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The biographies of the 33 speakers in the documentaries of Herma Koornwinder

Ahmed Mahmoud, tour guide
Mahmoud Eissa, tour guide and producer-manager of the first series of five documentaries
Michael Glickman, author and crop circle researcher
Charles Mallett, crop circle and paranormal researcher
Bert Janssen, author and world mysteries researcher
Geoff Ward, author, journalist and associate producer of the second series of five documentaries 
Alan Butler, author and ancient knowledge researcher
Christopher Knight, author and freemason
Robert Bauval, author and ancient civilizations researcher
Tom Graves, author, dowser and educator
Lucy Pringle, author, crop circle researcher and photographer
Paul Hougham, author, acupuncturist and teacher
Wilma Davidson, author, dowser and healer
Martin Palmer, author, translator and priest
Elizabeth Brown, author and dowser
John Moss, director of the British Society of Dowsers
Tom Brooks, author and prehistoric geometry researcher
Adrian Incledon-Webber, dowser
Francine Blake, symbologist and crop circle researcher
Matthew Holbrook, druid, dowser, writer, poet, photographer and Reiki master/teacher
Gordon Strong, author, teacher and poet
Konstantin Korotkov, professor of computer science and biophysics
Dmitry Orlov, physicist and research worker Hugo Jenks, author, electronics engineer and inventor
Hugo Jenks, electronics engineer, author, inventor, dowser
Giovanni Orlando, electronics engineer Jim Lyons, dowser, physicist and engineer
Jim Lyons, physicist, mathematician, dowser
Harry Oldfield, scientist, author and inventor
Rodney Hale, electronics engineer, dowser and inventor
Maria Wheatley, author, dowser and teacher
Busty Taylor, author, dowser and crop circle researcher and photographer
Roger Taylor, immunologist, science editor and crop circle researcher
Antoine Gigal, author, translator, ancient civilizations researcher and explorer
Hugh Newman, author, nutritionist and megalithic sites researcher

Ahmed Mahmoud

     A tour guide at the Cairo Museum and throughout Egypt, Ahmed Mahmoud was born near the Pyramids in Giza. 

     He has been an official guide since 2003, having gained his qualifications at the High Institute of Diverse Studies, Giza, where he studied all aspects of the Ancient Egyptian civilization under the archaeologist Zahi Hawass, former Secretary General of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities. Religion in Ancient Egypt became Ahmed’s main area of expertise because, he says, it is at the very centre of the culture, with everything focused on it.

     He admits that when, as a guide, he met Herma Koornwinder in 2007, he did not believe in dowsing, but he has since changed his mind and now thinks it could have been part of the ‘secret knowledge’ of the Ancient Egyptians. ‘When we made the first movie, I thought a lot about the earth energy and what it seems to do to human beings,’ he said. ‘I read up about it in a lot of places, on the internet and in books.’

     Ahmed is conducting research into dowsing in Ancient Egypt, and into the origins and symbolism of the goddess Seshat who, he believes, might have been depicted as a dowser. Seshat was the goddess of letters and learning, the divine measurer, surveyor and scribe involved in the foundation of temples and other important buildings, their sacred alignments and the precision of their dimensions.

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Mahmoud Eissa

     Mahmoud Eissa Ibrahim is a highly respected local tour guide in Cairo and Giza - currently, he is studying at the University of Cairo to become an official guide. He was unable to go to university when younger because he had to work to help to support his family. As a guide, Mahmoud has always blended the academic and the spiritual, putting his own life experience into the work, so that visitors gain a deeper knowledge of Egypt and, as he says, ‘don’t just take pictures and go away’.

     Mahmoud met Herma Koornwinder in Giza in 2005 when she was visiting the Pyramids and he guided her there from her hotel. Herma became a friend of Mahmoud and his family, enjoying a mutual exchange of knowledge with him. Mahmoud is a follower of Sufism, the esoteric and mystical dimension of Islam, which has run in his family for generations, and he is a cousin of Ahmed Mahmoud.

    When Herma began filming her documentaries in Egypt in the spring of 2009, Mahmoud became producer-manager. He feels he has been ‘charging on special power’ since learning about Herma’s researches into earth energies, leys, dowsing, crop circles and prehistoric geometry - all things he says he came to understand intuitively through his ‘inner knowing’.

     He says: ‘We can understand other people through our hearts, even if we don’t speak the same language. I believe people meet for a reason, that they have met before - before coming to this Earth. If we can live in peace and harmony between all of us, then we can be in paradise on Earth, and learn to see what the universe needs and what people need, and have a useful and a great life.’

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Michael Glickman

     After visiting his first crop circle in 1990, Michael Glickman decided to devote his time to a study of the phenomenon, and has become an internationally acclaimed commentator, lecturing widely on the subject in Europe and North America and writing several books about it.

     Born in Manchester, England, Michael trained as an architect in London. He worked in architecture, engineering, industrial design and product development and later was the president of a company licensing his inventions to industry around the world. He has taught extensively both in England and the USA, including a period as professor of architecture at USC in Los Angeles, USA. He brings his experience of design, geometry and number to his crop circles research.

     Michael, who lives in the Vale of Pewsey, Wiltshire, the world ‘hotspot’ for crop circles, is interested in the formations not only for their enigmatic elegance but also the formal and geometric will and intent which he sees as underlying them.
     After twenty-one years’ involvement, and becoming a full-time researcher, Michael says he can offer no 'explanation' but is affronted by the ‘mindless debunking and trivialisation’ of crop circles. He feels passionately that the phenomenon is worthy of the profoundest respect.

     He has written several regular columns about crop circles over the years, both in print and on the internet, and his books include Crop Circles in the Wooden Books series (2005), Cornography: The New Swirled Order (2007), a selection of his writings, and Crop Circles: the Bones of God (2009), which combines his first-hand field encounters with some of the most famous formations and detailed analyses of their structure and content,
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Charles Mallett

     Charles Mallett runs the Silent Circle crop circle information centre at Yatesbury, near Avebury in Wiltshire, each summer from May to August. This facility is designed for visitors to the Wiltshire crop circles to acquire the latest research and find out about crop circles as they are newly discovered.

