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

2014

19 December - Yule Party at Treadwell's Bookshop, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Join us for the winter solstice Yule party, a traditiona feature of the Treadwells year.  There will be festivities, divinations, a few pagan carols and lots of noise and merriment to keep the dark spirits of midwinder at bay. Price: free but rsvp necessary info@treadwells-london.com. Time: 7 pm to 11 pm.

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.

22 December - Monday, 22 December - SUMMER SOLSTICE SUNSET VIEWING AT STONEHENGE AOTEAROA. More info on Stonehenge Aotearoa website or email Kay. 

2015

15-20 January - GROVE OF THE SUMMER STARS / DRUID CAMP AOTEAROA 2015 (10th Anniversary): From Thursday 15th to Tuesday 20th 2015 (over Wellington Anniversary Weekend).  Arrivals start on Thursday afternoon but you will need to look after your own evening meal for Thursday night. 
As this is the 10th Anniversary of our Druid Camp in Aotearoa, the theme for Camp is: ’Sharing Our Stories' - a forum to gather all our stories about love of nature, ancestry, previous Camps and belonging  to The Grove of the Summer Stars. Philip Carr-Gomm (our Chief Druid in the UK) will join us via Skype and there will be workshop offerings on ritual, meditation, sacred dance, story-telling, poetry, cycles & circles - a wonderfully full kete! Over the period of Camp there will also be time for ‘doing your own thing’ – bushwalking, etc.  Each evening after the evening meal we will have eisteddfod – a coming together for stimulating discussion, story, poetry and song.
The biggest change to previous Camps this time will be (at the request of many Camp attendees) that the evening meal for Friday  Saturday and Monday will be catered!!  The fees, therefore, have had to go up a little bit: $40/day (or part thereof) for adults; $20/day for children under 12; free for children under 5.  $160 per adult for the entire duration of Camp. There is no charge for the Thursday or the Tuesday. These costs are still very low and include food for breakfasts and lunches, workshops, camping space, etc. but require that everyone volunteers for cooking, washing up, cleaning, workshops, wellness, etc. If camping is not your thing and you’re not bringing a caravan, limited accommodation is available in the Woolshed - $5 per person per night for ‘marae-style’ sleeping in the downstairs sitting room (mattresses & pillows supplied)
Booking Form. Camp information and the Camp Programme will be sent to you on registration.

15 January - Dreamings: Shamanism of Storytelling - An evening with Abbie Palache, Storyteller at Treadwell's Bookshop, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Tonight Abbie Palache presents a storytelling performance bringing together personal experiences of healing, transformation and journeying with ancient stories from the tribal Americas and Siberia. In doing so she shows this as a form of shamanism practised for thousands of years.  Stories have power. A story can steal your soul and never let you rest, or be the healing balm for an entire community. A story can wake the dead and lay them to rest. Professional storyteller Abbie Palache returns to Treadwells by popular demand: she came in 2014 and took the house down. Price: £10 Ring 0207 419 8507 or book online. Time: 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start.

17th January - 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 17 January 2015, 11.00 – 20.00 hrs. If you would 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

17th January - 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 17 januari 2015 van ca 11.00 – 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!

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.

31 January - Inklings of Spring Bardic Showcase at Hawkwood College, Painswick Old Road, Stroudv, Glos United Kingdom- Kevan Manwaring with special guest bards tba. Come and find out about the Bard of Hawkwood contest, hear fine examples of modern bardism and celebrate Imbolc, the festival sacred to Brighid, Celtic Goddess of poetry, smithcraft and healing. Bring an Imbolc wish and sow your seed for the coming year. Bring a candle to have it blessed at this traditional time (Candlemas). Phone: 01453 759034 or email

1 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.

22 February - Introduction to Contemplative Druidry - Sunday 22 February 2015, from 2.30-5.30 p.m., at the Bonnington Centre in Vauxhall, London SW8. We will begin with a short introduction to the development of contemplative Druidry over the past three years and the writing of James Nichol's book "Contemplative Druidry". From there on the taster will be experiential, including both a group sitting meditation and the practice we call "Awen Space".

Facilitation by James Nichol, Elaine Knight and Julie Bond. We will work with a maximum of ten other participants. For some participants, this introduction might act as a warm-up to our residential retreat at Anybody’s Barn, near Malvern, running from 17-19 April 2015. Cost: £15 waged and £10 unwaged per person. If this price is a barrier, please let us know and we can discuss it. Contact grovelight@hotmail.co.uk for further information or to make a booking. See also www.contemplativedruidevents.tumblr.com.

28 March - Bardic Boot Camp at Hawkwood College, Painswick Old Road, Stroudv, Glos, United Kingdom with Kevan Manwaring. 9:30 am - 5:30 pm. Bring a poem, song or story to work on in preparation for the Bard of Hawkwood contest. Learn how to tell a story without a text, improve your performance poetry skills, develop a stage persona, and hone your song-craft. Led by Kevan Manwaring, 3rd Bard of Bath, 1st Bard of Hawkwood, and author of The Bardic Handbook, The Way of Awen, and others. Phone: 01453 759034 or Email. 

17-19 April - Contemplative Druidry residential retreat near Malvern. Friday – Sunday 17-19 April 2015 at Anybody’s Barn, Birchwood Hall, Storridge, Nr. Malvern, Worcestershire WR13 5EZ.  Arrivals from 4.30 pm for 6.30 pm supper on Friday; departures from 4.30 pm on Sunday.
 
The retreat will be led by James Nichol supported by some of the other members of the Gloucestershire Contemplative Group who feature in this book, these are JJ Middleway, Elaine Knight, Karen Webb and Julie Bond.
 
