The BSD Conference 2022

The BSD conference was held on the weekend of the 10th /11th September, at the Fire Service Training College at Moreton in Marsh, Gloucestershire.

The conference was great success, allowing the participants to engage in a wide-ranging discussion of dowsing related activities. A particular highlight was the formal dinner, at which Col. John Blashford-Snell entertained those present with many dowsing related anecdotes from his time spent in the Royal Engineers. 

All the sessions at the conference were filmed, including Col. Blashford-Snell’s talk, and it is the hope to make the recordings available soon. 

The conference programme is set out below, along with details of the speakers. 

Click on this link to read a review of the conference written by Nigel Twinn.

Saturday 10th September

09:00am – 09:45am – Registration09:45am    Welcome – Trustees 10:00am    Speaker – Sean Ferris                “Transitioning into the Silver Age”11:00am     Refreshment break11:30am     Speaker – Guy Hudson                “Dowsing for water in Zambia and South Africa”12:30pm    Extraordinary General Meeting13:00pm    Lunch02:00pm   Outdoor Workshop – Kate Smart                “Explore the world of deep time beneath our feet: how the                 earth formed and informs us”.     Or                Outdoor Workshop – John Baker                “Practical Dowsing and Water Divining”                                 Refreshment Breaks will be announced on the day                 07.00pm    Evening Dinner followed by Col. John Blashford-Snell

                        Sunday 11th September

09:00am – 09:45am – Registration09:45am    Welcome – Trustees10:00am     Speaker – Trish Mills                 “The Interconnectedness of All Things by                 John Gibson-Forty “11:00am      Refreshment break11:30am      Speaker – Grace Edgar                 “Learn Map Dowsing with a Professional Dowser”01:00pm     Lunch02:00pm    Speaker –  Ron Dudley-Smith                 “The Rollright Stones and the Bosnian Pyramids” 03:00pm    Refreshment break03:30pm    Speakers ~  The Bards of Avalon – Bea Martin and                 David Johnson ~                  “The Alchemy of Sound and Dowsing”      04:30pm    Closing address – President

Our speakers and presenters

Sean Ferris

Transitioning into the Silver Age 

Sean will talk about his view on alchemy gleaned directly from dowsing the mysteries of the human body, which has shed light on a pattern that encompasses both the tiniest molecule and the vastness of a black hole. This pattern can be seen to be a map of human evolution and tells us where we have been and therefore where we are headed.

Guy Hudson

Dowsing for water in Zambia and South Africa

Guy will give a presentation on his proposed journey to Zambia where he intends to provide dowsing instruction to local people including well diggers. Guy was instrumental in setting up the Village Water Charity which supports the supply of water in the area of sub-Saharan Africa. On this occasion he will be travelling to Zambia and South Africa. He will explain the methods he uses to find water, and how he plans to train local dowsers so that the villagers of remote areas can survive and thrive in real life and death situations.

Kate Smart

Explore the world of deep time beneath our feet: how the earth formed and informs us.

This session will be a practical exploration of the living layer beneath our feet, and some of the magical beings that inhabit this earthy realm. The pedosphere is a complex and interconnected world that supports us in every way, but is often overlooked and under-appreciated. From it arise all plants and animals and it therefore holds the information of deep time and our ancestors. In it we see the patterns of creation and destruction as well as the basis for life on our planet in the water and minerals that are fundamental to our existence. You’ll be amazed at the connections you are able to make, the generosity you encounter in the sharing of wisdom and the insights you gain through respectfully exploring this world of ‘groundedness’. All you need is an open mind and a dowsing tool to enjoy this experience.

Gordon Field

Tree Workshop 

Over the centuries we have lost our connection to the trees and the knowledge they hold. In this workshop, we will work the trees for information on their wellbeing, energies and connections with the world-wide energy networks. This will open up other channels which we can explore. 

