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Introducing the 2016 Speakers


Glastonbury Symposium
2016 Conference speakers

Speakers for the 2017 Symposium will be announced early in 2017.

Friday 22nd July 2016


Jason works by day as a freelance editor-for-hire working on all manner of visual media (including television programmes like the BBC’s Panorama). He also has a keen interest in all things of an ‘alternative’ bent, and has been involved with the Symposium one way and another since the mid 90s when crop circles really started to make their presence felt. [Jason also leads our Friday and Sunday afternoon meditations.] A keen motorcyclist, he can be occasionally seen living the midlife crisis on his beloved Harley, blatting across the Somerset levels where he lives with his partner Di, and Hinge and Bracket, their two feline fur-kids.

Presentation:  A View From the Media
As an Emmy award-winning television and producer, and long-time Symposium team member, Jason applies his unique alternative vision to give a broad and fascinating overview of what matters in the world here and now, to set the scene for the weekend’s themes in a heartfelt and inspiring presentation.


Peter KnightPeter is the author of ten books on sacred sites and ancient wisdom. He is a wisdom-seeker, environmentalist, dowser, and international speaker, well-known for his inspiring and enthusiastic workshops, talks and field trips to ancient sacred sites, to acknowledge our ancient spiritual heritage, and to experience the landscape and sacred sites. Peter is an Honorary Member of both the Antiquarian Society and the Dorset Dowsers, and is co-founder of the Dorset Earth Mysteries Group. He also hosts the Convention of Alternative Archaeology and Earth Mysteries, held annually in Wiltshire.  

Presentation:  Stolen Images - Pagan Symbolism in Christianity
Peter returns to the Symposium with another inspiring presentation, this time about his latest book, in which he demonstrates how ancient Pagan symbols and myths were absorbed into Christianity to usurp pre-Christian belief systems, as well as to encapsulate archetypal power for the benefit of the new religion; Jesus mirrors ancient sun gods, whilst the Virgin Mary replaced Isis and other Earth Mothers. Serpents, dragons, the Green Man, Mary Magdalene, the Tree of Life, and a host of other myths and symbols are covered, and Peter also suggests how we might see beyond later veneers to connect, as we once did, with the Divine Feminine and the Divine Masculine in a more balanced, Gnostic way, for the healing of mankind and the Earth.


Pippa KingPippa King is a campaigner for children’s rights, after her children were nearly fingerprinted in 2005, without her consent, for a school library system. Along with other parents she lobbied parliament for transparency regarding biometric technology in education. This resulted in three clauses being included in the Protection of Freedom Act 2012, covering parental and children’s consent and their rights to refuse to use biometric technology in schools. Pippa is a regular blogger on biometrics and RFID in education, and on wider state surveillance. Through her research she has advised various government committees and initiated written questions in parliament, with interviews and quotes featured by the BBC, The Times and The Guardian as well as many popular alternative media outlets.

Biometrics in Schools -
Against RFID in Schools -
State of Surveillance -

Presentation:  Sleepwalking into a Surveillance State
With biometric technology, RFID and the ‘Internet of Things’ being rolled out in schools, the next generation is familiarised to these technologies with little regard to fully understanding the consequences of mass data sharing. Educational databases are some of the richest datasets in the world. Increasingly, government agencies and corporations gather biometric data from us, covertly and overtly – this, coupled with our use of radio frequency devices, reveals ever more data about us, with immense potential for profiling and predictive behaviour modelling to be executed upon us without our knowledge. With the perceived benefits these technologies bring, they also have the capacity to erode our privacy and civil liberties.  We may be the last generation that truly experiences what privacy is.


Douglas TaylorUS researcher Douglas Taylor is a multi-talented author, speaker, teacher, artist and woodworker, with many years of experience in metaphysical studies. During his youth he was a surfer, travelling around the world searching for that elusive perfect wave. His travels stimulated his adventurous spirit and he developed a profound appreciation of nature and its healing and rejuvenating effects in his life. In 1978, on one of his surfing trips to the Caribbean Island of Puerto Rico, he experienced an amazing encounter inside a UFO and telepathically communicated with its extraterrestrial occupants. For over 25 years, Douglas has intrigued and inspired audiences through his many classes, workshops, radio and TV interviews. Douglas’s multimedia presentations are entertaining and educational as well as spiritually inspiring.

