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.
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2015

30 May - Staffordshire Pagan Conference - an event at Lea Hall Social Club, Rugeley, Staffordshire. The event was established to promote unity for Pagans in Staffordshire and to raise money for Staffordshire Wildlife Trust. During the event there will be 6 Speakers, 10 Traders, 3 Readers and a Raffle. Evening entertainment will be provided by James J Turner's Acoustic Folk Rock and Pagan Folk band Green Fortune and Rock Disco. Tickets are available from £5 hereSpecial Guest Speaker for this years conference will be Anna Franklin. Anna has been a Witch for over 30 years and she is the High Priestess of the Hearth of Arianrhod, the Hearth publishes the long running Silver Wheel Magazine. She is the author of eighteen books on the Craft including Sacred Circle, Midsummer: Magical Celebrations of the Summer Solstice, Lammas: Celebrating Fruits of the First Harvest and The Fairy Ring.

31 May - Add Kabbalah to your Kit Bag of Tarot Techniques with Linda Marson at Glastonbury Experience Courtyard, Miracles Room (1st Floor), 2-4 High Street, Glastonbury. Discover a rich layer of meaning to the Tarot, one that adds depth to the way you respond to clients and interpret their cards. In this workshop, Linda Marson from Global Spiritual Studies distils the essence of what it means to apply the teachings of Kabbalah to a Tarot reading and gives you time to try it for yourself. This is a hands-on, practical workshop, so bring your Tarot cards! From 10am to 4pm. Fee $85 (approximately £57) includes handouts, morning and afternoon tea. Information and registration online. Email: linda@globalspiritualstudies.com.

31 May - Making Anointing Oils Day Class - with Tanya Moulding at Treadwell's Bookshop, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1E 7BS. For many centuries and across many cultures, plant and flower scents have been mixed into anointing oils to consecrate and bless. This practical one-day workshop explores their ritual, historical and spiritual uses. Participants will sample a variety of oils, then create two personalised anointing oils to take home based on what they've learnt. All materials and notes are included in the price. Tutor Tanya Moulding has taught historical perfumery at many English Heritage sites and local museums. Price: £55 (£30 deposit, balance due on the day). Register on 0207 419 8507 or book onlineTime: 10.45 for 11 am start. Ends 5.30 pm.

5 June - Druid book launch with Penny Billington on the Friday of the Summer Assembly 5-6pm. to discuss ‘The wisdom of birch, oak and yew.’ Meet and greet before the start of the OBOD weekend, for Druid tree chat at Labyrinth Bookshop, (opposite St John’s church) High Street, Glastonbury. All welcome.

5 June - Meeting for Queer Druids from 6-9pm on the Friday of the Summer Assembly in The Miracles Room of The Isle of Avalon Foundation, Glastonbury. All LGBTQ OBODies welcome to attend for informal chats and gentle ceremony. Facebook.com/QOBOD or pauljcorcoran@gmail.com.

6-7 June OBOD Summer Gathering in Glastonbury

8-10 June - The Soul Shrine, a Shamanic Art Course (Birmingham)  with Caitlín Matthews & Felicity Wombwell. Explore the holy places of the heart in prayer and shamanic journeying to create the soul shrine of inner landscape. No artistic ability/shamanic experience required, but artists and shamanic practitioners warmly welcomed. Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre, 0121 472 5171 enquiries@woodbrooke.org.uk

18 June - The Chapel in the Forest: An Ilustrated Talk on the Grail Chapel in Tréhorenteuc, Brittany by Philip Carr-Gomm. Sacred Space at Steiner House, Rudolf Steiner House, 35 Park Road, London NW1 6XT at 7.30 pm. In the 1940s, a Catholic priest in Brittany remodelled and redecorated a church as a grail chapel beside the mystical forest of Brocéliande, with its many associations with Arthurian legend. I will be giving an illustrated talk about this chapel, and the surrounding area. Contact: Marion Briggs Tel: 0870 766 9657* E-mail: marionbriggs148@btinternet.com (* charged at national rate). Entrance is £12 Concessions and donations possible – all welcome

