OBOD has an experience-based correspondence course which has been in place for over 25 years. Rather than presenting Druidry as a religion, the course offers a journey of spiritual and psychological exploration inspired by Druidry. The course is divided into three stages or grades that correspond to the three traditional divisions of the Druids: the Bards, Ovates and Druids. Each grade has its own coursework, fee, and initiation. (Initiations can be performed alone at home, or with others in a Grove.)
The grade coursework will arrive in the USPS mail as sets of lessons over about 12 months. Supplementary material, and the Order’s English language print magazine Touchstone are also included during this period. Mentors (called tutors in the past) are available via email and postal mail, and the course can be shared. Once you start the course in the Bardic grade, you are a member of OBOD. The course is completed at your speed, with most students taking longer than 1 year to complete each grade.
The Bardic Grade takes you on a journey through the cycle of the year, and introduces all the basic concepts of Druidry. The Ovate Grade works with the powers of Nature, sacred animals, divination, and Nwyfre (Life-force). The Druid Grade opens you to your inner Wise Person, the Sage who is Philosopher and Counselor.
Once all grades are completed you will receive a certificate of completion from OBOD (which is commonly called being a Druid Companion).