Events

 

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
 

                                                              2017                                                                                                  

16 October - Young Urban Witch Workshop: Element Earth @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm at Treadwell’s Bookshop, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1E 7BS. This is a an evening for younger Londoners, art students and musicians from the DIY and warehouse scene. Treadwell’s is hosting these to introduce this community to the basics of a wild, free witchcraft. Please note it is for people under 30 who are curious about the witch’s path and magic grounded in a feminist outlook. This workshop is on the Element Earth, one of the four primal energies running through all of nature. Rebecca will teach you Earth’s mysteries, symbols and powers. The  crystals of earth, along with the sigils and symbols, and even plants and foods you can work with magically. For the practical side of the evening, you will be doing a simple earth spell for a positive aim — all  in the tradition of European folk magic. No experience is expected – just a sincere interest and a friendly attitude: All sexualities and gender identities welcome Quiet folk as well as outgoing folk equally welcome.Workshop time is 6.30 pm to 8.45 pm. As late arrivals are disruptive, please arrive 6.20 pm. Maximum sixteen folk per workshop so everyone gets personal attention and we can connect well The teacher is Rebecca Beattie.: over a decade ago Rebecca undertook a rigorous apprenticeship in the witch’s Craft, and continues her practice to this day. A creative person herself, she’s a published author, jeweller, novelist and PhD student. Rebecca is wise and compassionate witch who enjoys sharing what she’s learnt over the years. Price: £20  Ring 0207 419 8507 or book onlineTime: Arrive 6.20 for 6.30 start. Ends 8.45 pm

18 October - Tarot Cards for Absolute Beginners – Minor Cards -11:00 am - 5:30 pm at Treadwell’s Bookshop, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1E 7BS United Kingdom. All-day Workshop – Minor Cards – Sue Terry. If you’re fascinated by the mysterious images and symbols of the tarot cards, but don’t know where to start, today is for you.  So you can become familiar with the cards quickly, the day starts with a look at the structure of the full tarot deck, then you’ll meet the characters and symbols in the cards, the four suits, the Courts and the number cards. In the second part of the day you will learn the principles of card reading, with exercises for everyone to try, using the Rider Smith Waite Tarot. The day is packed with activities, providing a structured, fun interactive environment. Sue Terry is a Treadwell’s in-house tarot reader, who brings years of experience to her teaching.  She’s admired not only for her expertise and accuracy as a tarot reader but is much-loved on account of her personal warmth and inclusive personality; her courses sell out quickly. This workshop can be taken on its own, or before (or after) our Absolute Beginners workshop on the major arcana.  Please bring your own Rider Smith Waite deck (or buy one on the day)  — all other supplies and refreshments included. Time:  arrive 10.50 for 11 am start. Ends 5.30 pm. Price: £75 (£40 deposit, balance due on the day).  Ring 0207 419 8507 or book online.

20 October - Samhain Festival – at Butser Ancient Farm, Clanfield, Hampshire. Doors open 6.55pmJoin us to celebrate the evening of Samhain in the magical surroundings of the Great Roundhouse at Butser Ancient Farm. Between 7-10pm you will enjoy live music, professional storytelling by Jonathon Huet of Walk with Trees, a bar with local ales and hot refreshments. Tickets £15 per head. Book at: Samhain Festival. Doors open 6.55pm. Email or phone: 07891 333780

21 October - The Wisdom of the Druids: Walking the Path of Ancient Knowledge 2-6 pm - Tintagel's Gate, 505 Main Street Athol, MA 01331. Join us for this workshop intensive as we learn about the ancient path of  Druídecht, or historical Druidic knowledge. Explore the training and wisdom of the ancient Druids of Britain, Gaul and Ireland, who served as teachers, judges and wisdom-keepers, and presided over sacred ceremonies for more than a thousand years. We will also learn about their successors in the medieval era, the Filid (in Ireland) and the Awenyddion (in Britain), who served as poet-seers and trained at special schools until the 17th and 18th centuries in Ireland and Scotland. Finally, students will learn about village seers and healers, including 'Fairy Doctors,' some of whom still work quietly in Celtic language speaking communities. This unique workshop will include special teachings, journeys and meditations, recommended resources, and Q&A. Students should bring a large towel or blanket for journeying, scarf or eye covering, spillproof water bottle, snacks, notebook or journal, and any objects you wish to place upon the altar.
* Please arrive at the store by 1:30 at the very latest as we will be caravaning at that time to the nearby workshop space. We encourage you to arrive well-fed, and to please come earlier than 1:30 if you need to register in-person (as well as to explore the wonderful books, herbs, statuary, ritual items and medieval garb at Tintagel's!)
* Instructor: Síthearan NicLeòid is a Harvard-trained Celticist and published author, Ban-druí and Ban-fili, professional musician and Gaelic singer, Celtic priestess and shamanic practitioner. She has taught Celtic mythology and religion at university level, and has received research grants to uncover the earliest Celtic music and ritual. Her books include: 'Celtic Myth and Religion,' 'The Divine Feminine in Ancient Europe'; 'Queen of the Night'; and upcoming 'Celtic Cosmology and the Otherworld.' She is the director of Túatha Imbais and the Celticae Institute which offers distance learning programs. To Register: Please contact Tintagel's Gate at (978) 830-4611, via Facebook, or at tintagelsgate dot com. Workshop fee is $55. 

