Forest Spirituality with Julie Brett
Louise Hewett and The Pictish Spirit

Louise Hewett and The Pictish Spirit

August 8, 2019

In this episode I speak with Louise Hewett who is the author of the Pictish Spirit series of fiction novels. The books explore the ethics of intimacy and sexual politics, looking at many challenging themes that explore discussion around the acceptability of cultural norms. It covers feminism, the sexualisation of violence, sexuality and relationships, as well as being set in a very Pagan community of present day Adelaide. While exploring these political themes, Louise also explores the reality of Pagan life in the spiritual experiences of everyday people in ritual, meditation, healing and open awareness. The books are enormous and a real outpouring of Louise's inspiration. They are full of poetry and musical lyrics and she has also inspired musicians within the Pagan community to put her words into their art. The interview also includes some of these tracks.

Purchase the first book of the Pictish Spirit series, 'Mist' at Book Depository or Amazon

You can find out more about Louise's work on Facebook through Pictish SpiritEgg and Serpent Studio, and The Hearth of the Antlered Mother

You can purchase the song 'Priestess' by KC Guy on Bandcamp.

You can find more about Kacey Guy Stephensen, his music and poetry at www.kaceystephensen.com 

You can also listen to 'The Song for Scathach' also named 'A Song For Skye' on You Tube

Find out more about Kacey's music in this earlier podcast:

https://forestspirituality.podbean.com/e/kacey-guy-stephensen-on-music-and-druidry/

You can find the 'Through A Sylvan Doorway' album by Spiral Dance which includes the 'Gift of the Boinne' song on Bandcamp.

You can find more about Spiral Dance at www.spiraldance.com.au

 

ps: sorry if you got the first download of this where I missed a chunk that I should have edited out where I'm typing and looking up stuff on You Tube! It's such a long talk I missed a bit :P This one should be all good ;-)  

Imbolc in Australia

Imbolc in Australia

August 7, 2019

In this episode I discuss my experiences with Imbolc, moving house, planting trees, starting our veggie garden and the metaphor of planting seeds and preparing for the return of growth and flowering in the land. As we align ourselves with the energies of the seasons we find peace within. This episode is part of a series I have been making this year, so if you'd like to listen to one from another time or festival, check out my full playlist. 

I live in the Upper Blue Mountains of New South Wales in Australia. 

Read more about the wheel of the year in my book Australian Druidry.

Bardic circles, writing and WA Druidry with Tina Merrybard

Bardic circles, writing and WA Druidry with Tina Merrybard

July 12, 2019

In this episode I have a chat with Tina Merrybard who is a Druid grade OBOD member from Western Australia. We talk about Bardic circles, writing, musical instruments, and WA Druidry. I love how the talk had a theme of how we can find out greatest connection to Awen by simply showing up to do the work. 

You can find Tina's You Tube channel Keechpeach here:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1dIs15QdU-e3i637L3IzSw

You can find out more about her books here:

https://www.amazon.com/T.-L.-Merrybard/e/B00L8E4YOK?ref_=dbs_p_ebk_r00_abau_000000

You can learn more about OBOD Druidry at:

www.druidry.org

And you can find out more about my book Australian Druidry at:

www.juliebrett.net 

Here is some information about Twrch Trwyth the Boar

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twrch_Trwyth

Winter Solstice in Australia

Winter Solstice in Australia

July 2, 2019

This is part of a series of wheel of the year episodes I have been making where I share what I'm experiencing in the turning of the seasons, and share ideas about how we can feel more connected to the land. Find out more at www.juliebrett.net or in my book Australian Druidry: connecting with the sacred landscape. 

Kacey Guy Stephensen on Music and Druidry

Kacey Guy Stephensen on Music and Druidry

June 3, 2019

In this episode I speak with Kacey Guy Stephensen, about his music, Druidry, and how his spiritual journey has been a part of the process. He's a member of The Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids (OBOD) and this comes up a lot in the talk. You can find out more about OBOD and their courses at www.druirdry.org

Find out more about Kacey and his music at his website www.kaceystephensen.com

Follow him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/KcGuyMusic/

Find him on Spotify and iTunes under the name KC Guy.

