Dispatches from RDG's
Autonomous Collectives

Medford, OR:
We celebrated Imbolc with Rite at our Seer’s beautiful property in Central Point, Oregon. Several of us have helped loved ones, both human and animal, cross the Veil recently, and several of us have had family members traveling. So we honored Bridhe and Mannanan Mac Lir as our Patrons and asked The Shining Ones to shepherd us and those we love to safe pastures. We asked for a time of rest, respite and peace and the Ritual proved to be just that. We enjoyed a scrumptious potluck following the Rite.

We will celebrate Ostara and the Spring Equinox Saturday, March 19, 2011 with a Rite at TouVelle park on the bank of the Rogue River and at the foot of the geologically prominent Table Rocks. Further details will be posted on our website.

Our website: http://triplehorses.weebly.com

Our contact info:
medford.grove@reformed-druids.org

Seasonal blessings,
Clan of the Triplehorses Grove

Mother Grove of the Reformed Druids of Gaia
Eureka, CA:

We've been busy working on The Druid Path v.14.1, which we expect to finish and publish before Oestara. We're also expecting this to be the final version of The Druid Path, at least for very long time. As it is evolving, it appears that there will ultimately be two versions: one for general usage among seekers who join us via the RDG, and another for those who join the OMS directly. These may end up being published on the same disk however. We're also working on a handbook for degree points (the 4th-7th degree will still be called degrees, since you have to be an OMS member to attain them in the first place). This volume will also be included on the cd-rom.

It's been decided that future versions of the ARDA course will be published on DVD disks, so that we can include the whole of Michael's Druid "Super Disk," among the materials. There will still be plenty of room after that as well.

We are also beginning to plan for this years Redwood Coast Druid Gathering which will be held at the usual place in Humboldt Redwoods State Park, this year from July 15 - 17th, during the "Mead Moon."

The Mother Grove is the home of the Senior Archdruid of RDG and of the Patriarch of the Order of the Mithril Star.

And next year in Dryad's Realm!

In Gaia,
Ceridwen Seren-Ddaear, Senior Archdruid RDG &
Sybok Pendderwydd, Senior Clerk, RDG / Patriarch, OMS
Contact:
eureka.grove@reformed-druids.org

Colorado Springs, CO:
Circle of Stones hibernated during the Season of Slumber and is stirring as the Season of Awakening is upon us. A Gwyl Mair Awakening Ritual is scheduled at the Arch Druid’s home on February 2, 2011 at 7 pm. To commemorate the holy day, the host will provide a feast of beef and barley served with mead.

Originally, Celtic Study Group was held at night, and due to the change of energies that progress us towards 2012, this group evolved itself into the Breakfast Club to be held on Sunday Mornings @ 9 am at Panera Bread, 1832 Southgate Road, Colorado Springs, CO, beginning February 20, 2011. This venue is good until warm weather arrives then we can meet in the forest at an earlier time.

Plans for Alban Eiler are unavailable at this time.

Official website - http://www.circleofstones.us
Official Contact email - info@circleofstones.us
Contact email - coloradosprings.grove@reformed-druids.org

Twitter - http://twitter.com/CircleofStones9

COS Blog - http://thecircleofstones.blogspot.com

Facebook Fan Page:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Colorado-Springs-CO/Circle-of-Stones/117600581588209

RDG ProtoGrove, Agoura Hills, CA:
Our Grove members were all presenters / participants in the Raven's Cry Grove, ADF Imbolc rite on Feb 5 as part of our continuing strong informal affiliation with Raven's Cry.

Rabbit in the Moon Grove held a short but significant ritual on Feb 6 to recognize the importance of the Year of the Rabbit which began on the Lunar New Year Feb 3. The Great Rabbit is our grove's patron deity, and we gathered under a beautiful and powerful oak tree whose branches reached the ground on all sides to be together with him and our other kindred.

On Feb 19, our grove is the organizing group of a Roman ritual for Full Moon at the Conejo Valley UU Fellowship (CVUUF).

In March, we'll be part of the Raven's Cry spring rite of the Greek Chloeia, and the CVUUF Spring Equinox rite in addition to holding our own grove rite.

We are in early planning for taking a number of grove short trips to natural places as the weather becomes more predictable.

Our Grove organizes a "Pagan Movie Night" at the CVUUF church once a quarter, and showed the movie "Agora" in January.

We have a web presence - only a name and one page right now, but watch us grow! http://ritmg.info

Our activities are listed on Witchvox and the L.A. Pagan Examiner.

Contact: agourahills.grove@reformed-druids.org

AD Michael

RDG ProtoGrove, Crossville, TN:
No news this season...

Our online Family can be found at: http://bseriousseekersonly.runboard.com/
after making a free account with runboard, and applying at the above link.

Contact: crossville.grove@reformed-druids.org

Middleburg, FL:
Withstanding the physical sands of time.

