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
 

                

2018

Every Monday at 8pm GMT/UTC Join Philip Carr-Gomm, leader of the Order of Bards Ovates & Druids, for informal conversations and talks about the questions that matter. Live on video on the OBOD Facebook page. See previous broadcasts here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/druidry/videos/  

19-21 October An Introduction to the World of Storytelling with Ashley Ramsden - Times: Fri 7.30pm to 9.30pm, Sat 9.00am to 5:00pm, Sun 9:00am to 12:30pm. Where: Storytelling Hut, Emerson CollegeCourse Fees: £165 For prices for on-campus accomodation options and delicious biodynamic meals click the booking link below. (There are also rooms locally in the village). Booking Info:  Click here to bookFor more information about the course: Call or email Ashley 07738929700 - hodjah@hotmail.com
If you have ever wondered what it would be like to tell a traditional story, if you've ever thought "I could never remember all that", if you've ever struggled with speaking in front of an audience, then this could be just the course for you.
By the end of the weekend you'll have a traditional story under your belt, gained confidence in speaking in front of others and have learned some hot tips on how to tell a good story. You'll also have an experience of the four places storytellers find their stories: stories heard from someone else (the oral tradition), stories taken from a book or found on the net, stories drawn from your own life (autobiographical stories) and stories made up on the spur of the moment! (spontaneous storytelling).
All this will take place in a supportive atmosphere and a stunning setting with plenty of fun to allow you to unfold your own creativity and begin storytelling now!
The Begin it Now course is a perfect introduction to other storytelling courses offered at Emerson such as Next Steps or Applied Storytelling.

23 October - Wilderness Club - Halloween Tales and Wild Snacks at the Sustainability Centre, Droxford Road, East Meon, Hampshire   GU32 1HR10.30am to 3.30pm. Children First Timers £20. Wilderness Club Members £18. Parents Free. ​Children 8+. Join us around the open fire and enjoy woodland tales and seasonal wild snacks. Brew up herb teas and learn tree folklore. Make a wand to capture the magic of the year. Tutor: Jonathon Huet. Max 12 Book Here.

24 October - Wilderness Club - Bug Houses at the Sustainability Centre, Droxford Road, East Meon, Hampshire GU32 1HR. 10am to 11.30am or 1pm to 2.30pm. Children First Timers £7. Wilderness Club Members £6.30. Parents Free. Children 6+ Get grubby with the grubs. Mini beasts abound on the ground and in the leaf litter. Let’s find some bugs and create safe shelters for them in our gardens at home. Make a bug house to take away. Tutor: Louise Arthur Max 12. To Book AM. To Book PM

25 October - Wilderness Clib- Halloween Leaf Lanterns at The Sustainability Centre, Droxford Road, East Meon, Hampshire GU32 1HR. 10am to 12.00 noon or 2pm to 4pm. Children First Timers £11. Wilderness Club Members £9.90. Parents Free. Children 6+. Find some colourful autumn leaves and layer them through tissue to create your willow lantern. Materials provided. All lanterns come with a safety LED light. Tutor: Louise Arthur. To Book AM. To Book PM.

25-30 October - WHITE HORSE CAMPS - Samhain 2018. Come and join us at the time of Samhain in the magical valley of Wild Ways by the River Severn where the Spirits of Place are very much alive. This camp we will create a magical cauldron of healing and inspiration. We will shine a light on the wounds we carry and explore transmuting them. We will take a journey through the darkness and waters of the unconscious into the shimmering realm of Annwn. There we will quest for 3 drops of Awen to bring our skills of creativity out into the world. We will, as ever, have Ronald Hutton and Ana Adnan sharing their knowledge and magical skills. There will be shamanic healing work, "pop-up" music and story sessions, a Samhain journey and much, much more. Expect the usual delights of our Druid family and all of your amazing contributions. For all enquiries please email campbookings12@gmail.com or see whitehorsecamps.co.uk

27 October - Magical Baths. Afternoon Class with Tanya Moulding at Treadwell's Bookshop, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Herbs and plant oils are at the heart of European natural magic, and magical baths are a wonderful  item in this estimable tradition.  Today Tanya Moulding ('The Perfume Mistress')  teaches a hands-on class  on baths for love, luck, a new job, or strengthened friendships. People have been using herbal and floral blends as far back as the Middle Ages: the hidden properties of plants were handed down in oral tradition , ‘books of secrets’, commonplace books and herbals. Everyone will learn what's for what, then make several baths for their chosen purpose. All take home what they create: the cost of all ingredients is included. Price: £30  Ring 020 7419 8507 or book onlineTime: Arrive 12.50 for 1 pm start. Ends 4 pm

