Allanton World Peace Sanctuary, near Dumfries in South West Scotland, is the European home of the World Peace Prayer Society. The Society was founded in 1955 by the Japanese teacher, philosopher and poet Masahisa Goi (1916-1980), who dedicated his life to peace and humanity.
garden and grounds
Our sanctuary is nestled within 18 acres of beautiful green grounds and woodland. It is home to the natural biodiversity of Dumfries and Galloway including red squirrels, buzzards, frogs and newts, butterflies, moths and diverse fungi. We have mature woodland and planted a new woodland of native species in, 2001, which has become a wildlife corridor to increase and support the biodiversity.
There are lovely, relaxing meditative walks in the wildlife woodland and our Labyrinth.
Our Peace Pole Henge, consists of a double circle of 200 Peace Poles one for every country of the world. There are many ancient stones and henges in Dumfries and Galloway, and our Peace Pole Henge is connecting with the ancient spiritual energy of the land to create a focus for future world peace.
The grounds are used for all kinds of activities and events, including our Annual International World Peace Festival. We also host groups throughout the year and the flag ceremony is an important part of our activities.
There are regular Forest School sessions where children and young people are encouraged to appreciate nature and learn to love the outdoors, and their connection with the natural world.
We grow organic salad greens, vegetables and fruit, which provide delicious food for guests and all our volunteers. It is also a focus for various projects and education programmes with schools.