WEDNESDAY 29th JULY
Growing in Her Nourishment
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!
STARHAWK: MOTHER OF REGENERATION
In times of ecological and social meltdown, what does it mean to honor the Earth Mother? Marija Gimbutas, the archaeologist who did some of the key work on the ancient Goddess cultures of old Europe, used to say: “Remember, she’s not about fertility, she’s about regeneration.” In this talk, Starhawk draws on the insights the ancient Goddess traditions, permaculture and ecology to explore how we can address our current crises through the lens of regeneration, and become transformative allies of the earth.
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.
IONA JONES: GLASTONBURY MOTHERS COLLECTIVE – RECLAIMING THE VILLAGE
The Glastonbury Mothers Collective is a MotherWorld inspired project, where Mothers are honoured and put at the centre of life. In this talk Iona will share her passion for creating MotherWorld through this exciting project which supports and empowers Mothers. Through various community projects they aim to support practical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing needs of Mothers in the Glastonbury area.
GRAELL CORSINI: BODY AS TEMPLE, LAND AS TEMPLE
Become the chalice of emptiness and allow the divine transmission of Elemental Embodiment to infinitely weave and connect your self deeper onto the path of devotion to the Goddess in the Landscape and your holy Service to She.
Tools on caring for your body, and how that relates to caring for the earth shall be shared, as well as ceremonial dance, nature mandala, and eco-sexuality practices to enhance your greater environmental awareness and increase the level of commitment to practicing primal earth loving priestessing skills.
Please bring a light lunch and a give-away altar item representing Earth, Air, Fire, or Water.
STARHAWK: THE WHEEL OF REGENERATION
Birth, growth, death, decay and regeneration—this is the great cycle that moves through all of life and sustains the fertility and abundance of the earth. Whether in the garden, in relationships or in our creative projects, we continually travel the wheel. In this workshop, Starhawk leads us through the stages of inspiration, creation, fulfillment, letting go, and transformation to explore the process of regeneration in our own lives, and in the world around us.
HANNAH GWAWR: SACRED WOMAN SACRED WORLD. THE HEALING AND RESTORATION OF BRIGIT ISLES.
Brigit Ana, the ancient Goddess, and sacred name of the islands of Britain, is calling us to remember her sacredness…to come home to the restoration of her land and peoples…to move away from the disconnection and damaging nature of the consumer culture of materialism and to come back home into her sacred purpose…back home to Belonging as indigenous peoples living and walking upon her…to walk a sacred path with her to restore her once thriving Ecosystem….known as coming from Celtic land in myth as the court of the fisher king…her forests where once stood mighty trees…where our brothers and sisters…the four legged’s… the winged ones…the creepy crawlies…lived in abundance and harmony with her peoples…when her rivers were clean and wild.. where otters swam and fish were a plenty…where kingfishers flocked with heron and Swan….she was known and loved for her abundant nature, for her lush fertile land… she was a place of pilgrimage for seekers of the mystery of life who listened to and recieved the teachings of the worlds through her veil, her soul, ..the land of the fae, the realm of Annwn..the Celtic otherworld and the Isle of Avalon…Tir na nog, the land of eternal youth…her spirit was all around and could be found through communing with the nature spirits…the tree spirits gave her people the teachings of the ogham…the rocks whose kept the records of earth and her evolution through assisting the people in ceremony with stone circles, cairns and megaliths…the land sang songs and told stories to gift the people to help them remember the truth of her soul and the purpose of her people to stay with her with myth such as Blodeuwedd, stories from her seas which surround her through tales of selkies.. her purpose was the remembering and communing with the deep magic of life.. her people respected this and sang and spoke her truth. This sacred isle of Brigit has always been strong medicine for Mother Earth. She has been an important and prominent land in the Story of Mother Earth. Her recent legacy through trauma and the displacement of her people from her thriving Ecosystem…the separation we have experienced and grief we have felt has led to much destruction and her recent legacy has been one of oppressor, affecting indigenous cultures and their lands all over the world in damaging ways…. how can we heal this? how can we come home to her and begin changing her legacy of oppressor to one of restorer? in workshop we will remember her…dream with her and find pathways back to belonging.
SAMANTHA MARKS: THE HABITUAL RITUAL USE OF PRAYER BEADS
Often our modern lives make the art of meditation difficult. I personally love the use of Malas/Prayer Beads as a daily practise. The rhythmic use of bead movement and chant help focus the mind…whether that focus/dedication is to a specific Goddess, the setting of an intention or affirmation or the setting of a spell. Prayer beads have a multitude of uses. I will bring along sets of wrist malas, full malas and prayer pouch malas for attendees to share and experiment with. I’ll lead the group through different ways of chanting with them, as well as other ways to incorporate them into our Magical lives.
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, drumming, chanting, dance and ritual for our healing and empowerment.
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.
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.