27 October - Wild Woman Retreats -  A Deeper Journey - Join us for a day of transformation27th October 2018, 10am til 4pm. £75 ticket including all refreshments and lunch. At the Carymoor Environmental Centre, Castle Cary, Somerset. This event is for women who have already attended a Wild Women event, or who have experience of deeper ritual. Calling to all those women who want to travel a little deeper into their own wildness. As Samhain approaches and the dark clouds gather, we prepare to take a journey with Inanna, one of the most potent and powerful goddesses of Sumeria. She is the goddess of Venus, the morning and evening star. Independent, powerful, sensual,  Inanna resides where the earth meets the sky. She will be our guide as we travel through the seasons of life, death and rebirth. We will be held safely but we will go deep, our feet will pound the earth. We will have the chance to shed the skin that no longer serves us and together we will search for our inner light that shines in the dark. To find out moreand book your place contact Natalie Green at info@wildwomenretreats.co.uk.

31 October - Earth Festival | Chalice Well Wheel of the Year | Resting (Meditations).The light is departing and nature is shedding. Life prepares to release and let go into a time of rest, stillness and dreaming. Free admission from 10 am until midday. Midday Meditation: 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.Normal admission fees apply from midday and, as usual, you can use your ticket to come and go throughout the day.
Evening Meditative Gathering | 7 pm.The gardens will remain open from 10 am until 9:30 pm (last entry at 8:30 pm) and we will hold a further meditation at 7 pm. During the evening the gardens will be lit by torch and candlelight, and filled with gentle sound of harps and singing bowls being played in various locations around the garden, making for a reflective and contemplative evening. (Normal admission from 12 pm - Companions FREE). Refreshments on sale 10 am - 1:30 pm and 5 - 9 pm.Please feel free to join us for all or any part of the evening.

4-9 November - Storytelling and Animal Communication  Times: Sun: 7.30-9.30pm, Mon-Thurs: 9-5pm, Fri: 9-12.30pm. Where:  Emerson College, Forest Row, Sussex. Course Fee: £450. (Early booking £400 by September 1st). Click here to book.
Learn the skills of Animal Communication and the wisdom and ways of the Storyteller in this one-week workshop with Ashley Ramsden and Noémie Rimmer. For centuries the wisdom of animals has been passed down to us through stories. In fables, folk and wonder tales, mythology and legend they have accompanied us as teachers, tricksters and loyal companions. They have also borne the burden of many of our projections and failings and rarely had a voice of their own. But times are changing and there is now a growing body of animal communicators who can truly hear what animals have been waiting to tell us and what they have to reveal is often deeply moving.  Abandonment, abuse and unmet needs are among many recurrent themes but there are also instances of unbridled joy. In short, their stories are our stories and developing the capacity to communicate with them is a skill anyone can learn. This week will develop in you a trust that you can communicate with animals, that listening to your intuition is a capacity you can train and refine and that there are ways of testing the veracity of this work. You will also hear many animal stories drawn from the oral tradition and take away some practical storytelling skills so you in your own way can become a voice for our animal companions.

24-25 November - The Gatekeeper Trust Annual Conference 2018 – “Dreaming the Land”: Working with the Consciousness of NatureThis year’s Annual Conference will again take place in Pewsey, Wiltshire, and we are delighted to announce this year’s speakers: Peter Dawkins, Gary Biltcliffe & Caroline Hoare, Maria Wheatley, Helen Sands & Mark Bedford, Angharad Wynne and John Wadsworth. Weekend tickets £75; Sat ticket £40; Sun ticket £40. For more information and to book tickets, visit website.

