We are delighted to announce the speakers at this year’s Annual Conference, “Dreaming the Land” – Working with the Consciousness of Nature, on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 November 2018.
Saturday 24 November 2018:
Peter Dawkins – “From the Earth, Light”
Gary Biltcliffe and Caroline Hoare – “The Power of Centre”
Maria Wheatley – “Deep Waters”
Helen Sands, Mark Bedford and Russell Harris – “The Birds who Flew Beyond Time”
Sunday 25 November 2018:
Angharad Wynne – “Dreaming the Land”
John Wadsworth – “Turning the Wheel of the Zodiac: a Pilgrimage of the Soul”
There will also be more interactive elements to the weekend like last year, including river pilgrimage and creating a mandala.
Peter Dawkins is a philosopher, author, lecturer, visionary, geomancer, Zoence consultant and teacher, and a Baconian and Shakespearean scholar. He is the founder of Zoence Academy & Mystery School, which he runs in partnership with his wife Sarah, and of the Francis Bacon Research Trust. Peter is a co-founder of Gatekeeper Trust. Peter’s pioneering research has led directly to a developing art and science of ‘landscape temples’ and ‘geomantic (or geocosmological) pilgrimage’. www.zoence.co.uk
Gary Biltcliffe and Caroline Hoare have spent many years travelling the UK researching for their book The Spine of Albion and walking the pilgrim trails, dowsing ancient sites and uncovering lost knowledge. They have a keen interest in the sacred mystery cult of the goddess and the mythology and folklore of Britain. They lead groups from all over the world around Britain’s sacred sites and run workshops introducing people to the magic, science and history of the landscape. www.belinusline.com
Maria Wheatley is a second-generation dowser who was taught by her late father, a Master Dowser. She has continued her father’s dowsing research into the esoteric design canons of prehistoric sites, Druidic ceremonial enclosures and the Knights Templar’s churches and cathedrals. Maria is a leading authority on geodetic earth energies and ley lines and the author of several books on sacred sites and dowsing. She runs a study school teaching advanced dowsing techniques and offers tours to sacred sites from Stonehenge to Malta. www.theaveburyexperience.co.uk
Helen Sands and Mark Bedford have been storytelling together for two years. They are both followers of St. Francis and bring his love of nature into their stories. They believe that art has the power to make change in the world. Helen Sands is an artist/storyteller, loving telling mythic stories with a timeless appeal. She is a long-time friend of Gatekeeper. Mark Bedford is an actor and storyteller who has been performing and running workshops in the UK and internationally for over 20 years.
Angharad Wynne has spent much of her life searching for the fragments of her native spirituality. Her journey has included training and practice within the Western Magical Traditions as well as Celtic Shamanism. She offers workshops and retreats, lectures and courses to share her knowledge and understanding of the old ways of this land, and their application in our world today. Angharad and her partner and collaborator Eric Maddern, have just launched DADENI Spirit School, a three year programme that delves deeply into the indigenous mystery traditions of these isles. www.angharadwynne.com
John Wadsworth has been working as a professional astrologer since 1993, and is the author of Your Zodiac Soul, published by Orion Books. He runs the Kairos School of Astrology in Glastonbury, and is the founder and co-facilitator of The Alchemical Journey, a Glastonbury Zodiac-based mystery school. John holds an MA in Cultural Astronomy & Astrology from Bath Spa University. He also teaches night-sky astronomy and runs a mobile planetarium for schools. www.kairosastrology.co.uk