Charter for Treehenge Druidic Circle, an OBOD Grove
The purpose of the
Treehenge Druidic Circle Grove (the Grove) is to celebrate the eight
seasonal rites of OBOD, support Members in their individual Druidic
paths, and be of service to our local communities.
Druidic Circle, headquartered in Fort Collins, Colorado, USA, is a
grove of the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids (OBOD,
www.druidry.org), and is aligned with OBOD principles and rules. It
must have two members of the Druid grade, and functions in a manner
compatible with the guidelines of OBOD, as published on their website
The Grove is guided
by this Charter, and may amend or modify this Charter according to
the Process described below.
The Grove is a
voluntary, egalitarian organization with no fixed offices or terms.
It has the
following voluntary offices, which rotate among the Members:
- Web Bard,
responsible for maintaining and updating the Grove website.
responsible for facilitating Grove gorseddu.
- Record Keeper,
responsible for keeping notes of any decisions reached at gorseddu.
recognizes two official levels of involvement: Guest, and Member
Anyone who asks to be added to the Grove mailing list for public
events, or anyone who attends any public Grove event.
Guests are welcome at any public Grove event, if they are not
disruptive to the event; they are normally not invited to private
Grove events, though exceptions can be made with consent of a
majority of the members. Guests do not participate in the
decision-making processes of the Grove.
Has officially enrolled in one or more of the OBOD training courses
(Bardic, Ovate, or Druidic grade), either currently or in the past;
evidences an ongoing interest in Druidry; and is actively involved in
Treehenge Grove activities.
Furthermore, has participated in at least four of the eight seasonal
celebrations, or has been specifically invited to join the membership
by a majority of Members.
Members are invited to all Grove events, as appropriate to their
grade in the Order, and participate in the decision-making processes
of the Grove.
Any Member shall lose Member status if they request to terminate
their membership; cease active involvement in Grove activities for
more than one year; or their membership status is rescinded by a
majority of the members.
affect the Grove are ratified at Grove gorseddu, after open
discussion and thought.
Gorseddu are held,
if possible, at least four times a year, and preferably more
Each gorsedd must
have a designated Facilitator and Record Keeper. It opens with a
preliminary period of grounding, the Druid’s Prayer and a call
for Peace. It begins with a Talking Circle, the intent of which is to
allow each Member to speak briefly from the heart, and for all other
Members to listen actively from the heart.
A clear order of
speakers is established, typically passing the talking piece to the
left; is held by the Facilitator, who speaks first; is passed to the
next Member, allowing each person to speak in turn; is passed until
it returns to the Facilitator. The talking piece may pass among the
Members as many times as necessary, at the discretion of the
Only the person
holding the talking piece may speak. No one may interrupt the person
holding the talking piece. The person holding the talking piece is
not required to speak, and may pass it without speaking. The person
who holds the talking piece speaks briefly, honestly, and from the
Those who do not
hold the talking piece listen with the heart.
The Facilitator is
responsible for maintaining order during the Talking Circle, by
reminding members of the rules of the Talking Circle. Agenda setting,
discussion, voting, or other activities may follow the Talking
Circle. Each gorsedd closes with the Druids' Peace Prayer (Here In
A quorum of 50% of
the membership must be present to vote. Voting is by a three-way
vote, of affirmation, abstention, or dissent, informally known as
“thumbs up” (“aye”), “thumbs sideways”
(“abstain”), or “thumbs down” (“nay”).
Each Member present has one vote. Votes carry by simple majority.
An initial round of
voting proceeds by consensus, in which a simple majority of assent
with no dissent carries. A dissenting vote is a call for further
discussion: Dissenting voters are invited to express their reason for
dissent, which must involve the good of the Grove, not merely
After reasons for
dissent have been expressed and discussed, a second round of voting
proceeds, in which a simple majority of assent carries. Results of
voting are communicated to the membership via the firstname.lastname@example.org
mailing list, and published on the Treehenge web site.
The business of the
Grove is the business of all Members.
The Grove does not
manage money in any form. Financial outlays for Grove activities are
the individual responsibilities of Members, offered and shared freely
as gifts of time and materials.
The Grove does not
endorse anyone or anything, other than the training courses of OBOD.
The Grove does not