Exploring the Crop Circle Phenomenon
Friday July 31st – Sunday 2nd August 2020 – The Ballroom, The Bear Hotel, Devizes, Wiltshire, UK
Conference 2019 Image Gallery
Scroll through some images taken at our 2019 event!
Conference 2019 | Crop Circles & Consciousness Workshop opens on the Friday & continues throughout the weekend.
Conference 2019 | Karen Alexander take the conference through the circles of the 2019 season so far…
Conference 2019 | Jungian Therapist Todd Hayen talks about crop circles and the collective unconscious.
Conference 2019 | Guenther Schermann conducts the audience through an odyssey of crop circle imagery.
Conference 2019 | Prof. Jonathan-Paul DeVierville brings, not his Red Book, but his Red Case to the conference!
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About this Page
There is a lot of information about our conference on this page. If you would prefer to download the information and read it at your leisure then our self-print PDF brochure (which includes all the information on this page) will be available shortly. For now, please scroll down this page to read all about our 2020 event.
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Terms & Conditions: Important: 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
It has been fifteen years since we first began hosting our annual conferences and during that time the crop circle phenomenon, while remaining ever present, has changed enormously. The way we think about the subject and interact with the circles has moved on and so has the way we do our conference, with emphasis on community and the sharing of ideas and experiences. For many, visiting Wiltshire is an act of pilgrimage. People combine their love of beautiful countryside, with ancient monuments, stone circles and, of course the crop circles; it’s a magical place. Each summer we run our conference, timed to coincide with the height of the summer and the crop circle phenomenon.
Many people time their visit to attend the conference with days either side for exploring Wiltshire’s wonderful ancient landscape, mysterious sites and if they’re lucky whatever crop circles maybe around and open to the public.
Our Ethos: You’ll find our conference is a little less about entertainment and more about community and collegiality. It’s an event where the crop circles are 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. As important as the circles themselves are the people who are drawn to them, often full of experiences and stories, 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 orators, 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, some will be first time speakers who have a great story to tell.
Consciousness, Communication, Community, Collegiality & Communion: At its heart, the conference is 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 endeavour 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 we’ve ever had have been with complete strangers inside the latest crop circle.
Equally, some of the best times we have had have been at our conference over the years meeting new and interesting people and having the privilege of listening to some of our outstanding speakers. Many people use the opportunity our conference presents to meet and make new friends and then head out into the fields to experience the crop circles together. Devizes lies close to many crop circle hotspots and we have been blessed on many occasions with formations close by during the weekend of the event. We will let everyone know which circles are close by and open to the public at the conference.
Who is this conference for?
Our programme at a glance:
- Talk: Introduction to the Crop Circles with Karen Alexander
- Workshop: Introduction to Crop Circle Geometry with Geoff Fitzpatrick & Karen Alexander
- Workshop: Introduction to Crop Circles & Consciousness with Dr Jonathan-Paul DeVierville & Karen Alexander
Speakers for 2020 announced so far…
(more to be announced shortly)
- Juliet Mathison (Part 1) – Crop Circle Mysteries Part 1 – What is going on in the fields.
- Karen & Steve Alexander – The 2020 crop circle season (so far) in words and pictures
- Gary Biltcliffe & Caroline Hoare – The Spine Of Britain, it’s centre points and the crop circle connection
- Geoff Fitzpatrick – To be announced
- Dr Jonathan-Paul DeVierville & Anne Groh – Sound, Light & Colour in the crop circles
- Nancy Polet –
- Juliet Mathison (Part 2) – What in Heaven’s name are crop circles?
- Guenther Schermann – To be announced
- Robin Heath – To be announced
- Karen Alexander – To be announced
- Dan Vidler – To be announced
- With music throughout the weekend performed by Albert Lamb
Our Programe in Detail:
Our 2020 speaker programme is still in the process of being shaped. But we are pleased to announce that Nancy Polet and Shawn Randall, who were unable to join us in 2019, will be with us in 2020. Check back on this page for updates as our programme is finalised.