Many know of the problems that have fallen upon the Grove of the Raven's Wood Lately.
I am beginning to wonder who or what we may have angered within both the spiritual and physical worlds. This past February was the test I dreaded yet expected for many years.

I found myself being rushed to the local hospital in the very late hours of the night. I thought OK, I will get Antibiotics and hopefully go home. I could not have been further from the truth. After laying in a bed in Emergency for almost eight hours, i was finally told i was being admitted. I was not the happy camper, but still smiled and joked about my health. It seems i was looking at the door to a new world. My only thought was what is next for myself, family and the grove. After a month in a hospital bed and rehab, I vowed not to let silly things like health and death control my life. I may not be able to walk the sands of the beach as i loved as much as life itself, I can Work from my home to make our world a better place for all creatures to come. I realized there is much I can and will do like lobby our leaders, become more active locally in causes dear to me and help organize those around me into action.

I learned we all can talk that talk with ease but the walk is where it's at. I now have the vigor I had while a student at Berkeley, To stand and fight for your beliefs, to live your dreams and to walk that walk!!

Till next time,
Penda, Archdruid
Contact:
middleburg.grove@reformed-druids.org

Redding, CA:

Our fledging web presence is at: http://www.myspace.com/manzanita_druids

Blessings of Summer,
Tiffiny /|\
ArchDruid, Grove of the Manzanita, RDG
Contact:
anderson.grove@reformed-druids.org

Although it's not a "Grove", the NoDaL still qualifies as an "autonomous collective" of the Reformed Druids of Gaia, and consists of all the 3rd Order Druids therein. The purpose of the NoDaL is to provide a space for Archdruids of the RDG Groves and Proto-Groves to discuss the many aspects of running a group of Druids, and provide advice and support for each other. They also act as the "legislative" branch of the RDG - creating policy as needed.

In January the NoDaL voted to make some changes to the degree system used by RDG. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd Degrees will henceforth be called "Orders." In regard to members of the 3rd Order, it is henceforth a requirement that members of the 3rd Order participate in the NoDaL debates and votes, which are done in within an internet group.

The members of the Nemeton request that anyone interested in having input in RDG policy, please share their concerns or suggestions. You may write the NoDaL at senior.clerk@reformed-druids.org

Philadelphia, PA:
Currently meeting in the lush emerald woods of Fairmount Park in the city of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection (commonly know as Philadelphia), Aelvenstar Grove honors Mother Earth. The grove was formally founded Beltaine, 2004 and is a proto grove of the Reformed Druids of Gaia/Order of the Mithril Star and the Reformed Druids Of North America. In addition, we are associated with other pagan organizations such as Per NTR Sesen and Temple Harakhte.

Looking to our ancestors and the ancients, Aelvenstar Druids respect all life and receive inspiration from Nature and the heavens. We believe it is the natural state of Mankind to live in harmony with Nature. and that it is our responsibility to respect and protect the Earth. As activists, it is our responsibility to do our part collectively and individually to heal the environment.

Emphasizing development through the practice of Druidcraft, focus is placed upon personal growth through the development of body, mind, and spirit. Through study, discussions, rituals, retreats, fellowship, and meditation, a spiritual framework is provided through which Druids may further develop themselves.

Aelvenstar Grove holds eight celebrations a year, on the solstices, equinoxes, and cross quarter festivals. We sometimes meet on other occasions for outings and initiations. Online meetings and initiations are held too, as some members live a distance away.

We welcome new members of all backgrounds who love nature and seek spirituality permeated in the divine beauty and wonder that surrounds us. Nature is groovy!

Courses available: Reformed Druidism 101

Website: http://www.aelvenstargrove.org
Email: philadelphia.grove@reformed-druids.org

For more information about Reformed Druidism, visit http://reformed-druids.org

Live Oak , FL:
Greetings! White Horse ProtoGrove is sorta in idle mode at the moment.............I am back at college working on my LPN & doing pre-requisites for my RN at the moment & have been very busy........

Blessings,
Ann Feather

Contact: sebring.grove@reformed-druids.org

Roots Rocks and Stars
RDG "Proto-Grove"

Albany, OR:
Roots Rocks and Stars currently consists of three humans and two canine companions. We people are all college students, one in natural resources, one in Literature, and one in history. We live together in a small apartment in Corvallis Oregon's north end. We are all ethnically descended from British Isle and French folks (some Native Canadian/American ancestry as well) and this colors our rituals. We are primarily dedicated to Cernunnos, Epona, Brigid, and Cerridwen but actually tend toward an abiding devotion to nature and spirit without too much investment in names and images. Our rituals tend to involve home-cooking and plenty of beer.

Contact: albany.grove@reformed-druids.org

No news this season from:

Thorn & Rose
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

RDG "Proto-Grove"

calgary.grove@reformed-druids.org