- April 4, 2022 at 12:35 pm #14664DowrgiParticipant
I’m pleased to say that I’ve completed the Ovate Course and I’m now embarking on the Druid Course. The Ovate and Druid forums are very quiet, so I’m popping in here to ask how everyone else is doing and if anyone else is “around”, so to speak, in terms of the other courses. Whatever the case, I hope all is well, especially in these difficult times.
Once again, thanks to everyone here for their help, conversation, and insights while I was doing the Ovate Course.
Having said this, I don’t think anyone ever really finishes these courses, and the more you learn, the more you realise that there is to know!
Many thanks and blessings to all!
/|\April 4, 2022 at 6:28 pm #14666True OwlParticipant
Congratulations on completing the Ovate course.
Its always good to read your input in this forum.
Good luck with the Druid grade.
Re: “I don’t think anyone ever really finishes these courses, and the more you learn, the more you realise that there is more to know!” _Dowrgi
– Yes, very wise words – we never stop learning !
Many blessings on your path,
(True Owl)April 5, 2022 at 6:43 am #14670DowrgiParticipant
Thanks for your friendly words, True Owl.
How are you getting on with your course?
/|\April 5, 2022 at 8:20 am #14672True OwlParticipant
Re: “How you getting on with your course?” _Dowrgi
I started these BDO courses as a refresher after completing the three Bardic/Ovate/Druid grades with the New Order of Druids (NOD) about ten years ago, but I have come across so many new and different aspects on the BDO course, that I am learning stuff anew and that is great.
The BDO is more into the Welsh tales, rather than the Irish myths (like the NOD courses are). I have ancestors from both the Irish & Welsh sides, so its good to get a take on the Welsh side of things as well.
The course materials are excellent. Greywolf has done a terrific job in writing them – You are made to really feel as if you are being taken on a spiritual journey with a one-to-one personal mentor.
I am making good progress – keeping up with my daily journal writing and always making time for reading and note taking everyday of the course materials. I think that is important, to set aside time each day, so as to get in a regular rhythm – I find that works for me.
Now the nicer weather is here, I have also been able to visit my local woods, where I sit with my favourite tree, meditate and just enjoy being in nature.
I am gaining much & enjoying the courses, and so after I have completed this course, I will definitely be moving onto the Ovate course – Seership & healing are right up my street, so I look forward to that course in the near future.
(True Owl).September 28, 2022 at 9:25 pm #15187Karin RainbirdParticipant
Ive just sent in my submission for the Cell of Song, at the end of the Bardic course, along with samples of my poetry and paintings throughout the course, but Ive also been revisiting lessons of the course, just re-read lesson 5, as there is so much in it. I think I need to read each one a few times.October 15, 2022 at 2:22 pm #15259Eli De TroubadourParticipant
I notice lots of technical problems, can’t reply anywhere on the forem, can someone help me out?
Eli De TroubadourFebruary 22, 2023 at 3:42 pm #15578Jacob WidneyParticipant
I’m sorry to resurrect an old post:
I’m pleased to say that I’ve completed the Ovate Course and I’m now embarking on the Druid Course.
I’m thrilled to learn that the Druid course is available. Based on the courses section on the website, it appeared that the course was not yet published as of 2019.
It’s silly I know, but I have to admit that I’ve been somewhat less committed about my Bardic work because of the inability to “complete” a full course of study in the long run. I may have been spoiled by OBOD 😉
Blessings from the waters and forests of the Puget Sound,
JacobApril 29, 2023 at 11:14 am #15877GreywolfKeymaster
Dowgri and True Owl, thank you so much for your kind comments, which are much appreciated.
Eli de Troubador, yes, like all websites, we do experience technical issues from time to time. Things may look neat and tidy on the surface, but behind the scenes of any website is a whole heap of complicated coding. At present, we have only one tech, Adam, keeping everything up and running whilst doing the same for a number of other clients. Our second tech person, Andrew, has been out of action due to illness for some months and in the current climate it’s not been easy to find a replacement, though Adam is working on that too. Meanwhile, you can raise any problems here or by emailing Adam at firstname.lastname@example.org Please bear in mind though that Adam, like everyone at the BDO, does this for love not money so has other work that keeps bread on the table which may mean he can’t always make an instant reply or an immediate fix. We do, however, always get there in the end!
Karin Rainbird: Congratulations on reaching your cell of song. Great that you’re revisiting earlier booklets. They’re very much designed with that in mind, as a resource that can be revisited. Indeed there are things in the bardic course that are referred back to in the ovate and Druid courses. While putting them together, there are always choices to be made as to how much and what to put in. My theory has always been that, however much or little material is in any learning materials, only a portion of it will be recalled down the line. So the more that goes into a course, the more will be remembered. My tendency is, therefore, to include as much as I can fit in. Here’s a closely guarded BDO secret: My self-imposed word and page limit is based on whether I can still get a staple through the paper when I print them out as booklets. 56 pages means 14 sheets, which my stapler can handle quite well. Any more than that and it takes two or three attempts to get a staple through!
That said, I sometimes still find myself wanting to include more information. After this next upload though, if there’s any more to add to the bardic course, I think it’ll have to be in supplementary booklets!
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