7th to 11th August 2019
email team@druidcamp.org.uk

Shamanic Fire with Martyn West-Wright

Bush craft is the study of wilderness survival. We have it today largely because of the early Christian Missionaries and their anthropological studies of ancient Pagan tribal peoples from around the world, as they tried to convert them to Christianity. Whilst doing this they made many documentaries about how their bush craft was not just about how to live with the land but was also their religion. Although bush craft exists today with all the shamanistic rituals removed my aspiration is to give back bush craft to pagan peoples of today, and hopefully rediscover some of the shamanistic rituals that our ancestors would have used. My workshops mostly orientate around making fire – the method I demonstrate will enable anybody to make fire with wet wood, with no matches and no accelerants; just using natural materials from the wilderness. The methods I will be demonstrating go back in history more than 8000 Years but

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Graham Butcher – Creatures of Norse Mythology

Giant wolves, world encircling wyrms, resurected goats, ravens of the mind and other strange creatures… Discover the wyrd and wonderful creatures of Norse Mythology Graham Butcher will take you on an exploration of the animals who accompany, feed, serve, carry, battle with, and occasionally eat, the Aesir and Vanir. We will also see if we can find your Fylgia, the animal guide which connects you with the nine worlds of Odin and Frigg, Frey and Freya, and giants and elves. There will also be the usual Stav sessions each morning of the camp. Over the course of the four days we will do the runic stances in each session and manifest the animals associated with each rune through animal exercise training. If you want to know more in the meantime please see Graham’s page at http://www.iceandfire.org

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JJ Middleway and Adrian Rooke

JJ and Adrian will be offering two workshops during Camp. Which Power Animal will choose me? A brief examination of Power Animals and their relevance. How do Power Animals come to us? Using the Druid Animal Oracle as a tool, we will ritually discover which animal spirit is currently looking to communicate its wisdom to each of us. Having spent some time with our power animal, we will then look to share any knowledge and insight between us. Druid Animals of the Four Directions. An exploration into the qualities and meaning of each animal of the four directions as found in the western Druid tradition: The Hawk, the Stag, the Salmon and the Bear. Together we will embody and represent the spirit of each animal in order to gain fresh insight and a deeper understanding. We will share song, guided visualisation and ‘spontaneous recall’ to help us in this. JJ will also be offering Sacred Singing in

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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.

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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”

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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

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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. 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

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