An Animistic, Pagan Druid grove that meets to celebrate the eight festivals of the year in the Southern Lake District, Cumbria.

Based in and new to Cumbria, the grove meets for the eight seasonal festivals of the year; it is a Druid grove facilitated by Rob Wilson, and meets in the Broughton-in-Furness area of the Lake District. The grove is a community of individuals who come together to share their druid spirituality; a religious gathering of folk who find the community to be a source of strength and inspiration to help them express the changes in their journeys and the natural world around them.

Grove Vision

Woodland Grove is a Druid Grove that holds a magic, a space that is sure and established, to allow its members to express themselves, taking the time to honour, witness and release into the tides of change of the seasons and our life journeys. Each member expresses their own individuality, their own expression of their Druidry, journey and life, yet holds the grove as a deep well of inspiration and a foundation to their spiritual practice, from which they can deeply drink and find their true expression of their Druidry.

We meet for the eight festivals as well as a virtual full moon gathering. Occasionally the grove holds additional gatherings as well as offering initiations and rites of passage. Our gatherings are held outdoors, within the Lake District National Park; we feel it is important to immerse ourselves in nature during the grove gatherings, occasionally we meet in members’ homes. We have an closed, private facebook group to share the practical details of the gatherings.

Grove History

In 1998, the first incarnation of the Grove was the North West Kent Grove, a British Druid Order Grove that local druids soon contacted Rob to join.  Therefore, the grove started on its fledgling journey. By 2000, and with the deepening of Rob’s path, the grove evolved into the Greenwood Grove meeting in Trosley Country Park in Kent. In 2008, the Greenwood Grove ended as relationships changed and people moved on. During the next year and half Rob retreated from the wider Druid community, spending hours on his allotment, performing his solo rites. Soon Roharn was to challenge Rob to hold a grove once again and have Roharn as its guide and inspiration. At Samhain 2010 Roharn’s grove met for the first time. Due to the nature of how the Greenwood Grove dissolved, this became a semi-closed grove; people were vetted before joining. Roharn's Grove met in the same physical grove as the Greenwood Grove at this time.  Over time the grove outgrew the space, it was as if the woods no longer wanted to conceal and protect us. Wide footpaths grew around the grove and it wasn't long before the public and teenagers found us and followed us during our grove rites. One particular gathering, a group of teenagers were actually waiting for us, and followed us through the woods, while not confrontational, it wasn’t conducive to a deeply connecting ritual. That very night a grove member was telling Rob that she was purchasing some woodland in a nearby valley.  Rob was invited to explore her new woodland to see if he felt it was a suitable place; within minutes of being within the woods, making prayers and walking around, a crow called and Rob felt totally assured that this was indeed the new grove home of Roharn's Grove. The grove moved to its new home in 2014 - a secure private woodland that simply welcomed our presence there.  Then in early 2019 Rob secured a new job at the University of Cumbria, Ambleside; seeking for a wilder land and wilder gods he was to move in February 2019. Roharn's Grove was flourishing but it was clear to Rob and the other grove facilitators that that Roharn's Grove had to travelled with him. At the winter solstice, a ritual was held for Roharn to be released back to Rob so he could journey with him.  Then at Beltane 2019 at bronze age stone circle as the sun began to set, Rob was inspired to seed a new grove  in the new land of the Lake District.

What does it mean to be a member of the Grove?

The grove is semi-closed group, this means that joining is not automatic. If you are not know to us we would like to meet with you first so that we can gauge if we are right for each other. 

Dedication and commitment is key, you'll be required to attend the grove gatherings and over time take an active role in the grove ceremonies, this isn't a spectator sport. However, if you are new to the path but still feel a connection, you can still join and gradually as your confidence and experience grows take more of a role.

You don't necessarily have to be a Druid, just embrace the ethos of animistic, pagan path.