click here for our gatherings leaflet for the coming year.
2017 makes Oak Dragon 30 years old, so to celebrate we invite Oak Dragoners, old, current and new to join us for a party on Saturday 29th April during the Beltane gathering at Brook End in Compton Dundon.
If you can’t do the whole weekend, we would still love to see you on the Saturday afternoon/evening. More details to follow.
We’ve added an extra night to the Samhain gathering, so arriving on Thursday night, to give one more day exploring the area.
The Summer Camp -
The dates for this summer's camp are August 18 - 27 2017, and the site for the camp is near Avebury, in Wiltshire Click here for a camp flyer
The Four Directions
This summer people of all ages and from many walks of life, will gather together in the ancient landscape of mysterious Wiltshire and collectively create a safe and caring community, living closely with nature. This forms the energetic structure in which a variety of workshops, ceremonies and celebrations take place, and is the spirit of Oak Dragon Camps.
At the 2017 Camp we will explore the traditions of the Four Directions, as used in pagan traditions, and also from other ancient practices such as the Medicine Wheel of the Native Americans and the Chinese 4 symbols of Daoism. There will be an opportunity to explore the healing work of the Four Shields and to deepen and strengthen our connection with the ancestors and with the natural world in grounded and practical workshops and rituals. The overlaying maps of the 4 seasons, the 4 directions, the 4 winds and the 4 elements will lead us in a deepening spiral through 10 days of personal and collective journeying, rites of passage and initiation, using guides and guardians to support and protect us and using crafts and poetry to uplift and inspire us.
The way of council (Pow Wow) will form a safe cauldron within which we can share, heal and create magic together, holding sacred our visions and gaining insight and wisdom for the future.
Expect medicine walks in the surrounding ancient landscape, divination, music, makings, games, songs and laughter…
Feedback from the Summer Camp 2016
Arrival after long journey was like entering a calm and restful oasis - just to be welcomed before the camping field (where I would have raced around unloading, putting up tent etc.) by a wise man who sat me down and I took breath and gently chose my Druid card animal to accompany my next ten days. I had assumed that I would pick my name out of a hat and be told where to camp as in the last few camps, but as I had arrived later than most I found myself directed to a circle where my usual friends were elsewhere, which I accepted and enjoyed, but if I had known that by arriving earlier I could have chosen my circle I would have preferred that. All bookings, directions etc. were excellent, as was our familiar campsite - the hot showers, the fire pits, the loos - thank you to Ian and all the Crew!!!! I absolutely loved the themes and programme of this camp, a great sense of quietude and flow, the fact that all the workshops enabled me to bring my intuitive nature to come through - from the dowsing teachings - sacred space, and our stones, the morning labyrinthine dances with the new wisdom gained from our teachings, and the dream workshops, , the drumming and yoga, and not to forget the inspiration of speaking and listening during Pow wow, a gift. It really was all a reminder to me to listen to my souls song. For me personally, I loved the space we were given in the Wellbeing Dome - such a beautiful environment to enjoy doing our healing work. Both Trisha, Rachel and I all gained a real unity in working together, we had times of great elation!! so the energy was there for us all - thank you, thank you, such a gift. Please could we have a Wellbeing Dome next year? It was lovely to have the space between workshops, to cook and eat around the fire, talk to friends, the laughter, the joy at the evening music around the central fire - all of us gathering - called by the guitar - family…. And never to forget the wonderful Ronald Hutton and Anna and the amazing talent of our young ‘Actors” to give us that sense of wonder and amazement as they performed to us all. Then the delightful Hare Night for Gilli - her delight and joy at the surprise - the outrageous ‘strippers’, gifts and flowers given from us all with such love for her and Ian’s future hand fasting. A very big thank you to all of you with the imagination, enthusiasm and vision for a wonderful ten days, where I am so lucky to step away from my usual life and enter the world of love and magic. all blessings,
Elf crowned king of Oakdragon