Presentation:  The Magnificent Civilisation of Atlantis
Douglas says: ‘The civilisation of Atlantis was initiated by an advanced race of spiritually enlightened space travellers from a group of seven stars known as the Pleiades. These advanced Spiritual Teachers shared their knowledge and wisdom with the Earth people. Atlantis at its zenith contained seven major cities, which were built and patterned after cities from the Pleiadean planets. Douglas will describe some of the incredible technology and the spiritual science that established this civilisation as a virtual paradise on Earth.


Ewan IrvineEwan is a clairvoyant medium working in the UK and Ireland. As a child, he experienced many strange happenings that could not be explained logically. It was only at the age of 19 that he began to realise he had the ability of mediumship. Having developed these abilities with the Portobello Spiritualist Church in Edinburgh, he became a regular demonstrator of mediumship within the UK. Ewan also has a great interest in the paranormal and has used his mediumship ability within many haunted locations. Locations have included the Schooner Hotel at Alnmouth, England’s most haunted hotel, the Ragged School in Edinburgh (Ewan being the first medium ever to investigate the building), Castle Keep in Newcastle, Mary Kings Close in Edinburgh, and Blair Street Vaults, also in Edinburgh. Ewan has appeared in a number of TV productions including Most Haunted Live and ITV’s Tough Gig. Articles have also included The Edinburgh Evening News, Scotland Today, Psychic News and BBC Radio Scotland. Ewan hosts a weekly radio show called Myth or Reality on Scotland’s Radio Saltire Station.

Presentation:  Are We All Psychic?
Evidence suggests that animals have a psychic ability. In the hours before the tragic 2004 Tsunami, much of the wildlife disappeared. Did the animals know that the Tsunami was coming? Did their own psychic ability alert them to the impending tragedy? Is it also an ability that humans have but one that we have simply buried as humans have evolved through time? Ewan explores some examples of the psychic in the animal population, together with similar examples amongst humans. He also discusses what ‘psychic’ is and how it can be used in life, along with stories of his own experiences in his life and in the paranormal field. He draws upon these experiences to ask the question ‘are we all psychic?’…


Nick AshronNick is a ‘spiritual musician’, award-winning psychic artist and author, and creator of an inspirational weekly spiritual chat show, Nick Ashron's Lightworker's Guide to the Galaxy, which ran for several years on Sky TV. Working in the spiritual arena for 30 years, Nick started out as a healer and  quickly realised the power of music for healing. He became one of the early pioneers of spiritual/new age music in the UK. He then developed his psychic art skills, providing portraits of spirit guide helpers, for which he was given an award as 'Most Popular Psychic Artist' in the  UK. Nick’s current project is a fantasy musical called The Seven Winds.

Musical performance:
Nick says: “I will be performing acoustic guitar-based songs, with backing, mainly from my musical The Seven Winds; slightly folky with one or two upbeat songs with a spiritual/ecological message!”


Todd AcamesisA trained remote viewer, self-taught out-of-body explorer and brainwave entrainment researcher, Todd has been exploring consciousness through expanded states of awareness for more than two decades. More recently, he co-developed the ‘PandoraStar Deep Trance Light Machine’ system; a powerful flickering light device that entrains the brain to specific brainwave frequencies for the purpose of inducing exotic states of consciousness, such as lucid dreams and out-of-body experiences. Todd also regularly leads Synchronicity Walks throughout the UK to guide people in experiencing the raw nature of synchronicity; he has developed a special card deck for people to experience synchronicity in their everyday lives.

