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2020

25 Jan Celebrating Imbolc with the Spirit of Birch: Adrian Rooke & Jo Dunbar Our retreat will focus on sweeping away that which is outworn, and incubating new plans for the spring surge of energy. We begin our journey with Birch, the Lady of the Woods. According to the Celtic tree calendar, Birch is the tree of January, and has traditionally been used magically to sweep out old stagnant energies, and draw towards ourselves a fresh new start. In the depths of winter, her life force descends into the dark Earth, where she reconnects with her Source. She takes time over the winter to nourish and replenish her life force, preparing for the spring, when she vigorously responds to the irresistible urge to grow and expand.
In the winter months, we too can withdraw from the outer world for a little while and reconnect with our life purpose. Our retreat will focus on shedding and sweeping away that which is outworn, and incubating new plans for the spring surge of energy. Our goal is to manifest our life’s purpose.
When: Saturday the 25th of January 2020. Time: 09h30 to 16h30 Where: In Jo’s apothecary, near Petersfield
Cost: £85.00 per personOur goal is to bring into manifestation, our life’s purpose. FFI:http://www.botanicamedica.co.uk/Walks-Workshops.html

30 Jan - 4 February Imbolc Camp with White Horse Camps at Wildways, Shropshire www.facebook.com/WhiteHorseCamps/

1 Feb - 2pm - Orkney Open Rituals - Winter's Ending (also known as 'Imbolc') - Standing Stones of Stenness, Orkney.  A Scottish Pagan Federation event. FFI Helen and Mark Woodsford-Dean https://www.spiritualorkney.co.uk/open-rituals or info@spiritualorkney.co.uk

1 Feb - Chalice Well Earth Festival: First Stirring  at Chalice Well Garden, Chalice Well Trust, 85-89 Chilkwell Street, Glastonbury BA6 8DD. +44 (0) 1458 831154
info@chalicewell.org.uk. Born from winter dreaming, life stirs and the first tender shoots emerge from the earth. As the wheel turns, we feel the promise of spring and the dawning of a new beginning. FREE ADMISSION to the gardens between 10 am & 12 pm Standard admission from 12 pm (see ticket prices above) | Companions FREE. Refreshments on sale 10 am to 1:30 pm
This is the first of our eight annual Earth Festivals which mark the cycle of nature. We gather at the well head at 12 pm 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. As in previous years, the side gate in Wellhouse Lane will be opened at 11:20 pm to welcome participants in the White Spring ceremony to join us for the meditation. Please feel free to join us for all or any part of the celebration.

22-23 Feb -  Ritual workshop Level 2 in Vienna with Matt McCabe & Penny Billington. Contact: sigrid.massenbauer@massenbauer.at Price €150.

23 February 2020| Earth & Cosmos Medicine Wheel Workshop | Berlin, Germany. 
Several shamanic cultures around the world have created their own version of the Medicine Wheel. Each medicine wheel is valid, as it is a map that serves us to orient ourselves between microcosm and macrocosm, a compass that helps us to find our way, a model that maps the flow of processes in cycles, a sacred circle, a cauldron and much more. As we go through its directions, we receive its teachings, we build our "medicine bag", we harmonize with the energies, the elements, the guides in a multidimensional geography. Walking through it helps us to understand where we are stuck, showing us what resources we can draw on when we need guidance and support. It therefore offers us different teachings at various levels and a transformative path of self-knowledge, integration and fullness.
Energy exchange: 80 eur.
Where: Pyramid Floor, Life Artists Creators Hub, Milastraße 4, 10437, Berlin Prenzlauer Berg
Timetable: 10:00 - 18:00
Email: floriana.skywoman@gmail.com
For more information and booking please click here: https://skywomanhealing.com/events

Feb 28 - March 1 The OBOD Druid Grade Gorsedd - Fáilte! Theme: Paradox , Co.Mayo, W. Ireland.  Druid Grade members.  Hosts: Eimear Burke  & Paul Corcoran. email pauljcorcoran@gmail.com for more info.

