Teaching & Practice

The teachings of Druidry are rooted in the observation of Nature, in tradition, and in inspiration. The practice of Druidry is rooted in a love of the Earth and Her seasons.

Star and stone lore, plant, animal and tree lore all form part of the curriculum of the Druid in training, and part of the heritage that Druidry brings to the world. This heritage is alive and growing – Druids believe in the power of Awen, of Divine Inspiration, and combined with scholarship and science, Druid teachings and practice grows and develops as humanity evolves and changes.

In this section of the website you can discover how Druid lore, seasonal celebrations, rites of passage, journeying and meditation, pilgrimage and healing all help to make Druidry a vibrant and meaningful spirituality for today.


Learn more about Druidry and how to join the order

The practice of Druidry used to be confined to those who could learn from a Druid in person. But now you can take an experience-based course wherever you live, and when you enrol on this course, you join the Order of Bards, Ovates & Druids, and begin an adventure that thousands of people all over the world have taken. It works with the ideas and practices of Druidry in a thoroughly practical, yet also deeply spiritual way.

"Look far off to the north-east On the ocean so splendid Teeming with life Home of the seals Shining and playful in the full tide" Irish ninth century
Arthurian and Grail lore make up The Matter of Britain which is deeply integral to the Druid tradition.
"Druidry is a spirituality of simple things - of place and time, existence and imagination. It teaches the appreciation of sunrises and the sound of water. We are free to express divinity as we experience it. To those who are willing to learn, it teaches love and compassion, to listen
At the heart of Druidism lies a love of Nature and of her changing faces as the seasons turn. Eight times a year, once every six weeks or so, Druids participate in a celebration that expresses this love.
Prayer and devotional practices are central to many Druids' spiritual life. There are no prescribed prayers - each of us is free to use those prayers, blessings and practices that feel right for us, and our needs will change with the times and the seasons.
In using meditation to enter the Otherworld, Druids use techniques of inner journeying, including methods now known as shamanic. In using meditation to deepen their sense of presence and awareness, Druids use a variety of methods often including relaxation techniques combined with focussed awareness on the body or breath. A
Druids believe that all the Earth is sacred. They love the land and revere the Spirit of Place.
Those who follow the Druid Way are inspired by the old myths and legends, particularly of the Celtic lands and of the Matter of Britain, with its stories of the Round Table and the search for the Holy Grail.
"The Druid took four wands of yew and upon them he wrote Oghams, and by his keys of poetic wisdom and through his Ogham he divined that Etain was in Bri Leith with Midir." Tochmarc Etaine
"Imagine a fairy chain stretched from mountain peak to mountain peak, as far as the eye could reach..." Alfred Watkins, The Old Straight Track
A rich heritage of plant lore exists in Merlin’s Isle, as Britain was once known, and we can trace this heritage at least as far back as the Bronze Age, which began here around 4,000 years ago.
Birth, puberty or coming into adulthood, marriage, the ending of relationships and death, are all gateways, initiations, into new realms of experience - they are 'Rites of Passage'.
"Official chief-poet Am I to Elphin, And my original country Is the region of the Summer Stars" Taliesin trans. Lady Charlotte Guest
Druids love stones and stone circles. For the last two hundred years Druids have been creating them and celebrating in them. One of the most well-known examples stands in a field used each year for the Glastonbury music festival.
"Ritual is poetry in the world of acts." Nuinn
"Trees in particular were mysterious, and seemed to me direct embodiments of the incomprehensible meaning of life. For that reason, the woods were the place that I felt closest to its deepest meaning and to its awe-inspiring workings." C.G.Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections