Teaching Druidry

We all do this, every time we speak or act in ritual, whenever we blog, or exchange ideas. The scope to learn from one another exists in every interaction. It’s also there, continually, in our experience of all facets of life, but for today I want to focus on the human.
When I started learning about Druidry, I looked for teachers. Not because I wanted a guru who could make everything miraculously easy, but because I wanted pointing in the right direction and some confirmation that I wasn’t talking out of my bottom! Experience of others starting out inclines me to think that’s all very normal. I found some people who were helpful and some people who wanted to tell me what to do. As a student, I’ve never been responsive to orders. I resent authority, I always want to pull the other way, this seems intrinsic to my nature. My favourite teachers have suggested, fed back, encouraged, counter-argued. They have given me space to be myself, whilst sharing what they know.
When I started teaching, I was terribly organised about it. Not least because I hadn’t sought it. Someone came to me, and there was no one else I could realistically have sent him to. I accepted the challenge, and put in a lot of hours and effort. At that point my own lack of confidence and certainty, my own newness reduced the risk of me being too much like an authority figure. However, the further I go, the more of a question it becomes. Lots of people blog, I like this space because its open, egalitarian, anyone can comment or do their own thing. Being here does not confer authority. There is something about printed books that does have more of a sense of authority to it. The whole process of being published suggests it, and really, what’s the point of writing if not to assert something? I try to walk the lines between sharing what I know, and not actually telling anyone else what to do with that. Sometimes it feels a bit like juggling cats.
I’ve settled on a new way of teaching, lately. I’m just here for people to ask questions (email is good). No set frequency, no set topics, just that I will do what I can with questions that people send me. I love the informality, it takes the pressure off me in ways that are helpful. It puts the direction into the hands of the student. Sometimes it means I write lists of people, books, websites who know far more about it than I do. Teaching can mean sending people somewhere else, and that’s fine.
You never know what another person is going to do with the thing you taught them. It will change as soon as it leaves your hands. Trying to control it mostly doesn’t work, and can make life miserable. Letting things go, trusting other people to find their own way, not needing to hold authority… I learn a lot from teaching.

About Nimue Brown

Druid, author, dreamer, folk enthusiast, parent, wife to the most amazing artist -Tom Brown. Drinker of coffee, maker of puddings. Exploring life as a Pagan, seeking good and meaningful ways to be, struggling with mental health issues and worried about many things. View all posts by Nimue Brown

7 responses to “Teaching Druidry

  • Alex Jones

    I have an inclination to write up on the outlook of the ancient druids at some point.

  • bish

    You know, if you go on in this vein you’ll never be an arch druid… :p

    Lovely words.

  • silverbear

    Awesome…I have many questions and I can think of few enough people to ask them of that might actually respond! I will try to keep my questions spaced out though…too many at once from anyone can overwhelm.

  • Graeme K Talboys

    It’s one of the paradoxes of Druidry. For all their social hierarchy, our ancestors were anarchic at heart. They understood that things were their responsibility, that there might be teachers, but all they can do is guide others by drawing on their own experience of the world. There are books (some better than others) that will give you the basics, but filling in the detail is about having conversations; asking and listening to the answers, offering ideas and experience in return. Remembering the conversation can be had with trees and hills, for example, as readily as it can be had with other people.

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