Exploring the Crop Circle Phenomenon
DATES FOR 2018: AUG 4th, 5th & 6th
NOTE: This page contains programme information for the 2017 event. Please check back later in the year for updates about our 2018 event.
4th, 5th & 6th August 2018 – The Ballroom, The Bear Hotel, Devizes, Wiltshire, UK
There is a lot of information about the conference on this page, if you would prefer to download the information and read it at your leisure then please click on the image (left) to download our 12 page brochure which includes all the information on this page. Otherwise please scroll down this page to read all about our 2017 event.
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Terms & Conditions: Please note all bookings are non-refundable and non-transferrable. Although, should we have to cancel the event for any reason, you will receive a full refund.
Welcome and Introduction
Re-Visioning our Crop Circle Conference: It has been over ten years since we first began the Summer Crop Circle Lectures and during that time the crop circle phenomenon while remaining constant has changed enormously. The way we think about the subject and interact with the circles has moved on and so has the way we view the conference, so for 2017 we have re-visioned the event, freshening it up.
Forging a new ethos: One thing we have wanted to do for a while was bring a new ethos to the idea of the conference; something that looked a little less like entertainment and felt more like community and collegiality. It was time for the conference to mature and become a place where the crop circles were not only enjoyed and celebrated, but where people can come and join in the conversation, share their experiences and participate in a more inclusive and collaborative way. Almost as important as the circles themselves are the people, often full of experience, insight and wisdom it is they, in addition to our speakers that make up the ‘body conference’.
As always our speakers will be drawn from those who have actually spent time in the fields and those who are actively engaged in the endeavour to better understand the phenomenon. Our speakers will not just be published authors, or professional speakers, but people who genuinely have something interesting and progressive to say about the phenomenon – some will be updating us about where their research has taken them in the last year, or over several years.
Community, Communication, Communion & Consciousness: Finally, conference should also be about community. Opportunities to spend meaningful time with colleagues, or those who share similar interests is so rare in our society these days. We have a tradition of lasting friendships being made at our events over the years and this is something we really value and want to continue. The crop circles are themselves an invitation to participate, modern-day temporary temples in the landscape that arouse the curiosity and evoke almost limitless questions – some of the best conversations I’ve ever had have been with complete strangers inside the latest crop circle. Equally, some of the best times I have had have been at the Summer Lectures over the years meeting new and interesting people and having the privilege of listening to some of our outstanding speakers.
Who is this conference for?
We welcome anyone who has an interest in the crop circles, beginners, journeymen and everyone in between. We open our conference on the Friday with an ‘Introduction to the Crop Circle Phenomenon’ and offer two workshops, one the ‘Geometry of the Crop Circles’ and one on ‘Crop Circles and Consciousness’ The Friday programme is a great primer for the rest of the weekend.
The ‘Introduction to the Crop Circle Phenomenon’ presentation is given by a different researcher each year and offers an overview of the subject for those who might be new to it, or those who’d like a reminder! Our Geometry Workshop offers both theory and hands-on drawing exercises to familiarise our attendees with the role of Sacred Geometry in the crop circle phenomenon. Once again it is presented with both beginners and more the experienced in mind and is designed to give a good grounding in many of the concepts you will undoubtedly hear discussed during the weekend. Don’t worry if you have never drawn with a compass and straight-edge before, there will be plenty of help on hand. This workshop is a place to shed your dread of maths and find your love for numbers!
The Consciousness Workshop begins on Friday and then stretches out across the whole weekend – with sessions on Saturday and Sunday morning. This group looks at what links consciousness with crop circles and opens with the question ‘What brings you here?’ The group widens and deepens throughout the weekend to discuss synchronicity, dreams, how the crop circles impact upon the psyche and what that might tell us about the phenomenon.
In addition to our lecture programme throughout Saturday and Sunday, on Saturday evening we will be hosting an facilitated round-table discussion group where attendees can discuss what they’ve heard during the day and chat to some of our speakers and there will be an additional formal question and answer session on the Sunday programme.
