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2018 Conference speakers

These were our speakers in 2018
DVDs of this year's lectures available here
2019 speakers will be announced early in 2019

Friday 27 July 2018

Jason Porthouse

Jason PorthouseJason is a longstanding part of the Glastonbury Symposium team. By day, he’s an award-winning editor working in TV production, cutting documentaries and programmes for worldwide audiences. By night he has a keen interest in the metaphysical world, and how we as humans relate to it – and, by extension, to one another. He resides in the West Country where he nurtures his slightly obsessive collection of vinyl and his beloved Harley Davidson.

Presentation:  Origami Shadows – Harbingers of Change
The world seems, at face value, to be in a pretty dark place right now. But is that really true? Are our shadows, gradually coming to light in scandal after scandal, actually harbingers of real societal change? Across the globe we’re seeing a rise in personal transformation, and this is playing out in the collective consciousness. Trump. Brexit. Hashtag movements like Me Too and Time’s Up. All will be delved into in a search for some light at the end of the tunnel!

Jason also leads our Friday afternoon meditation and the closing Sunday afternoon meditation in the Abbey Grounds.

Clive de Carle

Clive de CarleClive de Carle is a restorative health consultant and broadcaster. In the 1980s Clive was given an antibiotic. The effects left him in hospital for weeks, unable to even dress himself, let alone move, because of weakness, intense pain and failing internal organs. The doctors told him he was incurable. Through study Clive realised that he simply needed supplemental minerals, probiotics and vitamins to recover. Through Clive's work, thousands of people who conventional medicine stated were incurable have now recovered their health using natural means, including those suffering from advanced terminal diseases.

Presentation:  The Secrets to Being Healthy  
Clive shares the findings of his work, which demonstrate how thousands of people with illnesses conventional medicine has stated are incurable – even ‘terminal’ ones – have now recovered their health using natural means, and tells us how we can do it too through life-extending, health-enhancing, happiness-expanding hidden knowledge. Themes include: how to be immune from flu viruses; reversing joint and muscle issues; regrowing dental cavities; improving eyesight; kickstarting our natural repair cycle; sharpening memory; demonstrating the latest tests that show which supplements to take, which foods to eat and the ones to avoid. Clive also explores how nutrition can correct neurological imbalance, reveals the ultimate pain relief device, and asks whether stem cells are safe, effective and ethical.

Maria Wheatley

Maria WheatleyMaria is a second-generation dowser taught by European Master Dowsers, her late father and Chinese geomants. She is a leading authority on geodetic earth energies and ley lines, and an accomplished author of books on sacred sites and dowsing. She has continued her father’s dowsing research into the esoteric design canons of prehistoric sites, Druidic ceremonial enclosures and the Knights Templars’ churches and cathedrals. Maria has studied Neolithic Britain and Bronze Age prehistory and combines her knowledge of archaeology and earth energies with state of the art equipment to detect and interpret the hidden frequencies the Earth emits. She is an expert on locating and analysing energies at sacred sites across Europe and offers tours for small or large groups from Stonehenge to Malta. Maria has also written holistic diploma courses and runs EsotericCollege.com which offers certificated courses on holistic subjects including past life regression, Druid Soul Star astrology, tarot and dowsing. She teaches advance dowsing techniques which are not available anywhere else in the world.

Presentation:  The Rollright Mysteries – A New View of Stone Circles
Maria explores the power generated by a stone circle. Focusing on complexes that have retained their circular shape, she examines the hidden properties of standing stones, the energies and sound frequencies they emit – and how certain earth energies change the air quality. The Rollright Ring in Oxfordshire has some exceptional qualities that can assist in manifestation, produce magnetic hot spots that are healing and generate time-lapses which have been experienced within the megalithic complex. Rollright’s standing stones respond to the Earth’s voltages, increasing the megaliths’ sensitivity – and the strongest earth energy that Gaia produces is located within the complex. Leading us from the ordinary to the extraordinary, Maria takes a deep and thought-provoking look at the long-skulled people who created Neolithic monuments worldwide and how they were the first to lay out the ley line network across the British Isles and Europe, uniting monument after monument. Their Neolithic legacy has been ignored by mainstream archaeologists and this enigmatic civilisation just seemed to disappear during the Bronze Age. Maria explains what happened to them; as we shall see, fact is often far stranger than fiction.

