News from the Magickal Women Conference

Announcing the 2019 Magickal Women Conference Keynote Speakers and more!

Announcing the Magickal Women Conference London 2019

Headline Speaker: Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki and Keynote Speaker: Christina Oakley-Harrington – and much more!

The first Magickal Women Conference is happening!  We are pleased to announce today that our headline speaker is veteran esoteric practitioner Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki; our keynote speaker is Christina Oakley-Harrington, founder and owner of Treadwell’s Bookshop in London’s Bloomsbury.

Today we also announce the first group of confirmed international Conference speakers and Masterclass presenters, with more announcements coming soon.

We guarantee this Conference will be an exciting event and we are honoured to be bringing you a roster of brilliant magic(k)al women from around the world, offering new perspectives, new research, and fresh and inspirational practice, while paying homage to our women forebears and elders.

Tickets are now on sale for this ground-breaking one-day event: price £75, lunch and refreshments included. Date: Saturday 1st June 2019 Venue: 65 Queen’s Gate South Kensington London SW7

About our Speakers

Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki

Dolores Ashcroft—Nowicki, our Headline Speaker

We are honoured to welcome Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki as the first Magickal Women Conference’s headline speaker.  Dolores has been a leading respected esoteric practitioner for over 50 years and continues to share her knowledge with students in Britain and around the world.  Dolores trained with Walter Ernest Butler, himself a member of Dion Fortune’s Fraternity of the Inner Light (est.1928), making Dolores part of a living magical lineage within the Western Mystery tradition. Dolores succeeded Ernest Butler as Director of Studies of the Servants of the Light (SOL) in 1976 and served for forty-two years. A renowned British occult author of seventeen books, she has travelled the world tirelessly since 1970s, delivering seminars, lectures and practice workshops. In 2018 Dolores retired as Director of SOL and launched her Solar Light Video Club, through which she continues to make available her many years of accumulated knowledge to a worldwide audience: she has a passion to communicate with great insight and plenty of good humour. We are thrilled that Dolores is joining us at Conference and we look forward to her sharing her wisdom with us all.

Christina Oakley-Harrington

Christina Oakley-Harrington, our Keynote Speaker

We are very pleased to announce Christina Oakley-Harrington, Treadwell’s founder and presiding spirit, as our keynote speaker. Christina was voraciously interested in spirituality and magic since childhood, and grew up in West Africa, Burma, and Chile, only moving to the West at the age of fifteen. In her early twenties she was heartened to discover Europe’s own native religious traditions, and has been a pagan ever since. A former academic with a doctorate in Mediaeval History, she left university life in 2001 to establish Treadwell's Bookshop as one of the UK’s premier esoteric bookshops, now based in Bloomsbury London W1 with an international reputation. Christina is a respected author, consultant and authority on paganism and witchcraft: her media appearances have included Channel Four TV, BBCTV, BBC Radio and BBC World Service. A warm and engaging speaker, with deep knowledge and enthusiasm, we are delighted to welcome Christina to Conference.


We are proud to announce the first group of confirmed

world-class speakers and masterclass/workshop presenters.


Alkistis Dimech

"Flower on Fire (Dance. Sex. Heresy.)"

Caitlín Matthews

“Sounding the Silence: Embodying and Singing the Otherworld”

Caroline Wise

“Olivia Robertson: A Magical Life”

Charlotte Rodgers

“The Dancing Serpents of Art and Magick”

Chaweon Koo

“Beyond Western Occultism: How a Korean American Witch Practices Magic”

Deja Whitehouse

“A Cartomantic ‘Marriage’
An exploration of the relationship between Frieda Harris and Aleister Crowley during the development of The Book of Thoth”

Shani Oates

“Sybils and Seers”

Emma Kathryn

“Rebel Women and Rebel Magic”

Caroline Levander

“Creating Tradition without Gendered Roles in the Swedish 'Court of Aine' Wicca tradition”

Deborah Castellano

“Twenty Years with the Amethyst Circle of Sisters”

Elaine Bailey

“Anna Bonus Kingsford, the Woman Clothed with the Sun”

Julia Phillips

“Madeline Montalban, the Magus of St Giles”

Helene Arts

“Women of the Left-Hand Path: Practice, Praxis & Power”

Josephine McCarthy

 “The Dynamics and Power of Ritual Patterns” – Masterclass

K.A. Laity

“The Sounds of Salvation: Leonora Carrington’s The Hearing Trumpet

Laura Tempest-Zakroff

“Sigil Witchery” – Workshop

Lesley-Caron Veater

“Dancing With Spirits of Place, Ancestors and Ritual” -  Workshop

Dr. Lila Moore

“Magickal Visions of the Ultra-Modern Woman:

Reconsidering the Feminine Aesthetics of Moina Mathers and Maya Deren” – Masterclass

Madeleine LeDespencer

“Flower of Evil: The Satanic Woman of Fin de Siècle Paris, Berthe de Courrière”

Pauline Soum-Paris

“Mystic Journalism? Florence Farr's contribution to The Occult Review and The New Age (1907-1909)”

Raye Schwarz

“Women in Alchemy: Hidden in Plain Sight”

Rebecca Beattie 

“Imagining Ways of Constructing the Occult in Fiction: The Nature Mystic Novels of Mary Webb and Sylvia Townsend Warner”

Sabina Stent 

“Leonor Fini: Fashion Magick Sorceress”

Scarlett Amaris 

“Una Woodruff’s artwork in Colin’s Wilson’s book, Witches (1981)”

Sharron Kraus

“Magickal Music / Musickal Magic”

Verónica Rivas

“Maria de Padilla: From the Castilian Court to the Quimbanda Kingdoms”


Please check back next week when we announce even more speakers along with our Artist-in-Residence and Storyteller-in-Residence. Throughout the coming months, we’ll introduce you to each one of them and provide more information about their presentations.

Tickets are on sale now! We also have sponsorships available and are registering vendor interest.

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Once again we thank you all so much for your ongoing support and enthusiasm for the Magickal Women Conference. It’s going to be an amazing day and we can’t wait to see you there!

Sue Terry & Erzebet Barthold