Jake wrote:I don't mean any disrespect to NOD. They seem like a great group and I actually joined NOD a year or so before I joined OBOD and worked part of their Bardic course before deciding it wasn't a fit for me personally. But from what I saw of the coursework I don't think it can fairly be compared to the OBOD course at all.
The OBOD course has way more depth, and that's putting it mildly IMO. The fact that one can join NOD in November and complete their Druid grade before May kind of confirms that for me.
Actually Jake, I'll respond to that.
I have been on the Druids Path since 1982.
I have completed the Bandarach College coursework in 2003-2004 (see above for list of the 23 required books that comprised one third of the coursework) and now the New Order of Druids coursework in 2011. I tried the OBOD and BDO coursework for the first year but did not renew because it was just too expensive for what they were giving me. I am set to complete the ADF Dedicant Path coursework in under the normal year and am already signed up for the Warriors guild, the Scholars guild, and the Liturgists guild. I teach classes at local Pagan gatherings and have a four person study group that I facilitate on Sundays.
I have completed my Bachelors and Masters Degrees within just the past two years while working a 12 hour day seven days a week in a job in Afghanistan.
If I were to have paid for the OBOD course I suspect that I could have completed it in less than six months as well ....why? Because I have done this Druid stuff before and I am not "learning how to be a newbie Druid", I am instead conversing with other Druids and expanding my knowledge base. The coursework is using books and material that I usually have on my bookshelf in hard copy already.
I'm glad you found your niche, and I am even happier that you are able to afford the cost.
We took the time to thank you for allowing us on the OBOD board...
You took the time to say that my completion of the NOD coursework is meaningless.
Again, I thank you for putting up with us here on the OBOD board...