Honorary Member.........................................................................................................Kin or Kindred
'Friend' of the Order.....................................................................................................Ally
*Provisional membership, converted to Lifetime Membership upon successful completion of the required Home Study course and approval of the Elder Council.
Other Changes in Administrative Terms: With the inception of the required Home Study course in 2006, the term 'Aspirant' was adopted for 'provisional ADO members', rather than designating provisional Druid clergy. The terms currently used to designate Druid clergy-in-training are 'Novice' (beginner), 'Apprentice' (Druid working under the direct guidance of a mentoring Elder), and 'Initiate' (Druids who have completed training, with the term 'Elder' being reserved for senior clergy). For Directory Below: LOA=Leave of Absence; ML=Military Leave. Member rights and access to ADO resources by Aspirants and/or members on Leaves of Absence is limited or suspended until they return to active status.
Tribes Elders: Any senior member-in-good-standing recognised by the ADO Elder Council, Druids, and community as having mastered and demonstrated a thorough knowledge and an extensive experience of the Tradition. In the absence of an ADO Druid (Novice, Apprentice, or Initiate) or senior Grove Head, theirs is generally considered the next most authoritative opinion on matters of Tradition. Like ADO Druids, they are expected to put the good of the ADO Tradition and the Order ahead of their personal preferences, desires, and ambitions.
Current Administrators & Staff
Band of Guardians:
Vacant (3 yr. term exp. 2018); Da'jeena (3 yr. term exp. 2017); Myrddin (3 yr. term exp. 2016)
Chieftain (Position Required by US Nonprofit Law): Refthi (term exp. 2019); Midwife: Morgaine (email@example.com; PO Box 62151, Ft Myers, FL 33906; 3 yr. term exp. 2017); Pursewarden: Da'jeena (5 yr. term exp. 2020)
International Matrons: Morgaine & Myrddin (UK/Western Europe)
Online Moderator(s):Morgaine, Myrddin
Members Journal Editor(s) / Publisher(s): Da'jeena
"Messenger of the Gods" Members Journal Assistant Editor(s)
Events Coordinator & Volunteers
Scribes to the Midwife & Pursewarden
Leaves of Absence:
Aspirants may request one Leave of Absence of up to one year and one day in order to address pressing personal issues. Leaves are granted at the sole discretion of the Elder Council; failure to observe all terms and conditions of a Leave of Absence may result in withdrawal from the ADO Aspirant course and denial of application for membership. Member access and privileges are granted on condition that members remain active and participate regularly; failure to do so will result in suspension of Lifetime Membership until regular participation is resumed. Repeated failures to meet ADO rules and requirements, and/or serious violations of Tradition Law and Custom, may result in termination of Lifetime Membership. Members who have been out of touch with the Order for 5 + years forfeit their Lifetime Memberships and are removed from the membership rolls. Aspirants and Members' choice to enrol as Aspirants and apply as Members constitutes their legal consent to abide by all terms and conditions that apply to ADO Tradition, Aspirancy, and Membership.
For the purpose of forming a Florida not for profit corporation in compliance with Chapter 617 of the Florida Statutes, the undersigned incorporator states as follows:
The name of the Corporation shall be: Avalon Druid Order, Inc.
The principle physical address of this Corporation (hereafter "the Order") shall be: Willis, VA 24380, County of Carroll, USA (rev. 1 February 2008). The principle mailing address and place of business of this Order shall be: PO Box 62151, Ft Myers, FL 33906, County of Lee, USA.
The purposes for which the Order is organized are as follows: The Avalon Druid Order ("ADO") is a religious organization in the druid branch of the Avalon Mystery Tradition (also called Avalonian Tradition or Avalonian Druidry). The ADO shall foster and practice the spiritual and cultural teachings of Avalonian Proto-Druidry through regional training, worship, healing services, rights of passage, community outreach and pastoral counseling. The ADO shall promote religious tolerance by facilitating communication with and between different spiritual organizations.
In furtherance of such purposes, and except as hereinafter provided, the Order shall:
(a) Have and possess all of the Order powers as granted under Florida Not For Profit Corporation Act, as same may be amended from time to time.
(b) To operate exclusively for charitable, educational, religious and scientific purposes within the meaning of Sections 170(c)(2) and 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 or corresponding provisions of any subsequent federal tax law, including, for those purposes, the making of distributions to organizations which qualify it as tax exempt organizations under that Code.
(c) This Order shall not, as a substantial part of its activities, carry on propaganda or otherwise attempt to influence legislation. Nor shall it participate or intervene (by publication or distribution of any statements or otherwise) in any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office.
The duration of this Order shall be perpetual.
The Order shall have a membership distinct from the Band of Guardians. The qualifications of the members of the Order, the manner of their admission, the different classes of membership, if any, the property, voting, and other rights and privileges of members shall be as regulated by the ByLaws.
