice; this is very much still a work in progress!
I see my role as Trustee at this time as holding this place of pilgrimage in love and light and ensuring that this sanctuary of Peace and of healing is protected, preserved and enabled to prosper.
I am very happy and excited to join the team of trustees at The Chalice Well. As we all know it is a very special place, and I hope that I can be of service to the spirit of the place and everyone involved, as I get closer to the organisational as well as the spiritual character of the Well.
My first experience of the Chalice Well was in 2003 when I joined a weeklong retreat at the Abbey House. I remember driving past it on my way in from London and noticing a ‘something’ behind the easily missed boundary. By this time I was fairly heavily into my spiritual development pathway – that had begun a decade or so earlier – and as the years went by I took every opportunity to sit at the Well Head and meditate to birdsong, sunshine, raindrops, traffic noise, and the gentle background chatter of visitors.
As time went on, I got introduced to the Spiritual Companions programme set up by William Bloom, and qualified as a companion and mentor around 7 or 8 years ago. In 2019 I co-facilitated the Spiritual Health and Wellbeing accredited programme in Glastonbury.
Professionally, for the last 25 years or so I’ve worked as a leadership development consultant, working in the mainstream with many of our most well-known organizations, public services, and charities. During this time I have been a Commercial Director for a global HR professional services business, a Partner in an innovative consulting firm, and in 2019 I set up a new business to integrate mainstream and alternative thinking, primarily as a statement of spiritual intent and a symbolic act of service. This ‘bridging’ role underpins and is at the heart of my work.
Client work is a mix of one-to-one executive coaching and group facilitation/team-working, facilitating people through their adult development as they broaden their perspective on who they are, and helping them connect with the best parts of themselves.
As an example I am currently working on a diversity/inclusion leadership programme for a large Swiss pharmaceutical business, helping senior folks unpick unconscious bias, privilege, gender politics, and transition to a more human style of leading. For another client – this time a team of lawyers spread across East and West Europe for a Netherlands based professional services firm – I am helping them to understand how to develop and enhance their impact and lead a massive change programme.
My background includes training and qualifications in coaching, many forms of depth psychology, constellations, management and leadership, psychometrics, 360, process facilitation, and authentic business/leadership. I have personal experience of talk therapy, Vision Quest, Way of Council, yoga, qi gung, and spiritual health and wellbeing.
Above all else I really value the daily personal meditation practice that I have managed to sustain now for many years. This practice nourishes me.
I am also lucky to be Dad to two amazing young people. My son is halfway through a PhD in ultrasound technology at UCL, and my daughter has just completed her degree in English and Creative Writing. This has been my best role to date by far, an utter joy (even when it hasn’t always seemed like that!).
In my spare time I like to hang out with friends and family, I enjoy riding my motorbike, I am a jazz guitarist, and spend a bit of time keeping fit and moving by walking in the countryside and home based exercise. Any remaining time is spent with my head in a book.
On my first visit to Chalice Well over 30 years ago, I was struck by its unique combination of deep peace and vibrant energy. It became a place of annual private pilgrimage where I found renewed inspiration to take back into my demanding work in the world.
My career has spanned education, public health management and the charity sector at national level. I’ve led innovation and improvement in health services, particularly mental health, and also specialise in organisational design, transformation and governance. My mainstream career has kept me very grounded and has enabled other forms of service.
Alongside this I have wide experience of spirituality-based cultures and spiritual practices based on deep consciousness and heart connection, exploring Druidism, western mystic traditions, Celtic Christianity and contemplative prayer. I’m an Educator with the Spiritual Companions Trust and support people to develop their spiritual practices, spiritual companionship and inner work.
It is a great privilege to be part of the trustee group protecting this ancient site, honouring its unique past and preserving it for many future generations.
I have been a visitor to the Well since the early 1990’s and in 1995 had an informal hand-fasting in the Well with my current wife after a registry office Ceremony. I have been a Companion for 10 years, since I moved to a small village just outside Glastonbury.
I am now retired but spent my working life in the Further Education sector as a teacher and lecturer of Economics and Finance. As a teacher, I worked in Ethiopia, Eritrea, Russia, Romania and Trinidad as well as the UK including teaching MBAs in Finance.
In my management role I had extensive experience of managing and delivering multi million pound budgets to deadlines, resource management and financial analysis. I bring my financial skills and understanding to the Trust at an unusual and demanding time with the inevitable financial impact of the Coronavirus. However, I know that the Well will continue to thrive over the coming years.
My spirituality has been influenced by the philosophy of the Vedas, as I have studied Ayurveda for 20 years from the 1990’s but I also have an interest in the indigenous spiritualities of Britain. Currently, and for the past 11 years, I have been part of a psycho-spiritual School called Ridhwan, which is based on meditation and inquiry.
In Glastonbury, I am also a Director of the Glaston Centre, which runs the Pilgrim Reception Centre, now located in the Glastonbury Information Centre. One of our aims is to foster dialogue and unity across the diverse elements of Glastonbury. I have also been a Trustee on other Boards including an Interfaith Seminary. I am a supporter of Extinction Rebellion.
My vision for the Well is that it continues to be an inclusive and welcoming space for all who seek spiritual nourishment or peace, especially during the challenging future years of recession, impacts of climate change and environmental degradation.
I am delighted to join the Board and to offer my service to the Well, and look forward to working with everyone involved.
I first came to the Well as a teenager whilst I was at school in Bath and fell in love with it then! Since then it has marked every significant moment of my life, from handfasting to the first outings and blessings of my 4 baby boys!!
I live in Glastonbury with my family and work as a Holistic Homeopath using Homeopathy, herbs, flower essences and Bioresonance. I learnt to make flower essences nearly 20 years ago as part of co-creating a Flower Essence company, Wild Medicine.
I was privileged to become a Trustee in 2006 when we began to make Chalice Well Essences and since then have been blessed with many roles, my favourite of which is being part of the Essences Team and working with the beautiful energies of the garden and the waters.