Visitors are more than welcome & we strongly encourage anyone with an ounce of curiosity or interest.
We endeavor to be welcoming, friendly & open at all times. We look forward to being of help to you on your personal spiritual path.
The Events page will list type of event - place - date & time, looking forward to meeting you. ***currently not active, see Wrens Nest for dates, found at the bottom of the events page, we also when possible meet for a Moot on Friday evenings: 6:30pm till 9/10pm in North Swindon.
What you may expect when attending a gathering of Druids. When it comes to a moot or ceremony or workshop/talk, a tried & tested format is to have time for a combination of these elements:
• Arriving, welcoming, stating the purpose of the meeting
• Exchanging news & ideas
• Discussion & debate on a chosen subject (see 'Talking Stick')
A full explanation of the above can be found on the Members page.
The community works around the ethos that any spiritual endeavor is not exclusive & that anyone seeking 'spiritual insight' not be bared from entry due to monetary concerns, faith, gender or ethnic origin. With this in mind, there are many public events which allow participation, they range from the eight main festivals throughout the year, to moots & workshops. These events are open to the public, members family & friends. They can be found on the 'Events' page of this site.
Exchanging news & ideas
Some groups use a ‘talking stick’. A beautiful, sometimes decorated, stick is passed around the circle from person to person.
Only the person holding the talking stick can speak, & while they do, everyone else listens.
Everyone has a turn to speak, but knows they mustn’t ‘hog’ the stick. As the talking stick moves around the circle each contribution becomes woven into a whole. If you do not want to speak, that is fine, just take the talking stick, hold it silently for a moment, then pass it to your neighbour.
The purpose of having this talking circle is not for therapy, but to make sure everyone gets a chance to be heard. Sometimes this kind of sharing circle is only used when there is a specific matter to be discussed, or a decision to be made.
It is often surprising how a shy person will have the confidence and feel moved to speak once they have the talking stick in their hand. It is important to explain the simple talking stick rules before commencement, otherwise it won’t work.
To avoid problems, many groups reiterate the simple rules before each talking stick circle:
• Only the person holding the talking stick can speak, & while they do, everyone else listens.
• The speaker should focus on the subject matter, speak from their point of view & not direct their comments towards other contributors.
• The facilitator may interject if they feel that these rules are not being followed, if someone is speaking inappropriately, or is blatantly taking too much time.
After the talking stick has gone round it might then be appropriate to have an open discussion.
Whilst the community is designed to be made up from a variety of peoples & their specific spiritual interests, you therefore do not have to be an OBOD member to join the community. As membership is largely drawn from existing OBOD members there are a number of events which are OBOD specific, hence we do adhere to the principles & guidelines laid down by OBOD.
The OBOD Grove/Seed groups work on a grade system, whilst the grades having nothing to do with one's personal spiritual growth or status, no one is higher than another, they do however allow members to gage another's relevant areas of study & therefore interests.
There are however events which are grade specific, initiations, talks & practical which by there very nature are only for those currently studying such said grades.
Who can join an OBOD Seed Group or Grove?
Any member of the Order should be welcome at an OBOD group as a guest: either just ‘passing through’ or as a potentially permanent member. However, Groves and Seed Groups also have a duty to the group, and, at certain times, may not wish to welcome visitors. Please be sensitive to the variety of issues which may lead a group to say ‘no’ to a request for a visit. These issues may include limitations of space, or the need for privacy regarding meetings in members’ houses, the undertaking of a private ceremony or initiation on the date requested, and so on.
Nevertheless, OBOD’s general stance is open and inclusive, and a permanently ‘closed’ group would not be in tune with that ethos.Membership of OBOD is defined as having entered the Bardic Grade, in other words having gone beyond the introductory Bardic package to actually start the course.
Some groups allow non-members into their meetings, and partners of members who are interested but do not wish to join the Order may also be welcomed. Membership of a group is not the same as membership of OBOD, which can be arranged only through enrolling with the OBOD office or via the OBOD website.
Your attendance at the group does not in itself make you a member of OBOD.
Bardic, Ovate and Druid Grove meetings are open only to members who have entered the relevant Grade, although an exception is sometimes made for Bardic Groves to invite visiting speakers or guests.