Events

On this page you will find listings of upcoming events that are either directly related to Druidry, or which we feel might be of interest. They are organised by many different people and groups, and their listing here does not imply our endorsement.
If you would like to list an event here please send details to events@druidry.org
More Druid-related events can be found on the Events pages of The Druid Network and Druidic Dawn

2014

17 - 21 Sept - CELEBRATE! A five day immersion in the arts of celebrancy for OBOD members and friends who want to explore working with rites of passage – either in a professional role or simply for themselves and close friends and relatives. In this year of celebration of the Golden Anniversary of the Order, it seems fitting that we should turn our attention to celebration as a natural and spiritual response to the fundamental turning-points in life. During five days in the magical setting of Earthspirit in Compton Dundon near Glastonbury, we will work with ways in which we can create and hold rites of naming, weddings, handfastings, and funerals.

Lying between the two hills of Dundon Beacon and Lollover in Somerset, Earthspirit is just on the edge of the small village of Compton Dundon, a few miles south of Glastonbury. The Earthspirit Centre is warm and comfortable, and in addition to extensive gardens that include an Ogham copse, there is a large indoor cedarwood hot-tub.
This time together is designed for both experienced celebrants and for those who are just beginning to consider celebrancy as an avenue of service. We will receive advice from, and listen to the experience of trained ‘mainstream’ celebrants in established traditions, from professional ‘alternative’ celebrants, and from  members of the Order who offer their services as celebrants to their local community. We’ll share our own stories and learn ways in which we can craft rites that respond to the needs of people who may be ‘spiritual’ but who hold no special religious affiliation, as well as for those who want a specifically Druid ritual. Contributors include Caitlin Matthews, Peter Owen-Jones, Mark Townsend and Philip Carr-Gomm. The cost of the workshop is £363 inclusive of all meals (vegetarian & delicious). Accommodation is sharing – see http://www.earthspirit-centre.co.uk. £60 Single Room Supplement. Fully booked. To be put on waiting list email: events@druidry.org

19-20 September - Invitation TO ALL BARDS, OVATES AND DRUIDS and those who want to meet them - Nemeton Dearraich Grove, Golden Anniversary Event 50 YEARS of OBOD Celebration at castle Bilstein in Germany Westfalen. We like to invite you to our following Programme:

Friday 19.9.2014  at18.00 - Drum Circle/Spirit of the Bodhran Drum: Bardic Art Nemeton Dearraich Grove; Ur Music und Primitive Dance; Jigs und Reels in celtic Tradition; „An Dro“ and the „Alban Step“; Trance Induktion through Drum and Dance - Magic of Dance. We will guide you through the steps and be sure you will have a lot of fun; Hagazussa Mask Theatre, Mask Societies, Presentationen of Seasonal Masks and History of Mask.

20.00: History of the OBOD; About Celtic Peoples and their Philosophy; The Way of Bards , Ovates and Druids. A following Ritual will take place in the Forest with Bardic Arts and Skaldwork. GORSEDD OF THE DRUIDIC CHAIR ARTAUNON ALKIN CDG.

Saturday 20.9.2014: Evening presentations - Secrets of the Herbs; Traditional and Celtic Shamanism; The ancient Oracle Divination. You will find Celtic and Pagan Artwork, Information and Books.

20.00 Autumn Festival Celebration - Light Spiral Mystery.

If you want to join us please contact here. See Website.

20 September - Autumn Equinox: Lore and Magic Day Workshop with Suzanne Corbie at Treadwell's Bookshop, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1E 7BS. Spend the day immersed in the ancient lore of the equinox.  You will be treated to folklore, traditional customs, pagan spiritual meanings and for ways in which it is celebrated in the present as well as in the past. It includes illustrated lecture, handouts,  meditation and some traditional craft work. A full-participation ceremony completes the day. Ideal if you love folk customs, or if you are studying as a pagan. Suzanne Corbie is a  Wiccan Priestess with over 38 years' experience. She brings a wealth of information and personal insight. Price: £45 (£25 deposit, balance on the day) - Ring 0207 419 8507 or book online. Time: 10.45 arrival for 11 am start. Finishes 5.30 pm