The powers of this organization shall be exercised, its property controlled, and its affairs conducted by a Band of Guardians. The number of Guardians of the Order shall be no less than three and no more than seven (provided, however, that the maximum number may be changed by a ByLaw duly adopted pursuant to the ByLaws of this Corporation).
The Guardians named herein as the first Band of Guardians shall hold office until the annual meeting of members occurring within the fiscal year during which her or his term expires, all as set forth in the immediately following Article VIII hereof, at which time an election of Guardians shall be held. Beginning with the third annual meeting of members, and at all subsequent times, Guardians shall hold office until the third meeting of members next occurring, At which time an election of Guardians shall be held. In addition to the Guardians elected from time to time as provided in the ByLaws of this Order, the Chieftain, or in her or his absence, the Midwife, shall be an ex-officio member of the Band of Guardians and shall possess the ability to vote on all matters coming before the Band for its consideration.
The names and residential addresses of the persons who are to serve as initial Guardians, and their respective terms of office, are as follows (see above Directory for list of current Guardians):
G.F. Bergman Jr. Willis, VA 24380 3 years (12/2004 - 11/2007)
L. PaigeLehigh Acres, FL 33936 4 years (12/2004 - 11/2008)
J. Pressler Ft Myer's, FL 33312 5 years (12/2004 - 11/2009)
The Officers of the Order shall be a President (hereafter 'Chieftain'), Secretary (hereafter 'Midwife'), and Treasurer (hereafter 'Pursewarden'), and any other officers which the Bylaws of this Order authorize the Guardians to elect. The following persons shall serve as the initial corporate Officers for the terms hereinafter set forth, or until her or his successor shall be duly elected. (See above for current Officers):
Chieftain M. Morgan, Ft Myers, FL 33919 3 years (12/20004 - 11/2007)
Midwife C. Morin, Montreal, CA H1Y2T3 4 years (12/2004 - 11/2008)
Pursewarden M. Bell, Ft. Myers, FL 33907 5 years (12/2004 - 11/2009)
As the terms of office for each of the Officers stated above expire, her or his replacement shall be elected and shall serve in such capacity for a three (3) year term. The offices of Chieftain and Midwife shall be filled by vote of the membership held at an annual meeting of members. The Band of Guardians shall elect the Pursewarden and any other officers which the Guardians may have elected, and the Band of Guardians shall fill any necessary vacancy occurring in any office.
Subject to the limitations contained in the Bylaws and any limitations set forth in the Florida Not For Profit Corporation Act concerning corporate action that must be authorized or approved by members of the Corporation, the Bylaws of this Order may be made, altered, rescinded, added to, or new Bylaws may be adopted following the procedure set forth in the Bylaws.
The property of this Order is irrevocably dedicated to religious, charitable, educational, and scientific purposes and no part of the net income or assets of this corporation shall ever inure to the benefit of any Guardian, Officer, or member, or to the benefit of any private individual.
On the dissolution or winding up of this Order, its assets remaining after the payment, or provision for payment, of all debts and liabilities of the Order, shall be distributed to a not for profit fund, foundation, or corporation which is organized and operated exclusively for religious, charitable, educational, or scientific purposes and which has established its tax exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or corresponding provisions of any subsequent federal tax laws.
The name and address of the Founder and incorporator of this Order are: Morgaine V.L. Bergman, Willis, VA 24380
The name and Florida street address of the registered agent of the Corporation is: Tiard (a.k.a. M. Prettyman), Ft. Myer's, FL 33907
Amendments to these articles of incorporation may be proposed by a resolution adopted by the Band of Guardians and presented to a quorum of members for their vote. Amendments may be adopted by a vote of two-thirds of a quorum of members of the Order.
The undersigned, being the incorporator of this Order, for the purpose of forming this not-for-profit religious, charitable, educational, and scientific corporation under the laws of Florida, has executed these Articles of Incorporation on the date herein below indicated: 2 December 2004, Morgaine, incorporator (legal name rev. 2008).
Having been named as registered agent to accept service of process for the above stated Order at the place designated in this certificate, I am familiar with and accept the appointment as registered agent and agree to act in this capacity: Refthi (M. Prettyman), registered agent (Orig. Joy Purcell; Rev.: 22 January 2006).
[NOTE: Page translations provided for reader convenience. ADO makes no claim for accuracy and accepts no responsibility for issues arising from reader use of 3rd party translation services.]
The following are summaries of ADO's Vision Statements, and Codes of Ethics and Conduct. Unedited versions of these statements, our Belief Statement, and the ADO Bylaws, are available for download at left.
Vision for the Order (Mission Statement)
AVALON DRUID ORDER [ADO] is a 501(c)(3) religious nonprofit charity working within the Druid branch of the Avalon Mystery Tradition (also called Avalonian Tradition or Avalonian Druidry) to foster and practice the spiritual and cultural teachings of Avalonian proto-Druidry (also called Faery Druidry) within our membership, and to promote religious tolerance within our local communities through spiritual ministry, training, events, publications, and community outreach.
