The Upminster Sanctuary for healing and teaching

The History of The Upminster Sanctuary

Here is a pictorial guide of The Sanctuary progress over the last 50 years.

The Sanctuary has for many years been Julia Massey’s dream.

In 1971 Julia’s Aunt gave her £500 to play with on the Stock Exchange.

She invested wisely and with the proceeds purchased the land
adjacent to Maytree Cottage.

It Began As A Wilderness!

A wilderness

September 1972

Decades of rubbish

Decades of rubbish

The pond

The pond

Julia's love and dedication have transformed a wilderness full of household rubbish, broken glass, milk bottles and general debris into a peaceful haven.

Completely overgrown

Completely overgrown

September 1973

Reclaiming the pond

Reclaiming the pond

Julia working all hours (and still does!)

Julia working all hours
Pond re-established

Amazing!

The pond had appeared on Ordnance Survey maps for hundreds of years
…. but first we had to find it again!

The pond re-established

The pond re-established

1983

Digging out the footings

Digging out the footings

The foundations are dug out for a flat roof garage

Land cleared for planting

Land cleared for planting

From flat roof garage...

From flat roof garage
To garage and barn

To garage with barn

1988

Installing window on west side of the Sanctuary

Installing window on west side of the Sanctuary

The Sanctuary completed

The Sanctuary completed
Converting the roof space

Converting the roof space

Planning permission granted!  

Building transformed into
The Upminster Sanctuary for Complementary Healing and Teaching

Which became
The Teaching Room

into a Teaching Room

September 1998

Transforming a section of the garden

Transforming a section of the garden
into a car park

Into a car park

‘Our’ Len re-establishing the grass

‘Our’ Len re-establishing the grass
All done

All done!

5th October 1998

The official Opening Day! 

The grand opening (in the rain)

The grand opening
(in the rain!)

First across the threshold

First across the threshold Julia with long time friend, Ron

Cutting the cake

Cutting the cake Julia and her mum, whose 75th birthday was the same day (with husband Roy looking on)

Julia with her working partner and friend, Ruth Dixon

Julia with her working partner and friend, Ruth Dixon

Doves

Our Doves

Welcome to The
Upminster Sanctuary!

We are open

We are open!

Myrtle, our cat, likes to keep an eye on things.

And keep an eye out for the peacocks who often pop in from a neighbouring property to share the bird’s seed with the doves.

Myrtle

Myrtle

Baby Massage Course

Baby Massage Course

Open Day June 2007

Open Day

Open Day

Cutting the ribbon

We were lucky with the weather!

Indian Head Massage Class

Indian Head Massage
Class

Learning about a treatment in the Teaching Room

Learning about a treatment in the Teaching Room
Just relaxing in the garden

Just relaxing in the garden

Yoga in the sunshine

Yoga in the sunshine

Our Len in his maintenance role

Our Len in his maintenance role
Choosing treatments

Which treatment to choose?

Even the babies were socialising

Socialising
Phew long day

Phew! What a long day!

Disppointed Jack
"You only left me cake?!"

Jack and cake
MONDAY TO FRIDAY: 8.00am to 10.00pm
SATURDAY: 8.30am to 8.00pm
SUNDAY & BANK HOLIDAY: 9.00am to 6.00pm

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