The Druid course is still in preparation so the outline below is subject to change. It does, however, give some idea of the range of topics it'll cover and how they'll be laid out. This page last revised in January 2017.
Package 1: 'Shamanic' Druidry in history and practice, key to the current 're-wilding' of Druidry. Ancestral ways of working with animals in spirit and otherwise, including hunting, sacrifice and shape-shifting. Honouring the Master or Mistress of Animals. Making and using tools such as drums and rattles. Mask-making, costume and adornment. Using such tools in ceremony and for Otherworld journeying for wisdom and healing, encountering spirit guides and other spirit beings. The Wolf as ancestor, teacher and guide, including a Winter Wolf Festival. The picture here, by Greywolf, shows Suibhne Geillt (Wild Sweeny), a figure from Irish legend often interpreted as a 'shamanic' Druid.
Package 2: Working with the spirits of Eagle, including healing charms and how to fly; Dragon, Underworld or underwater spirits, including serpent, wyrm and water-horse, who may 'kill or cure'; Horse, focusing on the Uffington White Horse and the horse goddess known as Epona and by many other names, a teacher and guide to our ancestors across Europe; and Bear, including a guide to conducting a Midwinter Bear Feast.
Package 3: Working with the spirits of the Bull, Deer and the Crow family. A radical approach to ritual, creating ceremonies closer in spirit to those of our ancestors. Conducting ritual. Organising and coordinating group ceremonies, whether open celebrations of one of the major festivals, or rites of passage for individuals. Setting up and running local Groves. Sweat lodges in Britain, their history and practice.
Package 4: Archetypal Druids in native literature and what we can learn from them. Techniques for altering consciousness, reasons for undertaking them, their benefits and potential pitfalls. Included is an encyclopaedia of Otherworlds and their inhabitants, who we might encounter during our spirit journeys.
Package 5: Moral philosophy. How we live in relation to other human and non-human people. Pacifism, dietary choices, gender politics, sexual relationships, etc. Bringing disparate groups together, building bridges, negotiating disputes, peace-making, mediation and arbitration. Teaching. Taking responsibility for ourselves, we begin to work with others. Leading workshops, lecturing, teaching by example, etc. This may entail further courses of study in fields such as healing, forest-craft, art, agriculture, conservation, etc. Bringing the Druidic commitment to community and service into daily life. Traditional Druid roles as judges, advocates, lawgivers. The ethics of the way we live and making changes to align with our spirituality, through running Groves, or community action, promoting recycling schemes, voluntary work, etc. Enhancing the world. The picture here is a woodcut by Greywolf from The Druid Tarot.
Package 6: The Cauldron of Wisdom, merging sun and moon. Oneness with the universe... (this could be the tricky one, but we'll do our best 😉 )
NB. Our Druid course is taking longer to put together than anticipated and is now expected to be online sometime in 2017. The reason it's taking so long is that we underestimated how much still remained to be said. Given how much there is in our bardic and ovate courses, we had thought the Druid course would be quite short. In fact it looks like being longer even than the ovate, which itself runs to around half a million words. So, apologies to our ovate graduates for the long wait. We promise it will be worth it!