Many Druids blend their path with other spiritual influences. Many of those who practice Druidry have an interest in the Dharmic religions of Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism. As a consequence of this, OBOD set up The One Tree Gathering, a yearly event that explores the links between these paths and gives people an opportunity to explore the similarities and differences in a spirit of celebration and fellowship.This year’s event will take place on the 19-20 August, two fantastic days of talks, workshops, music and food at Beaumanor Hall, Leicester with its amazing Yew Grove.
As well as the yearly event, the organisers of The One Tree Gathering have come up with a fabulous idea. They thought it would be great to set up a ‘cultural exchange’ project whereby young Druids – from 18 to 30 years old – would spend a weekend around a festival time in a Hindu home to learn more and experience at close hand the practices and beliefs around that particular festival. These young Druids would be offered the invaluable chance of living with a Hindu family for a day or two over a weekend, fed on authentic Indian food and to join in with the festival celebrations. So, firstly, we are looking for some young OBOD volunteers who would be interested in being involved in this wonderful project. Also, on OBOD’s side of the cultural exchange, we are looking for homes that would welcome a young Hindu to stay at the time of a Druid festival, so that they too can join in and compare. All volunteers would need to already be attending OBOD Grove ceremonies.
If you are a young Druid and would love to take part, or if you are a Druid home who would be willing to open your doors for this fabulous exchange project, please contact Keith Southall at keith.southall@