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 firstname.lastname@example.org
17 - 18 October - Druid Magic & Healing: A two 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.
Druidry is a spiritual way and practice that speaks to three of our greatest yearnings: to be fully creative in our lives, to commune deeply with the world of Nature, and to gain access to a source of profound wisdom. Each of these yearnings comes from a different aspect of the Soul, and we can personify these as the Singer, the Shaman and the Sage. In Druidry, Bardic teachings help to nurture the singer, the artist or storyteller within us – the creative self; Ovate teachings help to foster the shaman, the lover of Nature, the healer within us; while the Druid teachings help to develop our inner wisdom – the sage who dwells within each of us. In this workshop we will explore the many ways in which Druidry can help develop these three aspects of ourselves. At Healing Waters, East Aurora, Upstate New York. 10am – 5pm. Cost $240 (Concessions $200). Workshop full. Registration closed. To go on waiting list please email: email@example.com
23-25 October - The Four Treasures of the Other World at Maria Laach, Eifel, Germany. When the people from the Goddess Danu came to Ireland they brought with them four precious treasures from their four magical cities in the North. In the medieval Grail stories we see them again in the Grail processions. It is my belief that these four treasures “are” the Grail or hold the key to the Grail that is our Soul. Stone, Spear, Sword and Cauldron. Powerful symbols in the old Myths, Arthurian stories and Grail legends. If we learn to look at them again in these old stories, they are still very powerful for us in our modern time. We can connect them to the different stages in the history of humankind, the four seasons, the four elements and the four stages of our life. In this workshop I will tell you some of these stories and we look at the deeper meanings of these Treasures. The Workshop will be a combination of storytelling and short trance journeys to make contact with them. This weekend will be for people who are prepared to look deeper into their SoulSelf. The four treasures will give you a deep insight into yourself and the world we live in. The workshop will be in English with translation into German. I am Corine Streefkerk, www.grailwisdom.nl ,and I am an OBOD member since 2007. The last two years I gave workshops at the OBOD camp and other OBOD days in Holland and I started to give courses Celtic and Irish mythology. Last year I wrote and Illustrated a little book about the five oldest animals in the story of the search for the Mabon. For further information and inscription: Anna Bluhm, firstname.lastname@example.org. Anna is a OBOD member since 2001, studied English and French and work as a healer. Anna organizes workshops with teachers from England and Holland.
24 October - Lore & Mystery of Samhain - A 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 Samhain, or Halowe'en. 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. EllenPaquette Art. Price: £55 (£30 deposit, balance due on the day). Register: Ring 0207 419 8507 or book online. Time:10.45 am for a 11am start. Ends 5.30 pm.
26 October - Tarot Archetype: Temperance- Evening mini-workshop with Marysia Kay at Treadwell's Bookshop, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1E 7BS. Come learn about the alchemically-significant Temperance card, rich in symbolism and history. A short illustrated talk on the card shows you hidden meanings encoded within the picture, and ways in which this card has been portrayed in various decks. Marysia then leads a guided meditation in which you explore an inner landscape populated with the forces of the archetype. Experiences are shared and insights gained. These evening workshops can be attended on a stand-alone basis. Marysia Kay (Kolodziej) is an experienced Wiccan and ceremonial magician. Please bring a little food to share. No previous tarot experience required. Price: £10 Ring 0207 419 or book online. Time: 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start.
29 October - The Hidden Adept and the Inward Vision - a talk on Ronald Heaver with RJ Stewart. Glastonbury Town Hall 7.30 £6 https://www.facebook.com/glastoncentreschool ALOA benefit.
30 October - 6 November - White Horse Camps (for OBOD members and friends) - SAMHAIN, "A Time Out of Time" at Wildways on the Borle, Shropshire. WHITE HORSE CAMPS invite you to celebrate Samhain with us in the magical valley of Wildways in Shropshire. At this camp, moving from the joys of Summer into the darkness of Winter, we will pause for a while in a time out of time, a place between worlds, away from the distractions of our daily lives. Flying on eagle wings, we will be supported to see more clearly what needs to be released and allowed to flow down the river of time and what we must preserve and add to the elixir of life. With the eagle, we will dive into the lake of the heart, seeking vision, transformation and renewal for our community and our own lives. And as the eagle rises up from the lake, with a broader view, strengthened and renewed, we’ll return to our home lives, strengthened for the Winter, with hope for what lies beyond.Our celebrations will include ritual, crafts, oracular work, dreaming and deep journeying, as well as time for misrule and inspiring Bardistry in all its forms! Accommodation is in a yurt with a woodburner. Costs: Adults: £32 per day, Concessionary Rate: £22 per day, Children 8-18yrs: £15 per day. There are some opportunities for earned days through working in kitchen. Contact Maria (see above) for more details. Cut off date for bookings: 16th October. We look forward to seeing you there. FFI please email Maria on email@example.com or go to our website: whitehorsecamps.co.uk .
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.
