|2001||15 July||Chalice Well, Glastonbury. Initial discussion about forming the Group. (See minutes-20010715-Glastonbury)|
|19-23 September||Beech Hill stones construction (first meeting of Group) – with Ivan McBeth. Maria Hayden, Grahame Gardner, Richard Creightmore, Paul Barnett, Shaun Ogborne, Susie Shaw, Sara Greenwood, Nicola Brighton, Jamie Mortimer (Anyone else…?)|
Discussions about name of Group. Suggestions included ‘Circle of Geomancers’ (COG), ‘British Isles Geomancy Group’(BIGG) and ‘European Geomancy Group’ (EGG); but as everyone else had started referring to us as ‘The Geomancy Group’, we decided to stick with that.
|27-28 October||(Unofficial) Several members attend EEG meeting in Moulton, Northampton with Joey Korn, Billy Gawn, Arthur Bailey.|
Present: Sarah, Brannie, Shaun O, Tony Hathway, Paul, Sara, Jamie, Grahame, Maria.
|7-9 December||Townhill Farm, Dorset (John Bullock’s house) Teachers: Maria, Susie, Grahame.|
Present: Maria, Susie, Grahame, Ali Northcott, John, Nicola Brighton, Richard, Brannie, Sarah B, MaryRose, Sara G? (Paul? Shaun? Jamie? Tony?)
Space-clearing & Ceremony. Susie & Maria did space-clearing, Grahame shared Middle Pillar Ritual (Ali recorded it), ceremony at John’s stone. Attended evening concert in Dorchester with John B singing in Rossini’s Petite Messe.
|2002||19-21 April||Roslin with Patrick MacManaway & Gordon Strachan. Communicating with Nature Spirits, GS treatments & Sacred Geometry.|
Chapel Guide: Jim Munro
Present: Sarah B, Brannie, Grahame, Sara, John B, Sally Ann Smith, Susie, Maria, Jamie, Patrick.
Visited: Rosslyn Chapel, Roslin Glen, Castlelaw souterrain.
First probationer/guest – Barry Hoon
|5-7 July||Townhill Farm (replacement for Cornwall)|
Teacher: Paul Barnett
Present: Grahame, Paul, Shaun O, John B, Sara, Maria…?
Visited: Helstone dolmen, Hampton Down stone circle, Grey Mare and her Colts long barrow, (Long Man, Cerne Abbas?), St. Katherine’s Chapel.
Saturday night: Yellow Hat Buddhist Monks from Tashi Lumpo monastery concert
Guest: Elspeth Winkler (with GG, camped in garden)
|10-12 September||Admin meeting (London) – Maria, Grahame, Sally, Susie.|
London meeting minutes
|4-6 October||(Unofficial) Construction of Watcome Labyrinth, Dorset.|
Present: Maria, Sally, Paul, John B, Sara.
|25 October||AGM at Moulton, Northampton (Held during EEG weekend with Sue Davies, Catherine Howie, Roy & Ann Proctor, Christan Hummel, Nick Kollerstrom)|
Present: Maria, Sally, Sig, Sara, John B, Paul, Susie, Sarah, Pam R…?
Ros proposed as new member. Sig’s first meeting. Paul’s last.
|2003||31 January – 2 February||Brithdir Mawr – Teacher: Ros. Astrology, sweat lodge, mask making.|
Present: Maria, Sara, Susie, MaryRose, Jamie, Grahame, Barry.
Visited: Brithdir stone circle…? (Grahame burnt leg in sweat lodge)
Probationers/guest: Ros, Oliver Perceval, Irene Gordon, Andi (cook)
|25-27 April||Avebury –Teachers: Patrick & Grahame. EMF’s sick houses, celestial mechanics & astronomy. Local guides: Pete Glastonbury & Gordon Rimes. The ‘Cove’ was being restored.|
Present: Grahame, Ros, Maria, Sig, Karin, Sally, Susie, Tony (Friday only), Patrick, MaryRose, Brannie, Oli, Sarah B, Sara G, John B, Barry, Shaun O, Richard.
Jon Appleton ‘discovers’ us at the Sanctuary and joins us for part of the weekend.
Visited: Circles, Avenue, Sanctuary, West Kennet, Swallowhead Spring.
Barry’s initiation at Swallowhead Spring.
|11-13 July||Beech Hill – Teachers: Palden Jenkins with Richard & Julie. Astrology, Cycles of Time, Geopathic Stress, labyrinths, grids. |
Present: Maria, Grahame, MaryRose, Richard, Julie, Barry, Oliver, Sig, Patrick, Sara, Brannie, Susie, Sally.
