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

Z Z Birmingham

Arthur ‘Z.Z.Birmingham” Billington. Bluesman & Honorary Bard of OBOD, veteran of festivals & camps all over Europe, is well known to Druid Camp regulars for his versatility, warmth & willingness to provide music at the barest hint of an opportunity. To an authentic guitar & harmonica style honed in a lifetime’s study of the blues he now adds a fund of seasonal & bardic songs drawn from thirty years’ practice of Druidry. He is joined by the formidable talents of Milton Bluesman – alto & clarinet, Les Miles – djembe & Alan ‘the Bullfrog’ Hudson – djembe & cajon, whose contribution to last year’s Camp will be remembered.

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Penny Billington

The madness of Merlin with Penny Billington In times of crisis, what sustains us? The figure of Merlin could be a rich and textured resource for modern Pagans; but not if we’ve limited our understanding to make of him a stereotype rather than archetype. What do our sources tell us about the nuanced nature of this demi-God? Prophet? Psychopomp? Together, we’ll explore just how relevant working with his legend may be to our spiritual life in these troubled times. Biog: Penny Billington has had a significant role in the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids for many years, and has edited Touchstone magazine for more than 15. She is an author and speaker, and regularly leads ceremonies and workshops. Published work includes The Path of Druidry; Walking The Ancient Green Way a best selling Druid study course and guide, The wisdom of birch, oak and yew’ and The Keys to the Temple, Unlocking

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Druidry for the Future

Nimue Brown will give a talk and discussion on Druidry for the future: how Druidry can keep us hopeful, and able to respond to climate crisis. Nimue Brown has been a Druid for many years. She’s OBOD trained, but has gone a bit feral. She blogs at www.druidlife.com in an ongoing exploration of lived Druidry, and writes for Moon Books and Pagan Dawn. She’s also a volunteer for The Woodland Trust and an active member of Transition Stroud.

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The Sauna Returns!

We know that many of you missed the sauna last year. Well it’s back. The sauna is constructed from a horse box, internally clad with timber and heated with a woodturner itself made from an old gas bottle. Sounds a bit naff? Not a bit. It’s roomy, and clean, and smoke free. It’s also hot and suitable for any number form one to… oh, I don’t know, a dozen? There’s a cold water shower outside for pre-sauna cleanliness and post-sauna shock. There are few rules, but those are quite serious ones and we have never had reason to enforce them – because you’re all so lovely. Dress is optional. Respect is expected. We generally make time during the middle of the day for our younger folk to get together in the sauna. They like some private space and we’re happy. Please, older folk, don’t visit the sauna during those times.

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Walking with Hawks

We are delighted to confirm that Walks with Hawks will be on site on the Friday. If you were here a couple of years ago you may have experienced the flight of birds of prey right over your head! Made what little hair I have stand on end, I can tell you. You can read about these intimate up-close experiences on their web site https://walkswithhawks.co.uk/

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Healing Area

Camp regular Mouse Maskens will be heading a team of professional qualified and insured healers, providing a variety of treatments. All treatments are subject to availability for a nominal fee and quickly snapped up. People wishing to take advantage are generally invited to “list up” after each morning meeting.

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Druidry in Times of Crisis

Druidry in Times of Crisis The theme for this year’s Druid Camp, as the title suggests, reflects the chaotic period through which we are living. So much of what went before has built the foundation for this moment, and maybe some of the things to come cannot be avoided, and we must learn to surf the tsunami… but there is still beauty, and nothing is born without struggle. These are times when digging your head into the sand might be seen as appropriate. Times when hedonistic partying into the cataclysm could be argued as rational reaction. In these times, extreme and polarising opinions garner momentum, and take centre ground. And those who feel the interconnectedness of all things feel pain and struggle to find sense in a world in crisis. The theme is huge! Resource depletion, population explosion, biodiversity loss, political madness. How can we make the differences that may

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Mad Magdalen

Mad Magdalen play Druid Camp Mad Magdalen are really chuffed to be invited back to play to the camp. Playing English Folk Music in the “Locked and Loaded” style – previous years have seen the crowd dance into the night.

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Wayne Danewood

Knife Throwing and Axe Throwing Workshops Dane has been a regular facilitator and member of the Rainbow Family for 17 years. As in previous years he is offering two sessions of the fun Circus skill of ‘Target Knife and Axe Throwing’. Whether you are a regular thrower or have never tried it, you will be welcomed by Dane and his Assistant Instructors Happily, the Druid Camp site is extensive and we’ve got plenty of space in which to hold workshops that need a little extra safety margin! With over 30 years experience in knife throwing and 13 years as an instructor in both Knife and Axe throwing , Dane is a full Member of ‘The Knife, Axe and Tomahawk Throwing Association UK’ (KATTA). Dane follows National Guidelines ensuring that his Range and his Sessions are run to the highest level of Safety and enjoyment for all his participants and Assistant Instructors.

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Graham Butcher

Graham Butcher. This year Graham will give a talk on the theme of ‘Philosophers, Warriors and Healers; what kind of people do we need to become if we are going to use ancient wisdom to thrive in a changing world?’ It is a theme he is working on this year in his Stav teaching and we would love to hear his ideas and thoughts at Druid Camp. Graham will also do morning Stav sessions as usual and will be available for rune counselling sessions in the divination area.

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