Groves

Amongst the woodland tribes of the Celts & Anglo-Saxons there were trees of a sacred status that were protected from any harm and were respected by people who had a deeper understanding of nature. These were places of celebration and joy, not feared. Sometimes gifts or offerings were left there to express gratitude to the Source of all Life. These groves were natural temples, places with a powerful and peaceful atmosphere.
Fred Hageneder, The Spirit of Trees

A grove is a term which denotes not only a woodland temple but also a group of Druids, and the meetings they hold. Like sacred forest groves they are designed to create a powerful and peaceful atmosphere. 

Groves can be made up of just a few members, or may number thirty or more. Some groves may welcome non-members to some of their gatherings. Each Grove is different, with each one offering additional services and ceremonies to its members and local community. These might range from rites of passage, to initiations, camps, workshops and community projects. 

Members receive a full listing of all groves and groups when they join. Some groups prefer not to be listed on a website. Here you will find details of OBOD Groves throughout the world who are happy to be listed, divided into world regions. If you wish to have your grove or group added please contact the Groves and Groups Coordinator at groups@druidry.org

Spiral triskelion (formed from mathematical Archimedean spirals), occasionally used as a Christian Trinitarian symbol

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Groves in the UK and Ireland

Groves in the UK and Ireland

The three most beautiful sights:
A potato-garden in bloom;
A ship in sail;
A woman after the birth of her child.
Irish Triad

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Groves in the USA and Canada

Groves in the USA and Canada

The three tasks of a Druid:
To live fully in the present;
To honour tradition and the ancestors;
To hear the voice of tomorrow.
Contemporary Triad

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Groves in Europe

Groves in Europe

There are three noble melodies:
A melody for weeping;
A melody for laughing;
A melody for sleeping.
Irish Triad

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Groves in the Rest of the World

Groves in the Rest of the World

The three great melodies of Creation:
The wind in the trees;
The stream at snowmelt;
The cry of a new-born babe.
Contemporary Triad

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