19-23 June - Wild Women’s Retreat - A women's magical retreat on the Dorset Coast for Summer Solstice. Camping on a stunning private retreat overlooking the shimmering blue streak of the West Dorset coastline, just five minutes walk from the beach; nestled at the ancient feet of a star spun ridgeway, lazy under huge Summer solstice skies… you will find a place of refuge and retreat, love and transformation. Expect... Sacred singing, night-time ocean swimming, starlight walks and inspiring talks, history and mystery, ceremony and dreams, stepping out of clothes to bathe in chilled moonbeams. Sitting with your sisters and cooking side by side, working as community to keep the fires alive. Women holding women, standing hand in hand, feeling our bare feet, firm upon the land. Also beautiful organic vegetarian food * sheltered and scenic camping * outside and inside washing and cooking facilities * community cooking and living, with hidden corners to sit alone and ponder * experienced, knowledgeable and loving facilitators who know how to create safe magical spaces. Prices Early Bird Price (booking before 21 April): £200. Late Pigeon Price (booking before 1 June): £220. Concession tickets for students and unwaged (only a few left): £120. Contact Natalie Green at nataliejgreen@me.com to find out more.

21 June - Summer Solstice Meditation - Chalice Well Gardens, Chilkwell Street, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 8DD. We will be gathering at the Well Head at 12pm for celebration and meditation until 12:30. For details visit here.

21 June - Dawn (3am) Solstice Ritual at the Ring of Brodgar, Orkney. Meet at the southern entrance. Rituals based on OBOD format, inclusive and family-friendly. Helen & Mark Woodsford-Dean. FFI: info@spiritualorkney.co.uk A horn announces the ritual start: informal social/moot after.

26-28 June - The Spiral journey ~ Pathseeker, Trailblazer, Mapmaker and Gatekeeper. Wildways-onthe-Borle, Shropshire. £195, concs available. Deepen your learning with a dynamic, new, inclusive map of womanhood. Led by women’s mysteries teacher Karin Chandler FFI: karin@redwisdom.co.ukwww.redwisdom.co.uk, 07966 827887.

4 July - The Network of Ley Hunters Moot in the sacred womb of the landscape goddess Ceridwen and at the site of King Arthur's last battle (even on its anniversary) our Moot will be held in Dinas Mawddwy Village Hall. We'll start at lOam and finish by 9pm. Stalls and vegan catering in refreshment breaks. The programme of top speakers will include Mara Freeman, Laurence Main, Trish Mills, Ian Peglar, Johanna Van Fessen, Alan Watts, Maria Wheatley, Susan Hale & Ian Woodcock. Come for the day or stay for a week of guided walks beginning on Sunday, 28 June 2015. Laurence Main will lead these daily. Expect to pay local bus and train fares or to share the cost of our own bus. We'll visit where King Arthur died, Dyffryn Ardudwy, Bryn Cader Faner, Llynnau Cregennen, Cerrig Arthur and the Sword Stone, Bedd Tahesin and other stunning places on walks at the older rambler's pace. Dowse the leys! Trains run to MachynJieth, and there are local buses. We'll have a Moot bus to meet the train on Friday evening, 3 July and after lunch on Sunday, 5 July. Book early for cheap train tickets. Register for our Moot bus. We'll supply ticket holders with a detailed list of local accommodation including a campsite, B&Bs, and hotels within half a mile of the Moot venue. Why not rent a self-catering cottage? We can supply details. Be sure to book your accomodation well in advance. Most of all, come to meet other members of the Network of Ley Hunters!  Make cheque payable to Laurence Main and send to him at 9 Mawddwy Cottages, Min llyn, Dinas Mawddwy, Machynlleth, SY20 9LW, Wales. Telephone 01650-531354. 

9 July - The Grail in Avalon: Free evening talk and book-signing with Mara Freeman, author of Grail Alchemy.  Time: 7.30 -9pm at The Avalon Centre, 1 King Street, Glastonbury, BA6 9JY. This sacred landscape  has enshrined legends of the Holy Grail from the pagan era down to modern times - a most enigmatic, potent symbol of the British Mystery Tradition. Talk includes The Grail as Cauldron of Rebirth*The Alchemical Cup of the Abbey * The Mysterious Blue Bowl * Dion Fortune and the Grail - www.chalicecentre.net.

