About Us

Ár nDraíocht Féin (ADF) is a modern tradition of pagan Druidry. Although our name is Irish we incorporate practices from ancient and modern Indo-European cultures including the various Celtic and Norse cultures, Slavic, Baltic, Greek, Roman, Persian, Vedic, and other traditions. Our modern practices include elements from historical texts, discoveries, and studies along with modern components to create a practice that works today while respecting and honoring the past. 

Together, we are creating a non-sexist, anti-racist, inclusive, publicly available religion for this, and future, generations.

Here’s how to pronounce Ár nDraíocht Féin


Our Vision

We see a world where the Gods and Spirits are served in the modern world through:

  • Public temple worship with a skilled priesthood
  • Accessible religious training for all
  • A spiritual relationship with the Earth
  • Sustainable Pagan institutions
  • A flourishing family and community Pagan culture

Our Values

  • Openness to people of all ethnicities and backgrounds
  • The commonality of polytheistic ritual practice
  • Honoring the Earth Mother
  • Scholarship and research
  • Reciprocity with the Gods and Spirits
  • Respect for others through living our virtues
  • Service to the community, land, and the Gods and Spirits

Our Practice & Training

  • Flexible ritual practices for all members
  • Hearthkeepers Way for solitary and small group practice
  • You choose your depth of study
  • Advanced training and ordination for those who want to go deeper

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Ár nDraíocht Féin: A Druid Fellowship, Inc (ADF) is a modern tradition of Neopagan Druidry. Our practices include elements from historical texts, discoveries, and studies along with modern components to create a practice that works today, while respecting and honoring the past.  We are committed to upholding all members in a warm and welcoming environment. We are dedicated to providing a safe space for all of our members no matter their race, sex, gender, age, ethnicity, sexuality, or experiences. ADF seeks to build a community that encourages, understands, appreciates, and accepts diversity. We work proactively to cultivate an environment where differences are embraced and the diversity of human expression is valued. ADF believes that our community is stronger when all members have a voice and are encouraged to contribute. 

What is ADF?

Ár nDraíocht Féin is an independent Neopagan Druid church, originally founded in 1983.  We are registered in the United States as a tax-exempt Nonprofit Corporation (501c3). ADF began as a network of independent scholars interested in the research of ancient Indo-European religious practices and has grown to have members on six continents and in countries all across the globe.  We strive to provide a framework for public pagan worship and scholarship.  Our vision is that the Gods and Spirits are served in the modern world through:

·      Public temple worship with a skilled priesthood

·      Accessible religious training for all

·      A spiritual relationship with the Earth

·      Sustainable Pagan institutions

·      A flourishing family and community Pagan culture

ADF members are working to revive the best aspects of the Paleopagan beliefs and practices from the ancient Indo-European people adapted to modern scientific, ecological, and cultural contexts. 

What does Ár nDraíocht Féin mean, and how is it pronounced?

Ár nDraíocht Féin is modern Irish for “Our Own Druidry”.  It is pronounced arn REEokht fane, however, most of our members simply use the acronym ADF. 

What is Neopagan Druidry? 

Neopagan Druidry is a group of religions, philosophies and ways of life, rooted in ancient soil yet reaching for the stars. We are part of the larger Neopagan movement, one of the world’s most vital and creative new religious awakenings. Like much of that movement we are polytheistic nature worshippers, working with the best aspects of the Pagan religions of our predecessors within a modern scientific, artistic, ecological and wholistic context using a non-dogmatic and pluralistic approach.

What is Indo-European?

Indo-European is a term that defines a large family of languages spoken throughout Europe and Asia as far north as India.  This grouping includes: Albanian, Anatolian, Armenian, Baltic, Celtic, Germanic, Hellenic, Indo-Iranian, Italic, Slavic and Tocharian languages, and their descendants. Indo-European is a purely language based categorization and is not a cultural or racial concept.  

Why do you use the term “Druid” if you aren’t all Celtic?

The simplest answer is that we look to the ancient Druids for inspiration for our own spiritual path and build upon their work and ideals.  The ancient Druids fulfilled many roles within their communities.  They were the spiritual leaders of their people, the wise-ones, the law-makers, and a living library of art and science.  They were the seers, mediators, and healers.  We strive to uphold those ideals ourselves through spirituality, scholarship, and community. 

But what if I’m not Irish?

You don’t have to be. Despite the Irish name for our organization and the use of the term Druid, our members come from a wide variety of ancestries. We are explicitly non-sexist, anti-racist, and inclusive in our practices. If you’re sincerely interested in any of the ancient Indo-European cultures and its practices, arts, and customs, then you’re welcome in our organization.

What do ADF members believe?

