Dispatches from RDG's
Autonomous Collectives

Medford, OR:
Clan of the Triple Horse Grove, Medford, Oregon, recently welcomed several guests to a meet and greet coffee in Medford. Guests enjoyed a chance to relax and meet several Grove members to ask questions about our group and modern druidry.

Several guests also joined us in celebrating the Autumn Equinox, a time of bounty and thanksgiving, at the beautiful Labyrinth at Rogue Valley Medical Center, Medford. As we journeyed to the Center we offered thanks for what we have manifested and harvested during our season of growth. We also offered thanks for the life of ADF Founder Isaac Bonewits, who crossed the Veil August 12, 2010. We will have a more formal commemoration of his life during our Samhain Rite but we briefly offered thanks for his life and the spiritual Path he
provided for modern Pagans worldwide.

For Samhain, we will honor their Ancestors and welcome the new Celtic Year Sunday, October 31, 2010 with a Samhain Rite at the home of Grove Founders Aigeann and Seven Tines in Medford. We'll gather beginning at 5 p.m. and begin our Rite by 6 p.m. followed by a simple potluck. We'll finish early out of respect for those who have to reenter the Muggle world early Monday morning!

We will have an Ancestor Altar and burn a Wickerman in sacrifice of what no longer serves us. We will honor our Ancestors and the life of Isaac Bonewits, founder of Ár nDraíocht Féin: A Druid Fellowship, our Grove's Parent path.

Each participant is asked to bring:

A picture or token of his or her Ancestor or Ancestors and an offering for the Ancestors. Tokens of what no longer serves him or her. We will be sacrificing these to our Wickerman.
A simple dish to share.

For directions please contact us at the email address below. Please join us on this most sacred of nights!

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:
Annual elections were held, as they are every year at this time, and the results are:

Ceridwen Seren-Ddaear will remain Senior Archdruid
Sybok Pendderwydd will remain Senior Clerk
Shauna Mayfield will remain Server

At our meeting, we discussed plans for the 2011 Redwood Coast Druid Gathering, as well as other Grove business. We are also beginning some intensive inner work with our Guides, since all of us have felt a calling to do so lately...

Our holiday celebrations this season will be on the subdued side, as the we are still dealing with health problems...and we would like to thank all those who have been sending healing energies - they are much appreciated!

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:
We are truly blessed with the abundance of the summer vitality that the Flower Maiden has bestowed upon us and a fantastic harvest blessed by the Autumn Queen!

Gwyl Awyst has brought many changes to our internal/external selves which provided course corrections upon our journey through life. To reflect this we changed our name from Circle of Stones Grove to Circle of Stones Druid Grove. We stand proud as Druids in our right-winged conservative state and we desire to reflect this to our community.

Amidst the cyclic changes of nature, self and time, we look forward to a season of rest while enjoying holiday festivities with our families and friends.

May the blessings of the Sovereignty be upon you and yours this Calan Gaeaf Season.

Calender:
This years Calan Gaeaf/Samhain will be held at James's house on Oct 31, 2010 As usual dress for the weather and fire pit. Please email AD Dyddgu for directions and to RSVP. Bring food to share, the ale is covered! (This is a closed grove event-members only) (Please no children at this event)

Alban Arthuran is the standard Drumming up the Sun at Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morris, CO, on December 22, 2010. Plan to arrive at 6 am, and as usual bring drums and warm winter clothing. Breakfast as usual afterwards; destination to be decided after the drumming. Everyone welcome!

Celtic Study classes are now finished for the year and will resume in February 2011. Date TBA

CoS Board meeting will be held January 10, 2011 6pm, in AD Dyddgu's home. Dinner will be served.