Our weekend is designed to get everyone thinking, talking and fully immersed in the crop circle mystery. Be ready for an impromptu lunch or dinner with new friends, or even stray out into the Wiltshire countryside for a sunset visit to the latest crop circle or a night-watch with a few like-minded attendees. The idea is that the conference is the framework for your weekend and then everyone makes and takes their connections onto whatever they feel inspired to do.
Our programme at a glance
Please see further below for more information about all our speakers. Please note this programme may be subject to change when necessary.
Friday Programme: Opening Lecture & Pre-Conference Workshops
- 1.30pm – 2.00pm Doors Open & Registration (30 mins)
- 2.00pm – 3.00pm Opening Lecture: An Introduction to the Crop Circle Phenomenon (60 mins). This lecture is open to members of the public as well as conference attendees. Location: Ballroom Presenter: tba
- 3.30pm – 5.30pm Workshop: An Introduction to Crop Circle Geometry(120 mins). Hands-on workshop exploring crop circle geometry and drawing the crop circles. Location: Ballroom. Facilitators: Karen Alexander & Michael Glickman
- 6.00pm – 8.00pm Workshop: An Introduction to Crop Circles and Consciousness (120 mins) Experiential workshop exploring & discussing crop circles and their relationship to human consciousness. Location: Ballroom. Facilitators: Karen Alexander & Jonathan-Paul DeVierville
- 8.00pm Close.
Number, shape, form, proportion and geometry are the language of the crop circles, of that there can be little doubt. They are their very fabric and framework, their flesh and bones if you will. One cannot really have any meaningful discussion about crop circles with out being able to talk about number and geometry and many of the talks at our conference over the years have dealt with this very aspect of the phenomenon.
This workshop is a gateway into the world of crop circle geometry, designed for both the beginner and the more experienced explorer. it hopes to lift the veil on what can seem a bewildering, complex and specialised subject matter and give background and context to some of what you will hear discussed in some of the lectures during the conference.
This year we aim to cover the following:
- What is Geometry?
- The quantities, qualities and philosophy of numbers
- Approaching the geometry/drawing of the Crop Circles
- Introducing Pi
- The Squaring of the Circle explained
- An Introduction to Phi (the Golden Section & Fibonacci).
We will provide all your drawing equipment and paper and guide you step by step through the process of constructing some drawings of your own. If there is one sure-fire way of gaining a quick appreciation of the circle-makers art, it’s by trying to draw a little of it for yourself! Most of all we hope to have a little fun, do a little drawing, perhaps a little colouring-in and learn while we play!
About: An Introduction to Crop Circles and Consciousness – Workshop
This two-hour workshop is an introduction to the longstanding relationship between crop circles and the human psyche. Almost since the inception of modern-day investigations in to the crop circle subject it has been apparent that there is some kind of connection between the crop circles and the human psyche. Many early researchers experienced increased coincidences, serendipity of dates, locations, patterns or other events. They also experienced connections that were more difficult to explain, connections in which what was happening in the fields were some how connected to what was happening in their own lives (or inside of them), or even what was happening in the wider world. This has lead many to ask if the crop circles are involved in an impending change in human consciousness. This connection has been explored many times in the form of experiments and group work, but it is a part of the phenomenon that is often overlooked in the pursuit of scientific investigation and other physical effects, yet remains for many researchers one of the most fascinating aspects of the subject. We will explore synchronicity, dreams, personal interactions with the crop circles and the investigation of the phenomenon using the psyche. This workshop is suitable both for those who have never taken part in this kind of work and those who may have had had experiences of their own – with emphasis on group interaction and participation.