     It was in the early 1990s that Charles began to research and investigate numerous paranormal and metaphysical phenomena as a full-time undertaking. This wide-ranging study covered many diverse areas of research including UFOs, paranormal intervention, hidden and/or suppressed history, ancient spiritual traditions and modern subversions of the apparent true nature and history of the human species and our planet.

     After several years of serious objective consideration of the evidence concerning his chosen subject matters, it became clearly evident to him that a radical reconsideration of everything he had been ‘educated’ and conditioned into believing to be real was essential. In late 1996, he came across an article reporting the crop circles that had mysteriously appeared in fields in southern England during the summer of that year. ‘The mathematical and precise geometrical nature of these designs left me astounded,’ said Charles. ‘It seemed unlikely, if not outright impossible, that this was the work of pranksters or vandals, as one would often read in the news media.’

     In the spring of 1997, Charles visited Wiltshire to investigate the circles first-hand. After examining a number of the formations in detail, it was clear that these events represented a truly mysterious phenomenon and were worthy of detailed and protracted consideration. Over the next few years, he conducted a wide-ranging personal study of the circles and was able to conclude to his own satisfaction that he was dealing with something that involved ‘direct paranormal intervention into our three-dimensional space’.

     Charles's research has taken him to many parts of the world in pursuit of answers to the big questions of our existence, including Egypt, South America and the USA, as well as a number of European places of power.

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Bert Janssen

     Dutch native Bert Janssen is an award-winning author, researcher and world traveller who has appeared in numerous documentaries and on radio and TV shows. His interest in the power of shapes, form, harmony and geometry has led him into the mysterious world of crop circles, Gothic cathedrals and ancient sites.
He travels all over the world to study, photograph and record these mysteries on film, which has led to the production of three documentaries.

     Bert has written many articles on the subject of crop circles, the geometry behind them, and how the landscape of England plays its part in the great crop circle enigma. He is the author of several books including, The Hypnotic Power of Crop Circles and Sophia’s Egg.

     Bert says his life-quest is to unravel the great mysteries of humankind, to go to the places where science and spirituality intersect, where quantum physics meets shamanism, where the world consists of images and where life is based on the power of perception, where matter meets spirit, where Heaven meets Earth.

     Bert says: ‘The most wonderful awe-inspiring aspect of unravelling the great mysteries is that you are actually unraveling yourself. It’s a mind-provoking adventure to explore these realms, to unveil these great mysteries. Once the cascading chain of discoveries is ignited within you, the quest for truth is unstoppable. It never ceases to fascinate me that once this process has begun, the stream of new and remarkable breakthroughs appears to be endless.’
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Geoff Ward

     Geoff Ward, associate producer of Herma Koornwinder's second series of five documentaries, is a British freelance journalist, media consultant, author and musician who has studied and written about the lost knowledge and wisdom of the ancients for many years. He acts for various individuals and organisations who want their message communicated to the wider world, including independent researchers, authors and film-makers. He currently handles media relations for Herma and is writing her biography. 

     Geoff, who lives in the south-west of Ireland, is the author of Spirals: the Pattern of Existence, an exploration of the prevalence and significance of the spiral form and pattern in nature and human culture - itself evidence of an underlying organising principle in the universe - which was published by Green Magic in 2006 and has an introduction written by the best-selling author Colin Wilson.

     Since 2004, Geoff has managed the website which he created as an appreciation of Colin Wilson who, for decades, has been foremost in the pantheon of ‘New Age’ science and philosophy, and in May 2009 Geoff launched his own world mysteries website, Mysterious Planet. Also in 2009, he was made an Honorary Bard of Caer Wyse (Exeter, England).

     A former newspaper editor, Geoff has a Masters degree and a BA (Hons) degree in English literature and, in addition to literature and world mysteries, his key interests include cosmology and holistic science, existential philosophy, Jungian psychology, visiting heritage sites, playing the guitar (he’s played in rock and pop bands most of his life) and writing short stories. He is also a lecturer and tutor in English literature and creative writing (fiction and non-fiction).
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Alan Butler

     Alan Butler has been a professional writer for the last twenty-five years. Having written since childhood, he first made his way in the world as an engineer, a background which he insists has been of tremendous use to him in his writing career.
     With a special interest in ancient civilizations and history generally, Alan’s work has been geared towards uncovering mysteries of the past. An expert in ancient astronomy, he has worked hard over the years to gain an understanding of the great importance ancient civilizations put upon the stars and planets, both in a practical and a mythological sense. It was this that led to his first major book The Bronze Age Computer Disc, published in the early 1990s.

     Establishing a working relationship with best-selling author Christopher Knight, Alan collaborated on Civilization One (2004), a groundbreaking book about the evolution of measuring systems and the true extent of ancient knowledge concerning the Earth and its role in the solar system. It was out of this research that Chris and Alan made their breakthrough recognition of just how odd the Earth’s moon is. The result was their much talked about book, Who Built the Moon? (2005).

     Chris and Alan also co-operated on the Masonic book, Solomon’s Powerbrokers which, in part, led to the revelations in their most recent book, Before the Pyramids (2009). Here, they introduce incontrovertible evidence supporting their earlier assumptions regarding use of ancient measuring systems and expose a conspiracy at the very heart of the USA to make Washington DC the centre of a ‘New World Order’ planned for centuries.

     Alan has also written books on the Knights Templar, the origins and continuation of Goddess worship, and the best-selling The Goddess, the Grail and the Lodge (2003), an in-depth appraisal of the true nature of Freemasonry and the way it has had a bearing on society.
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Christopher Knight

     With a background in advertising and marketing, Chris Knight was chairman of an award- winning UK advertising agency until 2001 when he sold the business to create more time for his research and writing work. He has been a freemason since 1976.

     Back in 1996, Chris’s first book, The Hiram Key, was published. This told of his sixteen years of research into the ancient rituals of freemasonry, which led him back to Ancient Egypt. Much to his surprise, the book became an instant best-seller and is available today in more than forty languages.

