About BDO Groves

BDO-affiliated Groves are generally open to members of other Druid groups. They provide an opportunity for Druids in a particular area to meet together for festival celebrations, rites of passage, ritual, teaching, bardic sessions, teaching, healing, etc…

DIY BDO Groves – Getting Started …If there isn’t a BDO grove in your area, why not start one? 

The first step is to contact others in your area who might be interested. One way to do this is through the free BDO online membership. We’re compiling a Zee map of all those who sign up for this free membership (and of other BDO members who have kindly shared their location data with us). Most indicate where they live. Once we have a good number of people in the same area, we will e-mail all of them to ask if they would like to be put in touch with each other via e-mail. Members can then arrange times and places to meet. Since it can sometimes be quite daunting meeting new people, you might like to think about communicating online to start with and then maybe meeting up socially.

A suggested schedule might be:

  • Communicate with others in your area online
  • Arrange to meet socially in a public place such as a coffee shop
  • When there are a few of you, go for walks into nature together
  • Think about starting a grove

We will provide an outline Grove ritual should it be required.

Current BDO Groves

Currently our BDO groves are undergoing change and we are in the process of trying to connect with any existing groves which are still functioning, while encouraging BDO members to set up their own groves.

setting up a BDO Grove

Setting up your own grove may seem like a daunting task but there is plenty of information and support on how to start a group over on the excellent “Seeds For Change” web site. This is general information about setting up co-operatives, charitable organisations etc. but it provides a solid foundation for how to set up a grove as well since the principles are similar.

The fundamental underlying principle of BDO collective participation is that groups should strive to function horizontally. That is to say, with every member or participant having an equal say in the decision-making process so that the group functions with no hierarchy and no individual has more of a say in how things are run, structured and organised than any other member. Group decisions are taken as a consensus process and not by decree or by majority voting.

Consensus Decision Making

"Consensus decision making is a creative and dynamic way of reaching agreement between all members of a group. Instead of simply voting for an item and having the majority of the group getting their way, a consensus group is committed to finding solutions that everyone actively supports - or at least can live with. This makes sure that all opinions, ideas and concerns are taken into account. By listening closely to each other, the group aims to come up with proposals that work for everyone."

Seeds For Change

Below are some links to excellent resources at Seeds For Change:

Video Guides to Consensus Decision Making

Facilitating Meetings

"Meetings are a necessary part of working in any group – they give us the chance to share information, to reach decisions and to get jobs done. But too often they drag on and on, with tempers running high, people talking over each other, and no decisions being made. Bad meetings leave you wondering why you bothered turning up. Unfortunately this pattern is very common in groups. However by using some facilitation skills it's easy to turn around the style of meetings and actually make them an enjoyable and inspiring experience."

Seeds For Change

Links at Seeds For Change: