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'Sober At Glastonbury' By Clare Vanstone


My amazing sober sister-in-law Clare has written a blog post all about her experience at Glastonbury this year. It is such a beautiful piece. I hope you all enjoy it. Clare has been sober for over 18 months and was a very similar drinker to me... I am so proud of her and love her with all my heart. Thanks for writing this x


Glastonbury, renowned for its wild parties and alcohol-fuelled revelry, proved to be an incredible experience even without the influence of alcohol. In this blog post, I'll share my alcohol-free adventure at Glastonbury, highlighting the vibrant music, the sense of community, and the personal growth I encountered. Join me as I delve into the moments that made this journey unforgettable and the valuable lessons learned along the way.


The heart and soul of Glastonbury lie in its music. Freed from the haze of alcohol, I was able to fully immerse myself in the performances, feeling the energy of the crowd and connecting deeply with the music. From the electrifying acts on the Pyramid Stage to the hidden gems in smaller tents, each set offered a chance to be present and appreciate the artistry unfolding before me. I discovered new artists, danced with abandon, and shared in the collective joy of the music.


Glastonbury's inclusive community provided a space where genuine connections flourished. By abstaining from alcohol, I found myself more open to forging meaningful relationships with fellow festival-goers. Conversations, impromptu drum circles, and communal activities allowed me to connect on a deeper level. The absence of alcohol-induced barriers created an environment where authenticity thrived, emphasizing that true connections can be formed without the need for alcohol. These encounters enriched the festival experience, fostering a sense of belonging and creating lasting friendships.


Attending Glastonbury alcohol-free became an unexpected journey of self-discovery. With a clear mind and heightened senses, I delved into the festival's spiritual and cultural offerings. Exploring the healing fields, participating in workshops, and embracing holistic practices such as yoga and meditation allowed me to deepen my connection with myself and the world around me. Glastonbury became a transformative experience as I challenged personal boundaries, embraced new perspectives, and nurtured self-awareness in ways I had never before explored.



Throughout my alcohol-free Glastonbury adventure, I encountered countless unforgettable moments. Witnessing breath-taking sunrises, joining spontaneous dance circles, stumbling upon secret stages, and connecting with strangers through shared joy and music created memories that will forever be etched in my mind. These experiences highlighted the festival's true magic, emphasizing that Glastonbury's essence lies not in alcohol consumption, but in the celebration of life, the power of music, and the beauty of human connection.



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