21 September - Druids of Caledon Open Rituals - Autumn Equinox - Rouken Glen Park, Thornliebank, East Renfrewshire, Glasgow, Scotland, G46 7UG.The Druids of Caledon came into being in the summer of 2004. The Group’s aims are as follows:Function as an open and informal group who believe in doing good for the benefit of all life on earth. Believe that human beings are all children of Mother Earth and Sky Father (the sun) – all created by the Great Spirit, Creator of the universe. Share spiritual experience through festivals, group meetings, outings, and rituals. Teach the Druid path in a compatible way, current to Scottish life through the teachings of Caledonic Druidism, founded on the living spirit within Scotland’s indigenous peoples and their land. The spirit of Scotland’s great Wood of Caledon is with us today. For more information see website.

21 September 5th Annual Bardic Festival for all OBOD-members, family and their close friends to share a day of spirituality together. Meet fellow Druids, enjoy a Bardic, Ovate or Druid Grove. For familymembers and children separate groves are organized. Choice a workshop in the afternoon and share a harvest ritual together. Theme: Our connection to the Animal Kingdom. In biological garden 'De Ommuurde Tuin' in Renkum. Tickets are €17,50 (adults) € 12,50 (kids 9-18). Kids under 9 are free. Including coffee, tea, lunch (Pot Luck), fruit and snacks. More information and registration at www.druiden.nl

21 September - Tuatha de Bridget Open Autumn Equinox Ritual at Pollok Park, Pollok Country Park, 2060 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow, Scotland, G43March 23 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm. Druidcraft – in the valley where Druidry and Wicca meet. We are an open Druidcraft group based in Glasgow, Scotland. We are an eclectic group of Pagans and like minded souls who meet on each of the eight festivals of the wheel of year, to share ritual, ceremony and friendship. We also do a lot of healing. Most of our outdoor rituals are held in the ancient earthworks in Glasgow’s Pollock Park to which all those with an open mind and warm heart are invited to take part. Bright Blessings! See here for further information.

21 September - SPRING EQUINOX / ALBAN EILIR (Oestre/Te Wha o Mahura/Te Koanga) at The WoolshedPukerua Bay, New Zealand. 11am start. THIS IS A CHILD-FRIENDLY OCCASION – CHILDREN WELCOME. The Spring Equinox ceremony of the Druid tradition is known as Alban Eilir – ‘Light of the Earth’. Alban Eilir, at the point of balance between Imbolc and Beltane, as it is at the point of balance between day and night, is a time for festivity and celebration for it marks the beginning of a new phase, the beginning of the triumph of light. In Druidry, Spring is considered so important, that three festivals are dedicated to this season: Imbolc, marking the first stirrings of Spring, Alban Eilir marking its more obvious beginning, and Beltane marking the time of its fullness, before it develops into the very different quality of Summer. In ancient Maori society the rising of the star Aotahi (Canopus) announced the arrival of Spring, together with flowering of kowhai, rangiora and kotukutuku, the plants of the fourth lunar month spanning September and October.  This was also a sign for kumara planting to begin. A key event was the return of pipiwharauroa, the shining cuckoo, from its winter stay in Hawaiki, the legendary Pacific homeland of the Maori. In Europe, Spring Equinox was the festival of Eostre, the Saxon goddess of the dawn and Spring.

Bring your songs, stories, poems, music, dances, insights, etc. appropriate to the season to contribute to creating our own special ceremony.  Please bring a ‘pot luck’ contribution for the feasting. Contact Pamela on 04 239 9234 or email. For details visit website.