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

26- 31 October - White Horse Camps Samhain Camp 2017. This Samhain as the other world draws near, we will be drawing closer to the land, our ancestors and personal power animals through the theme of divination – our connection with the divine. We will be sharing techniques skills to develop our relationships with those that walk unseen beside us, guiding our path. We will open up our intuition and dive deep into the ancient wisdom that is always waiting when we are quiet enough to really listen. Ronald Hutton, Ana Adnan and Greywolf will be joining us and sharing their knowledge and wisdom – we will be having an amazing time – do please do come and join us. FEES: Adult normal price: £36 per day.  (£18 for half day). Adult Concession: £24 per day. (£12 for half day). Accommodation will be in a cosy yurt with wood burners, or in the Wildways longhouse. There is limited space for tents. Please bring your own sleeping bag/blankets and camping mattress. All rates include all workshops and three vegetarian meals per day. For further information about booking please email campbookings12@gmail.com

27-29 October - Into The Wild festival of Samhain - A celebration of life & death at Emerson College, Forest Row. A beautiful community gathering to celebrate the ancient festival of Samhain. A perfect time to come together before the long winter  to celebrate and share with friends old and new. Tickets will be on sale on 1st of September. Beautiful ecstatic music from around the world , workshops, feasting and a whole lot more as ever. With either camping, accomodation or a shared heated yurt to sleep in. With Julie Felix, Tannara, Ravi, Owen Shiers and lots more. Early bird tickets are £80 and include all music, workshops & showers. Book tickets here.

29 October - Tarot Cards for Absolute BeginnersAll-day Workshop - Minor Cards  with Sue Terry at Treadwell's Bookshop, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1E 7BS. If you're fascinated by the mysterious images and symbols of the tarot cards, but don't know where to start, today is for you.  It starts with a look at the structure of the full tarot deck, then you'll get to know the four suits, the courts cards and the number cards. In the second part of the day you will learn the principles of card reading, with practice using the Rider Smith Waite Tarot. The day is packed with activities in a fun interactive environment. Sue is a Treadwell’s in-house tarot reader, who brings years of experience to her teaching. This workshop can be taken on its own, or before (or after) our Absolute Beginners course on the major arcana. Please bring your own Rider Smith Waite deck. Price: £75 (£40 deposit, balance due on the day).  Ring 0207 419 8507 or book onlineTime:  arrive 10.50 for 11 am start. Ends 5.30 pm

30 October - The Folk Roots of Halloween - 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm at Treadwell’s Bookshop, 33 Store Street Bloomsbury, London, WC1E 7BS United Kingdom. Seminar Evening – Will Hunter and Ellie Hughes. Witches today work with the folk customs of the seasons of the old farming year, mining them for spiritual insights in their quest to attune to the earth as a spiritual mother. Seasonal customs are found across Europe, with local variation and specific traditions. The evening’s seminar starts a new series of seminars which will take place every six weeks, whose aim is to look at these older customs in their original local contexts. This inaugural seminar explores the many rituals which take place around the 31st of October. The first hour consists of an illustrated lecture, and is followed in the second hour by a practical, hands-on activity which takes one of the customs discussed and brings it alive for everyone to participate in. William Hunter has lived and traveled in many of the more rural parts of Europe, exploring surviving customs and native traditions. Ellie Hughes has a passion for creating  historically-informed rituals, and previously ran Treadwell’s Open Circle; at university she studied History. They are both practicing witches with over 25 years experience between them.  Image credit. Price: £20   Ring 0207 419 8507 or book onlineTime: Arrive 6.50 for 7 pm start. Ends 9.15 pm

31 October - Samhain Ritual at Chalice Well, Chilkwell Street, Glastonbury. Free admission from 10 am until midday. Midday Meditation. We gather at the well head at midday for meditation, until 12.30. At  12.30 we invite you to join us around the fire on the lower lawn for an informal Conversation Café. We hope this is an opportunity for people to meet, share ideas, thoughts and beliefs and increase connection through understanding. Normal admission fees apply from midday and, as usual, you can use your ticket to come and go throughout the day. Evening Meditative Gathering | 7 pm. The gardens will remain open from 10 am until 9:30 pm (last entry at 8:30 pm) and we will hold a further meditation at 7 pm. During the evening the gardens will be lit by torch and candlelight, and filled with gentle sound of harps and singing bowls being played in various locations around the garden, making for a reflective and contemplative evening. (Normal admission from 12 pm - Companions FREE). Refreshments on sale 10 am - 1:30 pm and 4:30 - 8:30 pm Please feel free to join us for all or any part of the evening. Details

