I’m just back from another totally wonderful, inspiring, mind altering, loving and living Druid Camp and unwilling to dive into the reality of early morning motorways and airplane flights. I can’t tell you just how important the annual Druid Camp is and the embracing community within it, I can only invite you to look out for it next summer.
One of the noticeable evolutions in the camp is the number of solar powered lights that replace the old tea-light in a jam-jar. In part, that’s a shame because the real flame is, well, real. But equally there is something of beauty in walking back to ones tent or camper at four in the morning, guided by a million multicoloured stars. And thus in one aspect Druidry moves along, ever changing, and that changing is also noticeable.
Modern Druidry is flowing, growing, changing… as anything living does. And one day we will look back on these days, as we do to the 1950’s reinvention, the C18th romantic idea of Druidry, the C19th fraternal and cultural druidries…, and say ‘this was Druidry then’. And there may be a lot of information about our time, or (in the age of transitory web sites and erased memory sticks) not so much.
For the past few years, at Druid Camp and at other similar events and conferences, I’ve been recording speakers as they expand on their particular areas and specialisms on the Druid theme. I don’t share them – sometimes I’ve been asked not to, as the speaker is still dining out on that particular presentation. But I do keep them in a safe place. One day they may become important documents on the Druidry of our time. Or not. But I’ve got them anyway.
Does anyone else hold such recordings? Are they safely preserved and indexed? In part this post is to remind me that mine are not as well indexed as they might be. Another job for cold winter nights…