Of our Druid course, Professor Ronald Hutton says "your discussions are intelligent, and handle the data with a sophistication rare in the world of Paganism, Druidry and ritual magic," adding that the course is "a fine achievement" and "an excellent learning and personal development resource for intelligent people anxious to explore nature-based spirituality in a deep and broad context."
Where the underlying focus of the bardic course is in the mineral world and the ovate in the realm of the plant folk, the Druid course is centred around our relationships with the animal people with whom we share our world, focusing on eight species in particular with whom humankind has a long history and prehistory of spiritual engagement. We work with animals as guides and guardians, re-create powerful ceremonies based on our kinship with them, and explore the definitive Druid art of shape-shifting. In the second half of the course, we explore the classical role of Druids as moral philosophers and teachers, looking at the implications of our interactions with the world and all its inhabitants. Finally, we offer three paths to enlightenment through Druidry, each attested in manuscript sources and mythology. Hale and welcome to the ultimate resource in contemporary Druidry!
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. Awakening the Cauldron of Wisdom, climbing the World Tree and ascending to the Mountain-top to attain the merging of Sun and Moon that leads to wisdom, bliss and oneness with the universe!