     Chris’s investigation into the origins of freemasonry was the beginning of a lifetime’s quest that has led him to discover a prehistoric system of science that is far more sophisticated than anything used today.

     Before the Pyramids (2009), written with fellow researcher and writer Alan Butler, is Chris’s eighth book. It started out as an investigation into the direct connection between prehistoric henges and the later pyramids of Giza but, thanks to an unexpected discovery, it ended in Washington DC.
     This breakthrough evidence has overturned Chris’s long-held view that there is no hidden agenda within freemasonry because the entire city, from the Capitol to the Pentagon, has been designed secretly using key elements of the supposedly lost super-ancient science that predates Stonehenge.
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Robert Bauval

     Robert G Bauval was born in Alexandria, Egypt, and in 1967 went to England to complete his higher education in building construction and management at the University of the South Bank in London. From 1973 to 1985, he worked on various construction projects in Oman, Iran, Sudan, Guinea, and Saudi Arabia.

     In 1989, Robert published a study which proposed that the layout of the three Giza Pyramids and their relative position to the Nile was intended to mirror the layout of the three stars in Orion's Belt and their relative position to the Milky Way.
     This thesis, now known as the 'Orion Correlation Theory', became the subject of his first book, The Orion Mystery, published in 1994. The Orion Mystery was a No. 1 best-seller, has been translated into more than twenty languages and has also been the subject of TV documentaries by the BBC, ABC, Discovery Channel, Germany ZDF-Arte, Italy RAI, France A3 and many other European channels.

     Robert's second book, Keeper of Genesis (Message of the Sphinx in the USA), which was co-authored with Graham Hancock, was also a No. 1 best-seller, and has been translated into two dozen languages as well as being the subject of several major TV documentaries. Other books by Robert are Secret Chamber (1999), Talisman (2004) with Graham Hancock, and The Egypt Code (2006).

     In 2008, Robert teamed up with Thomas Brophy to write Black Genesis, published in 2011, a thesis suggesting that the origins of the pharoanic civilization was spurred by a black African prehistoric people who inhabited the Egyptian Sahara.
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Thomas G Brophy

     Thomas G Brophy has a PhD from the University of Colorado, was a staff research scientist at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, Boulder, and was a National Science Foundation exchange scientist with the University of Tokyo and Japan Space Program. He applied first principles of physics and the Boltzmann equation in planetary astrophysics.

     A member of one of the NASA Voyager II spacecraft instrument teams, he developed theoretical understandings for data from the planets Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, and was involved in defining science mission goals. He devised methods for testing theories of planet formation that were reported on by Nature magazine.

     Interests in fundamental theory, and experience teaching at university level, led to broader studies involving the non-calculable and immeasurable aspects of the universe, and Integral philosophy. These Integral studies led to his book, The Mechanism Demands a Mysticism, regarding integral theory and psycho-spiritual growth.

     He is former Dean of the California Institute for Human Science, a graduate school and research centre dedicated to integrating the pyscho-spiritual and scientific worldviews. Recombining Integral philosophy with astrophysical dynamics led to his studies of the astro-archaeology of prehistoric and proto-historic Egypt. Some of this is contained in his book The Origin Map: Discovery of a Prehistoric Megalithic Astrophysical Map and Sculpture of the Universe (2001).

     Thomas has also worked in the IT/telecommunications industry, and found application for fundamental dynamics calculation techniques in gaming and investment theory. He now teaches Integral philosophy, physics and archaeo-astronomy, and is proprietor of a consulting business.

     He has published peer-reviewed scientific articles in premier journals including Icarus, Mediterranean Journal of Archaeology and Archaeometry, IEEE Journal, and Science. He has been a featured presenter at numerous scientific conferences, as well as Integral spirituality meetings, in the United States, Europe and Asia. He is co-author of Black Genesis with Robert Bauval.
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Tom Graves

     A researcher, author, dowser and educator, Tom Graves is probably best-known for his writings, mainly on dowsing, earth mysteries research and the relationship between science, technology and magic, but also in other areas such as business models and analysis, online systems development, personal development and gender issues.

     Tom’s book Needles of Stone, originally published in 1978 with a 30th anniversary edition in 2008, embracing his idea of standing stones as ‘earth acupuncture’, is a classic of the genre, looking beyond systems to a deeper understanding of what earth energies actually mean. Its comprehensive survey of the earth energies field and its implications, uses dowsing surveys of patterns both below and above ground as its starting point, but also covers geomancy, ghost-hunting, parapsychology, pagan views of reality and much more besides.

     Today, Tom is also actively involved in music, particularly 17th-century English popular dance, but other genres, too, combining music and software development. His ‘Heart of Music’ project combines conventional musical education with self-development techniques to reach the ‘heart of music’ in emotional expression.

     Another of his notable multi-media projects has involved an investigation of ‘spirit of place’ at the prehistoric Belas Knap long barrow in Gloucestershire, involving dowsing, archaeography and perceptual mapping, with Liz Poraj-Wilczynska, an English artist and illustrator who lives in the Cotwolds. Over a number of years, through the changing seasons, the pair documented the barrow and the land around it, spending time in the landscape, and visiting night and day, to translate the story of everyday past into the present.

     Tom’s other books include Inventing Reality: Towards a Magical Technology (1986, updated 2007), The Diviner’s Handbook (1990), Positively Wyrd: Harnessing the Chaos in Your Life (1995), and The Disciplines of Dowsing (with Liz, 2006).

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Lucy Pringle

     Lucy Pringle was a founder member of the Centre for Crop Circle Studies, and is widely known as an international authority on the subject and, working with scientists from all over the world, as the pioneer researcher into the effects of electromagnetic fields on living systems. This includes the physiological and psychological effects reported by people after visiting or being in the vicinity of a crop formation.

     Her research shows measured changes in human hormones following short exposure to the circles, as well as changes in brain activity. Recent research in near infra-red reveals a marked increase in the protein content in grain taken from inside a crop formation.

     She writes, appears on TV and broadcasts and lecturers extensively and internationally on the crop circle phenomenon, and is known especially for her aerial photography, having the UK's most comprehensive crop circle picture library. She had an exhibition of her work in 2002 at the Independent Photographer's Gallery in Battle, Sussex, which was nominated for the Sunday Telegraph's Art Critics Choice.

