A quick update on what's happening with the BDO: A lot. You want more? OK...
This year has seen big changes in the BDO. It's a time of growth for us as we near the close of twelve years' work creating our distance learning courses, described by Professor Ronald Hutton as "... the most intelligent and erudite sequential introduction to Druidry available," and by our students as "... real nuts'n'bolts Druidry." They are the core and ultimate expression of who we are and what we do, offering a Druidry markedly different from that of other groups and often referred to as 'shamanic.' We see them as representing the future of Druidry as a native European spiritual tradition comparable to those of indigenous peoples elsewhere in the world. We're proud of what we've achieved and what we are inspiring others to achieve.
A series of articles in Pagan Dawn throughout this year helped spread the word, plus we have a new team spreading word about the BDO on social media, via our new BDO blog, in regular posts to the 6,500 people following our facebook home page, open discussions on our group page, we twitter and tweet, and we're setting up a new BDO youtube channel aiming to provide a Druid TV station that doesn't rely on reruns of old quiz shows, baking or ballroom dancing but offers genuine insight into how we're living Druidry now and how it's inspiring our lives.
Just as I was beginning to feel my age and lose my hair, our age demographic at BDO central has dropped dramatically with a new influx of folk attracted by our particular form of weirdness and wonderment. Our Circle of Elders is rapidly becoming a Circle of Youngers.
Oh, we've also started a series of monthly talks and workshops exploring Druidry and Paganism at the Henge Shop in Avebury, a beautiful venue. Most are offered at £5 per person for two hours, equivalent to a a pint of ale or a couple of cups of coffee, in keeping with our intention to keep what we do available to all.
This winter, I'm putting the finishing touches to our Druid course, the last of three, the bardic course having gone online in 2011, the ovate in 2013. I've held off on publicising the courses until the completion of all three was in sight. Now that it is, expect to see and hear much more of us in the near future. We are spurred on by the very real belief that our Druidry can change the world. We know how much difference it is already making to individual lives, from inspiring Welsh bards to the creation of new invironmental initiatives in American companies, because our students have been telling us. Join us, and be the Awen!