These are the speakers for our upcoming event, 22-24 July 2022

Here are the biographies and synopses of our guest speakers for 22-24 July 2022.

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Friday 22 July 2022

Jason Porthouse

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 the Glastonbury Symposium’s resident meditation leader and a long-time team member.

Presentation:  Living in ‘Interesting Times’

More than ever we are truly living through what McKenna labelled the ‘ingression of novelty’ – things are getting weirder, faster! How do we make head or tale of information, disinformation and fake news in a society turned upside down, and what IS the truth anyway? In this talk Jason muses on this craziness and our part in creating it, and puts forward some ideas about how we can foster our own internal ‘pole star’ to navigate by in an increasingly confusing and threatening world … 

Ravi Freeman

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

Presentation:  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. 

Adam Malone

Adam Malone is the Creative Director of Astrolabe Immersive in Brighton, East Sussex and During his first MA in Myth, Cosmology and The Sacred, Adam’s interest in the power of mythic narrative brought him to focus on both the work of David Icke as well as the divinatory system of the Tarot. Having written a dissertation entitled The Art of Transforming The World: Tarot and The Future of Immersive Experience, Adam went on to study a second MA at Royal Holloway in Immersive Storytelling. His final piece The Tarot Experience VR set out to prove his hypothesis that Tarot is an important immersive storytelling art form. Adam’s professional and creative work is now focused on bringing meaningful and transcendent experiences to the world of digital art whilst his writing focuses on the power of myth, narrative and metaphor.


Presentation:  Transcending the Reptilian Agenda: Reptile Dysfunction in a Story Stranger Than Fiction

To read David Icke’s ‘Reptilian Hypothesis’ is to encounter perhaps one of the most compelling and immersive sci-fi narratives of our time. However, according to Icke, this is most certainly not fiction! The Reptilian Agenda places us at the very centre of an ancient and intergalactic battle, that has waged for millennia and is now playing out in the world today, in our societies, our institutions and perhaps most importantly inside of all of us. In this world where truth is certainly stranger than fiction, how might we best understand this important story and our role within it? How can we navigate our way through such concepts? And… most importantly, how might we transcend these persistent reptiles!? This talk tackles some of the fundamental problems at the heart of the ‘Reptilian Hypothesis’ and offers a pathway towards both understanding and liberation.

Sky Acamesis

Skylar Acamesis is a Master Energy Healer, Medical Intuitive, Nutritionist and Exercise Goddess. She has worked with royalty, politicians, celebrities, millionaires and high performers from around the world. Skylar has been a master healer, medical intuitive and nutritionist for over a decade and is taking a stand. Sky says: “90% of disease is caused by toxic stress and lifestyle choices which are completely reversible and preventable. Humanity is needlessly suffering and deserves so much better than that. We are worth it.” A respected international speaker, Skylar’s expertise in nutrition and metaphysics has led her to share the stage with Anna Kitney, Vanya Silverten, Jay Diamond, as well as many female thought-leaders. With a natural ability to break even the most complex of concepts into layman’s terms, Sky’s health messages embrace her unique four-pillared approach that unites nutrition, metaphysics and the biochemistry of the body with the power of the mind. After many years of seeing clients, she came to the realisation that all women can feel much better than they currently do. In fact, good health is available to every single one of us – the starting point is Skylar’s ‘Miracles Over Medicine.’ Skylar Acamesis is now a Pioneer Training Provider with the International Institute for Complimentary Therapists (IICT).

Presentation:  Immune System Whispering

Sky says: “Did you know that your own soul can regenerate your immune system? We can awaken this power by talking to and charging our immune systems’ energetic field. The immune system is made up of special organs, cells and chemicals that fight infections, viruses, parasites, toxins and disease. The main parts of the immune system are: white blood cells, T-Cells, antibodies, the complement system, the lymphatic system, the spleen, the thymus, and the bone marrow.” Sky will take us through how to remote view our immune system in our bodies or bodies of others, how to dis-create disease and recreate health and teach us how to reprogram the body’s energetic blueprint so that our immune systems work better and continue to communicate effectively with the rest of the body, keeping it working at peak efficiency for longer. Our immune systems respond to our thoughts and energy and react extremely well to direct healing commands, codes and activations. Sky will show us how to show our immune systems what to do, what they are dealing with, and how to command them to work as they are designed to work, to function perfectly and properly. Our immune system responds to our beliefs and control of our lives, our boundaries and feelings of safety, position in society and environmental and financial stress. Sky will show us that we have the power to create illness or good health, as the Creator intended this for one and all. 

