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On this page you will find listings of upcoming events that are either directly related to Druidry, or which we feel might be of interest. They are organised by many different people and groups, and their listing here does not imply our endorsement.
If you would like to list an event here please send details to events@druidry.org
 

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19-20 August - The One Tree Celebration 2017. The One Tree project sees members of the Druid and Dharmic Communities come together through cultural exchange to explore both their similarities and differences in a spirit of openness, friendship and learning. This year's gathering will be two fantastic days of talks, workshops, music and food at Beaumanor Hall, Leicester, with its amazing Yew grove (https://www.beaumanorhall.co.uk/). Tickets are £55/£45 pounds - with/without accommodation. Contact ukiccs@gmail.com.  If you are interested in learning more about the One Tree Project check out this link on the OBOD website: http://www.druidry.org/events-projects/one-tree-project.

25-27 August 2017 THE QUEST FOR THE SANGREAL (Glos) - This course explores the origins of the Sangreal. With talks, discussions, meditation and ceremony, we celebrate the Sangreal myth for all seekers. Saturday includes a public lecture on the Jordanian Lead Codices: dated to 1-2nd century CE, these have implications for Western beliefs. John Matthews & David Elkington. info@hawkwoodcollege.co.uk, (01453 759034) www.hallowquest.org.uk

 

25-27 August - New England Women’s Herbal ConferenceNewfound Lake, New Hampshire. For further details click here.

2 September - The Magic and Mystery of Druidry – A talk with Philip Carr-Gomm for the Theosophical Society, Reykjavik in Iceland. The ways of the Druids are seeing an unprecedented revival around the world. Why is this? Druidry is a spiritual way and practice that speaks to three of our greatest yearnings: to be fully creative in our lives, to commune deeply with the world of Nature, and to gain access to a source of profound wisdom. Each of these yearnings comes from a different aspect of the Soul, and we can personify these as the Singer, the Shaman and the Sage. In Druidry, Bardic teachings help to nurture the singer, the artist or storyteller within us – the creative self; Ovate teachings help to foster the shaman, the lover of Nature, the healer within us; while the Druid teachings help to develop our inner wisdom – the sage who dwells within each of us. Learn how these ideas and practices can be of value to someone living in the modern world.

3-6 September 2017 MIDWIFING THE SOUL (Somerset) This residential course teaches shamanic methods of soul-retrieval, extraction of spiritual intrusions and practical ways to guard the three souls.  We will explore the Celtic concept of the soul and its re-enchantment, through the profound medium of soul-singing. Caitlín Matthews & Angela Cotter. At EarthSpirit, Somerton. Jane May, Briarwood, Long Wittenham, Oxon OX14 4QW (01865 407680) janedmay@btinternet.com  www.hallowquest.org.uk

3 September - British Museum & the Awakening of English Magic Walking Tour with Caroline WiseThe British Museum is an icon in British occultism, and this tour takes in chosen items from several galleries, as your guide regales you with tales of magicians of the revivals of the past two centuries. People, rumours, psychic occurences -- and what about rites in back rooms? Caroline Wise is a riveting raconteur. She is a longstanding student of esoteric subjects whose speciality is the mythic London landscape. Author of many articles, she also compiled Finding Elen and co-edited the acclaimed Secret Lore of London. Place: Meet the group in the British Museum North Entrance Foyer (Montague Place Entrance).Time: Assemble  from 10.45 for 11 am start. Latecomers will not be able to join the tour. Price: £15. Ring 0207 419 8507 or book online.

9-10 September - Druid Magic & Healing with Philip Carr-Gomm at Dreamland, home of the Green Mountain Druid Order, Worcester, Vermont, USA: A two day workshop to explore the way the old stories, and the sacred animals and plants used in Druidry, can help in our healing and spiritual development. We will work with the Druid Animal and Plant Oracles, and music and meditation, to deepen our experience of the gift of being alive in the world today. Along the way, participants will learn about the way Druids work with healing and the subtle powers of Nature to effect change and healing in their lives. Druidry is a spiritual way and practice that speaks to three of our greatest yearnings: to be fully creative in our lives, to commune deeply with the world of Nature, and to gain access to a source of profound wisdom. Each of these yearnings comes from a different aspect of the Soul, and we can personify these as the Singer, the Shaman and the Sage. In Druidry, Bardic teachings help to nurture the singer, the artist or storyteller within us – the creative self; Ovate teachings help to foster the shaman, the lover of Nature, the healer within us; while the Druid teachings help to develop our inner wisdom – the sage who dwells within each of us. In this workshop we will explore the many ways in which Druidry can help develop these three aspects of ourselves.  Cost $240 (some work trade positions available) Details.

