Dispatches from RDG's
Autonomous Collectives

Medford, OR:
Our Grove often has public events, including High Day rituals, at this LABYRINTH.

We ensured each person could go through it at their own pace in peace and privacy with ample time to reflect while in the center. All were encouraged to bring a candle to light at the center for prayer/meditation purposes as well as to leave a small biodegradable offering for their Guardian Spirit and/or the Spirit of the Labyrinth itself.

Once everyone was finished, we adjourned to a nearby inexpensive restaurant for a bite to eat and a chance to relax.

The Labyrinth is a great learning experience for children. It's located in the Healing Garden area which is well lit, with plenty of parking, restrooms, water fountains and ADA accessible.

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're looking forward to next week when we will be visited here by the Archdruid of Rabbit in the Moon Proto-Grove, Michael Talvola. He will be in our town attending his high school reunion, and whilst he is here we will elevate him to the 6th degree, as well as take the opportunity to grow closer with him. I hope I will be able to enjoy this. I will be having the remainder of my teeth pulled on the Friday of his visit. Anyway, this will make up for us not getting to see anyone this year, having cancelled the annual Druid Gathering.

The Mother Grove celebrated Lughnasadh with a quiet evening at home in meditation and reflection over the past year's events, and a screening of our newly acquired Avatar DVD.

Plans are in progress for our Mabon celebration, which also coincides with the birthday feast of Cywarch merch Dalon.

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:
No new news this season...

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:
The Rabbit soars in the L.A. area! Rabbit in the Moon protogrove has loose connections with both the Conejo Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (CVUUF) and Raven’s Cry Grove, ADF. All our numerous Grove members (well, three is a number…) right now are also members of the other two groups. Strange? Of course, but that lets our tiny Grove be part of the Raven’s Cry “big” rituals for the High Days and gives us a Druid voice in a 200 member Pagan-friendly church, letting us focus on more private honoring of the gods. To confuse things more, “Rabbit in the Moon” is the name used for Pagan activities at CVUUF. Confused? I think we are a little too. There was a Pagan group in CVUUF before, but being affiliated with CVUUF meant that officers of the group were required to be church members. By being affiliated instead with RDG, we have no such limitation. Ah, politics... This area is very conservative (the Reagan Library is near), so one of our primary purposes in being a group is to provide and support Pagan public worship. By being associated with the larger groups, we have a reach greater than we would alone.

So, that’s us. What are we up to? We have the first “Pagan Movie Night” of what will be a series coming up at CVUUF, showing the “Tree Sit” video and hope to attract a lot of environmentally concerned CVUUF people in addition to Pagans in the area. Our first real Grove meeting will be August 21, and the highlight will be the initiation of Druid Jonathan to 2nd degree. Archdruid Michael will be in Eureka the end of August to bring our Grove’s joy and gratitude to any and all Druidfolk (oh, and for a high school reunion).

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

RDG ProtoGrove, Crossville, TN:
Introduction:

Officers:
RevStarrRA (Archdruid, Council of Elders, High Priestess)
WysperdWynd Walker (Grove Elder)
ShadieLite (Clerk)

Membership:
53 Total: 18 Active; 34 Inactive (as of July 31, 2000)
Membership is open to many beliefs
(Members need to be active or will be removed after 6 months to a year of inactivity)

Grove Totem: The Turtle

Grove Projects:
Prison Outreach
Food for the Hungry
Baby Blankets for Children Hospital
Clothes & misc. items for the needy

Lughnasadh 2010 our Groves and Covens met for a day of making candles and enjoying one another's company. A Lugh Man was baked in the oven for our offering for the rite. As the evening approached the altar was set and we had a nice Ritual.

Our plans for Mabon are not yet set in stone, as things do change quickly. Though I am having a hard time on the date one book says it's on the 23rd this year (Book of Days) The Witches Almanac says the 24th and about.com says the 22nd...So the date is pending. We will probably have it on the weekend as more people are able to attend on weekends.