31 October - presenting (on alchemy) at 'The Wholeness of Difference'—one day conference on gender organized by Nick Clements & the Wrekin Trust at Christchurch Hall, Avenue Rd, Malvern WR14 3AY: bookings www.nick-clements.com/Conferences/Conferences.html
4 November - Taliesin & the Cauldron of Cerridwen - Storytelling with Annette Armstrong at Treadwell's Bookshop, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1E 7BS. Come and hear the strangest of stories, steeped in druid mysteries, of the origin and apprenticeship of Taliesin, Primary Chief Bard of Britain. Before Merlin placed the sword in the stone and Arthur Pendragon claimed Excalibur for his own, there was Taliesin: poet-seer, arch druid, visionary and Celtic shaman. But, what of the boy Taliesin; how did it all begin? And what had the great goddess Ceridwen got to do with it? Annette Armstrong is a druid and professional storyteller in the bardic tradition. She returns to Treadwells by popular demand. Price: £10. Ring 0207 419 8507 or book online. Time: 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start.
6-7 November - The Compass of Venus - 8pm Friday 6th - 8pm Saturday 7th November 2015 at Millers Farm, Blakeney, Gloucestershire, GL15 4AP. A 24 hour workshop to play with the fascinating and beautiful orbit of Venus and it's effects upon our world and lives. We will also be honouring the Sun, around which we and all our planets orbit, at the astrological point of Samhain on Saturday. Venus will be rising in the east and we will attempt to witness her arrival, as she appears alongside the Moon, Jupiter and Mars. There is indoor camping available overnight and most meals provided in the £85 fee. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com. Website booking http://www.mandypullen.co.uk/Sun_Moon_Workshops.html tel: 01594 541850 or 01823 672689.
7 November - Seven Tines Conference - Pagan Federation London - A day of talks & presentations exploring the divine masculine, male spirituality and men in Paganism. Pete Jennings - "Blacksmith Gods"; David Knight - "Pagan Male Spirituality"; Peter Nerey-Chaplin - "Male Initiation & the Male Journey" and more. Tickets here. More info from Luth on firstname.lastname@example.org. Price: £10, time 12 noon - 5pm.
8 November -'Poetic Edges' at Hawkwood nr Stroud—one day workshop continuing the series: bookings on 01453-759034, or www.hawkwoodcollege.co.uk
11 November - Poetry & a Pint St James Wine Vaults, Gallery Off Julian Road, Bath BA1 Susan Richardson New book: Skin Dancing, open-floor spots: bring your own poems! Start at 7.30 pm. Admission: £2 (concs: £1) Organiser: Richard Carder (01225 313531).
14-15 November - Stratford Upon Avon, Warks - 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. £140 www.deathmidwifery.co.uk
15 November - Underworld Autumn Mini-Workshop with Wendy Rule at Treadwell's Bookshop, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1E 7BS. This intensive short afternoon workshop explores underworld themes with ritual, guided meditation, mythology and song. Wendy Rule uses music and ceremony to bring the soul's attention to matters of death and loss, things the heart of the season as we go into the dark of the year. The group meets the Crone and experiences her lessons of transformation and understanding, along with other unexpected hidden gifts. Wendy Rule is an Australian witch who is also an internationally loved singer-songwriter and musician. Here we meet her pagan side, before her evening concert. Price: £20. Ring 0207 419 8507 or book online. Time: arrive 2.45 for 3 pm start. Ends 5.30 pm
15 November - Wendy Rule Concert - An Acoustic Performance. This lyrical Australian singer-songrwriter has a huge cult following among Pagans, and she comes to the UK only once every few years. In London for two nights only – with a gig and workshop at Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1E 7BS. Wendy Rule brings her magic to an intimate audience in a special space. Since 1996 Wendy Rule has released six major albums and numerous side projects. Her music also plays a vital role in the Pagan communities of Europe and North America, where she has toured widely. Price: £10 Ring 0207 419 8507 or book online. Time: 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start.
21-22 November - 'Know Thyself' - Spiritual Psychology -Two-day Workshop with Vivianne & Chris Crowley at Treadwell's Bookshop, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1E 7BS. This workshop is tailored to those working within spiritual or magical traditions, and for those on personal spiritual paths. It addresses the inner work of the initiatory journey, uncovering hidden aspects of the self and facilitating the way to the True Self. Inner journeying, imaging and meditation make up the practical aspects ; underpinning theories are drawn from Jungian, Transpersonal and Archetypal Psychology, and from the Western Mystery Tradition. The Crowleys bring long experience in both psychology and magical practice. Price: £120 (deposit £60, balance due on first day). Register: Ring 0207 419 8507 or book online. Time: Sat 10 am - 6pm. Sun 10 am - 5 pm.
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: email@example.com https://www.facebook.com/glastoncentreschool
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com
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/
6-8 December - A workshop on how to give talks and workshops with Philip Carr-Gomm and Penny Billington. Glastonbury Sunday evening, all day Monday, Tuesday till noon. £40 For OBOD members. To book: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com Website booking http://www.mandypullen.co.uk/Sun_Moon_Workshops.html tel: 01594 541850 or 01823 672689.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org For bookings contact Cherry - email@example.com
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 12th October 2015
5 December 2015 Winter Gathering for Members Glastonbury
4-5 June 2016 Summer Gathering for Members Glastonbury
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