4 November - Dragons! From China to Alchemy to Medieval England Afternoon Lecture by Ruth Clydesdale at Treadwell's Bookshop, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1E 7BS. The Harry Potter novels revived interest in mythical creatures and none moreso than the dragon. This engaging illustrated slide lecture is held to coincide with the British Library's Harry Potter Exhibition, and it brings the legends and lore of dragons to life. We meet the dragons of China, of English landscape lore and of alchemy, and through that journey better understand how and why they reappear in our generations' stories - from Tolkien and JK Rowling to Game of Thrones:  humans have for  centuries created the dragon's affinity to the human, and to the land. Ruth Clydesdale is an vibrant lecturer, a researcher of myth in art, and a returning speaker to Treadwell's. Coinciding with the British Library Harry Potter Exhibition. Price: £8  Ring 0207 419 8507 or book onlineTime: 3 pm to 4.15 pm (50 minute lecture, 15 minutes Q&A).

5 November - CELTIC FIRE CEREMONYA Celtic Fire Ceremony can be held at any time to mark a seasonal change, an important threshold in life or simply to offer blessings and healing to a situation. Celtic Fire Ceremonies foster a deep connection with the land on your doorstep as we make offerings to the fire, cook hazelnut bread, wild berry syrup and drink healing herbs. Each ceremony is an opportunity to learn about Herbs, Foraging, Fire-lighting, Trees, Animals and Plants. One sacred ceremony bringing together all these elements, connecting us to land, sky, water and fire. Drawing from the mystics of the West to connect with the Spirituality of Britain at Stanmer Park, Brighton. 11am-2pm. All are welcome. Suggested Donation: £10-£15 depending on income. Book here.

7 November and following 4 Tuesdays - Magic for Today - Five-week course with Paula Nancy and Frank Pierce at Treadwell's Bookshop, 33 Store Steet, Bloomsbury, London, WC1E 7BS. This is a course for all those seeking a mature, artistic, unabashedly intellectual, approach to Western magic. It introduces magic as a radical form of art which can and should embrace modernity, while opening a door towards strange treasures. Each night will be part talk, part guided discussion, part experiential exercises. The tutors have been practising Western esoteric magic for over fifteen years. Their professional lives also draw upon, and feed into, esoteric engagements - they are friendly and creative, and  longstanding friends of Treadwell's. Price: £170 (£90  deposit, balance due on first night). Register: Ring  0207 419 8507 or book onlineTime: 7 pm to 9 pm. Pls arrive 6.50 for prompt start at 7 pm.

9 November - Temple Druid Community Visitors session visitor sessions in 2017. These sessions are roughly 3 hours long, from 10am-1pm and will include; A welcome briefing of the history of Temple Druid from the Bronze Age to date; A tour of the downstairs of the John Nash designed House and Barns; A guided walk through some of the gardens and land at Temple Druid; A brief outline of the current communities aims, objectives and projects; A cup of something warm or coldThese sessions would suit those who want to take a peek the history of the house and land, meet some of those who currently live and work here, and find out more about the regeneration of the house and associated projects. We are suggesting a donation of £10 per adult for this tour and tea ☺ We are open to groups (such as schools or historical societies) contacting us in advance to make group bookings. Website.

10 November - Book launch, Lost Knowledge of the Imagination -Talk and Party with Gary Lachman & Floris Books at Treadwell's Bookshop, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1E 7BS. People engaged in esoteric pursuits, the occult and witchcraft are deeply imaginative, and this often is held against them as a form of escapism. In his new book with Floris Press, Gary Lachman explores the essence of imagination, and argues that, far from being about 'make believe', imagination is an essential way in which we engage with reality. Lachman, a writer on occult history,  introduces us to a canon of ideas countering reductionism. Come, and bring your imagination. Party with half-hour talk and signing. Pre-order signed copies of the book for post or collection, here. Price: Free but RSVP required here. Time:  7 pm to 9. 30 pm. Talk runs 7.30 - 8 pm.

11 November - First Steps with Tarot CardsDay Workshop with Suzanne Corbie at Treadwell's Bookshop, 22 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1E 7BS. This workshop offers an adventurous exploration of the ancient art of tarot for absolute beginners. The day takes you on a journey through the the four suits of the minor cards and the 21 archetypes of the trumps, the major arcana, so you dive straight into fabulous symbolism and core meanings. From this basis you go into exercises to heighten your intuitive imagination, which is the basis of interpretation and 'reading' the cards. It's  fun day with plenty activities. Suzanne Corbie has over 40 years reading the cards and two decades teaching them. She's a much-loved house reader at Treadwells.  Price: £75  (£40 deposit, balance due on the day). Register: Ring  0207 419 8507  or book onlineTime: Arrive 10.50 for 11 am start. Ends 5.30 pm.

