Druid Gorsedd

I’m back from the Druid Gorsedd at Pema Osel Ling, a Buddhist retreat about an hour south of San Jose, California. It was a wonderful experience on so many levels, most of which I’ll talk about and some of which I can’t.

I met sixty-something OBOD Bards, Ovates, Druids and friends. I had a small part in the main Lughnasadh ritual, a larger part in the Ovate initiation ceremony, and a supporting role in the Bardic initiation ceremony. To my shock, I was invited to be on the panel discussion on Druid Spiritual Practice. And along with the only other person there who had begun the Druid level studies but hadn’t yet completed them, I was given a Druid grade initiation (it was simple, effective, and very insightful – and that’s all I’m going to say about it).

I took a few pictures with the iPhone – I’ll post some of them. There were professional photographers and videographers recording the whole event. As soon House of Danu posts their stuff, I’ll link to it.

This is the small lake and fountain at the entrance to the retreat.

And this is me, waiting for the Lughnasadh procession to start.

Much, much more later this week.

About John Beckett

I grew up in Tennessee with the woods right outside my back door. Wandering through them gave me a sense of connection to Nature and to a certain Forest God. I’m a Druid graduate of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, the Coordinating Officer of the Denton Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans and a former Vice President of CUUPS Continental. I’ve been writing, speaking, teaching, and leading public rituals for the past eleven years. I live in the Dallas – Fort Worth area and I earn my keep as an engineer.

  • http://teobishop.myopenid.com/ Teo

    Thank you for sharing the photos from the Gorsedd! I was unable to attend, but my heart and mind were with you all. It sounds like it was a beautiful experience.

    I look forward to more of your writing!

    Blessings,
    Teo

    teobishop.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00875369837359076688 JohnFranc

    Sorry you couldn't make it, Teo – it was a wonderful experience. Hopefully House of Danu will be able to make it an annual event, and you'll be able to attend in the future.

    Glad you're reading the blog!

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