SOME THINGS TO
rituals are free and open to the public.
Black Bear Grove and our parent organization, Ár
nDraíocht Féin: A Druid Fellowship are fellowships
creating a public traditon of Neopagan Druidry. This means we welcome
anyone who respects and wants to participate in our ritual. Children
are welcome at the discretion of their parent or guardian. We ask
that any minor (18 years old or younger) be accompanied by an adult.
our rituals are
No matter the weather we will be outside. Many of our rituals are in
the Hoosier National Forest at primitive camp sites. This also means no
restroom facilities. Sometimes we are under a roof of a picnic shelter
or at a park that may have facilities. We list the location
for each ritual
in advance. Please be sure
to prepare and dress
appropriately for the weather and conditions. Otherwise, you can dress
as "pagan-y" as you want. We often wear cloaks, tabards, wreaths and
jewelry. We like to dress up for our Gods!
always have a fire
at our rituals unless there is a burn ban.
Fire is essential to the practice of Our Druidry, but we do follow
local regulations to protect our Mother Earth. There will be
experienced firetenders to ensure safety.
rituals can be long.
Each ritual is unique to the occasion and the Druid in Charge of that
particular ritual. Since we only celebrate rituals 8 times a year and
it can take some time and effort to set up the space, we like to
spend some time in the outdoors and the space we create. Our rituals
last from 1
1/2 to 3 hours, followed by revels (socializing and food), usually at
the site. We begin each ritual with a briefing to explain the
format and content of the ritual. We typically use a standard format
called the Core Order of Ritual. For more information go to https://www.adf.org/rituals/explanations/index.html.
those with alergies
We often use incense and sage for
smudging and sometimes
kerosene for torches. Being in the outdoors means exposure to pollen
and bees and chiggers. With a fire there is smoke. Please take the
appropriate precautions for your needs. If you have special
needs, let us know in advance and we'll do our best to accomodate them.
WHAT WE EXPECT
FROM YOU AS A GUEST
as much as you are comfortable (Our motto is "Just show up!").
Show respect for
the gods, the
and the gathered Druid community by speaking from your heart and
joining in as you are inspired. Silence is also an acceptable form of
participation. Take care of your needs and ask for help if you need it.
questions during the briefing. That is the time to make sure we're
all clear about what we're doing and why.
ritual is like
Our rituals may involve any and all of the following:
singing; dancing; reciting poetry; playing of drums and other
creating art; sitting,
standing and lying on the ground; speaking; shouting;
suggest you may bring:
A chair (if
don't want to stand for the entire ritual);
Offerings (these can be physical items, a musical offering, poetry,
A beverage or food for revels;
A canned good or monetary donation for the local food bank.
No one will be turned away for bringing none of these things.