Gary King

Gary KingGary began researching crop circle and UFO phenomena in 1997. He first came to the public’s attention after having been one of the three witnesses to the appearance of the East Field crop formation on 7th July 2007. Since then he has lectured both nationally and internationally and featured in numerous TV productions about these areas. Working as a much sought-after crop circle tour guide, Gary carries a wealth of experience and knowledge that is both insightful and intellectually stimulating.

Presentation:  UFOs Witnessed by School Children
Gary’s talk focuses on two historical UFO encounters that were witnessed by numerous children and teachers: the Australian Westall High School incident of 1966 and the Zimbabwe incident of 1994 are special cases which provide overwhelming evidence that we are not alone. Referring to the pioneering work of Professor John Mack, Gary looks at how these experiences have subsequently impacted the lives of the witnesses. This presentation sums-up with some very far reaching questions and concludes with an up to date report on Jaime Maussan's investigation into the mysterious ‘Nazca mummies’ of Peru, which some believe are the remains of alien bodies.

Jan Kusmirek

Jan KusmirekJan has been a campaigner, prolific writer and proponent of organic growing since his teens, spanning some fifty years. A life member of the Soils Association, and a one-time marketing manager, he has served on the Health Standards Committee for many years. Jan’s professional business life has led to a number of natural brands being created in the cosmetics, healthcare and perfume sector. He is a director and consultant to a number of businesses in this sector, including the Fragrant Earth Company, a Glastonbury-based fragrance house with an international customer base. Jan has spoken at many international seminars, providing a diplomatic and winning approach between science and nature.    

Presentation:  Organic Production, Soil and Our Interaction with Nature
‘Organic’ is one of the green buzz words of the moment. Whether in farming or even cosmetics, ‘organic’ is juxtaposed against chemistry in many consumers’ minds: one is good and one is bad. This oversimplification works to the detriment of the organic movement. The harmony of the macro and micro environment lies at the very heart of life itself. The much scientifically-despised concept of Vitalism needs review in the light of our better understanding of new biology and its relationships at a molecular and sub-molecular level. ‘Health’ in organic grower’s terms may be described as an equation between soil and humus. The relationship between these and ourselves as humans is clearly part of the organic cycle. How can we improve our symbiotic relationship with nature within a technological and chemical world...?

The Avalonian Free State Choir (music)

The Avalonian Free State ChoirGlastonbury’s award-winning ensemble is an unaccompanied natural voice choir with a repertoire of songs from all around the world, including salsa vocal percussion, the awe-inspiring stillness of sacred songs from Georgia and heartbreaking melodies from Bulgaria. Founded in 1992, the choir have long been a much-loved fixture of the Glastonbury Symposium, and this year they begin our Friday evening programme in their traditional uplifting style.

Dr Eltjo Haselhoff

Dr Eltjo HaselhoffEltjo is a 21st-century Renaissance man, with an impressive record of skills and accomplishments in science, engineering, visual arts, literature and music. He speaks five languages, has an MSc and a PhD in physics, holds a handful of international patents and is author of many scientific publications and several books, including the much acclaimed The Deepening Complexity of Crop Circles. He is a cartoonist, passionate photographer and art painter and plays various musical instruments, including piano, banjo, violin and, in particular, the acoustic guitar. As a recording artist and composer he can be heard on many commercial albums, including two solo projects released in the USA, and three instructional video courses with guitar lessons. Other areas of his expertise include audio engineering, lutherie (the making of wooden stringed instruments), carpentry and the programming of smartphones. He currently makes a living as product marketing manager for a leading vendor of Magnetic Resonance (MRI) scanners, with specific focus on the use of MRI in cardiology.

