About

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Danaan.net is dedicated to sacred nature, and serves as a resource for Druids in North America.*

 

I hope to continuously add to the resources I’ve provided on behalf of Druids in our lands. This includes content on various religious traditions that revere nature, map of local groups, seasonal celebrations, and ancient sites information.

My interpretation of ‘related’ areas is somewhat broad, so this site morphs over time. I do not plan on regurgitating specific lessons of my Druid orders; there’s enough of that on the web already.

* I first developed Danaan.net in 1998 as local community information site; I changed it to a spiritual emphasis about 2004. I write, design, and maintain this and other websites.

About Me

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I was raised by eclectic, artist parents in the 1950s- 1970’s United States. (Mostly in Louisiana and California.) My family celebrated the Wheel of the Year, wrote poetry, did tarot, and other fun things. After a childhood of being one of the few girls around who liked to hang out in wild places, playing music and the rest, I knuckled down for college.

With my hefty science and pre-med coursework I received my B.S. in Conservation of Natural Resources (with Honors) from the University of California, Berkeley. Following graduation and a few miscellaneous jobs, I had a 23+ year career in local environmental protection, at both staff and management levels. (More of that playing in wild places thing again…) Married, had a kid, helped put kid through ridiculously expensive college, had major brain surgery– the normal stuff!

So I did what many of us do- drop away from any formal spiritual practice while being a busy young adult. Then in the the early 2000’s I was ‘reminded’ by my guides to look to my spiritual life. I searched out local Druids, went on a pilgrimage with them to Ireland, joined an order (OBOD), and have been studying and practicing Druidry ever since. I’ve found that my science career nicely supports my Druid studies, while I’ve had a chance to validate the decades of gardening and watching nature I inadvertently did on my own. I’ve even been able to revisit some of the music and poetry training I had as a child.

Upon retirement I moved from California to Florida, and spent several years managing and renovating 17 acres of forested land (which is another story). In Summer 2012 I started living in and traveling throughout North America in a motorhome. Then life changed again- newly single, I have settled in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I have come to the end of my OBOD Druid grade studies, and co-founded the Bayou Grove in southern Louisiana.

I hope these pages resonate and inform you on your journey. To everyone who visits my site- may the blessings of the greenwood be with you!

    Dana Wiyninger /|\
Affiliations
Dante and Virgil Penetrating the Forest, ca. 1824-7, by William Blake

Dante and Virgil Penetrating the Forest (William Blake)

I am a Druid grade member of the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids (OBOD) of East Sussex, England. I’m also a member of the Reformed Druids of Gaia (RDG- nature is good).

In the past I was a member of the Ancient Order of Druids in America (AODA), and Ár nDraíocht Féin (ADF). So while I consider OBOD my spiritual home, I gladly visit elsewhere.