About Us

Founding Elder Dreamer
          Morgaine Bergman:   Born in the Finger Lakes Region of Central New York State, educated at SUNY Empire (Rochester, NY), École Internationale de Théâtre de Mouvement Jacques Lecoq (Paris, France), Brighid's Academy of Healing Arts (Uisneach, Ireland), and Shakespeare & Company (Lenox, MA).  Relevant Avalonian mentors or influences through direct study and/or collaborations, include:  Nicholas Mann, Archdruidess Gina McGarry, Ailean Ó Brânáin, Roselyn Cleri, Eleri Rhys, Iago Orgill, and others who cannot be named due to ongoing persecution of Druids and Pagans by mainstream societies.

Elder Council (CoE)
          Sr. Morgaine & Br. Myrddin (Elder Dreamers), Sr. Da'jeena (Novice Dreamer), Sr. Refthi Meliaska (Novice, Mockingbird-Singer).
           Provide spiritual guidance for the Order, and have final say on any policies or procedures which may impact Tradition teachings or practices, or the quality of life in our community.   Members are appointed by the Council based upon demonstrable spiritual attainment, reliability, and willingness to serve.  The Elders currently serving are ADO Druids and Druid Novices who have each been with the Order for over ten years.

Band of Guardians (BoG)
         Srs. Refthi-Tiard, and Da'jeena; Br. Myrddin.
          Oversee the Order's finances, records, and other office functions as required by the IRS and laws governing nonprofit religious institutions in the United States.   BoG members are elected by the membership. Nominees are approved by the Great Council (the Coe & BoG) based upon the candidate's demonstrable grasp of the Braithion worldview, Tribal Law and Custom, and mainstream religious nonprofits requirements, and their reliability and service to the membership.  Less experienced members may also be apprenticed with the caveat that they may be removed from their positions and duly replaced should they fail to fulfil their legal responsibilities and their duty to the Order.  [ADO Elders fill vacancies until such time as new Lifetime Members are sufficiently prepared to apprentice and serve.]
          Midwife:  Sr. Morgaine; Pursewarden:  Sr. Da'jeena

"Torre de Glastonbury-Interior" 2008 by Josep Renalias  (cropped GIF with grey overlay)

Bylaws; Codes of Ethics & Conduct​

Vision for the Order

Place in Avalonian Tradition

     Our purpose in founding The ADO is to:
  • Live and teach the tools of Self-empowerment leading to true Sovereignty;
  • Offer members an authentic, ancestral Path to Mindful Spiritual Evolution and an experience of Oneness with the Source or Wellspring of Life;
  • Provide a safe, inspiring, and nurturing community environment in which we may support each other in fully living our beliefs;
  • Add new chapters to the ancestral story, illustrating the triumphs and challenges of the present time;
  • Safeguard the honour and integrity of the Tradition's Root Wisdoms; and
  • Ensure its survival by passing the Tradition down to new generations of community members.
     The Avalon Mystery Tradition (or 'Avalonian Tradition') is the modern name for a native ancestral spirituality of the Isles and Western Europe.       As a self-empowered and self-governing (i.e. 'Sovereign') Spiritual Tradition, Avalon has no central Church authority or 'Mother Church'.  Avalonian groups are independent of, and legally unaffiliated with each other, though we share a common Wellspring of Wisdom, Ancestors, and Sacred Landscape.

     The Tradition has evolved several 'denominations' or 'Branches' over time.  We are Guardians of the Tradition's taproot or 'Root Wisdoms'.  As 'Faery' Druids, we follow the teachings and practices of Avalon's First Ancestors; the egalitarian, matrilineal, matrifocal, pre/proto-Celtic peoples of the Isles and Western Europe, later called Fae  or People of the Sidhe, whom we call , the Braithion.
     As a registered nonprofit religious charity, The Order is required to publish the  Bylaws or Charter under which we incorporated (see links, above), and to observe certain administrative requirements and regulations intended to ensure fiscal accountability.  All ADO members are required to know, and to abide by both IRS rules, and Traditional (Tribal) Law and Custom , for as long as we retain our nonprofit  status.

