Every year, we organise a very popular national conference that brings Pagans of all paths together to celebrate the diversity and vitality of our community.
The 2019 conference promises to be another amazing line-up of speakers, workshops, entertainment and retail therapy. This year it is themed around Magick in Theory and Practice.
Advanced tickets on sale now. We advise to buy now to avoid disappointment. Tickets on the door will be charged at full rate.
We have a special double-bill of entertainment for this year.
Be prepared for a dramatic retelling filled with illusion, mischief, magic, divination and audience participation as you’re brought back to the 17th century Pollock when witches were burned at stake. Packed with enthralling performances and practical demonstrations, The Witches of Pollok is a stage show from the mind of professional mind reader and Victorian séance presenter, Cara Hamilton. Cara has performed at Pagan events across the UK, Europe, Canada and North America and has more than 20 years’ experience as a psychic and slideshow artist.
This show normally sells out within hours of tickets going on sale, so we excited to bring the show to the conference for a special one-off performance in the Scottish capital.
Experience Scottish folk magic traditions through live music, song and spoken word as The Taibhsear Collective perform work from their album ‘Tales of the Taibhsear’. Based on traditional Gaelic charms and Ranns, plus information from 17th century witch trials and old manuscripts, their album is artfully woven together to create a unique experience for the listener.
The project itself is a collaboration between Amanda Edmiston of Botanica Fabula, Debbie Armour of Burd Ellen and Scott Richardson-Read of Cailleach’s Herbarium.
Kathy is a priestess of Avalon and priestess of the Goddess. She is founder, creative director & temple weaver of Glastonbury Goddess Temple, Goddess Hall and Goddess House. She is also founder of Glastonbury Goddess Conference and Motherworld Initiator. Kathy has lived on the Isle of Avalon in Glastonbury for around forty years and loves this sacred land of Goddess.
Kathy is also a ceremonialist, teacher, writer, wounded healer, initiator, temple melissa and sacred dramatist. She is the author of many acclaimed Goddess books and helps to teach a three spiral training to become a priestess or priest of Avalon, Goddess and soul healing training along with other dedicated priestesses.
Earlier this year Kathy was given the 2018 Demeter Award for Leadership in Women’s Spirituality, a prestigious award previously given to Margot Adler, Jean Shinoda Bolen, and Dr Lucia Chiavola Birnbaum. We are incredibly privileged to have her.
Josephine is an occultist and author of twenty-eight books on western magic, including the ‘Magical Knowledge’ series, ‘Magical Healing’, ‘Magic of the North Gate’, and the ‘Quareia Magical Course’. She has been teaching magic and working with various magical groups for around twenty-five years in both the USA and UK.
These days, Josephine works as the school director with the Quareia Foundation, a free comprehensive magical school teaching both initiates and adepts as well as advising various magical organisations and academics in the field of western occultism.
Nimue is the author of assorted Pagan and Druid titles published by Moon Books. She trained with the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids (OBOD) and has sauntered in and out of The Druid Network and The Pagan Federation. Her ‘Quiet Revolution’ column is a regular feature in Pagan Dawn and she posts most days on her DruidLife blog on WordPress. She was recently named in the top 20 most influential Pagan bloggers worldwide.
Nimue is very much a creature of her Cotswold landscape - a wanderer and daydreamer who is fond of contemplation and willing to talk to just about anything.
Robert was born and attended school in Edinburgh before moving to the Scottish Borders. He studied the classics at Newcastle and Surrey universities and Philosophy at Oxford. He has taught and lectured in religious studies, philosophy, archaeology, ancient history, Greek and Latin.
Robert has a thorough knowledge of ancient and modern symbolism, which he is consulted on ancient texts and manuscripts by various organisations. He is a lifetime member of the International Alchemy Guild, and member of the Ordo Templi Orientis (OTO). He also runs monthly seminars and lectures for societies and individual groups on a variety of occult subjects, including hermeticism, alchemy and Greco-Egyptian magick.
Literary works include a four-volume series on hermetic philosophy, his now sought-after ‘Decoding Alchemy’, ‘The Alchemical World of Edward Kelley’, and ‘The Philosopher’s Net’. Robert is at present working on a new magical interpretation of the Egyptian Duat.
Jenny is originally from Scotland, but has lived and worked as a lecturer in Canada and the UK for most of her life. Her books include the ‘Nine Worlds of Seid-Magic’ and ‘Sacred Sites, Contested Rites/Rights’ with RJ Wallis. She has also edited the book ‘Researching Paganisms’ and has written numerous academic articles on topics about Paganism, Seidr, Heathenry, landscapes, ancestors, wights and Scottish identities.
Since Jenny retired and returned to Scotland, she has revised her earlier book ‘Wights and Ancestors’ and is now planning a larger volume for Heathen practitioners. She has identified as Heathen for several decades and has been involved with the development and practice of Seidr since the 1990s.