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:
Rabbit in the Moon Grove has been working toward a clear vision of our ourselves. We have defined our own basic order of ritual and are filling out a set of patron deities. Our standard ritual includes invocation of a protector, honoring our Earth Mother, seeking inspiration, forming a sacred center including opening gates to the otherworlds, and honoring our kindred spirits. We view our ancient gods to be 21st century entities with ancient roots, not that they are just ancient memories. Recognizing that the Earth is no longer a collection of cultures unknown by each other, we have chosen ancient gods from many cultures with which our Grove founders have relationships. So, we include Diana from Rome, Gaia from Greece, Vainamoinen from Finland, and Isis from Egypt as our ancient patrons. The modern deities which we invoke as our focus are Dalon ap Landu as patron of groves, Sequoia as patron spirit of our Grove's sacred Sequoiadendron Gigantea, and the spirit of Rabbit as our Grove personal patron. Rabbit does not have a name yet, but will after our next ritual. Our rituals are meditative, where we seek that the powers give us guidance and strength. We do not send energy out to change the universe, rather we suggest an area in which we seek guidance, then listen to our patron powers for an extended time.

The Grove meets monthly for private ritual, and we are core organizers for Pagan activities at our local Unitarian Universalist church. We are presenting the movie "Butterfly" at the church on October 16, and we are organizing a Full Moon public ritual in our Grove form at the church on November 21. Our founding Grove members are also members of Raven's Cry Grove, ADF and rather than holding our own Neopagan high day rituals, we are part of the Raven's Cry public rituals such as Samhain coming up. The Rite of the Waters is exclusive to our private Grove rituals; we substitute sharing of drink and food when in public.

At our last ritual, we meditated about whether we should honor a rabbit god, and we all received strong sense of "yes" and also that the god spirit is male. The "desert cottontail" is our local rabbit, and we all also received the sense of that form being our manifestation of the one who welcomed our Grove into His local area. Our next ritual will focus on our seeing what name "Rabbit" wishes us to use when we relate with him.

We expect that our three founding members will all be 2nd degree or greater very shortly, and that one will be 3rd degree shortly after Samhain. We also expect that two other people will join our Grove very soon, bringing our membership to five by midwinter.

Our Grove has plans for a road trip to the redwoods of Big Sur in early December.

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:
The Temple of the Seekers located in Crossville, Tennessee we have weekly meet-ups. Recently, one of our older members Ben, who is a teacher of Astrology of 30 plus years, came up from Atlanta for the weekend. We also were able to meet several new members who also showed up. During Ben's visit he donated a new 4 in 1 printer to the Temple. Now, things can be done which were unable to be completed in the past.

The Seeker's Outreach Program (S.O.P.) which is a nearby prison in which Rev. Starr attends each week for a Wicca service. The government at this point in time only recognizes this path, but we have many members who are of various pagan paths. Many are Druid, and the OMS Druid class is being taught to the one's who are interested, along with many other classes such as; Tarot, Runes, Deities, Sabbats, Gems, Herbs, Wicca, Witchcraft, Druidism, etc.

Our Seeker's Assistance Program (S.A.P.) has donated lots of food, clothes, toys, baby blankets (which are made by us), and various other items. Starr also took in a member who had no home for about 3 months, so she could get back on her feet. Shadielite has since moved out, and is now living in Va. with her son.

The Temple celebrates 2 Rituals (Each New, &Full Moon, and all Sabbats) one with the S.O.P. and the other is usually at Starr's home. Several guests were able to joined us in celebrating the Autumn Equinox. We also offered thanks for what we have manifested and harvested during our season of growth.

If you are in Crossville, Tennessee area you are invited to join our Samhain Celebration. This event will be held at our Grove Founder's Rev. Starr's home. We will be honoring our Ancestor's and welcoming in the Celtic New Year. The time may change, at present it's set for 4pm CST, so if anyone plans to attend please call first.

What you need to bring:

* Something that belonged to one of your Ancestors, or a picture of them.
* Reminder's of things you wish to remove in your life's to be sacrificed.
* Something to share for the potluck, which always follows our Sabbats.

For directions call Rev Starr RA at 931-210-3203
or email at: rev_starr@yahoo.com
or fax at: 931-707-0728 but email or call first, so I can make sure it is turned on.

We have 41 online members in which 17 are active. Out of the 41 members 13 are in the offline Temple, but only 7 are active. In the S.O.P there are 10 boys and all are active.

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:
No news for this season...happy holidays!

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 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