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2017 Conference speakers

Here are details about the speakers we had in 2017.

2018 speakers will be announced in February or March 2018.

Friday 28th July 2017


Joy WisdomAwarded Inspirational Woman of 2015 by Aspire magazine, Joy is an innovative speaker and has been described as “a leading Light for the Aquarian Age”. Founder of ‘Allonus’ and the ‘ZEST of Life’ programme, she is an author, tutor/trainer, a clinical practitioner and psychic healer. Joy is also founder of the ‘Global Reach One-Generation-Programme’ and the Joy Wisdom Foundation. Her work as a clinical practitioner for 20 years has given Joy a wealth of real-life experience, with antidotal evidence. She has founded new and exceptional training and self-development packages including programmes for light-healing, inherited generational trauma absorption, women’s and children's health, birth trauma, and psychological, emotional and clinical health issues. A humanitarian, Joy’s quest has found radical answers and she is the author of two books, Pregnancy and Birth: A New Generation and Shell of Soul (SOS), which describes her search to find missing links concerning health. Joy lives in North Wales.

Presentation:  New Visions and Transgenerational Legacies
Joy’s 17 years’ research into health and emotional issues has found that cultural/lineage traumas and underestimated impacts from birth and utero experiences continue to play a big part in present day living and our children’s future. Have you ever wondered why some of us cope with life better than others? Why we might decline quicker than peers or siblings? Why some are prone to stress, anxiety, alcoholism, addiction and self-harm, and others aren’t? We are different due to sensitivities. Emotional, physical and psychological impacts absorbed via our forefathers’ history shape our world today. Limitations and restrictions, passed down via generations, are influencing us now, setting foundations for anxiety, depression, survival-living and unhappy relationships. Joy explains how her techniques of ‘Dissolve & Resolve Emotions’ (D.A.R.E™) deals with these unseen impacts and can turn negative diagnoses on their head for a more positive outlook.


Roeland BeljonRoeland is a sociology major and works in the field of mobility management and environmental consultancy. He has been chairman of the Dutch Centre for Crop Circle Studies for the past five years and has been an active member since it was founded in 1995. Together with his partner Nancy Polet he has been visiting the crop circles every year since they discovered their first one next to Silbury Hill in 1994. In 2010 Roeland and Nancy founded Sky High Creations and together they have organised many lectures and events on frontier sciences and spiritual growth. Every summer, they organise ‘A Night of Crop Circling’ in Wiltshire’s Alton Barnes, right in the middle of crop circle country.

Presentation:  Crop Circles – The Chase Goes On
Roeland has been visiting crop circles since 1994. In all these years he has documented many of them, using measuring tapes, cameras, pen, paper and questionnaires. He has experienced some remarkable events, both in the UK and The Netherlands which he will share in his presentation. Roeland has contributed to the research of others and has his own opinion on the ultimate outcome. Through the years his view on the phenomenon and how it should be researched (if at all) has changed. Looking back, Roeland sees that his life turned out very different than it would have without the crop circles. He has travelled much further down the rabbit hole than he ever would have imagined, as he will explain in this presentation.


Helen SewellHelen Sewell D.Psych.Astrol studied with the Centre for Psychological Astrology under the renowned Liz Greene PhD (and is a Relate-trained relationship counsellor) and gives personal consultations, as well as writing for astrological journals and websites. Helen’s 2009 presentation for the Alternative View conference in London was broadcast many times on the sadly departed Sky channel 200 (Edge Media TV). She has also contributed to books such as Geoff Stray’s Beyond 2012 and her husband Andy Thomas’s acclaimed The Truth Agenda. Her influential article, The Astrology of 2012, anticipated many developments which still have long-term consequences today.