Visited:…the local area
Probationer/guests: Jon Appleton, Ann Harris, Karin Lonegren.
Jon’s Great Sky Goddess. QiGong in the stones.
|24-26 October||AGM, Glastonbury |
Visited: Tor, Chalice Well, Gog & Magog..?
Present: Grahame, Maria, Sally, Susie, Barry, Ros, Sig, Karin, Patrick, Maryrose.
Palden did the most appalling catering!
|2004||30 January – 1 February||Green Park, Aston Clinton. Teacher: Ivan McBeth. Theme: Air|
Present: Maria, Maryrose, Patrick, Grahame, Sara, Ros, Oliver, Sally, Susie.
Visited: Local woods on Rothschild estate.
Guest: Dr. Ann Harris (elects not to join Group)
Ros & Oliver’s initiations. Ivan’s Dance of Life.
|22-25 April||Trecastle, Wales – Teacher: Ivan McBeth. Theme: Earth|
Present: Grahame, Maria, Barry, Patrick, Maryrose, Ros, Sara, Sally, Susie, Sig, Karin, Jon.
Visited: Black Mountain sites, Carreg Cennen, created a ‘human stone circle’, Dance of Life, saw red kites feeding.
Probationer/guest: Shaun Kirwan
|23-25 July||Trecastle – the Bunkhouse. Maria’s ‘resignation’ letter, Jon’s ‘Stargate’ analysis, Patrick gifts the Group Quaich, and Saturday was Ros’ 50th birthday at Elfane.|
Visited: Elfane for the party!
Present: Grahame, Barry, Sig, Maryrose, Susie, Sally, Jon.
Guest: Elspeth Winkler
|22-30 October||Alford, Aberdeenshire – first week-long event|
Present: Grahame, Ros, Barry, Maria, Maryrose, Jon, Oliver.
Probationer: Jon Appleton.
Teachers: Geo, Dave (& baby Thea) Trevarthen. Celtic shamanism.
Local guide: Jason Schroeder. Met Allan Brownie.
24 sites visited during the week, including side trip to Clava Cairns (Grahame, Jon, Maryrose).
|2005||30 January – 1 February||Bove Town, Glastonbury. Facilitators: Sig & Karin.|
Present: Maria, MaryRose, Patrick, Sara, Susie, Barry, Shaun K.
Visited: Snowdrop Valley, Bride’s Mound…?
Guests: Ivan McBeth, Palden Jenkins, Sue Barnet.
|29 April – 1 May||Beech Hill – Teachers: Richard & Julie. Earth energies & Earth acupuncture.|
Present: Maria, Grahame, Susie, Sig, Barry, Brannie, Sarah B, Patrick, Richard, Ivan, Maryrose.
Visited: Sites in the Ashdown Forest. Morris dancing at dawn. I think this was the one where we sanctioned Barry for ethical breaches.
|28-30 October||Peak District hostel. Fireworks at Alton Towers. |
Present: Grahame, Ros, Barry, Jon, Susie, Sally, Maryrose.
Visited: Nine Ladies, Nine Stanes, Doll Tor, Row Tor, Arbor Low, Thor’s Cave.
Jon Appleton’s initiation in the woods.
|2006||27-29 January||Bristol area. Teacher: Patrick?|
Present: Grahame, Maria, Patrick, Barry, Shaun K, Susie, (Sig?)…?
Visited: Stanton Drew, Snowdrop Valley…
Shaun Kirwan’s initiation in temporary labyrinth.
|4-11 June||(unofficial) Callanish, Isle of Lewis – lunar standstill.|
Visited: many of the Callanish sites, Bride’s well, St. Clement’s church in Rodel, Loch Seaforth stone circle. Jill Smith talk in Habost.
Present: Grahame, (Elspeth, Keiko), Ros, Maryrose, Richard, Julie, Jon A…?
|15-17 September||Meeting at BSD Congress Northampton.|
Present: Grahame, Sig, Karin, Susie, Maryrose, Maria, Patrick, Brannie, Richard.
Discussed various issues relating to moving the Group towards becoming more of a professional body, affiliating to BSD, or having a separate professional sub-group, but no consensus reached.
|3-5 November||AGM at Trecastle|
Present: Ros, Jon, Maryrose, Sara, Richard, Julie.
Visited Trecastle Mountain circles.