Presentation:  The Simplified Theory of Relativity – Physics and the Paranormal
Using his skills as physicist, inventor, visual artist, composer/musician and author of several books on crop circles and metaphysics, Eltjo discusses inconsistencies in the current mainstream scientific models and presents the Simplified Theory of Relativity (STR). Using everyday analogues to help us understand miracles of nature that are beyond the imagination of most mortal men, Eltjo explains how the STR not only harmonises our interpretation of the world around us, but also elegantly integrates the paranormal, including psychic phenomena, time travel, UFOs and crop circles.

Saturday 28 July 2018

Andy Thomas

Andy ThomasAndy is a leading researcher into mysteries and cover-ups and is the author of the acclaimed The Truth Agenda and Conspiracies, both widely praised for providing real insights into classic conspiracy theories and the paranormal. His many other books include Vital Signs and An Introduction to Crop Circles, seen as definitive guides to the circle phenomenon. Andy is one of Britain’s most prolific lecturers and speaks in many other countries too. He has made numerous radio and TV appearances. Andy is also founder of Changing Times, which holds events on truth and mysteries. An annual speaker at the Glastonbury Symposium since 1994, Andy’s presentations at the event are now renowned. He became co-MC in 1999, a role he continues to this day, and he is one of the core administrators for the Symposium.

Presentation:  Truth, Mysteries and Conspiracies
Andy presents his annual barnstorming opening to the Saturday schedule by taking a sideways look at global current events and how the world of the ‘alternative’, paranormal phenomena and conspiracy theorising sits in relation to it all in an age of media dismissal, deliberately-stirred mass hysteria and good old-fashioned state lies and deception. Andy looks at how can we best cut through this mesh of artifice and keep our heads held high in the midst of all the madness.

Dr Ian Rubenstein

Dr Ian RubensteinIan has been a GP at Eagle House Surgery in Enfield since 1982. He has explored therapies including hypnosis, acupuncture and counselling. He started training as a medium in 2004 and wrote a book about his experiences, Consulting Spirit: A Doctors Experience with Practical Mediumship (Anomalist Books, 2011). Ian has been a guest on various paranormal podcasts and radio shows and appeared in the Channel 4 documentary Talking to the Dead in 2009. Ian was awarded the Royal College of GPs Clinical Innovation Fellowship for his work in medical computing in 2014 and used this to help develop the London-wide suspected-cancer referral system for GPs. He is married to Punam, a retired doctor, and has two sons.

Presentation:  Medicine, Mediumship and Messages from Beyond
The world of medicine collided with the world of mediumship for Ian during a busy surgery one morning when his dead grandfather dropped in for a chat. This strange experience stretched his world view to breaking point and sent him off on a mad dash through territory populated by mediums, psychics, poltergeists, and ghost hunters. His unexpected journey ultimately led Ian, a busy GP, to see how far he could develop his own psychic intuitions. In this true story of strange synchronicities, ethereal entities and mediumistic messages, Ian talks about his attempts to integrate his training as a medium with his everyday work as a medical doctor.

The Saturday Forum  (panel and audience discussion)

In a brisk Question Time-like format, Andy Thomas leads a panel discussion between five guests, some speakers from the weekend and others making a special appearance for the Forum. This is the audience’s chance to ask questions from the floor to inspire some helpful and fascinating thoughts from the panel on matters arising from the weekend’s subjects and any – and many – topics beyond.

Piers Adams  

Piers AdamsPiers is one of the world’s leading virtuoso recorder players, a leading member of the acclaimed genre-challenging baroque quartet Red Priest – and a subversive figure in the sphere of classical music. He has been hailed in the international press as “superhuman… the reigning recorder virtuoso in the world today”. Adams initially flirted with a career in science before realising that his destiny lay elsewhere, and he embarked on a period of study with some of the leading players of the day, winning numerous awards and competitions along the way. But he was quick to forge his own path, his natural performing flair at odds with the restrictions and traditions of the classical music scene. In 1997 Adams founded Red Priest, which has since become the backbone of his performing career and has brought the thrill of his music to audiences across the globe. The group has appeared many times on TV and radio, including for LWT’s The South Bank Show, and it has recorded six albums.

