Glastonbury Symposium 2020 conference speakers
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Here are the full biographies and synopses of our guest speakers for 2020.
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Friday 24 July 2020
Jason Porthouse works as a freelance documentary editor, working on programmes such as BBCs Panorama and Stacey Dooley Investigates… When not in an edit suite though, Jason follows a lifelong interest in spirituality and the metaphysical world. A qualified Spiritual Companion and alumni of Jan Day’s School of Being, he is particularly interested in exploring ideas around what being a man in today’s world really means, and how that feeds into relationships on all levels. Jason is also the Glastonbury Symposium’s resident meditation leader and a long-time team member.
The Burning 20s: From Corruption to Connection?
A new decade. Half the world is on fire, the other half flooding, Brexit is happening and the ecosystem is at tipping point… What’s a person to do? With a world of peace and prosperity seemingly ever further away, and the self interest of the few in the ascendant, how can we make a difference? In this wide ranging talk Jason looks at some of the issues facing us and explores ways in which we can take back our power – and how fostering authentic connections may be one way of starting to tackle the problem…
Ananda L. Sirisena is the current president of SPSR – the Society for Planetary SETI Research. He has been a long-time UFO researcher and author, broadcaster, lecturer and educator in the field of computing. He describes his dramatic daytime sighting of three flying discs in his recently published book Massive Vimana (UFO) Over the Atomic Weapons Establishment – A Challenge For Parliament. He is known for his simple elucidation on complex subjects and is a patient respondent to questions. Born in Sri Lanka, he has had an interest in all the mysteries of the world. He has appeared on British TV and radio programmes and lectured around the world. Ananda understands that the world is on the brink of a new “thought renaissance”, as the discovery of thousands of exo-planets will prove to humanity that we have never been alone in the galaxy: “We will have to end our childhood in order to join the galactic federations one day.”
Photographic Evidence for Mysteries on the Moon and Mars
Two recent scientific papers published in The Journal of Space Exploration describe and analyse data from NASA which show, as yet, unresolved mysteries. Ananda will discuss these photographs and explain the profound implications of their reality in simple English, not obtruse technical language. Recent photos of our moon, taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), show what appears to be the remnants of an alien base on the far side. The ‘Mound Configuration on Mars’ has now been reconfirmed both by NASA and ESA space probes; it is a layout on the surface of Mars made by mounds similar in size to the Giza pyramids. The mathematics behind this layout indicate sophisticated knowledge of a three-sided pyramid: the tetrahedron. How ancient are these artefacts? Who placed them with such precision – an indigenous civilisation on Mars? Or an extra-solar race of galactic travellers..? Ananda will also speak about the Aetherius Society and its origins.
Sky is an Energy Master, Theta Healing Teacher, Hypnotist, Author and Nutritionist. Sky says: “As I work with you and your beliefs, you clear self-sabotaging patterns in your life. You become aware of Life’s lessons and their meaning for you, so you’re better placed to move forward.”
To be announced
Details will appear here soon.
Frank Clifford is a full-time astrologer and palmist who began teaching himself both subjects 30 years ago. He has written a dozen books (including Palmistry 4 Today and Getting to the Heart of Your Chart), which have been published in ten languages. Frank has been profiled in many magazines and broadsheets, including The Guardian (which dubbed him ‘palm reader to the stars’) and various times in Hello magazine. Over the years, he has worked with the BBC, Universal Studios and the Oxford University Press. He teaches worldwide and at home for his school, The London School of Astrology, which now has an online course as well as branches in China and Japan. In 2012, his peers honoured him with a lifetime achievement award for his contribution to astrology.
The New Age: Jupiter and Saturn in Aquarius
The Jupiter–Saturn conjunction at 0° Aquarius on 21 December 2020 ushers in a remarkable new chapter for us all. Although the conjunction occurs every 20 years, it hasn’t been in the progressive, ideological and freedom-focused sign of Aquarius since 1405. This aspect usually coincides with burgeoning changes in society, national identities, global practices and belief systems. In this talk, astrologer Frank Clifford will introduce various facets of this stunning aspect, discuss how it could impact us personally and professionally, and consider what we can do in the coming months to make the very most of it.
Hugh Newman is renowned for his work on ancient mysteries and archaeology. He is a regular guest on the hit TV series Ancient Aliens and has written several books.
