Druidry – Ancient Wisdom for the Modern World
March 10th – 13th, 2016
In this course we will experience:
Druidry has ancient roots going back to a time when people had a close and spiritual relationship with nature. Even with a busy modern life, you can learn specific ways to strengthen your spiritual relationship with the trees, healing plants, birds, animals, and the cycles of the sun and moon on which our souls depend. As Druids we see our souls as interconnected with the natural world. We care for the soul through ceremony, poetry, music, storytelling, mythology, and ethics. Druidry is a comprehensive and truly holistic pathway to a full and satisfying life in body, mind, and spirit.
Three Strand Approach
Druidry is made up of three strands — Dámh (Bard), File (Poet Seer), and Ollamh (Druid). Each combines with the others to increase capacity, like the fibres of a rope.
An Dámh (Bard) holds the strands of storytelling, mythology, and history seeking. All the arts can be engaged in this work. While exploration of deep meaning is the intention, entertainment is found on the way as well.
An File (Poet Seer, Shaman) holds the strand of holistic healing with a curious, intuitive mind and spirit, which also acknowledges our ancestors. Engagement with the landscape, Ogham trees, and Time supports the healing work. Herbs, nutrition, strength-based therapies, and Jungian depth psychology inform the learning on this path.
An Ollamh (Druid) holds the strand of ritual, philosophy, and ethics. Opening and holding a ritual space increases the specialness of the work to follow. Philosophy is the love of thinking, including rationality, which balances the mystical.
Druids explore each strand of experience along a continuum from the most intuitive and mystical to the most rational and material, (e.g., ancestry and history can be explored using imagination and intuition, as well as DNA studies and study of contemporary sources.)
Eimear Burke is a druid and co-founder, with her husband Howard Campbell, of the Kilkenny College of Druidry. She is a member of the Order of Bards, Ovates & Druids (OBOD), and the Druid Clan of Dana, and a priestess in the Fellowship of Isis. She is a Counselling Psychologist, Shamanic Therapist, Reiki and Seichem Master, and herbalist. Eimear has worked with a number of traditional healers in Tanzania, exchanging ideas and identifying similarities to the Druid path. Eimear is a practiced storyteller. She featured last year in a TV documentary, “There’s Something About Patrick”.
MeetUp in San Diego, USA
We meet quarterly on the second Wednesday of January, April, August, and December. This is a complimentary Feng Shui class for sharing, connecting, and creating Feng Shui community for people interested in creating an environment that fosters great health, wellbeing, peace, abundance, and love.