Presentation:  The Dangerous Musician – Challenging Convention in the Music World
Dubbing himself ‘The Dangerous Musician’, Piers explains how through his work he has tried to cut through the prejudices of convention, both musically and socially, and recounts how holding alternative views on 9/11, vaccination and conspiracies produces some notably interesting reactions on his social media feeds… The presentation includes some extraordinary live musical performances from Piers, one of the world’s leading classical players.

Michael Feeley

Michael FeeleyMichael Feeley is a former UK police officer with 17 years investigative training and evidence gathering experience. He was considered an expert eye witness in court. In 2009 Michael became a multiple paranormal and UFO experiencer, something which has continued to this day, seeing with his own eyes on two separate occasions dimensional gateways/portals opening up before him and numerous unorthodox craft in our skies both day and night. He has also received telepathic invites to certain locations, come face to face with a being not of this world and had a visitation from an Egyptian Pharaoh, receiving sacred and secret ancient knowledge, amongst many other fascinating occurrences. Michael now spends his life connecting the numerous dots which demonstrate to him a multidimensional reality.

Presentation:  The Ancient Code – Deciphering Our Mysterious Monuments
In this presentation, Michael explores a new approach to uncovering the real purpose of some our most mysterious monuments from around the world that until this day have left scholars and visitors alike completely baffled. Michael says: “What if there was someone able to decipher a blueprint that spans throughout the ancient world and even connects to the Cydonian city on the planet Mars – a blueprint that tells us what the likes of the pyramids of Egypt and Stonehenge really represent? What if that person was also able to decipher a bible code which tells us who the likes of Jesus and Mary Magdalene really were, along with other famous biblical characters..? You are about to meet that person and you are about to discover that code!”

Nick Kyle

Nick KyleNick is the past president of the Scottish Society for Psychical Research. A semi-retired schoolteacher, now working part-time in the university sector, he is a ‘son of the manse’ [ie. Scottish!] who has been psychically aware since early childhood. Trying to understand his sense of ‘spirit,’ he began to explore beyond religion to spiritualism. Impressed by the late Professor Archie Roy, Nick expanded his interests to include psychical research and eventually led the Scottish Society for Psychical Research for over a decade, carefully investigating ostensible cases of paranormality, with a growing interest in developing his own mediumship. Preferring to work discreetly behind the glare of publicity, Nick blends an open-minded scepticism with mediumistic sensitivities to go cautiously where the evidence leads him, including to places like Peru, Brazil, Italy, Canada and the USA.

Presentation:  Startling Evidence of the After-Life
Nick presents some of the most evidential cases and transformative experiences that he has had in three decades of paranormal study and investigation in the UK and abroad. From observing stunning mediumship and corroborated physical phenomena (at Scole and in Glasgow) to ‘demonic’ destruction in Seattle, Nick recounts his encounters with persuasive photos, video and audio clips, most of which have never been released for broadcast, though they deserve to be. He also shares insights into solving traditional paranormal claims by applying technology to paranormal investigation. Nick says: “If you like the idea of ‘high strangeness’ being considered by an open-minded sceptic, then this is the talk for you. Be warned, you may not be able to return to your former world view afterwards!”

Louise Bellairs

Louise BellairsLouise has been working with Sacred Geometry since 2000. Creating under the pseudonym of ‘Art of Sacred Geometry’, Louise has gained respect and notoriety through her painting, drawing, designing and teaching of Sacred Geometry. People often asked Louise why she declared the Flower of Life as the ‘blueprint of creation’ and why it was so important. So, after many years of explaining it at exhibitions, she decided the next step would be to explain it visually, hence her journey of discovery took another evolutionary step into motion graphics. Louise is proud to present for us two films as part of her live presentation that reveal the Flower of Life transformation from two dimensions into three, from the outside to within, and beyond…

Presentation:  The Flower of Life Revealed
Louise presents an enlightening talk featuring two stunningly animated sacred geometry visualisation and meditation films. This is a journey of discovery, where she shares with us her insights into a deeper understanding of what this truly incredible symbol could mean. What if the Flower of Life is actually a key to unlocking a whole system of information for the structure of life on this planet? Did our ancestors leave clues to revealing the true nature of reality in the patterns and symbols they left throughout the architecture of churches, temples and other religious and cultural buildings? Imagine that the Flower of Life represents a 3D system of blueprint geometry, which is perpetually creating itself and the world around us – Louise’s presentation will help us to do this!