     Lucy, a dowser, is also a founder member and the chairman of the Unexplained Phenomena Research Society (UNEX). Her first two books, Crop Circles: The Greatest Mystery of Modern Times, was published in 1999, and Crop Circles in 2002, and were both best-sellers on the subject. Her third book, Crop Circles: Art in the Landscape (2007), remains a widely acclaimed anthology. Lucy lives in Hampshire, England.
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Paul Hougham

     Paul Hougham, an inspirational and profound exponent of energetic medicine and Taoist eco-philosophy, is the principal of the College of Traditional Acupuncture, near Warwick, England, and teaches on its programmes as well as practising traditional acupuncture in the Malvern Hills, Worcestershire, where he has a small practice of private patients.

     Previously vice-principal of the School of Five Element Acupuncture in London, a member of the British Acupuncture Accreditation Board, and a past president of the British Acupuncture Council (of which he remains a member), Paul continues to work towards an authentic and professional development of acupuncture within health care in the UK. He is an external examiner for the BSc in acupuncture at the University of East London, a member of the British Acupuncture Council’s governing board and chair of the education, training and research committee of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists. 

     Paul is widely published within the profession and is the author of The Atlas of Mind, Body and Spirit (2006), translated into nine languages, which gives a panoramic perspective on the various ways in which global spiritual and scientific traditions have mapped the landscape of the body.

     His research interests concern the impact of the elements on health and the scope of all branches of medicine to facilitate not just the alleviation of pain and disease but the promotion of good health and the development of personal potential. Paul combines his college and private practice with teaching, writing and voluntary work supporting wider access to the benefits of acupuncture, and his teaching reflects his passion for philosophy, evolving from an earlier degree in the humanities.

Paul Hougham Seminar


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Wilma Davidson

     In her books Dowsing for Answers and Dowsing for Cures, which were real eye-openers when came out in 2007 and 2008, dowser, medium and spiritual healer Wilma Davidson guides readers through the basics of dowsing and shows how it opens up ‘a whole new world of possibilities’ by its use to find answers to all kinds of everyday questions and problems, thereby helping to make life easier.

     Scots-born Wilma, who lives by the sea in Dorset, England, took up dowsing after it was explained to her at a psychic development class. An alternative health professional, she has become an authority on the harmful effects of geopathic stress on health and has been clearing this unwelcome energy from people’s homes and offices for two decades.

     She is able to dowse for these negative energies and counteract them - such energies arising from underground streams, ‘black leys’ or electromagnetic radiation, to which the human metabolism is sensitive. In medical dowsing, Wilma has worked to alleviate the symptoms of infertility, impotence, chemicals in the blood, depression, heart problems, schizophrenia, sleep problems and even cancer.

     Wilma is a member of the British Society of Dowsers, a healer member of the National Federation of Spiritual Healing, and a Reiki master. An experienced exorcist, she is a prominent member of the Spirit Release Foundation and is regularly called upon to help rescue lost spirits, and to write articles for magazines on this fascinating subject. A popular speaker, Wilma is often quoted in the UK media concerning spirits, ghosts and the paranormal.
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Martin Palmer

     Director of the Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC), and also of the International Consultancy on Religion, Education and Culture (ICOREC), Martin Palmer is a prolific author and a popular translator of a number of ancient Chinese texts, including Chuang Tzu, the Tao Te Ching and the I Ching.

     An Anglican Christian, he took theology and religious studies for his subjects at the University of Cambridge, and is a regular contributor to the BBC as a presenter and commentator on religious, ethical and historical issues. As well as being an Anglican lay preacher, Martin is an ordained Taoist priest, a Sikh elder, and the holder of several other honorary religious positions.
     He is co-chair of a joint ARC/UNDP programme on the faiths, the environment and climate change which launched a number of faith commitments in 2009.

     Among Martin’s other books are Sacred Britain: A Guide to the Sacred Sites and Pilgrim Routes of England, Scotland and Wales (with Nigel Palmer, 1997), The Jesus Sutras (2001), which gives a controversial account of early Christianity, and The Sacred History of Britain: Landscape, Myth and Power (2002).

     Martin found his own faith as a child. Growing up on a working-class council estate in Bristol, he had a quarrel with his parents when he was about ten years old, and ran off. He found himself at Wells Cathedral, in Somerset, where he heard evensong, admired the cathedral’s outstanding architecture, and decided then that a little voice he had heard in his head was a call to faith.

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Elizabeth Brown

     Dowser Elizabeth Brown, one of the UK’s leading causative diagnosticians and environmental energy consultants, received the British Society of Dowsers’ Bell Award - named after the society’s founder Colonel A H Bell - for her 2010 book, Dowsing: The Ultimate Guide for the 21st Century. In the book, she describes how dowsing demonstrates the existence of an invisible realm of energy beyond our everyday world, and how it can optimise health, well-being and our quality of life.

     She has enjoyed diverse careers in media and film, interior design and international relocation. After living and working in New York and Washington DC, she worked for eight years with major multi-nationals and blue-chip companies in the City of London.
     Experiencing, first-hand, the debilitating effects of electromagnetic pollution in an office environment, she co-founded and ran a successful geopathic stress consultancy. Her thirty years of interest in holistic disciplines has included studying feng shui, astrology, dowsing and nutrition.

     Elizabeth, who lives in the south of France, looks to the latest ideas in quantum science and information theory to validate the wide-ranging applications of the ancient art of dowsing and offer an explanation of how it works. She joined forces with biochemist Dr David Hamilton to identify key biological processes disrupted by electromagnetic pollution and geopathic stress (the effect of negative earth energies on people in their own homes). She works with doctors, therapists and clinics, dowsing a series of health readings to discover the ‘trigger factors’ behind a person’s condition, and arrive at a list of things needed to ‘put the body back into balance’.

     With clients in more than twenty countries, Elizabeth travels throughout the UK and globally, is a regular guest speaker at seminars and conferences, and runs her own workshops.
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John Moss

     John Moss has been the director of the British Society of Dowsers since 2005. The BSD was formed in 1933 by Colonel A H Bell, who remained president of the Society until 1964, and the society is now a registered charity with about 1,500 members.

