Our Druid course goes online in April 2018. The following gives an idea of the range of topics covered. This page last revised in April 2018.
Package 1: 'Shamanic' Druidry in history and practice, key to the current 're-wilding' of Druidry. Real democracy, magical thinking and reclaiming personal power. Ancestral ways of working with animals in spirit and otherwise across 40,000 years of history and prehistory, including hunting, sacrifice, shape-shifting and learning to fly. The Master or Mistress of Animals. Making and using drums in ceremony. Ceremony for awakening the drum. Otherworld journeying to gain wisdom and healing, encountering spirit guides and other spirit beings.
Package 2: Wolf people as companions to gods and humans, ancestors, teachers, hunters, guides and protectors, including a Wolf-inspired Winter Healing Ceremony. Wolf warrior societies around the world. Traditional Wolf stories. Bear people as companions to gods and humans, ancestors, teachers, guides and protectors, including a Midwinter Bear Feast Ceremony as created by the Bear Tribe. Traditional Bear stories.
Package 3: Dragons, Underworld or underwater spirits, or winged messengers, including Serpents, Wyrms and Water-horses, who may 'kill or cure,' with a Serpent Ceremony. Horses, from prey animals for hunters to companions and friends of riders, focusing on the Uffington White Horse and the widespread horse goddess known as Epona and by many other names, a teacher and guide to our ancestors across Europe. The Bull of the Heavens and the Great Cow Mother. Bovine beings as divine messengers, companions of gods, sacrificial animals, symbols of power and courage and of nurturing and fertility. Working with the spirits of Eagle, including healing charms. Eagles in the lore and legend of Britain and the wider world.
Package 4: Working with Deer people, their sacred connections, related deities, nature, lore and legends. Working with Ravens, Crows, Rooks and other Corvids, their sacred connections, related deities, nature, lore and legends. A radical approach to ritual, creating ceremonies closer in spirit to those of our ancestors. Mask-making, costume and adornment. 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 houses in Britain, their history and practice. Archetypal Druids in native literature and what we can learn from them.
Package 5: Additonal 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. 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.
Package 6: Spirituality in a capitalist culture. 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. Living Druidry in your community. Gender and spirituality. Building an Iron Age roundhouse. The Cauldron of Wisdom and the merging of Sun and Moon that leads to wisdom, bliss and oneness with the universe... (this is a tricky one, but we'll do our best 😉 )
NB. Our Druid course turned out to be a lot longer than anticipated. We underestimated how much remained to be said about Druidry. Given how much is in our bardic and ovate courses, we thought the Druid course would be quite short. In fact it is at least as long as the ovate, which runs to around half a million words. The first half of the Druid course runs to over a quarter of a million. So, apologies to our ovate graduates for the long wait. We promise it'll be worth it!