Please note our new Saturday evening schedule! This presentation will continue straight on from the late afternoon schedule, with no dinner break, and the whole evening will end at 7.40pm.

Sunday 29 July 2018

The Seed SistAS

Seed SistASThe Seed Sistas, Fiona and Karen (who will be onstage together) and Belle, have years of experience working with plants and teaching about plant medicine through their social enterprise, Sensory Solutions Herbal Evolution, which promotes empowerment, autonomy, freedom, health and diversity through teaching about plant medicine. They combine years of clinical practice and personal experience and have a herbal medicine school connecting people to the wonder of the hedgerow.  

Presentation:  The Witches’ Garden – Rediscovering Herbal Medicine
With their medical training and years of clinical experience, mixed with a love of creativity and plants, the SistAS show how we can help put herbal medicine back where it belongs – in our hands. So journey with them into the Witches’ Garden… Take a walk through the garden of the plants, most feared and misunderstood. From the moonflower and mandrake to the toadstools and water-loving pond roots, come and discover the myth and magic behind our native poisons.

Guy Steven Needler

Guy Steven NeedlerGuy is a chartered electrical and electronics engineer. However, throughout this “earthly training” he was always aware of the greater reality being around him, catching glimpses of the worlds of spirit. He therefore went on to become a reiki master, energy healer, spiritual teacher and author. With his ability to project his consciousness to traverse all the frequencies associated within our multiverse and communicate with our Source Entity and the Origin, he now travels the world sharing his unique method of meditation through a series of workshops called Traversing the Frequencies. He has published six books and is working on a seventh.

Presentation:  Aliens – Who And What They Really Are
In this thoughtful and thought-provoking lecture Guy draws upon various channelled dialogues to give an overall picture of what aliens are, the main genres of alien, the vehicles they use to traverse the universe and how they work. The lecture will also deal with a few of the reasons for ET ‘abductions’ and other contact experiences.


TorbzFor over 25 years Torbz has pursued a career as a street musician and performing artist, as well as being a community music leader, often centred around politically-inspired themes or those of more a personal inflection. Torbz is a fighter for freedom of speech and has strong views on sovereignty, law and the degrading of public services. Torbz has spent many years involved in various forms of research and activism, some of it musically-oriented, most oriented to examining historical and present day cultural systems and trends and how the concepts of sovereignty and divinity have been promulgated or encoded into a system that appears to benefit a very select group of people. Last year Torbz gave an impassioned performance on the Forum and this year he has a whole hour to enable him to inspire us some more.

Presentation:  In Search Of Balance – An Examination of Personal Sovereignty in the 21st Century
Through a combination of diverse life experiences and a deep personal connection to the human psyche, dramas and behaviours that dictate modern 'civilised' life, Torbz has been developing practical ideas to make positive and simple life changes that revolve around the balancing of energies and forces that apply to us as people, alive on this planet at this unique time. Drawing on research into law, psychology, metaphysics and modern sociological trends, and reflecting upon it from a creative, emotional heart, Torbz presents a compelling case to further our understanding of both ourselves and others to facilitate and catalyse profound personal change and create tangible progressive change in our society.

Geoff Stray

Geoff is the author of Beyond 2012 and The Mayan and Other Ancient Calendars in the Wooden Book series. He also wrote a little book called Mysteries of the Long Count and recently produced an anthology of bus stories called Mendip Madness about his encounters with “cider-soaked fruitcakes” while driving a bus around Somerset. There is another book project in the pipeline, but he only talks about it in hushed tones. He used to be a shoemaker but has recently given it up due to a bendy wrist, which has caused him to smash most of his crockery. However, he still builds classic motorbikes. He also drives the tour-bus for the Megalithomania conference.

