Forest Spirituality with Julie Brett
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 

Eimear Burke on SHOBODA

Eimear Burke on SHOBODA

March 13, 2019

In this episode I have a chat with Eimear Burke who is the Chosen Chief in-training for the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids (OBOD). We met at SHOBODA in January - the Southern Hemisphere OBOD Assembly - that was held near Wellington in New Zealand and hosted by the Grove of the Summer Stars. We chat about cultural diversity in Druidry, language and storytelling, connecting with the land and making good relationships and friendships to foster cultural awareness of the First Nations. Her insights on the Irish language and culture, my experiences in Australia, and our shared experience of New Zealand guiding the talk.

I also ask her about what it's been like for her moving into the role of Chosen Chief, how that came about, and in what ways she hopes to add to the course and the order in her time in the role. 

She's a lovely person and it was wonderful to have a chat with her! 

I hope you enjoy having a listen. 

Find out more about Eimear's work here: www.kilkennydruidry.com/

Find out more about OBOD and their courses here: www.druidry.org

And find out more about my book 'Australian Druidry' and the work I do via my blog here: www.juliebrett.net 

Lughnasadh in Australia

Lughnasadh in Australia

February 5, 2019

In this episode I talk about my experience of Lughnasadh and the Storm Festival, the cycle of the light child as needing to shake out the sillies and dance in the rain, the need for keeping a nature diary for your own area, checking out the agricultural cycles near you, making the most of the harvest, enjoying the symbolism of apples, and looking forward to the end of the fierceness of summer's heat. 

I hope this helps you to negotiate your own way through the wheel of the year. There will be more discussion about these ideas on Druids Down Under Facebook group. We'd love to hear your thoughts too!

You can get a copy of my book 'Australian Druidry' at The Book Depository, and many other book sellers.

Druid Camp, and other adventures with Adrienne Piggott

Druid Camp, and other adventures with Adrienne Piggott

February 1, 2019

In this episode I talk with Adrienne Piggott from the Wind Harp Seep Group, and Spiral Dance, about Druid Camp, the English Ale, and events in between. 

Music is: The Dreaming, by Damh the Bard, and 'Goddess of the Southern Land' by Spiral Dance.

Find out more about Damh the Bard at: https://www.paganmusic.co.uk/

Find out more about Cerri Lee at: https://www.cerrilee.com/

Find out more about Kristoffer Hughes via: https://www.angleseydruidorder.co.uk

Find out more about Spiral Dance here: http://www.spiraldance.com.au

Find info about Druid Camp and the English Ale via Spiral Dance's website: http://www.spiraldance.com.au/?Gig_Guide 

Hear my interview with Adrienne about the English Ale back in 2016 here: https://forestspirituality.podbean.com/e/adrienne-piggott-the-english-ale-and-spiral-dance/ 

Find out more about OBOD here: http://www.druidry.org 

 

 

 

 

Summer Solstice in Australia

Summer Solstice in Australia

December 18, 2018

In this podcast I talk about my experience of the Summer Solstice and how we can layer different stories of the traditional wheel of the year alongside new stories we are creating through our experience of the Australian landscape. I hope this helps you to negotiate the holiday season, and I look forward to sharing more of these talks with you about the seasonal changes as we move through the year. 

Julie

You can get a copy of my book 'Australian Druidry' at The Book Depository, and many other book sellers.

Sandra and the Druid Wisdom Oracle Cards

Sandra and the Druid Wisdom Oracle Cards

December 6, 2018

This episode is an interview with Sandra Circle about her upcoming oracle deck, The Druid Wisdom Oracle. Sandra is a founding member of the Macadamia Grove, an active group in the Brisbane area with the Order Of Bards, Ovates and Druids. She has been on the path of Druidry for many years, and shares her wisdom about Druidry through this offering of a lovely oracle deck. Find out more, and order your copy here:

https://www.facebook.com/DRUIDWISDOMORACLE/

https://www.instagram.com/druidwisdomoracle/ 

Email: byrningtyger@gmail.com

 

(Second upload due to technical difficulties with first) 

Deepsea Lights

Deepsea Lights

January 31, 2018

In this podcast I have an interview with Gemma and Joe from Deepsea Lights. We talk about how spirituality - or strugles with it - comes into their music making, how Awen and ritual practices help them to get inspired and what their processes are like for creating music. I found it really interesting to hear about their journeys and to listen to their very modern take on what subtley pagan music might be like. I hope you enjoy it!

Also in the intro is some information about DDUNG, the Druids Down Under National Gathering, happening on 2nd-5th March. Only a few weeks away now! You can book tickets and find out more at:

www.gsevents.org.au/ddung 

Also follow me on Instagram @juliebrettddu 

And join our Druids Down Under Facebook group for more info on events and more discussions on Australian Druidry.

Julie x

Oracle Walking

Oracle Walking

November 14, 2017

In this episode I talk about Oracle Walking and the practice of augury (divination through interpreting signs and omens). Learn how to take a question about your life out for a walk in nature to recieve guidance and messages from spirit.

 

Resources:

Australian Druidry: Connecting with the Sacred Landscape, by Julie Brett.

The Druids Down Under National Gathering: 2-5th March 2018. Details at http://www.gsevents.org.au/ddung

Animal Dreaming Oracle Cards and also the book by the same name are by Scott Alexander King

Australian Wildflower Reading Cards are by Cheralyn Darcey

Other symbolism resources include the Druid Animal Oracle, and the Druid Plant Oracle by Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm.