Parsonage Side Retreat is situated in the quiet and scenic hamlet of Otterhampton. This spacious and character-filled sanctuary is without a doubt a place of harmony. Otterhampton itself lies approximately 6 miles northwest of the market town of Bridgwater & enjoys close proximity to both the coast and rural countryside.
Dating back to the early 1700s and previously named 'Parsonage Farm', it was once a parson's residence and before that a small monk-friendly farmstead producing butter and locally-made cheeses. Originally the grounds stood on an orchard, where a few apple trees from that era still exist today. These trees can be found scattered around the private grounds and still in their fruitful taste.
The property is olde but filled with personality. When you enter the building there is a certainty of peace which many have experienced. There is little noise, except when that loveable tractor passes by! For those wanting to take time out from the material world there is much to entertain yourself with. There is an abundance of wildlife to see, especially if you take a visit to the bird-hide on Steart Bay for a beautiful view. Even on a clear day or night the terrain is striking. The stars fill the night sky, making it that ideal spot for stargazing in a serene atmosphere.
The small village of Otterhampton lies on Combwich Reach where the River Parrett flows to the sea. It was once said that otters even out-numbered the residents in the area but to date the numbers have died out. Local charities are in place to draw more otters into the surrounding areas to bring back Otterhampton’s true essence to it's name.
If you are unfamiliar with Somerset’s terrain it is well-worth taking some time out to watch the sun setting over the tranquil sea of just 2.2 miles from the retreat itself. In the glimpse of the day there are spectacular views to find, with the picturesque horizons to be seen at both Steart Beach and the Quantock Hills.
Steart Bay 2.2 miles from PSR
View of the Quantock hills:
The Quantock Hills are a range of hills west of Bridgwater. It is an area famous for its outstanding natural beauty. There is access to walks with the highest point on the hills standing at 1,261 feet. Once you reach the pinnacle you have virtually a 180° view of the surrounding areas full of farmland and rolling hills. The long stretch of mounds run from the Vale of Taunton Deane for approximately 15 miles ending at both East Quantoxhead and West Quantoxhead on the coast of the Bristol Channel. They also form the western border of Sedgemoor and the Somerset Levels. From this height, towards the north, the scene descends as far as the Gower Peninsula in Wales, as is the view from the rise of Otterhampton, when either approaching the church or from the coastline of Steart. From the top of the Quantock Hills on a clear day, it is possible to see the famous Glastonbury Tor.
Glastonbury is a small yet rather lively town 20 miles east of Otterhampton. It is rich in traditions and known famously in his area as the 'ancient Isle of Avalon.' It has been a place of pilgrimage for thousands of years. In the Middle Ages a great abbey stood there, being once known as England's 'holyest earthe'. The remains of Glastonbury Abbey are a focal point and as you enter this ancient town you can clearly sense that much history surrounds it. Somerset Rural Life Museum . Its heritage rules throughout the village and its people, where the myths and legends associated with the town still live on today. At present it is a unique, atmospheric town with a mixture of locals and spiritual seekers. This town is an interesting one to experience. Overlooking it all is the great Glastonbury Tor, where a truly spectacular trek to the top of this hill reveals Glastonbury's emblem 'St. Michael's Tower' which attracts people worldwide. St Michael's Tower on top of the hill is situated on the St Mary/Michael ley line which transverses around the whole world.
The St. Mary/Michael line is part of earth’s energy system. It is remarkably similar to the meridians which reside within our own body. Meridians are also known in many eastern traditions as the 'Kundalini energy' that travels through energy centres and nadis channels. The energy lines that run around the world are just on a bigger scale. They pulsate a magnetic energy, generated by the force of the gravities polarities of the earth’s magnetic field and its gravitational spin. Just like a magnet has its poles, its negative and positive forces, as these generate they counteract to create a continuous flow of energy flowing in and out of each other. The same goes for the electromagnetic energies found on earth. The Michael line is the masculine energy or Yin (positive line). While the Mary line is the feminane Yang (negative line). This dual energy line flows in from the Atlantic, from the south-western tip at lands end in England, it starts at its first site at St. Michael's Mount travelling north-east through England's landscape over 50 ancient and sacred sites and travels to Norfolk where it goes out into the North Sea at Hopton-on-Sea
These two huge telluric meridians twine in a sinusoidal double helix around the Earth's surface. These lines goes through numerous famous sites in order such as;
St Michael's Mount; Penzance, Menacuddle Holy well; St Austell, The Hurlers; Bodmin Moor, Cadbury Castle; Somerset, Creech St Michael; Taunton, Burrow Mump; Burrowbridge Somerset, Glastonbury Tor/Chalice Well & The Abbey ruins; Glastonbury Tor, Avebury, Sinodun castle; Oxfordshire, Bury St.Edmund’s; Suffolk and out at Hopton-on-sea.
The Michael/Mary line is the major line that runs round the world, but with it are lesser lines which run off from all of these other sacred sites, thus transferring energy all throughout the world. The closer you are to these lines, the more intense the energy lies. These ley lines have been founded for thousands of years by stone-age man and erected in its place stone circles and monuments which mark where the ley lines cross. Where the ley lines cross, their intersection resonates a special psychic or mystical energy which is where the source of our life force originates from and thus flows through all living things. This life force is universally known by many names from many different traditions and practices all around the world where the energy can be absorbed from. These energies are widely known as; bio energies, chi, ki, orgone, prana, psychic energies and cosmic energies. There are two categories of energies: imminent energies which for example come from the ground through the roots of trees and out into the environment mixed with the physicality of the air in which we breathe the breath of life. A place of where there would be more of this life force energy isn’t in such places where ley line activity intercepts but in an area of terrain where there is plentiful plant life to feed our internal energies. Exchangeable energies are the energies that we give off to this environment. We can thus absorb these back from other living things. We go through our days doing this naturally without even thinking about it.
The reason why Parsonage Side Retreat is the perfect place for consciousness exploration is that the retreat is not just in a place of gorgeous countryside, however there are two leylines that cross through the property, one of which comes from the east which starts from Glastonbury Tor then goes through the chalice well, the Abbey ruins in and St Benedict's Church. It then passes through two villages of the churches in Woolavington & Pawlett then arrives here at PSR. The second ley line starts in the south-west at Fiddington church, goes through the Otterhampton church through the retreat and up to Steart bays old chapel, through Burnham-on-sea church then through Brent Knoll (a viewable hill) a church at Luxton and a standing stone, passes through some earthworks, ancient settlement then to the church of Barrow Court then joins onto old Roman roads which then goes off the map. Research of these leys has been founded from Richard Bexx, one of the members here at PSR. He found that where all sacred or holy sites reside there must be a connection. He got a map dotted all churches, and ancient land markings and got a ruler. He tried to join up all sites and to his amazement a total of ten ley lines passed through Glastobury Tor and nothing else. He did this also for the map in Cornwall for St.Michael's Mount and to his amazement discovered there is truly some evidence to show that they do exist, and where.
Picture below is from the map of Glastonbury with the ley lines researched.
We believe that these energy lines cross here, not just because of research involved however we have had numerous individuals tell us of their existence, even mediums and psychics tell us of energy lines that reside here. We guess that you will have to come and feel them for yourself.