What We Do
Our aim is to celebrate the four fire festivals within the living tradition of OBOD Druidry.
Workshops for the Wheel of the Year
What makes our camps unlike any others is that we have workshops based on a particular theme appropriate to the time of year and the festival we are celebrating. This keeps our camps fresh with new experiences. Everyone is invited to explore this general theme as a group throughout the event. In this way, our camps are not just a collection of mismatched workshops, but instead offer a carefully considered magical “journey”.
Sacred Time & Daily Activities
Celebrating the festival of the season and our Druid spirituality is the main reason why we get together at camp. Together with the themed workshops, we have some of the daily activities that make our time together special. None of them is obligatory – you join in as and how you wish.
Dance of Life
Every morning people gather around the central fire for this prayer of movement and chant. The energy that is created through this dance is sent out into the wide world. It’s easy to learn, so do join in.
Beating the Bounds
With drums, rattles and anything else that makes a noise, young and old alike mark out the sacred space of camp. We re-affirm our relationship with the elements and the directions and the special place we find ourselves in.
Ceremony and Ritual
The spiritual highlight of camp is the ceremony to celebrate the festival of Imbolc, Beltane, Lughasadh or Samhain. They are the culmination of the camp’s workshops and meditations. For campers who do not belong to a Grove, this might be their only opportunity to take part in a large ritual. Robes are not required for any of the camp rituals, though you are welcome to wear them. Some participants dress up to reflect the season or honour certain deities. Others just come as they are. You are welcome to bring with you any items that may help you attune to Spirit at the particular festival beng celebrated.
Magical Morning Meeting
The best way to learn about how our community works is to come to morning meeting. This daily gathering starts with three Awens, which reverberate powerfully through the space and the whole camp. The co-ordinators of the camp announce the activities and workshops for the day, and people are asked to volunteer for a number of daily tasks. Then there will be some sacred or magical activity: a visualisation for healing the land; a sound healing session; a light body exercise. Anyone is free to offer something from their own Druid studies and expertise.
White Horse Camps – A Living Community
In this sacred space, at these sacred times, we become a Druid community for the duration of the camp – or, as some Camp members like to say, a tribe. ‘Community’ and ‘tribe’ imply that we look out for each other and take care of each other in many big and small ways throughout the camp.