SATURDAY 1ST AUGUST
BLOSSOMING IN HER EMBRACE
We take you on a transformative journey of activation and initiation
Powerful Wisdom sharing
STARR GOODE: THE ICON OF THE VULVA, A BASIS OF CIVILIZATION
A new spirit stirs the consciousness of our times. Women are reclaiming the vulva as an icon of primal creative energy. Unbounded by time or space, this sacred image can be found in uncountable representations from Paleolithic caves to Sheela na gigs to pink pussy hats.
Words like vulva, vagina, and now pussy are part of the zeitgeist of our culture—with all their potency to sanctify not demonize the female body and subvert patriarchal toxicity. It feels as if from the deepest parts of ourselves, the Great Mother herself is offering up these gifts to us so that all life may be preserved. When the whole world is imagined as the offspring of the womb of the Great Mother, everything is in relationship, not made for exploitation. A Great Creatrix replaces a dour War God. The powers of the vulva are part of our true, natural heritage as illuminated by the Return of the Goddess. For an historical foundation of this necessary resurgence, one need only look for the startling image of a female displaying her sex. She can be seen on almost every continent of the planet throughout time. This universal symbol of the ever renewing life force appears in the visual and narrative arts of India, Africa, the Americas, Oceania, and Europe. So rooted in our psyches is this image, it seems as if the icon of the vulva is the original cosmological center of the human imagination and a basis of civilization.
SADHU VALAKHILYAS: ABUNDANT MOTHER OF GIFTS
Earth Mother Goddess is the great bearer of gifts to all the beings that live upon Her. Gifting is Her very essence! Ancient Goddess loving peoples very likely lived a form of this, in gift based Goddess cultures. In this interactive presentation, Sadhu will invite you to tune into gift based culture as our natural, human, healthy life frequency, and to examine the veils of distortion around the giving & receiving of gifts, that live within us, both personally, and collectively. Join Sadhu in feeling our Abundant Mother Of Gifts and Her great bestowing power, that seeks to fill all beings with the courage to meet life! She who is the great encourageress of all life!
NIKOLETTA POZSGAI: THE SEVEN DAUGHTERS OF MOTHER EARTH – THE OLD EUROPEAN CRADLE REMEMBERS
The wisdom keepers of the Maghari people of Old Europe remember the Great Mother, her daughter Mother Earth and her 7 daughters. According to this beautiful remnant of Goddess Heritage, the 7 daughters of Mother Earth, all represent a phase in the cycles of nature year-round. In her talk, Nikoletta, Priestess of the Great Mother will focus on the Earth Mother traditions of the Cradle Civilisation in the Carpathian Basin, still living in the memory and sacred rites of the Maghari – Magyar – Hungarian people. The tradition celebrates the Golden Apple Tree of Life in the middle of the Golden Island, Mother Earth, where the 7 daughters called Merry Ladies, reign and uphold balance. The 7 phases represent the whole, completed cycle of feminine creation and along with it offer the keys for sustainable development. Understanding the tradition of the Merry Ladies heals the wounds of sisterhood, reconnects to the wisdom of matrifocal life. The 7 daughters hold the keys to the one and future Summerland, the new Golden Age of Earth.
LUNCHTIME with Spirit Doll Myths * Earth Circles led by experienced Priest/esses.
Afternoon Workshops 2.30 - 4.00 pm
BARBARA MEIKLEJOHN-FREE & FLAVIA KATE PETERS: RECLAIMING THE POWER OF GAIA
Join ‘Daughters of Gaia’, and the UK’s favourite Wise Women, to awaken your soul’s knowing, reclaim your inner wisdom and step forward fearlessly into your destiny through ceremony chants and trans-drumming. You will be invited to take part in a powerful arrow breaking ceremony to remove fears and phobias, to bring about peace and balance. Then journey with the power of the drum to your sacred inner space for transformation, and re-connect with the primal heartbeat and emotions of Mother Earth. A formidable and friendly team, Barbara and Flavia conduct many truly transformational goddess healing ceremonies throughout the world, and invite you to awaken to the magic of the Old Ways.
