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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:


22-25 August, Ellen Evert Hopman at Camp Cedarcrest , Orange CT Harvest Gathering - Event page on Facebook Page . Camp Cedarcres 886 Mapledale Rd, Orange, Connecticut 06477. Get tickets here: Ellen will speak on the following topics: Intro to Druid Spiritual Path; Pillars of Druidism; Communicating with Trees.

31August: Spirit of Willow. With Adrian Rooke & Jo Dunbar. Mysterious Willow (known as Saille) is associated with creative flow, the Goddess and our inner femininity. She is related to water and the moon – so we consider the tides of our lives. The taking in and the letting go. As her tendrils dip through the water surfaces, we understand how she helps us to see beyond the obvious, seeing through the reflection that normal life presents us, to the deeper meaning of our life circumstances.
When/where: 31st Aug, near Petersfield, £85.00 per person. To book:

12-15 September -- BAM Druid Gathering: Earth - Putting Down Roots. Join us for our inaugural year in beautiful Ashby, MA! Adults $175, children (12 and under) $50, includes meals and cabin space. We'll be weaving deep relationships with each other and the land, establishing community expectations, and developing our methods of self-care, community-care, and Earth-care. Workshops, meditations, market, children's activities, Bardic initiations, fire circle, Eisteddfod & more. FFI:

23 September - Earth Festival | Chalice Well Wheel of the Year | Autumn Equinox (Meditation) at the Chalice Well, Glastonbury. The sun rises due east and sets due west and the light is equal to the dark. We begin to move into the twilight of the year and our lives. A time for harvest and making contribution. FREE ADMISSION to the gardens between 10 am & 12 pm. (Normal admission from 12 pm - Companions FREE). Refreshments on sale between 10 am and 1:30 pm. We will be gathering 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. Please feel free to join us for all or any part of the celebration.

28th September: Spirit of Elder Tree With Adrian Rooke & Jo Dunbar. Elder (known by the Celts as Ruis), was deeply respected by our ancestors who did not dare to cut or burn elder because they believe it was associated with the great mysteries. This tree is very generous to human beings medically as magically, and we shall be learning something about Elder magic and medicine to take home for your own kitchen cupboards. When/where: 28th of Sept, near Petersfield, £85.00 per person
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28 & 29 September Visualisation and Ritual Workshop Level 1 in Glastonbury. With Penny Billington and Matta McCabe. email  COURSE NOW FULL.

18-20 October - The Gift of the Forest -Workshop for OBOD Members With Penny Billington. Corine and Welt der Linden e.V. are honored to offer this international workshop with Penny Billington in this old celtic landscape of vulcanic rocks. Start Friday 5 pm, ending Sunday around 3 pm. Place: Naturfreundehaus Maria Laach, Eifel. Cost: 250 Euro including workshop, accomodation and food. Special Rate: 235 Euro for Members of Welt der Linden e.V. Early-booking discount: sign up with payment till 21.3.2019 : 235 Euro. Accomodation:  2-4 bedroom. Limited double rooms on request with us. Number of participants:  Limited to 25 participants.

Language: English. Organizer:  Welt der Linden e.V. Contact: Anna Oakflower at

2 November 2019  HONOURING THE ANCESTORS  (Birmingham) On All Souls’ Day, we celebrate the living continuity of ancestral wisdom and spiritual power as the heritage of all. Using shamanic ceremony to reconnect with our Deep Ancestors and all our descendants. Adopted & childless people are most welcome. A 2 hour taster with Caitlín Matthews at Birmingham NEC.

We explore the mythical foundations of Britain  and London through the story of Brutus, descendent of Aeneas, looking at the guardian spirits of the land, the making of chalk hill figures, with the ritual enactment of the Masque of Brutus at this our 34th open mystery school. With John & Caitlín, & artist Charles Newington.

COMING THIS AUTUMN to Glastonbury: Workshops Level 1 and 2. Designed to support the OBOD course, these focus on visualiation and the art of ritual in a friendly and stimulating environment. For further information/dates email or


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,



updated 14th August 2019

OBOD Gatherings

Glastonbury Winter Gathering 2019: 7th December

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.


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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