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
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.
4-5 June - OBOD Summer Gathering in Glastonbury.
4-5 June - Sat-Sun - Last few places remain - Psychology of the Sacred - Integrating Opposites. Weekend Workshop with Vivianne and Chris Crowley at Treadwell's Bookshop, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1E 7BS. Join us for this Jungian-based two day workshop on how to integrate competing complementary forces within: masculine and feminine , ego and shadow - to discover and connect with the True Self, in a workshop of sacred psychology. The two days include practical exercises using meditation, inner journeying, symbolism and small group work. Chris and Vivianne Crowley have extensive backgrounds in both psychology and Western mystery traditions. More info on the booking page. Price. Price: £120 (£65 deposit, balance due on first day). Registration: Full information and online booking. Time: Sat 10.30 - 5.30, Sun 10.30 - 5 pm
9-14 June - Poetry, Place & Pilgrimage - A Retreat in West Cornwall run by Roselle Angwin. Together we’ll explore the megalithic sites, holy wells and coastpath of this magical area, after starting each day with some quiet writing and the inspiration of some poetry of place. Each walk will be in shared silence, but the afternoon sessions will be given over to guided writing, and the evenings to reading back our own poetic responses. For full details and to book see here. Residential retreat at Boswedden House, Cape Cornwall. Full (vegetarian) board and en suite shared-room accommodation £550 (EARLYBIRD £495 before 31st March). BOOKING NOW
10 June - Wendy Rule Acoustic performance - 'Songs of Darkness' at Treadwell's Bookshop, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1E 7BS. Drawing on more than 20 years of songwriting, esoteric study and live performance, Wendy brings 'Songs of Darkenss' on the first of her only two UK shows. Saturday will be Songs of Light', so choose which appeals, or dive in for both nights – balance the powers of night and day. Wendy’s beautiful blend intermingles ritual, music and mythology. Timothy Van Diest joins her on guitar. Check out Wendy here, and buy albums here . Price: £13 Ring 0207 419 8507 or book online here. Time: 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start.
11 June - Wendy Rule Acoustic performance - 'Songs of Light' at Treadwell's Bookshop, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1E 7BS. Drawing on more than 20 years of songwriting, esoteric study and live performance, Wendy brings 'Songs of Light' on the second of her two nights at Treadwells. Friday is 'Songs of Darkness', so choose which appeals, or dive in for both nights – balance the powers of night and day. Wendy’s beautiful blend intermingles ritual, music and myth. Timothy Van Diest joins her on guitar. If you don’t know Wendy’s music, check it out here, and buy albums here. Price: £13 Ring 0207 419 8507 or book online here. Time: Doors 7pm. 7.30pm start
11- 12 June -The Shamanic Lands - Philip Carr-Gomm opening the space and presenting, Conway Hall, London - www.theshamaniclands.com. Limited Early Bird Tickets released on 21st Dec 2015.
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.
17 - 19 June Summer Solstice Weekend with Mandy Pullen and Jane Embleton in the Wye Valley at Ragmans Lane Farm, Gloucestershire, GL17 9PA. 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. These workshops are open to men, women and couples. As we celebrate Midsummer, the energetic zenith of the year, the heat and extended light levels fill the land with a sense of it’s buxom potency. All about us are plump strawberries, zinging elderflower concoctions, the sweet scent of honeysuckle and fulsome sunshine filling our bodies with the warmth and energy of summer time. We have reached the meridian of the year and feel at our most expansive and open, as does the land. From this point onward the longest day begins to recede and the shortest night to fill. It is the beginning of the turning inwards again and we hold this knowledge as a counterbalance to all the emergent and pulsating energy that has culminated in this seasonal climax. Come and join us to celebrate the full and vibrant energy of the Summer Solstice at this most heated and creative time of the year. The weekend costs £210 and includes all accommodation, meals and tuition. Booking and more details can be found at http://www.mandypullen.co.uk/Sun_Moon_Workshops.html or you can email Mandy on email@example.com or phone on 01594 541850 / 07805 800313.
