Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers for 2019 Ninefold Festival

Caitlín Matthews is a writer, singer and teacher whose ground-breaking work has introduced many to the riches of our western spiritual heritage. She is acknowledged as a world authority on Celtic Wisdom, the Western Mysteries and the ancestral traditions of Britain and Europe. She is the author of over 70 books including Sophia: Goddess of Wisdom, a study of Divine Feminine in Gnostic, Jewish and Christian thought. Her Lost Book of the Grail is a new translation by Gareth Knight and herself of the Elucidation, a 13th century text: this study by Caitlín & John, opens up a mythic landscape where Holy Grail and Faery Grail meet.

Caitlín was trained in the esoteric mystery traditions through the schools founded by Dion Fortune, Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki and Gareth Knight. Her shamanic vocation emerged early in her ability to sing between the worlds and to embody spirits. She has worked in many of the western traditions with companions upon the path including R.J.Stewart. Like him, she teaches the many strands of the ancestral European traditions. She specializes in teaching traditional European spirit-consultation oracles where the diviner draws directly upon the spirits of nature for answers and in the use of the voice to sound the unseen. Caitlín has been instrumental in revealing the ancestral heritage of the Western traditions through practical exploration of the mysteries as well as through scholarly research. Her teachings are couched in a firm historical and linguistic framework, with respect to the original context of the teachings, but never loses sight of the living traditions of these teachings which can be explored through direct application to their spiritual sources.

Trained as an actress, Caitlín is in demand as a storyteller and singer. She appears frequently on international radio and television, and was the song-writer and Pictish language originator for the Jerry Bruckheimer film King Arthur. Her other screen credits include appearances in the Secrets of the Code (2006) and the Ancient Mysteries production of The Quest for the Holy Grail (1997).

With her partner, John Matthews, and with Felicity Wombwell, she is co-founder of The Foundation for Inspirational and Oracular Studies, which is dedicated to the sacred arts that remain often without record or witness. The FíOS shamanic training programme teaches students the healing arts as well as hosting masterclasses with exemplars of living sacred traditions. Caitlín has a shamanic practice in Oxford dedicated to addressing soul sickness and ancestral fragmentation, as well as helping clients find vocational and spiritual direction. Her soul-singing and embodiment uniquely bring the ancient healing traditions to everyday life.

Caitlín’s other books include Singing the Soul Back Home, Mabon and the Guardians of Celtic Britain, The Psychic Protection Handbook, and Celtic Devotional. She is co-author, with John Matthews, of the The Complete King Arthur: One Hero, Many Faces and Walkers Between Worlds. Her books have been translated into more than nineteen languages from Brazil to Japan.

The author lives in Oxford with her husband and son in a kind of book-cave or library, whichever you will. They share their home with a white cat.

Postal address: BCM Hallowquest, London WC1N 3XX, U.K.

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Jhenah Telyndru 
(MA, Celtic Studies) is a priestess, author, and educator. The founder of the Sisterhood of Avalon, Jhenah teaches four day retreat experiences around North America and the UK, and facilitates pilgrimages to sacred sites in the British Isles and Ireland with Mythic Seeker Tours. She is a frequent presenter and guest speaker at academic conferences, religious symposia, Women’s Spirituality gatherings, and Pagan festivals. Co-facilitator of Ithaca Red Tent, and co-coordinator of local World Goddess Day events, Jhenah also teaches workshops on writing, tarot, Celtic Paganism, and the Divine Feminine in Ithaca, New York. A priestess in the Avalonian Tradition, Jhenah has been dedicated to the work of Avalon for almost 30 years, and has been active in the Goddess Spirituality movement since 1986.

She is the author of Avalon Within: A Sacred Journey of Myth, Mystery, and Inner Wisdom (Llewellyn, 2010), The Avalonian Oracle: Spiritual Wisdom from the Holy Isle book and deck, illustrated by Emily Brunner (Schiffer Publishing, 2016), Pagan Portals – Rhiannon: Divine Queen of the Celtic Britons (Moon Books, 2018), as well as Journeys to Avalon: Immrama to the Holy Isle (CD), and Trancing the Inner Landscape: Avalonian Landscape Postures (DVD). She has several forthcoming books due out in 2019, including a follow-up to Avalon Within for Llewellyn Publications, as well as Pagan Portals – Blodeuwedd for Moon Books.

Jhenah holds a master’s degree in Celtic Studies from the University of Wales, Trinity St. David, and has a bachelor’s degree in archaeology. In addition to her formal studies, Jhenah has delved into hermetic science, qabalistic philosophy, transpersonal astrology, archetypal tarot, and depth psychology in an ongoing quest to further her understanding of the Universe as it manifests within and without. She facilitates rites of passage, builds labyrinths, weaves community, makes music, is in service as a healer, and honors the sacred landscape both around and within us.

Jhenah welcomes your contact through her website: www.ynysafallon.com