(Editor's note: As a Professional Astrologer, I sent her the correct date and exact time...)

On the 18th, we are attending a Pagan Pride day at Westside UUC in Knoxville, Tn.

Whatever days we choose, we will be making several crafts like Corn dolls, and God's eyes.

Various Apple recipes, apple cider, and apple sauce amongst other things for our Kitchen Witches to make.

A food drive to share with the less fortunate.

Possible tour of a local winery, or members who make wine can demonstrate, as the god of the vine is a key archetype in harvest celebrations.

We have a trail our youth group made which we use for our nature walks to get back in touch with nature. We will probally go and pick up trash in other areas over the course of 3 days (Sept. 20-23rd)

Pick apples, give thanks to Pomona

Fall Cleansing and meditation for balance and harmony, and celebrating the hearth and home

Make a gratitude list- An attitude of gratefulness helps bring more abundance our way

Story telling
-Intro to other cultures around the world and how they celebrate Mabon
-Learn stories of Osiris, Mithras, Dionysus, Odin and other deities who have died and then were restored to life
-Tales of the Green Man
-Persephone and Demeter
-Bacchus and Dionysus
-Pomona Goddess of the Apples
-Symbols of the Stag
Hoof and Horn chant

Hoof and Horn, Hoof and Horn
All that dies shall be reborn.
Corn and Grain, Corn and Grain
All that falls shall raise again.

Drum Circle- Raising energy

Our Ritual will honor the darkness

Mabon is the time of year that celebrates the Crone aspect, so we probably honor the dark mother Demeter and her daughter Persephone. I will probably incorporate the apple harvest ritual as well.

Affiliations:
• Reformed Druids of Gaia (Mother Grove)

•The Knoxville Wicca, Pagan, Shamans, and Magickal Meetup Group-
This group has many Groves which are also affiliated such as; Serpent Stone out of N.C.
http://www.meetup.com/knoxvillewiccanspagansshamansandmagickalfolks/

Member Culture: Most of our members come from various beliefs. All are accepted as long as they are not judgmental, or the preaching type. They must also be open-minded!

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:
This has been a very difficult season for the Grove of the Ravenswood, As everyone knows we have experienced two crossovers within our grove. We all here are still remembering Mareth and Michael in our ritual and everyday conversations.This week, the world within the pagan and druid community celebrated the passing of the mentor to many (Isaac Bonewits). With the losses of our dear friends many of us are contemplating our own lives and mortality,

We wonder when will it be out time to move on to the next plane. I know i have been thinking a lot for the past two years will I wake to see another day, what have I done to better my life and that those close to me. Even more Important, did i leave a footprint on our home knowing i did something to ensure It"s ability to give life to many plants and creatures. Did I help the people of our world lead better lives. Did i bring laughter to those around me.

I have learned one thing this past year about myself.That is do not dwell on death or the afterlife,no matter what one believes in. Live as you will to grow in mind and heart. Live every moment being the best parent,caretaker, spouse, lover, and friend to all. Learn everyday of the world we share with so many others. Show the world you are alive and will be for a long time. Show the world how we as caretakers, we will protect and nurture our Earth Mother and all living things we share her with.

Get out and gaze into a Tide pool. plant a tree, take a long walk along a sandy beach but most of all celebrate LIFE.

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

Redding, CA:
Grove of the Manzanita is still on summer hiatus; with activities being jointly held with Starlight Interfaith Church. Lughnasadh was spent camping near Mount Lassen, in Old Station. We held ritual near a creek, spent an afternoon exploring the Subway caves and the evening feasting and toasting marshmallows.

Mabon plans include a potluck feast in the park, with dancing and games for the children.

Membership is inactive right now, with grove mates doing their own family activities over summer and now preparing for the fall college semester.

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 Degree 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.

The Nemeton has finished it's process of reviewing and revising "The Druid Path" cd rom self-study course and has made it's recommendations to the MG, which has begun implementing them,

Nemeton members 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