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.
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26 November - Crafting the spiritual path with insights from 3 respected Glastonbury teachers: Tim Freke; Kathy Jones & Ian Rees, plus discussion. Small town Hall, 7.30pm, £6. A Library of Avalon benefit. FFI: firstname.lastname@example.org https://www.facebook.com/glastoncentreschool
28 November - The mistletoe ceremony at Tenbury Wells will take place at the Burgage at 3pm on Saturday 28th November 2015. This is an open ceremony and all are welcome to celebrate the magical mistletoe and send the message of love and healing out into the world. Damh the Bard will be performing at The Fountain Inn, Tenbury Wells from 7.30 pm on 28th November 2015. Tickets cost £10 each plus £1 handling charge and are are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/331524. All profits will be given to The Tenbury Youth project and The Adam Millichip Foundation. So why not come end enjoy a wonderful time in Tenbury whilst raising money to help others .
28-29 November - The Gatekeeper Trust Annual Conference ‘Wisdom in the Land’ Pewsey, Wiltshire. Weekend Ticket: £70 One Day only (Saturday OR Sunday): £40 Saturday: Peter Dawkins Fiona Hopes – Peter Knight & Peter Owen-Jones Sunday: Peter Dawkins, Jackie Queally, Philip Wells & Penny Billington. Details/online booking from http://gatekeeper.org.uk/events/annual-conference-2015/. Alternatively please contact the secretary: 0300 123 7723 or email: email@example.com.
28-29 November - Glastonbury, Somerset - Dignity in Death and Death Midwifery intensive weekend course. Certificated. Honouring life's final passage, explore ante, peri and post-mortem care for the dying, the dead and the bereaved. Facilitated by Kristoffer Hughes. £150 www.deathmidwifery.co.uk
30 November - 4 December - 'Fire in the Heart' at Schumacher College, Dartington nr Totnes. Week long creative writing and personal development retreat as part of the 'Soul, Spirit & Storytelling' series in this beautiful manor house on the Dartington Estate. Info from 01803-847237/847221 and firstname.lastname@example.org
4-6 December - The Western Way: Walking the Path of the Mysteries With John & Caitlín Matthews and special guests Ian Rees and Geraldine Beskin. Please join us for our 30th annual open mystery school gathering at Hawkwood College. FFI: http://www.hallowquest.org.uk/
6-7 December - A workshop on how to give talks and workshops with Philip Carr-Gomm and Penny Billington. Glastonbury Sunday 6th 3pm - 6.30pm, Monday 7th 9.30am - 5pm. £40 For OBOD members. To book: email@example.com
7 December - Treadwell's Open Circle at Treadwell's Bookshop, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. If you are a solitary pagan looking for experience of group ceremony and learning, these nights are designed with you in mind. This friendly evening includes discussion, chant, activities and ceremony.It is led by Lisa Grace and Ellie Hughes, both of whom are highly experienced as well as being active in the pagan community in London. Image credit Chesca Potter. Price: £8. Ring 0207 419 8507 or book online. Time: 7.15 pm for a 7.30 pm start.
8 December - The Mistletoe Rite (talk) with Penny Billington, for the Glastonbury Centre School of Learning, The Avalon Room, Isle of Avalon Foundation, 7.30pm. £6. FFI firstname.lastname@example.org https://www.facebook.com/glastoncentreschool
18-20 December - Balancing the Flame - Winter Solstice Weekend in Gloucestershire - 6pm Friday 18th - 3pm Sunday 20th December 2015 at Ragmans Lane Farm, Lower Lydbrook, Gloucestershire, GL17 9PA. A weekend workshop diving deeply into the still point of the year - to stop and worship our great star, the Sun, as it turns from descent to ascent. Expect to slow down, to your own still point, and find yourself in your clearest form as an empty container full of possibility. Then emerge with a blank pallet of expectation and hope, with the Sun burning it's trail before you, helping you burn your path as the Sun's shadow. We will work with the spirits of the land, listening to the earth's inate wisdom at this crystalline time of the year. £210 includes all meals, accommodation and tuition/materials. Contact: email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org Website booking http://www.mandypullen.co.uk/Sun_Moon_Workshops.html tel: 01594 541850 or 01823 672689.