9-12 July -The Mothers of Change & the Fifth Nameless Goddess (Glos) R.J.Stewart, Anastacia Nutt & Caitlín Matthews. Enter into deep communion with six Mother-Goddesses from antiquity. http://www.hawkwoodcollege.co.uk/courses/

10-12 July - The Inner Quest of the Holy Grail. Weekend workshop/retreat at Chalice Well, Glastonbury. Unlock the door to the Grail Temple -  exercises, meditations and rituals from this ancient stream of sacred magic. Bring the spiritual Light of the Grail into the world for healing and transformation. Residential Fee: £260 / $420 / €330 Non res: £180 / $290 / €225 Includes: Tuition + accommodation for two nights in shared room plus two gourmet veg dinners, breakfasts, and lunches, teas and coffees, snacks, etc. Access to the Chalice Gardens and holy well after hours. Phone: (+44) (0)1239 858 830 (1-800 657 1520 FREE from North America) Email: retreats@chalicecentre.net  Website: www.chalicecentre.net 

17-19 July - Sacred Body Art: Transforming Bodies, Changing Lives - at Wildways, Borle Mill Bank, Highley, Shropshire, United Kingdom. Contact Elaine Gregory on wild.ways@virgin.net 

24 July-1 August - White Horse Druid Camps for OBOD members and friends Lughnasadh Camp - FFI please email Liz Cruse on campbookings12@gmail.com or text 07949620809.

25 July - Love and Thank to Water Day - Chalice Well Gardens, Chilkwell Street, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 8DD. 12.00 - 13.00. Join us for a simple ceremony offering love and thanks to water. You are very welcome to bring some of your own sacred water to this gentle ceremony. For details visit here.

29 July - 2 August - Druid Camp - Exploring the Native Spirituality of Our Land. A goodly few days on a hill in the north of the Forest of Dean, surrounded on three sides by the sacred river Severn. How could it be other than splendid? We’ll have speakers and workshops, music and crafts.  Come and share the beauty of nature, the smell of woodsmoke and the richness of community. Be inspired, entertained and informed by some of the traditions best loved speakers and performers. Druid Camp is a once in a life time experience - every year - so come and help create it. FFI: email team@druidcamp.org.uk. Book via rainbowfutures.co.uk/booking/

31 July - 2 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.

1 August - at 2pm Lugh ritual at the Ring of Brodgar, Orkney. Meet at the southern entrance. Rituals based on OBOD format, inclusive and family-friendly. Helen & Mark Woodsford-Dean. FFI: info@spiritualorkney.co.uk. A horn announces the ritual start: informal social/moot after.

1 August - Fruition Meditation - Chalice Well Gardens, Chilkwell Street, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 8DD. We will be gathering at the well head at 12pm for celebration and meditation until 12:30. At 12:30 we invite you to join us around the fire on the lower lawn for informal ’conversation’. We hope this will be an opportunity for people to share ideas, thoughts and beliefs, and a chance to increase connection through understanding. Please feel free to join us for all or any part of the celebration. For details visit here.

7-9th August - Annual Barmoor Druidry weekend Ryedale (Yorkshire Moors). £45 per person incl food and accommodation. Open to druids/druid-friendly alike. For more info email: debbi.lewis@gmail.com

8 August - Ovate Gathering – ‘In the Circle of the Ovate’Dear Ovate, Welcome! When we (two Druids) started facilitating the New Bards Encounter for the new Bards, we soon noticed that not only the new Bards were very interested to join, but also the bit more experienced Bards, lots of Ovates and a couple of Druids were keen to join us to spend a magical day on the Island. That’s why we have decided to organize the Ovate Gathering ‘In the Circle of the Ovate’. It’s gonna be an easy accessible and relaxed day in a small group (max 8 people) to get to know each other and enjoying a care-free day, but also to get into the circle a bit deeper. We warmly invite you to join us on our Island (near Maarssen/Utrecht) for the Ovate Gathering ‘In the Circle of the Ovate’ on Saturday 8 August 2015, ca 13.00 – ca 23.00 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: € 25,- purely to cover costs. We are very much looking forward to meeting you on the Island! Paul van den Berg & Nicole Maessen