Ancient Sites and Crop Circles From Above
Hugh presents a stunning selection of his aerial drone footage of impressive monuments around the world, together with some of his famous crop circle footage.
The Avalonian Free State Choir (music)
Glastonbury’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. The choir was originally founded in 1992 to sing traditional and contemporary English folk songs and carols, but by 2004 had widened both their repertoire and the range of venues at which they sing. The choir is run as a collective and is merit based. Michael Eavis, founder of the Glastonbury Festival, says: “The greatest thing about the Avalonian Free State Choir for me, is their incredible enthusiasm and the way they translate music into a joyful and almost theatrical experience.”The choir have long been a much-loved fixture of the Glastonbury Symposium, and they begin our Friday evening programme in their traditional uplifting style.
Ronald Hutton is one of Britain’s most respected historians and it is an honour to welcome him as our Friday night special guest speaker. He is the senior Professor of History in the University of Bristol, and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the Society of Antiquaries, the Learned Society of Wales, and the British Academy. He is the historian on the board of trustees which runs English Heritage, and chair of the Blue Plaques panel which awards commemorative plaques to historic buildings. He has published sixteen books and eighty essays on a wide range of subjects including British history between 1400 and 1700, ancient and modern paganism in Britain, the British ritual year, and Siberian shamanism.
Britain’s Pagan Heritage
Britain is home to one of the largest and most varied collections of evidence for pre-Christian belief and ritual in the whole of Europe – and perhaps the greatest of all. This talk, presented by one of Britain’s most respected historians, is designed to explain what that evidence is and examine the problem of how to interpret it, with special reference to the most famous of all prehistoric monuments, Stonehenge, and one of the most celebrated and enigmatic of ancient British artefacts, the bog body called Lindow Man.
Saturday 25 July 2020
Andy 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.
Truth and Mysteries 30 Years On
Andy presents his annual inspirational opening to the Saturday schedule by looking at the key so-called ‘alternative’ issues of our time and how our, and the media’s, response to these areas have changed since the Glastonbury Symposium began an incredible 30 years ago and how things are likely to develop over the next 30!
In 2014 Jade was an international choreographer who worked for the Royal Academy of Dance and Sadler’s Wells Theatre when she had a transformative Out of Body Experience (OBE) that changed her life. She left her own company and a 12-year career in the arts to teach workshops on the practice for personal growth. Compelled to explore her experience she embarked in an Msc in Transpersonal Psychology and has spent the past three years researching the ‘transformative’ effects of OBE’s. To spread awareness she made a documentary called Insight Out with interviews from experts such as New York best selling author Dr Eben Alexander, the lead Monroe Institute trainer William Buhlman and ex-NASA Physicist Tom Campbell. She was asked to be the ‘Astral Projection’ consultant for new Netflix series ‘Behind her Eyes’ and has spoke at diverse venues from London’s largest spiritual organisation Alternatives to private member clubs Soho House & Ace Hotel, as well as Mindvalley University in Croatia. She’s delivered workshops throughout the UK and internationally including at Europe’s largest Mind Body Spirit Festival. She holds a BA hons degree in Dance & Culture, a foundation degree in Movement Psychotherapy and she’s a member of the Science & Medical Network as well as A Winston Churchill Trust Fellow.
Out of Body Experiences
Jade will explore this extraordinary and increasing phenomenon, looking at its implications and gifts.
Full details to come soon.
The Saturday Forum
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.
Ravi is a singer, natural voice practitioner, multi-instrumentalist, drum circle facilitator, and one of the first Western players of the kora. His music is the result of a lifetime exploring the edge through music that has taken him from India to the Amazon, and which has included working within the shamanic world for over 15 years. As well as performing internationally and over 20 albums and work with luminaries such as Nigel Kennedy, Jon Lord, Phil Manzanera, John Leckie, Baaba Maal and Dr John, Ravi offers World Kirtan, Cacao Ceremonies and “Overtone Singing and Voice Workshops” which take participants on a transformational journey of discovery into the voice.
