ADF is dedicated to offering training programs to encourage trained clergy and educated lay members.

When a student begins work in a study program other than the Dedicant Path, that student must be a current ADF member, needs to notify the person in charge of that study program, and arrange to pay any fees assessed by the guild or responsible entity. The ADF Preceptor, Guild Preceptor or Clergy Council Preceptor is responsible for verifying the status of each student’s membership and completion of the Dedicant Path.

The Dedicant Path

The Dedicant Path is the foundational spiritual and intellectual first step in making “Our Own Druidry” one’s personal path. Completion of the Dedicant Path is a prerequisite for entrance into any of the other ADF’s Study Programs. New members receive the Dedicant Path Manual when they join ADF.

You can get an idea of ADF-Style Druidry and get a head start on the Dedicant Path
(or just try it out) with the Hearth Keepers Way!

Advanced Study Programs

The Generalist Study Program

The Generalist Study Program is designed to help deepen one’s understanding of ADF Druidry. Generalist students will develop core intellectual skills and knowledge valuable to all individuals pursuing a druidic path, and everyone is encouraged to pursue all or most of these areas of study once they have completed the Dedicant Path.

Guild Study Programs

Guild training programs are designed by ADF Guilds to meet their members’ special interests and needs. Currently there are eight Guilds — Artisans, Bards, Brewers, Liturgists, Magicians, Naturalist, Scholars and Warriors Guilds — with approved study programs accepting students, and the other Guilds are developing programs for approval.

Initiate Training

The Initiate’s Program was developed and designed to bridge the gap between the Dedicant Path and the Clergy Training Program. It was opened for students in late 2006. To read about the Initiatory Current, how it was started, and who started it, see “Establishing ADF’s Initiatory Current

Clergy Training

The Clergy Training Program is administered by the Clergy Council of ADF, with the goal of producing fully trained ADF Clergy who are ready to be Ordained.