A potted history of Druid Camp

Mark Graham and Emma Restall Orr at Druid Camp 2012, by G. HarveyRunning over four to five days every summer, the Camp was first held in July 2000. It was founded by Emma Restall Orr of the British Druid Order and The Druid Network and Mark Graham of The Charnwood Grove and is now run by The Druid Camp Association, chaired by Mark.

The aim of The Druid Camp is to hold an annual gathering for Druids and those interested in Druidry; to celebrate and develop the community of modern Druidry. This is reflected in the Constitution of the Association.

Everyone is welcome! There are Druids and those studying the tradition through many different Orders, teachers and strands of Druidry. There are people who follow other nature-based spiritualities and philosophies. There are those simply interested or curious who are seeking a community or gathering of like-minded souls.

In twenty years of Druid Camp we’ve seen people meet, and marry. We’ve seen new babies born into the community and we’ve marked the passing of long time Camp folk. The Community is the thing.

Over the years, Druid Camp has found a home in the lovely countryside of the Forest of Dean, on the border of England and Wales. Initially in a lovely hollow surrounded by hills, mistletoe’d oaks and a cooling stream, it moved to a hill-top encircled by the sacred river Severn on three sides, with wide skies above us. And for 2018 we moved again, into a woodland glade to the north of the sinuous loop Sabrina makes around Arlingham.

In 2020 we, along with the rest of the world, endured Covid. This lasted long and longer, and we did not hold a camp in 2020, 2021 or 2022, mainly because we could not be sure we would be able to meet the required hygeine standards.

In 2023 we felt ready to begin again, and to hold our twenty first camp. A site has been secured in west wales, land of myth and home of the last of the ancient Druids.