Druidry

Seeing the beauty in nature, and exploring the ways we find to be Druids in our land

 

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Druids see and rejoice in the daily miracles of the natural world around us. The cycles of the seasons, life and death (and rebirth, for those of us who believe in this), and the cosmic dance instruct and inspire. We draw upon the past for inspiration, and our deep respect for learning, science, and the arts has shaped our new modern traditions. And like the many types of wildflowers in a meadow, Druids span a wide range of traditions and ‘religions’ (Pagan, monotheistic, agnostic, none, or any combination thereof).

Many people when first drawn to Druidry lack a knowledge of training resources, groups, active orders, and the traditions these orders originated from. These resources and information will help you learn about Druidry in North America.

Druid Orders

DRUID TRADITIONS

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Many of our well known Druid orders arose out of specific movements and traditions, each with their own history and basic beliefs. Go here to learn about Revival, Reformed, and Neopagan orders in North America.

COMPARING ORDERS

A Druid Group Comparison Table

This in-depth table compares four larger Druid groups in North America- including group origins, divinity and culture used in worship.

Community & Training

  FINDING OTHER DRUIDS

The Druid GroveAdvice for finding individuals and groups of Druids – how to explore and evaluate groups, and maps, guides, internet, and organization resources.

MAP OF LOCAL GROUPS

map 4-16Here is an interactive map of public groves and study groups in North America– regularly updated, it currently lists 290 groups across 5 countries.

 ORDER’S TRAINING & STUDY PROGRAMS

ADF – Training Programs, $50 order membership includes initial Dedicant Program, with further study, guild, initiate, or clergy training

AODA – Study Program, $50 or $100 for each degree

Druid College– Maine, US. 3 year training, suggested gift of $500/year

Green Mountain Druid Order – Home Study Course, Bard level is $200 to $600 depending on option chosen

New Order Druids – Grove of Dana Druid College, free or course grade books ~$12 each

OBOD – Membership & Training– ~$270 – $423 (depending on formats) for each grade

RDG – Druid Path Study CD ($19.99) and Reformed Druidism 202 Study CD ($19.98)

Tribe of the Oak –  group by invitation only, reading list to start study towards Druidic initiation

Covenant of Avalon Theological Seminary Florida, US, requires membership in The Druidcraft Fellowship, may have local dues/tithes or suggested donations


NOTE: Accreditation & Ordination
Please note that the above programs are designed for in-group or order use, and do not have formal accreditation. Based on most recent information – except for ADF, these organizations are not formal churches (for instance, 501(c)(3) religious non-profit corporations in the US) and do not ordain.
Contact the program you are interested in for more information.

LOCAL TRAINING

Local training opportunities vary widely. Many groves will have no formal training, as their members are progressing individually through their order’s programs. Some groves will have informal learning across a broad range of topics of interest to members. Individual groves may have their own training programs, but often only for seekers in their immediate geographical area.

 

Devotions

RELIGIONS

Druids can follow any of a number of religious paths (or none).

Here is information on Paganism, Buddhism, and Christianity/Judasim.

SEASONAL FESTIVALS- WHEEL OF THE YEAR

wheel_280Many (but certainly not all) Druids follow a popular system of Celtic-inspired seasonal celebrations known as the Wheel of the Year.

SPIRITUAL OFFERINGS

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Examples of spiritual offerings, the relationships you build, and ideas on appropriate places and items.

Misc. Druid Info

Thoughts

Publication Info

This Druid Groups Map page was originally published on July 22, 2009. It is regularly updated.

Revisions include:

April 2016- reorganized, added devotions section