Paracon Australia 2016 is racing towards us.
Billed as Australia’s only Paranormal Conference the weekend has grown over the last two years into a mammoth experience. 2016 will be the third year and its only gotten bigger with this year lots more on offer. It can be hard to know where to start.
Never fear GOO has you sorted with FIVE things you should do right now so you can attend this year.
1) Book your tickets! Yes, do it now or at least head to the ticket page and have it ready to go once your done with this list. Tickets for a two-day pass are $150 and for a one-day pass are $100.
Your one or two-day pass gets you access to all sessions listed in the schedule. The ticket also includes entry to the opening night party (taking place on the Friday night) and includes a copy of the exclusive Paracon Australia Magazine.
Tickets generally get more expensive the closer you get to the conference. Last year the conference sold out. A handful is kept at the door and usually go quite quickly. Not sure you want to do the two days? Grab a one-day pass because you do have the option to upgrade at the conference.
Click here for TICKETS
2) Sort your accommodation! Katoomba is located in the Blue Mountains NSW. It is roughly a two-hour drive from Sydney and about hour from Sydney’s western suburbs. Katoomba and the wider Blue Mountains have a range of accommodation options.
All Paracon Australia guests do receive an event rate if you choose to stay at The Carrington. Otherwise there are great options close by. Katoomba does have a taxi service and Katoomba the train station is less than 5 minutes’ walk from conference venue The Carrington. There also are several places to stay within walking distance.
3) Decide on your extras! We’ve already mentioned the Opening Night Party taking place Friday the 27th. This is included in your ticket. If you can make we strongly recommend it. Excellent opportunity to meet the speakers and mingle with other guests. This year US Psychic and Comedian Karen Rontowski will be performing.
Workshop series. Taking pace the Friday afternoon Paracon Australia is offering two workshops. WORKSHOP ONE with Mary Rodwell - The Multidimensional Nature of human Encounters with Non human Intelligences and WORKSHOP TWO with Attila Kaldly - Creating your own Paranormal Content.
The After Dark Program on the Saturday night gets better every year. This year three awesome events are on offer. The Investigations have sold out already so be quick as limited spots remain for both an Evening with Donald Schmitt and Spirit Talk with Calvin Von Crush and Karen Rontowski.
Information and tickets about Workshops and After Dark Program can be found on the WEBSITE
The Speakers Dinner is NEW to the Paracon Australia weekend and is taking place Thursday the 26th of May at The Carrington. The Carrington is a beautiful grand hotel and dining there is truly an experience so why don’t do it with all your spooky pals and all the Paracon Australia 2016 speakers? To book all you have to do is email firstname.lastname@example.org and secure your spot.
4) Study the schedule and line up! The Paracon Australia website has a FULL LISTof all the speakers (Click here for list) and below are copies of the schedule you can download. We recommend you print it off and work your way through it planning you visit and who’d like to see.
5) Connect with the community! Coming with friends? Your team? Solo? Whichever way you fly into Paracon Australia we assure you you’ll be flying out with a few more friends.
Paracon is purpose built for meeting new people from the speaker’s dinner to the opening night party to the bookstore. But you can start connecting now. Post in the official Paracon Australia 2016 event page, use the hashtag #ParaconAust2016, write to speakers you’re interested in seeing and share upcoming Paranormal Pilgrimage with friends.
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Amanda: Firstly welcome back to Australia, you've been out here now three times I think now for a Paracon related event, obviously us Australians love having you here, are you excited to be back?
Ben: I am, I am. It was so fun because I'd gone to some places I'd never been before, top of that was Perth, getting out there was always on my list so it was great to be able to do that.
Amanda: We've been doing the Paracon Road trip again which this year obviously has extended all the way across the country to WA, which I'm very happy about. Can you just give a brief overview of the places that you've been to during this road trip?
