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"The Pagan Federation warmly supports Pagan Pride
and congratulates the organisers for bringing the
community together once more for this great event."

- President Pagan Federation

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The Rose Garden

The Rose Garden is a little way from the bustle of the festival, set next to the Arboretum's beautiful flower gardens. It's the perfect space to learn new skills, listen to fantastic storytellers, and to join our fun drumming circle.


13:00- Magical Energy Workshop with Moira Hodgkinson

In this fantastic workshop by Moira, find out about the vast source of  personal energy we can tap into and utilise for magic, healing and more. Create a Wish Bird for a personal goal, use energy for charging magical tools or talismans, learn practical aura protection techniques and find out how a Cone of Power is created.

Moira Hodgkinson has over thirty years of experience in the craft and has spent more than fifteen years guiding others on the path. She often gives talks, and leads workshops and courses at venues and events across the country including well-known national (and international) events such as the Artemis Gathering, Pagan Pride UK, Witchfest International and Pagan Federation Conferences, along with many regional events.

She is the author of The Witching Path, an experiential journey into witchcraft, with The Witch’s Journey and Living Witchcraft due out later this year, and also writes for assorted pagan and new-age magazines including Kindred Spirit, Soul & Spirit, and Witchcraft & Wicca.


14:00- Storytelling from Tales from the Fireside

Join Tales from the Fireside to hear their wonderful tales!

Tales from the Fireside consists of three chaps drawn together by a love of stories, and showing off in public. Part fantasy, part mystery, part folklore, and part Pythonesque mayhem, the stories of Locksley, Strider and Dumbledore will take you on a journey. Their tales are drawn from lore and the ancient tales of Britain, as well as more contemporary stories from around the world, and some stuff they've plain made up.

Tales from the Fireside are an experienced Storytelling troupe, who've performed with organisations like Pagan Pride UK, Greenpeace and at private events such as weddings.


15:00- Whispers of the Earth with Taz Thornton

Throughout time, wise people, healers and seers across the globe have used storytelling as a way to deliver powerful teachings and messages to the tribe. Shamanic practitioner and spiritual development leader Taz Thornton spent years working with earth energies and spirit guides to channel some of the long lost stories of these lands. Whispers From The Earth - Taz's first book detailing these tales -quickly became an Amazon best seller. In this session, Taz will talk about the importance of rediscovering the spiritual threads of these lands, how to work with spirits of the land to channel teaching stories of your own, and why the ancestors are ready and eager to work with us and share their wisdom.

Taz is a shamanic healer and workshop leader, as well as a crafter of sacred ceremonial and medicine pieces. Her talks and workshops have a light-hearted and down to earth feel, despite their powerful messages, and have always proven popular at Pagan Pride UK.

Taz is a member of the Society of Shamanic Practitioners and has presented at the UK shamanic conference many times. Beyond shamanism, she is also trained in Reiki and Neuro Linguistic Programming, as well as being a FIRE Certified Firewalking Instructor. She is a member of the Society of Shamanic Practitioners (SSP) and the International Business and Personal Development Association (IBPDA). 


16:00- Animal Communication Workshop with Kym Swan

Everyone can communicate with other species, Kym will show you how with a mini exercise that is intended to help you settle into your inner center and then reach out to connect with the energy of an animal. This brief introduction will open up new paths to help you explore this fascinating unseen world.

Kym Swan has a background in Wildlife Conservation and Dog Behaviour & Training. As well as her role as an animal communicator, she is also an energy healer and channeller, artist and writer, with her feet firmly grounded in both the unseen and the physical world. Her company, Untangled Whispers, has its roots in her Cornish heritage, the natural energy of Cornwell and its mysterious and hidden places.


17:00- Drumming Circle

Love drumming? Bring your drum and head to the Rose Garden at 5pm and join the informal community drumming circle! This won't be a led circle- it'll be up to paticipants to find their rhythm and create whatever music feels right.

Note: All guests participate at their own risk. The drumming circle may not be suitable for guests with hearing loss or damage. Please use common sense when around percussion intruments and don't play them near people's ears.


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