Annual Pagan Camp

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What’s On 2018


The theme this year is Plant Spirit, Plant Medicine. We will be exploring our relationship with plants from many perspectives - as food, as medicine, in ecology, in healing and in spiritual practice, including plants used in ceremonial processes and shamanic practice to assist in physical, emotional and spiritual healing. We will be having talks, practical workshops and rituals around this theme, plus some foraging walks. Expand your knowledge and deeply connect with the plant kingdom.

We’ve got an amazing line up of talks and workshops for you this year! This is a wonderful opportunity to learn from experts and practitioners about Plant Spirit and Plant Medicine.

Michelle Axe - The Sacred Brew of Ceridwen

Graham Butcher - Golden Apples, Magic Mushrooms and Killer Twigs

Plus morning Stav sessions

Flavia Kate Peters - Faery Moon Farming

The lunar phases of the moon rule over the growing of plants, flowers and herbs, as well as appropriate times for spell-casting, and it is the fairies who harness moon magic through the different elements in their workings with nature. Discover which plants enhance your magical abilities and which moon phases are best for working with sacred herbs to use in faery healing and spell work. Workshop includes spells, herb magic and meditation. Best-selling author Flavia Kate Peters is known as The Faery Seer who embraces the path of the Old Ways and that of Fairy-craft. Flavia is a hereditary witch, passed down from her Grandmother, and a High Priestess of The Morrighan. A teacher of natural & ancient magic, Flavia Kate trains others through her professional certification courses at the College of Psychic Studies, London, and is a regular Presenter on the Mind Body Spirit & Pagan circuits. Television appearances include Celebrity Haunted Hotel, Lightworker's Guide to the Galaxy, along with various guest slots for BBC Radio. She regularly graces the pages of Spirit and Destiny magazine and is a columnist for FAE Magazine and Witchcraft & Wicca. Her authentic and honest approach makes her a most sought after wisdom keeper

Barbara Meiklejohn-Free - Sacred Plant Teachers  

Dreaming the Visions Awake "My life changed at the top of Machu Picchu after 7 long days on the Inca trail. As we stood and watched the sun come out, we immersed ourselves in a sacred plant medicine ritual that would change my life forever. From the highest point of South America working with Ayahuasca, the “Vine of the Soul”, to fire ceremonies working with San Pedro, my life became a vision of what was to come. Journeying on to Albuquerque where I worked with a Navajo Road Man for 3 months deepened my understanding of the sacred plant teachers who were ready to assist me in awakening my true potential. Join me as I share my experiences of how plant spirit, plant medicine changed my life forever." Barbara Meiklejohn-Free is known as The Highland Seer. She is a high Priestess of Isis and of the Cailleach . She is a heredity, eclectic and solitary witch having been initiated into the craft at 16 years old. She is a best-selling and award winning author, teacher, advocate and protector of the great Earth-centred traditions. Drawing on her extensive work with indigenous cultures from around the world she weaves a deep understanding and wisdom of the ancient landscape of her own Pagan heritage. She is a recognised expert in assisting people to explore lost arts of ‘initiations’ as well as hosting rites, rituals and ceremonies.

Elaine Mein - The Cunning Woman

Early English Plant-lore, charms and protection

Ali English - Forgotten Herbs

using more unusual native plants for medicine plus foraging and herb walks. Ali English started working with plants at the age of 13, a passing interest that quickly turned into an obsession.   She qualified as a practicing medical herbalist at Lincoln University in 2009 and has been practicing and teaching ever since, focusing on local plants instead of endangered foreign herbs.   She is passionate about all aspects of plants, including wild food and foraging, medicine, magic and natural dyes, and native plants have served as inspiration and sheer magic for her for over 20 years.

Linda Sever - Anglo Saxon Medicine and Magic

Linda has been recently working on researching Anglo Saxon Magic and Medicine using medieval manuscripts and how journeying with certain plants, like mugwort, can enhance the healing properties of that plant or herb.  

