The final programme for the Goddess Conference is now available – you can download it here. We recommend checking this before you make your booking.
On the Fringe
Saturday 29th – Monday 31st July
A Fabulous Feast of Fringe workshops and pilgrimages to expand and enrich your experience of the Goddess Conference, or to enjoy as inspiring events in their own right.
Saturday 29th July
ALASTAIR NEWING: Stories of the Ancestors – A Day Tour to Avebury and Surroundings
Goddess is the earth, the sacred land we live and walk on. Our Ancestors not only knew that, they lived it. Goddess was part of their World, their daily life… and death. Nowadays we can still feel that deep connection through the many monuments they have left behind in the landscape.
The Stories of the Ancestors tour will give you the opportunity to make that connection by taking you to the ancient sacred landscape of Avebury and surroundings. We will travel by coach to Avebury, where we first will connect with the energy of West Kennet Long Barrow. We will bring offerings to Swallow Head Spring, as they did long ago, and connect with the mysterious Mother mound, Silbury Hill.
After that you will walk up West Kennet Avenue towards the impressive stone circles of Avebury and listen to the story lines which are stored in those ancient sacred stones. Finally we will finish with a honouring of this ancient land and the ancestors who were the living Stories of Avebury in a special ceremony to honour the Grandmothers and the old ways, before turning back to Avalon.
Outside Venue: Avebury & Surroundings
Time: 8.30am – 6.00pm (leaving from Abbey Car Park)
Fee: £60 per person (including transport)
BECKY JOHANSSON: – Rhiannon’s Blessings and Yoni Steam Workshop
In this beautiful ceremonial workshop we will move into connecting deeply with our bodies, allowing the communication of where we are at this current time in our lives to express itself; be heard, witnessed and released.
Invoking the loving energy of Rhiannon – Goddess of Love and sacred sexuality in Britain – we will prepare herbs, blessings and sacred water to create our own yoni steam bath and will then engage in this sacred, gentle yet powerful ritual together. Releasing, honouring, blessing and reclaiming this Sacred Source, our Temple, the Temple of the Goddess in each of us.
Women only. No nudity is required. Please wear a long loose skirt, bring a towel, and if you have a ceremonial bowl you wish to use, feel free to bring it, otherwise bowls will be provided.
Venue: Goddess House
Time: 12 noon to 4pm
KATHY JONES– Soul and Shadow: Birthing MotherWorld BOOK LAUNCH
Kathy describes her new book as “The Healing Journey of a Priestess of Avalon”. Published on 29th July the book will be launched at Goddess House – see details below.
There will be a reading at 12:45pm.
In this book Kathy Jones describes her own Priestess journey as her Shadow wounding revealed itself in experiences of cancer, accident and voracious personal attacks on social media. All so that she might heal herself of the wounds of this and previous lives.
Venue: Goddess House
Time: 12 noon
Fee: Free – all welcome!
Sunday 30th July
CAROLYN HILLYER: THE WORLD CAULDRON: Clans and Keepers of the Thrumming Bowl (WOMEN ONLY)
We circle around this great thrumming bowl, the sacred vessel that contains our most ancient understandings of the world; this belly of eternal rhythms that rock and churn and pound into the hollows of our bones. The songs of this great cauldron fill our bodies with primordial resonances; our skin vibrates with echoes from the voices of grandmothers singing softly or robustly far out around the rim. We keep returning to this bowl; we cannot help ourselves for we yearn to merge with far more primal versions of ourselves. We watch those old ones as they stir the magic all around, mix and blend until it spills the brim. And so we crouch with them beside the thrumming bowl, binding our world together, each sister strong beside her sisters, clans and keepers of the changing earth… With her most recent work, Weavers’ Oracle, at the core of this workshop, Carolyn will guide a journey of mystic tale, intuitive ritual and profound song around the rim of the world cauldron…
Venue: The Assembly Rooms
THE MOTHERS OF THE NEW TIME: Dancing at the Edge of the World
The Ohlone people indigenous to Northern California left a song fragment that has withstood the test of time. On the cliffs and beaches overlooking the Pacific Ocean, they would gather and sing: “Dancing at the edge of the world, we are dancing at the edge of the world.” The Mothers of the New Time, in honor and reverence for the sacred ways of the Ohlone people, adopted this line as part of our Full Moon prayer that we have been reciting for the last five years. What does is mean to dance at the edge of the world? It means being prepared to leap from the cliff of presumption and let yourself fly into the unknown, to embrace a path of greatness that carries you to the farther shores of experience, and to balance wisdom and curiosity about what lies down the path of mystery in your life.