8 August -‘In de Cirkel van de Ovaat’Toen wij twee jaar geleden begonnen met het organiseren van de Nieuwe Barden Ontmoetingen Dagen voor de nieuwe Barden, merkten wij al snel dat niet alleen de nieuwe Barden geïnteresseerd waren in deze dagen, maar ook de wat gevorderde Barden, veel Ovaten en ook sommige Druïden. Nu de vraag vanuit de Ovaten steeds groter is geworden, hebben wij besloten een Ontmoetingen Dag voor Ovaten te organiseren: ‘In de Cirkel van de Ovaat’.  Het wordt een laagdrempelige en ontspannen dag in een kleine groep (max. 8 personen), met de nadruk op het ontmoeten van elkaar en te genieten van een ongedwongen samenzijn, maar ook om wat dieper de cirkel in te gaan. We nodigen jou uit om deze dag bij ons op ons eiland (in de buurt van Maarssen) te komen voor de ‘In de Cirkel van de Ovaat’-dag. Deze dag vindt plaats op zaterdag 8 augustus 2015 van ca 13.00 – ca 23.00 uur. Let wel, op het eiland zijn we niet zo van de tijd dus het kan zomaar zijn dat het een half uurtje – of een uurtje - later wordt. Wat we van je willen vragen is om iets te eten (of te drinken) mee te brengen wat je bij voorkeur zelf hebt gemaakt. Hiermee draag je iets bij voor iedereen die die dag met ons daar is. Zou je het leuk vinden om deel uit te maken van deze magische dag, mail dan naar Nicole: n.maessen@planet.nl (graag met een cc aan Paul: obodpaul@zonnet.nlBijdrage voor deze dag: € 25,- is puur om de onkosten die we hebben te dekken. Wij kijken er naar uit om je op het eiland te ontmoeten! Paul van den Berg & Nicole Maessen

14-17 August - The Artemis GatheringIn honour of our patron goddess, the Children of Artemis are holding a wonderful outdoor event in a friendly family atmosphere camped in 35 beautiful acres of the Oxfordshire countryside on the 14th, 15th, 16th, &17th August. We are offering an extra night once again this year, enabling you to extend your stay until lunchtime on Monday 17th. The event has catering & bar facilities for vegetarians, & omnivores. Talks and workshops will be held in buildings and marquees on site, or in the open depending on the weather. For further details, prices and bookings see here.

15 August - Éigse Spiorad Ceilteach (Gathering Of Celtic Spirituality). At Slí Na Bandé in Newtown Mountkennedy, Co. Wicklow, Ireland. Talks, workshops, inspiring setting & night fireside entertainment. Accomm 14th-16th on site. With Luke Eastwood, Anna Coote, Joe McGowan, Gemma McGowan, Sophia Boann, Alex Duffy. Tickets €20 online or by post. +353 86 3119660 or info@irishdruidnetwork.org.

16 August - 16th August - Gathering Of Celtic Spirituality at Sla­ Na Banda in Newtown, Mountkennedy, Co. Wicklow, Ireland. A day of talks and workshops in an inspiring outdoor setting with nighttime fireside entertainment. Accom available 15th-17th on site. With Luke Eastwood, Anna Coote, Joe McGowan, Gemma McGowan, Sophia Boann, Alex Duffy and more. Advance tickets. Contact +353 86 3119660 or info@irishdruidnetwork.org for full info.

20 September - at 2pm Autumn Equinox Ritual at the Ring of Brodgar, Orkney. Meet at the southern entrance. Rituals based on OBOD format, inclusive and family-friendly. Helen & Mark Woodsford-Dean. FFI: info@spiritualorkney.co.uk. A horn announces the ritual start: informal social/moot after...

23 September - Autumn Equinox Meditation - Chalice Well Gardens, Chilkwell Street, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 8DD. We will be gathering at the Well Head at 12pm for celebration and meditation until 12:30. At 12:30 we invite you to join us around the fire on the Lower Lawn for informal ’conversation’. We hope this will be an opportunity for people to share ideas, thoughts and beliefs, and a chance to increase connection through understanding. Please feel free to join us for all or any part of the celebration. For details visit here.

