For the last 30 years, Rob Wilson has explored the Pagan heritage of Britain. Expressing his deep, raw, rich, vital Pagan spirituality mainly through Druidry. For Rob being a modern day Druid is about building and deepening our sacred spirit/soul connections to nature, the nature within us and without us. Finding the freedom to allow our soul to sing its story without fear and inhibition. To know the spirit of tree, stone and bones of our ancestors it to take the responsibility of being a priest of nature. Rob shares this wisdom and helps others to express their spirituality creatively, wildly, deeply, all rooted in this sacred land. Being exposed to teachers of various Pagan traditions such as Druidry, Witchcraft, Shamanism and Spiritualism, Rob has grown and matured through his spirituality that he says ‘allows me to live in the mad, intolerant, materialistic 21st century’. Professionally his degree in Geography and Environmental Studies and Psychology has led him to be involved in Environmental Education for the young and old, and community outreach work. Today Rob is a member of the Pagan Federation, Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, The British Druid Order and The Druid Network, and lives in the Lake District National Park in the UK.
A little history......
In the early 1990’s Rob’s parents bought a house in Vigo (the village in the woods), Kent, moving the family to countryside they all loved so dearly. It was during this time of great change that Rob found himself in a deep depressive state, and relied on his spirituality to carry him through those dark days. At the same time, he joined the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids and started the renewed correspondence course in Druidry. He also joined a new working group “Rhiannon’s Wheel”, which he ended being initiated into and running with Traditional Witch, Margaret Pearson.
He then took up the challenge to volunteer as the Pagan Federation's regional coordinator for Kent. He established the reweaving of the Pagan community of Kent, offering open rituals, rites of passage, talks, walks and pub moot visits. After a few years as regional coordinator, Rob decided that the time was right to pour his energies; time and commitment into forming a Grove, and resigned from his duties with the Pagan Federation. This Grove was to be founded on the principles and ethos of the earthy, raw, vital Animism he worked with on a solitary basis. The North West Kent Grove was born and affiliated to the British Druid Order. At the same time, his love for sharing and deeply exploring this path lead him to form Woodspirit, offering outdoor workshops, walks and talks. During this time, Rob worked with The Druid Network as Liaison coordinator and assisted with the running of the Order of the Yew. Outside of this pubic glare, he was still a practising member of a closed coven, however after five years, due to the member’s personal circumstances the coven was disbanded in 2002.
Within the physical Grove that Rob knew so well, many nights were spent, alone, weaving the magic of this Grove, nurturing its vision, into the realm of physicality. Then free from all burdens and previous commitment the Grove was about to be reborn and emerged, re-named as the Greenwood Grove. In 2005/6 Rob left working with Touch the Earth. In the beginning of 2008 The Greenwood Grove dissipated and was closed. This was a hard and difficult journey for him to take. As the ebb and flow waxed and waned upon his soul. He found great clarity and inspiration in all that had happened during those years. At around the Lughnasadh full moon in 2008, a vision, and new grove energy was at the edge of his soul’s intention. Roharn’s Grove started to emerge and inaugurated at Samhain 2008.
In early 2009 Rob met his partner Iain, by July of that year their union was blessed at Druid Camp in a simple ceremony. By December 2011 they had a Civil Ceremony at Maidstone and then a Handfasting in the woods of their home. Iain supports Rob’s work as his partner, providing much practical help with his work through Woodspirit and the many groups/workshops and events they ran together.
In 2015 Rob started to cut ties with organisations and groups that he had been fully immersed in, in order to find a renewed clarity and to take time to find and expression of his Animistic path that was tugging at his soul. Stripping his beliefs, experiences and teachings down to a simple yet deeply profound way of working, with land, spirit, the gods, the ancestors, herbs, root and bark. He found a new word that held the power of his animistic path, Wildcraft! Today Rob refers himself as a Wildcrafter, Animist, Folk herbalist and Bone Singer!
In February 2019 Rob & Iain moved to the Lake District National Park after Rob took up a new role at the University of Cumbria, Ambleside Campus. In 2020 Rob is working continuously to develop his new relationship with the wild lands of Cumbria, working mainly a solitary path, yet still offering his services to the community.
Rob is often invited to run workshops or give talks for various festivals, conferences and local moots:-
Rooted & Wild - Online July 2020
Roots - Kent
Quest - Devon
Healing Weekend - Somerset
Pagan Federation - London
Pagan Festivals - London
Healing World - Cumbria
Druid Camp - Gloucestershire
Druid Network Conference - Birmingham
The Seekers Trust - West Malling
Witchfest - London
East Anglia Moot
If you are interested in booking Rob for a talk or workshop then please go to the Contact page
Rob is currently working on the writing of his book Trees, Stones and Bones , however in the meantime here is a link to his Blog.