THE TRADITION: The Avalon Mystery Tradition is an indigenous, pan / polytheist nature religion of the ancient world whose focus is healing and harmony through inner balance, and whose wisdoms were taught primarily through bard-craft and spirit journey. Geological references in Avalonian myth indicate that the roots of the Tradition may stretch back as far as twenty to thirty-thousand years, and Celtic mythology provides documentation of the indigenous matriarchal people, their brutal suppression under the Celts, Romans, and later Christians, and the absorption of their beliefs into Celtic and later Romano-Christian culture and religious practice. Modern Avalonian thealogy derives from the spiritual interpretation and experience of Avalonian myths, religious customs, culture, and folklore throughout the timeline. Most organisations have chosen to focus on the Tradition's later Romano-Celtic-Arthurian customs and practices as they find expression within one specific time and location in Avalon. Traditional communion with Deity, healing, self-empowerment, stewardship of the land, the Intuitive and Bardic arts are among the spiritual pillars of Avalonian Druidry today.
THE ORDER: Avalon Druid Order [ADO] is one of several groups within the Druid Branch of the Avalon Mystery Tradition. The template for our spiritual study and practice derives from the ways of Avalon's First Peoples; the pre / proto-Celtic indigenous, insular tribes whom we call the Braithion (f. "speckled people" or "Dreamers"). Unlike many Avalonian groups, we encourage our members to explore early Avalonian spirituality in its fullness. The Order's founders focused the its beliefs, customs, teachings, and practices on Avalon's earliest (or 'root') wisdoms, establishing its foundation upon clear precedents in Avalonian religious history and culture, and restoring the more ancient tribal focus while remaining firmly within the Greater Tradition; a focus we believe better serves the needs of our modern spiritual community. The Order has benefited from the influence of Avalonian spiritual lineages in both the Old and New Worlds; influences which have contributed substantially to our teaching and ritual methodology and allowed for the assimilation of genuinely ancient customs and practices into a framework of verified research to create a comprehensive program of Avalonian spiritual practice and training available nowhere else.
As an Order functioning within the wider Avalonian Tradition, ADO shares with all Avalonian circles certain basic tenets, but distinguishes itself from other groups in several critical, fundamental areas:
ADO is inclusive and kin-centred, with membership open to women, men, and children who are able to assimilate and follow our spiritual beliefs and practices as taught by ADO mentors within the Order. We do not discriminate based upon age, race, colour, national origin, sex or sexual preference, except where Traditional / historical precedents exist for Circles with a same-sex or sect focus (e.g. Hearths, Henges, or historical sects such as the Keeper of Bride's Flame, in Kildare).
ADO is an egalitarian Order governed, like the ancestral communities, by consensus of an Elder Council with input from a Tribal Council representing the whole membership community. We feel a Council is harder for bias or private interests to corrupt than is one individual, even where that individual retains advisers.
ADO offers comprehensive spiritual training, counsel, liturgy, and community, drawing together threads from several Avalonian teaching lineages* to weave a new cloth for the present day. We remain true to Tradition teachings and practices as we received them from our mentors, without change, amendment, or reinterpretation, except as required for synthesis, and where such permit us to adopt even earlier Avalonian practices.
* These lineages originate in the lands known today as Wales, SW Britain, and Scotland.
ADO Code of Ethics & Conduct
As representatives of the greater Avalon Mystery Tradition, of Avalonian Druidry, and of the AVALON DRUID ORDER [ADO], each member is seen as an ambassador for Avalon in the world responsible to behave in accordance with ADO beliefs, ethics, and values in all relationships and dealings. To this end, all members of the AVALON DRUID ORDER [ADO] mustbehave in ways which: honour each person's right to choose the path which is right for them; honour the ancestors, protect our world and its creatures, spring from self-empowerment, confront our own fears and challenges our own biases; recognise in our anger a call for justice tempered with compassion; restore balance; trust that a higher purpose is manifesting for the highest good of all, serve Truth, offer healing and well-being to ourselves and others; harm none (except in self-defence or on behalf of those who cannot defend themselves); recognise and take responsibility for our own actions and makes reparation if harm has been done; seek peaceful resolutions to conflict, respect all beings; consider our intention and motivations before taking action; and recognise that 'Love' is inseparable from Truth, self-respect, self-knowledge, inner balance, harmony, and peace.
ADO Druids and Novices in particular must: conduct themselves with courtesy, dignity, and grace; observe and work the Cycle; serve and uphold the highest Truth; exemplify the Nine Measures (Traditional measures of moral character); know and uphold Tribal Law and Custom; mediate and judge fairly (i.e. consider all sides of issues before deciding them); shun exploitative relationships; maintain and perpetuate the living record of people and events which define the history of our Tradition; honour all vows and oaths; and provide clear, honest, true direction for our spiritual community, and for those who come to seek their counsel.