29 Feb - One Tree Branch Meeting. One day event in Manchester that complements our annual One Tree Gathering. 10am-4pm. Check for updates: https://www.iccsuk.org/otg-book/one-tree-manchester

7-8 March and 12-13 Sept 2020 WALKERS BETWEEN THE WORLDS Foundation Course in Celtic & Ancestral Shamanism (Oxon) led by John Matthews and Wil Kinghan. This is the 30th anniversary two-part non-residential course of our Foundation Course which teaches students to journey, heal, quest and arbitrate along the ancient paths of wisdom, gathering spirit allies. We ground in the ancient mysteries of our native shamanic tradition, gathering as a clan of the sacred earth. This course is essential for ongoing training with Caitlín Matthews. Contact Jane May,  janedmay@btinternet.com

20 March -  Chalice Well Earth Festival: Spring Equinox at the Chalice Well Gardens, Chalice Well Trust, 85-89 Chilkwell Street, Glastonbury BA6 8DD. +44 (0) 1458 831154
info@chalicewell.org.uk. The sun rises due east and sets due west, there is equal day and equal night. The earth greens, the sap rises and the leaves burst their buds in verdant response. This is a time of awakening, experiencing life with youthful vigour and childish delight. FREE ADMISSION to the gardens between 10 am & 12 pm. Standard admission from 12 pm | Companions FREE
Refreshments on sale between 10 am and 1:30 pm. We gather at the Well Head at 12 pm for 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.

21 March - Orkney Open Rituals - Vore Tullye (Spring Equinox) - Comet Stone, near to the Ring of Brodgar, Orkney, 5pm.  A Scottish Pagan Federation event. FFI Helen and Mark Woodsford-Dean https://www.spiritualorkney.co.uk/open-rituals or info@spiritualorkney.co.uk

24 April-1 May - White Horse Camps Beltane at Wildways, Shropshire www.facebook.com/WhiteHorseCamps/

1 May - Orkney Open Rituals - Beltane - Comet Stone, near to the Ring of Brodgar, Orkney, 7pm.  A Scottish Pagan Federation event. FFI Helen and Mark Woodsford-Dean https://www.spiritualorkney.co.uk/open-rituals or info@spiritualorkney.co.uk

9 May - Celebrating Beltane with the Spirit of Hawthorn: Adrian Rooke & Jo Dunbar. One-day retreat, using the Hawthorn tree as a metaphor as we honour our heart wounds. Peaceful, joyful ritual to heal our hearts, and send our heartfelt wishes out into the winds. FFI: www.botanicamedica.co.uk/Walks-Workshops.

16-17 May - Inner Journeying & Ritual Level 2 in Glastonbury with Penny Billington and Matt McCabe. For all who have Level 1. Explore further into the OBOD practice and ethos.  FFI: email touchstone@druidry.org

29-31 May Celtic Fire Retreats with accredited outdoor Instructors Jonathon Huet and Mark Lloyd hosted by Alison Martin. A unique opportunity to spend a weekend in a Sussex wood learning traditional crafts, living outdoors and connecting deeply with the spiritual traditions of the land. Each day will consist of a morning and evening fire ceremony bringing together Storytelling, Celtic folklore , Herbs and Fire-lighting followed by a deep Meditation session. During the day you will learn to weave bark baskets, identify and harvest wild foods and cook over an open fire. This unique course will give you an experience of stepping out of a modern life to learn , connect and be inspired by nature's beauty.
All meals and camping provided, you will need to bring your own tent or tarp. The woodland is based near Eastbourne, East Sussex. Please note upon booking you will receive details of the site and workshop please get in touch if you do not receive it by email or phone 07891333780. Book here.

