Conference 2023 Evolution

This is to let everyone in the Pagan Phoenix family and all our friends and supporters know that, in a major new development, our 2023 Pagan Phoenix conference will be held online and you can join us live, on the day, or view the talks at your convenience within the following two weeks.

We are delighted to announce that:

  • the conference will take place on Saturday 4th March 2023please note the change of date,
  • the theme will be Goddesses and Spirits with a great programme of speakers: Ronald Hutton, Damh the Bard, Ethan Pennell and Levannah Morgan, and
  • the event will be organized in association with our friends at Treadwells, who will contribute their technical expertise and work with us to provide a great day for everyone (visit their website here https://www.treadwells-london.com/).

We would like to extend a massive Pagan Phoenix welcome to Pagans, Witches, Druids, Heathens and all magical folk, wherever in the world you may be, and invite you to join us through the aether for a fabulous day of erudition, enlightenment, entertainment and magic. As well as talks, there will be our very own mix of attunement, ritual and celebration, and plenty of opportunity for discussion and for you to participate, and we would like to invite you to join our community online.

We have been running Pagan conferences every year in Cornwall since 1999 with only one break caused by Covid in 2021 (when we provided a series of recorded talks). We have had to recognise this year that the cost of living crisis is putting a tremendous strain on everyone’s finances, and many of you have told us that you will not be in a position to come to an in-person event this time. We are therefore taking the conference online in 2023 so that as many people as possible will be able to join us and celebrate and learn together. Sadly, our old venue, Penstowe Manor, went into administration during the pandemic, and although we found a lovely venue for our 2022 event, finding affordable accommodation for you in Cornwall has proved much more difficult.

We would like to stress that we are not abandoning in-person events and that we intend to return and provide physical meeting places and celebrations for the Pagan community in future. We are exploring doing a mix of local events and online. As a not-for-profit organization staffed entirely by volunteers, we are not able to run the conference at a loss, so this move will safeguard its future.

We are very aware that there are many of you who would have liked to attend the last conference but who could not make it to Cornwall, so we also hope that the 2023 online event will make  Pagan Phoenix accessible to many more people, not least those friends in other parts of the world and other time zones who have been prevented by distance from joining us in the past. Wherever in the world you may be, you are very welcome to become part of our Pagan Phoenix family in 2023. If you have not met us before we hope you will enjoy a day with us in March.

We do hope you will understand and that you will come with us and enjoy the conference from the comfort of your own home. We recognise that some of you would prefer an in-person event, and we hope to provide those again soon. We are sad that our stallholders, who have made such a wonderful and creative contributions to all our conferences since the very beginning, will not be with us in person in 2023, but we will find as many ways as we can of connecting them with you and telling you about their work.

In addition to providing tech support, Treadwells will handle ticketing for the conference. There will be just one simple ticket price and your ticket will provide you with special access to a recording of the event, so that if you cannot be with us “live”, you can join us in your own time. So from all the Pagan Phoenix team: Levannah, Harvey, Michele, Eve, Addie and Ian, we wish you bright blessings and look forward to welcoming you to the 2023 conference.


2 thoughts on “Conference 2023 Evolution

  1. Well what to say? Having been to all the conferences s had planned to continue think it would have been much better to have conducted a pole of all who normally come rather than hearing it’s just been cancelled to live attendance, maybe it’s a good idea to expand on line but why not continue with the live aspect as well as broadcasting to show an audience?
    My group had already booked accommodation do expect to be in the area
    Bude is not an easy place to get to and suggest someplace on the main railway line Newton Abbot or Ivy bridge?
    Why not leave it till May and have camping?
    I know venues who could offer buildings and land
    Clive
    Ps maybe more info would help?

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    1. Dear Clive, we have already had enough feedback from audience members and stallholders to know that an in-person event in spring 2023 would not attract enough people to make it viable. The cost of living crisis is making all our costs increase and we do not feel we can pass on big increases in ticket prices to our lovely audience. We are going online this time so the conference can still go ahead this year. There are plenty of capable folks who organise camps very well already so we do not need to. BB Phoenix

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