Over the years we've discovered some wonderful venues for workshops, conferences, camps or rites of passage that feel very much in sympathy with the Druid ethos of respecting Nature, and of being located within beautiful and often energising landscapes. If you would like your centre listed, or would like to recommend a location, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Y-Felin Permaculture Farm, Mid-Wales
Beautiful Y-Felin set in midwales is a peramcultre farm with 7.5 acres of natraul beauty, stunning flower meadows a river and nature area with pool and frog bog.
We offer camping with composting loo, camp kitchen and fire area. The farm is a former mill and over 300 years old and is now purely for nature.The meadows are maintained by sheep grazing for a few months in winter and mountain ponies for a few months in summer. No chemicals or invasive methods are used. It has a truly magical and peaceful feel. Contact Ruth Gibsons on 07939137840 or email email@example.com.
Attwood Permaculture Project, Hobro Lodge, Wolverley, Kidderminster
A smallholding and herb garden producing herbs and honey. Visitors are welcome for short stay camping under canvas and in the camping pod. We try to grow organically. The site has been worked under the influence of permaculture for the last fifteen years and has recently undergone some replanning and changes. Two acres of woodlands source the wood for the woodburners and a woodpellet burner provides low carbon heating for the house. Visitors to Attwood tell us how peaceful a place it is to stay, even therapeutic. We offer short stay camping under canvas for those hardy visitors who want to pitch their own tent, or for those requiring a bit more comfort and being at less mercy to the wonderful English weather, a camping shed with woodburner and LED lighting. The shed is a serene curved shape which easily sleeps two. There is a camper's toilet and shower down at the house. Prices for camping start from £5 a night and for the camping shed £30. Contact Us: Attwood Permaculture Project, Hobro Lodge, Wolverley, Kidderminster, DY11 5SZ. Phone: 01562 850888 Mobile: 07806301328. Email and website.
Plan-it Earth, Sancreed, Cornwall
As well as providing Yurt Holidays and Eco Adventure Camps, Plan-it Earth also offers you the chance to book the whole site for your own use. You could choose to organise your own camp - a great way for family and friends to get together for a holiday in West Cornwall, or for community groups to use as a group camp. Alternatively, our Cornish smallholding makes the ideal spot to celebrate those important life events - weddings, handfastings, birthdays, naming ceremonies and coming-of-age ceremonies and other celebrations. Our honeymoon package has been particularly popular! We can organise celebrants, caterers, and entertainment, etc. to make this a memorable and special event. Website: www.plan-itearth.org.uk
Cae Mabon, Snowdonia, Wales
Cae Mabon nestles at the foot of Elidir Fawr in an oak forest clearing by a little river that cascades down to the nearby lake. The summit of Snowdon lies just five miles to the southwest as the crow flies. At the heart of Cae Mabon is a thatched Celtic Roundhouse. With a fire in its hearth and smoke rising from the thatch it’s been the home of many convivial evenings of song, story and chat. Circling the Roundhouse is a family of seven elegant natural dwellings – a strawbale Hogan, an oak and slate Longhouse, a cedar log Lodge, a cob Cottage, a redwood Chalet, a Hobbit Hut and a cedar Cabin. Each is unique, snug and subtly lit by solar power. Together they accommodate up to 30 people. A renovated barn contains a fully equipped kitchen and a spacious eating and meeting room. There is a fine composting loo, a stylish washroom, a thatched shower hut and, stunningly located by the river, a luxurious hot tub…See website www.caemabon.co.uk
Wowo Camping, Wapsbourne, East Sussex
Available for large or small groups. Ideal for a conference, workshop, or for individual camping or as a family or group. There are three main camping fields, huge majestic trees, and we have a varied selection of Mongolian Yurts for those campers looking for added luxury whilst retaining the rustic style of the outdoors. All of this surrounded by beautiful Sussex countryside with a small brook that runs through the centre of the campsite and provides water edge camping. Our special Tipi Trail is woodland camping at its best - also nestled alongside the Brook. All our facilities are basic yet fully serviceable. Hot showers, loads of toilets and washing up sinks. Also at Wowo there are fridges, table tennis and swings and many more small touches. Website: www.wowo.co.uk
EarthSpirit, Compton Dundon, Somerset
A residential centre near Glastonbury offering quality facilities for courses, workshops, seminars and retreats. Just five miles from Glastonbury, on the edge of Compton Dundon village in Somerset, EarthSpirit lies within the ‘temenos’ (sacred enclosure) of Avalon. The centre is situated in a beautiful landscape next to two nature reserves; and just two minutes walk from St Andrew’s church, which has within its cemetery a yew tree over 1,700 years old. The seventeenth century farm buildings have been restored and specially converted for use as a venue. They are set within seven acres of fields and gardens. The complex is based around a converted 52’ (15.5m) long barn, with oak timbers, reed torching (lining the inside of the roof) and stone walls. The feeling is medieval, but with modern comforts such as under-floor heating and a large woodstove. The high roof and skylights create a light, airy atmosphere. A combination of single, shared, dormitory and camping sleeping is available. Sweat lodges, a bonfire, and a hot tub are all available, and there is a sacred grove of Ogham trees in the garden for ceremonies. Website: www.earthspirit-centre.co.uk
