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Our Programme


Druid College - Acolyte to Priest

The Druid College offers a three-year programme in crafting sacred relationship. Our course is a path of awakened celebration and service to the land, the people, and the Divine; by which we hope to guide the apprentice to be a priest of Nature. Our programme is not a distance learning program. It is four exploratory weekends plus one Saturday in September. Courses are offered in Essex, England. Personal study is required between gatherings and additional mentoring is available between weekends.

 

Committing to the three-year programme isn't necessary to begin. The decision to continue study is done year to year. Our pricing structure reflects this.

 

The three-year priesthood training is outlined below. Click the link for each year for more detailed descriptions. More information regarding the nature of the training can be provided upon inquiry.

 

Year One of the Apprenticeship (read more...)
“Reweaving the Broken Connection to the Land”

Year one studies include:

Core principles and teachings of Druidry, Living with Honour, grounding and working with the ancestors, Animism and the Spirits of Place, Listening and Druid meditation, Awen and the cycle of creativity, Working with the Nemeton, Developing Authentic Relationship, Inspiration and the Poetic arts, Storytelling and cultural heritage, The Cycle of Life and the "Wheel of the Year", Working with the Gods/Deity, Anarchism and the end of Submission, Emotions and "riding the energies"

 

Year Two of the Apprenticeship (read more...)
“Training in the Crafts of Shapeshifting, Healing, and in the Arts of Transformation”

Year two studies include:

The Awakened Life; Ritual Trance Induction, Crafting Sacred Ritual; Healing; Prophecy and the Seer; Defining what is meant by Applied Inspiration in Service; Ethical Leadership; Bridge-building as Peacework; Justice and Permaculture; Philosophy; Nature and Relationship to Consumption; Preparations for Declaring your “Chair”

 

Year Three:  Practicum (read more...)

Declaring your “Chair” and manifesting it locally
Purposeful Sharing in Community
Applied Trancing as Priestly Evolution
Training to Lead Ecstatic Ritual
Two large gatherings of the entire College
Possible ritual of Ordination