“Ravi is a rare talent – a musical shaman who knows no fear. He has been an inspiration to us over the years as he continues to cross borders and boundaries in his quest for musical expression and freedom” DEVA PREMAL & MITEN
The Power of Sound
It is becoming increasingly clear, from a holistic and scientific perspective, about the huge potentials of the power of sound, which many traditional and ancient cultures have always known. There has recently been a recognition of alternative tunings to 440 htz, the standard pitch for Western music. A historic example is the Aeolean harp, which was banned by the church in the 18th century, due to it producing a sound that was “too close to god”, and overtone singing could once be found around the world from Mongolia to Northern Canada. Overtone sounds resonate in harmony with nature from the smallest atom to the planets and galaxies. In this talk Ravi will “briefly activate the seven chakras of the body”, and we will experience singing bowls and gongs and hear a demonstration of overtone singing, after which we will explore the world of alternative tunings and modalities such as 432 Htz.
John Kitson is one of the UK’s leading campaigners against the growing spread of 5G technology and its potential dangers. John left the corporate world behind where he was working as a recruitment consultant in Japan soon after he lost his mother due to a brain tumour that he suspects was caused by her wireless landline phone. Since then he returned to the UK and now speaks around the UK on the dangers of 5G and Microwave Radiation. He set up a website, www.5gawareness.com, where he posts news, events, and other useful information and also runs the YouTube channel 5gawareness. He managed to get Totnes and Kingsbridge in Devon to declare moratoriums on 5G and is now, with others, attempting to get Devon to declare a county-wide moratorium. After being invited to speak at a UKIP conference last year, that political party committed to implement a moratorium on 5G and has listed this as one of its policies. John also ran as an independent candidate in the General election last December where he received 544 votes despite not having time to knock on doors.
The Truth About 5G
John Kitson has grave concerns about the experimental, dangerous 5G communications technology which is being rolled out without concern for the health and wellbeing of the British public, and the environment. John says: “No studies have been conducted that prove 5G to be safe, and there are thousands of peer-reviewed scientific studies to show that EMF radiation emitted from wireless technology is dangerous to all living things. The 5G Space Appeal, EMF Scientist Appeal and The Lancet among many other scientific and medical journals all state this.”
With his background in engineering science and psychology, Chris Connelly decided to investigate Spiritualism and psychics and found out that he was in fact a medium himself. As he progressed, he decided to include real science to find out what happens when people relax, give/receive healing or go into a state of trance, etc. Using relatively low cost equipment, Chris has extraordinarily shown, in a visual way, what occurs to different areas of the brain in these states. He has brought this knowledge to the International Spiritualist Community by tutoring and lecturing on this work.
The Science of Psychics
Chris will explore his remarkable work investigating psychic phenomena and mediumship using innovative technological investigation.
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Gordon Rochford is an Irish comedian, journalist and presenter. He is the brains and personality behind Those Conspiracy Guys, a hugely successful podcast that takes a humorous yet in depth look at conspiracies, ranging from aliens to missing persons and murders. On the back of the podcast, Gordon has amassed a cultural tribe that is hugely supportive of his projects and he is currently focused on making a series of documentaries in the USA.
Let’s Talk Conspiracy Fact!
Gordon Rochford presents some of the most current concerns of Those Conspiracy Guys, an Irish comedy podcast: “Where we discuss all types and genres of conspiracy theories, paranormal happenings and true crime from Atlantean myths to Zapruder films; from ghosts and demons to alien abductions; from werewolves and vampires to CIA assassins and Russian spies. Our aim is to cast a light into the dark corners of corruption, conspiracy and suppression. We want to scour a web laden with tales of political intrigue, extra-terrestrials, rogue governments, secret societies, the paranormal, murder, mayhem, deceit, destruction, the cryptozoological and the psycho-pharmacological and present the fable of the 21st century: The Conspiracy Theory.”
Sunday 26 July 2020
Paul is “not an academic: no degrees in rocket science here”. As a grounded practical and pragmatic person, he has spent much of his adult life in property restoration/development. This lifestyle led to becoming a property landlord which has afforded him a certain amount of independence and time to dedicate to crop formation research. From age 9 he had a life-long fascination with ufology sparked off by father’s interest, post-Roswell. At age 14, Paul, his mother and aunt all witnessed together a green luminous BOL (ball of light) slowly moving about 100ft high next to their house in Sussex. To this day he cannot fathom what this mysterious occurrence could have been. An interest in psychology and sociology, coupled with a practical skill set, has helped him enormously since he embarked upon the crop circle subject in 2001. For two years Paul was a Trustee/Director with the WCCSG (Wiltshire Crop Circle Study Group) that gave way to CGI, the Core Group Initiative, which works with farmers to help the public gain access to selected crop formations.
