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Druid Hedge Schools Sampler & World Drum Weekend, Wildways, Shropshire

Date(s) - 19/04/2013 - 21/04/2013
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The World Drum at Dragon Hill, 2008.This event combines our farewell to the World Drum with the launch of the Druid Hedge Schools Project, a joint initiative between the British Druid Order, the Druid Network and the Order of Bards, Ovates & Druids that’s aimed at bringing low-cost, high-quality Druidical teachings to venues around the UK. It’s also a great chance for BDO members and friends to get together, as most of our core team and tutors will be there all weekend… Also joining us for the weekend will be two very special guests, White Cougar, the shaman whose vision inspired the creation of the World Drum, and Morten Wolf Storeide, who oversees the Drum’s many journeys across cultures and around the world.

Druid Hedge Schools logoWe begin on Friday with a ‘meet and greet,’ followed by a ceremony with the World Drum, hosted by White Cougar and Morten Wolf Storeide, using a sacred healing plant called chaga. Saturday morning there will be a short introduction to the World Drum for day visitors who weren’t there for the Friday evening ceremony. This will be followed by a short introduction to the Druid Hedge Schools Project. On Saturday, we’ll be offering sample sessions from Druid Hedge Schools’ teachers, including BDO chief, Greywolf, on Saturday morning, continuing throughout the afternoon with: Anne Marie Langham on Celebrating the Year, Country Wisdom & Folklore;
Cara Moore on Crystal Healing;
Elen Sentier on Chakras;
Kaarina Vanderkamp on Herbs;
Mark Buxton on Personal Practice (Daily Druidry);
Brochfael on Iron Age Britain.

Robin Willaimson

Saturday evening will kick off with a majorly cool eisteddfod session in the big yurt, featuring a set from legendary bard, and one of Britain’s finest singer-songwriters, Robin Williamson which is definitely not to be missed! Robin’s many fans include The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin and Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams. There will also be a set from Greywolf, showcasing songs from ‘The Sign of the Rose’ cd and the upcoming ‘Lord of the Wildwood’ cd. We’re delighted that Andy Letcher, lead singer and songwriter with ‘darkly crafted folk’ band, Telling the Bees, will be playing for us, as will local legend, Jake Thomas, and possibly another guest or two. We shall party ’til bedtime!

Sunday, we have more Hedge School sessions in the morning, then a shared lunch and a bring-and-buy market. On Sunday afternoon, we shall hold our last ceremony with the World Drum to bid it farewell on its continuing journey, bringing peace and blessings to our Mother earth and all her children.

This weekend is now fully booked, though it might just be worth checking with Elaine for any last-minute cancellations. The cost for the whole weekend is a mere £55 per person to include catering on Saturday evening, lunch on Sunday and basic breakfasts. Bring and share lunchtime food on Saturday. For those not staying onsite, there will be a few day tickets available at £21 per person to include bring-and-share Saturday lunch evening meal and the evening concert. Contact Elaine Wildways via her facebook page or ‘phoning 01746 861992