27 September - New Bards Encounter - Dear new Bard, Welcome! Within OBOD Netherlands different meetings are being organized. When meeting new Bards we often hear they find it quite a step to attend to (multiple day) camps or other OBOD-events, usually because the general thought is they have to have a certain knowledge to be able to attend, or because they simply don’t know if they’re gonna like it at all. Just because of that we (two Druids) facilitate an easy accessible and relaxed day in a small group (of 4 – 8 Bards) to get to know each other and other Bards, and to be able to get answers to the questions you might have. Apart from that, there will be storytelling, sharing of experiences you’ve had so far and most of all, enjoying a care-free day. You don’t need extensive OBOD knowledge to attend to this day and you don’t even have had your first initiation to be more than welcome. We warmly invite you to join us on our Island (near Maarssen/Utrecht) for the New Bards Encounter on Saturday 27 September 2014, 13.00 – 21.00 hrs. Would you like to be part of this magical day, please mail to Nicole: n.maessen@planet.nl (please cc Paul: obodpaul@zonnet.nl). Fee for this day: € 20,- purely to cover costs. We are very much looking forward to meeting you on the Island! Paul van den Berg & Nicole Maessen

4 - 6 October - 'Plant Consciousness: An Event That Will Revolutionise Our Relationship With Plants’ held at Regents University, London. Our disconnect from the natural world has led to the disastrous situation that we now find ourselves in on planet Earth, yet our deep feelings for nature form part of our spiritual longing. Plant Consciousness will demonstrate in dynamic ways, how at both the microcosm and macrocosm levels we can re-establish that connection to nature and why it is essential for the development of consciousness and the well-being of the planet that we do. We can learn so much from the inherent qualities of the plant kingdom and if we look even closer, from the intelligence that lies behind it. Bringing together the values of plant neurobiology, permaculture, deep-ecology, eco-psychology, shamanism and herbalism you will discover a deeper understanding of and a new harmony with plants and with your place in the biosphere of life on this planet.
Speakers
- John Perkins - Sacred Plants, Shapeshifting & The Consciousness Revolution
- Philip Carr-Gomm – Working With Sacred Plants Of The Druid Tradition
- Sir Julian Rose – The Path to Organic Awareness
- Pam Montgomery – Our Symbiotic Relationship With Plants
- Simon G Powell – The Role Of Botanical Intelligence On Board Spaceship Earth
- Stefan Ball - Everything In Nature Is Simple
- Tigrilla Soler & Damanhur – The Music Of The Plants – 40 Years Of Research
Full information about the event, all the speakers and their presentations can be found on the event website: www.plantconsciousness.com

17-19 October - OBOD Ovate Gorsedd to be held at Paddington Farm, Glastonbury.  Theme is Nwyfre.  Accommodation will be shared in dorms - beds and linen provided.  All dietary needs catered for.  Cost £100 to include all accommodation, food and activities.  To book or for further information email.

19 October - THE THREE CAULDRONS:Exploring the Mystic Practices of Ancient Irish Poet-Seers from 1-4 pm at The Arlington Center, 369 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA 02474. Step into the world of the early Irish filid or poet-seers, who inherited some of the traditions and roles of the druids, and preserved aspects of ancient Irish culture and belief for over a thousand years. While the teachings of the druids were not usually committed to writing, the filid worked in both an oral and written tradition. Not all of these texts have been translated, however, and many are difficult to interpret.

One of the most intriguing is ‘The Caldron of Poesy,’ preserved in a 16th century manuscript but whose origins are believed to go back to the 8th century (a time when druids still had legal status in Irish society). It describes three cauldrons or vessels that exist in every person, whose position symbolizes one’s spiritual progress. What can this remarkable wisdom text tell us about the beliefs and mystic practices of the ancestors, and how can we bring this wisdom and transformation into our lives?

Join Harvard-trained Celtic scholar and druid-priestess Siaran NicLeoid (S. NicMhacha / S. P. MacLeod) for this intensive workshop exploring the words and wisdom of the ancient poet-seers, and work with Old Irish words, chants and prayers to bring these ancient methods forward along the spiral of time. To register contact by email. Sliding scale $45-55, based on income, payable through PayPal or by check or money order.

24th-26th October 2014 - Samhain Weekend Workshop - Ragmans Lane Farm, Gloucestershire. Balancing the Flame is a series of weekend workshops designed to explore, re-member and celebrate the eight most potent points of the year, the solar festivals, in relation to ourselves and the land upon which we live. Beginning with Samhain (Hallowe’en) 2014 the workshops will follow at 3 monthly intervals in 2015 with the Fire Festivals of Imbolc (February), Beltane (May) and Lammas (August) then with the Equinoxes and Solstices from 2015 to 2016. Led by Mandy Pullen and Jane Embleton we have been running these workshops since 2012 and have extended them to weekends to go deeper into the work. Cost £210 which includes accommodation, food, materials and tuition. More information and booking details click here or here. Email or Phone: 01594 541850 / 07805 800313.