Presentation:  Reload Your Reality - The Red Pill or Blue Pill Talk
In the 1999 film The Matrix, a hacker named Morpheus offers a choice to the film's protagonist, Neo, to take the blue pill, where ‘the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe’, or to take the red pill, where ‘you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes’. Just like Neo from The Matrix, you've been living a double life - but that's where the comparison ends. Because, unlike Neo, you remain totally oblivious to your other life. Todd's talk uncovers the single biggest conspiracy of all time: the systematic suppression of Multidimensional Reality and Multidimensional Consciousness, with answers that involve astral travelling, remote viewing and experiments in synchronicity!

Saturday 23rd July 2016


Andy ThomasAndy is a leading researcher into unexplained mysteries and cover-ups and is the author of many books, including the acclaimed The Truth Agenda, and Conspiracies, both published in several different versions and languages around the world. His guides Vital Signs and An Introduction to Crop Circles, meanwhile, are seen by many as definitive overviews of the crop circle phenomenon. Andy is founder of Changing Times, which holds events on mysteries and truth issues, and he is one of the co-organisers of The Glastonbury Symposium. He extensively writes and lectures in Britain and around the world, and has made numerous radio and TV appearances. UK spots have included Channel 4’s Richard and Judy, BBC 2's Esther, ITV's GMTV, BBC 1’s The One Show and Sky 1’s Pineapple Dance Studios, while Andy has also featured in television programmes in many other countries.

Presentation:  Surviving the Shock of the New
Recent political shifts have been seismic, with Britain voting for ‘Brexit’, beginning the process of leaving a shaken EU, while America prepares to enter a whole new era of uncertainty under the leadership of either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. The sudden change of so much that has been familiar and solid, if not desirable, is leaving many people feeling disorientated and uncertain of their place in this new world. Andy injects some positive energy into this climate of flux by seeing how can we best thrive in this altered landscape, understand what has occurred and avoid some classic divide-and-rule tactics.


Nina ElshofNina Elshof is a renowned Feng Shui master, founding director of the first Dutch Feng Shui academy, and a prolific author. She uses the practices of Feng Shui, Nine Star Ki, her knowledge of geomancy and over 20 years of experience in guiding processes of transition in both people and in the buildings and environment they occupy. In her workshops, trainings and consultations she guides the participants to a deeper consciousness of self. She says about Feng Shui: ‘A house is not just your third skin, but also the ultimate place to stimulate you to become and to be who you are. Your environment has an enormous influence on you and your wellbeing since it reflects both your conscious and your subconscious.’

Presentation:  House and Soul
Nina says:  ‘The environment we live in heavily influences who we can be. Changing this environment changes the way we live, interact with others and how we think about ourselves. It’s our environment that determines whether or not we’re able to live our full potential. To turn a house into a home is by all means the best way in recognising that environments inspire emotions. Instead of talking in a very masculine way about the design, function, technology, size and shape of the houses we live in, it is time to reinstall a house as the home where the heart can be at peace. It’s time to start talking about emotions, beauty and living in an ideal, healthy and numinous environment from which we can start building a better world outside our homes.’


In a sleek and pacy discussion format, the audience participates in a fast-moving debate with a panel of distinguished guests from the world of truth-seeking and mysteries research, some being speakers from the weekend and others not. They animatedly sift matters arising from the issues of the event, and beyond, ensuring some lively and enlightening debate. Andy Thomas presides, with his ever-present bell to ensure things are kept snappy!


Matt CampbellMatt is the brother of Geoff Campbell, who was one of the 67 British victims murdered in the September 11th 2001 attacks. Matt does not believe the official story of 9/11 and is on a quest for justice for his brother. Matt has featured in various mainstream documentaries about the events of September 11th 2001, including The Last Secrets of 9/11 (Channel 5, August 2014), 9/11: Mass Murder in the Sky (Channel 5, July 2014) and more recently (November 2015) in Tony Rooke's Incontrovertible – a ‘film for coppers by coppers’ – which indeed provides incontrovertible evidence that the official narrative of 9/11 is a lie.