15 September and following 4 Fridays - Mindfulness Training - Five-week course with Vivianne & Chris Crowley at Treadwell's Bookshop, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1E 7BS. This five-week course teaches a foundation level of mindfulness meditation. Contemporary mindfulness derives from Buddhism, but similar techniques are found in Greco-Roman paganism and the Western magical traditions. People with an established magical practice will find that mindfulness deepens the experiences of their spiritual life; regardless of one's personal spiritual path, it gives beneficial effects in daily life. The tutors bring decades of work in the field of spiritual psychology and meditation. NB involves essential homework and daily practice. Full information on webpagePrice: £170 (£90 deposit, balance due on first night). Time: 7 pm - 9 pm.

14-17 September - OBOD East Coast Gathering 2017 - Special Guests: Philip and Stephanie Carr Gomm. OBOD East Coast Gathering is a private event for members of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids and their families and friends. If you are not an OBOD member but have a friend or relative who is and who will sponsor you for this gathering, please provide their name and contact information when you register. Please join us in the Poconos, putting aside the cares of the mundane world as you commune with nature and with other OBOD members. Join us for discussions and workshops concerning druidism in this modern day, and take the opportunity to meet and listen to the insights of our fellow tribe members. This is a chance to suspend time for a moment and again feel the power and majesty of the natural world. And perhaps, if you listen closely, you will hear the coyote song in harmony with human voices as Awens cascade through the trees. Details.

23-24 September - Plant Consciousness 2017 - London. This year's focus for the Plant Consciousness weekend is Plants For Transformation with an amazing group of teachers, healers and shamans from two continents ready to share their wisdom and experience of the higher intelligence of nature. Many different cultures and traditions work with plants for psycho-spiritual transformation, they understand the need to heal our fragmented psyche, which holds us back from realising our potential and knowing our true holistic self. Bridging two continents, Plant Consciousness 2017 will demonstrate how plants of the Americas and the British Isles have been co-creatively worked with over millennia for healing. For program, further details and booking.

29 September - 1 October - Workshop ‘Exploring the Druid Mysteries’ un incontro con Philip Carr Gomm lungo il magico Sentiero Druidico dell’OBOD. Interverrà Eimear Burke. Traduzione di Markus Juniper. Camminare nei boschi: dentro e fuori di noi. Markus ci racconterà le piante del bosco. A conclusione pianteremo una quercia nata da una ghianda proveniente da Brocelandie, chiunque voglia portare un po’ di terra dal proprio luogo di origine potrà arricchire la sua nuova ‘casa’! A cura del Grove del Biancospino e della Quercia e dell’Iperico Seed Group/Associazione Culturale (Isernia) nella cui sede avrà luogo l’evento. Per info e prenotazioni: ipericoworkshop@libero.it Al momento della prenotazione è necessario inviare un terzo della quota. Seminario e soggiorno completo (due notti) : euro 150  Per coloro che desiderano una camera singola si aggiunge il costo di 10 euro per notte. L’evento sarà a numero chiuso. Posizione – L’Iperico si trova a San Vittorino frazione di Cerro al Volturno, Isernia. Details.

13-15 October - The Mythic Imagination- Fons et origo: wells, springs and sources.Programme includes Lindsay Clarke: ‘What Mystery Pervades a Well?’: Wishes, Prophecies and Initiations. Jules Cashford: ‘The Moon, Mnemosyne, and the Water of Life’ Patrick Harpur: guided visits to sacred wells and watercourses Merrily Harpur: ‘Fons et origo’ – the gods that share church fonts. James Harpur: Poetry workshop ~ ‘The Poetry of Water’. From the Castalian Spring to the peaty rivers of Devon, water has always been a source of inspiration to poets. The workshop will explore the relationship of eight poets to water – wells, pools, rivers, oceans. Full programme here - http://www.mythicimagination.info/courseoctober2017.htm. Speakers here http://www.mythicimagination.info/speakers.htmAll other info here - http://www.mythicimagination.info/index.html or email contact@mythicimagination.info. No previous knowledge of any of this required – all welcome!