ADF as an organization does not have any set dogma, orthodoxy, or required shared beliefs.  Instead, our focus is upon shared practices (orthopraxy) and values. Our practice is based around the idea of reciprocity: we give our gifts to the Gods and Spirits and in return we receive blessings from them.  Public ADF rituals do have a specific format requirement, known as the Core Order of Ritual, which is further described later in this guide.  However, there are no requirements for your personal practice outside of those public rites.

We value:

  • Commonality of ritual practice
  • Honoring the Earth Mother
  • Scholarship and research
  • Reciprocity with the Gods and Spirits
  • Respect for others through living our virtues
  • Service to the community, land, and the Kindreds. 

While we do not have a standard set of beliefs that are shared between our members, we do have specific expectations for behavior from our members. Ar nDraiocht Fein is committed to upholding all members in a warm and welcoming environment. We are dedicated to providing a safe space for all of our members no matter their race, sex, gender, age, ethnicity, sexuality, or experiences. ADF seeks to build a community that encourages, understands, appreciates, and accepts diversity. We work proactively to cultivate an environment where differences are embraced and the diversity of human expression is valued. ADF believes that our community is stronger when all members have a voice and are encouraged to contribute. Additional expectations for member behavior can be found in our Code of Conduct (https://www.adf.org/adf-code-conduct.html) and Moderation Policy (https://www.adf.org/forums/moderation.html). 

What can I do as an ADF member?

As a member of ADF, you gain access to a network of hundreds of other members who share your interest in modern Druidry.  You have the option to join our mailing lists, subgroups, and members-only social media groups.

You also gain access to the Dedicant Program, which is a year-long introductory course which encourages you to explore your spiritual path from the perspective as an ADF Druid, whether you are brand new to Paganism, or have been Pagan for decades.  Once you’ve completed the Dedicant Program, you are welcome to apply to any of the other Study Programs that ADF has to offer. 

If you are near a local grove or protogrove, you can also join them in their rituals and community service projects.  If there are none near you, after six months of membership you are eligible to start your own Protogrove. 

ADF members are also given the opportunity to vote for regional and organizational leadership in the Annual Election, including members of the Mother Grove and Regional Druids.  Each member is given one vote upon joining, and then gains one additional vote for each year of consecutive membership, up to ten total votes. 

Where do I start?

Our website has a wealth of information, and we know that can be overwhelming, so below are a few popular items to help you get started. 

You can find rituals and articles about liturgy here:  https://www.adf.org/rituals/index.html

You can gain access to our lists, forums, and social media information here: https://www.adf.org/forums/index.html

If English is not your primary language, we have mailing lists for members to communicate in German (adf-deutsch), Spanish (adf-espanol), French (adf-francais), and Portuguese (adf-portugues).  We are always willing to add more language lists on demand if we have members who are interested in them. 

You can subscribe to all of our mailing lists, including our language specific lists, by clicking Subscribe to Lists on this  page: https://www.adf.org/members/forums/lists/index.html

You can check out our Study Programs, which begin with the Dedicant Path here: https://www.adf.org/members/new/training.html

You can see any upcoming events and festivals here:  https://www.adf.org/events/index.html

You can also find all of this information and more on the Getting Started in ADF webpage: https://www.adf.org/members/new/index.html

Is ADF Wiccan?

The short answer is “No”.   As an organization, we are not following Wiccan traditions, teaching about Wicca in our study programs, or performing Wiccan rituals in our public Core Order of Ritual rites.  However, as we have described before, ADF does not have any required beliefs, dogma, or practices for our individual members so some members within our organization may also identify as Wiccan or follow Wiccan traditions in their personal practice, and that is fine with us.  Our only “requirements” for practice are focused explicitly on public ADF rituals.  

What are the Druid holidays?

Within ADF, we follow the Neopagan Wheel of the Year for our holidays.  We observe eight “High Days” each year including the solstices, equinoxes, and the halfway points between them:

  • November 1st – Cross-Quarter
  • December 21st – Solstice 
  • February 1st – Cross-Quarter
  • March 21st – Equinox
  • May 1st – Cross-Quarter
  • June 21st – Solstice
  • August 1st – Cross-Quarter
  • September 21st – Equinox 

Individual members and groves also celebrate at other times through the year, including various phases of the moon, recreated ancient festivals, or the beginnings and endings of months and seasons.

What exactly is an ADF grove?

An ADF grove is any group of three or more voting members of ADF over the age of 18, who live in the same general geographical area, who gather together to study and practice Druidism within the context of Ár nDraíocht Féin.  Our Groves are chartered by the Mother Grove (the Board of Directors) of ADF as a local congregation. An ADF grove provides public rituals for all eight High Days, and may also provide additional activities, such as study groups, volunteer opportunities, fellowship, hard work, and lots of fun. 

Are you real?

We are a legally recognized nonprofit organization registered in the state of Delaware.  We have also received recognition of our tax-exempt status from the IRS. There are no historical Druids left, but spiritually we believe that we are following the paths once trod by those people. 

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