Julie Rocka entered as probationer.
|2007||22 February||Bove Town, Glastonbury|
Present: Ros, Grahame, Richard, Sig, Karin, Branwen, Sarah, Patrick, Susie, Shaun K.
|25-28 May||Beech Hill|
Present: Grahame, Richard, Julie, Maryrose, Sara, Brannie, Jon, Sig & Karin (Sunday only).
Discussed proposals for creating professional geomancers’ register.
Visited: Long Man of Wilmington, Beachy Head…?
|9-11 November||AGM Trecastle|
Present: Grahame, Ros, …?
Guest: Will Secretan(?)
(No minutes available)
|2008||June||Isle of Man (cancelled)|
|4-5 November||AGM Beech Hill|
Present: Maria, Grahame, Ros, Sarah B, Brannie, Susie, Shaun, Richard, Julie.
Guest: Will Secretan
Visited: Lewes fireworks…?
Celebration of Maryrose’s life.
|2009||20-22 February||Malvern area.|
Present: Grahame, Sara, Sig, Brannie, Susie.
Visited: Kilpeck, Knowlton, Garway church.
Probationer/guest: Robert Reid
|16-18 October||AGM – Milton of Collace, Perthshire (Robert Reid)|
Present: Grahame, Patrick, Ros, Sara, Susie, Richard, Julie, Sarah B, Brannie.
Visited: Dunsinnan, Bandirran circles, MacBeths’ Law.
Guest speaker: Brian Adams
Probationer: Giulia Holland
|2010||19-22 March||Isle of Man|
Present: Patrick, Giulia, Sarah, Brannie, Sara, Sig, Richard & Jewels….?
Local Guide: Brian Beattie (?)
|15-18 October||AGM – Staveley, Lake District.|
Present: Grahame, Ros, Jon, Sig, Patrick, Giulia, Sara.
Visited: Castlerigg, Long Meg, Little Meg, Swinside, Holker Hall labyrinth.
Probationers/guests: John & Jill Moss
|2011||11-13 March||Ynys Castell, Anglesey.|
Present: Grahame, Patrick, Ros, Brannie, Jon, Sara, Sig.
Visited: Brynn Celli Dhu, Bodowyr dolmen and church, Barclodiad y Gawres, Ty Newedd, Din Lligwy dolmen & settlement.
Giulia’s initiation in the garden with green fire!
|14-16 October||AGM – Cornwall.|
Present: Grahame, Patrick, Giulia, Sara, Sig, Karin, Ros, Jon.
Visited: Hamish’s garden, Trencrom Hill, Merry Maidens, Lanyon Quoit, Zennor Quoit, Boscawen-un, Sancreed, Madron &(?) Holy wells…
Local guides: John & Jill Moss, Ba Miller.
Present: Grahame, Sig, Patrick, Giulia, Sara, Ros.
Visited: Kilmartin glen, Achnabreck cup & ring marks, Dunadd hill fort, Crinan beach.
John & Jill’s initiation in Templewood stone circle with temporary string & moving people labyrinth.
Probationers/guests: Kiarna Boyd, Joanne Danby, Fay Palmer
|26-28 October||AGM – Elfane, W. Wales|
Present: Sara G, Fay, Kiarna, Ros, Brannie, Patrick, Giulia.
Present: Grahame, Patrick, Sig, Jon, Joanne, Fay, Susie, Sara, Shaun, Kiarna, Richard, Julie, John & Jill.
Visited: Circles, Avenue, Sanctuary, West Kennet, Swallowhead, Sig’s Tump, Furze Knoll.
Present: Grahame, John & Jill, Richard, Julie, Fay, Patrick, Giulia, Sig, Ros, Shaun.
Visited: Brent Tor, Lydford Gorge & Castle, Merrivale Stone Rows, Wistman’s Wood…?
Local guide: Annie Holland
Fay’s initiation in Wistman’s Wood.
|2014||26 April – 3 May||Iona – week-long retreat|
Present: Grahame, Patrick, Giulia, Richard, Julie, Ros, Jon, Sig, Karin, Sara, Kiarna.
Visited: Abbey, Nunnery, Dun I, Staffa, Lochbuie circle & sea eagles (Mull), Iona labyrinth, several beaches, yacht trip.
Kiarna’s initiation on beach.
Meeting minutes – part 1
Meeting minutes – part 2
|10-13 October||AGM. Burton Manor Farm, Bakewell, Peak District|
Present: Sara, Ros, Patrick, Giulia, John, Jill, Brannie, Jon…..?
Visited: Arbor Low, Gib Hill, Nine Ladies, Dove Holes, St. Ann’s Well Buxton, Bull Ring Henge, Ashford, River Wye.