Saturday Programme: Lectures & Groups – Day One
- 9.00am – 9.55am Crop Circles and Consciousness Workshop – Follow-up 1 (55 mins) First of two follow-up sessions for those who took part in the Crop Circles and Consciousness Workshop on Friday. Facilitator: Jonathan-Paul DeVierville. Location: Ante-room
- 9.30am – 9.45am Doors Open & Registration (15 mins) Location: Ballroom
- 9.45am – 10.00am Welcome | About Us | Introductions (15 mins)
- 10.00am – 11.00am Presentation: What’s Been Happening in the Fields? (60 mins) The 2017 crop circle season so far, with the photography of Steve Alexander – music and discussion. Facilitators: Karen Alexander leads a panel of speakers drawn from our programme to comment the latest crop circles.
- 11.00am – 11.30am Break: Refreshments | Networking | Discussion (30 mins) Our break times are all about discussion, sharing and making connections. They are liminal integrative spaces that bridge our speakers and allow everyone to take-on and talk about the themes introduced in the presentations.
- 11.30am – 12.30pm Lecture: Gary King (60 mins)
- 12.30pm – 2.00pm Break: Lunch (90 mins). The Bear Hotel offers delicious lunches, or you can venture out in to Devizes to one on the many cafes and restaurants in the town. Get together with friends, colleagues and continue the discussion!
- 2.00pm – 3.00pm Lecture: Annemieke Witteveen (60 mins)
- 3.00pm – 3.15pm Short Break (15 mins) Our short breaks are for changing speakers smoothly, to stretch the legs and grab a quick comfort break if needed.
- 3.15pm – 3.45pm Lecture: Albert Lamb (30 mins)
- 3.45pm – 3.00pm Short Break (15 mins)
- 4.00pm – 4.30pm Lecture: Danny Boyle (30 mins)
- 4.30pm – 5.00pm Break: Refreshments | Networking | Discussion (30 mins)
- 5.00pm – 5.45pm Lecture: Dan Vidler (45 mins)
- 5.45pm – 6.00pm Short Break (15 mins)
- 6.00pm – 7.00pm Lecture: Guenther Schermann (60 mins)
- 7.00pm Close.
The official close of the Saturday Programme.
- 8.30pm – 9.30pm Group: Facilitated Evening Discussion Group. For those saying in the Bear Hotel, or in Devizes for the weekend, we are offering a facilitated discussion group for those who want to discuss further the material presented on day one. Location: Ballroom Facilitators: Karen Alexander & Jonathan-Paul DeVierville
Sunday Programme: Lectures – Day Two
- 9.00am – 9.55am Crop Circles and Consciousness Workshop – Follow-up 2 (55 mins) Second of two follow-up sessions for those who took part in the Crop Circles and Consciousness Workshop on Friday. Facilitator: Jonathan-Paul DeVierville. Location: Ante-room
- 10.00am – 10.15am Doors Open & Registration (15 mins) Location: Ballroom
- 10.15am – 10.30am Welcome | About Us | Introductions (15 mins)
- 10.30am – 11.30am Lecture: Simon Miles (60 mins)
- 11.30am – 12.00pm Break: Refreshments | Networking | Discussion (30 mins)
- 12.00pm – 1.00pm Lecture: Michael Glickman (60 mins)
- 2.30pm – 3.30pm Break: Lunch (90 mins)
- 2.30pm – 3.30pm Lecture: Robin Heath (60 mins)
- 3.30pm – 3.45pm Short Break (15 mins)
- 3.45pm – 4.45pm Lecture: Karen Alexander (60 mins)
- 4.45pm – 5.15pm Break: Refreshments | Networking | Discussion (30 mins)
- 5. 15pm – 6.15pm Lecture:Question & Answer Panel(60 mins)
- 6.15pm – 6.30pm Short Break (15 mins)
- 6.30pm – 7.30pm Closing Lecture: Jonathan-Paul DeVierville (60 mins)
- 7.30pm Close.
The official close of the Sunday Programme.
- 8.00pm – Late Conference Dinner. The Conference Dinner is an opportunity to break-bread with and celebrate our conference and community. Served in the Bear Hotel this dinner needs to be booked in addition to your Saturday/Sunday lecture ticket. You will be asked to choose from several sections on our three course menu in advance. It’s a great opportunity for late evening discussion and fond farewells.
