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.
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2015

28-31 August - WildHeart Dartmoor FestivalWildheart Festival takes place over the 4 day August Bank Holiday weekend 28th-31st in a stunning location on the edge of the Dartmoor National Park. It is an exclusive and inspired magical festival, a conscious celebration of life from sun up to sun down in this most amazing setting . A gorgeous weekend to meet lots of new friends, revitalise, reconnect with life and celebrate. During the day we offer an amazing array of workshops, inspirational talks and debates including various forms of yoga, dance , tantra, shamanism,foraging and herbalism. With talks from Satish Kumar, Mac Macartney from Embercombe and Performance Psychologist Chris Walton, to name but a few. Each day we present a rich tapestry of quality experiences; a morning meditation for mindfulness and presence , a martial arts programme, a healing sanctuary with qualified therapists, in a blissful setting around a healing garden to connect with your inner well being and healthy rejuvenation, soul food cafes, a sauna, a juice concession with delicious vital recipes from the Shoreditch based East London juice company, a kids area with a fun packed children's programm , a permaculture area to promote and inspire sustainability and a hands on craft area to encourage creative participation. In the evening we have a line up of diverse musical acts , a cabaret troupe of exuberant performers to giggle along to from midnight till the early hours lead by the charismatic Zuma Puma and a bar run by a wild rural craft brewery called Ethical Ales from Ayrshire. This August we are collaborating with some crazily talented musicians and all round love magic makers . Making music to jump around to , sooth your soul and break your heart with sweet surrender . A taste of what is to come Lloyd Yates, The Turban , Kaya Street, The Inexplicables, The Woodland Creatures and Arhai .To purchase tickets and for further information please visit the website. Get your tickets from this link.

29 August - Calling Obodies from Germany, especially in Berlin! I would like to announce an event that takes place in August 29th: The event of the Pagan Community at the "Night of Religions" in Berlin (free entry). The "Night of Religions" is an annual event where religious and spiritual groups, churches, temples or mosques invite interested people to information events, workshops or talks. This year, for the first time ever, some pagan groups organised themselves to create an event on their own. To be seen as part of the religious and spititual life in our country as well. These pagan community event is planned by members of the Asatru Groups, Reclaiming, Wiccas, shaman, free witches circles, the Pagan Federation International (Berlin) and a few members of the Order of Bards, Ovates an Druids - sadly, we are just two Obodies, so we would really love to find some more of you out there. You will find informations about that event here: (german) http://paganes-leben-berlin.de/?page_id=599 Or at the official "Night of Religions" site: (german) http://nachtderreligionen.de/pagane-wegeund-gemeinschaften/Sadly, we only have a german leaflet yet, but i can try to translate it if needed. In love and light, Bianca Carina Wertheimer.

31 August - Tarot Archetype: Hanged Man Evening mini-workshop with Marysia Kay at Treadwell's Bookshop, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1E 7BS. Come learn about the Hanged Man card, rich in symbolism and history and layers of meaning.   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 short evening workshops 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

3 September - Orpheus in the OtherworldLecture by Ruth Clydesdale atTreadwell's Bookshop, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1E 7BS. Orpheus the enchanter wild beasts was the first magician and founder of the Mysteries. No other figure from Greek myth is so well known or loved, and his underworld  journeystill inspires poets and musicians. But what do we truly know about Orpheus? In tonight's illustrated lecture we follow Orpheus and his devotees from ancient times to the present, with singing heads, golden tablets and Dionysian mystery rites. Ruth Clydesdale is an author, astrologer and researcher of the esoteric aspects of art and literature. Price: £8  Ring 0207 419 8507 or book onlineTime: 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start.

9 September (& following Wednesdays) -Tarot Foundation 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. Sue Merlyn has been reading Tarot for over thirty years and her teaching gets rave reviews. Course outline.  Students who successfully complete will receive a certificate.  Max 14 students per class. Price: £200 (£100 deposit, balance due on first night). Register: Ring 0207 419 8507 or book onlineTime: 6.45 for 7pm start.

18 September - Living with the Morrigan - Interview with a Priestess: Morpheus Ravenna at Treadwell's Bookshop, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1E 7BS. Amongst Irish deities, the Morrigan is one of the most compelling: goddess queen of sovereignty, battle, and prophecy.  Tonight Christina Oakley Harrington interviews a priestess who has dedicated her life to this goddess.  Morpheus Ravenna will talk on the qualities, stories and powers of this goddess from her years of research.  As well, she allows us a glimpse into her priesthood, her devotion and her magic. She is an initiate of the Anderson Feri tradition and author of Book of the Great Queen, a book on the Morrigan. Book-signings, drinks and chat follow the formal part. Join us! Price: £8 Ring 0207 419 8507 or book onlineTime: 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start.

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

20 September - SPRING EQUINOX / ALBAN EILIR (Oestre/Te Wha o Mahura/Te Koanga)  11.30am at Stonehenge Aotearoa. The Spring Equinox ceremony of the Druid tradition is known as Alban Eilir – ‘Light of the Earth’.  Alban Eilir, at the point of balanced between Imbolc and Beltane, as it is at the point of balance between day and night, is a time for festivity and celebration for it marks the beginning of a new phase, the beginning of the triumph of light. In Druidry, Spring is considered so important, that three festivals are dedicated to this season: Imbolc, marking the first stirrings of Spring, Alban Eilir marking its more obvious beginning, and Beltane marking the time of its fullness, before it develops into the very different quality of Summer. In ancient Maori society the rising of the star Aotahi (Canopus) announced the arrival of Spring, together with flowering of kowhai, rangiora and kotukutuku, the plants of the fourth lunar month spanning September and October.  This was also a sign for kumara planting to begin.  A key event was the return of pipiwharauroa, the shining cuckoo, from its winter stay in Hawaiki, the legendary Pacific homeland of the Maori. In Europe, Spring Equinox was the festival of Eostre, the Saxon goddess of the dawn and Spring. We will be arranging car-pooling to Stonehenge Aotearoa so please let me  - Pamela at pamela@thewoolshed.com - know if you require a lift or can offer one. 

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.

28 September -Tarot Archetype: The Death Card- An evening mini-workshop with Marysia Kay at Treadwell's Bookshop, 33 Store Street, Bloomsnury, London, WC1E 7BS. Come learn about the famed and feared Death 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 short evening workshops 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.

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). Workshop full. Registration closed. To go on waiting list please email: events@druidry.org

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 ArtPrice: £55 (£30 deposit, balance due on the day). Register: Ring 0207 419 8507 or book onlineTime:10.45 am for a 11am start. Ends 5.30 pm.

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.

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 onlineTime: 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start.

6-7 November - The Compass of Venus8pm 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: info@mandypullen.co.uk / jembleton63@hotmail.co.uk. Website booking http://www.mandypullen.co.uk/Sun_Moon_Workshops.html tel: 01594 541850 or 01823 672689.

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 PerformanceThis 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.

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: info@mandypullen.co.uk / jembleton63@hotmail.co.uk Website booking http://www.mandypullen.co.uk/Sun_Moon_Workshops.html tel: 01594 541850 or 01823 672689.

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 17th August 2015

OBOD Gatherings

5 December 2015 Winter Gathering for Members Glastonbury
4-5 June 2016 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.

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