Presentation:  The Astrology of Current Events
Now that we are well into ‘the New Era’ of changed consciousness which began with the astrological chart of 21st December 2012, with world events seeming to grow ever-more complex and unpredictable, Helen examines the astrological influences that are affecting things today and discusses the exciting changes that we are experiencing, together with others we will see in the next few years, as determined by the movements of the planets. Helen believes that astrology deserves to be taken far more seriously and demonstrates how its impact and reality can be clearly seen all around us in world events.


Paul Anthony TaylorPaul is Executive Director of the Dr Rath Health Foundation, a non-profit organisation based in Europe and the United States. A coauthor of the Foundation’s explosive book, The Nazi Roots of the ‘Brussels EU’, his background is in the music industry, where he worked as a keyboard player and programmer with artists including Paul McCartney, Bryan Ferry, Bill Withers, The Verve, Texas, and Primal Scream. Paul’s interest in the subject of health came after falling ill with a chronic fatigue syndrome-related disorder in 1991 and subsequently making a full recovery through using natural health therapies. This eventually inspired him to leave the music world and work for the Foundation to defend the rights of patients to access natural approaches.

Presentation:  Big Pharma, The Nazis, and the Origins of the EU: The Things We’re Not Supposed to Know!
With the arguments still raging over last year’s referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union, Paul Anthony Taylor will shed light on aspects of the EU’s history that have been deliberately hidden from public knowledge. Hinted at in statements made by Boris Johnson and others, Paul’s presentation is based on tens of thousands of historical documents obtained from international archives. As Paul will describe, a Europe designed in the interests of the People can only come about if we are willing to learn the lessons of the past.


Neil Geddes-WardCo-author of the book Faeriecraft with Alicen Geddes-Ward, published by Hay House, Neil is a Pagan and visionary artist, producing artwork for publications and prints. He has appeared on TV and radio discussing paranormal dreams, faeries and ghostly encounters, and has spoken widely in the US and the UK, and conducted workshops. Neil specialises in psychic development and studies ordinary people having extraordinary experiences. He has also taken part in researching ESP with Dr Peter Fenwick and makes short films discussing UFOs, 9/11 and other important mysteries. Neil runs the High Wycombe Paranormal Meet-Up group, where speakers on anything paranormal appear once a month in a pub setting. Neil recently spoke at the popular Probe UK conference in 2016 at St Helens.

Presentation:  Encounters with Faeries, Ghosts and Spirits
Through his own research and meetings with ordinary folk, Neil takes us through some of the extraordinary encounters which people have reported – even sceptical people with no interest in the paranormal – sharing evidence of people’s encounters with the faerie world, ghosts, spirits and other strange phenomena. Throughout, we meet the man who saw a strange lady on the roof of a church, a small being cutting around the shoe of a holidaymaker in Ireland, the ghost who was scared of people, the girl whose spirit was spotted by doctors, the Indian in the cupboard, séances that were not real, séances that WERE real, the strangers walking through the wall of a mosque, and more, as Neil relates anecdotal tales and experiences of everyday people having other-worldly encounters…

Music with TORBZ

TorbzTorbz "reaches heights others cannot" (!) as he provides an enjoyable exploration of resonance and percussion featuring a variety of original works utilising the recently invented steel handpan and guitar. For over 25 years, he has actively pursued a career in music 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.

Touring and travelling throughout Europe, the USA and the Middle East over the last 20 years, Torbz settled in Glastonbury to start a family. Aside from being a musical soul, Torbz also delves into the realms of creative digital design for web and print, runs a web hosting service and is currently helping to renovate a large space in town which will be a new outdoor/indoor venue with a strong creative community focus. He also loves talking about freedom of speech, sovereignty, law and the degrading of public services and… will therefore fit right in at his first Symposium!