Hugh Newman

Hugh is a world explorer, “megalithomaniac” and author of Earth Grids: The Secret Pattern of Gaia’s Sacred Sites (2008) and co-author of Giants On Record: America’s Hidden History with Jim Vieira (2015), and is published in three Ancient Origins e-books. He has been a regular guest on History Channel’s Ancient Aliens and Search for the Lost Giants and has been on the BBC, Sky TV, Bosnian TV and is involved in the Ancient Tomorrow (US) Megalithic Odyssey (UK) and Road 2 Ruins (US) documentary projects. He is a video producer who publishes regular films of his worldwide explorations at He has had articles published in Atlantis Rising (US), New Dawn (Australia), Nexus (UK/AUS), Mindscape (UK), Heretic (UK), World Explorers Magazine (US), The Circular (UK), The Leyhunter (UK) and on websites such as and As well as organising the annual Megalithomania conferences and tours, he co-organises the Origins Conference in London with Andrew Collins and has spoken at events in the UK, Malta, France, Peru, Egypt, Bosnia, Cambodia, Java and North America. He currently lives in Wiltshire, England.

Presentation:  Ancient Sites and Crop Circles From Above

Hugh presents a stunning selection of his aerial drone footage of impressive mysterious 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

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 eighteen books and eighty-two 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.

Presentation:  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 23 July 2022

Andy Thomas

Andy is a leading researcher into mysteries and cover-ups and is the author of the acclaimed new book The New Heretics as well as The Truth Agenda and Conspiracies, all widely praised for providing real and balanced insights into conspiracy thinking and paranormal research. 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 has also spoken in many other countries. He has made numerous radio and TV appearances. Andy is also founder of Changing Times, which holds events on truth and mysteries. An annual speaker at the Glastonbury Symposium since 1994, Andy’s presentations at the event are now renowned. He became co-MC in 1999, a role he continues to this day, and he is one of the core administrators for the Symposium.

Presentation:  The New Heretics: Polarisation, Conspiracies and Freedom

Andy presents his annual inspirational opening to the Saturday schedule by looking at the key so-called ‘alternative’ issues of our time. His latest book The New Heretics highlights serious issues with the way that freedom of expression and choice is being destroyed by an establishment that seems to believe suppression actually changes people’s minds – when it doesn’t. The pandemic and the many different polarised responses to it, along with other contentious recent events, has revealed serious divisions in who we trust and what we believe, fostering a suspicion once again that fear is being used to control populations. But with everyone fighting their corners, both mainstream and alternative, it is easy to fall into hatred and oppositional thinking that help no one. Based on his own experiences with researching conspiracies and the paranormal, Andy looks at how we can approach different opinions to our own in ways that are more constructive and which could make a real difference to the way truth seekers pursue their causes.

Jez Hughes

Jez says: “I have studied Shamanism intensively for over twenty years. Yet, my healing journey began thirty years ago when, as a teenager, I experienced a fit that propelled me into an altered state of consciousness far more powerful, yet intrinsically linked, to the one that surrounded me. It took a long time to integrate that experience and find healing for the physical and mental disturbances it initiated into me, which included ongoing convulsive fits, anxiety, psychological breakdowns and minor psychotic episodes. This journey I now understand as a ‘shamanic sickness’ lasted on and off for around 17 years and took me through various healing and spiritual traditions and all across the earth, until I finally came home to shamanism and found practical methods to cure myself. I have studied with various teachers, from both contemporary shamanism and have also travelled widely visiting and learning with indigenous elders across the world. Outside of shamanism I have followed a varied path including working for Friends of the Earth, The Prince’s Trust, as a professional actor and a published poet. I am also a practising astrologer and tarot reader. I am fortunate to have had my work documented in the national press, including magazines: Sacred Hoop, Natural Health, Kindred Spirit, Soul & Spirit etc., and local and BBC radio. My first book, The Heart of Life – Shamanic Initiation and Healing in the Modern World, was published in November 2015 by Moon Books. My new book The Wisdom of Mental Illness – Shamanism, Mental Health and the Renewal of the World was published by Watkins Publishing in November 2021.”

