On Sunday, March 31st, the World Drum will be coming to Glastonbury to be played atop the iconic Tor, site of healing springs, reputed crystal caves and, according to some, the resting place of King Arthur, hence Glastonbury’s other name, Avalon (‘Apple Land’), i.e. the Otherworld. Created by Sami shamans, the World Drum has been travelling the world for years, having been played at 500 locations on five continents. The sound of the World Drum is the heartbeat of Mother Earth and is a call to all humanity to put aside the ways of greed and destruction and to renew respect and reverence for our Great Mother and peace between all peoples. These goals will be at the heart of our ceremony. Glastonbury has long been associated with the sleeping giant, Albion, who represents the spirit of the British Isles and their inhabitants, our rainbow nation. The female spirits of or lands is Britannia, with her protective shield and the trident sceptre that links her spirit with that of the seas that surround us. In our rite, we will seek to re-connect with these two great spirits of our land and people, re-connecting them with our Great Mother Earth and all its peoples through the heartbeat of the World Drum. In so doing, we join with all those folk of many lands and cultures who are the family of the Drum in seeking to raise awareness and encourage respect, reverence and world peace. Please come and join us, bring drums, hands to clap, feet to dance, voices to raise in harmony, and the rhythm of your own heartbeat to add to that of the Drum. With peace and reverence for all life, Hail and Blessed Be!