     John’s first experience of dowsing was in 1997 when he saw an advertisement in his local parish magazine from a dowser who was trying to start a group. At the time, he was interested in finding a new hobby to provide a diversion from a stressful and unfulfilling job. ‘It is a strange thought that attending my first meeting and feeling the rods move has led to the director's chair at BSD,’ he says.

     As a dowser, John specialises mostly in earth energies. He and his wife Jill have built a stone circle in the garden of their home in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, which has affected the energies in the local area - John is keen to encourage people to build such ‘sacred sites’ in their own gardens.

     The BSD’s mission is to raise the profile of dowsing, and with 30 registered tutors in the UK, and 20 courses held every year, from beginners to advanced, no other dowsing group in the world has such a developed training programme run to the highest standards.

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Tom Brooks

     It was as a child that Tom Brooks’ fascination with prehistoric Britain began, as he explored hill camps in his native Devon's Blackdown Hills. At 14, he spent three days sketching all he could see through 360 degrees from Hawkesdown Camp above the Axe estuary, and wondering if the landmarks on the skyline were part of some grand scheme.
     Then, on his cycling trips, he found that the great camps of Musbury, Blackbury and Sidbury were aligned. To prove the alignment mathematically, he overlaid a grid on a one-inch map - and his life's work had begun.

     After decades of meticulous research involving countless mathematical computations, based upon the true position of each ancient site relative to all others according to the Ordnance Survey National Grid, Tom is sure he has decoded Britain's prehistory. He has found that, across England and Wales, more than 2,000 prehistoric monuments - long barrows, hill camps, mounds, standing stones and stone circles - do not stand alone but are integrated geometrically in a vast network based on a system of isosceles triangles (those with two sides of equal length) and equidistance between sites aligned with precision over great distances.

     Tom reveals that the 5,000-year-old Silbury Hill in Wiltshire was the hub of this network, which he regards as navigational, offering a convincing solution to the mystery of the purpose of the largest man-made mound in Europe, but a challenge to established archaeological thinking.
     His research has been marked by publication in 2009 of Prehistoric Geometry in Britain: the Discoveries of Tom Brooks as a follow-up to his The Hand of Man (2005), now out of print but fetching high prices as a collector’s item offered for sale on the internet.

     A retired marketing director for the former multi-national J Lyons & Co and, with his wife Sue, now living in the Mendip Hills of Somerset, Tom is passionate about Britain's Stone Age heritage, lamenting the loss of ancient sites and convinced that many existing antiquities should be ‘rescued’ from private ownership and returned to public access.
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Adrian Incledon-Webber


     During his twenty-two years as an estate agent, Adrian noticed the phenomenon of the ‘divorce house’, the property that continually came back on the market after marital breakdown. It was only after he started on his path to becoming a professional dowser and tutor in 2005 - he now runs a practice, Dowsing Spirits, with his wife Allyson - that he discovered the cause must have been geopathic stress, the field of dowsing in which he specialises.

     Literally, the term means ‘illness produced from the earth’. It is believed to be a cause of physical and mental illness, stress, hyperactivity, allergies, domestic strife and conflict, and even birth and conception problems, but that a holistic dowsing approach can neutralise its effects.

     Adrian found out about geopathic stress after joining the British Society of Dowsers and visiting the Avebury stone circle, Wiltshire, on an earth energies course. He is now a vice-president of the BSD, chairman of its earth energies group, and teaches a range of courses including dowsing for beginners, dealing with geopathic stress, dowsing for health, and also geomancy, the art of analysing and harmonising earth energies, often equated with Chinese feng-shui.

     Dowsing for Adrian goes back to his childhood. At seven years old, he sent to a mail-order firm from Cyprus - where his father was stationed in the RAF - for a metal detector but received a pair of dowsing rods instead, much to his initial annoyance! He took up the dowsing rods again in the early 1980s when he was working as an antiques dealer in London, and beginning to feel there was more to life than the pursuit of money in a ‘materialistic world’. He started looking into alternative spiritualities, including Buddhism, and into palmistry and mediumship. He had always been a strongly intuitive person, and often felt he had psychic abilities.

     In 2011, Adrian is writing a DIY – ‘dowse it yourself’ – handbook for people who want to tackle geopathic stress in their own homes, and organizing a scientific study aimed at proving how dowsing actually works and bringing it to the attention of a wider public.

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Francine Blake

     Born in Montreal, Canada, Francine majored in classical studies at college and studied fine art at L’Ecole des Beaux Arts de Montreal. She travelled to England as an art student at the end of the Sixties because she was fascinated by Stonehenge and wanted to be able to visit the ancient site. In 1982, she was introduced to crop circles after reading a book about them. In the crop circles, she recognized immediately many of the symbols she had studied. 

     While living in London, she maintained her interest but, after visiting the Barbury Castle formation of 1991, the year she joined the Centre for Crop Circle Studies (CCCS), she decided that, as she was missing out on so much of what was happening in the fields of Wiltshire, she had to move to the area with her family, which she did in 1992.

     Francine has always sought knowledge, and spent twenty years studying ancient wisdom in a school of self-development brought to the West in 1917 by George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff. In 1995, she started the Wiltshire Crop Circle Study Group (WCCSG), where she was elected co-ordinator, a post she still occupies. The group was incorporated in June 2010 and Francine is now one of its trustees.

     She edits The Spiral, the monthly newsletter for the WCCSG, and designs and produces an annual crop circle calendar. She lectures extensively and has given many interviews on radio and television. She lives in the Pewsey Vale near Alton Barnes - the most active area for crop circles in the world - where she studies the phenomenon full-time.
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Matthew Holbrook

     Reiki master, computer expert, dowser, writer, photographer and poet, Matthew Holbrook is also a member of the Western Order of Druids, which he joined in 2007 to formalise his attendance at their events and to ‘fill a spiritual void’.
     His special ability is to channel energy from spiritual attunements carried out at some of the UK's most energetic locations including Stonehenge, Avebury, Glastonbury Tor, Stanton Drew and the Stoney Littleton long barrow which lies not far from his home in north-east Somerset.
     This neolithic long barrow is orientated to the midwinter solstice sunrise, and Matthew was the first photographer to capture the event from within the chamber.

