I spent 5 years administering an order-specific Druid facebook page, and the most common question I had was about how to find local Druids. It can be hard, but there are ways to search out private and public individuals and groups.
So let's look at some ways to do this.
Before contacting a person or group do basic research on their general beliefs, order (if any), and group structure. Also consider what you have to offer, and what your travel or other logistical requirements are.
Practice safe socializing- go to events with a buddy, use your own transportation, don’t give out personal information, and tell friends where you are going.
Use your instincts and common sense; they will help you keep from becoming a victim of manipulative or exploitive people or groups. Know the signs of trouble – a great tool is The Advanced Bonewits’ Cult Danger Evaluation Frame.
Druid Groups Map
This is a interactive map of public North American Druid Groves and study groups. Compiled using original sources (like order lists or other webpages), it has current contact information and is updated several times a year. The map includes over 289 groups across 4 countries- so far.
Even if you find no nearby group on the map, consider contacting regional groups as they may know of individual Druids in your area that also want a local community.
Networks / Social Media
Meetup Groups. Many of these groups may be defunct, but will show up for the radius around a location that you choose.
Canadian Druid Network (Facebook)
Local metaphysical store. Check with and support your local metaphysical stores, if you have them nearby. They will usually know about Druid or other groups in the area, and people to contact. These stores are a great resource, and deserve our patronage.
Resources for Solitaries
The Awen Alone: Walking the Path of the Solitary Druid, by Joanna van der Hoeven, 2014. (See here for an OBOD review of the book.)
The Book of Hedge Druidry: A Complete Guide for the Solitary Seeker, by Joanna van der Hoeven, 2019.
Group Lists by Druid Organizations
Published: April 3, 2014
April 28, 2015- added safety, investigation, and evaluation sections. Misc. other changes.
May 21, 2015- added resources for solitaries.
October 2022- updated links.