You can attend as little or as much of the weekend as you wish. There is a small discount for those booking for both the Saturday and Sunday programme and a further small discount if you book for the entire event.
Booking is easy. Use the Book Now button in the right-hand column to choose your ticket options. You can add each ticket option one at a time and these will be added to your Paypal cart – which opens up in a new tab in your browser. You can then add to or edit your cart as you like and when you are ready you can make your payment. You can pay either with your PayPal account or using a credit or debit card. If you have any problems at all, or are not sure about anything you can email us for assistance. We can also send a PayPal request for your tickets if that works better for you. We’re on hand and happy to provide whatever assistance we can.
Friday Introductory Lecture: £10.00
Friday Geometry Workshop: £50.00
Friday Crop Circles & Consciousness Workshop: £50.00
Saturday (only) Programme: £55.00
Sunday (only) Programme: £55.00
Saturday & Sunday Programme: £100.00
Sunday Conference Dinner: £30.00
Full Weekend Ticket (includes all the above): £230.00
Any of the ticket options are bookable individually apart from the dinner.
- Friday Geometry workshop: We provide all the drawing equipment and materials necessary to take part in the workshop – but please feel free to bring along your own compass or equipment as you prefer.
- Friday Crop Circles & Consciousness Workshop: The Friday session of this workshop is a stand alone session and costs £50.00, however for those attending the entire weekend there are two supplementary sessions on Saturday and Sunday morning at no extra cost.
- Conference Dinner: The Conference Dinner is held at the Bear Hotel at the conclusion of the weekend. Please see page 12 of this brochure for the menu. You will need to confirm your menu choices when you book.
Our Venue: The Bear Hotel, Devizes, Wiltshire.
We have decided to move our 2017 event onto the historic Bear Hotel in Devizes. Situated in the central market place of Devizes, with it’s old world charm, great food and welcoming atmosphere it is a firm favourite with those visiting the area. Their beautiful ballroom will become our auditorium for the conference and attendees will have the convenience of easy access to the hotels accommodation and amenities during the weekend.
Devizes is a very pretty market town which is within easy driving access of Avebury stone circle, Silbury Hill, West Kennett Longbarrow and even Stonehenge. It makes a great base for those wanting to explore the surrounding countryside and visit any crop circles that are around.
Devizes has a great selection of places to stay, and while you are not in any way obliged to stay in the Bear Hotel for the duration of the conference, we would recommend it highly.
Important: If you decide to stay at the Bear Hotel you will need to make your own reservation. The hotel can be contacted via the contact details above. Rooms begin at approx £90 per night. Please let them know you will be attending the conference when you book. All questions about the hotel and accommodation need to be addressed directly to the Bear Hotel itself who will be happy to help you.
Attending the conference as part of an Organised Tour
Crop Circles and Summer Lectures intensive.
July 27 – 31, 2017 – 5 Days / 4 Nights
Tour operators Journeys with Soul are offering a short tour which includes attendance at our conference and the opportunity to visit some of Wiltshire’s sacred sites and any circles that might be around. They have years of experience guiding people around Sacred England and the crop circles and we recommend them highly. Please visit their website for more information: www.journeyswithsoul.com
About your Facilitators and Speakers
Karen Alexander is main conference organiser, conference host, workshop facilitator and speaker. Karen is a long time circles researcher (1990-present day) who has for many years brought a thoughtful and introspective touch to researching the crop circles. A highly respected and influential speaker and writer, her work seamlessly fuses sacred art, spirituality, psychology and philosophy – the scholarly and the intuitive. Karen is perhaps best known as the writer behind the annually published Crop Circle Year Books (1999 – 2016) and Crop Circles: Signs, Wonders & Mysteries (Arcturus, 2006 & updated in 2009 & 2012). She is also known for her hand drawn images and paintings of the crop circles which are widely admired and collected. Karen has a background in counselling and psychotherapy and has facilitated and taken part in a number of groups and projects over the last 20 years looking specifically into crop circles and their connection with consciousness.
