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A Day of Druidic Scholarship

June 11th, 2008
The Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids invites you to The Mt. Haemus Lectures
A day of Druidic scholarship and pleasant company, including lunch and sundry entertainments
at The Medieval Hall, Salisbury
From 10am – 5pm on 31 August 2008
With papers from:
Dr Brendan Myers
How Beautiful Are They – Some thoughts on Ethics in Celtic and European Mythology

Professor Roland Rotherham
Working With Animals

Dr Adam Stout
Universal Majesty, Verity and Love Infinite-
The Extraordinary Career of George Watson Macgregor Reid, Chosen Chief of the Ancient Druid Order

Philip Carr Gomm
‘I would know my Shadow and my Light’ –
An exploration of Michael Tippet’s The Midsummer Marriage and its relevance to a study of Druidism

It is with great pleasure that we draw together the four scholars who have been engaged in druidic research on our behalf. This year the lectures will be held in the magnificent Medieval Hall in the Cathedral Close, Salisbury, SP1 2EY, and our simple lunch will be taken across the cathedral green at Old Sarum College. Salisbury is easily accessible by public transport: the area is rich in natural beauty and history, including the landmark sites of Old Sarum and Stonehenge.

For B&B enquiries & local information, including parking, city maps and park & ride, contact Salisbury Tourist Information Centre, Fish Row Salisbury SP1 1EJ Telephone: 01722 334956
email:visitorinfo@salisbury.gov.uk

Lunch: simple and vegetarian. Total cost for day £25/US$50. Please email for bookings or any further information about any aspect of the day: touchstone@obod.co.uk

The Potting Shed

June 11th, 2008

Eight or so years ago we renovated our potting shed – adding a platform bed and a kitchenette. From the moment it was ready it began its life as a retreat house and home to a succession of inspired and talented friends. First came Ivan McBeth – charismatic megalith builder who built the stone circle for the Glastonbury Music Festival and another in honour of Joe Strummer. Ivan started the MODs – the Megalithic Order of Druids – and now teaches Druidry in Vermont. You can see his website here.

Then came Chris Park who played the bagpipes in our garden, built a sauna and mud bread oven and brewed such strange concoctions the house still smells of his occupation years later. Chris is a musician, artist and educationalist whose website is here.

Then came a whole family – Matt, Anna and their delightful son Oran. Matt is a carpenter and Anna a herbalist who was a great help to us as we worked on The Druid Plant Oracle. Having Oran around the house and garden was like having a little Taliesin roaming freely!

Then came Jim Hindle, who lives here now, whose book Nine Miles is an inspiring read. You can learn more about it from his website here,  which describes the book as follows:

‘Nine Miles’ describes the fight against the Newbury bypass and other road protests of the British Isles in the mid nineteen nineties.  It was a fight characterised by extreme cold, fire and community, cider, drugs and living simply in the woods.  It was a fight to preserve our natural inheritance, to make the case for sustainable transport in the face of powerful vested interests and, in a wider sense, to stand up for the earth herself at a time when our lifestyles are often grossly out of balance with the natural order of things.  Ten years on, that fight has lost none of its urgency.

www.ninemiles.co.uk

We’re looking forward to Jim’s next book!