'Even though I was only there for the afternoon, I really enjoyed it. I thought Linda's talk was really interesting and learnt a lot about the various sacred places and cant wait to go and visit them someday. I especially enjoyed the pre-ritual and closing ritual, I felt it really covered aspects of autumn / winter very well and at the same time wasnt specific to any one person, so everybody could connect with it in some way. I also got to know many new people (although, it did take me out of my comfort zone) but I'm glad it did, as I came out with less negativity and feeling happier. Perhaps we could use some of those ideas for our Samhain ritual?
- Willow Silver Wheel (UCLAN Pagan Society)
'I got to go to 4 talks in the end, the 1st 2 of which I sadly couldn't let myslef relax enough to really take in long-term. They were interesting, but my brain was too pre-occupied with the constant changing volunteer schedule! lol! But I really enjoyed your talk Lorna. Having lived in Preston for the best part of 6 years, I learned so much about its history and felt I was able to understand it much better than I had done previously. The meditation was also a good way to relax myself and get in touch with my creative side, which I've had little opportunity to do recently, and it was interesting to hear and see how others had connected in similar ways.'
- Sam S Johnson (UCLAN Pagan Society)
'As a volunteer and workshop facilitator I found the day tiring, challenging yet rewarding. I particularly enjoyed and was inspired by Gordon MacLellan's talk about the experiential aspects of animism and his closing ritual, which he put together by getting people attending the conference to write poetry and prose fragments based on Ancient Welsh verse. Whilst the conference wasn't as well attended as I expected the atmosphere and sense of community was great. It was good to meet some of the Pagan Fed members I'd only spoken with on Facebook.'
- Lorna Smithers (UCLAN Pagan Society)
'I only went to 2 or 3 of the talks and didn't really get much from them. As a social event it had a nice atmosphere, and I was impressed with the quality of some of the stalls.'
- Rory Gordon MacLeod (UCLAN Pagan Society)
'I only saw Graham Harvey's talk as I was very pre-occupied with other stuff. All I can really say about it on here is that I was somewhat disappointed with what I heard and saw!'
- Jonathon Warren (Pagan Federation)
'I particularly enjoyed Jenny's talk on North European Shamanism, as it was a worthwhile exploration of the importance of landwights and the three types of ancestors within the Heathen tradition. Her insights into the differences between Heathenry in North America and the UK were also gently illuminating.
I liked the friendly atmosphere at your talk, Linda, and it was a nice change to see sites in parts of the county and region which are outside my normal stomping grounds. It did seem a bit rushed at points, but I guess that was a scheduling issue? I thought the ten minutes at the end was a bit too short for journeying.'
- Jez Green (Pagan Federation)
'Indeed, I think I enjoyed this one most of all it was so well supported by so many brilliant volunteers who put so much in, and with very professional speakers who were a pleasure to deal with, as well as having the use of a very user friendly venue thanks to Linda. so big thanks to every one who made the day.'
- Melissa Harrington (Pagan Federation)
Posted by Lorna Smithers