Most OBOD members practice by themselves. Given the approximately 12,000 US members, the distances involved, and the population in the United States, a solitary path is often the only option for our members.
There are a growing number of OBOD Seed Groups and Groves in the US now. Here we provide information on group types, how to find groups, starting a Seed Group or Grove, and resources.
All local groups are run independently and without involvement or oversight by the OBOD main office. Groups are also independent from each other; there is no culture of ‘hiving’ or splitting off from other Seed Groups or Groves. The OBOD office will verify that OBOD members have started a group and provide a listing on their website if requested. (It is unknown how many OBOD groups there are that don’t report to OBOD, or that choose to be private.)
OBOD also does not vet group leaders or have any other group requirements. (HQ will verify membership for use by the group.) Check the solitary members page for advice, and please carefully evaluate & investigate any Seed Group or Grove.
A Seed Group can be formed by one memberwho is initiated in any grade. Each group is free to develop its own style and to discuss Druidry and topics of mutual interest. Many Seed Groups celebrate the seasonal festivals together.
A Grove can be formed by two Druid Grade members. Groves meet regularly and will celebrate the eight festivals, and may also give initiations, and arrange other activities such as retreats, workshops and camps.
Finding US Groups
OBOD US Groups Map
This interactive map includes OBOD listings and self-reported groups
Listing Groups with OBOD
Contact Shaun Hayes to be put on these lists or for any updates
OBOD Brochure & Poster
Contact the office if you are listed as a group with OBOD-HQ and would like them to mail these promotional materials to you
OBOD Mailings to Members in your Area
OBOD does not provide member address or contact information to other members. However, if requested they will sending a USPS mailing out to members in your area announcing your Seed Group or Grove. You must contact the office, provide the message about your group, and provide a list of the zip codes for the mailings.
Group leaders can also contact the office to verify membership grade status for prospective group members. Just provide the name the person has on file with OBOD, and their grade.
OBOD Groves may use a group to provide initiation ceremonies for individual members. Bards, Ovates and Druids wishing to be initiated in a Grove ceremony must have received the OBOD gwers containing the relevant initiation ceremony. During an initiation ceremony, the only people present should be those members who have themselves been initiated into the relevant grade.
Grove leaders can contact the office to obtain digital copies of the group initiation scripts for the 3 grades. They can also contact leaders of other Groves or Gatherings for revised versions.
[Note: Seed Groups are not expected to offer initiations. A long-standing Seed Group, with only one druid that wants to offer initiations can contact email@example.com for advice.]