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Event news from ellen Evert Hopman

Druid author Ellen Evert Hopman has a number of online events coming up…

Saturday, January 30

6 PM Eastern USA time

Transcending Roots Zoom Class

Ellen will speak on The Druidic Wheel of the Year

Register here: https://www.transcendingroots.com/event-details/the-wheel-of-the-year-with-ellen-evert-hopman  

March 5-7, 2021

WitchCon a livestream video conference

Ellen will speak on the magical techniques of the Druids

https://www.witchcon.com/presenter.php?presenter=ellen-evert-hopman

join the largest online magical conference in the world here:

https://www.witchcon.com/

10th Anniversary Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference (virtual this year)

Ellen will speak on tree medicine and lore

And Celtic spirituality

May 7, 8 and 9, 2021

https://www.midwestwomensherbal.com/mwhc-virtual-2021

October 26, 2021

Wild Ginger Herbal Center

6-8 PM Eastern

Ellen will speak on

The Sacred Herbs of Samhain

A Zoom webinar

www.wildgingerherbalcenter.com

Ellen Evert Hopman, Herbalist and Author * Bookstore and blog *   www.elleneverthopman.com, http://elleneverthopman.com/shop/   Study Druidism at The Tribe of the Oak www.tribeoftheoak.com

The Druid Garden

The Druid Garden is a new book from Luke Eastwood.

In this age of high technology, GM foods and industrial farming, many people are looking for an alternative way to live, that honours and respects the natural world. The Druid Garden mines the deep seem of gardening through the ages and alternative modern developments, to bring the reader a method of gardening that is truly in touch with the Earth. Drawing on the knowledge of the Druids and other ancient cultures, Luke Eastwood has created a practical guide to organic and natural methods that are proven to work. Advice for the total beginner, through to the experienced, ties together Druidic wisdom with the best of gardening knowledge. Part of this book is a handy alphabetical guide to trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants, giving a wealth of information on history and folklore, as well as practical details on plant care and growing from seed.

This book is invaluable to anyone serious about organic gardening or those simply interested in how things were done in former ages, Celtic Europe in particular.

You can buy copies directly from the author – https://lukeeastwood.com/books/the-druid-garden

Priestess of the Forest

Priestess of the Forest is back in print!

Ellen Evert Hopman’s Priestess of the Forest – a Druid Journey is the first volume in a trilogy. The second book in the series is The Druid Isle and the third volume is Priestess of the Fire Temple – a Druid’s Tale. Hopman has been a practicing Druid since 1984 and is currently Arch Druid of Tribe of the Oak (www.tribeoftheoak.com) an international Druidic teaching Order. She is the author of a number of Celtic herbals including Tree Medicine Tree Magic, The Sacred Herbs of Spring, The Sacred Herbs of Samhain, Secret Medicines from Your Garden and other volumes. She has authored several books of interviews with modern Pagans, Druids and Witches including Being a Pagan, The Real Witches of New England, and A Legacy of Druids. Hopman lives in New England. Find her books and blog at www.elleneverthopman.com

“Weaving together Druidic practices, daily Celtic life, and Pagan culture, this Bardic teaching tale is rich in ancient wisdom, rituals, prayers, herbal lore and culture. Includes an Old Irish glossary and pronunciation guide” Both paper and eBook versions are available.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1733386696?ref_=pe_3052080_397514860

 

 

Ellen Evert Hopman, Herbalist and Author * Bookstore and blog *   www.elleneverthopman.com, http://elleneverthopman.com/shop/   Study Druidism at The Tribe of the Oak www.tribeoftheoak.com

Community, Solitary

In the last year, I’ve lost or given up most of the communities I was involved in. the necessity of moving cost me my folk club, singing group, the guys I jammed with, the Druid gorsedd I helped found, the folk festival I’d loved and supported for years. I had to step away from the Druid Network, which had been a conceptual home, I lost my physical home and the community of neighbours around it. Some lovely people have kept in touch via the interwebs, but those who weren’t so close, I probably won’t see again.

Choices beget other choices, and nothing is ever simple. I’d spent years running things, holding groups and spaces for others – it was a big part of my calling and how I offered my service as a Druid. But at the moment, needing to focus on my own life, I don’t have the resources to spare for that kind of community work. I miss it, and I miss the sense of community I derived from it.

There’s an uncomfortable truth to face here. I’ve never really known how to just be part of a thing. I’ve never been confident that I would be tolerated unless I was being actively useful. So any time I get involved with a community, that need to serve raises its head. Part Druid calling, part need to make up for being there. It’s been with me a long time.

I’ve been through a long process of having parts of my life stripped away, and I’m starting to feel a sort of clarity as whatever is left is who I am – at least for now. I’ve never had a very clear sense of self, so this is undoubtedly a good thing, even if it frequently does feel like I’m being flayed.

This week I made the decision to step away from the Pagan and the Pen – I have a number of reasons, but the key two are that I was holding this space as well for others, which was an extra toll on scant personal time and energy, and that I unbalance the blog. When Casey was blogging every day too, it worked better, but the density of my posts in relation to other content doesn’t feel quite right. The Pagan and Pen will continue in other hands, and the Druid’s Life column becomes a blog – www.druidlife.wordpress.com  Blogging alone, no one else is implicated in what I say. And I have no responsibility for anyone else. I need that.

Community is about shared responsibility. I’m not actually very good at that, and I need to learn. I know why I take too much responsibility, but it takes time to reinvent how I relate to myself and the rest of reality.

I’m going to have a time of being mostly solitary. I have very little formal membership or affiliation left, and aside from work, where I hold membership of things now, it’s in a fairly passive way. I’m going to keep it like that. There are one or two places where I still have a sense of community without running things, or needing to give more than I have. I will take the time to be in those spaces, and learn how to do community properly, how to accept, how to ask for help, how to be open about being vulnerable and fallible. These are things I’ve found it far too hard to do.

So, as I tidy things up here, I’d like to thank The Pagan and the Pen community for this space. In it, I’ve found my own voice and the confidence to write about my path. I was so nervous when I started this column, I imagined I would get a lot of criticism for daring to speak for and about Druidry at all, and that I’d be told to desist. I didn’t really think I was good enough to write any of this. No one ever did say that. So I’ll keep exploring, and writing, trying to figure out what it means to be a Druid, and a human being. Thank you everyone who has shared the journey with me so far.