This is a catch up post!
On the Spring Equinox weekend, back in March, I attended the annual Druid Gorsedd, which is a meeting for Druid Grade members of OBOD. Each year it’s facilitated by somebody different, and this year Roger from West Yorkshire had volunteered, which meant that it was finally held ‘Up North’, hurrah!
It was rather a treat to drive for just an hour up the motorway to the venue, which was Mirfield Monastery in the Calder valley, rather than the usual four to five hour trip down south. The monastery is a large collection of different buildings, including a college, B&B annexes, two refectories and a full size church. The grounds run down to the banks of the Calder river and are pretty extensive, with woodland walks, kitchen gardens, orchards, lawns, flower beds, a labyrinth and an amphitheatre!
I can’t talk too much about what we got up to (first Rule of Druid Gorsedd and all that!) The theme was ‘Extraordinary Times, Extraordinary Service’, it involved an evolutionary walk, discussions, workshops, a Ceremony and an Eisteddfod! The Gorsedd usually takes place at the end of February, but this year it clashed with Alban Eiler which meant a lot of Grove and Seed Group leaders couldn’t make it, although holding it in the North opened it up to a host of new people and it was very well attended. One of the highlights for me was visiting the church after our ritual. The church is built in the Italianate style but inside it has been stripped back to basics and has a wonderfully modern interior. We all stood under the central dome in our robes and chanted Awens.
I had a really great time but unfortunately woke up with a terrific migraine during Saturday night which meant I missed Sunday breakfast and spent most of the following morning session fighting nausea. It was a bit of a relief when I was finally sick in the loos during the morning break, but it ruined the final day and I left before dinner to head home to bed. Thank goodness it was so close!
As always, the magic of these events trickles through slowly to the apparent world and I’m still receiving insights, synchronicities and gifts from the weekend.