Please see further below for more information about all our speakers. Please note this programme may be subject to change when necessary. There will be a small printed programme available at the conference, but many people find printing our our brochure and bringing it along invaluable for timings and speaker information. See the top of this page for the link to download your copy.
! Please note the detailed programme below is from our 2019 event and will be updates in the next few weeks for our 2020 event. The Friday workshop programme will remain the same in 2020.
2020 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. Presenter: Karen Alexander
- 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. Facilitators: Geoff Fitzpatrick & Karen Alexander
- 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. Facilitators: DrJonathan-Paul DeVierville & Karen Alexander
- 8.00pm Close.
About: An Introduction to Crop Circle Geometry – Workshop
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. 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 consciousness. 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.
2019 Saturday Programme: Lectures & Groups – Day One
- 9.15am – 10.00am Crop Circles and Consciousness Workshop – Follow-up 1(45 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
- 10.00am – 10.15am Doors Open & Registration (15 mins) Location: Ballroom
- 10.15am – 10.30amWelcome | About Us | Introductions (15 mins)
- 10.30am – 11.30am Presentation: What’s Been Happening in the Fields? (60 mins) The 2019 crop circle season so far, with the photography of Steve Alexander – music and discussion. Facilitators: Karen & Steve Alexander
- 11.30am – 12.00am 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.
- 12.00am – 1.00pm Lecture: Geoff Fitzpatrick(60 mins)
- 1.00pm – 2.30pm 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!
- 2.30pm – 3.30pm Lecture: Anne Groh(60 mins)
- 3.30pm – 3.40pm Short Break (10 mins) Our short breaks are for changing speakers smoothly, to stretch the legs and grab a quick comfort break if needed.
- 3.40pm – 4.40pm Lecture: Todd Hayen (60 mins)
- 4.40pm – 5.00pm Break:Refreshments | Networking | Discussion(20 mins)
- 5.00pm – 5.50pmLecture: Nancy Polet (50 mins)
- 5.50pm – 6.00pm ShortBreak (10 mins)
- 6.00pm – 7.00pm Lecture: Guenther Schermann(60 mins)
- 7.00pm Close.
The official close of the Saturday Programme.
2019 Sunday Programme: Lectures – Day Two
- 9.15am – 10.00am Crop Circles and Consciousness Workshop – Follow-up 2(45 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
- 9.45am – 10.00am Doors Open & Registration (15 mins) Location: Ballroom
- 10.00am – 10.15am Welcome | About Us | Introductions (15 mins)
- 10.15am – 11.15am Lecture: Shawn Randall(60 mins)
- 11.15am – 11.45pmBreak: 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.
- 11.45pm – 12.45pm Lecture: Dr Jonathan-Paul DeVierville (60 mins)
- 12.45pm – 2.15pmBreak: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!
- 2.15pm – 3.15pmLecture: Robin Heath (60 mins)
- 3.15pm – 3.25pm Short Break(10 mins) Our short breaks are for changing speakers smoothly, to stretch the legs and grab a quick comfort break if needed.
- 3.25pm – 4.25pmLecture: Karen Alexander(60 mins)
- 4.25pm – 4.55pmBreak: Refreshments | Networking | Discussion(30 mins)
- 4.55pm – 5.55pmLecture: Dan Vidler (60 mins)
- 5.55pm – 6.05pm Short Break (10 mins)
- 6.05pm – 6.35pm Lecture: Q&A with Speakers Panel (30 mins)
- 6.35pm – 6.45pm – Thanks & Goodbyes
- 6.45pm – Close.
- 7.00pm – Pre-dinner Drinks
- 7.30pm – Conference Dinner _
- 7.30pm – 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.
- This year we will be offering a delicious Vegetarian and Vegan buffet-style dinner.
Ticket Tariff & BookingYou 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.
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: £25.00
Full Weekend Ticket (includes all the above): £220.00
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 in the Bear Hotel at the conclusion of the weekend. In 2019 we will be offering a delicious buffet-style dinner. See below for further details.
For the last couple of years we have hosted this event in 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 becomes 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 £120 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.
