I’ve been pretty busy since we got back from Scotland, what with one thing and another. It’s felt a bit like running up a down escalator at times, plenty of effort but with no real results! Saying that, I did manage to get my act together in order to deliver a talk at the Ovate Gorsedd on the weekend of the 18-20th October.
Now the Ovate Gorsedd was set up after I became a Druid and so this was the first one I’ve attended. I was sorry I missed the others as they seem to be a bit more hands on than the Druid’s equivalent -sweat lodges, communal sleeping in yurts and lengthy solitary night time woodland meditations are some of the past highlights. There’s a running joke in our Grove that Druid Gorsedds are held in hotels which isn’t quite the case. But we are quite a venerable lot, so we do tend to meet up in places that are reasonably comfortable and so do sometimes miss out on the more physical stuff.
Three of our very own Setantii Ovates organised the whole shebang and it was held at Wildways in Shropshire which is a place I’d heard good things about but never visited. It’s set in a valley overlooking a tributary of the River Severn and has various areas to gather , a yurt, a replica Iron Age Roundhouse, a fire pit, a stone circle and of course accommodation in the knocked through cottages. It was a really beautiful place, so peaceful and immersed in Nature. The photo above is of their smallest building- the Gnome House!
Mark, Ruth and Craig put together a fantastic programme.The theme for the weekend was Air, so we had an exploration of various aspects of the element including dreams and the constellations. I gave a talk on Birds and their relationship with man – a bit of shamanism, divination, folklore, superstition and personal practice. It’s the first time I have ever given a ‘druidy’ talk and I found it a bit nerve-wracking but I think it went down OK. We had a mixture of talks, discussion, ritual, journeying and hands on workshops – on wand making and creating dream catchers. They did a brilliant job of both organising the logistics and facilitating the weekend and I know we all went away happy and inspired. I’ve been told that there are ‘waves of praise’ rippling round OBOD. Well done guys:)
This is my dream catcher, it’s a bit wonky, but not too bad for a first attempt!
Mark is starting his own blog at Spiralling Leaf so do pop across and take a look. He is a wonderful plants man, a talented and creative crafter, a teller of tales and a bit of a mischief maker!