15-17 December - The Art and Craft of The Labyrinth at the Chalice Well. Tickets: £300.00 Adult, £300.00 Child. Book OnlineEvent Details: Exploring the philosophy and the sacred practice of Labyrinths. Following the success of this workshop last year, Tom Bree and Daniel Docherty are returning to create another labyrinth in the run up to our Winter Solstice celebrations this year. On this three-day workshop with Tom, Tutor at The Princes School of Traditional Art (PSTA) and Daniel (PSTA Tutor and Tutor at Sacred Art of Geometry, Emerson College) you will; Learn the art of labyrinth design and construction; Construct labyrinths using compasses and straight-edge; Develop an understanding and appreciation of labyrinth forms - ancient and modern - from around the world: how, why, and for whom are they made. Explore their significance and symbolism. Develop your own labyrinth designs and create finger labyrinths and prints. Create a labyrinth installation at The Chalice Well which will form part of the Winter Solstice Celebrations. Workshop fees include all materials, refreshments and a light lunch. For more information please email info@chalicewell.org.uk, or call Natasha on 01458 831154. Accommodation is currently available at Chalice Well over the weekend of the workshop for companions to book at usual rates.

21 December - Earth Festival | Chalice Well Wheel of the Year | Winter Solstice (Meditation & Celebration). Tickets: £0.00 Adult, £0.00 Child. Book OnlineEvent Details: Earth Festival | Chalice Well Wheel of the Year | Winter Solstice | midday & 2 pm.This is the space between the ending and the beginning. A still point which contains not the absence of life but the presence of life. In the dreaming, life considers the regeneration and conception of itself. Midday Meditation: We gather at the well head at 12 noon for meditation until 12:30At  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. FREE ADMISSION to the gardens between 10 am & 12 pm. (Normal admission from 12pm - Companions FREE). Refreshments on sale between 10 am and 3:30 pm. Winter Solstice Festivities | 2 pm. Your 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.
Chalice Well is a World Peace Garden. A place of peace and tranquillity for those of all faiths and none. These festivals are grounded in common principles; welcome, stillness, silence, reflection, grace, communion, community, relationship, celebration, gratitude and blessing. That people gather together, not in a formalised building or structure of worship, but in a beautiful garden, allows a shared acknowledgement of the sacred and divine that transcends borders and differences.

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9 January - Tarot Reading: Intermediate Course. Eight-week course with Suzanne Corbie at Treadwell's Bookshop, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. So you’ve done the basic course in reading tarot, but you want to progress. For students who have done a foundation tarot class, this is the great way to go further. Join Suzanne Corbie for eight Wednesday evenings of interactive learning to develop your interpretation skills, practice new spreads, and deepen your understanding. You will learn about reversed cards, connecting and opposing pairs, patterns and themes, myths and metaphors, archetypes, and challenging cards. All tarot learners who have completed a beginner’s course are very welcome indeed. Price: £210 (£110 deposit, balance  of £100 due on first night) Register onlineTime: 7 pm - 9 pm. Arrive 6.50 for prompt 7 pm start.

22 Jan 2019, and following 7 Tuesdays -Tarot Card Reading: 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 and well-structured course, you learn the mystical symbolism of the cards, the visual language of their codes and archetypes. Short teaching lectures accompany in-class practice readings, homework, interactive class activities and backup support. By the end of the eight-week course, students can use tarot in meditation and do simple readings for themselves and friends. Tutor Sue Merlyn has been reading Tarot for 40 years, and has been teaching for twenty. Price: £210 (£110 deposit, balance of £100 due on first night) Register online. Time: 7 pm to 9 pm, weekly for 8 weeks.

March 21-24, 2019 Gulf Coast Gathering -Druidry's Role in a Sustainable Future - Join us amidst the live oaks and cypresses in beautiful Fontainebleau State Park on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain, as we leave behind the mundane world and spend a long weekend communing with the earth, trees, and skies of Southeast Louisiana as we look at the ways we, as Druids, can play a part in promoting sustainable practices, help to preserve pollinators and native plants, and connect with the needs of the earth. GCG 2019 will be our fifth annual gathering, and we are delighted to announce that our special guest will be Eimear Burke, OBOD’s new Chosen Chief designee. Eimear, along with her late husband Howard Campbell, founded the Kilkenny Druid Grove in Ireland. She is also a storyteller and harpist, with a deep love of the Irish tales. And for lagniappe, our friend Susan Jones, former OBOD mentor co-coordinator and the Mt. Haemus award winner for 2019, will return to share with us a sneak peek at her upcoming Mt. Haemus Lecture. Registration will open October 1, 2018; full details and registration at OBOD Gulf Coast Gathering. (http://gulfcoastgathering.druidry.org/.)

 

updated 16th October 2018

OBOD Gatherings

Glastonbury Winter Gathering 2018: 8th December
Glastonbury Summer  Gathering 2019: 8th-9th June
Glastonbury Winter Gathering 2019: 7th December

  

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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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