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 

25-26 November -'Know Thyself' - Spiritual Psychology: The Outer Personality & the Deeper Self - Weekend Workshop with Vivianne & Chris Crowley at Treadwell's Bookshop, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1E 7BS. This is the first of three  weekends which aim to assist the initiatory journey to the True Self by uncovering hidden potential and releasing inner obstacles, aimed at people working within specific spiritual or magical traditions, and for those on individual paths.  Tutors Vivianne and Chris Crowley draw upon theories from Jungian and other spiritually-oriented psychologies, from the Western Mystery Tradition, and from Eastern philosophy and spirituality.  Join us for a weekend of reflective experience, with activities including inner journeying, imaging and meditation. Price: £130 (£70 deposit, balance due on the day) Register: Ring 0207 419 8507 or book onlineTime: Sat 10 am - 5.30 pm. Sun 10.15 - 4.20 pm

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)

2 December - Mistletoe ceremony - Tenbury, Worcestershire. Meet at The Rose and Crown for parking (across the river Burford side) for 1.30 pm, then walking a different route from previous years, along the river to our usual place in the park to start at 2pm. All druids and friends welcome to celebrate the Mistletoe's special association with  the people of Tenbury. Contact:The Mistletoe Foundation to introduce yourself if you don't know us.

21 December - Winter Solstice Ritual at Chalice Well, Chilkwell Street, Glastonbury. Midday Meditation. We gather at the well head at 12 noon for meditation until 12:30. At  12.30 we invite you to join us around the fire on the lower lawn for an informal Conversation Café. We hope this is an opportunity for people to meet, share ideas, thoughts and beliefs and increase connection through understanding. FREE ADMISSION to the gardens between 10 am & 12 pm (Normal admission from 12pm - Companions FREE). Refreshments on sale between 10 am and 3:30 pm. Winter Solstice Festivities | 2 pm. Your are also welcome to join us at 2 pm at our Winter Solstice festivities when we gather together around the Winter Solstice fire for meditation and song. Details

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

1 February - Imbolc Ritual at Chalice Well, Chilkwell Street, Glastonbury. Free Admission to the Gardens between 10 am and 12 noon. (Normal Admission applies from 12 noon - Companions FREE). This is the first of our 8 Wheel of the Year celebrations which mark the cycle of nature.. We will be gathering at the well head at 12pm for celebration and meditation until 12:30. At 12:30 we invite you to join us around the fire on the Lower Lawn for informal ’conversation’. We hope this will be an opportunity for people to share ideas, thoughts and beliefs, and a chance to increase connection through understanding. Participants in the White Spring ceremony will be let in through the gate in Wellhouse Lane at 11.20 pm, as in previous years. Refreshments will be available until 1.30 pm. Please feel free to join us for all or any part of the celebration. Details

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.

16-18 March - Chalice Well Essences | Weekend Workshop | 'Return to the Garden'; Working with Chalice Well Essences at Chalice Well, Chilkwell, Street, Glastobury. 'Return to the Garden'; Working with Chalice Well Essences| Weekend Workshop This practical and experiential workshop designed for practitioners, healers and therapists, but also open to anyone interested in vibrational essences, who wishes to connect with the healing energies of Chalice Well. During this workshop you will; Attune to nature, plants and essences and use essences in consultations. Experience traditional plant spirit medicine and increase sensitivity to the healing energies of nature. Study and apply botanical analysis and the Doctrine of Signatures to Essence therapy practice. Co-create a special essence to gain an understanding of the Chalice Well Essences approach and philosophy. Explore and apply Chalice Well Essences in client consultations, diagnosis and treatment. You can book your place on Working with Chalice Well Essences now by clicking HERE or by calling us on 01458 831154. Details

20 March - Spring Equinox Ritual at Chalice Well, Chilkwell Street, Glastonbury. 12.00 - 12.30. FREE ADMISSION to the gardens between 10 am & 12 pm. (Normal admission from 12 pm - Companions FREE). Refreshments on sale between 10 am and 1:30 pm. We will be gathering at the Well Head at 12 pm for celebration and meditation until 12:30. At 12:30 we invite you to join us around the fire on the Lower Lawn for informal ’conversation’. We hope this will be an opportunity for people to share ideas, thoughts and beliefs, and a chance to increase connection through understanding. Please feel free to join us for all or any part of the celebration. Details

updated 16th October 2017

OBOD Gatherings

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