Druids and Druidry

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Druidry is an ancient spiritual tradition indigenous to the islands of Great Britain. In its current iteration, druidry focuses on restoring and developing soul to soul relationships between people, their ancestors, and their local environments, with particular emphasis on the earth itself.  Such connections are ecstatic, sacred, and fulfilling, rather than mundane.   One of the signature teachings of this form of Druidry is our embrace of the dark, an experience difficult for many to fully understand and accept.  It is not, I necessarily must add, anything related to the portrayal of  “turning to the dark side” (a la Star Wars).

I do accept students and apprentices.  Although the formal year begins in October, students may enter at any time.

If you want to learn the Druid Path, what might you expect?

In ancient times, becoming a druid was a lifelong commitment that began with an apprenticeship of around twenty years.  Just as then, learning to become a druid engages you in a living tradition that is a commitment of your entire being.  You will be challenged to dive deeper into your soul than ever, for the path of the druid is fundamentally a path of truth.

The world today is not as it was 2,000 years ago, so we structure things in ways that are possible now.  Furthermore, druidry in a city as active as NYC has dynamics that are different than rural expressions.  Here, in NYC, we learn how to develop and to live in the ancient consciousness, even in the midst of high urban engagement.

But whether you were to undertake a one-year, two-year or more-years course, the purpose is the same:  to help instill in you a path that honors the  threads of an inspired life–deep, ethical and healing relationships with one’s self, with others, with the land-itself and with the ancestors.  In this work, we feel the hum of creation and step into the flow of life.

I structure the apprenticeship to meet 8 times a year, roughly once every six weeks.  Each of the lessons is progressive, building on what was taught before.  Lessons in the first year focus on the core principles of druidry, particularly that nature has fundamental worth independent of human valuation.  Lessons include working with our “edges” (ours personally and with all other living beings), with learning to craft ritual, with deepening our abilities to listen and to ride the waves of inspiration.  We work with the cycles of life and with exercises that instill intimate contact with nature and with our ancestral blood heritages.

Every potential apprenticeship begins with a free, one-on-one meeting to explore the practice and determine a good fit.  The rest, as they say, is up to you to show up to your own life, to wake up and to follow your curiosity.  You will receive as much personal attention as can be given to assist your learning and growth.

The rate for one year is eight hundred dollars.

Further information about Druidry to read at your leisure:

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In my Druid robe, worn during our communal rituals.  The staff was made by an indigenous carver living along the Amazon River in Peru. The two-headed snake symbolizes the ongoing transformations required of those who would walk between the worlds.

There are many books to read about Druidry and its history.  This is a more personal statement:

The Druidic path with which I am most closely affiliated focuses on direct experience in the present moment.  Those of us who lead our lives this way have been taught by our teachers, who were taught by their teachers, and so on back into the mists of time.

Druidry is an ever-evolving journey.  It never rests.  It is a living tradition and a spiritual path that is never completed.  What it was 2,000 years ago, it is not, nor can it be, today.  What it is today, it will not be tomorrow.  It does not need to have a codified set of doctrines, a uniform hierarchy, nor any formal rituals to which all must subscribe.  Once setting out on this path, no one ever looks back and says, “There, I did it.  Now let’s move on.”  It is anarchistic in the sense that we submit to no one, not even to our deities.  Instead, we craft relationship, knowing that nature has inherent value.  We may surrender; we may have devotion (for example, to a spring or grove of trees, to the thunder beings or a sacred well), but our personal edges are never relinquished except for profound intimacy and at death, at which time we are rewoven back into creation as a normal part of the cycle of life.

In this sense, then, the word “druid” is an invocation.  Anyone who says, “I am a druid,” is muttering an invocation to embark on a lifelong journey, a journey devoted to developing fundamental authenticity that is inspired by deepening and ever stronger threads.  From this invocation arise all creative arts, all ritual leadership, and all acts of care on behalf of the wellbeing of one’s tribe.

A “modern” druid, therefore, can have many different shapes.  But if we have integrity to our name, we have a personal and daily practice as a druid, even though we may never tell another person.  Unlike many who feel compelled to advertise their religion, one characteristic of druids is that we are not evangelical, we do not seek to convert, we do not judge another’s path, and we may remain relatively quiet, opting instead to humbly, simply devote ourselves to deepening our relationships to ancestors and land along cycles of inspiration that take us even farther.

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