This is the website for the annual Leaping Hare convention, which is held every spring in Colchester, Essex, Britain. We will update this site with information about each forthcoming convention, as well as featuring reviews of previous years.
The 2014 convention went very well and I think those attending will agree that the quality of talks and workshops was high this year. We'd like to thank Jonathan, Sam, the Willow's Drum band, Paul, Terry, Sheena, Mara, and Clan Ogma for all their sterling performances. Our thanks go to all the volunteers on the day ~ particularly Di for coordinating everything, John for manning the door, Terry for emceeing, Libby for booking the stalls, Barry for opening the day, and Venetia for advertising the event. Without the volunteers from the Colchester Pagan Network, this event could simply not happen. We would also like to thank the stallholders, readers, and of course the people who attended on the day for making the whole event so enjoyable.
If you would like to book a stall (please note they tend to sell out quite a few months in advance), offer your skills as a speaker/performer for the 2015 event on March 28th, or purchase a ticket then please email me email@example.com
This site was last updated on 3rd January 2015
Tickets are also available from Diane on 01206 331183.
Karen Cater's talk ~ Wassailing. tbc
Joanna van der Hoeven's talk ~ Nemetona, Goddess of the Grove. Little is known of the goddess of sanctuary and sacred space, at least historically. Yet Nemetona was once a popular goddess, with altar inscriptions, place names, and also tribal names dedicated to her throughout Europe. How can we connect with this goddess today in our modern world, in a way that is relevant and honourable?
Sai Arjun & Ranbir Singh's talk ~ Hindu-Pagan Relations. tbc
Nimue Brown's talk ~ The Spirits of Place. Pagans of different paths all tend to go in for rituals. When we stand in ritual, to whom do we address our words? We might be talking to the Gods, or to our ancestors. We might invite or summon elemental spirits - big things, coming from afar. How often do we think about the unique patch of ground beneath our feet, or the small, quiet presences that might be part of the ritual space we're in? Without the support of the spirits of place, rituals just don't work as well. This talk explores how to connect to the spirits of place in ritual.
Morrigan's Path music ~ tbc.
Robin Herne's workshop ~ aimed at inexperienced storytellers who want to improve their skills and those looking to use storytelling as a devotional act in rituals. Participants will be encouraged to develop and perform stories during the course of the workshop.
Clan Ogma storytellers - will be performing the British myth of 'Tale of the Tor' with optional singalong (if you've never seen them before, it's safer not to ask).
Drumming workshop - Sam's ever popular workshop will teach you how to use drumming for mystical purposes ~ please bring your own drum, if possible.
Bast workshop - tbc