Who are the Tamar dowsers?
The Tamar Dowsers were formed in 2002.
An increasingly large number of us had been on one or more of the excellent dowsing courses run by local tutor Alan Neal and, at the end of a day or a weekend, we were sufficiently inspired to want to improve on our re-discovered ability. But how were we to do it without Alan there to show us what to do?
Dowsing is essentially a solitary activity – an activity that needs a clear mind and freedom from major distractions. Yet, there are also social and educational aspects to dowsing, that derive from undertaking the process in a group format.
If we couldn’t attend one of Alan’s courses every month, at least we could get together to support one another by visiting local sites and generally exchanging experiences.
The group currently has no formal structure, no hierarchy and no fixed format. What we do have is a website (www.tamar-dowsers.co.uk), thanks to founder member Jacki Ellis-Martin, a regular eNewsletter, and some enthusiastic members. From time to time, we also have the personal support of Alan Neal, when his busy schedule of teaching and practical dowsing work permits.
Over the years, we have been joined by others, who derive their dowsing experience from other sources – and we often have people turn up to our outings, on the strength of what they have seen on the Internet. We also sometimes arrange joint outings with other dowsing groups.
We affiliated to the British Society of Dowsers in January 2006.
Our current format is to hold talks indoors in the winter months at North Hill Village Hall, in East Cornwall, UK – and to engage in field trips, site visits and country fairs during the summer. Our outings can include visits to ancient and/or sacred sites, manor houses etc., industrial archaeological locations, woodlands and moorlands – even an airfield.
Although based in the Tamar Valley, we visit locations throughout Devon and Cornwall – and our membership is spread widely across the two counties.