Marja de VriesMarja studied biology and ecology, worked as a fabric artist, learned from indigenous cultures and has gained insights into the non-physical reality. She sees the big picture, patterns, interrelatedness and has a clear vision of the future. Committed to the transformation of education so that it corresponds to who we really are and in harmony with the world around us, Marja has so far written two books: The Whole Elephant Revealed: insights into the existence and operation of Universal Laws and the Golden Ratio, which in Dutch (2007) became a bestseller before being published in English (2012) and German (2014); her second book Societies in Balance: towards a future in harmony with the Universal Laws was published in Dutch in 2014. Currently she is writing a book about the organisation of such ‘societies in balance’. Her fourth book will be about “Learning and education in balance”.

Presention:  The Whole Elephant Revealed: Insights into the Universal Laws and the Golden Ratio
Based on her book The Whole Elephant Revealed, Marja de Vries gives a summary of the Universal Laws and Golden Ratio as the underlying principles of the universe. She does this based on common insights of wisdom traditions and through cutting-edge scientific discoveries that are in line with those insights. This reveals a coherent holistic worldview and provides a framework within which the many different aspects of our lives fall into place as pieces of a puzzle. These insights help us to understand what really works and what doesn’t, for everything that is in line with these Universal Laws takes minimal effort, is in tune with who we really are and is in harmony with the greater whole, contributing to the wellbeing of all and everything. Because these principles are universal, they help us to understand what is needed to restore personal balance as well as global balance.

Saturday 29th July 2017


Andy ThomasAndy is one of the world’s leading researchers into unexplained mysteries and cover-ups and is the author of many books, including the acclaimed The Truth Agenda, Conspiracies: The Facts – The Theories – The Evidence and the crop circle guides Vital Signs and An Introduction to Crop Circles. Andy is founder of Changing Times, which holds events on mysteries and truth issues, and has been the co-MC for the Glastonbury Symposium for many years. Andy extensively lectures in Britain and around the world, and has made numerous radio and TV appearances in many countries.

Presention:  Posttruthfakenewstrumpandbrexit
In a world of rapid change and uncertainty, with claims of conspiracy rife, confusion reigns and it seems clear that we are being offered another excellent chance to look again at the way we do things on Planet Earth. In this presentation Andy helps make sense of some key current issues, taking a sideways look at the continual media focus on the rise of Donald Trump, ‘fake news’, ‘post-truth’ and Brexit and questions some of the assumptions being made about them. Was there really ever a pre-‘post-truth’ era, and if news is fake, which news, and who should be the arbiters of truth? Proposed ‘solutions’ seriously risk closing down legitimate alternative enquiry. Yet rather than being the “dark” and “frightening” times we keep being told they are, could the challenges the current situations present actually be the very things that help usher in a new era of changed consciousness?


Pierre BeakePierre has been visiting England since 2003 to film crop circles, and has managed to capture an incredible number of UFOs, strange luminosities and several other paranormal phenomena in Wiltshire.  A film maker in the south of France with his team, Pierre has been researching the unexplained since 1979. He has produced three excellent DVD documentaries in the UFOs and Crop Circles series. A new film project for 2017, Ghosts and Paranormal Activity, will be an exciting journey into an unknown, invisible dimension.

Presentation:  UFOs Caught on Film
Pierre says: “Many people have reported seeing mysterious balls of light and UFOs flying above crop circles. I will show footage and photography of unexplained glowing lights in the sky and ghostly figures haunting crop circles, caught while filming around Avebury, Silbury Hill and Milk Hill in Wiltshire, England. Several objects were invisible to the naked eye, but captured on film. I will try to explain what this visual effect could be.”


In a fast-moving and illuminating Question Time-like format, Andy Thomas chairs a panel discussion between five special guests, some of them from the weekend speaker lists and others not, taking questions from audience members and sharing their inspiring thoughts on some of the themes raised from the weekend and matters beyond.


Thomas SheridanThomas Sheridan is an author, artist and film maker from Dublin, Ireland, who came to international recognition in 2011 with the book Puzzling People: The Labyrinth of the Psychopath. In recent times, his work has been featured in some of the world's largest media outlets as the interest in his work into serial killers, occult history, magic, demonology and mind control cults continues to grow, reaching global audiences. Sheridan offers a holistic approach to all the topics he covers, believing that by re-examining everything from art, mythology, the occult and social engineering that this can equip us with what he terms a “consciousness firewall” in the face of pathological forces.

