SATURDAY 1st AUGUST
Seeding in Her Potential
KARAN TROUBADOURA: VOCAL BLISS MORNING RITUAL WITH KARAN
Treat your body, soul and voice to a pleasant start of the day! We will receive the blessings of the Earth Mother in a morning ritual of gentle body work, toning and chanting from the heart, including chants created especially for this year’s Goddess Conference. People of all ages and abilities are welcome, including those who think they “can’t sing” but would love to. Come as tired as you are, and leave invigorated, inspired and blessed!
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.
YVETTE STAELENS: EARTHSONGS
Come! Sing! And share songs from many cultures in praise of Mother Earth. Songs of love, healing, protection. There will be simple chants, delicious harmony, joy, and you know me, a bit of laughing. Our Mother loves mirth! Please come even if you are an un-confident singer. Singing is a listening skill, we will listen, learn by ear and support each other. Positively no-solo singing, this is a group singing workshop. Come with an open mind and leave with a head and heart full of songs. Simultaneously a gentle and an uplifting experience. ‘How does she do it?’ come and find out!
DOV AHAVA: A CIRCLE OF MEN (A WORKSHOP FOR MEN ONLY – ALL THOSE WHO DEFINE THEMSELVES AS MEN)
What is the place of men in the world of Mother?
How can a man be in service and what does he have to contribute to a better future for humanity?
Triple triskelions have the answer – three spirals of being a man, three spirals to be a man in service, and tree spirals of bringing our hearts – our love to our families, communities, tribes and humanity as a whole.
Come – let us rise from being males and soar as we become magnificent MEN.
LAURA GHIANDA: ECSTASY IN NATURE – OUTDOOR WORKSHOP AND MEDITATION IN MOVEMENT
This workshop is to experience the nature as not separated from you and to let your senses to make love with it. Between high and low, between sky and earth, open the doors of connection with all Her elements, learn how to turn the fatigue into ecstasy and enjoy your body as Her sacred gift and learning tool.
Slow meditative walk, faster walk, the sensuality of the senses, Laura Ghianda will share some of the spiritual practices from her Priestess of the Mountain path.
For this workshop good health conditions and an appropriate equipment are required. (Raincoat, walking shoes + a bottle of water and some snacks if needed)
MIGUEL DEAN: COMING HOME TO LOVE
Would you like to let go of your fear? Would you like to be more at peace with yourself? Would you like to deepen your connection to Love? Then this workshop is for you! In this workshop we will look at ways to transform fear through ceremony, music and movement and enjoy a deeper experience of peace and Love. Miguel’s gentle but strong, sacred masculine energy creates a beautiful safe, space from which to relax, open and blossom. These are the optimum conditions to facilitate deep healing and peace. Treat yourself to an immersion in some gentle and yet strong and balanced sacred mother / father energy and let the healing happen.
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.
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.
LOUISE POTTER: EARTH BEAR ORACLE
Spend time working with the energies of two Oracles from the Bear Oracle set.
‘Earth Bear Oracle‘ – She is hands and feet in mud – clay & soil, She wants you to be in your body, doing the work,following & leaving positive pawprints,completing projects. She is grounded action, manifesting , solidity, coming down to earth.
‘Bare Bear Witnessing Oracle‘ – She wants you to explore your relationship to earth.
Weeza uses creativity and ceremony to guide you into a deeper understanding of your own personal relationship to the earth and what Earth Bear is asking you to manifest.
HELOISE PILKINGTON: Songs and Sounds for Mother Earth
Sending our roots deep down into the ground we will sing ourselves into connection with ourselves, with one another and with Mother Earth. Singing chants from wisdom traditions around the world, as well as Heloise’s original songs, we will sing from the heart becoming one voice, one song. From this place of connection, we will open the group space for free toning and sounding, allowing our sounds to rise up from a deep space within and offering them up for the healing of our Earth Mother. No singing experience needed, just a willingness to make sound and have fun with your voice!
KELLIANA GIROUARD: PERFORMANCE
Kellianna is an American Neo-Celtic singer and songwriter internationally renowned for her powerful performance of song and chant inspired by myth, magic, sacred places and ancient times. With guitar and vocals she brings to life the stories and sagas of the Gods and Goddesses. With frame drum and chant she honors the Earth and the Ancestors with primal drumming and soaring vocals.