Robin Larkham’s Windmill

Robin Larkham will be bringing his mobile windmill to Druid Camp again this year. A delightful mechanism and a huge yell for renewable energy, one day perhaps the Camp will be run from something like it. You can come see it working, and speak with Robin and his accomplices about it throughout Camp. Please bear in mind that, although supervised and  safe at even a close distance, it’s not entirely friendly to anyone, big or small, who gets carelessly close!

Graham Butcher’s Stav

Graham Butcher will be holding Stav training sessions each morning, as in previous years. Stav means ‘knowledge of the rune staves’. If you don’t know of Stav, it is a martial art based upon the Runes and uses a staff and runic stances as a part of a physical and mental workout. Further workshops with Graham (TBC) may include examination of the runes and how to use them, meanings and associations of the runes and their relationship to norse mythology.

Gordon “the Toad” MacLellan

Gordon MacLennan, “the Toad”, will be speaking on Friday evening. His subject, in keeping with this year’s theme of ‘animal spirit’ is called “Fur, Feather and Places: meeting the animal people of historic landscapes”.

Drawing on recent work with Buxton Museum and ongoing inspirations from Orkney, Gordon will take us on a poetic and story adventure into ways of connecting with landscapes and the animals that now – or once – lived here. A mixture of performance and workshop.

Gordon is a shaman, poet and storyteller: find out more about his work at: http://creepingtoad.blogspot.co.uk/

Photo c/o Laurence Crossman-Emms and the Woodland Trust”

Philip Shallcrass (Greywolf of the BDO)

The Re-Wilding of Druidry

In 1990, most people’s idea of Druids was of groups of people (mostly men) standing around in stone circles wearing pristine white robes and performing staid and scripted ceremonies. They were seen as patriarchal, monotheistic sun-worshippers and deemed incomplete if they didn’t have a beard.

Since then, the idea of Druids as the native ‘shamans’ of Britain and much of pre-Roman Europe has taken hold and spread, replacing white robes with animal hides, scripts with rattles and drums. More women than men are now actively involved in Druidry, and many of us are polytheistic, pagan animists who follow the cycles of sun and moon. Solemn reverence is gradually giving way to wild shape-shifting.

How did this come about, who has been driving the changes, how do they link us with the Druidries of the past and, more importantly, what do they mean for those of us working in the tradition today, and what prospects do they hold for our future?

Jay’s Mead Workshop

Last year we introduced a mead workshop to the programme and unsurprisingly it was very popular! Starting with a tasting session where many different varieties, flavours and recipes were compared and sampled. Recipes were exchanged, more mead was drunk to the pleasure of a welcoming audience. There was a demonstration on how to make mead with the opportunity for anyone to take part (and take home). We looked at simple methods of producing the liquid gold together, using basic equipment available in most households.
KODAK Digital Still Camera

This year Jay and Rick (as seen on the BBC!) are looking at the ritual year and have prepared some meads to seasonally represent the druid celebrations. Once again there will be the opportunity to drink, talk, share and make mead together with like minded people, with an enjoyable atmosphere.

 Merry ye be and may you never thirst.
Jay Anderson

And we’re live!

Welcome to this year’s web site! It’s a bit bare at the moment but plans are coming to fruition and folk are committing to dates… it’s going to be great.

Stick with us and have patience while we get this wagon train rolling. Come back soon.