2 November - Celebrate Beltane / Flowering & Sap Rise / Whiringanuku – 11:00am at The Woolshed, Pukerua Bay, New Zealand. Contact Pamela on 04 239 9234 or email. For details visit website.

2 November -  Druids of Caledon Open Rituals - Samhain - Rouken Glen Park, Thornliebank, East Renfrewshire, Glasgow, Scotland, G46 7UG.The Druids of Caledon came into being in the summer of 2004. The Group’s aims are as follows:Function as an open and informal group who believe in doing good for the benefit of all life on earth. Believe that human beings are all children of Mother Earth and Sky Father (the sun) – all created by the Great Spirit, Creator of the universe. Share spiritual experience through festivals, group meetings, outings, and rituals. Teach the Druid path in a compatible way, current to Scottish life through the teachings of Caledonic Druidism, founded on the living spirit within Scotland’s indigenous peoples and their land. The spirit of Scotland’s great Wood of Caledon is with us today. For more information see website.

2 November - Tuatha de Bridget Open Samhain Ritual at Pollok Park, Pollok Country Park, 2060 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow, Scotland, G43March 23 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm. Druidcraft – in the valley where Druidry and Wicca meet. We are an open Druidcraft group based in Glasgow, Scotland. We are an eclectic group of Pagans and like minded souls who meet on each of the eight festivals of the wheel of year, to share ritual, ceremony and friendship. We also do a lot of healing. Most of our outdoor rituals are held in the ancient earthworks in Glasgow’s Pollock Park to which all those with an open mind and warm heart are invited to take part. Bright Blessings! See here for further information.

21 December - Druids of Caledon Open Rituals - Winter Solstice - Rouken Glen Park, Thornliebank, East Renfrewshire, Glasgow, Scotland, G46 7UG.The Druids of Caledon came into being in the summer of 2004. The Group’s aims are as follows:Function as an open and informal group who believe in doing good for the benefit of all life on earth. Believe that human beings are all children of Mother Earth and Sky Father (the sun) – all created by the Great Spirit, Creator of the universe. Share spiritual experience through festivals, group meetings, outings, and rituals. Teach the Druid path in a compatible way, current to Scottish life through the teachings of Caledonic Druidism, founded on the living spirit within Scotland’s indigenous peoples and their land. The spirit of Scotland’s great Wood of Caledon is with us today. For more information see website.

21 December - Tuatha de Bridget Open Winter Solstice Ritual at Pollok Park, Pollok Country Park, 2060 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow, Scotland, G43March 23 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm. Druidcraft – in the valley where Druidry and Wicca meet. We are an open Druidcraft group based in Glasgow, Scotland. We are an eclectic group of Pagans and like minded souls who meet on each of the eight festivals of the wheel of year, to share ritual, ceremony and friendship. We also do a lot of healing. Most of our outdoor rituals are held in the ancient earthworks in Glasgow’s Pollock Park to which all those with an open mind and warm heart are invited to take part. Bright Blessings! See here for further information.

22 December - Celebrate Summer Solstice / Alban Hefin / Litha / Te Maruaroa o te Raumati – 11:00am at The Woolshed, Pukerua Bay, New Zealand. Contact Pamela on 04 239 9234 or email. For details visit website.

2015

31st January - 1st February - Imbolc Weekend Workshop - Ragmans Lane Farm, Gloucestershire. Balancing the Flame is a series of weekend workshops designed to explore, re-member and celebrate the eight most potent points of the year, the solar festivals, in relation to ourselves and the land upon which we live. Imbolc is a time of fertility and renewal and as we begin to emerge from the dark we find that we are the fractal and also it's smallest element. So it is time to give our seeds of creativity light and warmth, to encourage them to grow by spinning their threads, to let them begin to take their first form. Led by Mandy Pullen and Jane Embleton we have been running these workshops since 2012 and have extended them to weekends to go deeper into the work. Cost £210 which includes accommodation, food, materials and tuition. More information and booking details click here  or here Email or Phone: 01594 541850 / 07805 800313.