BECKY JOHANSSON: Earth Globes: Prayers, Magic and Healing for the Earth: Our Mother
Connecting deeply to clay as the body of the Mother; we will build earth globes to hold our prayers for healing for Gaia, Earth. Working individually and as a group we will infuse natural elements (e.g. Well Water, Seeds, breath and love) into the clay, and through sacred movement, sound and ceremony, create a powerful vessel for holding our intentions for healing, peace and support for life and balance in the world. We will work with our connection to Goddess, with energy, life force, power, intention, prayer and magic. As a circle we will weave our prayers together and bind them into the globes, which will then be able to be taken back by participants to their homes, countries and sacred places. As the globes dissolve back into nature, our healing prayers are released, flowing out to the places, people and beings that need them.
This is of course also a beautiful physical metaphor for what we as conference goers and Goddess lovers also do at conference; taking the power, healing and transformation back out into the world, like seeds scattering on the winds.
HILDEGARD KIRCHWEGER & ANGELICA DAWSON: DANCING AND TRANCING FOR THE EARTH MOTHER
Enjoy the abundance of sacred dance and knowledge through trance. Join us in circle dances choreographed to honour, invoke and express the Earth Mother with well-beloved songs like “The Earth is our Mother” or “Mother, I feel you under my feet”. Angelica will sing some of the songs live and you are welcome to sing along. Let us hear, see, feel what the Earth Mother wants to reveal in a guided trance. Goddess shows her face in multiple ways. Within the circle we feel held, loved and supported, embedded in a commonly shared experience of Her loving beauty and wisdom.
LYNNE SEDGMOOR: EMBODYING OUR LUMINARY SOVEREIGNTY
This workshop offers an experiential taste of a radical new form of leadership development -The Goddess Luminary Wheel. Participants will explore the archetype of Maturtrix, She who is deeply grounded in Mother Earth. Together we will experience being present and embodied in our Leaderful Sovereignty. The Mothering values of caring, compassion and collaboration will be explored and we will learn how to nourish the fullest potential of others through 10 practical Luminary actions. Participants will receive a copy of The Luminary Leaderful Way thought paper.
MANON TROMP: EARTH WOMAN EMPOWERMENT
In this workshop we will be looking at how to be an authentic earth woman in this world. For many of us it is not easy living a more natural life as we are challenged by the constraints of an artificial society that makes us feel inadequate and small. To be an earth woman is to honour your roots and stand your ground – connected from your own natural self and connected to Mother Earth. In this workshop we will share our stories, get some practical tips to apply in daily life and to listen to your message of empowerment.
Afternoon Workshops 4.30 - 6.00 pm
ANNABEL DU BOULAY: EARTH MOTHER OF THE ROSE LINEAGE: KUBABA, CYBELE & THE BLACK MADONNA
Worship of the Anatolian Earth Mother Cybele has its roots in the Rose Lineage cult of the Sumerian Queen Kubaba, who was depicted holding a tympanum (frame drum), the instrument later used in the rites of Cybele in ancient Greece and Rome. Known as ‘Mother of the Mountain’ in all Her primal, raw, wild nature, Cybele’s mystery cult featured loud, percussive music of frame drums and castanets with circle-dancing by women. On the mountain of Montevergine, where Virgil was once initiated at her temple in the area of Southern Italy where my novel The Serpent’s Tale is set, these rites are still enacted in honour of the Black Madonna. In this workshop, we will explore the ancient rites of the Rose Lineage Earth Mother Kubaba, Cybele and the Black Madonna through guided visualisation, ritual, drumming and chanting for our own healing and empowerment as well as that of Mother Earth and all Beings as we co-create the New Earth together.
CHARLOTTE HAIGH: SACRED OTHERHOOD – THE DIVINE FEMININE PATH OF CHILDLESSNESS
At a time our beautiful planet is in such crisis, women without children have an important role to play. We can channel our mothering energy into the Earth and all Her beings, creating a powerful force for change and healing. In this workshop, we’ll perform rituals to cleanse ourselves of any lingering sadness and conditioning, so we can step into our full power as protectors of Nature. We will journey to connect with the Mother within and discover our individual Earth defender paths, finishing with a sacred declaration of intent.
Kate Fletcher: The Sacred Birthing Year
In this workshop we will connect with the Sacred Seasons of the Earth and explore their wisdom. We will learn how the Wheel of the Year can give us wisdom and insight into the Birthing Year. Through exploring and understanding these natural cycles we can begin to bring healing to our own births and to our experiences of pregnancy and childbirth. By reawakening our inner knowing and connection to Sacred Earth and Sacred Birth we also begin to heal the world.