The Secret School of the Grail
Imagine a man who loves astrology, numerology, and sacred art – who is fascinated by the Druids and Arthurian lore – but who is also a Catholic priest, Abbé Henri Gillard. Because of his esoteric interests, every sermon of Gillard is vetted by the bishop, and to keep him quiet, he is sent to minister to an obscure village on the edge of an ancient forest in Brittany. What does he do? With the help of inherited money, he sets about transforming the dilapidated village church into a chapel dedicated to the Holy Grail. He wants to create a place that acts as a sort of ‘secret school’ – a place of pilgrimage in which the language of symbolism can be learned, and where the worlds of art and religion can meet; where intellectual exploration can combine with an appreciation of beauty and a mystical experience of the Otherworld.
In this illustrated talk Philip Carr-Gomm explores the Grail Church built by Henri Gillard, and looks at why the Grail has come to have so much resonance for us in the modern age.
Tea with Philip
Every Monday evening at 8pm UK time I talk live on the OBOD Facebook Page for about twenty minutes. Join me there for a conversation about the questions that matter. Or watch later on Youtube here. Here is a sample of what they are like! (For the key ideas from this talk and the link to the online article on the Transcendentalists that I mention see here). These sessions, now entitled Tea with a Druid, because guests sometimes host the session, are conversations and explorations on what it means to be a human being in the world today. We ask: how can we best integrate spiritual practices with the demands of everyday living? How should we relate to the often turbulent and upsetting world we find ourselves in? Are there ways we can learn to express more of our potential, to lead a less stressful life, to access deeper and higher states of awareness?
A Tree Alchemy Interview
In this series, TreeGirl interviews a variety of tree people around the world in tree-centric conversation–from science to spirituality–about how Trees are the true alchemists, transforming the Earth and humankind. In this first episode, TreeGirl ventured to England to meet with Philip Carr-Gomm–prolific author and Chosen Chief of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids–where they talked not only about trees, but also druidry, nudity, rewilding, and sleep.
The Magic of Druidry: A Talk in Reykjavík Iceland
In September 2017 I gave a talk at the Theosophical centre in Iceland’s capital.
SACRED PLACES: Workshop at the Leyhunters Moot 2014
A film of a talk and workshop I gave at The Seekers Trust, Addington Park, in Kent. In it I offer a method for voyaging to sacred places in the imaginal world.
Le Druidisme – Un Appel à la Créativité
A film of a talk I gave at The Order of Bards Ovates & Druids Gathering at Beltane in Burgundy, France, May 2017. The Breton harpist and Druid Myrdhin sings and plays at the beginning and end. The talk is in French.
TreeStory: Druid in the Yew
A film made in 2010 for TreeStory – a project to document our relationship to trees. See other Tree Stories on their website: www.treestoryfilm.com
Here’s a clip, made in February 2017 about a method for improving psychological and physical wellbeing called Sophrology. After watching, you might want to find out more here.
Connecting with the Plant World
Here’s a clip from an interview I gave to the Animystics team in preparation for their conference in Dublin in May 2016
An interview with Davyd Farrell for the Plant Consciousness conference 2014
Pagans and Pilgrims
Philip talking with Welsh poet Ifor ap Glyn, at Knowlton in Dorset. From the BBC series ‘Pagans & Pilgrims’ based on the book by Nick Mayhew Smith.
OBOD’S 50th CELEBRATIONS
In June 2014 we held a big celebration to mark the Golden Anniversary of the founding of The Order of Bards Ovates & Druids. 400 people from 19 countries gathered in Glastonbury for four days of rituals, talks, and Eisteddfod.
The Ivy Club, London
In March 2013, talking at London’s Ivy Club on Easter Sunday, for their monthly SundayWise event, I try to explode the myths surrounding Druidry to reveal instead a spirituality ideally suited to a world in search of hope and meaning while facing ecological disaster.
Introducing the Mt Haemus Conference 2012
Interview with the Finance Editor of the Economist
In 2009 the Finance editor of the Economist, Henry Tricks, popped into Lewes to film for a documentary on alternative economics. He ended up on our sofa and he and I chatted about Druidry, hippies, the 1930s, and economics.
A short documentary by Matt Fryer on the ‘lost art of the spoken word.’ 2013.
The Paul O’Grady Show
On the Paul O’Grady Show March 2008
In August 2013 along with many others I joined the protest outside the drilling site at Balcombe in West Sussex.
Order’s Mount Haemus Lectures 2004
The opening of the Order of Bards Ovates & Druids Mount Haemus Lectures in Appleton Hall, Oxfordshire in September 2004 with Penny Billington.
Druids in New Zealand
A clip from TV3 featuring parts of the Autumn Equinox ceremony at New Zealand’s ‘Stonehenge Aotearoa’
A Holistic Channel interview with Philip Carr-Gomm, writer and psychologist. He trained with the founder of the Order of Bards Ovates & Druids, Ross Nichols.
The Druid Path
Filmed Summer 2008 for Holistic TV’s forthcoming documentary on the Druids.