Slimbridge Dowsing Group April 2015 Newsletter

Welcome to the Slimbridge Dowsing Group Website

We are a very active group with at least two meetings a month, occasionally more.

Unless otherwise stated in our quarterly Newsletter, we usually meet in Slimbridge Village Hall on the second Thursday of the month at 2 o’clock in the afternoon, and the fourth Saturday morning at 10.30.

Everyone is welcome, come a bit early and join us for a cup of tea or coffee and biscuits beforehand. This is a good time to talk with other dowsers, meet new people, make new friends and just enjoy mixing with like-minded folk. We are extremely friendly; visitors often comment on what a warm welcome they have received.

Entrance fees are ridiculously low! £2 for members and £3 for guests and non-members. Annual subscription is £10 per year.

We have had many remarkable speakers in the past, and invite you to read the reports of their talks that frequently appear in the local Gazette. You can find these in our reports archive (left navbar), or in our new book, This Rabbit is Constipated.

We plan our forthcoming programme every six months. There are a lot of fascinating speakers on a variety of dowsing-related subjects to whom we have access, and in addition, after almost eight years in existence, we have a significant amount of expertise within our own ranks. Several group members are now well qualified to give talks and lead field trips for us on a regular basis.

In addition to talks, we enjoy frequent field trips, mainly of course in the summer months. We have enjoyed visits to Avebury, Thistledown, the Rollright standing stones, and have access to several local sites that have interesting earth energies and archaeology that makes for great dowsing.

Everyone can dowse - until they are told they can’t! So suspend your disbelief, keep an open mind, and come and join us. The first time your rods move on their own just for you is truly one of the finer moments in life.

We are delighted to have seen the publication of two books last year. This Rabbit is Constipated! is a unique collection of reports of meetings held by Slimbridge Dowsing Group (SDG), one of the most active groups in the country, and published in the local Gazette over the last five years. Experiences of an Old Dowser is the long-awaited memoir of our very own Chairman Peter Golding. In addition to his experiences, he shares many of the techniques he has learned and honed over 34 years. If you want to be inspired, encouraged and affirmed in your beliefs as a dowser, this is the book for you.

Listen to our former Chairman & current Publicity Secretary as broadcast on BBC Gloucestershire

Faye Hatcher interviews Slimbridge
Dowsing Group President Peter
Golding and Publicity Secretary
Trish Mills for BBC Radio
Gloucestershire (2008)

NEW for 2015 -Two One-day Dowsing Courses

Beginners to Intermediate level, at Slimbridge Village Hall, Gloucestershire. These one-day courses are led by Peter Golding, a professional dowser with more than thirty five years of dowsing for water and other applications. They run from 10:00 am to 5:00pm, with a break for optional pub lunch. Course fees £75 each, or £140 for both.

For course details, visit Peter's Teaching page. Contact Peter direct on 01453 890316 or e-mail


  • General view of the garden

    Monk's Glade Chakra Garden - Heaven on Earth - Celia Gunn*

    Celia Gunn and husband Anthony bought a rubble strewn mess. Celia decided to turn it into a spiritual garden based on the chakras. Celia spoke to us last year about her experiences with the Sinixt Indian tribe in Canada where she first learned about listening to nature.
    Saturday, March 14th 2015

  • Labyrinths

    Labyrinths - Jeff Saward*

    Jeff Saward explains the difference between a maze and a labyrinth and takes us on a historical tour before joining in healthy debate with his audience as to their purpose.
    Saturday, February 28th 2015

  • Sun pyramid

    Bosnian Pyramids - Lorraine Doherty*

    If you search ‘Bosnian Pyramids’ on Wikipedia, their report is very sceptical, claiming they are just natural hills covered in vegetation, and the whole thing is a ‘cruel hoax’. Wikipedia seems to be a little out of date.
    Thursday, February 12th 2015


Dowsing started for Peter in 1977 when he was in Saudi Arabia where he spent some 20 years of his working life. As Chief Engineer in charge of airfield navigational aids, he needed another run of cables from one of the huts to the Riyadh control tower.

Obviously he couldn’t have his men dig just anywhere, there were underground cables all over the place, but in those early days they weren’t marked! He was about to call out one of his technicians with cable detectors, when the JCB man said, “Do the old civil engineer's trick. Dowse for it!”

Peter had not heard of dowsing at that time, but the man found the existing cables and taught Peter to dowse. After several successes, Peter was hooked, and was delighted to find ARAMCO's library in Dhahran had plenty of books on the subject. “I discovered it wasn't just for water divining,” says Peter, “but archaeological dowsing and buried items too. I was amazed at its scope and I'm still learning after thirty-four years!”

He continues working still, not just finding suitable sites for boreholes for farmers, but more recently he has developed an interest in health and healing and geopathic stress. He has demonstrated his skills on various TV programmes and also offers distance spiritual healing – on one occasion as far away as Australia.

Slimbridge Dowsing Group was born when, in 2001, the Chairman of the Local History Society asked Peter if he could find the maze or labyrinth in nearby Troytown – the name Troy indicates a maze.

“I found it,” says Peter, “and gave a talk about it to the Society. They were so fascinated a few asked if I would show them how to dowse.” So he did, and our numbers have since grown significantly.

In closing, Peter would like to answer the question, “How does dowsing work?” but cheerfully admits we do not know. But he quotes Albert Einstein, who said,

“ . . . many scientists consider dowsing as a type of superstition [but this is] unjustified. The dowsing rod is a simple instrument which shows the reaction of the human nervous system to certain factors which are unknown to us at this time.”

“Well,” says Peter with a twinkle, “watch this space.”

Dowsing Services

To discuss your requirements, obtain a provisional quotation for water divining or other dowsing services, contact Peter Golding
phone/fax (+44) 01453 890316
or visit his website