The Green Man Tree
Take a seat under the Green Man Tree and while away the afternoon, listening to powerful speakers and great storytellers. Scroll down to find out who'll be there this year.
13:00- Robin Hood by Tony Rotherham
A firm fan favourite at the festival, Tony Rotherham needs little introduction. He’s been part of the Pagan Pride UK festival from the beginning and every year he’s wowed guests with the sheer breadth of his knowledge and his thrilling presentation.
He’s visited the festival in various guises, but this year he’ll be joining us in his most requested, best loved role of Robin Hood!
With a host of lived experiences under his belt, from acting in Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood to living in the New Forest for four months himself, Tony’s one of Nottingham’s foremost experts on the world-famous prince of thieves. His expertise is such that he’s currently working on a series of documentaries in the US, all about the global appeal of Robin Hood.
As an actor with nearly four decades experience under his belt, Tony’s a busy man! His other current projects include playing the title role in The Pied Piper and directing a film called Insurrection, about the slave revolt during the American War of Independence.
So be sure to stop by the Green Man’s Tree during the day to catch Tony in action! You can also visit him and his merry men in their medieval village throughout the day.
14:00- Druidry 101, by Cat Treadwell
Join Cat Treadwell at Pagan Pride UK this year for an introduction to Druidry- proving that druids aren't all old men with white beards!
Cat is a Druid Priest and professional ritual celebrant & multifaith worker living in Derbyshire, England, though her work takes her throughout the UK. She's also an ordained Awenydd (Priest) of The Anglesey Druid Order and Honorary Member of The Centre for Pagan Studies. In her role as a priest, she often speaks on BBC radio and sometimes on television, and writes for magazines like Pagan Dawn.
A strong advocate of living your faith, Cat is very active in her community, volunteering for the Druid Network and East Midlands Pagan Federation, and working as a professional Chaplain. She also volunteers at Derbyshire hospitals and is employed by the Prison Service.
She's also an author, and has published two books so far, A Druid's Tale and Facing the Darkness, which are both available on Amazon and elsewhere.
15:00- Esme Knight- Reaching Out: Fellowship & Activism
Join Esme, the Director and Founder of Pagan Pride UK, for an hour under the Green Man Tree. Esme has over twenty years of experience as a Pagan and Witch, and worked as a professional witch and celebrant for many years before taking a sabbatical. She founded Pagan Pride UK in 2009 and it has grown from a community picnic to become a thriving festival and the biggest free Pagan event in the UK.
Esme also founded the Spellcrafter moot in Nottingham, and was its moot leader for several years, arranging open rituals and community events for the local Pagan community. She has been on local and national TV, radio and in the press, discussing Pagan Pride UK and promoting an accurate and positive image of modern Paganism.
16:00- Tea Ceremonies with Estelle Liu
Estelle of August Moon Tea will be speaking about Chinese tea ceremony, the history of tea and its cultural and philosophic meanings. Afterwards, there'll be a tea ceremony demonstration!
Tea has captured the people’s’ imagination for thousands of years. Having tea is a form of communication – of communicating with the tea as well as with others. Sharing tea with our family and friends also means we share time with our loved ones. Possessing these qualities, tea helps us understand life. You need to grip your cup tightly but also learn to let it go, easily but steadily.
Here at August Moon Tea, we wish to share these experiences with others. We strongly believe that tea has the power to create a flow of energy that connects people just as the energy we take from the warmth of August and the brightness of the moon.
17:00 - Transitioning with Deity with Alex Bear
Life has many ups and downs, how do we maintain a relationship with deity during life's transitions? How does that change or impact on our relationship with the Gods? What if our beliefs change?
Find out more about Alex on his website
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