Druidry is a wonderful, spiritually fulfilling life path. Through the magic that is Druidry, we build deep and abiding relationships with the natural world around us, and through our connection to the natural environment we walk a path of truth, honour and service. We aim to immerse ourselves in the present moment, in the present environment, in order to share in the blessing that is the cycle of life.
Throughout the ages, people have withdrawn from the world in order to connect more fully with it. This book is an introductory guide for those who wish to walk the Druid path alone, for however long a time. It is about exploration and connection with the natural world, and finding our place within it. It covers the basics of Druidry and how, when applied to the everyday life, enriches it with a sense of beauty, magic and mystery.
This book is for those people who feel called to seek their own path, to use their wit and intelligence, compassion and honour to create their own tradition within Druidry.
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“This is one of the best ‘core’ texts on Druidry that I have had the pleasure of reading.” – Cat Treadwell, Author of A Druid’s Tale and Facing the Darkness
“This is not a book about Celtic scholarship or the historical Celts, rather it is a guide to how to BE a modern Druid in the world today.” – Ellen Evert Hopman, author of A Druid’s Herbal of Sacred Tree Medicine, Priestess of the Forest – A Druid Journey, and other volumes
“It is enthusiastic, based in good practice, and allows the reader to start with sound and gentle steps. I heartily recommend it.” Graeme K Talboys, author of Way of the Druid: Rebirth of an Ancient Religion and The Druid Way Made Easy
Nemetona is an ancient goddess whose song is heard deep within the earth and also deep within the human soul. She is the Lady of Sanctuary, of Sacred Groves and Sacred Spaces.
She is present within the home, within our sacred groves, our rites and in all the spaces that we hold dear to our hearts. She also lies within, allowing us to feel at ease wherever we are in the world through her energy of holding, of transformation. She holds the stillness and quiet of a perfect day; she is the stillness at the end of it, when the blackbird sings to the dusk. She is the energy of sacred space, where we can stretch out our souls and truly come alive, to be who we wish to be, filled with the magic of potential.
Rediscover this ancient goddess and dance with a Druid to the songs of Nemetona. Learn how to reconnect with this goddess in ritual, songs, chants, meditation and more.
Ellen Evert Hopman, author of Priestess of the Forest says “This lovely volume teaches us how to re-sacralize our life. In a sad and violent world we need to remember to find the sacred within all things; our room, our hearth, our home, our altar, our garden, and our sacred Grove. By doing this, ultimately we will find the sacred within all creatures; animal, mineral, plant and human. This is the lesson of Nemetona, divine protectress of the sacred enclosure, so wonderfully expressed within this book.”
Philip Carr-Gomm, chosen chief of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids says “For those of us upon the Druid path, Nemetona is an intriguing goddess. Joanna’s book welcomes us into Nemetona’s sanctuary that we might know her more intimately. With a combination of helpful exercises and the gentle but compelling wisdom born of Joanna’s relationship with this goddess, we discover that the concept of the Grove and the experience of Sacred Space is more rich and complex than we imagined.”
This book a blend of two distinct and yet similar practices to create a path that is immersed in nature and the present moment. Itis part of Moon Books’ Pagan Portal series.
Taking both Zen and Druidry and embracing them into your life can be a wonderful and ongoing process of discovery, not only of the self but of the entire world around you. Looking at ourselves and at the natural world around us, we realise that everything is in constant change and flux – like waves on the ocean, they are all part of one thing that is made up of everything. Even after the wave has crashed upon the shore, the ocean is still there, the wave is still there – it has merely changed its form. The aim of this text is to show how Zen teachings and Druidry can combine to create a peaceful life path that is completely and utterly dedicated to the here and now, to the earth and her rhythms, and to the flow that is life itself.
Review by Philip Carr-Gomm: Zen Druidry affirms the richness of this particular combination, and offers an excellent insight into the ways in which the ways of Zen and Druidry can be united to form a rich and meaningful philosophy and way of life.