19 June - WINTER SOLSTICE / ALBAN ARTHAN 4.00pm at The Woolshed, 144 Muri Rd, Pukerua Bay, New Zealand · Pukerua Bay, Wellington 5026 · New Zealand. The Winter Solstice ceremony of the Druid tradition is known as Alban Arthan – which can be poetically translated as “The Light of Arthur”. Here Arthur is equated with the Sun-God who dies and is reborn as the Celtic ‘Son of Light’ – the Mabon – at the Winter Solstice. The name of the ceremony, therefore, encapsulates or epitomises the essential theme of this rite. During the ceremony the apparent death of the sun is mourned, and then as the fire is lit at the actual or symbolic time of the Solstice, the rebirth of the Sun and by association, the return of Arthur, is celebrated. This is an old act indeed. The Christian nativity story is but a recent version of the theme of the Sun’s rebirth. The Sun-God Mithras was also born at the time of shortest light and maximum darkness, and it is at this time that the mystery of death and resurrection or rebirth is acted out symbolically by the very planets themselves. The symbolism of the Winter Solstice ceremony is deeper and older than that of Summer. Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year, is a time when nature seems to stand still; a key moment of deepening and withdrawing. It is an opportunity for us to reflect on what lies within our own darkness that is awaiting birth. What have we offered to the Great Mother for gestation and holding? As we light candles at Solstice, we focus on what we are kindling within ourselves. ALL WELCOME! Bring stories, poems, reflections, readings, etc. appropriate to this powerful time of the year. A contribution to our Yule Feasting afterwards would be appreciated. Contact Pamela on Tel: 04 239 9234 / 027 206 8876 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
20 June - Researching Pagans & Paganism. A Joint Talk with Dr Doug Ezzy and Jonathan Woolley at Treadwell's Bookshop, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1E 7BS. Paganism is a sociologist's and anthropologist's dream: a magic-practising, erotic-positive, ecological grass-roots spirituality with roots in the occult. Scholars look at our magic, our group dynamics, our ritual forms - and how we intereact with the sacred. Join this round-table panel, in which two scholars talk about what topics are hot, ethical considerations, and how scholarly interests are changing. Douglas Ezzy is Professor of Sociology at University of Tasmania; books include Sex, Death and Witchcraft (2014) and Teenage Witches (2007, with Helen Berger). Jonathan Woolley is a doctoral student in Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge; he writes for Gods and Radicals, and his research encompasses Druidic anti-fracking activism, and East Anglia's landscape and folklore. Both are vibrantly engaging: we promise a great evening. Scholars, postgrads, and all who are interested are warmly welcome. Price: £8 Ring 0207 419 8507 or book online. Time: 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start. Ends 9 pm
2 - 3 July - Druid Magic & Healing - A two day workshop with Philip Carr-Gomm in Graz, Austria, 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. Details.
13 August - (9am - 12am) Éigse Spiorad Ceilteach (Gathering of Celtic Spirituality) at Slí Na Bandé, Newtown Mountkennedy. With Cait Brannigan, Philip Carr-Gomm, Luke Eastwood, Dave Fadden, John Ahearne, Sophia Boann and Pól Corcoran. A day of talks, workshops, fireside entertainment in a beautiful rural setting - Newtown Mountkennedy, Co. Wicklow, Ireland. Tickets from www.irishdruidnetwork.org/eigse or call +353 86 3119660.
19-21 August - Barmoor Druid Weekend. For all those on a druid/pagan/nature-based spiritual path, please join us for the 4th annual Barmoor Weekend at Hutton-le-Hole, a delightful village in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park near Pickering. The main theme this year is divination but there will also be a variety of other workshops. The weekend is about sharing friendship, sharing our skills, our dreams and spiritual practices. £45 all inclusive of vegetarian meals and accommodation. Places are limited to 27 so please book early. Please visit our Facebook page to book or to find our more information: https://www.facebook.com/NorthernDruids/
3 September - The Fourth Mt Haemus Day Conference at the Sheepdrove Eco-Conference Centre, Berkshire. Speakers: Kristoffer Hughes – Druid in the Order of Bards Ovates and Druids and Head of the Anglesey Druid Order, Dr. Julia Farley - Curator of the European Iron Age Collections at the British Museum, Dr. Ian Rees - Psycho-spiritual psychotherapist and Director of the Annwn Foundation, Liz Cruse – Druid in the Order of Bards Ovates and Druids, writer and workshop facilitator. Musical interludes from talented Bards, an exhibition of original Tarot artwork, organic vegetarian lunch. Held in a beautiful eco-conference centre on an organic farm. Futher details and ticket booking. See video here to get an idea of what a Mt Haemus day is like!
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. Limited to 30 participants. Held at Maria Laach, Eifel. Costs: 240 Euros. For further information contact: Anna Bluhm - email@example.com or Conny Hilton- firstname.lastname@example.org.
16 - 18 September Autumn Equinox Weekend Mandy Pullen and Jane Embleton in the Wye Valley at Ragmans Lane Farm, Gloucestershire, GL17 9PA. 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. These workshops are open to men, women and couples. It is time to gather ourselves in, to reflect, review and rejoice at what we have achieved, in our own personal harvest and that of the land. Following a period of growth and activity, nature spirits and earth energies start to return to the land, and many native trees and plants begin to shed leaves ready to gather strength for the coming time of dormancy and quiet. There is an opportunity to restore and rebalance the inner and outer in preparation for our time in the darkness, so to be ready to receive the wisdom, inspiration and power that the winter promises. Join us in our celebrations of the cycle through the festivals as we pass through this gateway in the seasons. We have danced with the spirits of the land and leave in the knowledge that they will continue their dance . . . as our Earth surely turns with the Sun in the greater dance of the cosmos. The weekend costs £210 and includes all accommodation, meals and tuition. Booking and more details can be found at http://www.mandypullen.co.uk/Sun_Moon_Workshops.html or you can email Mandy on email@example.com or phone on 01594 541850 / 07805 800313.
1-2 October - Plant Consciousness, Regents University, Regents Park, London, www.plantconsciousness.com. Limited Early Bird Tickets released on 9th March. Plant Consciousness Regents University, Regents Park, London. An event that is revolutionising our relationship with plants. Merging together; deep-ecology, shamanism, herbalism, permaculture, eco-activism and eco psychology to show the higher intelligence of plants and how engaging with them in a co-operative, co-creative manner might just be our best bet for the future of humanity and the planet. Speakers TBC. www.plantconsciousness.com
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.
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 31st May 2016
5 December 2015 Winter Gathering for Members Glastonbury
4-5 June 2016 Summer Gathering for Members Glastonbury
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