Presentation:  The Mysteries of Chartres Labyrinth
This lecture is the culmination of 11 years of research: In 2006, Geoff Stray was walking across the 800-year-old labyrinth in Chartres Cathedral when he noticed circles of light moving across it. A search for an explanation in all the books in the cathedral bookshop revealed nothing. Further research showed that all printed sources were silent on the phenomenon, so a Chartres specialist was consulted, someone who had visited Chartres six times, particularly to study the Labyrinth, but had somehow never noticed any lights on it. Geoff returned in 2011 to video the phenomenon and took a further six years to crack open the mystery, finally solving the mystery lights and the purpose of those unique ‘cusps’ that surround the Chartres Labyrinth, as he will reveal.

Hugh Newman

Hugh is a world explorer, ‘megalithomaniac’ and author of Earth Grids: The Secret Pattern of Gaia’s Sacred Sites (2008); co-author of Giants On Record: America’s Hidden History – Secrets in the Mounds and the Smithsonian Files with Jim Vieira (2015), Stone Circles (2017) and is published in three Ancient Origins e-books. He has been a regular guest on the History Channel’s Ancient Aliens and Search for the Lost Giants and has been on the BBC, Sky TV and Bosnian TV, and is currently involved in the production of the Megalithic Odyssey (UK), Road 2 Ruins (US) and Ancient Tomorrow (US) documentary projects. He is a video producer who publishes regular films of his worldwide explorations on YouTube and he has had articles published in many magazines and websites around the world. As well as organising the annual Megalithomania conferences and tours, he co-organises the Origins conference in London with Andrew Collins and has spoken at events in the UK, Malta, France, Peru, Egypt, Bosnia, Cambodia, Java and North America. He currently lives in Wiltshire, England.

Presentation:  Crop Circles from Aerial Drones
In addition to his renowned work with ancient mysteries, Hugh is a firm follower of the crop circle phenomenon and has become one of the key documenters of recent seasons with his extraordinary sweeping drone footage. Hugh introduces some of his most dramatic sequences from crop formations of the last few years, including (hopefully!) video of some of the very latest events, as a wonderfully experiential way to close the Sunday afternoon.

Sunday Evening

(must be booked separately)

Tony Gosling

Tony GoslingBeginning his working life in the aviation industry and trained by the BBC, Tony Gosling is a British land rights activist, historian and investigative radio journalist. Over the last 20 years he has been exposing the secret power of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) and élite Bilderberg Conferences where the dark forces of corporations, media, banks and royalty conspire to accumulate wealth and power through extortion and war. Tony has also spent much of his life advocating solutions which heal the wealth divide, such as free housing for all and a press which reflects the concerns of ordinary people rather than attempting to lead opinion, sensationalise or dumb-down.

Presentation:  Revolutionary Acts Of Journalism – Exposing the Ruling Oligarchy
To end this year’s Symposium with a controversial bang, Tony discusses “revolutionary acts of journalism”, giving an insight into the “Deep State myth makers” and seeing what goes on inside the corporate media, yesterday, today and tomorrow. Along the way, Tony will explore the origins of Freemasonry in the English Civil War, the Bilderbergs, the power of Brussels and the ‘traitors of Arnhem’, and asks “whatever happened to the Nazi loot..?” He also asks whether we are currently looking at Animal Farm or People Farm and sees how the ruling oligarchy plans to enslave humanity in debt – and why Britain may be where their plans hit a brick wall…

NOTE:  This list of speakers is based on agreements with all the listed presenters to appear at the Glastonbury Symposium, and is correct at this time. The Symposium reserves the right to change the speakers due to any unforeseen circumstances that may arise, and encourages attendees to check this page from time to time, as it will be updated in the event of any speaker alterations.

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