     While we have worked to bring our Bylaws into harmony with our Tradition, they inevitably reflect the linear, hierarchical structure of the mainstream government which defines and regulates them.  The Council periodically reviews the impact of these regulations on our membership community.  Should it become an impediment to living our beliefs authentically, the nonprofit will be dissolved.

Relationships with Past Members

     The Order is on cordial terms with most past members, but while we welcome their return, such requests do raise some concerns.  People generally leave us because they fail to meet our Member Requirements or because their beliefs or spiritual goals are incompatible with our own.  Therefore, as a condition for re-enrolment, we ask returning Members to:

  • Offer some explanation which might account for your changed perspective;
  • Resolve any lingering issues (e.g. debts, disagreements, disciplinary actions) from your prior membership before seeking to re-enrol as an ADO Aspirant; and
  • Provide insight into exactly how your return would benefit this community.

It is important that your return be based on real and profound changes in your life, goals, and/or beliefs, which make your membership tenable, and not on nostalgia or temporary disappointments in finding other groups with whom to work.  When the Elder Council is satisifed that your return would serve the highest good, your request to re-enrol will be approved.

About the Order


History 

        The Avalon Druid Order (ADO) began in 2001 as an e-list of former members of the Council of Nine of the Sisterhood of Avalon (SOA), who felt constrained limiting their studies exclusively to one Celtic Sisterhood site out of nine original pre-Celtic and Celtic regional Tribal centres.  Rather than create a competing focus for SOA members, and friction with its founder, we left to found an e-list to continue our studies independently.  Although initially we resisted forming our own organisation, eventually it became necessary to offer some structure for training people.  A desire for dedicated lands and a scholarship fund, and the need to protect ourselves from existing Avalonian groups vying to assume the role of 'Mother Church', persuaded us to incorporate as an Avalonian Order; establishing legal precedents for the autonomy of modern Avalonian groups by reasserting Tradition precedents against the institution of any centralised governing authority.

          Thus, after careful consideration, our Core Members (i.e. the senior e-list members providing most of the group's training and services) took the decision to incorporate as a religious nonprofit charity, charged with:

  • Protecting our right to work and practise as Avalonians, and to ordain our own Druid clergy;
  • Facilitating booking venues and services for ADO Gatherings and other training events; and
  • Fundraising for ADO dedicated lands, community education, events, and Member resources.

It took almost three years to prepare and submit the necessary paperwork to the government, and raise money to cover the related legal fees; a tedious transition, during which a number of members grew impatient and left.  But in December 2004, our status as a nonprofit religious charity was granted.  At about this time, Morgaine and Myrddin also found new mentors (some of whom are named above) working in the pre-Celtic (or 'Braithion') Branch of Avalonian Tradition.  While this was good news for the newly established Order, the move would have unforeseen consequences.  Many e-list members who had remained in hopes of inventing their own versions of Avalonian spirituality or who hoped to be credentialed as 'Ladies of Avalon' to preside over their own groups, left when they discovered that the Order would be rooted in the non-hierarchical, egalitarian Branch of an existing ancestral Tradition which could not be altered to suit modern tastes.  This exodus left us with just twenty Core Members, some of whom would also drift away in the days to come.  We took heart from the fact that those who remained were also those likeliest to continue working to grow the community, and those best prepared to make the transition from modern Celtic-Arthurian to Braithion Avalonianism quickly and efficiently -- and the faster we could complete the transition, the sooner we could begin training new Aspirants and Lifetime Members.

          However, we did not fully appreciate the magnitude of the challenge which lay before us.  Every assumption had to be re-evaluated, re-assessed, and re-verified within the context of the Braithion worldview before any teachings could be conveyed.  The transition back to Avalon's Root Wisdoms has taken ten years, but the collection of teachings once preserved piecemeal by a handful of Tradition mentors in the Isles and Europe, has now been reintegrated as a complete Avalonian metaphysical system.  The only blemishes on the ancestral patina are a handful of stories which survive as summaries, rather than complete tales, and the native, Braithion form of self-defense, which survives only as a description.  Since we possess a sound ancestral method for reclaiming 'lost' ancestral lore, even these can never be truly lost to us.  Everything else is intact, and the teachings and examples of verification have now been recorded in a series of study books which are exclusive to the Order.  This level of completeness is extraordinary for a native, ancestral European spirituality.