Pistyll Rhaead, Wales
Pistyll Rhaeadr is an enchanting waterfall in the Berwyn Mountains, just inside Wales, west of Oswestry and Shrewsbury. At 240ft it is the UK tallest single drop waterfall.The retreat centre nearby is located beside two great stones known as the Druid's Bowl, within one of the most dramatic and natural locations in Wales. Whether you are planning a facilitated training workshop or professional meeting, sacred gathering or healing retreat, let the Falls provide the perfect nurturing environment to support your vision and wellbeing The facilities are customizable to meet the unique needs of your group. Located in the lower meadows, the Retreat centre has been established so that people are able to spend time at the falls, knowing they are held within a very special, private and peaceful environment, which is supportive to their wellbeing, spirit and personal growth The facilities can accommodate and cater for groups from 12 up to 60 people. It has its own fully equipped field kitchen /dining room marquee, seating up to 50 persons in one sitting, with an attached accommodation marquee sleeping up to 20 . There is also washing and shower block with attached Sauna. We have a large, floored and carpeted 55ft teaching yurt, capable of seating up to 100 people. Website: www.pistyllrhaeadr.co.uk
Set in the heart of rural Shropshire, Wild Ways is a centre of inspiration, creativity, celebration and transformation. Whether creating a work of art, learning craft skills, celebrating native spirituality, camping under the stars, learning about trees and wild flowers, studying meditation, divination, or healing, making a sweat lodge, dancing, partying, or just enjoying peaceful woodland walks, Wild Ways exists to help you find your heart's desire. Your hosts at Wild Ways are Elaine Gregory and Garth Reynolds. Elaine is an artist, specialising in ceramics, making everything from wild wall plaques and green men to dragon teapots and goblets. She is a Druid in the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids (OBOD). Garth comes from a family firm of cabinet-makers, Reynolds of Ludlow, and carries on the skills, crafting exquisite boxes from a variety of woods. Raised in the Quaker tradition, he is also a member of OBOD. Throughout the year, you can join us for Body painting weekends, Dance workshops, Roundhouse-building, Teaching, both spiritual and practical, Seasonal celebrations, Handfastings, Rites of passage, Meditational retreats, Camps, Group gatherings, Craft and Woodland workshops, and much more. Some are open events, while others are private bookings. We have a big sauna, yurt, dry loo, and other facilities, and the venue is available for hire. Website: www.wildwaysontheborle.co.uk
Strawberry Skys, Wales
This yurt camping site is set in the beautiful rolling hills of Mid-Powys Wales on a 10 acre smallholding that looks across the stunning Cambrian and Berwyn mountains. The camp site is secluded, yet easily accessible.The 3 traditional Mongolian yurts are set apart from each other in a gently sloping field containing Willow, Ash and Cherry trees. This is a small, low-impact site perfect for small groups. Each yurt is built on raised wooden platforms, felt lined and heated by a woodburner so they are amazingly warm all year round. Website: www.strawberryskys.co.uk
Scotland Lodge, near Stonehenge
Affordable accommodation near Stonehenge. Scotland Lodge dates from 16th century with lofty Victorian frontage giving high ceilings and space. Ideal for touring, lying between the Cathedral City of Salisbury and celebrated Bath; between Glastonbury and Avebury. Many historic houses and gardens nearby. Use of Billiard Room, Sitting Room, Large garden with free-range hens. Ample parking. Internet. Our own Stonehenge Mineral Water pumped on site. Good local pubs. Wonderful night skies for star gazing. Run by a Druid, and available to host small workshops and retreats. Website www.stonehengebandb.co.uk
Sighthill Stone Circle, Glasgow
The first astronomically aligned circle to be built in the UK for 3000 years (as far as we know!). We hope that it will become a local and visitor attraction, after all these years, as originally intended. The circle was built in 1979 and it is dedicated to four outstanding researchers in the field of ancient astronomy: the late Professor Alexander Thom and Dr. Archie Thom, Prof. Archie Roy and Dr. Euan MacKie, all of whom are closely connected to the city of Glasgow. For more details please visit http://www.sighthillstonecircle.net/index.asp . Plans have been drawn up for the renovation and completion of the circle, and we are in active discussions on social and educational events which could be generated around it. Funding remains a priority and the nonprofit organisation of Friends of Sighthill Stone Circle will be glad to receive all support and suggestions, be they financial, practical or imaginative. As the Stone Circle is in a park, informal gatherings can go on at any time. For formal gatherings please contact Glasgow City Council.