     Matthew has worked extensively in the national media, contributing more than five million words to a variety of magazines, as well as appearing on television and radio and working at exhibitions and other media events.

     Reiki is an ancient Japanese hands-on healing technique, and Matthew is a master/teacher for traditional Usui Reiki and Raku Kei, as well as Tibetan, Karuna, Seichim, Violet Flame and Original Seven-Degree System Reiki. He is a teacher member of the UK Reiki Federation and belongs to the (non-accredited) Reiki Association, and is able to practice and teach all major disciplines of Reiki available in the UK.

     Matthew is also a master/teacher of the ancient Egyptian Sekhem healing and spiritual development system, a member of the NHS Directory of Complementary and Alternative Practitioners, and of the British Society of Dowsers.
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Gordon Strong

     Somerset-born Gordon Strong is an author, teacher, musician, poet and Tarot reader. His books Merlin, Master of Magick, The Holy Grail, King Arthur and the Waste Land, and Brides Mound (with Celtic Artist Jen Delyth), have given him a worldwide reputation.

     One of his abiding interests is the Stanton Drew stone circles complex in North Somerset, and his Stanton Drew and its Ancient Stone Circles was published by Wooden Books in 2008. This is the definitive guide to the monument and the end result of years of research and transcendental investigations, and it has made him an international authority on the site.

     This and his earlier self-produced work, The Sacred Stone Circles of Stanton Drew, places the site in both a magical and a historical context. He’s visited the site hundreds of times, in the company of dowsers, psychics, Druids, clairvoyants and the plain curious, and he makes special pilgrimages to the circles on the old Celtic quarter days.

     Gordon, always in demand as a speaker in the UK and USA, appeared in The Citizens, an international project in 2008 in which film-makers contributed footage on the theme of citizenship. Gordon was filmed carrying out Tarot readings, giving a talk, and joining a Druid ceremony at Stanton Drew. He also appears in Sean Martin’s 2010 documentary Druid’s Grove, which is about the Druids and features Stanton Drew as a key location.

     His latest book, Sun God and Moon Maiden: The Secret World of the Holy Grail (2011), encompassing mythology, magic and cutting-edge physics, suggests that the presence of the Grail questions not only space and time but perception itself.
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Konstantin Korotkov

     Konstantin Korotkov PhD, inventor of the GDV aura camera, is deputy director of the St Petersburg Federal Research Institute of Physical Culture, and president of the International Union of Medical and Applied Bioelectrography. He is a professor of computer science and biophysics at St Petersburg Federal University of Informational Technologies, Mechanics and Optics, and a professor of research at the St Petersburg Academy of Physical Culture.   

     He is also a member of the Federal University Scientific Board on new medical technologies, of the Scientific Board of the European Society of Predictive Medicine (France), and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (USA).

     Prof Korotkov has published more than 200 papers in leading journals on physics and biology, and he holds 17 patents on biophysics inventions. He has led a research career for more than 30 years, combining rigorous scientific method with curiosity about matters of the spirit and the soul and a deep respect for all life. He is a scholar of philosophy and a serious mountaineer of 25 years’ experience. He has given lectures, seminars and training sessions in 43 countries, presenting papers and workshops at more than 100 national and international conferences.

     He is the author of nine books, including Light After Life: A Scientific Journey into the Spiritual World (1998). Aura and Consciousness: New Stage of Scientific Understanding (1998), Human Energy Fields: Study with GDV Bioelectrography (2002), and Spiral Traverse: Journey into the Unknown (2006). He is an editor of the book Measuring Energy Fields: State of the Art (2004) in the GDV Bioelectrography Series.

     Prof Korotkov’s speciality, known as electrophotonics, is based on the gas discharge visualization technique (GDV) which goes beyond Kirlian photography to provide direct, real-time viewing of human energy fields. A special camera captures the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual energies of living organisms and inanimate objects and translates them into a computerized model. /
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Dmitry Orlov

     Dmitry Orlov MSc (technical physics) is a research worker with Professor Konstantin Korotkov at St Petersburg State Technical University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics, and the St Petersburg Scientific Research Institute of Physical Culture.

     Dmitry is a specialist in the technology of electrophoton capture (EPC) and gas discharge visualisation (GDV), as used in the aura camera invented by Prof Korotkov, and a professional trainer and technical consultant in the EPC/GDV field. Dmitry works with Prof Korotkov on the development of measurements of environmental objects such as water, different liquids, bio-objects, materials and space.

     He is also an independent researcher in the field of water and space studies, and also at Kirlionics Technologies International for whom he is an official representative. Another of his research fields is biogeophysics. He has had a number of papers published in different journals.

     In 2009, Dmitry received the Jacques Benveniste Award for development of methodology of space measurements with the use of EPC/GDV technology. For two years running he won the State Grant of St Petersburg Government for work with EPC/GDV technologies. He has received multiple diplomas for participation in various international scientific conferences and congresses.

     Currently, Dmitry is working to complete his doctoral thesis with Prof Korotkov about GDV/EPC measurements of environmental objects.


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Hugo Jenks

     Hugo Jenks, an electronics engineer, is the inventor of the computer-aided dowsing device (CADD) which links the rod held by a dowser to a laptop computer and a GPS receiver so that the patterns of energy lines detected can be shown on-screen as the dowser moves about. The equipment won Hugo the British Society of Dowser’s special achievement award for 2010, and it’s thought it will be integral to further research into how dowsing works.

     It was Hugo’s interest in archaeology, and the use of equipment such as magnetometers to examine ancient sites without disturbing the ground, that led him to dowsing in 2009 and the development of his prototype. CADD enables the continuous movement of a dowser over the ground to be tracked, measuring and depicting very small responses which could otherwise be missed. Hugo is interested in tracing energy lines at ancient monuments with a view to gaining a better understanding of the sites.

