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/ 

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.

10 November - Tarot Cards Introduced, for Absolute Beginners, Full afternoon learning class with Sue Terry at Treadwell's Bookshop, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. If you've always been curious about the cards, but don't know where to start, this afternoon is for you.  You'll meet the major arcana: the Hermit, the High Priestess, the Lovers, the Moon and all their archetypal companions.  From there you'll dive into the basics of reading the cards, with exercises to try. Tutor Sue Terry is a gifted teacher: her half-day class is packed with activities, providing a structured, interactive environment. She's a respected reader and teacher with happy clients and students.  This class works on the Major Arcana. Price: £40 book online. Time: Arrive 12.50 for 1 pm start. Ends 5.30 pm.

19 November - Supernatural Women of the Welsh Mabinogi - A Lecture by Dr Mark Williams at Treadwell's Bookshop, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1E 7BS.
In this guided tour of the famed Welsh myth cycle, The Mabonigi, Dr Mark Wiliams (Oxford) brings alive three of its most vivid figures: Rhiannon, Blodeuwedd, and Branwen. These mythical women have  aroused the pens of poets and painters and have inspired reverence and even devotion among modern Pagans. The lecture vividly introduces the stories and characters of each in turn, before shedding insights on how we can understand them better, and approach them anew. Dr Williams is a renowened Celtic scholar: he is Associate Professor Global Medieval Literature at University of Oxford. He is also a friend of Treadwells and a riveting speaker. Join us!
Price: £9  Book online. Time: 7.30 start. Please arrive 7.15

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.

24 November -Tarot Cards Introduced, for Absolute Beginners - Full afternoon learning class with Sue Terry at Treadwell's Bookshop, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. If you've always been curious about the cards, but don't know where to start, this afternoon is for you.  You'll meet the four suits of wands, pentacles, cups and swords, along with the number symbolism which unlocks the keys.  From there you'll dive into the basics of reading the cards, with exercises to try. Tutor Sue Terry is a gifted teacher: her half-day class is packed with activities, providing a structured, interactive environment. She's a respected reader and teacher with happy clients and students.  This class works on the Minor Arcana. Price: £40  book online. Time: Arrive 12.50 for 1 pm start. Ends 5.30 pm.

1 December - Alchemical Symbolism - One-day Course with Paul Cowlan at Treadwell's Bookshop, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1E 7BS. The symbols of alchemy have established meanings relating to the transformation of metals, but the transformation is said to happen also within the alchemist  - spiritually and psychically. As the changes are activated, there are appearances of the symbols in dreams, daydreams and signs in daily life. This experiential one-day course offers a rare opportunity with these images and their powers, led by someone who has been doing so for over three decades. Price: £75 (£40 deposit, balance due on the day). Register online. Time: 11 am to 5.30 pm.

5 December- Practical Candle Magic - Evening Class with Lucya Starza at Treadwell's bookshop, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Candle magic is easy to learn, and many experienced practitioners find it a favourite method. If you always wanted to know how to perform candle spells, or if you are keen to be able to work simple magic in accordance with old traditions, this evening is for you. Lucya Starza  leads  you step by step, and we provide all the supplies. By the end you will know how to do your own candle spells – and you will take home a prepared candle in addition to your newly-gained expertise. Price: £20   Book online. Time:  7 pm - 9.15  Arrive 6.50 please.

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.

                                                                                         2019

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.

17-22 January - Philip Carr-Gomm gives a series of talks and workshops for the 18th Southern Hemisphere Assembly of OBOD, hosted by The Grove of the Summer Stars, New Zealand, near Wellington, with many members from Australia participating. Details.

1 February - Earth Festival | Chalice Well Wheel of the Year | First Stirring (Meditation) at the Chalice Well, Glastonbury. 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 and 12 noon. (Normal Admission applies from 12 noon - Companions FREE).This is the first of our 8 Wheel of the Year celebrations which mark the cycle of nature. We will be gathering at the well head at 12pm 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. Participants in the White Spring ceremony will be let in through the gate in Wellhouse Lane at 11.20 pm, as in previous years. Refreshments will be available until 1.30 pm. Please feel free to join us for all or any part of the celebration.