Crop Circles: A Breakthrough in Visitor/Farmer Relations
Subtitled An audacious attempt by Core Group Initiative to bring the circles into the 21st century, Paul will talk about how he made his first crop circle sortie to Wiltshire in 2008. He was intrigued by the practical issues and anomalies initially and later the social conflicts. He envisioned the PR concept of CGI (Core Group Initiative) in 2011 and initiated it in 2012. Around that time things seemed to be approaching flashpoint due to an invasion, as the farmers saw it. Something dynamic was needed, as farmers were starting to cut out formations. The CGI concept was audacious indeed. To attempt liaison utilising charity as a social catalyst was unheard of. To offer willing and cooperative farmers a free ‘people, land and traffic’ management service by a ‘core group’ would have been laughable… but that seems not to have been the case. Visitors (guests) were asked for and willingly gave a small amount, a token of respect allowing peaceful and legitimate access to crop circles, and money allocated via farmers choosing – but those monies have largely gone to charity. CGI has facilitated access to hordes of people over eight years, and generated over £32k to date, which includes around £22k to cancer charity Brighter Futures.
Charmian says: “I have been working as an acupuncturist for over 30 years, having trained in London and China. I’ve seen a huge range of conditions – sciatica and back pain, anxiety and depression, infertility, problems of menopause, insomnia and hay fever for example. And I continue to be impressed with the power of acupuncture to make a positive difference. I’m also intrigued and excited by recent physiological advances in the understanding of how acupuncture might work. I wrote and delivered one of the UK BSc degrees in Acupuncture at The University of East London for 11 years, where I was Course Leader. I’m a member of The British Acupuncture Accreditation Board Accreditation Committee, have a Masters degree in Intercultural Communication and have spent time in Cuba where acupuncture is a highly valued part of the Cuban health service. I have my own busy acupuncture practice and teach yoga and dance.”
Protection, Prevention and Well-being
Subtitled Understanding the causes of ill health from the insights of Chinese Medicine, Charmian Wylde explains how traditional Chinese Medicine is over 3,000 years old and comes from a culture far removed from our own. Early Chinese medical texts described the causes of ill health as largely “emotional” and “climatic”, with the ability of the body as paramount in maintaining its equilibrium against constant change and disruption. The achievements of modern medicine certainly ensure we live longer. But in a fast-paced, competitive and often aggressive world, we frequently confront chronic ill health – tiredness, high levels of anxiety, depression, insomnia and pain-related conditions for example. Therefore, the early Chinese ideas about how we get sick seem more urgent today in helping to resolve our discomforts. This presentation offers you the chance to consider today’s chronic health issues from the perspective of Chinese Medical disease causation, providing useful insights you can apply to protect your health, prevent illness and live in peace and wellbeing.
Although Dirk Campbell is renowned as a talented multi-instrumentalist, and has displayed these skills at the Symposium in years past, this year he returns in a different capacity, as seen below. Dirk was born in 1950 in the British military hospital in Ismailia, Egypt, and lived in Kenya till 1962, so was exposed to indigenous Arab and African music before its alteration by western influence. In his teens he formed a progressive rock band, then went to study composition at the Royal College of Music. He has since become a professional composer and performer on a wide range of ethnic folk instruments. He lectures on music in remote antiquity and ways of introducing non-western music into contemporary composition. His interest in ancient history, myth, language and culture have led to acquaintance with a number of ethnic communities including the Kurds. He lives in Lewes, East Sussex.
The Dangerous Middle East – A Personal Journey Through a Hidden Global Crisis
Dirk shares the personal effects of the death of his daughter Anna fighting with the Kurds, which made headlines in 2018, and looks at the unfolding global implications of what is really going on in that part of the world. Dirk says: “When my daughter Anna Campbell was killed in Syria in March 2018, I resolved to do all I could to support the cause for which she died. That has resulted among other things in the making of a BBC documentary about her life and death which was aired in July 2019. A prominent theme in the documentary is the threat of extinction faced by the Kurds in Turkey and Syria from aggression by the Turkish State. My talk will cover the history and culture of the Kurds and their brave administration in Rojava, northern Syria. I will also detail the atrocities and war crimes committed by the Turks and their proxies, and the collusion of the British government.”