We will enter sacred space and move into introductions and a culture setting process on Friday evening. There will be sitting meditations and an introduction to “Awen Space”. Other offerings may include chanting, sacred movement, outside walking meditation and ‘lectio divina’ from the book of nature. It will also offer the opportunity simply to be, alone and with fellow travellers, in a beautiful nurturing space. We will work with a maximum of sixteen people, including ourselves. So please book early to make sure of your place.


The cost of the retreat, including accommodation, catering and facilitator team expenses is £105 waged or £95 unwaged per person. A non-returnable deposit of £30 will secure your place with the balance payable by 21 March 2015. 
 Contact grovelight@hotmail.co.uk for further information or to make a booking. See also www.contemplativedruidevents.tumblr.com

1 - 3 May - 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.

3 May - BELTANE Gorsedd of the Elderwood Grove OBOD & Elderwood Grove Clan. You Are Invited To: Elderwood Grove OBOD & Elderwood Grove Clan Gorsedd/Gathering & Potluck THIS WILL BE THE ONLY ELDERWOOD GROVE OBOD GORSEDD THIS YEAR! We are hoping that friends near and far, old and new can make it to dance around the May Pole with us. There is no limit of how many individuals guests can bring or whom they can invite for this event as long as they are Pagan friendly! HOWEVER, PLEASE RSVP BY WEDNESDAY APRIL 29, 2015 WITH HOW MANY WILL BE ATTENDING WITH YOU. IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE SOME KIND O f ACKNOWLEDGEMENT BACK FROM US THEN WE DID NOT GET YOUR RSVP. Jen’s Cell: 636-244-7222 Neal's Cell: 636-244-7244

WHEN: SUNDAY, MAY 3RD, 2015 at 11:00 AM TO 4:00 PM! RITUAL BEGINS A NOON SHARP!! WHERE: August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area 2360 Hwy D St Charles, Missouri, USA 63304 DIRECTIONS: FROM ST LOUIS: Take I-64/HWY 40 to Exit 10 for MO-94 South; Turn LEFT (Weldon Springs) onto MO-94 West... FROM WENTZVILLE: Take I-64/HWY 40 to Exit 9 for MO-94 (St Charles/Defiance exit) continue straight; Turn RIGHT onto MO-94 West...CONTINUING ON ... Turn RIGHT on HWY D; Follow HWY D to Main Entrance to August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area on the RIGHT hand side of the road. Once through the gate turn RIGHT and follow the road straight up the Administration Building parking lot and meet Neal there! He drives a WHITE 006 FORD FOCUS WAGON.

LIKE MANY TIMES IN THE PAST, IF YOU DO NOT KNOW THE WAY YOU MAY MEET NEAL IN THE PARKING LOT OF THE ADMINISTRATION BUILDING PROMPTLY AT 11 O'CLOCK! This 6,987-acre area contains 3,000 acres of forest in addition to grassland, cropland, old fields, prairie, and wetlands. The area also has 32 fishable lakes and ponds totaling 550 acres. IT IS EASY TO GET LOST AND TURNED AROUND! IF YOU ARRIVE LATER THAN 11:15 YOU WILL BE LEFT BEHIND SO PLEASE BE ON TIME! THANK YOU! AT 11:15, YOU WILL FOLLOW NEAL OUT TO THE PINE GROVE TRAIL NEAR LAKE # 8!****

WHAT TO BRING: DRUMS OR OTHER INSTRUMENTS, BYOB, Flowers for the altar, LAWN CHAIRS & POTLUCK (whatever you would like to bring refreshment and dish to share).

IN ADDITION: We STOPPED using plastic silverware, cups, plates, etc. for Mother Earth sakes so PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN NON-DISPOSABLE EATING UTENSILS, PLATES, AND CUPS.

WHAT TO WEAR: We will be in under the pine tree grove. If you would like to dress in ritual regalia, kilts, etc. you may do so; however, please make it weather appropriate. We hope that we will be blessed with abundant sunshine on this day! /|\ WE WILL LEAVE ONLY OUR FOOT PRINTS AND OUR BENEVOLENT ENERGIES!

Summary Page - Map - Area Brochure Yours in the Peace from the Grove, Jennifer and Neal Cox /|\

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

4 July - The Network of Ley Hunters aim for a really good Moot in 2015. That means planning well in advance and you booking your ticket early. So we're offering ADVANCE SAVER TICKETS for£10 if bought in 2014. We'll resume our normal price of £30 on 1 January 2015. On SATURDAY 4 JULY 2015, 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. (150 attended our Moot here in 1991.) We'll start at lOam and finish by 9pm. There'll be STALLS and VEGAN CATERING in refreshment breaks. The programme of top speakers will include MARA FREEMAN, LAURENCE MAIN, TRISH MILLS, IAN PEGLER, 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 ACCOMMODATION WELL IN ADVANCE.

Most of all, come to meet other members of the Network of Ley Hunters! Make friends and learn from each other. Come and enjoy our Moot. Take advantage of the TICKET FOR A TENNER special offer TODAY. This special £10 offer ends on 31 December 2014. 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. PLEASE REMEMBER TO PRINT YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS CLEARLY. SORRY, NO DOGS. 

29 July - 2 August - Druid Camp -  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. Past Druid Camps have hosted major speakers in the Druid tradition, have held handfastings, naming, re-namings and affirmations in ones path. We invoke Awen, activism and laughter! The Druid Camp 2015 web site is being built even as we type, and will have all the information on the 2015 camp at www.druidcamp.org.uk. Contact Mark, Theo or Bish by email

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.

update 19h December 2014

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6 Dec Winter Gathering for Members Glastonbury

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

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