Presentation:  A Shamanistic Approach to Mental Illness

Jez discusses the themes of his new book, The Wisdom of Mental Illness, which explores how the ancient path of shamanism can help us to understand the nature of mental illness, recasting psychological breakdown as a potentially transformational experience. What we label as pathological could actually be an initiation into a better relationship with ourselves and the world. The book is a guide to the potentially transformational experience of that which we call mental illness. It explores the ancient concept of the “shamanic sickness”, whereby the prospective shaman underwent many years of mental distress as part of their initiation, and looks at what this can teach us about mental health. It argues that, in some cases, what we seek to medicate could actually be a calling to a path of service and healing. Jez also explores our cultural biases around mental health and looks at our uneasy relationship with altered states of consciousness and how these might hold the key to healing many symptoms of mental illness. This includes the very latest research, including clinical trials, on psychedelic medicines and the extraordinary potential they are showing in treating and enhancing mental health and looks at the evidence of how unusual states of consciousness have helped us evolve as humans, and the shamanic origins of many of these states.

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.

Jemma Cooper

Jemma Cooper is a former BBC television news journalist, producer and presenter with more than 20 years experience. She left the corporation in 2021 after her BBC colleagues sold stories to the tabloid press about her attendance at anti-lockdown rallies. She now works in alternative media and is a producer and presenter on the TV channel Ickonic, which was founded in 2019 by David Icke’s son Jaymie. Jemma has long been interested in truth and mystery areas and is a long-time attendee of the Glastonbury Symposium. She believes people in public life should be allowed their own views without censure.


Presentation:  The Media and Truth – Moving Away from the Mainstream

Jemma recounts how a spiritual awakening led to a change of values and career that took her beyond the narrow boundaries of the establishment media and into a more open and honest way of using her journalistic skills. Many public figures around the world have found themselves removed from positions or had their personal views suppressed by an industry that appears to be becoming very one-sided in what it believes is acceptable – this is something that must be challenged if freedom of expression is to survive. Jemma shares her inspiring personal story as a way of highlighting how changes can and must be made to create a more open and balanced mainstream media.

Dirk Campbell

Dirk is a composer and instrumentalist specialising in world music [renowned as a talented multi-instrumentalist, he has displayed these skills at the Symposium in years past but this year he returns in a different capacity – see below]. He was born in Egypt in 1950 and has over many decades researched and acquired skills in the traditions of Asia, Africa and the fringes of Europe. He lectures on, among other things, music in remote antiquity, bagpipes of the world and the use of ethnic music in western composition. He is an environmental activist with several police arrests to his credit. He lives in Lewes, East Sussex.

Presentation:  Lessons from Syria: Freedom, Grief and Hope

Dirk tells the story of the Syrian Kurds’ defeat of the murderous Islamic State group, their struggle to survive as a people, and their unique experiment in living a solution to the world’s problems. Dirk says: “I learned about this story through my daughter Anna’s commitment to the Kurdish cause, and the sacrifice of her life during the Turkish invasion of Syria in March 2018. The introduction of fascist policies by the UK government is an alarming trend considering the regimes in Turkey and Syria. Unregulated capitalist economics threatens our environment, our climate, and our species. Could the Kurdish alternative offer a way forward?”