     He has written a number of small books including Stonehenge Alignments, which probes the question of why Stonehenge was built, A Neolithic Pilgrimage Through the Sacred landscape Around Avebury, and Renewable Energy and the Environment.
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Giovanni Orlando

     Giovanni Orlando is the research officer for the electronic engineering department at the University of Bath. Previously, he was a telecoms consultant specialising in testing, installation, commissioning, maintenance, optimization of wireless networks, and a senior engineer with Orange UK.

     Currently, at the University of Bath, Giovanni is working on a major research project for a multi-sensor location device as part of the Mapping the Underworld Programme – this is seeking to develop the means to locate, map in 3D and record the position of all underground utility assets without excavation. It is estimated that up to four million holes are made in the UK roads network every year to install or repair buried service pipes and cables. Failure to identify and locate such assets causes many practical problems, costs and dangers for utility owners, contractors and road users.

     Educated at the University of Bath and the National School of Optics, Giovanni is part of a British Society of Dowsers research team, led by Adrian Incledon-Webber, making scientific studies of dowsing.

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Jim Lyons

     Jim Lyons is a retired industrialist and academic who is researching new models of cosmology. His formal education was in technology. He holds degrees in physics and engineering and his postgraduate work was in aeronautics. After a long spell in the aerospace industry, he entered academia and held teaching, research and administrative posts in various institutions, including the University of York. He is also a mathematician and holds a Fellowship in computer science at the University of Hull.

     His association with ancient sites dates from his schooldays. As a member of the British Society of Dowsers, he undertakes research into the geo- and bio-physics of earth energies. He is the resident scientific expert on crop circles for the BSD’s earth energies group. His special research topic is a mechanism of dowsing based on quantum ideas in consciousness studies and, in particular, the non-locality of consciousness.

     Jim supports the field theory of consciousness which maintains that while consciousness is coupled to the brain, it is not caused by or reducible to it. He says that emerging new models of consciousness describe an active ‘aether’ which can begin to account for many paranormal phenomena such as healing, synchronicity, psychometry and so on, which are not even considered in mainstream science.


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Harry Oldfield

     Harry Oldfield is a scientist, inventor, thinker and ‘seeker after new and forgotten knowledge’ whose areas of development span the visual presentation of energy fields with computers through to the image enhancement of microscopes and instruments utilising the special properties of crystals.

     In 2006, he received the Alyce and Elmer Green Award for Innovation the International Society for the Study of Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine.

     He has been researching his theories about life and its meaning for more than 30 years, as far back as the inception in the late 1970s of the Dragon Project (latterly the Dragon Project Trust), launched to bring together dowsers, scientists and other technical experts to investigate energy effects at megalithic sites.

     Harry has pioneered gentle, non-invasive methods of analysis and the correction of imbalances in the body's energy field, inventing instruments now helping people all around the world. In particular, he developed a photo-imaging system that reveals the human energy field or aura, known as poly-contrast interference photography (PIP), now superseded by his New Energy Vision (NEV) system. NEV renders visible the interaction of light with the subtle and hitherto invisible energies of our world, capturing on video, or in still photographs, what happens when photons – the sub-atomic particles, or energy packets, which 'carry' light – enter and leave the energy fields surrounding us. It allows the interaction, and the effect of the human mind upon it, to be observed for the first time.

     Like many an innovator before him, Harry has found himself on the fringe of science, but his recent work has become acceptable in orthodox scientific circles. His 1988 book, The Dark Side of the Brain: Major Discoveries in the Use of Kirlian Photography and Electrocrystal Therapy, co-authored with Roger Coghill, was made available as a Kindle edition in 2011. An in-depth exploration of Harry’s research by Jane and Grant Solomon, Harry Oldfield’s Invisible Universe, was published in 1998.
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Rodney Hale

     After National Service and finishing his studies, Rodney Hale, C. Eng, MIET, embarked on a career in electronic design and successfully started and ran his own company for 38 years designing and manufacturing equipment for art galleries, telecommunication, television and medical companies and many others until his retirement several years ago.

     In the early 1980s, he became a member of the Dragon Project (latterly the Dragon Project Trust), which was launched in 1977 to bring together dowsers, scientists and other technical experts to investigate energy effects at megalithic sites, primarily the Rollright Stones on the Warwickshire/Oxfordshire border. Rodney is a long-time dowser, being a former member of the British Society of Dowsers.

     Rodney developed his own geiger counter, which is many times more powerful than standard models, for measuring radiation. In the 1990s, he collaborated with the author Andrew Collins (The Cygnus Mystery) on monitoring meditation groups and, taking readings with his geiger counter, he found that changes in energy levels once meditation had begun were continuously outside chance.

     Following from this work, Rodney started to monitor the environment around healers and other meditation groups whenever opportunities arose, such as at some meetings of the Scientific and Medical Network.  For the past few years Rodney has also added some monitoring of major national and international public events. His work shows that the intention and mental focus of groups of people will give indications on instruments both when present and at a distance and he is continuing to gather evidence on this subject.

     More recently, Rodney used a wide-band radio frequency receiver to detect levels of energy in one of the megaliths in the Avebury stone circle as part of research being carried out by earth mysteries investigators Maria Wheatley and Busty Taylor.

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Maria Wheatley

     Maria Wheatley, daughter of the master dowser Dennis Wheatley, is a part-time college tutor in Wiltshire where she teaches a variety of holistic courses, including past-life regression, reflexology, the Tarot and dowsing.

     Her late father, a world authority on the geodetic system of earth energies, taught Maria how to locate and dowse these energies in the landscape, which she has been studying herself since the mid-1990s. Dennis showed Maria how the stones at Avebury absorbed and transmitted earth energy.

     Maria has studied the Avebury area for many years and offers some new and exciting theories, published in her book, co-written with fellow dowser and researcher Busty Taylor, Avebury: Sun, Moon and Earth (2008). With Busty, she discovered a previously unknown solar alignment from the Avebury stone circle. Another book Maria has written with Busty is Discovering Wiltshire: A Gazetteer of Ancient Sites (2011).