Presentation:  Beyond the Spell of Confusion
Thomas presents a talk on how we as a species are trapped into a bewildering version of reality, which he terms the “Psychopathic Control Grid”. Sheridan has devoted his life to helping people build a “consciousness firewall” around their psyche so they can embark upon a more creative and insightful personal journey through their own monomyth. This talk will be a rollercoaster of symbolism, magic and mythology, all delivered in Thomas’s relaxed, entertaining and highly informative manner, from mindscapes to the magical and beyond.


Skylar AcamesisSkylar Acamesis is a director at PandoraStar, a master of energy healing, a hypnotist, channel and advanced Theta Healer/practitioner. She has ten years’ experience helping people transform their relationships, careers, health and emotions. Sky is married to Todd Acamesis, whose extraordinary 2016 lecture at the Glastonbury Symposium on astral travelling and remote viewing will be well-remembered by many.

Presentation:  Manifestation and Miracle
Skylar says: “In this talk I will connect to Divine Source Energy and intuitively scan the body/aura, chakras and akashic records for energy blocks to identify any self-limiting belief, feelings and traumas. Then a command or prayer is made to direct this energy to instantly change self-limiting beliefs into empowering new beliefs. This is all done through the energy of ‘All That Is’ – the energy in everything. We will talk about the secrets of the best manifestors and perform an energy clearing meditation to resolve the issues that may be in our way.”


Philip KinsellaPhilip Kinsella is the author of several UFO and spiritual books. He was accredited with creating a theory centered around the ‘Greys’, which was published in a leading magazine back in 1996 and was considered revolutionary with its speculation. This was further highlighted in his book BELIEVE – Bridging the Gap Between Psychic and UFO Phenomena (Capall Bann Publishing). Philip is also a widely-acclaimed clairvoyant medium. He has appeared on TV and radio and has spent over 40 years studying UFO/spiritual subjects in an effort to prove that we are more than simply flesh-and-blood entities with a sell-by date!

Presentation:  The Alien Abduction Phenomenon
Philip says: “I shall be addressing the alien abduction phenomenon with regards to the ‘Greys’. Using a theory of my own, I shall show what I believe these entities are, where they come from and why they are secretly abducting individuals. The model within my hypothesis draws parallels to the human soul, reincarnation, and how these beings seem to be outside the laws of creation itself. This indicates why the Greys are so interested in our reproduction as sentient beings; namely because they themselves cannot reproduce. They yearn to recreate themselves by way of hybridisation in order to make the connection and mingle within our realm. I believe our view of the Greys being 'spacemen' has been grossly misconstrued.”


The Avalonian Free State Choir 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. The thrill of listening to them comes from clear bright harmonies that are uplifting to the soul. The choir have long been a much-loved fixture of the Glastonbury Symposium. Founded in 1992, this year the Avalonians are therefore celebrating their 25th anniversary!

Replacing GEAROID O’COLMAIN (unable to attend):


Palden, formerly of Glastonbury and now in West Cornwall, is an inspiring thinker and speaker who has contributed every 2-3 years to the Symposium since it started. He's a polymath historian and prehistorian, futurist, astrologer, adviser and geopolitics buff with soul, currently engaged in writing a report called Scanning our Future, about the possible shape of the world by mid-century. A former community leader in Glastonbury, founder of three educational projects, author of eight books and multiple websites, broadcaster and Middle East peacemaker, this sounds like a lot, but in fifty years Palden's had time to cover it all. His other current project, apart from the future, is the past - specifically the neolithic era in West Penwith, Cornwall.