Peak District Fair at the Pavilion.
|2015||24-27 April||Dorset. Cancelled due to lack of interest/availability|
|16-19 October||BGM. Crymych, South Pembrokeshire.|
Present: Ros, Richard & Jewels, Sara.
|2016||30 April – 6 May||Orkney (Burray) – week-long adventure.|
Present: Patrick, Giulia, Grahame, Sara, John & Jill Moss, Jon, Ros, Richard & Jewels.
Visited: Tomb of the Eagles, Maes Howe, Stenness, Barnhouse, Brodgar, Unstan, Stromness museum, Skara Brae, Brough of Birsay, Broch of Gurness, Italian Chapel, Earl’s Bu & Heritage Centre, Mine Howe, Cuween Hill, Wideford Hill, Rennebister Souterrain, Kirkwall Cathedral (poppies!); (on Rousay) – Taversoe Tuick, Blackhammer, Midhowe chambered cairn & broch.
Orkney picture journal
|23 September||Ivan McBeth passes.|
|7-9 October||Forest of Dean|
Present: Grahame, John & Jill, Ros, Jon, Richard & Jewels, Fay, Patrick (Sun.), Giulia, Barry.
Guests: Sean Ferris & Martin (Fay’s brother)
Visited: Trellech, The Virtuous Well, Puzzlewood, Harold’s Stones, Symond’s Yat hillfort…
|2017||21-23 April||Radnor forest|
Present: Sig & Karin, Grahame, Patrick, Ros, John & Jill, Brannie, Sara, Barry, Fay.
Visited: Mitchell’s Fold, Old Radnor church, Radnor Four Stones, St. Mary’s Well Pilleth, Spaceguard Centre (modern stone ring), Cascob St Michael’s church, St. Michael’s Discoed, The Hoarstones…
|27-29 October||BGM – Mindrum (Scottish Borders)|
Present: Richard & Jewels, Ros, Patrick & Giulia, Grahame, Kiarna, Brannie, Sarah, Barry.
Visited: Bamburgh Castle, Lindisfarne, Hethpool stone circles, Kelso Abbey and Roxburgh castle, confluence of the Tweed and Teviot rivers.
Present: John & Jill Moss, Patrick & Giulia, Brannie, Barry, Ros, Grahame, Jon Appleton, Sara G, Susie.
Special Guest: Diana Griffith.
Accommodation: Mennabroom farm cottages, Warleggan.
Visited: St Neot’s church (sculptured stones) and Holy Well, King Doniert’s Stone, St Cleer Holy Well, Trevethy Quoit, The Hurlers, Cheesewring and Stowe’s Pound (PM, GH, GG only); Temple St Catherine’s Church, Trezance Holy Well, Trippet Stones. Jon’s car died.
|5-8 October||Bunranoch House, Kinloch Rannoch, Perthshire|
Present: Ros, Grahame, Richard & Jewels, Sig & Karin, John & Jill, Brannie, Patrick, Giulia. Sarah Birrell’s flight was cancelled so she didn’t come.
Guests: Gary Biltcliffe & Caroline Hoare.
Visited: Carse Farm 4-poster, Castle Menzies/St David’s Well, Lundin Farm 4-posters, St Mary’s Church, Grandtully, The Hermitage; Fortingall circles & yew, Glen Lyon, Kinnell stone circle, Crannog Centre, Croftmoraig stone circle.
|2019||21-24 March||The Auction House, Criccieth, N. Wales.|
Present: Grahame, Ros, Giulia, Barry, Sarah B. Richard & Jewels. John & Jill cancelled at last minute.
Visited: (dolmens) Cefn Isaf, Mynydd Cefn Amlwch, Llech y Doll, Maen Melyn, Fynnon Fair, (well) Rhyd Y Gwystl; Moel Goedog circles, Harlech Castle, Dyffryn Ardudwy. Cors y Gedol
|Friday 13 September||Maria Hayden passes.|
|20-22 September||Norton Ferris, Wiltshire – BGM|
Present: Grahame, Ros, Barry, Sara, Susie, Jon, Richard & Jewels
Guest: Anna Cavill (friend of Ros & Jon)
Visited: Stoney Littleton long barrow, Alton Priors springs (source of R. Avon) and All Saints Church (sarsens in the floor!), Stourhead house and gardens (Stourhead House was the model for Lady Penelope’s manor in the new Thunderbirds are Go!).
|2020||30 March- 3 April||Albion House, Castle Douglas, Dumfries (cancelled due to COVID-19 lockdown)|