John Baker

Workshop – Practical Dowsing and Water Divining

Following the launch of John’s latest DVD, Dowsing in Home and Garden, he will give a practical demonstration of both methods and tools that can be useful around the home. He will also lead an outdoor workshop in finding underground water pipes.

Trish Mills

The Interconnectedness of All Things by John Gibson-Forty Trish Mills honestly believes that John Gibson-Forty’s dowsing of the earth energies of a decagon left by the Perpetual Choirs some 2,500 to 4,000 years ago, is probably the greatest dowsing achievement in the history of divination since it began around 6000 B.C. It took John 3.5 years to complete, covered 22 counties, and 14,000 square miles. Now that’s a lot of dowsing! 

It was Trish’s privilege to publish John’s book in 2012 and the roller-coaster ride of what has happened to it since is almost as thrilling as the book itself. Trish will share both during her talk, telling us how the Universe gave her several prompts (and finally a kick up the backside) to have the book reprinted in its 10th Anniversary year, before moving on to the significance of the three perpetual choirs of Britain, where 2,400 monks, saints or druids had chanted on a rolling-rota basis, 100 at a time, day and night, 24/7, for the ongoing enchantment of Britain.


Many musicians are now emulating them, following – and chanting – in their footsteps today, for the good of our planet and to benefit from the interconnectedness of all things.

Grace Edgar

Learn Map Dowsing with a Professional DowserGrace Edgar will tell us about dowsing Cardiff, which included three rounds of map dowsing by 16 members of the Cardiff Dowsers Group. The map dowsing was followed by dowsing on site to verify their findings. The rationale supporting map dowsing will be explored – there is no scientific explanation. Grace things that map dowsing is the next logical step in the dowsing career and can be successfully learned by all those who already dowse. But the session will focus on practical map dowsing: the advantages and downfalls will be discussed. There will be several exercises in map dowsing for all.

Ron Dudley-Smith

The Rollright Stones and the Bosnian Pyramids

Ron is a Trustee and guide at the Rollright Stones and will give us a talk about his visit to the Bosnian Pyramids four years ago, and will share his knowledge and experience of being a guide and Trustee of the Rollright Stones too.

The Bards of Avalon - Bea Martin and David Johnson

The Alchemy of Sound and Dowsing

Bea and David are Sound Alchemists, working full-time with sound therapy since 2010 as the Bards of Avalon. In this presentation Bea and David will share experiences of dowsing and collaborating with dowsers in their sound work. They will also share a Group Sound Journey for participants, supporting personal intentions and honouring the Earth energies. 

Their album, The Archangel Transmissions, was critically acclaimed by both Kindred Spirit and Paradigm Shift magazines. They are also contributing authors to four of the Bounce Back Journey books which became Amazon best sellers.

Colonel John Blashford-Snell, CBE

Guest Speaker at the Saturday evening dinner

Explorer, Dowser and former Patron of the BSD, Colonel John Blashford-Snell is our after dinner speaker on Saturday 10th September. He will talk not only about his dowsing exploits but also the expeditions and exploration he has undertaken, and the charity work about which he is so very passionate.

Christopher Strong Commemoration Rose

Those of you who knew Christopher Strong may also remember the memorial event that took place in October 2019 at the Alain Rouveure Galleries, a Tibetan Café and Gardens. If you have time and would like to visit the Garden, it is located at Todenham, near More-in-Marsh, GL56 9NU, see

Market Stalls

As well as the BSD Shop being available at the Conference, some delegates are also providing other items for sale. If you wish to bring your own dowsing related items or books to sell, you are welcome to do so free of charge. Please e-mail with your request and details.

Extraordinary General Meeting

Due to having to employ the services of a new book keeper and other technical issues, we have not been able to arrange for our accounts to be audited in time to hold an AGM at this Conference. We will now hold a brief Extraordinary General Meeting so we can amend our Articles of Association to allow us to hold our next and future AGMs via zoom conferencing.