14 October - Spoon Carving Course with Jonathan Huet at The Sustainability Centre. Time: 10:00 -16:00. Cost: £65. Non-residential Hot drinks included. Learn how to carve a spoon, spatula and butter knife on this wood carving course in the Hampshire South Downs. Our tutor, Jonathan Huet will teach you how to use a knife, saw, crook knife and axe to whittle items from locally harvested green wood. To book visit: www.sustainability-centre.org or ring 01730 823166.

14 October 2017 – April 2018 - Intro to Herbalism and Self Care~ A Six Month Intensive Near Amherst, MA with Ellen Evert Hopman. Fo frther details and to book visit Ellen's website.

24 October - Bushcraft Wilderness Days for young people with Jonathan Huet at The Sustainablity Centre. Time: 10.30am to 3.00pm. Immerse yourself for a day in the woods learning how to survive. Each day will be packed with exciting projects to give each participant a Wilderness experience for the season. Learn to  to create fire, make shelter, learn to identify, harvest, and make food in the woods according to the season. If you complete all of the Bushcraft courses throughout the year you will gain a good grounding in all aspects of living and working in the woods. Ratio of adults to children 1:2 maximum. Ages 8+ £18.50. To book: www.sustainability-centre.org  or ring 01730 823166

11 November - The Wild Women’s Autumn Gathering - ‘Bringing the Dark Mother into the Light’The Assembly Rooms of Glastonbury, High Street                     10am – 5pm, £40 per person. This November, as the skies darken and the falling leaves and bitter winds of Samhain blow under our hems and hearths, come join the women of Wild Women Retreats and call the lightening to your fingers. For we are going to delve into our own darkness; to acknowledge our shadow, step into the underworld for a moment in sacred space and time; to dance the void and raise the awareness that ALL is balance. So we can emerge re-energised. To sing her song, drum her heartbeat, honour her existence and shine. So SAVE THE DATE and be ready to light a black candle in honour of your own Dark Goddess and watch her flame dance. Tickets are now on sale. To book please email Natalie at info@wildwomenretreats.co.uk. Website. 

12-15 November 2017 VOYAGES OF THE SOUL: SHAMANIC WISDOM OF DEATH (Somerset) This advanced shamanic course explores how we help the dying, and the healing around bereavement, hauntings, unfinished business and ancestral bequests. The Soul Friends Moon Boat Ritual offers consecration as an Anam-Cara or Soul Friend, a soul-midwife to the dying.  for experienced journeyers only. Caitlín Matthews & Angela Cotter. Jane May, (01865 407680) janedmay@btinternet.com 

1–3 December 2017 VOICES OF THE GODDESS: POETRY & PROPHECY FROM THE DEEP LANDS (Glos) The Goddesses of Britain and Ireland inspire and guide us: Cailleach, Queen of the Wood, Scotia, Britannia. Her poets address us prophetically from their communion with the land: transcending national and political divides, through the poetry of David Jones, Charles Williams and W.B.Yeats, we open to the deep lands through myth, meditation, and ritual with John & Caitlín Matthews, and Dwina Murphy Gibb and Ian Rees. info@hawkwoodcollege.co.uk, (01453 759034)

Woodland Bard School- In-depth course on woodlandlore and meditation. Friendly unique group. Every second Wednesday of the month. Cornerstone Community Centre, Hove. 7.15pm - 9.15pm. £7 per person inc. factsheet and herb teas. To book and for further details contact : walkwithtrees@hotmail.comTel: 07891 333780  www.walkwithtrees.co.uk

 

2018

2-4 March - OBOD Druid Grade Gorsedd at the Othona Community, Burton Bradstock, Dorset, UK. For Druid Grade members only. Our theme will be ‘ The Sanctuary of the Shore.’ For more information please contact Lorien Cadier l.cadier@btinternet.com.

2-5 March - Druids Down Under National Gathering 2018From Friday 2nd March – Monday 5th March the Druids of Australia will gather in Sydney NSW. Many different representatives of Druidry, including those who are members of the orders (OBOD, BDO and ADF) and those whose study is independent, will come together at this event to discuss what it means to practice Druidry in an Australian environment. There will be many talks and workshops, rituals, meditations, an Awen creative space, some children’s activities, a bardic circle, a feast, and live music from Spiral Dance and KC Guy.  Tickets are available now. All welcome. For more information click here.

updated 19th August 2017

OBOD Gatherings

Glastonbury Winter Gathering 2017: 9th December
Glastonbury Summer  Gathering 2018: 2nd-3rd June
Glastonbury Winter Gathering 2018: 8th December

  

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