Barry Reynolds

During the 1990s, Barry was one of the world’s leading crop circle researchers. Founder of the Sussex branch of the Centre for Crop Circle Studies (later to become Southern Circular Research), Barry held a number of senior roles within CCCS including Branches Convenor and Global Database Administrator. As such, he amassed an enormous amount of material, including the most comprehensive archive of 175 Sussex crop formations. Work and family commitments meant that Barry had to leave his crop circle research on the back-burner, but early retirement has allowed him to pick-up where he left off and take a new look at his archives. Using his extensive IT background, he is looking into different ways of visually presenting crop circles to see if it brings us any closer to understanding their purpose…

Presentation:  The New View Over Crop Circles

After taking early retirement to go travelling, the coronavirus lockdown gave Barry the time to revisit his extensive Sussex-based crop circle research. His professional IT background helped him realise that technology has moved on somewhat and this has enabled him to give a new view over the placement of crop formations within the local landscape. Using his extensive IT knowledge and cutting-edge software, he has produced incredible fly-bys, not previously possible, superimposing Sussex crop formations from different years onto the landscape, in the same videos. Barry says: “Kick-back and enjoy the beautiful Sussex scenery dotted with stunning aerial images of its local formations as we fly over famous places like Cissbury Ring, the South Downs and The Long Man of Wilmington.”


Please note our Saturday evening format. The last presentation of the day (Todd Acamesis) continues straight on from the late afternoon schedule, with just a short break between, and the evening ends at 7.40pm, allowing lots of time for dinner afterwards!

Todd Acamesis

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.”

Presentation:  Remote Viewing – 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 takes us on a tour of our solar system by sharing his visits to Mars, Venus, the Moon, and other planetary bodies. “My encounters will thrill you, my findings will excite you, and my insights will inspire you!” 

Sunday 24 July 2022

Paul Jacobs

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. This lifestyle led to becoming a property landlord which has afforded him a certain amount of independence and time to dedicate to crop circle research. From age 9 he has had a life-long fascination with ufology sparked off by father’s interest, post-Roswell. He engaged with the circle subject in the early ‘90s when the Mandelbrot Set formation appeared where he lived near Cambridge. An interest in psychology and sociology, coupled with the practical skill set, has helped him navigate the on-the-ground crop circle arena since 2008. For two years Paul was a Trustee/Director of the WCCSG (Wiltshire Crop Circle Study Group) that gave way to CGI, the Core Group Initiative, which works actively with farmers to help the public gain access to selected crop formations.

Presentation:  Crop Circles: A Progressive Approach

Subtitled “An audacious attempt by the ‘Core Group Initiative’ to positively integrate crop circles into 21st century society”, Paul will talk about how he addressed the greatest dilemma around visitors to crop circles. He will talk about his on-the-ground circle journey since first visiting Wiltshire in 2008 and how he was intrigued by the improbable practical issues as well as the biophysical anomalies that led to research which included the implications of social observations. He envisioned the PR concept of CGI (Core Group Initiative) in 2011 and initiated it in 2012. Around that time things seemed to be getting out of hand, approaching a flashpoint due to an increasing invasion of tourists – at least that’s how 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 farmers a free ‘people, land and traffic’ management service by a ‘core group’ would have been laughable. However that turned out not to be the case. Guests were asked for and willingly gave a small amount, a token of respect allowing peaceful and legitimate access to selected crop circles. This practice improved CC reputation with monies largely going to charity. CGI has facilitated access to hordes of people over the years, and generated over £32k to date, which includes around £22k to local Swindon Cancer Unit charity Brighter Futures. Extended time spent in this way also allows an unusual opportunity for new research, both sociopolitical and in the circles themselves, now incorporating the mysterious monoliths appearing around the world that really feel like they may be a natural progression to CC communication.

Charmian Wylde

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.”

Presentation:  Health 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.

Mark Devlin

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, Vol. 2, appearing in 2018, and Vol. 3 in 2021. His debut novel, The Cause & The Cure, appeared in early 2020.

Presentation:  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.

