The Gatekeeper Trust is devoted to personal and planetary healing through pilgrimage. It seeks to rediscover the ancient art of pilgrimage as a way of journeying – with an awareness of the sacred nature of our environment. It researches both ancient and modern knowledge about the landscape and shares it through an annual programme of journeys and workshops.


We are planning the following National Events for 2022:

17th September 2022 – Pilgrim’s Day Alderley Edge
With Gary Biltcliffe and Caroline Hoare. A day of exploration and pilgrimage at Alderley Edge, a prominent red sandstone ridge high above the Cheshire plain. Alderley Edge is the oldest known mining site in England dating back to 1900BCE. In Saxon times, it once formed part of the boundary between the middle kingdom of Mercia and the old British Kingdom of the Brigantes.

Saturday 12th November 2022 – “Art Rescues the Heart”
Our Annual Conference will be held online again this year. The feedback we had after last year’s conference was overwhelmingly supportive of our online presentation, enabling a much wider audience to engage with the Gatekeeper Trust. Save the Date – more details coming soon.

We will be sharing various on-line resources through these times to continue our work in the landscape as a collective. Subscribe to the newsletter below to be updated. You can also check in to the Gatekeeper Facebook page.

Wheel of Life

We would love you to join us in the Gatekeeper Wheel of Life Events in pilgrimage and expressive arts.

Conference Videos:

Videos from the talks at our Annual Conferences for the previous few years are available to watch on our website and on YouTube. Click here to watch online.

How does pilgrimage help the Earth?

peter-dawkins-clr“The old saying that every pilgrim leaves footprints of light that others might follow and add to, is no idle saying. The Earth can be turned into light through pilgrimage, and there is a science associated with how this is done.

Love is an energy, and all things including ourselves are built out of energy… If our energy is loving, then we affect other energy fields that we touch or move in with that love.

We can both give and receive love, in mutual benefit. In such a way a pilgrim’s relationship with the Earth, with the landscape, can be a love relationship. Just like us, the Earth longs for such love and calls us to love her. The Earth in her love for us helps us towards illumination, and we can help her towards hers. That is the hidden purpose of pilgrimage – the so-called redemption of mankind and Nature, the raising of all to light, wherein Light is the manifestation of Love.”

Peter Dawkins, Elder and co-Founder

    1. Leo Full Moon Meditation

      Friday 12 August @ 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
    2. Singing from the Heart, Mellor

      Saturday 20 August @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
    3. Virgo Full Moon Meditation

      Saturday 10 September @ 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
    4. Pilgrims’ Day: Cheshire-Alderley Edge

      Saturday 17 September
    5. Libra Full Moon Meditation

      Sunday 9 October @ 11:30 am - 12:00 pm