About your Facilitators and Speakers
Your Facilitators & 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 – 2017) 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 – 2017), the book Crop Circles: Signs, Wonders & Mysteries (Arcturus 2006 & updated in 2009 & 2012) and for his nine beautiful crop circle films. Steve will be manning his annual stall where you can buy his photos, books and DVDs and will be available to chat throughout the weekend.
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 15 years of first-hand experience in the field.
Your 2019 Speakers: (in addition to your facilitators/speakers above)
Note: these are from the 2019 programme. Details of our 2020 event will be published shortly.
Karen & Steve Alexander – See above Geoff Fitzpatrick was introduced to mandalas whilst studying the pioneering work of Carl G Jung and has spent the past 15 years exploring the intersection of geometry, spirituality and psychology through these symbols. Working with mandalas has opened Geoff to the profound power geometry possesses to influence states of consciousness. The construction of sacred sand mandalas during Geoff’s Mandalanature sessions opens people to a deeper aspect of themselves by blending creativity, geometry and mindfulness in a unique and special way. In addition to his studies at Trinity College and the Milltown Institute, Geoff has trained with Dr. Stanislav Grof MD learning a psychotherapeutic technique called Holotropic Breathwork. Dr. Grof’s cartography of the psyche informs the Manalanature model entirely. Geoff is also a regular visitor to the crop circles, to experience their spaces and contemplate their geometries. Geoff combines his love of Mandalas, consciousness and the circles to form a unique view of this phenomenon.
Anne Groh was born at 5am during a thunderstorm on St Johns day in Yorkshire! She has had a long career in many different settings, including working in the catering industry (including a management position for the Kenya Coffee Company) in her early life. After moving to Germany in 1962 she worked as a a welfare officer to British forces stationed there. Anne has also taught domestic science, religious studies and trained as a Steiner teacher and has worked extensively with children with special needs. Alongside making time for her 12 grandchildren, Anne continues her Anthroposophical studies and works as a volunteer for the Red Cross. In recent years Anne has created some beautiful crop circle artworks which she has exhibited since 2011.
Nancy Polet (LLM) has been researching the spiritual and esoterical for more than 30 years, while working in environmental law for over 2 decades. Together with her partner Roeland Beljon she has been part of the Dutch Centre for Crop Circle Studies since 1995. Together they have been over to Wiltshire for the crop circles every year since 1994. In 2010 Nancy and Roeland founded Sky High Creations. In that same year Nancy had a powerful mystical experience in The White Spring in Glastonbury which led her to studying magic and in particular the work of magician, occultist and writer Dion Fortune. She lectured and wrote several articles about her experiences and extensive research which were published in various spiritual magazines. Nancy is also known for her vast knowledge on Egyptian Goddess Sehkmet, which she acquired after a mystical and powerful encounter with her in the British Museum in 2016. Since 2014 she has organised the yearly “Night of Crop Circling” in Alton Barnes.
Guenther Schermann has studied mathematics and works and lives near 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 20 years now and in that time has been actively researching the crop circle phenomenon as well as spreading his findings and experiences in more than 400 picture-rich lectures in total. Guenther is well known for his lively and enthusiastic presentations, illustrated with an incredible array of colourful diagrams and photographs exploring the symbolism, number and geometry of the crop circles.
Conference Dinner Menu
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. This year we will be offering a delicious vegetarian and vegan buffet-style dinner. It’s a great opportunity for late evening discussion, celebration and fond farewells.
Conference Dinner Menu 2020
We will be offering a delicious vegetarian and vegan finger-food buffet-style dinner held in the hotel Ballroom
The Upstairs Bar will be open to serve you drinks before the dinner commences
Fried potato skins filled with spicy salsa, avocado, topped with vegan cheese
Vegan calzone bites filled with roasted vegetables and vegan cheese
Baby gem lettuce filled with savoury cous cous
Sweet potato curry bites with mint and coriander oil raita
Chickpea falafel with tomato salsa dip
Roasted vegetable quiche
Mini spring rolls with sweet chilli sauce
Vegan raspberry frangipane
Vegan chocolate tart
Exotic fresh fruit salad
Finish with Coffee and Tea
£25.00 per person