The Sacred Land of Annwfn, California
In 1976, Gwydion Pendderwen came to the Coast Range mountains of Mendocino County in northwest California, and found a 55 acre parcel on Greenfield Ranch in the hills near Ukiah, the land he called Annwfn. In 1982, after his untimely death, the land was left in trust with the Elliptical Congregation of the Church of All Worlds to be used as a sanctuary where Pagans would be able to commune with nature and peacefully practice their religion. Annwfn is open for the Pagan community to use when they have the need to relax, rest, and reground away from their mundane lives. Annwfn is beautiful. The forests are Fir, Madrone, and several kinds of Oak. There are Red Tail and other hawks, Stellar Jays, several kinds of woodpeckers as well as many other birds. The wildflowers include Douglas Iris, Golden Fairy Lanterns, Blue-eyed Grass, Shooting Stars, Lupine and Buttercups and a myriad of others, in season. There are deer, foxes, coyote, squirrels, and yes, skunks, and mice. There is a small pond, streams and a small waterfall in springtime, meadows, and spectacular views. To this are added four ritual circles, ritual paths, a Goddess-dedicated organic garden, and the wonderful Mushroom Temple which was built with loving care by Gwydion Penderwyn and his friends. The Trees of Annwfn are accustomed to being talked with, and interacting with new people. We encourage meditation and interweaving of spirit through wild-magic communion with the sacred trees and beasts. Pay attention to the spirits and guardians around you: but rather than binding them with your expectations, always honor the Unexpected.
Annwfn is designed and used as Sacred Space. All Solar, Lunar and Cross-quarter gatherings are celebrated here. The sanctuary is available for rituals that correspond with the Wheel of the Year and with love and respect for our Mother Earth. All are welcome to use the sanctuary for personal retreats and camping. If you wish to reserve Annwfn for an exclusive gathering, please contact the Caretakers For more details see the website: www.friendsofannwfn.org
Willowbrook Camping and Caravaning, Ireland
Willowbrook, near Castlerea in County Roscommon, offers a quiet, beautiful, landscaped park for Druids and their friends. Ideal for those wishing to unwind, take a gentle stroll along their riverside walk, or visit many of the nearby places of interest, including the Carrowkeel megalithic site. Onsite activities include Fishing, Archery, and for those wishing to unwind Tai Chi, Qi Gong. For walkers there are the nearby Ox and Bricklieve Mountains with their stunning scenery. For more details see the website: www.willowbrookpark.com
Dunderry Park, Ireland
is situated in the heart of historic County Meath, close to the ancient sacred sites of Tara, Newgrange and Loughcrew. The house a 200 year old Georgian residence completely restored, is surrounded by 25 acres of wooded parkland and a lake. There is shared accommodation for up to 32 persons in 2, 3 and 4 bedded rooms. The workroom is 40' by 20' (12x6m) and can hold 100 persons seated. The food is quality vegetarian (let us know in advance if you have any special dietary needs). The centre is available for rent for week days, weekends or longer (contact us for our current rates). Dunderry Park is run by The Oaktree Charitable Trust a non-profit organization which was set up to help people cope with the stress of life.