Chris Connelly

Chris has accumulated over twenty years involved in Spiritualism, working all over the UK and abroad demonstrating mediumship and hosting workshops on topics surrounding the unfoldment and science of mediumship, with a particular research interest in the altered states pertaining to the Spiritualists’ Trance and the identification of cognitive processes involved in mediumship. Outside and away from Spiritualism, Chris has over 30 years as a scientist and engineer, working in the Space Industry where he is responsible for the development of imaging technologies and software used in scientific space missions. Chris holds master’s degrees in Engineering and in Psychology, and is currently a PhD research student exploring the role of the mediums’ psychological processes in the demonstration of mediumship.

Presentation:  The Science of Psychics

Is mediumship a purely subjective experience or are there neurophysiological indicators associated with these experiences? And how do mediums apparently do what they do? Several years of experimentation exploring these questions with Spiritualist mediums and volunteers suggest that these effects are real and measurable. More interestingly, these effects can be measured by anyone using low cost commercially available equipment. This presentation will explore these results and discuss the possible implications for how members of the Spiritualist community, mediums and individuals that support paranormal beliefs should now be perceived by the public.

Dave Hodrien

Dave Hodrien is the Chairman and lead investigator of Birmingham UFO Group, and the United Kingdom Deputy Representative for ICER, the International Coalition for Extraterrestrial Research. He organizes monthly local meetings and sky watches in the Birmingham area. Over the years he has investigated hundreds of UFO sightings and contact cases from around the world. Many of these cases are written up as detailed case reports which are released online. Dave also writes regularly for UFO Truth Magazine, and has released a card game themed on the subject called UFO Wave. He feels that the evidence on record points towards ongoing interaction between numerous advanced intelligences and the human race.

Presentation:  UFO Game-Changer: Developments In Disclosure Over Recent Years

On the 16th December 2017 the New York Times released an article which would become known as a turning point for the UFO subject. It revealed that the Pentagon had spent millions of dollars on secretly studying UFOs for years. Alongside this article, three US Navy videos reportedly showing UFOs were also publicly released. This article and the videos were just the beginning of a series of revelations which would forever change the public’s perception of the subject – revelations including official acknowledgement of the videos, and a report on the subject which contained many fascinating details. In this talk Dave will cover these revelations, which continue to this day.

Sunday Evening 24 July 2022

(must be booked separately)

Dr Mary Helen Hensley

Following her near-death experience, Mary Helen began to realize that her previous skills of communicating with those in spirit had become so much more. A series of incredible, serendipitous events led her to develop her new-found ability to facilitate the healing process. Overnight, she found herself able to “read” the ethereal field of an individual, linking her to the person’s history, gaining insights into how past experiences were creating a person’s present reality, regarding their physical, emotional and spiritual health. By creating a new awareness, Mary Helen has helped countless individuals turn anguish to insight, distress to discernment and heartbreak to healing. Many have healed themselves of life-threatening diseases under her guidance, reclaiming their lives and moving forward with a new understanding of the intricate links between the mind, body and spirit. Mary Helen has also assisted numerous people with experiencing the death-process with grace, dignity and understanding, bringing perspective to life lessons, removing the fear that is so often associated with crossing over.

Mary Helen says: “Healing may be understood as an extension of a natural human capacity.  Some people may access it more easily than others, but everyone can develop this natural capacity in and for themselves. Not everyone, however, has the same kinds of healing abilities. Some may be more effective with physical ailments, some with psychological and emotional issues, while others may help people with spiritual growth which plays a part in their healing. There are many different forms that healing abilities take.” Dr Hensley takes a holistic approach, using her knowledge of the physical and etheric experience, coupled with correlating frequencies to enhance the human potential.

Presentation:  Near Death Experiences and Healing

Dr Hensley will share with us deeply personal and sometimes very humorous accounts of healing and transformation that have taken place in the lives of her patients and in her own personal life. From a near-death experience following a 75mph car accident in which she broke her neck, this led Mary Helen to facilitate healings and transitions to other dimensions of experience. Dr Hensley will ‘lift the veil’ and bring her audience on an unforgettable adventure.


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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