     Her aim has been to prove beyond reasonable doubt, to sceptics and the archaeological community alike, the existence of powerful lines of force and earth energy geometries. As part of this, she conducted experiments at Avebury with Busty and Rodney Hale, using wide-band radio frequency equipment which detected bands of energy in a megalith.

     Maria gives regular dowsing tours of Avebury, exploring earth energies, and holds dowsing workshops at ancient sites including Avebury, the Uffington complex, Glastonbury, Stanton Drew and the Stonehenge area. Books co-produced with her father are Stonehenge: An Investigation into Earth Energies (2008), and The Essential Dowsing Guide (2010).
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Busty Taylor

     F. C. Busty Taylor is one of the UK’s leading authorities on crop circle and UFO phenomena. A pioneer in crop-circle research, having collected data since 1985, he was one of the first to point out the similarity between the dimensions of crop circles and stone circles.

     His crop-circle photography has featured in numerous magazines and books, including the first book on the subject. In all, he has photographed more than 2,000 formations. He has been interviewed and shown his photographs on TV all over the world, and appeared many times on radio.  In 1988, he was in the first TV documentary on crop circles, the BBC’s Running Rings Around Arthur.  He has lectured extensively at workshops, conferences and symposiums in the USA as well as in England, Canada, Germany and Holland. 

     Busty has been interested in UFOs since the late 1940s when, as a young boy, he witnessed on a clear day in England hundreds of bright shiny spheres flying in a line and ‘playing tag’ with each other. Since then, he has witnessed many other UFOs.

     A well-known guide for tour groups who want to visit the ancient sacred sites and crop circles of England, Busty often joins fellow dowser Maria Wheatley, with whom he co-authored Avebury: Sun, Moon and Earth (2008), on the tours of the Avebury megaliths. Another book Busty has written with Maria is Discovering Wiltshire: A Gazetteer of Ancient Sites (2011). His hobbies have included parachuting, hang-gliding, flying, gliding, sailing, snorkeling and archeological digs.
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Roger Taylor

     After gaining degrees in physiology and veterinary science, Roger Taylor BSc BVSc PhD worked first in animal physiology, then took his PhD in immunology. Working at the National Institute for Medical Research, he participated in discoveries of the function of the thymus, a specialised organ of the immune system, and the cells it produces. Moving to Bristol University, he set up the Medical Research Council’s Immunobiology Research Group, where he directed work mainly on immunological tolerance. He has authored some 55 articles, mainly on immunology, and a few contributions to books.

     Becoming disenchanted with mainstream biomedical science, Roger took early retirement and joined the Dove Project, a privately funded research group set up to study subtle energy and the scientific background to complementary medicine. Since funding was withdrawn in 1989, he has worked mainly at home.

     Here his attempts to reproduce claims for instrumental detection of non-Hertzian fields failed, but revealed that some of these claims were based on unrecognised artefacts. Later, however, such fields were readily detected and measured, by the quantitative dowsing method he developed. This led to much fruitful work on subtle energy, as generated mainly by orgonite and ormus, some of which has been presented at three international conferences. 

     A long-standing interest in crop circles led Roger to participation in research, first looking for electromagnetic phenomena (largely negative) and later for effects on people going into circles – using Prof Konstantin Korotkov’s GDV aura camera equipment – which were clearly positive. GDV was used also to study the effects of various therapies. During this period, Roger published a number of articles, mainly in Caduceus magazine, where he is science editor, Network Review, the journal of the Scientific and Medical Network, and Nexus magazine.

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Antoine Gigal

     Antoine Gigal is a French writer, researcher and explorer. She is founder of the Giza for Humanity organisation which, aiming for more transparency in archaeology and related disciplines, was created to research, preserve and promote the knowledge and wisdom of ancient civilizations.

     She is also founding International Women Explorers, a group to be launched in 2013/14, aimed at bringing a female perspective to a model for a future humanity, honouring concepts of balance, dignity and respect for ourselves and our planet, and integrating the values of wisdom and practical knowledge of ancient cultures.

     For the last 20 years, Antoine has lived mainly in Egypt and has explored all the most remote archaeological areas, especially those not yet open to the general public. She is the author of The Secret Chronicles of Giza (in French) and of numerous articles internationally, mainly on aspects of Egyptian and megalithic civilizations never before revealed. She has lectured extensively (in English, French and Italian) around the world since 2002, has appeared on radio and TV, and organised conferences. She discovered 23 pyramids in Sicily not yet listed and the complex surrounding the pyramids of Mauritius.

     Antoine’s early years were spent in Africa and South America where she was able to explore different cultures and civilizations at a young age. She spent seven years at the Sorbonne University in Paris and the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations where she graduated in Chinese and Japanese languages and civilizations. She studied archaeology at Tolbiac University, Paris, plus Sanskrit, Latin and ancient Greek, and gained a reputation for translating ancient texts. She also speaks modern Egyptian, and Spanish fluently. Every year, she leads in-depth study tours to Egypt, and now divides her time between Paris and Cairo.
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Hugh Newman

    Hugh Newman is an earth mysteries and esoteric science researcher. With a degree in film, radio and journalism, he organises the annual Megalithomania conference at Glastonbury, co-edits Avalon Rising magazine and co-ordinates talks, films and workshops at numerous festivals. He is associated with Pentos Television which is at the forefront of new media live production and web-streaming.

     He has researched the ‘indigo child’ phenomenon and published a book, The Psychic Children: Dolphins, DNA and the Planetary Grid (2006), on the subject. He is also the author of Earth Grids: The Secret Patterns of Gaia’s Sacred Sites (2008), published by the award-winning Wooden Books. He is an honorary member of the Antiquarian Society and has spoken at conferences in the UK, Malta, France, Peru and North America.

     Hugh has explored the megalithic sites, earthworks and leys in East Anglia, including the 'Loxodrome', and numerous newly discovered alignments, and the Nuthampstead landscape zodiac, for his forthcoming book The Wandlebury Enigma.

     As a nutritionist, Hugh has been researching alternative health for several years and has studied naturopathic nutrition. His venture, New Human Nutrition, is at the cutting edge of nutritional science and non-toxic lifestyles.
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