ADF Dedicant and Training Program FAQ

Also from the ADF’s website, the following is a section of their FAQ regarding their Dedicant Program

The ADF has always been committed to comprehensive training of its members. Originally, ADF had a single comprehensive Study Program, but we quickly found that a single training program was not well suited to the multitude of needs and training demands that individual members required. We discovered there was a demand for specialty training as healers, artisans, bards, scholars, etc. so we created Guilds for each of those specialties.

Is there one main Study Program, or are there several?

There are many. All ADF study programs have the Dedicant Path as a prerequisite. Beyond that, other programs are offered to help build upon the knowledge gained through the DP, in a direction that the student can choose based on strengths and interests. At present, we have eleven Guilds working on study programs (seven of which have completed their programs). The Clergy Council has approved the Clergy Training Program and the Initiate’s Program. Also available is the Generalist Study Program, offering a general background in Druidic studies and offering a core group of courses for for the other study programs to build off.

What is the difference between the Dedicant Path and ADF’s other study programs?

The Dedicant Path is an introduction to Our Own Druidry and helps to lay the groundwork for ADF’s other study programs. The DP is the first step along the ADF Druidic path. Members who finish the DP may move onto another study program, but no one is expected to do so. The study programs are designed to increase the spirituality and/or scholarship of our members, and can lead to eventual ordination.

How much time/work is involved in this?

Well, none of the study programs have a time limit set on them, so you can take your time and work through them at your own pace. Most are designed to be worked through one circle per year, and may have three to five circles. That said, the amount of work will vary depending on which study program you are asking about, and how adept you are at the work and how much time you have to devote to it. For instance, for some people math is a subject that takes a lot of work, while for others its concepts are easily grasped. Likewise, students will find that their capability to learn various Druidic skills (such as magic, liturgy, and bardic skills) will vary depending on their ability, and the work one person does will not necessarily reflect the amount another must do.

How much does it all cost?

Most of the study programs are, at present, free. There may be a nominal cost to join the Guild (and of course you must be an ADF member), but once you have done that, there is usually not a cost. It is best to check with the individual Guild, however, for their particular policies before assuming that it’s free for everyone.

So how/when can I get started, what are the requirements, etc.?

First, you need to join ADF. Then you can start on the Dedicant Path which runs about a year in length. After you have completed that, you need to contact the person in charge of whichever study program you are interested in and request the necessary information (such as requirements, book lists, fees, etc.).

What do I get out of the Study Programs?

The easy answer, of course, is that you will get out of it whatever you put into it. Beyond this, though, you will be working with some of the best minds in ADF and learning much (and they, in turn, will also be learning from you). You’ll obtain skills that are useful not only in ADF ritual, but in any Neo-Pagan work you do. ADF’s Study Programs are like journeys: they are not ends in and of themselves, but they are means to an end. ADF’s Study Programs do not entitle you to fancy honors or positions, but it can (and likely will) give you the tools to earn those honors and to fill those positions.