Groves in Europe
There are three noble melodies:
A melody for weeping;
A melody for laughing;
A melody for sleeping.
Not all OBOD Groves wish to be listed on a public site, but those that do can be found here, with links to their websites and email contacts. For more groups in Europe see the Seed Groups in Europe page.
Nemeton Noreia, Feldkirch c/o Nagelseder Harald and Nagelseder Angelika email
Nemeton Noreira began as a seed group in 2007 and has since become a fully-fledged Grove. They celebrate the eight-fold cycle of festivals. Also baptisms, marriages and funerals. They welcome OBOD members and others, and offer druidic services and ceremonies.
La Clairière des Carnutes c/o Annick email website
The Carnutes Grove has been in existence since 2005. Over fifteen members meet to celebrate the eight traditional festivals. They also have a study group which focuses on particular issues, and they maintain links with other French druidic groups. They have a dedicated web site and have translated the OBOD course into French, and are now organising French language tutors.
Nemeton Dearraich, Butzbach, Bodenrod area c/o Volkert Volkmann email website
For as long as time can remember, people in our region have been fascinated by the culture of our Celtic ancestors. From an early childhood age many of our members have discovered their own roots while spending their time outside. The landscape is full of ancient monuments. During the last 30 years archaeologists have made numerous excavations and made the most astonishing discoveries, for example the Celtic Oppidum Glauberg, one of the most important early Celtic centres in Europe.
About 30 years ago a group of people met and founded a pagan circle. They were eager to know more and travelled to other Celtic countries such as Brittany, Ireland, and the British Isles to learn about our native Religion. During that time first contacts were made with other practitioners of Druidism in Scotland and Brittany. In 1982 a pagan non-profit organisation was founded by Volkert Volkmann. In 1996 Volkert started an OBOD Seed Group and in 2002 the Nemeton Dearraich became an official OBOD Grove.
While our group has no leaders, the organisation of meetings and the preparations for rituals is mostly done by four people in the OBOD Druid Grade. Everybody is actively involved in the rituals though. All participants should be able to speak freely from their heart without any written notes. We usually have live music as part of our rituals, and sometimes long walks are required to reach the forest sites we use for our celebrations. Most rituals are open to members only.
Rituals are always open-air but the Nemeton has a specially prepared place for indoor meetings with a small smithy and a spiral-shaped herbal garden attached. Our members mix their own essential oils, make drums, masks or carve Ogham sticks, God(dess) figures and other magical items.
Part of our mission is to enable people to experience our native religion during the cycle of the year and celebrate together with others. We have been doing so for more than 30 years. We have contributed to several music productions, resulting in the release of the CDs 'Runasöngr', 'Music of the Ogham Forest (see OBOD audio course), 'Edda' and 'Heidentag Live'. 17 years ago we started a reforestation programme which has so far led to the planting of several thousand trees. We organize an open house every two years, the so called ‘Heidentag’ (for more info go to www.KultURgeister.de). Visitors can see different art projects, listen to the music of our bards, experience a spiral labyrinth, lectures, meditations and a big autumn equinox ritual. We have also organized several Gabhar Teine fire-walking rituals and Eisteddfodau. Visitors are welcome, but please make an appointment.
Il Bosco dell'Awen, Piemonte/Lombardia (North of Italy) c/o Isabel Amosso email
The Awen Grove was officially opened in March 2010 with the intention of spreading the knowledge of Druidism and the path of OBOD. Today the ‘active’ members number eleven. The grove meets for the eight festivals of the Wheel of the Year and the celebrations of the full moon. The members are from different parts of Italy, with a higher concentration in the North. The Grove plans events such as conferences, workshops, and various activities that are open to everybody.
Some members have been active in Druidry for a long time (10-15 years) and for others this is all quite new. All active members are members of OBOD. The headquarters of our grove is in Piemonte.
The Grove of Mŏr, DenHaag c/o Robbin (Wilma Helena) Diepstraaten email
Like 'Mŏr' in the Ogham
which we know as the sea!
Honoring the ever changing universe
the tide that moves us all
always and everywhere we are or travel to
inward or outward...by star and by stone...
as above so below...by air, fire, water and earth...
and the love of the god and the goddess...
with peace to the quarters...
because without peace no work can be done!