Paul Pearson - Rural Animism and Pagan Practices

Spike Jones - Roots and Realms

a guided meditation workshop exploring the connection between all realms and plants

Susan Marie Paramor - ‘Serenading Plantae’

Exploring the lore of plants in drum voice and song. If you have an instrument bring it also a leaf, flower or plant.

Edwina Staniforth - Rewilding with Wild Medicine

Kim Morgan – Magical Perfumes

Andrea Rimmer - Hedge Witchery

Kirsty Patrick - The Tree of Life:

Far More Than a Myth or Scientific Theory

Clive Hodge -  the quern stone in Iron Age Britain

with food and recipes

Tim Gwyn Clay - The Magical Birch Tree

Gitta Cooper - Foraging

Sam and Pete – drumming circle

Fun & high energy drum & percussion workshop with Sam Pearson - Learn some easy beats and experience the primal healing magic of group drumming as we channel the earth energy of this special place. All welcome, no experience necessary and instruments are provided (or bring your own). Just bring a chair and an open heart!

Jim Dalton - labyrinth building workshop

Bear - Qi Gong sessions

Pamela Mitchell - charm workshop

Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary - animals and talk

Debra Parfrey - belly dance workshop

plus glass painting lantern workshop for the labyrinth

Glenn Lane -Visible Face of Spirit

Workshop using earth education techniques to connect with plants and nature in an
awakening mindfulness way

Temple of Elen - workshops and drumming circles

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Vanessa Lindley - body painting

Debbie Lewis - adult art workshop

Ray Hatley - Making medicine pouches

leather workshop

Glenn Lane - shamanic art workshops

Yggdrasil to create a connection of the
tree and animal/ourselves and Airmid's Cloak

Nick Packham – ongoing forging workshop

Michelle Maiden - create a nature spirit image

During this workshop, Michelle will introduce herself as an artist, show you some of her work, and talk about how she is inspired to create her images. Then she will show you how to draw inspiration from the forms and forces of nature to create your own images, and depict them as anthropomorphic beings. Michelle invites you to bring along natural materials from home, or around the site, that you find meaningful and will then help you to create your own nature spirit image, advising you on the colour palette relevant and so on. She will be providing all the art materials you need, including paints and crayons etc., plus paper and some interesting objects for inspiration. At the end of the workshop, participants will be invited to talk about their pictures and share them with the other attendees, though there is no obligation to do this.


Sharon Sim and Piers La Trobe - kid’s workshops

Gitta Cooper – children’s nature workshop


With Anna Franklin and the Hearth of Arianrhod

Chanting with Susan Paramor

Set your intention for the day by starting with some inspirational chanting with Susan Paramor, and explore the theme of plant spirit, plant medicine with a morning presentation and ceremony with the Hearth of Arianrhod. Then you can learn about all the amazing stuff going on during the day from the speakers and workshop leaders.

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Damh the Bard

Wonderful Saturday night music with our favourite bard


Amazing Friday night band


Plus free Sunday market - if you have anything to sell, bring it along to the marquee Sunday afternoon.


The Friday evening ritual opens our sacred space and sets our intention for the weekend. Please bring small, dry pieces of wood from your home location/coven/grove to contribute to the hearth fire. This symbolises the joining together of many people, many tribes, to become one and share the weekend, in order to teach and learn from each other, and most of all, to honour the Gods.

Saturday night

The Wicker Man

Our messenger to the Gods

During the course of the weekend, you will be able to make and consecrate your offerings to be placed on the wicker man, so that when he is burned, he takes these messages to the Gods.

The Sunday ritual includes a procession from the site of the wicker man to the ritual circle, and brings together all we have learned during the weekend, then opens the circle so that we may take our inspiration into the everyday world and use it in our lives and forever hold it in our hearts.


Storytelling and music around the fire


Non-profit cafe

Sunday market


Photographers 2017  © Dennis Wright and © Simon Benke plus © Paul Mason photo of wicker man, Mercian  historical archive


Join us for an amazing weekend!

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