During our workshop we will offer participants opportunities to experience healing shamanic journey, sacred Goddess dance, and visionary nourishment for a life of adventure along the footpath of Goddess. We will give practical advice for remaining strong and grounded in difficult times, based on body and soul-sustaining techniques. Participants will also receive individual guidance in the workshop setting for finding, changing, or repairing the unique life force that is shared in the heart, soul, and second heart of every woman. Join us for a deep sacred circle of embodied wisdom.
Venue: The Goddess Hall
JULIE FELIX IN CONCERT
Join Julie Felix for an evening of Magic and Joy!
A wonderful evening concert to start the Goddess Conference with one of the Conference’s favourite artists & world famous Goddess singer-songwriter!
Venue: Glastonbury Assembly Rooms
Monday 31st July
ANIQUE RADIANT HEART & BILWARA LEE: Australian Aboriginal Dreaming and the Goddess.
In Australia, there are no Goddesses per se in the Australian First Nations Peoples Dreaming.
The Dreaming is the Spirituality of the People, and is at the heart of Aboriginal life and the cultural protocols of living harmoniously with Mother Earth, Mother Nature and her local and cosmic communities. However, there are many feminine Creator Beings, and not all of them are “human”. Join Anique and Aunty Bilawara, as they unfold a rich tapestry of Australia Aboriginal stories and traditions from the Dreaming and their response to what might be sacred practice which incorporates this ancient lore from the oldest continuous surviving culture on Earth.
Venue: Goddess House
JANE MEREDITH: Aspecting the Goddess
What happens when we step into the world of the Goddess directly, as her priestess, companion and vessel? How does it feel to walk beside her, to bring her presence through our bodies and words in invocation, to share her vision and voice?
This workshop will be a day of exploration and ritual as we move step-by-step into the timeless art of drawing down or Aspecting the Goddess. Aspecting involves embodying the Goddess in ritual, while still retaining awareness of our human selves. Within sacred space we will learn thorough grounding techniques, undertake a trance journey to meet our chosen Goddess and examine how and where her story meets with ours. We will learn skills of effective invocation, take a walk with the Goddess and cover the theory and techniques behind aspecting and tending those in aspect. Finally we will create a ritual together to experience aspecting for ourselves.
Reach out through the layers of the mythos to connect with the Goddess… Call her to you… Journey with her… Draw her down into your body and speak with her voice… Any level of experience welcome. This is a fully participative workshop, with the emphasis on learning and practicing the skills involved in embodying the Goddess in ritual.
Venue: Goddess Hall
EVENING CONCERT WITH HELOISE PILKINGTON
Heloise will create a magical ceremonial concert, weaving together devotional songs and chants honouring the Goddess, the Ancestors and the Elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water. Our Temple songstress will take you on an deep archetypal journey of transformation, healing and rebirth through music and song. You will be invited to participate with certain chants and sounds throughout the evening! This will be a wonderful way to begin the journey of the conference, as well as an opportunity to hear her perform songs from her new album which will be released in early 2017.
Venue: Glastonbury Assembly Rooms
Sunday 6th August
EVENING CONCERT with ANIQUE RADIANT HEART
This year Anique celebrates her 13th year at the Glastonbury Goddess Conference!
For this special celebration and to close The Goddess Conference in style, she will share with us many of our favourite beautiful and Goddess inspired songs!
Venue: Goddess Hall, Benedict Street
General Information for all Fringe Workshops
- As confirmation of your booking you will be emailed or posted a booking number. Please bring this number to the workshop as evidence of your booking.
- Most Day workshops begin at 10.00am (arrive at 9.45am for a prompt start) and end between 4.00-4.30pm.
- Wear comfortable clothes and bring a packed lunch to share.
- If not already provided you will later be sent the location of your workshop
- If you cannot find your location, please come to Goddess Conference Office, Glastonbury Experience, 2-4 High Street, Glastonbury, where someone will be available from 9.00am – 10.00am to assist you.
Booking Fringe Events
To make a reservation, go to our booking page, select your tickets, make your payment online by paypal or online banking. Your booking number will be emailed to you once payment has cleared, or posted if you don’t have access to email. Or complete the offline Conference Registration form and send a cheque (£ sterling only) made payable to The Goddess Conference, 2-4 High Street, Glastonbury, Somerset BA6 9DU, Great Britain. (This is not the bank account address). Please state clearly which event you are booking for.
For further information about these Fringe events and presenters, or the programme for Goddess Conference 2017, 1st-6th August 2017, contact us.