A Gorsedd is an open Drudic ritual gathering. All are invited, no matter what tradition, to gather together at a sacred site to celebrate the turning of the season with ceremony, rites of passage, and open Eisteddfodau (Bardic performances). So bring flowers of the season, story, song and musical instruments. All the family are usually welcome. All that is asked is that you come with an open mind, and an open heart.
The Anderida Gorsedd - Long Man of Wilmington, Sussex
The Anderida Gorsedd are a Druid group that hold regular open rituals, camps and moots in Sussex. The open rituals began on the Spring Equinox 2000, the dream of Druids Damh the Bard and Cerri Lee to revive the regular celebrations of the old Pagan festivals in the sacred landscape of Sussex. On that cold day 7 people braved the weather for a walk up the hill to the Long Man, and there the Gorsedd was proclaimed. By Beltane six weeks later word had spread throughout the Pagan community, and 40 people joined together to celebrate the Rites of Spring. Since then the Gorsedd open rituals have been held for every fire festival, equinox and solstice, rain or shine, and it is this reliability and consistency that have been the root of its success. Now anywhere between 60 and 120 people gather under the Long Man to honour the turning tides of the Wheel of the Year, sharing laughter, tears, song and story, as the Gorsedd enters its 12th year. Dates are posted on the messageboard at www.anderidagorsedd.org.
The Gorsedd of Bards of Cor Gawr - Stonehenge, Wiltshire
The rites at Stonehenge for the Gorsedd of Cor Gawr are led by Christine Cleere (Vixx), together with a small group of supporting priests. For any information on the Gorsedd, or contributions for the Cor Gawr pages, please visit the Gorsedd web page or subscribe to our Facebook Group.
Dates for future Gorseddau awaiting confirmation from English Heritage are:
* Midsummer : Sunday 24th June 2012 (dawn)
* Midwinter : Sunday 16th December 2012 (dusk)
* Midsummer: Monday 24th June 2013 (dawn)
* Midwinter: Sunday 15th December 2013 OR Sunday 22nd Deecember 2013 (dusk)
FFI: Gorsedd of Cor Gawr
The Grove of Mona
The Grove of Mona is the open Gorsedd of the Anglesey Druid Order. They hold open celebrations, workshops, Gorseddau and retreats at their centre on the Isle of Anglesey. Further details and information can be obtained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Stanton Drew Gatherings - Stanton Drew Stone Circle, Somerset
The OBOD Dobunni Grove hold a open ritual within these sacred stones in Somerset every Fire Festival - a colourful ceremony that welcomes interested pagans as well as their families, children and non-pagan friends. Always held on a Saturday morning close to a festival. Email email@example.com