Presentation:  9/11: The Absence of Justice
Paragraph 16 of UN Principles states: ‘Families of the deceased and their legal representatives shall be informed of, and have access to, any hearing as well as to all information relevant to the investigation, and shall be entitled to present other evidence.’ Given this, there has never been a proper investigation and trial into the mass murder of 67 British victims on 9/11 and there is an alarming absence of evidence supporting the official narrative. As a victim family member, Matt Campbell does not believe that official narrative of 9/11, and is challenging the authorities in court. Matt explains why and tells his powerful story.


Mary MellorMary Mellor is Professor Emeritus at the University of Northumbria, Newcastle upon Tyne. Her early research and activism in the cooperative movement resulted in a co-authored book Worker Co-operatives in Theory and Practice (1988). Later active involvement and research in ecofeminism led to two books; Breaking the Boundaries: Towards a Feminist Green Socialism (1992) and Feminism and Ecology (1997).  She took part in the anti-nuclear women’s peace camp at Greenham Common and toured Japan talking on ‘Women, Environment and Peace’. She also helped set up her university’s Sustainable Cities Research Institute. Concern at the failure of modern economies to recognise unpaid domestic labour and environmental damage resulted in three books:  The Politics of Money (co-authored 2002), The Future of Money (2010) and Debt or Democracy (2015).

Presentation:  Sustaining Life – Ecofeminism versus ‘Economic Man’
This talk will explore the link ecofeminism makes between the marginalisation of women’s work and lives and the exploitation and destruction of nature. Its particular focus will be the unsustainable construction of current economies and ‘Economic Man’ (who can be female), whose main aim is to achieve success in money terms, while not taking account of women’s unpaid work or damage to nature. An alternative view of the way economies could function will be presented that would be sustainable and socially just. This would involve retaining a money system but basing it on democratically serving the needs of all the people rather than the profit of the few.     


Dave HodrienDave Hodrien is the chairman and lead investigator for the Birmingham UFO Group, one of the most active groups dedicated to the subject in the UK. He has personally investigated hundreds of UFO sightings and over 200 contact cases from around the world. He has spoken at numerous conferences, and appeared on television and radio on many occasions. He writes regularly for UFO Truth Magazine, and has previously written for Paranormal Magazine and UFO Matrix. Dave feels that the evidence he has seen over the years points towards interaction between numerous intelligent extra-terrestrial species and the human race.

Presentation:  UFO 101
The UFO subject is vast and complex. In this fascinating talk Dave provides a great overview of the subject. He will discuss the different types of UFOs encountered and the incredible capabilities they seem to possess. He will then cover some of the most impressive UFO incidents that have ever taken place, including the Rendlesham Forest incident as well as a couple of stunning cases investigated by himself via his Birmingham UFO Group. Dave says: “This talk is ideal for both those with little knowledge of the UFO subject as well as those with a more deeper understanding of it. Whatever your background you will find something to enjoy!”


The traditional appearance of Glastonbury’s inspirational acapella choir, which has performed at many prestigious events, including the Three Choirs Festival and, naturally, the Glastonbury Festival. The choir present rousing and inspirational choral pieces from around the world, sung with enthusiastic energy to open the Saturday night proceedings, providing uplifting, beautiful entertainment.


Patrick HenningsenPatrick Henningsen is an American independent writer, investigative journalist and filmmaker, and founder of the news website and presenter-producer of 21st Century Wire on Paradigm Shift TV in the UK. He has been a dedicated peace activist most of his life and has developed his skills to become a geopolitical and media analyst for the UK Column and Russia Today. Patrick has also written for the Guardian and Global Research and was formerly co-editor of No stranger to controversy, his past work has included investigations into the Copenhagen UN Climate Summit, the ‘Fast and Furious’ gun-running scandal in Arizona, issues in Cyprus, Lebanon and Syria, and President Obama’s birth certificate. Patrick is a graduate of California State University at San Luis Obispo.