1st February -  Celebrate Imbolc 2015 with Sarah Arkle - Druid and Priestess of Bridie. A day community, craft and ritual to welcome the first signs of Spring. At the: Clophill Centre, Shefford Road, Clophill, Beds MK 45 4BT. Fee: £40. Booking: £10 non returnable deposit secures your place with a completed form. Your balance is to be paid in full by 23 January 2015. Includes drinks, a light vegetarian lunch and all materials. Together we will: meditate, connect with the land, make a Bridie doll and end with an Imbolc ritual. Contact Sarah Arkle: 72 Stanley Street, Bedford MK41 7RU or emailFacebook page.

1st - 3rd May 2015 - Beltane Weekend Workshop - Ragmans Lane Farm, Gloucestershire. Balancing the Flame is a series of weekend workshops designed to explore, re-member and celebrate the eight most potent points of the year, the solar festivals, in relation to ourselves and the land upon which we live. Beltane means 'Bright Fire' and it is a time of vibrancy and fertility in nature, blossoms abound, there is a greening over the land and plants, animals and humans are fully awakened . . . there is a quickening in the air as the solar breath and warm rain speed growth. Led by Mandy Pullen and Jane Embleton we have been running these workshops since 2012 and have extended them to weekends to go deeper into the work. Cost £210 which includes accommodation, food, materials and tuition. More information and booking details click here or here. Email or Phone: 01594 541850 / 07805 800313.

19 - 24 May 2015  AN OBOD RETREAT at CAE MABON IN SNOWDONIA

We invite you to join us in a unique retreat experience in the magical landscape of Snowdonia in Wales. Cae Mabon is set in an oak forest glade and centered on a Celtic Roundhouse - a collection of unique and beautiful structures set in woodland facing the mountains with lake Llyn Padarn in the valley below. To the west is Ynys Mon (the island of Anglesey), the heartland of the Druids in ancient times. To the east is Dinas Emrys, where dragons are said to have risen from the ground and where the young Merlin spoke his first great prophecy.
Cae Mabon is deep in old Druid country. Some say Taliesin is her guardian spirit. Its cob cottage, straw bale hogan, cedar cabin and barn are situated amongst lush greenery and woodland, and the Afon Fachwen (‘little white river’) flows from Elidir near the thatched round house and cedar hot tub. During our retreat there will be storytelling, music-making, meditation and ritual. We will visit Dinas Emrys, and open to the Spirit of Druidry and the land.
The retreat will be led by Penny Billington, editor of Druid journal Touchstone and author of The Path of Druidry: Walking the Ancient Green Way and Philip Carr-Gomm. Honorary Bards ZZ Birmingham and Eric Maddern will entertain us with music and storytelling. To register your interest or book, please email touchstone@druidry.org

31st July - 2nd August 2015 - Lammas Weekend Workshop - Ragmans Lane Farm, Gloucestershire. Balancing the Flame is a series of weekend workshops designed to explore, re-member and celebrate the eight most potent points of the year, the solar festivals, in relation to ourselves and the land upon which we live. Lammas brings us the chance to begin our own personal harvest, on the land and within ourselves - join us for this exploration into the Festival of First Fruits. Led by Mandy Pullen and Jane Embleton we have been running these workshops since 2012 and have extended them to weekends to go deeper into the work. Cost £210 which includes accommodation, food, materials and tuition. More information and booking details click here or here. Email or Phone: 01594 541850 / 07805 800313.

updated 10th September 2014

OBOD Gatherings & 50th Anniversary Celebrations 2014

16-21 Jan Camp New Zealand

24-28 Jan  Camp Australia

29 May - 1 June Dryade International Camp Netherlands

6-9 June Summer Gathering Glastonbury

29 Oct - 2 Nov OBOD Retreat France

6 Dec Winter Gathering for Members Glastonbury

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Monthly OBOD Meditations for Peace by yourself, or with a Grove or Seedgroup, perform a Grove ceremony with the central theme and focus for world peace.

More Druid-related events can be found on the Events pages of The Druid Network and Druidic Dawn

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