Find his Bandcamp releases here, also under KC Guy: https://kcguy.bandcamp.com/

 

Paul Corcoran on OBOD, QOBOD and other things

Paul Corcoran on OBOD, QOBOD and other things

May 8, 2019

In this episode I have a chat with Paul Corcoran from Ireland. We made friends as we both have done video episodes of 'Tea with a Druid' for the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids (OBOD). We get started talking about that experience and then have a long conversation about all kinds of things! Paul helps run the Queer OBOD (QOBOD) Facebook group so we also get into gender and sexual identity politics within Druidry, among many other things. It was great to have a chat with him. I hope you enjoy our long rambles.

You can watch the Tea with a Druid episodes either at the OBOD Facebook page here: 

https://www.facebook.com/pg/druidry/videos/

Or on You Tube via Philip Carr-Gomm's channel:

https://www.youtube.com/user/Philipcg

You can find the QOBOD group here:

 https://www.facebook.com/groups/QOBOD/

You can find my blog and more information about Australian Druidry here:

http://www.juliebrett.net

Samhain in Australia

Samhain in Australia

May 2, 2019

In this episode I talk about my observations of the wheel of the year as we turn through Samhain, the last harvest, beginning of the winter, and time for honouring the ancestors. It includes a short meditation on the three ancestors. 

If you'd like to learn more about creating your own wheel of the year or Australian Druidry, you can find a copy of my book, 'Australian Druidry: connecting with the sacred landscape' by Julie Brett at all good book sellers. 

Read more about Australian Druidry at www.juliebrett.net 

Matt Stone and Christian Druidry

Matt Stone and Christian Druidry

April 6, 2019

In this episode I have a chat with Matt Stone who is a Christian Druid. In Druidry we try to be inclusive and accepting, and though many people in Druidry might call themselves Pagan, there are many others who identify instead as polytheist, agnostic, atheist, or even combine their Druidry with other paths like Christianity or Buddhism. I hope you enjoy listening to another facet of the world of Druidry and what the practice is like for Matt. 

Matt mentions the resources on Christian Druidry on the OBOD website. You can find those here:

https://www.druidry.org/druid-way/other-paths/christianity-druidry/resources-exploring-christian-druidry

Peace Festival/Autumn Equinox in Australia

Peace Festival/Autumn Equinox in Australia

March 25, 2019

In this episode I discuss the Autumn Equinox, my experience of it as a time for foraging and collecting, moving within and peacefulness. Also looking at the nature of the darkness and meditation of what is hidden within us.

Read more at www.juliebrett.net

Or discuss it at Druids Down Under on Facebook

Philip Carr Gomm on SHOBODA

Philip Carr Gomm on SHOBODA

March 18, 2019

In this episode I talk to Philip Carr Gomm who is the current Chosen Chief of the Order of Bards Ovates and Druids (OBOD). We speak about the Southern Hemisphere OBOD Assembly held near Wellington in New Zealand. Our discussion of the diversity of Druidry leads the discussion to adaptation practices, the experience of feeling 'at home' anywhere in the world, or opening up to presence and the sense of wonder at the new. We also talk about the psychology behind that, as well as many aspects of pilgrimage and travel. We also talk about what it's been like for him to pass over the role of Chosen Chief to Eimear, and what this means for him personally. 

He's an incredibly interesting, genuine and nice person and it was wonderful to have a chat with him about these experiences. I hope you enjoy it too!

You can find out more about OBOD at www.druidry.org

You can read Philip's blog and find out more about him at www.philipcarr-gomm.com

You can find my blog and information about my book at www.juliebrett.net

 

Thanks for listening!

Julie