Joanna’s book is one of Moon Books `Pagan Portals’ series, which takes interesting topics and asks writers to cover them in 60 to 70 pages. For those of us haunted by the piles of worthy books we want to read, but simply can’t find the time to get to, a Pagan Portal book offers the tempting prospect of finishing an entire book in one or two sittings. This is not, I know, sufficient reason to recommend a book, but the format forces an author to get to the point and not repeat themselves or expand to fill their requisite 200 pages, and the result as far as I can see is that it works.
Here Joanna suggests ways in which the two approaches can be combined, showing us the connections between the Five Noble Precepts of Buddhism and Druidry, and then looking at how the two approaches can work together in meditation. As she writes: `Druidry, when applied with the [Zen] mechanics of non-attachment, allows for a total immersion in the present moment, where true relationship can be obtained and where the awen flows as freely as it ever could.’
The best dishes are the ones that leave you wanting more, and Joanna’s book is like a perfect hors d’oeuvres. She shows you how well the two paths can weave together, and if someone were to ask me what books I’d recommend to those interested in combining Buddhism and Druidry, I’d say: start with Zen Druidry and then move on to Jason’s Kirkey’s Salmon in the Spring which continues the journey of exploration into the way the traditions of Celtic spirituality and Buddhism can complement each other, a journey wonderfully introduced in Joanna’s Zen Druidry – Waking To The Natural World.”
The teachings of Zen Buddhism combined with the earth-based tradition of Druidry can create a holistic way of life that is deeply integrated with the seasons, the environment and the present moment. In soul-deep relationship we can use the techniques and wisdom from both traditions to find balance and harmony within our own lives.
In this text we explore the concepts of the Dharma (the Buddha’s teachings) and how they relate to the wisdom of the Druid tradition. We also look at the Wheel of the Year in modern Druidry with regards to the Dharma, incorporating the teachings into every seasonal festival in an all-encompassing celebration of nature. We explore meditation, mindfulness, animism and integration with nature, learning how to find sustainable relationship in the work that we do, opening our souls to the here and now and seeing the beauty and wonder that enchants our lives in every waking moment.
Step into a new life, fully awake and aware to the beauty of the natural world.
A collection of writings based on peace, compassion, mindfulness, meditation and more. All proceeds of sale go to charity: The Woodland Trust and Orangutan Appeal UK.
“Opening the Gates of the Druid College” (interview) for Pagan Dawn Magazine Imbolc Issue 2016
“Re-weaving: Mend the Tapestry of Your Life” for SageWoman Magazine, No. 88 entitled “Serenity” 2015
Druidry: A Deep Green Spirituality for Druid Magazine, Fall 2015
Interview with Joanna van der Hoeven for Druidic Dawn’s online magazine, Aontacht, Summer Solstice edition 2015
“Peace” a commissioned article for the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids’ 50th anniversary celebration book, The Golden Seed, May 2015
Interview with Emma Restall Orr on Sacred Spaces for Pagan Dawn Magazine, Beltane Issue 2015
“Ethics and Pantheism” for Pagan Dawn Magazine, Samhain Issue 2014
Vegan or Vegetarian? The Ethical Debate, for Witchvox, published online September 2015
“Hymn to Nemetona” for Pagan Dawn Magazine, Lammas issue 2014
“Ancestors of the Future” for Circle Magazine, Issue 115 – Family and Tradition, Winter 2013
“The Nature of Pagans” for Pagan 101: An Introduction to Paganism by 101 Pagans, Moon Books 2013
“All the Goddesses Who Are Independent: Exploring the Singular Female Deities” for Naming the Goddess, Moon Books 2014
Please see The Druid Network for essays written by myself and others within the Druid community.
Breathing the Ancient Breath – An Interview with Joanna van der Hoeven for Pagan Pages, October 2016
Interview on A Kitchen Witch’s Blog, July 2016
Letting Nature Live Through Us: An Interview with Future Primitive Podcast, June 2016
Exploring Pagan Ethical Codes: Druids for The Wild Hunt, 5 January 2016
Interview with The Wild Hunt: Druid College Begins First Term, October 2015
Interview for Upon a Pagan Path podcast March 2015 (Listen HERE)
OBOD 50th Gala Anniversary, interviewed by Philip Carr-Gomm July 2014 (Listen HERE)