The New BDO Bardic Course

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  • #14107
    Jeremiah(Dark Crow) Hatcher
    Participant

      THANK You Grey Wolf for working so hard on the course materials your hard work really shows in the depth of the knowledge your passing down. IM finding the course very informative and inspirational thanks for all your hard work.

      #14384
      Greywolf
      Keymaster

        Thank you all for your comments and to Dowgri for responding so thoughtfully and well to some of them. Your reply to DavetheDruid was pretty much exactly what mine would have been had I been around. The downside of devoting so much time to the bardic course upgrade has meant that I’ve not been around on the forum or on social media much.
        So, here’s a short update:
        Having reached the last batch of four bardic booklets, I started sending the earlier ones to Ronald Hutton who’s been a friend for thirty years and a BDO supporter and member almost as long. As such, he’s read and commented on pretty much everything I’ve ever written of Druidry, including previous editions of our courses. This time around, and despite an extremely heavy workload in his day job at Bristol Uni., Ronald has taken the time to comment in detail on several of the booklets and his comments have, in some cases, led to further revisions being made. These are mostly fairly minor, with the most substantial change being to a piece in booklet 2. Because the last revision has been so recent, the newly revised booklets won’t go online until sometime after Alban Eilir (Spring Equinox), by which time I hope to have finished the last four booklets.
        Then it’ll be on to updating the ovate course. Since it’s already fairly packed, it shouldn’t take as long as the bardic upgrade. A lot of it will be updating page references to the bardic course and updating quotations from the Mabinogi and Taliesin material, replacing the old Victorian versions with our brilliant new translations. Then I’ll do the same for the Druid course, at which point, apart from little bits of tinkering here and there, course revisions should be done with for quite some time. No idea what I’ll do then, but I guess I’ll think of something. Maybe record another album or two? Certainly start on converting the course for multi-media presentation. That alone should keep me busy for another few years!
        Many blessings,
        Greywolf /|\

        #14399
        david poole
        Participant

          You work very hard Greywolf I wish you success in your endeavors. Personally I am really looking forward to the new version of the course and am glad that someone like Ronald Hutton has been helping out

          #14928
          Greywolf
          Keymaster

            Thanks, David,
            I had to divert from finishing the bardic course upgrade to try and get new editions of two books finished and printed. Hopefully back to it soon.
            Many blessings,
            Greywolf /|\

            #15217
            Merlinwhiteowl
            Participant
              #15218
              Merlinwhiteowl
              Participant

                Hello I started the Bardic course 2 years ago, life got very disrupted as it took 2 years to move with all the stresses that go with it. I am now settled again and about to pick up with the Bardic course. Is it still valid in this format as I notice it’s in the process of being updated, could you advise me what to do thank you. Merlinwhiteowl

                #15221
                Michael Broschi
                Participant

                  I also had to pause my studies back in 2018 due to numerous disruptions and am ready to jump back in.

                  #15239
                  Angela Lawton
                  Participant

                    Yeah you can have the disruptions such as genocide and potato famine and out right persecution, they might make you jump right back in revealed by the spirit this time 2017, 2018. All clever codes and symbolism. I’m hearing meeatloaf at the moment, I would do anything for love but I won’t do that. What does it mean. Yeah you can bring in your psychology and body language and look for the payouts and claim to fame but don’t shuffle that over to somebody else. Boys.

                    #15338
                    Danni Smith
                    Participant

                      I have just signed up for the bardic course and I can see alot of work must go into this and the following courses so I appreciate all the work put in to it by many people who were involved. I’ve wanted to take on this series of courses for about a year or so but couldn’t afford it before.. im excited that i am able to start now as my studies have been here and there with one book or another but I felt I was missing the framework and basic foundation the course would offer. So the first day I am on this new journey is exciting and I can’t wait to begin. I’ve downloaded and had a quick look at the material from the first bundle and it looks awesome and im excited about all I will be able to learn and knowing finally I will not be alone in my druid journey, something I have experienced this past year. I love there is a forum where can connect to others on the same journey and can have that guidance of others further along the path through the learning materials, ancient stories of the past and even support from tutors. Let the journey begin in this new chapter. Thanks to all involved in the development and updating of this course, your hard work n dedication is appreciated.

                      #15345
                      Dowrgi
                      Participant

                        Welcome Danni, I hope you enjoy the course and find it rewarding, I certainly did.

                        Bennathow
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                        #15462
                        Greywolf
                        Keymaster

                          Hi folks,
                          Thank you again for all your kind comments. I’m still working on the bardic course upgrade. I’d hoped to have it finished by now but various things intervened. One was a lengthy discussion with Ronald Hutton about whether or not we can regard characters featured in the Mabinogi as medieval recollections of pre-Christian deities. In short, I think the evidence is strong enough, Ronald doesn’t. Ronald also pointed out a few factual errors and suggested some minor changes to improve the overall read. In the course of making these changes, I’ve reworked some pieces to clarify points and picked up and corrected a few more typos. I also had to take quite a lot of time out to update my Druidry: A Practical & Inspirational Guide and prepare it for publication.
                          The latest bardic course revision has now reached booklet 17. Every booklet has had some revisions, most just minor, a few more substantial. My current plan is to finish updating all 24 booklets then put the whole revised course online (perhaps in May?). New students should rest assured. Whenever new versions of course booklets go online, you will be sent links to download them.
                          Many blessings and a slightly belated happy new year,
                          Greywolf /|\

                          #15500
                          Shanda Eisel
                          Participant

                            Hi, I started the bardic course just today and I really like the material. There is only one thing, I use a screen reader and I haven’t been able to click on links within the contents or inside the booklets. Is this something that will be checked out for the update? Otherwise, I think the material is very good and am looking forward to continuing with the course. Thanks for making it so great!

                            #15514
                            Ashley
                            Participant

                              Well, I hope you won’t be retiring anytime soon as at 72 I have just signed up for the introductory course! Fingers crossed I will find what I’m looking for!

                              #15537
                              Dowrgi
                              Participant

                                Hello there Ashley. Welcome, I hope you enjoy the Bardic Course, I certainly did.

                                Bennathow
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                                #15875
                                Greywolf
                                Keymaster

                                  Hi folks,
                                  Quick update on the bardic course update. I finished the last booklet of the last batch yesterday. The last batch have been hugely updated. I’ve also been through all the earlier booklets making final revisions and additions. The whole revised course is now ready to go and should be available in the next few days.
                                  Shanda Eisel asked about links within the files not working. I’ll look into it. I know they work for me as I always check them, but has anyone else had this problem? Shanda is the first person I know of who’s raised it, so I guess it could be something in your software settings? Don’t know. As said, I’ll check it out 🙂
                                  All good blessings,
                                  Greywolf /|\

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