To this day we celebrate all the festivals in a simple but profound way,
mostly at my allotment garden with a wooden cabin. Here we have celebrated a lot of ceremonies and rituals these past 15 years. Always looking into our own personal lives and what is mirrored there as a reflection of the ever-turning of the seasons... (so without so within and vice versa :-)
We create and honour our grove as a safe place and a possibility for all (benevolent) existences who are in search of a sacred place and home to travel to when there is need to do so;
In freedom they can come and in freedom they can go within the cast circle of our love and inspiration;
and that which we believe in and which we can make real; we work together and exchange our present state of being.
In such a way that it will touch, move and inspire all, in order to lighten the way we (apparently) have to go...
We sometimes celebrate the festivals with other groves or OBOD members or travel to the English camps and/or Gatherings, and some of us are part of the team that organizes the international OBOD Dryade camps.
It is and has been our place of transformation sharing our day-to-day lives and mingle them with the unspoken laws and beauty of Druidry...sometimes with children, friends, family, dogs...creating rites of passage; facilitating handfastings; personal rites and Mŏr...
Grove de Dassenburcht (Badgers Burrow) te Renkum c/o Taco Ijzerman email
Badgers Burrow Grove consists of about 15 'regulars': OBOD Druids, Ovates and Bards. They celebrate the eight festivals in the region centre-east of the Netherlands, mostly around Wageningen.The four fire festivals are celebrated with grove members only, however for the solstices and equinoxes they welcome others to join them.
Apart from the festivals they hold some workshops and social activities, a yearly 'open celebration' during a Harvest Fair, and for some years they have celebrated midwinter in a castle. Some 'Badgers' help with national OBOD activities. New members are first invited to the 'open' ceremonies with us, and after that we check within the group if anyone has objections before inviting them to full membership.
Modron Grove c/o Judith Triemstra email
It`s September, the time of Alban Elfed where Domnu reigns in the element of water, the water that transforms. Spirit is challenging me to live from my heart and inspires me to a new path.
By a centuries-old forest I walk, surrounded by the creatures of the forest and the dryads. From different parts of the forest, four wise women meet and together we go on a journey. We descend to the depths of the Earth, to the darkest dark, where the walls are studded with amethyst and lapis lazuli, To the cave of Ceridwen. There, in the depth, where the cauldron is simmering over the fire, four forces come together. The desire, the will, the vision and the decisiveness. It is there where we found the inspiration and power to give life to The Modron Grove.
The grove shall be closed for celebrations.
Walking the path of the Druid, is our own path to experience and to walk. It is our believe that we can contribute to each one on their path through Druidry, Shamanism, Paganism or Celtic Spirituality, by experiencing assistance on practical matters in all grades. such as Herbal workshop, Woodcarving, Elements work etc. But also with several ceremonies; like name giving, birth, death and divorce. Or mediate by conflicts in the groves.
Hereby a quote from Philip Carr Gomm’s annual review;
“In the Order we hold to a model of ‘radiance’ – in other words we want the ideas and inspiration that we work with to radiate out into the world. We don’t want to create a monopolistic monolithic culture or organisation – that’s the old way that has led to such destruction of our environment and our heritage. ‘Small is Beautiful’: hiving off, starting new independent initiatives, feels the best way forward, in sympathy with the organic unfolding nature of life, and with the Spirit of the Times which encourages empowerment, community and cooperation. And so it’s wonderful to see all the Orders and groups and courses that OBOD has helped to seed or inspire, and it’s wonderful to see too the number of events, talks and workshops being organised - too many now to mention in each annual review –“
Out of the Modron Grove we will give support on your spiritual path e.g. workshops and trainings. With this, we don’t just want to draw from our own experience, but carry it out wider. That is the reason for us to launch “The Cauldron” project.
It is our desire to deepen and widen, by a clear setting, with carefulness, full of inspiration, work with the senses, to act, to learn, to turn over, share on a base of equivalence. We collect knowledge, skills and invite you to contact us if you feel and think you can contribute in facilitating e.g. a workshop.
Marjolein van 't Noordende, Marjon Leeftink, Nicole Maessen and Judith Triemstra
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