Lizanne is a senior lecturer in history at the University of Glasgow and is the foremost expert in Scottish fairy beliefs, witchcraft beliefs and folklore. Her book ‘Scottish Fairy Belief: A History’ won the prestigious Michaelis-Jena Ratcliffe Folklore Prize. Her follow up book ‘Witchcraft and Folk Belief in the Age of Enlightenment’ was critically acclaimed and went on to win the Katharine Briggs Book Award.
Lizanne lectures extensively on cultural history, folklore and critical animal studies across Europe, North America, the Arctic, and Australia. She has appeared on TV and radio discussing Scottish witch-hunts and other topics. She is the current editor of the ‘Review of Scottish Culture’ journal and also previously helped edited international journal ‘Folklore’.
She is currently researching supernatural animals in the age of the Stewarts, early modern attitudes towards animals and the role of animals in the Scottish witch trials and folk belief.
Scott Richardson-Read lives in the Scottish Borders, deep inside Reiver territory under the shadow of an ancient forest overlooked by the sacred Eildon Hills. He is an academic and folk practitioner who writes primarily for Cailleachs Herbarium. He’s upcoming book will look at traditional Scottish folk magic practices.
Scott is part of the Taibhsear Collective who launched their album Tales of the Taibhsear and brought the sold-out event ‘Dreaming Bread and Skyrie Stanes: exploring traditional stories, customs and folk magic’ to Scotland last year. This also led to the creation of the Society for the Protection of Scottish Sacred Sites and Wells.
Avi is well known for practising and delving into the mysteries of magick, having been brought up in a multi-spiritual household. He has gypsy ancestry and family herbalists which prompted him to explore this spiritual path. He began his journey in Theravada Buddhism, and then ventured into western and Scottish mysticism.
He practices a wide range of divination, including tarot and mediumship. Avi loves to explore shamanism in its many aspects, from bon Tibetan shamanism to vodou. He also studies the western school of occultism and traditional witchcraft, looking specifically at high magick and grimoire traditions. He is a member of the Theosophical Society.
Avi was born in Scotland, where he still lives, but has roots in India which keeps him in touch with ancestral traditions and exploring various far-east tradition. He has an affinity with Hoodoo. He is happy writing articles and hosting workshops in Glasgow.
Geo Cameron has been teaching a wide variety of Pagan, spiritual and new-age workshops for more than 25 years. Her work on Celtic Shamanism is her primary subject.
She studied the Celtic Shamanic tradition under the renowned anthropologist, educator and author Michael James Harner, who first established the ‘Foundation for Shamanic Studies’ in 1979. It was through Harner that Geo completed her Master’s Degree in Shamanism, before continuing her studies at the University of Edinburgh, where she finished her PhD on the existence of Shamanic practice in early Celtic culture.
Geo also holds degrees in art and filmmaking. She is a gifted writer whose work has featured on both the small and large screen. Her work on Celtic Shamanism has been published in the media, magazines, publications as well as in academia. She also wrote the popular book ‘The Seeker's Guide to Harry Potter, and provided the story for the Star Trek Voyager episode, Sacred Ground.
She has qualifications in hypnotherapy.
The Rookery are a craft mead producer with more than 20 years’ experience in making mead. Mead is the oldest alcoholic drink in the world and was very much part of the pre-Christian Celtic story. Their brewery is based in Perthshire, Scotland and they never use sugars, syrups or honey in the fermentation process. Their seasonal meads use hand foraged ingredients, such as spruce, mountain ash berries, crab-apples and a range of hedgerow berries.
Dr Jenny Blain
Dr Robert A Plimer
Dr Lizanne Henderson
More talks to be announced shortly.
The Rookery Craft Mead
Dr Robert A Plimer
More workshops to be announced shortly.
We expect another fantastic line-up of vendors and traders at the conference. Stalls confirmed so far include:
Green Man Therapies will return to offer more fantastic healing and holistic therapies. Their treatments include:
Treatments will be available through-out the day and are well worth booking early to avoid disappointment.
Before dinner, we always hold a closing ritual. This is usually performed by a local Pagan group in Scotland. We aren’t ready to announce this year’s ritual, but watch this space for more details.
There are three ways to get to the conference – bus, train or car. We’ve listed* how long it will take to walk to The Pleasance in each option.
Please note parking can be limited and expensive in Edinburgh. There is no parking available at The Pleasance.
Here is a list* of nearby places to stay. Please note accommodation tends to be difficult to find in Edinburgh so booking early is advised.
*Note that we do not endorse any of the above listed accommodation, places to eat or parking places. The above information is listed for convenience only and the SPF is in no way responsible for the accuracy of these lists.