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

 

2015

29 Jan - 3 Feb White Horse Druid Camps for OBOD members and friends - Imbolc at Wildways on the Borle. Celebrate the first stirrings of spring and the Goddess Brighid. In the warmth of a yurt sing, tell stories and bring in the new season with ritual: wander the land woods. FFI: Liz Cruse on campbookings12@gmail.com or text 07949620809.

30 January - Dance of the Soul - Paneurhythmy - Intro Session. A beautiful dance in a circle to music, which helps us to connect to Nature and the Cosmos. All welcome to come and experience a little of this energising dance.  Introductory workshop dates: Fri 30th Jan; or Weds 24th Feb , 9-10.30am. Cost: £10. At Forest Row Cricket Club, East Sussex. FFI or to reserve a place contact Karen on 07939 040 087 or email yiestar@yahoo.co.uk.

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

31 January - Mysteries of Imbolc 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 Imbolc - Candlemas.  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. Suzanne Corbie is a Wiccan Priestess with over 37 years' experience. She brings a wealth of information and personal insight. Price: £45 (£25 deposit, balance due on the day). Register: Ring 0207 419 8507 or book onlineTime: 10.45 for 11 am start. Finishes 5.30 pm

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.

4 February - Sir Gawain & the Green Knight - Storytelling with Annette Armstrong at Treadwell's Bookshop, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1E 7BS. This Arthurian tale is set in the wintry holly-decked halls of Camelot.  Sir Gawain goes om a mythic initiatory quest for the  'Green Chapel'. On the way he meets the terrifying and mysterious Green Knight, a powerful primal force much-revered by pagan audiences. This is an initiation story for all times, an epic magicaljourney. Annette Armstrong is a professional storyteller and she uses her own translation of the Middle English masterpiece. “A delightfully told and beautifully written version of this great, classic Celtic initiation tale.” Illustration Duncan Eagleson. Price: £10  Ring 0207 419 8507 or book online. Time: 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start.

21 February - Wandmaking Workshop - 10am - 5pm. Nr Holsworthy. Cost:£45pp. Walk, tree companions, crafting a wand. Info/flyer/book at nikwandmaker@aol.com or Contact Nick and Jo 01409 281392 - 07970 546957.

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.

24 February - Dance of the Soul - Paneurhythmy - Intro Session. A beautiful dance in a circle to music, which helps us to connect to Nature and the Cosmos. All welcome to come and experience a little of this energising dance.  Introductory workshop dates: Fri 30th Jan; or Weds 24th Feb - 9-10.30am. cOST: £10. At Forest Row Cricket Club, East Sussex. FFI or to reserve a place contact Karen on 07939 040 087 or email yiestar@yahoo.co.uk.

28 February - Exploring the Deer MotherElen of the Ways Workshop with Caroline Wise at Treadwell's Bookshop, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1E 7 BS. For 33 years Caroline Wise has been working with a deer-goddess she named 'Elen of the Ways' for which she has become well known. Today she shares her research into antlered goddesses and her insights into the mysterious 'Elen'. The day is largely experiential, with ceremony, journeying and discussion - and making talismans to keep. Caroline's background is in the Earth Mysteries and Goddess spirituality. She has presented in the UK, USA and Germany. This workshop  draws upon her lecture at the 2014 Origins Conference. Her book 'Finding Elen' will be available soon.  Artwork copyright Chesca Potter. Price: £45 (£25 deposit, balance due on the day). Ring 0207 419 8507 or book onlineTime: 10.45 am for a 11 am start. Finishes 5.30 pm

7 March - Spring Goddess Temple- Pop-up Goddess Temple by Elle HullA Spring Goddess temple comes to Treadwells meeting space for the day. Find out more about the activities and space happenings on this day, hosted by Priestess of Avalon Elle Hull.  Contact Elle to find out more and to get involved, on her contact page. Time: 10 am - 6pm.

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. 

28 March - Honouring the Trees - 10am-5pm. Nr Holsworthy. Cost: £45pp or £40 before Jan 31st. Walking, identification, Ogham, make a tree plaque. Info/flyer/book at nikwandmaker@aol.com  or phone01409 281392

11-12 April - OBOD WORKSHOP - Inner Journeying and the Art of Ritual - LEVEL ONE - in Glastonbury With Penny Billington & Matthew McCabe. FFI/flyer/booking see box on page 15, and email touchstone@druidry.org or mattmccabe.1@btinternet.com or phone/text 07711 047267

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

24 April-2 May - White Horse Druid Camps for OBOD members and friends - Beltane at Wildways on the Borle. FFI please email Liz Cruse on campbookings12@gmail.com or text 07949620809.

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.

1-5 May - OBOD Southern Hemisphere Assembly at Mt. Hyland Wilderness Retreat, Dorrigo. FFI contact druidy@druidryaustralia.org or via PO Box 156 Monbulk VIC 3793.

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 SNOWDONIAWe 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. This retreat is now full. To go on a waiting list, please email touchstone@druidry.org

22-25 May - International Camp for OBOD members and friends - Gathering Around the Linden Tree - Theme: The Forest and the Otherworld at Neuerburg, Eifel, Germany. Registration open now. FFI go to www.lindenhain.eu

23 May - The Druid Network Conference in Birmingham. For more details go to http://druidnetwork.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. 

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.

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.

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.

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 21st January 2015

 

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