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
 

 

2015

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 

12 July and 25 July - Occult London: Guided Walks with Delianne Forget. London's secret occult history is revealed in this guided walk through the West End.  Our experienced and knowledgeable guide is  herself a practitioner of the esoteric arts, and she brings the past alive as she introduces the haunts and meeting places of London's magicians, witches and secret societies. Delianne Forget is a registered Blue Badge Guide, the most prestigious award in guiding.  Her historical knowledge is comprehensive, and with it she brings first-hand experience of esoteric groups as well as a friendly accessible style. Sun 12 July (book online). Sat 25 July (book online). Price: £10. Book online or ring 020 7419 8507.  Walks can sell out, so book early. Meet at a central London tube station. Full details with your booking.

13 July - Treadwell's Open Circle at Treadwell's Bookshop, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1E 7BS. If you are a solitary pagan looking for experience of group ceremony and learning, these nights  are designed with you in mind. This friendly evening includes discussion, chant, activities and ceremony.It is led by Lisa Grace and Ellie Hughes, both of whom are highly experienced as well as being active in the pagan community in London. Price: £7. Ring 0207 419 8507 or book onlineTime: 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start.

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 

18 July - Starting Out in Tarot - A Day Workshop with Sue Merlyn at Treadwell's Bookshop, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1E 7BS. The mysterious tarot cards have always fascinated people, and today brings them alive for the new explorer.  Focussing on a few of the 78 cards.  Sue leads  practical exercises, discussions and meditation to open up their magic. Sudents then do intuitive storytelling and then actual mini tarot readings. Sue Merlyn has been reading tarot for over 30 years and teaching for almost twenty. She is a skilled and friendly teacher, hugely popular with students. Price: £55  (£30 deposit, balance due on the day). Register: ring 0207 419 8507 or book onlineTime: 10.45 for 11 am start. Ends 5.30 pm.

24 July- 2 August - White Horse Druid Camps for OBOD members and friends Lughnasadh Camp - FFI please email Liz Cruse on campbookings12@gmail.com or text 07949620809. We have received confirmation that renowned music producer and musician Martin Glover (aka Youth, The Orb and Killing Joke) will be debuting his Celtic Vedic project at Lughnasadh Camp on the evening of Friday 31st July.  He will be joined by Andrea Seki (Italy) on celtic harp, Fabrice de Graef Bansuri (France) on Indian flute, tabla and percussion and Daniel Romar on celtic and Sumerian pipes and flutes. Youth will be playing harmonium, drones and bass and Jamie and Tom Grashion on beats and iPad. It promises to be a magical and inspiring Full Moon evening. We are also very pleased to be joined by Kate and Corwen, who will be teaching Ballad Dance and Rattle-Making, and generally being their lovely, multi-talented selves throughout the camp. Bookings at: www.whitehorsecamps.co.uk/?event=lughnasadh-2015.

25 July - Lore & Mystery of Lammas 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 Lammas. 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. Price: £55 (£30 deposit, balance due on the day). Register: Ring 0207 419 8507 or book online. Time:  10.45 am for a  11 am start. Ends 5.30 pm.

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.

25 July - Lore & Mystery of Lammas - 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 Lammas. 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. Price: £55 (£30 deposit, balance due on the day). Register: Ring 0207 419 8507 or book onlineTime:  10.45am for a 11am start. Ends 5.30 pm.

27 July - Tarot Meditation: Justice with Marysia Kolodziej at Treadwell's Bookshop, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1E 7BS. Come learn about the card of Justice, which is one of more misunderstood cards in the deck, but whose important iconography permeates Western art.  A short talk on the card is followed by a guided meditation in which you explore an inner landscape populated with the forces of the Justice archetype. Experiences are shared and insights gained. Evenings  can be attended on a stand-alone basis. Marysia Kolodziej is an experienced Wiccan and ceremonial magician. Please bring a little food to share.Price: £10 Ring 0207 419 or book online. Time: 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start.

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. Email or Phone: 01594 541850 / 07805 800313.

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.

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.nl) Bijdrage 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 Gathering - In 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.

16 August - ICCS & OBOD WARMLY INVITE YOU to the fourth year of THE ONE TREE GATHERING: Celebrating and Exploring the Connections between Druidism and the Dharma held at Whitlenge Gardens, home of the Cornovii grove. In this weekend we will be bringing together members of the Druid community with members of the Dharmic community to share rituals, meditation, and maybe even songs, dances, stories and teachings. The theme will be exploring the commonalities of the ancient wisdom of our two belief systems to be relevant and of use in the 21st century. Talks by Philip Carr-Gomm and others. For more details: contact Keith on keith.southall@creativelandscapes.co.uk and go to whitlenge.co.uk for the venue. £20 pp Bookings: email carolnoo@aol.com.

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.

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.

9 October - ‘Druid Mysteries’ – An evening talk with Philip Carr-Gomm exploring the beliefs and practices of Druids today and Druidry’s relevance to our contemporary world, at The College of Psychic Studies, London.

10 October - ‘Singer Shaman Sage’ –  a day workshop with Philip Carr-Gomm on the Druid Mysteries in London. 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 ways in which Druidry can help develop these three aspects of ourselves so that Druidry becomes a living spiritual practice. We will discover, too, how the old stories and the sacred animals and plants used in Druidry, can help in our healing and spiritual development. At The College of Psychic Studies, London.

10 October - 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 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.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.

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

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). 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 7th July 2015

OBOD Gatherings

6-7 June 2015 Summer Gathering for Members Glastonbury

ON THE FULL MOON EVERY MONTH
Monthly OBOD Meditations for Peace by yourself, or with a Grove or Seedgroup, perform a Grove ceremony with the central theme and focus for world peace.

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

 

 

 

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