“… the most intelligent and erudite sequential introduction to modern Druidry available.” Professor Ronald Hutton (author of Pagan Religions of the Ancient British Isles, The Triumph of the Moon, Blood & Mistletoe, &c.)
“… brilliant.” Robin Williamson (ex-Incredible String Band and Britain’s leading exponent of the traditional bardic arts)
Our courses are built around the traditional threefold division of Druidry into the equal and complimentary roles of Bard, Ovate and Druid. Within each, we aim to provide all the tools needed to actively pursue the path and to become a skilled practitioner.
Courses are edited by Greywolf (Philip Shallcrass) and written by experienced bards, ovates and Druids. They are designed to be accessible to an intelligent teenager coming to Druidry for the first time whilst containing enough depth and originality to appeal to those who may already have extensive knowledge and experience. Greywolf, a Druid since 1974, says he has learned a huge amount through putting the courses together. Others with 30 or more years’ experience in Pagan traditions have said that they too are gaining fresh insight and inspiration from our courses. The Bardic, Ovate and Druid courses each offer their own path to enlightenment, while the three together provide a comprehensive guide to all aspects of the Druid path. Students may take as much time as they need to complete each course. Transition between the three is by rite of passage. We trust that they will prove a valuable resource for the Druid community worldwide.
Each course consists of six packages, each containing four booklets, available bi-monthly via the Paypal payment system. Learning support is offered by a small group of tutors via e-mail or surface post. Courses are offered in the form of downloadable pdf files. This format allows for interactive content to be included in the course booklets while reducing administration, printing and postage costs.
We are frequently asked what difference there is between our courses and those of other groups such as OBOD (The Order of Bards, Ovates & Druids). People who are familiar with these other courses tell us that ours differ greatly from any of them. Ronald Hutton has said that students could usefully take the OBOD courses and then move on to ours, which he feels are compatible whilst going into much more detail in many areas. Philip Carr-Gomm has been kind enough to say that our Bardic Course is “superb.” We have a strong focus on the skills traditionally associated with bards, ovates and Druids as ascribed to them by classical writers. Our approach to Druidry has been described as visionary and ‘shamanic,’ viewing it very much as a native European spirituality akin to other indigenous traditions, closely linking us with the spirits of land and ancestry, though open to folk of any land seeking ways of relating spiritually to the world around us. Originating in Europe, it naturally appeals to folk of European origins seeking such a way of relating without the necessity of adopting local ways that may not be culturally appropriate. So, for example, we work with Native American friends without in any sense becoming ‘Wannabee Indians.’