Mark Devlin is a British club and radio DJ, music journalist and author. In 2010, he underwent what he refers to as a conscious awakening, bringing a new awareness of what’s really going on in this world. 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. He now presents public talks on these subjects, as well as appearing on radio, and producing two regular podcast series. In early 2016 he published his comprehensive book, Musical Truth, with its follow-up, Volume 2, appearing in 2018. His debut novel, The Cause & The Cure, appeared in early 2020.
Mind Control in James Bond Movies
Although best-known for his work exposing the darker side of the music industry, Mark Devlin grew up as a major fan of Ian Fleming’s fictional spy hero James Bond, lapping up both the original novels and the lavish film treatments. It was only in recent years, given his new understanding of how mind-control and social engineering works, that he came to realise the extent to which the Bond stories have been used as establishment propaganda, and to place the truth of so many ‘elite’ agendas in plain sight, all under the guise of ‘fiction.’ In this talk, he breaks down many examples of what the stories really reveal, as well as drawing on the real-life Intelligence background of Fleming himself.
Dave Hodrien is the chairman and lead investigator for the Birmingham UFO Group (BUFOG), and is a regular contributor to UFO Truth Magazine. He has appeared on television and radio numerous times, and previously written for Paranormal Magazine and UFO Matrix. He has spoken at many well-known conferences and groups, and even given educational classes on UFO investigation. BUFOG has been running since late 2007 and has grown from strength-to-strength into one of the UK’s most active and highly regarded UFO organisations. Since its inception, Dave has directly investigated over 1000 UFO sightings and over 250 contact cases from around the world. He believes that the available evidence points towards regular interaction between numerous intelligent extra-terrestrial species and the human race.
UFOs and Contact – Best Evidence
In this lecture Dave will share details of the most stunning and interesting cases which have been reported to the Birmingham UFO Group over the years. Since becoming an investigator, Dave’s views on the phenomenon have only been strengthened, and he looks forward to sharing the reasons why. You will both see and hear astounding evidence that supports the UFO reality – evidence that includes multiple witness sightings, close encounters with landed craft and their occupants, repeated contact experiences, photographed body markings and implants, and video footage that may actually show an abduction taking place! Dave will also provide a brief background to how the group came about and what makes a ‘good’ UFO case. Whether you’re already familiar with BUFOG or not, prepare for a fascinating talk.
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Back at the Symposium by popular demand, Todd says: “As a trained remote viewer, self-taught astral projector, and brainwave entrainment researcher, I’ve developed spiritual development tools for inducing deep altered states for more than two decades. As part of my work, I teach everyday people how to access hyperspace, the afterlife, and beyond. Fifteen years ago, I set out on a journey to search the afterlife for my loved ones, to get closure and say goodbye. Within a short five years of starting my journey, not only did I get closure, but I also discovered the biggest truth about death. I didn’t have to say goodbye! Once I learned how to find my loved ones in the spirit worlds through astral projection, I undertook another journey – to discover if we’re alone in the universe – and if the truth really is out there. My journeys in hyperspace reveal that we live in a thriving multiverse, teaming with human and non-human intelligences.”
Remote Viewing and Astral Projection: The Biggest Secrets About Reality Revealed
Todd says: “We don’t need disclosure from dishonest governments. We just need to learn how to access the hyperspace gateways through the ancient traditions available to us, including modern remote viewing. There are over 200 planetary bodies in our solar system, including eight major planets, several minor planets, and tens of dozens of moons… Jupiter alone has 79 known moons, including the four Galilean moons, one of which is larger than the planet Mercury. All of these 200+ planetary bodies have parallel dimensions in hyperspace. Some of these parallel worlds have emergent lifeforms… some of these emergent lifeforms are active in hyperspace… and some of these active hyperspace intellegences regularly visit earth.” In this talk, consciousness explorer Todd Acamesis takes you on a tour of our solar system by sharing his visits to Mars, Venus, the Moon, and other planetary bodies. His encounters will thrill you, his findings will excite you, and his insights will inspire you!
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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