How Druidry Can Help Us Connect With Nature
With Philip Carr-Gomm, Eimear Burke and Danu Forest
This video contains 2 presentations from the Animystics event in Ireland.
Part 1: Philip Carr-Gomm is the head of the Order of Bards, Ovates & Druids UK, Eimear Burke runs the College of Druidry in Kilkenny. Both of these prominent druids of our islands present a beautiful overview of how driudry can help us in today’s modern world and connect us back to source. This video contains a druidic exercises to connect us to the Earth and an ancient mythological story of Cormac Mac Art.
Part 2: Danu Forest will introduce us to our ancient green kin, the trees. Guides, allies and the spiritual guardians of nature itself, our relationship with these venerable beings goes back to our earliest ancestors. Connecting the three realms of above, below and centre, trees are living embodiments of Presence, balancing both individual perspective with collective consciousness. Trees in the Celtic tradition are host to vast expanses of lore and living wisdom, and key species of our arboreal cousins and their corresponding magical and spiritual teachings are recorded in the ancient ogham alphabet. In addition each individual tree we meet has a spirit of their own which we may befriend for connection and co-creation, a living guide on our path to wisdom and healing. In this session we will explore our own relationship with the trees and discover our own personal tree allies. We will expand this to weave together our roots and branches encountering the deep soul enrichment of the forest itself.
Danu Forest is a traditional wisewoman, witch and Ard BanDrui ( arch-druidess), with over 25 years experience in the Celtic tradition. Born with the second sight she is a natural seer working closely with the spirits of the land and its ancestral and Otherworldly intelligences as well as plant and tree spirits and the genius loci, the old gods or powers of place. She is a Celtic shamanic healer, a plant spirit herbalist and co-creates her own vibrational essences and tinctures with the spirits of her local sacred landscape, Glastonbury, UK. Danu holds regular ceremonies as well as workshops and online training, and is noted for her scholarship as well as her intuitive and practical experience. She is the author of several books including 'Celtic Tree Magic' ( Llewellyn), 'The Magical Year' (Watkins) and 'The Druid Shaman' (Moon Books).
Eimear Burke is a druid and co-founder with her late 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 & 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 story-teller. She featured TV documentaries: “There’s Something About Patrick”. “Lesser Spotted Journeys”.
Philip Carr-Gomm is a writer and psychologist, and leader of the Order of Bards Ovates & Druids. He has a degree in psychology from University College London, and trained in psychotherapy for adults at The Institute of Psychosynthesis, and in play therapy for children with Dr Rachel Pinney. He combines his role in the Order with writing, and giving talks and workshops worldwide. He is the author or co-author of over a dozen books on spirituality, including The Druid Plant Oracle, which explores the psychological and spiritual healing potential of indigenous British plants.
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