Ár nDraíocht Féin

From their website

The Irish words, pronounced “arn ree-ocht fane”, mean “Our Own Druidism”, and that’s just what ADF is – a completely independent tradition of Neopagan Druidism. Like our sisters and brothers in the other Neopagan movements, we’re polytheistic Nature worshipers, attempting to revive the best aspects of the Paleopagan faiths of our ancestors within a modern scientific, artistic, ecological, and wholistic context. Like our predecessors and namesakes the Druids, we’re people who believe in excellence – physically, intellectually, artistically, and spiritually.

We’re researching and expanding sound modern scholarship about the ancient Celts and other Indo-European peoples, in order to reconstruct what the Old Religions of Europe really were. We’re working on the development of genuine artistic skills in composition and presentation. We’re designing and performing competent magical and religious ceremonies to change ourselves and the world we live in. We’re adapting the polytheologies and customs of both the Indo-European Paleopagans and the Neopagan traditions that have been created over the last fifty years. We’re creating a nonsexist, nonracist, organic, and open religion to practice as a way of life and to hand on to our grandchildren. We’re integrating ecological awareness, alternative healing arts, and psychic development into our daily activities. Together, we’re sparking the next major phase in the evolution of Neopaganism and planting seeds for generations to come.

ADF was started by P.E.I. (Isaac) Bonewits, known in the Neopagan community as an author (Real MagicRites of WorshipWitchcraft: A Concise GuideAuthentic Thaumaturgy), editor, teacher, polytheologian, activist, priest and bard. He has been a Neopagan Druid for nearly twenty years and has dedicated his life to reviving Druidism as a modern, healthy, “Third Wave” religion capable of protecting and preserving Mother Nature and all Her children.

As a member of ADF, you’ll be able to communicate with hundreds of others interested in Druidism, join local congregations (called “groves”) of fellow Druids, attend regional gatherings, and enroll (if you wish) in the toughest Neopagan clergy training program in existence. The Membership and Networking Form that you’ll fill out will give you the chance to list all the research areas, arts, skills and interests you have that you’d enjoy sharing with other members. You’ll also be able to tell us what your concerns and priorities are, and how you think ADF should focus its energies.

“Oak Leaves” comes out every quarter (April, July, October, and January) and announces ADF policies, local grove activities, lectures and other appearances, modifications to the study program, etc. There are also articles and letters about a variety of topics concerning Neopaganism in general and ADF Druidry in particular, including rituals, artwork, poetry, calls for action, etc. ADF’s journal was created in January of 1997 to fulfill the news-oriented functions formerly served by “News from the Mother Grove” and the article-oriented functions of “Druids’ Progress,” both of which have been consolidated into Oak Leaves. Selected articles from all three publications are available, and subscription to Oak Leaves comes as part of ADF membership. Back issues are available through ADF Store.

“The Grove Organizer’s Handbook” is available to all members wishing to organize a grove in their area. It contains legal information, organizational rules and advice, sample ads and notices you can use to attract new members, etc. It also contains contact information for a variety of helpful people in ADF who can assist you with any questions or problems that you have.

More than 4500 people have joined ADF in the past, and our current active membership is over 1100, making us the largest Neopagan Druid organization in the world. We have legal status as a Nonprofit Religious Association, and donations are tax deductible. Groves and protogroves are being organized all over the world. Songbooks, informational pamphlets, a polytheological dictionary, and other Druidic publications are in the works. Regional gatherings are held throughout the year, especially during the summer. In short, although our long range approach is “as fast as an oak tree”, we’re growing more rapidly than any of us expected. So ask yourself – why not excellence?

If you are interested in joining, please see our membership form online.