Presentation:  The Art of Resistance
Wherever you travel on this planet, many layers of civilisation are ever-present below our feet. Even in today's modernist technocracy, there are still more valuable lessons to learn from past cultures and epochs. In countries like Lebanon, Syria and Iraq, our collective history is fast disappearing under the rubble of conflict, and from the jackhammers of post-war 'rebuilding and development' efforts. In his recent trip to the Middle East, journalist and geopolitical analyst Patrick Henningsen witnessed some of the destruction and looting of our global collective heritage. He also discovered an unlikely pocket of resistance to the brutal neocolonial march of 'progress' by the financial force of the West and its Gulf oil kingdom partners. Young local street artists in worn-torn cities are the new scribes of archeology and a authentic, true emergent culture of resistance and free expression, offering valuable reflection on the human experience of the aeons and into the 21st century. This is not exclusive to the Middle East either, as a new wave of gentrification" is pressurizing communities in Europe as well. This is being enabled by a corporate mainstream media and globalist agents in government. The challenge is a global one. We are at a tipping point. Will humanity prevail?

Sunday 24th July 2016


Vanda is an authority on the brain, stress reduction, brain-friendly learning processes, self-leadership, joy and creativity. She is the past founder and CEO of Buzan Centres and formerly the President for the International Society for Accelerative Learning and Teaching.  Vanda is the author of: Mind Chi: rewire your brain in 8 minutes a day – 50 strategies for success in business & life and Get Ahead – map your way to success, both in eight languages, and also numerous other books and training manuals.

Presentation:  Stress busting and resilience building with Mind Chi!
How well are you sleeping? Have you energy left at the end of your work day? Do you sometimes react in a way you wish you hadn’t? Are you often grumpy or feeling sad? Is your self-confidence dented? Can you concentrate and remember as you used to? Vanda will share some very practical and amazing information from the eight-step routine of Mind Chi, which will allow you to re-wire your brain for increased energy and resilience in only eight minutes a day. This is a participatory and everyday useful session to increase your joy quotient.


Mark DevlinMark Devlin is a UK-based club and radio DJ, music journalist and author. Since 1990 he has played gigs all over the UK and in over 40 countries around the world. In more recent years he has turned his efforts towards researching and exposing the many ways in which the corporate music industry and its key artists are being manipulated by malevolent forces for mind control and social engineering purposes. Mark now presents public talks on these subjects, as well as appearing on radio, and produces two regular podcast series. His comprehensive book on these subjects, titled Musical Truth, is now available.

Presentation:  Musical Truth
This year, Mark published his book, Musical Truth, bringing together five years of research into this vast subject area. His special area of interest was how this ties into the mainstream music industry, and the way in which A-list artists have been used to manipulate and mind-control the masses in line with a much larger agenda. In this talk, he will be presenting some of his findings, encompassing occult symbolism, mind control, hidden messages in recordings, military-intelligence links to the entertainment industry, and - crucially - what we can all do to bring these systems of mental and spiritual enslavement to an end.


Guenther SchermannGuenther was born in Vienna, studied mathematics there at technical university and worked for 25 years in the environmental department of the city – but he quit his job in 2010 to follow his inner calling to spread his knowledge and experiences regarding the crop circle phenomenon. He visited south-west England in summer 1996 for the first time and was immediately fascinated, so he has come again every summer, resulting in his 20th journey last year. Guenther gives many lectures and workshops each year and helps mount exhibitions and organises and leads large groups. For 15 years he has been part of the Austrian research group ‘Phoenix’ with Jay Goldner.

Presentation:  Sacred Geometry, Hidden Knowledge and Fractal Structures in Crop Circles
Guenther shows how sacred geometry (from the golden section, symmetric/regular polygons and star forms, vesica pisces, flowers of life, platonic solids and their connection to the proportion of the Great Pyramid in Giza) can be used as a research basis to sort the wheat from the chaff. He sees how numbers, especially prime numbers, can have qualitative (not just quantitative) features, explores how fractals are the main principle in nature, and last but not least looks at symbols and pictograms connected to several ancient cultures (eg. Yin Yang, figures of eight, butterflies, the Holy Grail, Jesus’s face, messages, codes, formulas and so on).