Presentation: And Why Did You Choose to be Alive in the 21st Century?
This is about the 21st Century and where it's all going - about social change, artificial intelligence, climate, international relations, existential risks, nature, space weather,  political power and the planetarisation of consciousness. Good Saturday evening entertainment with a speaker who is great at making the big picture look clear and reachable - but he's dead serious about it too. We're heading for the Abyss, and this is no small matter. And there's hope.

Sunday 30th July 2017


Nancy PoletNancy Polet (LLM) has been researching the spiritual and esoteric for more than 30 years, while working in environmental law for over two decades. Together with her partner Roeland Beljon [see Friday speakers] she has been part of the Dutch Centre for Crop Circle Studies since 1995. In 2010 Nancy and Roeland founded Sky High Creations. In that same year Nancy had a powerful mystical experience in the White Spring in Glastonbury, which led her to study magic and in particular the work of magician, occultist and writer Dion Fortune. She lectured and wrote several articles about her experiences and extensive research, which were published in various spiritual magazines.

Presentation:  When Sekhmet Becomes Alive
Last summer Nancy felt the urge to visit The British Museum in London. Inside, Nancy was drawn to a very-much "alive" statue of the Egyptian Goddess Sekhmet. An overwhelming feeling of recognition and a profound memory surfaced. Nancy found herself to be in communication with Sekhmet. Synchronicities started running wild and the Goddess called her back two more times. Nancy started researching Sekhmet and found that sensitive people experience visionary trances being near This Lady of the Flame. Nancy will explain how Egyptian magic can make a statue come "alive" and what the power of Sekhmet represents to women. Her many statues are still being excavated and a Sekhmet-revival is a definitive sign of our times.


Terry is a freelance writer and lecturer in history and current affairs, and a renowned Rudolf Steiner scholar. Also a translator in Japanese and German, Terry gained a BA in History (Hons) in 1973 at Manchester University and gained a diploma in Eurythmy in 1988. He is the author of Mapping The Millennium – Behind the Plans of the New World Order (1998, Temple Lodge) and Kaspar Hauser – Where Did he Come From? (Wynstones Press, 2006), and was translator of the award-winning The Ashio Riot of 1907 – A Social History of Mining in Japan by Prof. Kazuo Nimura (Duke University Press, North Carolina, 1997). Terry is translator, editor and regular contributor at The Present Age monthly magazine and is a regular contributor to New View quarterly magazine. Terry’s current interests are East-West issues, the First World War, the Threefold Social Organism, the New World Order, Britain and the EU, and Kaspar Hauser.

Presentation: Britain and Europe – Problem and Solution: The EU and Social Threefolding
British ‘independence’ from the EU without independence from Britain’s real controller, namely the USA, is only an empty word. Britons have to decide whether they want to kick the 250 year-old addictive and chauvinist habit of world domination. The way forward for Europe is not as a unitary federal state, which Eurocrats have always aimed for – a supernation state called ‘Europe’ – but as an associative threefold confederation between America and Asia: a Europe-wide economy and a Europe-wide cultural life but with national, political and legal sovereignty for the peoples of Europe. The threefold social organism (separation but interrelation of the three spheres of culture, politics, economy), based on a moral economy, is the healthy model for the 21st century.


Dirk Campbell is a composer and session musician. He has written music for television, radio and commercials and his playing features on the scores of many films, television dramas and documentaries. He was born in Egypt in 1950 and lived in Kenya till 1961, experiencing as a child two ancient cultures before westernisation took over. This early exposure generated a lifelong interest in musical traditions from the Old World of the near East, the Balkans, northern and sub-Saharan Africa, India, Indonesia and the far East. He lives in Lewes, East Sussex.

