Our seed group formed in January of 2010 and meets regularly for fellowship (feasting, chatting, gardening, walking/hiking, crafting, and other Druid-y activities) and ceremony for the earth year holidays. Our festival rituals are based on OBOD practice.
We have members from throughout Southern California, and we usually meet in locations near Los Angeles or the Inland Empire. We also collaborate with OBOD Druids in San Diego on occasion.
How do I attend a ceremony?
At our privately held ceremonies (at people's homes), we welcome any Druids, Pagans, and other open-minded spiritual folk of any path. We ask that if we do not know you, that you contact us so that we can get to know you ahead of time. This way, you will know what to expect and we will know who is coming to our homes.
The way this works is that after you contact us, we find a suitable time/date and place near you for you to have coffee or tea with one of our members. We will chat with you about your Druid journey and you can ask our member questions about the group, ceremony, and Druidry.
Please be patient with this process. We have a very limited number of members in each region of Southern California and it can take a while (even a few months) to find a time/date that works for our member and for you.
If you would like to regularly come to ceremonies, but not join OBOD or the seed group, you can belong as a "Friend of Star and Stone."
How do I become a member of Star and Stone?
We are open to new members. Members have full decision-making rights within the seed group, as we are a consensus based group without a single leader. Members are free to organize and host ceremonies and workshops, write ritual workings, and contribute in any roles in ceremony. Additionally, members have representation in the House of Danu (a community of California OBOD seed groups and groves) through our Council Representative.
Membership in Star and Stone requires:
Star and Stone Seed Group is a member organization of the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids (OBOD), which operates from the United Kingdom. The Order was founded by Ross Nichols in the mid-1900s as a form of uniquely Celtic spirituality. Inspired by the Druids as priests, poets, and philosophers, with the intent to make this nature-based spiritual path a modern union of inspiration and intellectualism, the Order was born. It now serves thousands of people world-wide under our Chosen Chief, Philip Carr-Gomm. The Order offers a three-year home-study course in Druidry, events worldwide through its groves and seed groups, and fellowship through its gatherings and forums.
Please visit http://www.druidry.org/ for more information.
Additionally, we are on the Council of the House of Danu, a community of California seed groups and groves. The House of Danu offers the West Coast Gathering every summer. www.houseofdanu.com
Some of our members are members of the Ancient Order of Druids in America (AODA). Several of us study in AODA. The Order was founded in 1912 and is presided over by Archdruid John Michael Greer. Like OBOD, AODA also presents Druidry as a path of nature spirituality, emphasizing personal transformative experience. AODA offers an affordable individual study course in Druidry that can eventually lead to ordination as a priest/ess.
Please visit http://www.aoda.org/ for more information.