4 July -Celebrating Summer Solstice with the Spirit of Oak with Adrian Rooke & Jo Dunbar. On this retreat day, we connect with the huge power of the Oak. The ancient Celtic word for Oak is Duir, which means ‘Door’, and they saw the spirit of the tree as opening a doorway to another world, or level of existence. They turned to the strength and power of the Oak for the courage, protection and determination needed to embrace new possibilities. The Blasted Oak represents The Tower in the tarot. When lightning strikes the Mighty Oak, its proud crown explodes and the imagery represents those times in our lives when our world is blown apart. This workshop explores how The Blasted Oak affects our lives and how we can use The Mighty Oak to move through the doorway from a life torn apart to one regenerated with fresh growth. When: Saturday the 4th of July 2020. Time: 09h30 to 16h30. Where: In Jo’s apothecary, near Petersfield. Cost: £85.00 per person FFI: www.botanicamedica.co.uk/Walks-Workshops.

10 - 12 July - Mount Thunder Druid Camp - ‘Magic of the Trees’ in Obermoschel, Germany. Website www.druidencamp.de E-Mail: office@druidencamp.de

14-21 August - White Horse Camps - Lughnasadh Camp at Wildways, Shropshire www.facebook.com/WhiteHorseCamps/

17 Oct - Celebrating Samhain with the Spirit of Yew with Adrian Rooke & Jo Dunbar. The Yew tree never dies. With the passage of decades, its lateral branches drop, eventually touching the earth, where they root, and as the old mother tree decomposes, the new trees form a grove around her. And, so it is that the tree can actually live forever. Having said that, there are living individual trees which are estimated to be up to 8000 years old. (They were already 6000 years old when the Romans trod these lands). Our ancestors had enormous regard for the Yew tree, which they saw as the route to communing with their ancestors, as well as the protector of souls.
October is the month of Samhain, the celebration of our ancestors, and those on the other side. On this retreat, we honour the great struggles of our own ancestors, and how they worked and fought to stay alive, and in doing so, to bring us life and the comforts of our modern world. We reflect on the fact that we are tomorrow’s ancestors, and we consider our contribution towards the world that we will leave those who follow us.
When: Saturday the 17th of October - Time: 09h30 to 16h30 - Where: In Jo’s apothecary, near Petersfield. Cost: £85.00 per person
FFI: www.botanicamedica.co.uk/Walks-Workshops.

22-26th October - Bioróg Retreat Discovering Mythic Landscape in NW Ireland facilitated by Eimear Burke, Chosen Chief elect of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids and Seán Ó Gaoithín, Donegal Druid. FFI/bookings email seanogaoithin7@gmail.com & facebook – Bioróg Retreat. 
Itinerary
Oct 22 - We begin in Ulster, meeting up in Letterkenny and on to Dunlewy where we will stay for 4 nights. All food will be vegetarian, with gluten free preference available.
Oct 23 - Our first full day Friday - will be local site visits to places associated with the Balor Lugh legend, Biorogs rock, Tullahabegly, Balors Rock, Bioróg's Cave.
Oct 24 - Day 3 Saturday is a ferry boat journey to Tory Island to visit the site of Balors legendary stronghold.
Oct 25 - Day 4 Sunday is a choice of 'take it easy' or climb Mount Errigal in the morning and prepare and participate in Bioróg ceremony in the afternoon followed by shared meal and night court.
Oct 26 - After breakfast we depart Dunlewy and make our way to Grianán Aileach – the hilltop sacred site for closing ceremony. Returning to Letterkenny for connecting transport home.
Average cost €400 based on per/person/sharing 3 bed rooms.
Covers all food, accommodation, transport and guides.

updated 17th January 2020

OBOD Gatherings

Summer Gathering & Inauguration of the New Chief - Glastonbury 2020

Preparations are underway for this event. Here is some preliminary information: the official event will take place over two days - Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th June 2020. On the Saturday there will be the installation ceremony for the new Chief, and an Eisteddfod Extravaganza. On Sunday there will be the Mt Haemus Conference, with four speakers and musical entertainment. The cost of the ticket will be £60 for members and their friends, and will be on sale on November 25th 2019.
Ten trees will be planted for every ticket sold. Either side of this event - on Friday 5th, Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th June - there will be a free Fringe Festival with workshops, talks, walks, music, ritual and dance.
Details as they are finalised will be published in Touchstone.

  

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