22 January - Tarot Reading: Foundation Course - 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. There are not only short teaching lectures but also 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.  See the course outline here. Tutor Sue Merlyn has been reading Tarot for 40 years, and has been teaching for twenty. She holds an MA in cultural astronomy from Bath Spa University and is also an accomplished astrologer. She has a warm informal style, emphasising hands-on practice. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a Treadwell’s certificate. Max 16  students per class. Price: £210 (£110 deposit, balance due on first night) Register: ring 0207 419 8507 or book online.Time:  arrive 6.45 for 7pm start.

2 February - Wild Womens Retreats WILD WOMEN SPRING GATHERING - A celebration of Imbolc - 10-4pm at the Assembly Rooms of Glastonbury. Tickets £50 per person. BOOKING NOW OPEN! Join us for the Spring Gathering! Hello Wonderful Wild Woman! As the dark time of winter melts into Spring we shall gather for a day of warm celebration and Wild Women sisterhood in the heart of Glastonbury, the sacred Isle of Avalon. Tickets include welcome refreshments and a full day of Imbolc magic with the Wild Women Retreats team in celebration of Brigid the Light Bringer, Celtic goddess of fire, the forge and the hearth, poetry, healing, childbirth, and unity.

If you need accommodation there are lots of amazing places to stay in the heart of Glastonbury and sacred sites like the Chalice Well Gardens and Glastonbury Tor are not to be missed - not to mention the cafes and shopping!
We are passionate about supporting women's enterprises so stalls are free of charge but are strictly limited and we request a 10% donation of your takings to the Wild Women Retreats Bursary Fund. You will need to be a full ticket holder and let us know what you want to sell. For more information contact us at info@wildwomenretreats.co.uk 

20 February -Tarot Reading: Intermediate 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 online. Time: 7 pm - 9 pm. Arrive 6.50 for prompt 7 pm start.

20 March - Earth Festival | Chalice Well Wheel of the Year | Spring Equinox (Meditation) at The Chalice Well, Glastonbury. 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. 12.00 - 12.30FREE 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.

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/.)

1 May - Earth Festival | Chalice Well Wheel of the Year | Flowering (Meditation 7 am & 12 noon) at The Chalice Well, Glastonbury. Morning has broken and Nature is blooming and flowering as we enter the season of summer. The earth is fertile and dancing the dance of creation. In the human cycle this time aligns with adolescence, the desire for self-determination and comprehension of potential. The gardens open at 6 am and we hold a morning meditation around the Beltane fire at 7 am. Maypole dancing is at 8:30 am, accompanied by live music. We will also gather at the well head for midday meditation until 12.30. FREE ADMISSION to the gardens 6 am to 12 pm(Normal admission from 12 pm - Companions FREE). Refreshments on sale 6 am to 1:30 pm. 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 celebrations.

21-24 June - THE MIDSUMMER MAGIC OBOD CAMP IN SWEDEN. June 2019 will be time for the first OBOD International Druid Camp in Sweden. The theme of the camp is Midsummer Magic. Registration for the camp has opened, you can send your registration form here. Take part in a wonderful midsummer weekend packed with workshops, talks, meditations, music, a market, ceremonies, childrens activities and of course the Midsummer Magic! Welcome to OBOD members and everyone else who would like to enjoy camping with druids!

21 June - Earth Festival | Chalice Well Wheel of the Year | Summer Solstice (Meditation) at The Chalice Well, Glastonbury. The longest day, a mid-point, where the sun stands still upon the horizon. This marks the height of summer and the solar principle in its full radiance while the earth too is reaching fullness. On the map of human existence, mid-life is a time of self-exploration, consideration, choice, rejection and deciding which road to take. 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.

1 August - Earth Festival | Chalice Well Wheel of the Year | Fruition (Meditation) at The Chalice Well, Glastonbury. A time of ripening and the gathering of the first fruits. In life maturity brings a sense of purpose, the opportunity to begin to enjoy the fruits of life's labours. Meditation at the well head 12.00 - 12.30. 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 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 sharing and an informal ’conversation café’. 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.

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.

 

updated 7 November 2018

OBOD Gatherings

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

  

ON THE FULL MOON EVERY MONTH
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.

 

 

 

 

Featured Articles