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.
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 the USA and Canada see the Seed Groups page.
Bluestem Grove c/o Bill Dunlap or Ed Carney. email website
"We're a pretty small and laid back group. Our primary druidic focus is celebrating the wheel of the year". Bluestem Grove is located in the Greater Kansas City Metro and alternate meetings between the towns of Lawrence and Overland Park.
Highland Oak Nemeton c/o Art and Selene, Baton Rouge. email website
"In recent years, the Grove has experienced a measurable growth due at least in part to the advent of the OBOD message board, synergy with the local Unitarian Universalist Church (which several of our members attend), a listing on Witchvox, and word of mouth. Druid grade members serve as community elders and facilitators without donning the mantle of ‘person in charge’. Currently we have approximately eight to twelve members who regularly attend meetings; three in the Druid Grade, one Ovate, and several Bards. There are sixty-seven subscribers to our Yahoo group, and over twenty subscribers to our Facebook site."
Mystic River Grove, Boston c/o Sarah Fuhro email
Formed in 1992 the Boston Grove is one of the oldest Groves within OBOD. There are still five members from the original Seed Group still involved. They now have about thirty members plus some additional friends of the Grove who are not linked to OBOD but are valued members of the Grove.The Grove meets for each of the eight festivals of the year and always, no matter what the weather, hold their rituals out of doors in a wide variety of public and private lands. After the ritual and Eisteddfod they picnic or go to a local restaurant/pub to share a meal. They usually meet at 8 in the morning on a Saturday or Sunday closest to the holiday and also hold separate meetings in member’s homes, between festivals to share information, for example sometimes this might be on medicinal herbs, or perhaps a musical celebration. They are in the process of updating their web site and have set up a Facebook page open only to members of the Grove where they can post pictures and short messages.
Crescent Birch Grove c/o Barb and Dana, Southeast Michigan area. email website
Located in the Detroit/Ann Arbor area, the Crescent Birch Grove warmly welcomes any who walk a forest path and those seeking their own path. Although most of their members work within a Druid tradition, they have some who do not and welcome all who are interested in joining us in peace. In the spring, summer, and fall months, they celebrate in their private outdoor grove in Clarkston, MI. During the winter months they prefer to celebrate at one of their members' homes in Ann Arbor, MI. In addition to their celebrations, they also do OBOD initiations for all grades (Bard, Ovate, and Druid). They additionally have one Ancient Order of Druids of America (AODA) member who can do candidate initiations. The grove typically get together for the eight major holidays and occasionally other times and share meals, rituals, fires, music, and crafts.
Awen's Light Grove c/o Ken Webster, Raleigh. email website
The Grove was established at Alban Arthan in 2007 and most of their members are OBOD members, though membership is not required to attend meetings. They meet monthly in Raleigh, NC and discuss Druid spiritual growth, environmental concerns and drive actions to improve the ecological condition of their communities. They also nurture spiritual growth through Druid ritual to commemorate the turning of our lives and of the year. The goal of the Awen Light Grove is to: support the modern druid in his/her spiritual growth through the OBOD path; help make a difference by honoring our ecological values, and celebrating the Wheel of the Year through druid ceremony and ritual.
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