3 October - Apple Day - Chalice Well Gardens, Chilkwell Street, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 8DD. Previous years we have included children's activities, talks, music, storytelling (for all ages) and, of course, apple picking, crushing and pressing, followed shortly by drinking fresh, free, apple juice. For details visit here.

10 October - New Bards EncounterDear 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 10 October 2015, ca 12.00 – ca 20.00 hrs. Would you like to be part of this magical day, please mail to Nicole: n.maessen@planet.nl (please cc Paul: obodpaul@zonnet.nlFee 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.

10 October - Nieuwe Barden Ontmoetingen Dag Beste nieuwe Bard, Welkom! Binnen OBOD Nederland worden er verschillende bijeenkomsten georganiseerd. Tijdens deze vieringen en bijeenkomsten horen we vaak dat het voor nieuwe Barden een hele stap is om hieraan deel te nemen. Vaak ook omdat de gedachte leeft dat je een bepaalde basiskennis moet bezitten om mee te kunnen doen en deelnemers niet weten of het wel iets voor ze is. Daarom organiseren wij (twee Druïden) speciaal voor nieuwe Barden een laagdrempelige ontspannen dag in een kleine groep (van 4 – 8 Barden) om kennis met elkaar en met andere Barden te maken, maar ook om eventuele vragen die je hebt over je bardengraad te kunnen stellen. De dag zal verder in het teken staan van verhalen vertellen, het delen van ervaringen die je tot nu toe hebt en vooral genieten van ongedwongen samenzijn. Je hebt geen uitgebreide OBOD kennis nodig voor deze dag en je hoeft zelfs nog niet je eerste inwijding gedaan te hebben om van harte welkom te zijn. We nodigen jou uit om een dag bij ons op ons (ei)landje (in de buurt van Maarssen/Utrecht) te komen voor de Nieuwe Barden Ontmoetingendag op zaterdag 10 oktober 2015 van ca 12.00 – ca 20.00 uur. Zou je het leuk vinden om deel uit te maken van deze magische dag, mail dan naar Nicole: n.maessen@planet.nl (graag met een cc aan Paul: obodpaul@zonnet.nl). Bijdrage voor deze dag: € 20,- is puur om de onkosten die we hebben te dekken. Wij kijken er naar uit om je op het Eiland te ontmoeten! Paul van den Berg & Nicole Maessen

16th-18th October - Ovate Gorsedd - at Braziers Park, Oxfordshire. Theme; Where are you in the Forest? OBOD Ovates are invited to attend and bring their gifts to this grade weekend. Braziers Park is a Grade II listed mansion house in an area of outstanding natural beauty hidden in deep Oxfordshire Countryside www.braziers.org.uk. Cost £180 incl. FFI/bookings email obodovategorsedd@gmail.com or text 07817514616.

17 October - Druid Magic & Healing - A day workshop with Philip Carr-Gomm to explore the way the old stories, and the sacred animals and plants used in Druidry, can help in our healing and spiritual development. We will work with the Druid Animal and Plant Oracles, and music and meditation, to deepen our experience of the gift of being alive in the world today. Along the way, participants will learn about the way Druids work with healing and the subtle powers of Nature to effect change and healing in their lives. At Healing Waters, East Aurora, Upstate New York. 10am – 5pm. Cost $120 (Concessions $100). To book, email events@druidry.org

18 October - Life Alchemy – A workshop intensive to bring new energy and transformation into your life. To open to our full potential and move joyously into a new phase of our lives, to help embrace change while letting go of old patterns – these are the aims of this one-day ‘Life Alchemy’ intensive led by Philip Carr-Gomm. At Healing Waters, East Aurora, Upstate New York. 10am – 5pm. Cost $120 (Concessions $100). For info visit here. To book, email events@druidry.org

31 October - A Resting/Samhain Meditation - Chalice Well Gardens, Chilkwell Street, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 8DD. We gather at the well head at midday 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. The gardens will remain open until 9 pm and we will hold a further meditation at 7 pm. During the evening the gardens will be lit by torch and candlelight. For details visit here.

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.

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 26th May 2015

 

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