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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 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 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.
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.
US 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 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?’…
FRIDAY EVENING MUSIC
Nick 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.
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!”
A 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!