OBOD is the publisher of 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 includes membership in OBOD.
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 course is completed at your speed, with most students taking longer than 1 year to complete each grade. If all grades are completed OBOD will issue a certificate as a “full member in the Druid grade” from OBOD- which is known as being a ‘Druid Companion’. (OBOD is not a church nor an institution of higher learning- the certificate is provided for personal use.)
The Druid Grade opens you to your inner Wise Person, the Sage who is Philosopher and Counselor.
Lessons: 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. You should be asked about your preferred method of contact and personal interests so you can be matched with a mentor. Mentor re-assignment is also an option.
Cost is £18, or ~$25, and contains a CD, 2 introductory lessons, 2 booklets – Wild Wisdom and The Sacred Grove, a mini-poster, and an invitation to join the Order. This is offered on an optional, trial basis- you can send the materials back for a refund.
The Bardic course is available in several versions:
text (£215 , or ~$300)
audio (£240 , or ~$335)
text and audio versions (£349 , or ~$475)
Payment options include in-full, quarterly, or monthly.
Sharing the Course
“Any Bard who has the current edition of the Bardic course can register up to 3 study partners. This gives them membership of the Order as well as access to the Bardic grade gwersi and a mentor.”
The best way complete the process to share a course is:
the current member informs the OBOD office of the person that will be joining,
then the current member emails the OBOD office verifying registration and payment before sharing the course.
[Note: no additional course material will be sent out, but a member can share theirs with a study partner. The current addition of the Bardic grade is from 2001. This option is also available for Ovate and Druid grade course materials.]
If you find that even with the easier payment methods you still cannot afford the fees, please write to OBOD HQ explaining your circumstances.