This year saw many exciting new changes for us! We welcomed our partner Nancy Masino and with her created 'Earth Spirit Conferences', the organization now hosting our annual conference. Our venue changed as we said goodbye to Goddard College and moved to The Ponds, Bolton Valley Resort's beautiful new meeting facility. With change comes a surge of new life, opening the door to a myriad of possibilities. Newly inspired we took a fresh look at the direction we wanted to move in and created another inspiring event!
The spirit of the conference took on a life of its own as friendships were forged and rekindled by all those who gathered. It was a privilege to be part of this community comprised of our fantastic long-time committed staff, eager returning attendees, some of our tour participants, an expanding number of enthusiastic newcomers and the excellent presenters who came from far and wide. We are very appreciative to those presenters for sparking our imaginations and illuminating our minds!
Setting the tone for the weekend Cameron invited friend and musician A. Michelle to open the conference each day with a sung prayer. Transporting us to deeper realms she opened our hearts and minds, preparing us for the presentations ahead.
Following the theme that emerged from our 2006 forum 'shift happens' some of our speakers brought us a step further by explaining why shift happens. Marcus Mason opened the weekend with a planetary overview of how the Earth's energy grids are impacted by major planetary alignments. He further stated that with focused human intent we can have an impact on the changes that occur within personal and planetary consciousness.
Our view of the spirit world was stretched by Nancy Talbot. She shared her personal experiences of unknown energies or life forms that appeared to her during her visit to Holland, where she researches the crop circle phenomenon. She contended that many paranormal events are actually physically real and occurring all over the world, raising many questions about the nature of human consciousness and what we describe as "reality".
Jane Buchan and Lynn Hartwood allowed us to integrate these new concepts into our being through their unique Sacred Ground Dance. They have become regular firm favorites each year at our conference, bringing their wonderful blend of spirituality, music, dance and fun. It was the perfect way to experience the seen and unseen energies as they weaved their magic through dance. Looking round the room the smiling faces told me that everyone was enjoying this as much as I was!
Saturday began with one of our favorite returning crop circle experts, Francine Blake. Her knowledge and understanding of the crop circle phenomena is beyond words. She somehow clearly and distinctly pulls together the threads of crop circles and metaphysics demonstrating how the symbols have facilitated the evolution of our thought process, changing our perception of reality.
We were honored to be joined by Hamish Miller, master dowser and explorer, whose Scottish brogue and "canny wit" added to the charm of his presentation. He demonstrated how focusing our intent on the energetic center of the room caused it to increase in size and shape, altering its patterning. It's always good to be reminded that communication makes a difference on many different levels.
We invited Ross Holcumb, who has attended our conference for several years, to share with us his knowledge and experience gained from visiting the crop circles of England and Europe. With his bright, fresh perspective he connected crop circles to the great shift that many of us are feeling today.
Martin Gray, our Saturday night speaker, brought us to the edge of our comfort zone by challenging the perspectives of some modern day researchers. We appreciated his slide show of hundreds of sacred site photos spanning a 20-year period. His talk provided us with the opportunity to put into action different ways of dealing with our discomfort, both individually and as a community.
Glenn and Cameron Broughton shared with us their passion for sacred sites and the earth energies and mysteries that envelop them. Through beautiful photographs taken on their journey following the Mary & Michael leyline, they wove a story of their personal experiences and the lessons they learned along the way. By sharing the stage in alternating segments, their unique styles mirrored the masculine and feminine energies found in the earth energy currents themselves.
Returning to the stage, Marcus blessed us with a beautiful meditation, stirring our senses with a moving audio visual presentation of images from around the world and beyond shown in unison with evocative music.
The finale was definitely grand. Jude Currivan, author, physicist and intuitive, showed us how an empowering new worldview is emerging. With great skill she led us through the complex world of quantum physics and linked this in with cutting edge ideas on the power of consciousness. She did all this in a language we could all understand and which touched our hearts to such an extent that she received a standing ovation at the end of her presentation.
The conference was closed with us uniting in a circle holding hands and joining in with John Lennon singing 'Imagine'. There weren't many dry eyes in the house. It was an uplifting event that seemed to give us all renewed hope and inspiration to carry forward into the year ahead. We were honored to share this empowering weekend with all those present and we look forward to welcoming all who are moved to join us at our 2008 conference.
Our 2006 Crop Circles and Beyond Conference was thought by many to be the best so far. We stepped it up a notch this year to tackle the all-encompassing topic of what crop circles might mean to us as human beings. Our wonderful line-up of speakers and workshop presenters tackled the subject from a myriad of directions creating comprehensive coverage of an elusive subject. 'Shift happens' seemed to be the theme of the weekend along with alchemy, sacred geometry and miracles. We also widened the scope further by investigating how crop circles inform sound healing, shamanic journeying, the human aura and dowsing. Moving beyond the lecture hall our workshop program offered an exciting range of practical experiences. From the comments below you'll see that everyone appeared to have had a thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding weekend.