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
DAWN OAKLEY-SMITH AND ANNA-SAQQARA PRICE: The Way of the Horse
Dawn Oakley-Smith and Anna-Saqqara Price introduce you to ‘The Way of the Horse’, a therapeutic system of Soul and Personal growth that works by combining the Celtic wheel of the year with Elemental Horse Archetypes and Horse Goddesses which they explore by using Soul connection, Shamanicm Relational/Natural horse work and Equine Assisted Learning. On this ‘Way of the Horse’ intro day you’ll work with horses and each other to explore boundaries, yours and theirs, and experience how to meet and safely connect with these magnificent beings. You will journey with drums to meet the elemental spirit of Horse and the Horse Goddesses seeing which horse Goddess Calls to you – Wild Child Epona bare back riding, Lover Rhiannon and her white mare, Mother Demeter as the Horse-headed Goddess or The Crone Queen Maccha on her NightMare?
Horses are incredible guides, both in the spirit world and in the physical – in their core essence they are healers and teachers.
Outside Venue: given later
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
EVENENING 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.