19 December - Lore & Mystery of Yule 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 Yule. You will be treated to folklore, traditional customs, pagan spiritual meanings. 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 practising Wiccan priestess with over 40 years’ experience. Price: £55 (£30 deposit, balance due on the day). Register: Ring 0207 419 8507 or book online. Time: 10.45 am for a 11 am start. Ends 5.30 pm
21 December - Winter Solstice at the Ring of Brodgar. 2pm - Meet at the southern entrance. Rituals based on OBOD format, inclusive and family-friendly. Helen & Mark Woodsford-Dean. FFI: email@example.com A horn announces the ritual start: informal social/moot after.
22 December - Winter Solstice Meditation and Festivities - Chalice Well Gardens, Chilkwell Street, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 8DD. We gather at the well head at 12 noon for meditation until 12:30. At 12.30 we invite you to join us around the fire on the lower lawn for an informal Conversation Café. We hope this is an opportunity for people to meet, share ideas, thoughts and beliefs and increase connection through understanding. You're are also welcome to join us at 2 pm at our Winter Solstice festivities when we gather together around the Winter Solstice fire for meditation and song. For details visit here.
25-26 December - Free Garden Admission - Chalice Well Gardens, Chilkwell Street, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 8DD. On Christmas and Boxing Day each year the gardens are open to all, free of charge. Please take this opportunity to come and enjoy the peace and tranquility. The gardens are open 11 am to 3 pm. For details visit here.
13 January - Tarot Beginner Course - Eight week course with Sue Merlyn at Treadwell's Bookshop, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1E 7BS. Learn to read tarot with a gifted experienced teacher. In an active class, you learn the mystical symbolism of the cards, the visual language of their codes and archetypes. By the end of the eight weeks course, students can do basic readings and use tarot in mediations. Includes practice sessions, homework, backup support and exclusive handouts. Tutor Sue Merlyn has been reading Tarot for over thirty years and her teaching gets rave reviews. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a Treadwell’s certificate and can attend follow-on sessions. Max 12 students per class. Price: £200 (£100 deposit, balance due on first night). Register on 0207 419 8507 or book online. Time: arrive 6.45 for 7 pm start.
26-28 February - Druid Grade Gorsedd The Nightingale Centre, Great Hucklow, Derbyshire. Be refreshed by a weekend of fellowship, shared knowledge, ritual and fun. Together we’ll be exploring The Realm of Faery, the land of deep wisdom, and eternal beauty, of illusion and glamour. What can we discover within the hollow hills? For further information email: firstname.lastname@example.org Or text 07547 278058.
22 - 23 April - Talk and workshop with Philip Carr-Gomm in Sintra, Portugal. Details to follow.
7 - 8 May - Talk with Philip Carr-Gomm at the Shamanic Conference, Dublin, Ireland. Details to follow.
21 - 26 May - Retreat for OBOD members in Kilkenny, Ireland. With option to travel afterwards for a further three days to visit New Grange, Tara, and other sites. Details in Touchstone.
5 - 7 June - A workshop on how to give talks and workshops with Philip Carr-Gomm and Dr. Susan Jones. Glastonbury Sunday evening, all day Monday, Tuesday till noon. For OBOD members.
11- 12 June - Talk by Philip Carr-Gomm at the Shamanic Lands Conference, London. Details.