Ben: Yeah we started in Melbourne, and we had 1 investigation and sort of a dinner meet 'n' greet night and after you know finishing up there we went out to Perth and investigated the Midland Town Hall. I really like Perth as a city because it reminds me of San Diego. I almost went out to school there when I was in college, so I'd always wanted to see what it was like, so going out there, spending a little time and then doing the investigation .Which turned out to be a really cool location, I think that you guys from what I'm told get overlooked a lot. Entertainment or for whatever it is and so. There was quite a bit of attention from you know the press, Today Tonight filmed some of us for four hours and the local paper. So our goal is to keep building that and building the base of people who go to the local investigations. So that they know they're not forgotten, that there are some great locations. You know the investigation itself has a lot of history in that building and it's funny because I've been to a lot of similar buildings that are sort of like big halls and they always have a stage and it seems like the activity in the back stage behind the curtains. Nearly every theatre has something like that, it seems to be like the place for spirits to hang out
Amanda: Oh I think maybe in the day there's usually a fair bit of 'activity' that happens behind the curtain anyway maybe that's why *laughs*
Ben: *laughs* Well I remember what we had back there was footsteps, kind of responding knocks, EMF activity and I'd really like to camp out there and stay overnight at some point because the council members in the chambers and stuff like that, there's certain chairs that they've said you know like 'we feel that this council member doesn't like you to sit in this chair, that chair'. So those things that people have been experiencing over many years are pretty well established. It seems like you're getting a lot of the same kind of residual activity which is great. It was great to be introduced to all that.
Amanda: It's kind of cool cause some of the things you're talking about I've actually experienced myself there so I'm glad that you got those experiences as well. In the whole tour was there any kind of compelling piece of activity that happened, that you kind of went WOW that's actually really cool?
Ben: There was a lot, there was a lot. Just about every location we went had something really significant. For example in Adelaide we heard, in the Old Adelaide Gaol, there was a woman moaning, you know not just on the audio recording but like in the cell with us, we heard the long moan and then a response. I said thank you for that and it said 'you're welcome' you know so that was really cool. We had at the National Railway Museum, I guess the best word that would describe it would be that one of the attendees sort of 'tranced' out and actually collapsed, nearly hit her head. But this was after being unresponsive, we couldn't snap her out of whatever she was in. That's not we set out to do to our attendees, but sometimes it happens and there was definitely a heavy presence there in that one railway car. Then you know just last night here in Sydney we had some whistling, we eliminated it wasn't anybody, one of our people in the house. So lots of cool stuff. Like I said just about every location had something pretty significant which is unusual because even active locations have periods of absolute quiet and we're just lucky to catch it on the active nights.
Amanda: Well here in Australia we do like to provide for our guests *laughs*
Amanda: Obviously when you were doing Fact or Faked, the whole purpose of the show was to have people present some evidence to you, and to try and debunk it if you could, or work out if it was fake. Was there anything that you found when you were in these locations that had been talked about as a paranormal experience there, that you were actually able to kind of go 'well actually I think it's this'. Were you able to debunk any historical evidence.
Ben: You know, I don't know like historically, it was more so just having a fresh set of eyes look at a few things. You know like for example the Midland Town Hall, it's interesting there's the Rotunda or part of the entrance where they pick up on a lot of energy from what they think are children. We did have EMF meters going off but not constantly which is something I'd look forward to seeing if it was constant you know electrical field. It came in surges which was very interesting, but I did notice around the walls, you get in some of those older buildings, there's a lot of unshielded electrical wiring and I think they need to look a little bit more into where those wires are and see if they can even get the master power switch turned off and to get everyone's cell phones turned off and then see how that affects the responses that they're getting. You know I don't go in there and say 'ah this is not what you think it is' but I just kind of say 'let's try to eliminate some of the other factors and if it's still going on then let's start looking at what this might be'
Amanda: Well we were very excited to have you over at WA, finally somebody's come over here. I've been trying to get Alex to come over for about 5 years now *laughs* so that was a bit exciting
Ben: *laughs* I know every time I've been out here you're like 'you guys gotta come to Perth' so I'm glad we were able to add it
Amanda: Well I hope you enjoy the rest of your time in Australia, I'm not sure when you're heading home. But it's been great having you out here again and hopefully we get to see you again next year!