Anthony BeckettAnthony is a West Yorkshire-based researcher, free-thinker and philosopher whose interest in the mysteries of the natural world led him to produce the annual British Exopolitics series of conferences. He also is the editor and occasional writer for Exopolitics Magazine, a free e-magazine about UFOs, mysteries and extra-terrestrial phenomena that features world renowned researchers within ufology and exopolitics. Anthony works as a software engineer developing web applications for a global ad-serving, tracking and technology company, while his formal higher education and earlier vocation was as an analytical chemist in the pharmaceutical industry. His interest in the physical sciences continues and compliments his interests in the natural world.

Presentation:  Proto-UFOs and Alien Manifestation
Anthony will look at the dichotomy inherent within the UFO phenomenon. On one hand, we have the scientific data that demonstrates without a shadow of a doubt the physical reality of UFO phenomena and their physical, temporal and spatial characteristics. Then, on the other hand, we have the human UFO experience itself; a comprehensive study of which will lead any investigator to recognise that the challenge that we face with this phenomenon is our very notion of consciousness itself. Somewhere between these two edifices lies the reality of a phenomenon whose influence has been so pervasive as to be rendered nearly invisible; yet it reaches every human being in its influence on human culture – and it does so regardless of the true nature of that reality.


Hugh NewmanHugh Newman is an explorer, ‘megalithomaniac’ and author of Earth Grids: The Secret Pattern of Gaia’s Sacred Sites and co-author with Jim Vieira of Giants On Record. He has been a regular guest on The History Channel’s Ancient Aliens and Search for the Lost Giants. He has had articles published in Atlantis Rising (US), Nexus Magazine and numerous other publications. As well as organising the Megalithomania conferences and tours, he has spoken at events in the UK, Malta, France, Peru, Egypt, Bosnia and North America. He lives in Glastonbury, England.

Presentation:  Giants on Record
Over 1,000 reports of giant skeletons have been uncovered in North America; some have double rows of teeth, horned skulls, powerful jaws, and elongated craniums. Most reports range the heights between 7ft and 12ft, with some examples going up to 18ft, but it still doesn't answer the question of why this part of history has been so meticulously covered up. From New England, to Miami, Ohio and California, these giant skeletons have been dug up in the thousands, yet when the Smithsonian Institution got involved they mysteriously vanished. The reports, photos, excavations and eye-witness accounts – even from Abraham Lincoln and other luminaries – suggest that the history books are on the verge of being rewritten.

The Symposium ends with a wrapping up of the event by Sheila and Andy, followed by an optional meditation in the Abbey Grounds - a chance to get outdoors and spend a short time in stillness with those who have shared your journey over the weekend.

Sunday Evening

(must be booked separately)


Barefoot DoctorOften described as a modern master of Taoism-based pragmatic existentialism, Barefoot Doctor (Stephen Russell) is a doyen of the human potential movement, author of 18 books, has appeared on many television and radio programmes, and is the producer of electronic mind-altering frequency dance music. He is also the progenitor of online trainings and events, and ‘all-round brother to humanity-in-remarkable-times’.

Presentation:  What Is The Truth?
Barefoot Doctor presents an investigatory look into the ancient Taoist, yet eminently contemporary and universal explanation of what is true, as predicated on a core set of immutable ontological-phenomenological-cosmological-metaphysical principles. These incorporate the notion of subjectivity, sensory perception, descriptions of reality, cognitive cogency and congruence, and intra-dimensional awareness, to enable us to cut through the ever-thickening illusion/delusion-mesh and emerge behind the web of disinformation-born mass-confusion and cognitive dissonance to breathe the clear air of what's actually what…

NOTE:  This list of speakers is based on agreements with all the listed presenters to appear at the 2016 Glastonbury Symposium, and is correct at this time. The Symposium reserves the right to change the speakers due to any unforeseen circumstances, 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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