17-21 June - The Wild Women's 2016 Summer Solstice Retreat- Friday 17 June (arrivals from 4pm) until Tuesday 21 June (after lunch). Calling all wild and wonderful women. Tickets are now on sale for the 2016 Wild Women's Summer Solstice Retreat. This year we will meet when the highest sun kisses the brightest moon, on our stunning hidden retreat in Dorset, overlooking the majestic curl of the Jurassic coast and the deep blue mysteries of the Atlantic. Here among soft flowers, candlelight and cushions we will gather as women to connect deeply with the land and our true wild self, held safely in the arms of our sisters and the incredible wild women community. As well as four days of fun and friendship, fine food, meditation, yoga, coffee, conversation, camping and deep soul laughing, the 2016 retreat will focus on our relationship with nature and the natural world; the high sun, the full bellied moon and the ever shifting sea. We will walk the paths of the ridgeway, searching for herbs, animals and trees; bathe our bodies and our spirits in the beauty of the goddess, connecting to the land, ocean and stars, and one another, which in turn will connect us to our wild primal selves. Due to the success of last year's retreat tickets are in limited supply, so if you are considering coming get in contact now. Ticket Info: Standard Tickets £225 (Camping tickets available to everyone.) Premium Tickets £325 (Six bed spaces available). Concession Tickets £150 (only eight available). Working Ticket £100 (only seven available). You will also need to pay a £75 non-refundable deposit (£50 for working tickets). All tickets come with the option to pay in instalments. For further information see the Wild Women Retreats Website or contact Natalie Green by email.
2 - 3 July - Druid Magic & Healing. A workshop with Philip Carr-Gomm near Graz, Austria. Details to follow.
13 August - Talk by Philip Carr-Gomm for the Irish Celtic Spirituality Festival, Ireland. Details to follow.
3 September - Introducing the Mt Haemus Day Conference at the Sheepdrove Eco-Conference Centre, Berkshire.
9 - 11 September - Celebrate! A three 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. We will work with ways in which we can create and hold rites of naming, weddings, handfastings, and funerals. 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’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. Focalized by Philip Carr-Gomm and JJ Middleway. Primarily for German-speaking members, although the weekend will be in English.
16 September -Talk by Philip Carr-Gomm for the Theosophical Society, Reykjavik, Iceland. Details to follow.
24 - 25 September - Talk and workshop with Philip Carr-Gomm for the OBOD East Coast Gathering in Milford, PA, USA. Details to follow.
6 - 9 October - Understanding the Male Psyche – an experiential workshop for men and women. Have you ever wondered why many men, even those who hold powerful positions, seem so inadequate or insensitive? In this workshop we will explore a way of understanding the male psyche, based on the work of Jungian analyst Robert Moore, and others, that sees men needing to evolve out of their immature ‘boy’ psyches into mature adult manhood. We hope this workshop will be helpful and illuminating whether you are a young man seeking to make the transition into adulthood, whether you are an older man still trying to ‘grow up’, or whether you are a woman trying to understand men! We will work with exercises that help us access the immature and mature aspects of the archetypes that exist within all of us, male or female, and we will use ritual, poetry, music, story and mask work to deepen our experience. In Germany, with Philip Carr-Gomm, William Ayot, Reinhard Winkler and Malou Eberspächer. Details to follow.
14-18 October - The Order of Bard, Ovates and Druids 15th Southern Hemisphere Assembly, Bribie Island, close to Brisbane. Hosted by the Macademia Grove. Cabin or camping; catered or self catered. FFI contact Sandra email@example.com For bookings contact Cherry - firstname.lastname@example.org
The Druid Order - Open Introductory Evenings - The Druid Order (ADUB) is well known for their public ceremonies, most notably the Midsummer rites at Stonehenge, performed in distinctive white robes. Throughout the year, they hold open evenings in London for those who wish to learn more about them, on alternate Thursday evenings. For more details ring the Druid Order 020 8659 4879. Price: £8.00 on the door. Time: 7.30pm start.
updated 23rd November 2015
5 December 2015 Winter Gathering for Members Glastonbury
4-5 June 2016 Summer Gathering for Members Glastonbury
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