Steve Alexander is conference co-organiser. He is an internationally renowned photographer, whose images of the crop circles have graced books, media, documentaries and cinematic films worldwide for over 20 years. Steve has long set the standard by which all other crop circle photography is judged, he is well-known for his influential sweeping landscape images of the circles and his high quality, artistic approach to recording the phenomenon. Steve has a longtime involvement with the crop circles spanning over 30 years. He is perhaps best known for his photography in the Crop Circle Year Books (1999 – 2016), the book Crop Circles: Signs, Wonders & Mysteries (Arcturus 2006 & updated in 2009 & 2012) and for his nine beautiful crop circle films.
Dr. Jonathan-Paul DeVierville is conference co-host, workshop facilitator and speaker. He is Professor Emeritus of The Humanities, History and Interdisciplinary Studies (from the Department of Social Sciences at St. Philips College, Texas). He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Professional Counsellor He owns and directs The Alamo Plaza Spa in San Antonio, Texas and is a regular teacher and speaker on Spa Culture all over the globe. Jonathan-Paul has taught analytical, depth and archetypal psychology and clinical psychotherapy at the post-graduate level and has a particular interest in dream work. In addition to all this he is a committed crop circle experiencer and researcher, with over 12 years of first-hand experience in the field.
Michael Glickman is a workshop facilitator and speaker. He is a much-loved, respected and influential elder-statesman figure of the crop circle community, whose work on the geometry and interpretation of the crop circles has spanned over 25 years. A former architect, inventor and teacher, he is now a renowned, inspirational and often out-spoken speaker and writer; he has long occupied a central space at the heart of research into this phenomenon. He is also known for his sharp wit and never being an opinion too far away from controversy! Michael has written many articles and is a regular blogger on the crop circles. His book, Crop Circles (published by Wooden Books), is now in its third revised edition. He is also author of Cornography (2007) and Crop Circles: The Bones of God (2009).
(In addition to our facilitator-speakers)
Gary King began researching the crop circle phenomenon in 1997. He first came to the publics attention after having been one of the three primary witnesses present at the formation and discovery of the East Field formation on the 7th July 2007. Since then he has lectured both nationally and internationally, and featured in numerous TV productions regarding the phenomenon. Working as a much sought after tour guide, Gary carries a wealth of experience and knowledge that is both insightful and intellectually stimulating. Gary will be speaking about the crop circle that appeared at Ansty, Wiltshire in 2016 and which courted so much controversy. Here he will be presenting his investigative work and discussing the issues it raises not only for the crop circle phenomenon, but also for our attitudes towards the subject and the way we research it.
Albert Lamb came to England from America to attend Summerhill School in the 1960s and then went home to train as a comic strip cartoonist, a writer for children and a singer and piano player. He came back to England in 1989 to look for (and marry) his old girlfriend and settled down to editing books and magazines about alternative and democratic education and working democratically with kids and young people. He still draws, writes and makes music every day using a system of time management of his own invention known as the ‘Time Games’. In his talk ‘The Living Model’ Albert will talk about the forty years he has played daily Time Games, “tying myself to a personal written constitution I created for myself in 1974. Aiming for self-management and skill building these Games have actually given me a way of altering my relationship with time and spirit itself in ways that have become strongly influenced by my involvement with crop circles”.
Danny Boyle is one of the World’s classic Outsiders, he struggled for many years trying to find his place in conventional and limiting western societal structures. However, at just the tender age of eight he became aware of the spiritual side of life “I am a lifelong student of spirituality, spiritual/energy Healing, and the nature of Consciousness and conscious reality. I have worked with some great Shamans, and have also worked in the field of Past Life Regression Therapy with Roger Woolger and his gorgeous assistant (my Mother). My love for the subject of crop circles is absolute, as they are the most magical and mysterious phenomenon that humans have encountered so far.” Danny had been a regular attendee of the Summer Lectures for many years and will give his first presentation about ‘crop circles, life, the universe and everything’ this year.