Ben: Well thank you, yeah let's keep on them and for those who are either out there or anywhere else in Australia, the best way to support both the local and everything else is to inform people about stuff like the annual Paracon Australia event. By doing so you end up getting the publicity which will in turn help the local economy, the tourist bureaus and stuff which is good for them but also to preserve history. If it weren't for these walking tours and the ghost tours a lot of these old buildings no one would care about. It's a great way to tell history, add some ghost stories and then you learn also about the history of your own town. I think it really does a service in preserving that and then also the research itself, you know that we're trying to learn. We get access to other locations when people can understand it's not probably what they had in mind with séance's and stuff and conjuring up spirits, we're trying to actually document and use technology to help us. Paracon Australia is great for that and companies like Shanks Pony Tours, it's a great way to support them.
Amanda Moloney is a mum to 2 children and a husband by day and paranormal investigator by night. Amanda's passion is not only finding answers to her questions but also the historical side of a lot of the cases and she is an avid researcher. She also likes to take romantic walks along the beach
I am just home "A night with an embalmer" run by APPI - Australian Paranormal Phenomenon Investigators as part of their Death Culture series.
Fascinating evening of stories from an interesting lady. Jan Field MAIE MBIE (qualified as an Embalmer with extensive experience as a funeral director) shared stories and challenges associated with disaster clean up and identification of the lives lost.
The talk focused on Jan's role in the recovery, identification and repatriation on people who have died in natural disasters, plane crashes and wartime. Jan detailed her experiences in working in a war torn Bosnia, the aftermath of the Bali bombings, post Tsunami and various plane crashes from recent history across the Asia and African continents.
I was moved by the respect and dignity given to the lost souls and that all people, regardless of statues/wealth/religion/nationality are given the utmost respect by the team that goes in to make sense of the devastation.
It really was a peak behind closed doors as rarely do you consider the man hours and logistics that follows disasters when it comes to identifying victims and sending them home from such international events such as the Bali Bombings or the Tsunamis.
I attended the evening with my sister Gen and her boyfriend Chris (welcome to the family) and here is what they have to add...
GEN SAID: I was unsure what I was going to get with the night with an embalmer. What I got was surprisingly exactly what I felt I wanted to know. I found the information especially about the Bosnian Genocide to be quite interesting and thought provoking. I had not thought previously of what team would take on that role and she showed the utmost respect for the victims in the discussions. Jan was engaging and allowed for me to undergo her professional journey of disaster work with her and was able to gain insights. I have left with answers I did not know I wanted or needed and find myself interested to find out more.
CHRIS SAID: Jan delivered her presentation well. She provided an interesting insight to her role as an embalmer during natural disaster events. Her perspective was thought provoking, yet respectful.
This is the second talk in the Death Culture Series and I certainly hope there will be more as it is in the business of death and dying that you find incredible tales of life and examples of how we are connected as humans.
Well done APPI for an interesting night. I wonder what the next door we will peak behind will be...
APPI WEBSITE: http://www.appighosthunts.com
Alex Cayas is the director of the mayhem at Ghosts of Oz, Captain of the Paracon Australia ship and, has aspirations to be a banjo playing hippy who lives in a caravan by the sea.
Last Friday evening (the 26th of Feb) Ghosts of Oz held our second Freaky Friday Trivia Night. We were holding a raffle in support of both RedKite and Paying In Forward.
We managed to raise $861 for Red Kite and made a generous donation of much needed items to Paying It Forward.
Redkite: "Redkite is the Australian cancer charity providing essential support to children and young people (0–24 years) with cancer, and their families and support networks."
Paying It Forward: "Supporting homeless patrons in Western Sydney with hot meals, food hampers, clothing, toiletries, blankets, tents, swags and help accessing other services. Supporting local homeless and prevention programs. Helping to link local services to create a strong support network in our local area"
Guests who attended the night brought items to be donated to Paying in forward and purchased raffle tickets with all funds going to Red Kite.
A BIG THANK you to all those who support the raffle by donating prizes. Beth Luscombe (Access Paranormal), Colleen Cayas, Sharon Kershaw, Steve McMillan, Lisa Mackintosh, Andrea Diamond (Shambalaa Berry), Josh Langley, Tina Leverton and, Megan Stone (Blessed Pathways)
With Dan McMath (Paranormal Streetwear), Peet Banks (APPI), Steve McMillan donating prizes we used for games and the winning table.
Thank you to Elie, Megan and Eliza who marked, called out questions and told the bad jokes.
We hope to hold another Trivia Night in the near future so keep an eye out.