About

I hear the ancestors in the wind. I breathe in their ancient breath, feeling the sun upon my shoulders and the earth beneath my feet.  I honour the spirits of nature around me, singing their soulsong in the twilight hours with the blackbird in the elder tree.  I feel the spark of life dancing deep within as I gaze into the fire’s flame, carrying the warmth of the embers within.  I drink in the waters of life, holding, sustaining, teaching of flow and release. 

Druidry is my religion.  I honour the land upon which I live, and live in accordance with the land, honouring the seasons, the ancestors, the spirits of hearth and home.  I can hear the pulsing heart of these emerald isles, rich with spirit and history, the tales of the land rising like morning’s mist from a still, silent lake.  I conduct rituals to honour nature, to deepen the connection to this land upon which I live, to the skies above and the universe in its whirling round.  I dance in the circle of firelight, humming gently in the twilight, creating, sustaining and nurturing the threads of connection to life around me. 

I am a Druid, working alone and as a priest for my community.  I am a former Trustee of The Druid Network, now their media co-ordinator and have studied with Emma Restall Orr and the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids.  I have a BA Hons English Language and Literature degree. I am the director and co-founder of Druid College UK.

I am an author, writing mostly about the Druid tradition. I have written many books, including the bestselling The Awen Alone: Walking the Path of the Solitary Druid.  For more details on my published works, please see the Books section.

I am also the Director of Gypsy Dreams Belly Dance.  I regularly teach classes and workshops, performing throughout East Anglia either solo or with Lilith Dreaming and Gypsy Dreams Belly Dance (founder of both).  I am also a poet, singer and artist.

I moved to the UK in 1998, and have fallen in love with this land, its history and beauty. Inspired by nature, I find peace in the twilight hours, where the setting sun and soft stillness create a temple to nature.

You can see my website at www.joannavanderhoeven.com and I also have a Facebook page here:- Joanna van der Hoeven/Autumn Song

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16 thoughts on “About

  1. Greetings! Your site is truly inspirational and is deserving of an award! I am writing to you to say that I have nominated you for a Liebster Award. My hope is that by accepting this award it will illicit conversation amongst all of us. Happy August, and I wish you much luck and happiness on your journey!
    Namaste,
    Derek J. Healey
    Poet, Earth Steward, Reiki Practitioner, Ordained Minister & Spiritual Shaman
    http://completehealthcircle.com/2013/08/21/liebster-award/

  2. I sat with a young deer at night not so long ago. it sat with no fear of either myself or my dog. she let me check her over for injuries . nuzzled my hand .
    stayed for a few minutes .got up and walked away. probably the best experience I have ever had during my nightly walks .

    peace and love xx

  3. So beautiful, gentle yet the experience was so powerful. There was a message I am sure.
    I work with nature ,spend most of my time with nature , I am a river keeper. Will all the joy that brings.

    Now I need to learn to interpret the meanings of what I see. I know it is the true rythmn of life.

  4. Absolutely. I feel the spirits of nature around me . Visiting this site was my first step towards learning the traditions . And hopefully strengthen my understanding and connection. I shall get reading . Thank you☺

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