We are very pleased to announce that the Pagan Phoenix conference is returning in 2022, and we hope to welcome you all to Bude on Saturday 12th March. We were very sorry that it was not possible to organise and event in 2021, but we hope that you enjoyed our series of online talks. Its good to be back.
There have been a number of changes while we have been away. Sadly, as many of you will know, Penstowe Manor, which had been our home for many years and one of the most Pagan-friendly venues in the country, went into administration during the pandemic. We have found a new venue just a few miles away: the Parkhouse Centre in Bude and we look forward to welcoming you there. The new venue will enable us to run workshops as well as speaker sessions and there is plenty of room for stalls.
The 2022 conference will be a little different in several ways. We have limited resources due to the effects of the pandemic, so we need to build back gradually. This means that the 2022 conference will be a day event. It isn’t possible for us just now to organise an evening social before the conference on Friday, or music on the Saturday evening, but we hope that these elements of the event will be back in future years. Members of the conference team will be around in Bude and hope to meet up with you informally outside the conference.
The 2022 conference will be our first themed event. The theme is Tarot. The artist Pamela Colman Smith, designer of the renowned Smith Waite Tarot deck lived for many years in Bude and we hope you will join with us in remembering and celebrating her wonderful work that means so much to so many of us. We hope you will enjoy our line-up of speakers and also the workshop sessions which will be part of the conference for the first time.
You will see that a pasty lunch is included in the price of your conference ticket, and that we will be providing refreshments during the day. This is also a new development for us.
In many ways, this conference is another new beginning for Pagan Phoenix. We are a not-for-profit Community Interest Company. We pay our guest speakers, but apart from that, all the proceeds from ticket sales and any other income are put back into the conferences we run. We will be learning from what we do this year, so we hope that you will let us know what you think of the new venue, the format and things you would like to see included in future years.