          As inheritors of the Tradition and the Order, we are charged with providing the wisdom and guidance needed to restore balance and heal our world.  This is not a task for solitary practitioners or for one generation, but for each generation of members working collaboratively through spiritual community.  Therefore, the ADO is not a 'Druid College', but a gathering building a spiritual community through which Braithion Avalonian Tradition may be experienced and passed down to future generations of members.  Each generation begins as a group of Aspirants who seek the Way of Truth, and evolves into Fosterlings of the Tribes who have found the Way, and are now embarked upon becoming the Wise Elders of the future.  Together, we collaborate to fulfil our respective Callings to Serve.

          While the ADO's transformational journey is now largely complete, your journey as Aspirants and potential Fosterlings is just beginning.  Training is necessary to enter into the ancestral worldview and to fully appreciate its implications.  But Avalonian training differs markedly from common educational methodologies, and nowhere is this more evident than here at the Tradition's taproot.

Traditional Training

          Apart from providing a basic cultural and historical context, and engaging in a certain amount of basic research for the purpose of verification, ADO mentoring offers no 'answers' and involves none of the trappings of conventional education.  Learning is primarily experiential and exploration is based upon 'the Hunt'; a process of guided self-discovery, in which a facilitator uses a series of related questions to lead Seekers ('hounds') through the Sacred Stories along paths where various Tradition-appropriate 'answers' may be found.  Each Hunt builds upon the last, and leads to the next, and each year's hunting adds new layers of realisation and insight, bringing one deeper into the ancestral worldview.

          Though our studies initially proceed on a presumption of truth, nothing is taken for granted. Tradition requires us to verify the veracity of our teachings and the results of our work in at least three authoritative academic/scientific sources, as well as Traditional and comparative sources (e.g. native folklore, folk practice), before finally accepting them as 'fact'. Because we know how we arrived at, and verified the information, we know we can trust it.  The same process affords oral tradition teachings (and eventually, intuition) a standing equal to that of deductive reasoning, by honing discernment and developing mastery.  Verification teaches us why our teachings, and the 'answers' they reveal to us, are valid.  It enables us to trust the process and the results it yields, dispelling the crippling doubts which can undermine real spiritual development and progress.

          Study is largely collaborative, self-directed, and self-paced.  It is also nonlinear, and in consequence lacks the usual signposts for identifying one's progress.  Just as our limited view of the horizon makes a curved surface appear flat, so our limited perspective makes Traditional teaching methods appear linear or cyclical, when in actuality they spirals backwards and forwards, inwards and outwards, like a coiled, multi-dimensional ouroboros.  Progress may initially be difficult to chart, but with time one's own journals reveal the speed and depth of one's accomplishments.  For those who enjoy discovering their own Truths and sharing the journey with others, Traditional training has the potential to yield much greater results than can be enjoyed through any conventional method of education.

Recognition

         While our Druids earn their titles and authority through years of intensive study, practice, and service within the community, they must continue to fulfil their oaths, meet their obligations to the community, and demonstrate their worthiness to hold office, or their status may be revoked.  This is true even of those claming descent from esteemed Druid lineages. This 'meritocracy' also sets the ADO apart from groups whose titles are generally inherited or conferred for life or until an individual chooses to relinquish them.  Thus, to derive satisfaction from a Tradition such as ours requires a real and constant commitment to self-actualisation, steadfast service to a spiritual community, and the assumption of responsibility for manifesting change mindfully, instead of hoping for a 'saviour' to put things right.

The Future

         The decline of standard media outlets and genuinely social functions, coupled with the isolating nature of social media, demand that Seekers find new ways to discover us.  Answers must be found if the Tradition, and the community, are to survive and thrive.  Some of these answers may come from you.  If you feel destined to serve, want to make a difference, and are ready to commit time and energy to your spiritual evolution with other like-minded people in community, then we invite you to consider making this journey with us.  Head over to the " Join ADO " page and submit your paid application and enrolment as an Aspirant and candidate for Lifetime Membership; then visit our Member Forum  and introduce yourself (you can register as a Forum member once the Elder Council approves your application and confirms your enrolment as an Aspirant).  We look forward to sharing the journey with you.
"The value of the Well is not known until it runs dry."