Presentation: Music and Dance in Remote Antiquity
We can have a good idea of what music was like thousands of years ago by plotting certain 'triangulation points': instrumental designs, techniques and pitch systems that are still used and that are similar or identical to those of ancient times. From remotest antiquity all that survives is stone and bone but this doesn’t mean that Cro-Magnon people did not use organic materials to make music. Like the Inuit today, they wore animal hide furs, played drums and flutes, and danced and sang. Ancient representations of dance and musical performance from all parts of the world are similar to isolated traditions that still survive, giving a fascinating insight into life in the remote past.


Brian SteinBefore becoming a campaigner to raise awareness about the dangers of electromagnetic pollution, Brian was Group Chief Executive of Samworth Brothers for 17 years, one of the largest chilled food manufacturers in the UK, supplying all of the leading supermarkets. He grew the business from £90m in 1995 to £800m when he retired in 2012. Awarded a CBE for services to business and the community, Brian is currently an advisor to Samworth Brothers, non-exec director to two food companies, Trustee of the Prince's Countryside Fund and Chair of Governors at the NUSAT Academy in Nottingham. He served as Chair of Leicestershire Cares for 10 years and is now also Chair for the Radiation Research Trust and Trustee (ES-UK).

Presentation:  Electrical Hypersensitivity
Brian says: “As CEO of Samworth Brothers I was a regular and heavy mobile phone user until 2000 when I became severely electrically hypersensitive (or electrosensitive – ES). Assuming I was a freak, I kept this fact from public view until after many years research I discovered that millions of people around the globe have become ES and that there is research being published every week from around the world (though not in the UK) showing the damaging effects microwaves have on our health. I will explain why Public Health England ignore this research, and why the media are reluctant to publish it (similar to tobacco and asbestos health effects). I will also explore what you can do to protect your health, and why life longevity in the UK is now reversing.”


Scilla ElworthyScilla founded the Oxford Research Group in 1982 to develop dialogue with nuclear weapons decision makers, and set up Peace Direct in 2002 to support local peace-builders in conflict areas. Three times nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and awarded the Niwano Peace Prize in 2003, she advised Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Sir Richard Branson in setting up ‘The Elders’. She co-founded Rising Women, Rising World in 2013. Scilla’s latest books are Pioneering the Possible: awakened leadership for a world that works and Business Plan for Peace: making a world without war possible. Her TED talk on non-violence has been viewed by over one million, one hundred thousand people.

Presentation:  Pioneering the Possible: awakened leadership for a world that works
This interactive talk is for people who feel dismayed by the accelerating forces of xenophobia and fundamentalism challenging our societies. We shall examine the shift in consciousness that is required if humanity is to flourish, and the skills we can learn in order to help make that possible, including:
  • Becoming a steward of the earth
  • Becoming a master peace builder
  • Living our deepest values
  • Taking a stand for what you believe in
Engaged participants will leave with new skills to help build a better future.

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)


David HamiltonAfter obtaining a PhD in organic chemistry, David worked as an R&D scientist with one of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies, developing drugs for cardiovascular disease and cancer. It was during this time that he began to investigate the mind-body connection after learning how many people on drug trials improve on placebos. David resigned from the industry and has since co-founded an international relief charity, worked as a college lecturer and university tutor in chemistry, and as an athletics coach and U20 men’s team manager of one of the UK’s largest athletics clubs. He writes a regular blog for his website and occasional blogs for Psychologies, Life Labs and the Huffington Post. In 2016, David was voted Best MBS Writer by readers of Kindred Spirit Magazine.

Presentation:  How Your Mind Can Heal Your Body
David will talk about the mind-body connection. He’ll cover the placebo effect and how belief affects the body, how attitude can add years to your life, how meditation impacts the brain and even your genes, how love can soften arteries, and even how visualisation can create physical changes in the brain and body. David will also give some examples of visualisation techniques used by people around the world that helped them recover from injury, illness, and disease and share the actual principles involved. David will also share some of the latest pieces of scientific research on the mind-body connection in an upbeat, inspirational, and often humorous way.

NOTE:  This list of speakers is based on agreements with all the listed presenters to appear at the 2017 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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