Dan Vidler is a School teacher, ardent crop circle enthusiast, photographer and webmaster of www.ukcropcircles.co.uk which documents the interiors and ground details of the crop circles. He has been a regular and popular speaker at the Summer Lectures since their inception. Dan has a keen eye for the fine detail of the circles; the lay of the crop and other significant ground details. Each year he presents us with the intrigues and delights of the interior of the circles, so easily missed by all but the most eagle-eyed, accompanied with an eye-watering array of beautiful photography.
Guenther Schermann has studied mathematics for 25 years and works and lives in the city of Vienna. He has a long time interest in the esoteric science of numbers and was immediately drawn to the geometry and number of the crop circles. He has been visiting southern England for over 21 years now and in that time has been actively researching the phenomenon. In his talk: Crop circles: sacred geometry, harmony, beauty and deeper knowledge, he will discuss the idea that 25 years of geometric and complex crop circles are preparing mankind for some kind of awakening and remembering. Guenther is well known for his lively and enthusiastic presentations, illustrated with an incredible array of colourful diagrams and photographs.
Simon Miles is an independent writer and investigator with a wide range of research interests. The main focus of his work for many years has been the subject of landscape geometry in the ancient world, particularly in the south of France. Originally from Australia and now resident in the UK, he has been fascinated by crop circles since the early days of the modern phenomenon. In his talk: Two Sharks and a Triquetra, Simon will discuss his own journey with the crop circles through time, geometry, synchronicity and landscape and then onto his thoughts about the duality of the crop circle phenomenon and how we might bridge it to reach a third and new understanding of the phenomenon.
Annemieke Witteveen is a primary school teacher from the Netherlands and came the crop circle subject 15 years ago. She was deeply moved by the beautiful crop circles and the Wiltshire landscape and instinctively knew there was something about them that she had been searching for. Annemieke returns to Wiltshire each summer where she is most often found in the latest circles! She is also a longtime lecturer on the subject and her talks are filled with her experiences in the circles and her findings from the fields in the hope she inspires everyone to form their own ideas about what this enigmatic phenomenon means. In her talk she will discuss the Goddess formation of 2008 and the role human consciousness may have played in its manifestation.
Robin Heath is an independent researcher into ancient wisdom, specialising in archaeoastronomy and megalithic culture. He has written nine books on this and allied subjects, including the best selling Sun Moon & Stonehenge: Proof of High Culture in Ancient Britain, Power Points: Secret Rulers & Hidden Forces in the Landscape and Alexander Thom: Cracking the Stone Age Code. In a varied career Robin has enjoyed being a research scientist in computer chips, a marketing manager in electronics, a senior lecturer in mathematics and engineering and head of department in a college of further education. Since 1974 he has also been practicing as an astrologer and is a highly regarded astrologer who has taught in all the leading schools of astrology in the UK and been the editor of the international Astrological Association Journal. In his talk Robin will be discussing his new book: Temple the the Hills, in which he details his groundbreaking research into the original Stonehenge!
More Information: There will be more information about our speakers in the official Conference Programme which will be available later in the year from our website as a PDF or a printed version will be available at the conference.
Conference Dinner Menu
The Bear Hotel has an excellent reputation for fine dining! Please note: you will be asked to state your menu choices when you book for the conference. All drinks are brought separately from the bar.
Mozzarella, tomato and pesto salad (v)
Wild Mushroom fricassee in puff pastry case and truffle dressing (v)
Chicken liver parfait with crostini and caramelised onion chutney
Butternut squash and potato wellington with tomato and tarragon sauce (v)
Fillet of sea bass with cherry tomato risotto and basil pesto
Roast Sirloin of beef with Yorkshire pudding, red wine gravy and chateau potatoes
Lemon posset with shortbread biscuit (v)
Warm Chocolate Brownie with Chantilly cream (v)
Apple pie and vanilla custard (v)
Coffees and Tea