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Mount Haemus Day 2012

May 25th, 2012

The Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids invites you to The Mt.Haemus lectures
at the Medieval Hall, Salisbury  from 10am to 5pm on Saturday 29th September 2012

Druidic scholarship *  lunch * a rare display of Nuinn’s artwork
and incidental musical interludes

With  four papers exploring:
What is a Bard?

Druidry and Transpersonal History
Entering Faerie
The Influence of the Solar Progression on Human Health

It is with great pleasure that we bring together the four scholars who have been engaged in druidic research on our behalf.
As before, the lectures will be held in the magnificent Medieval Hall in the Cathedral Close, Salisbury, SP1 2EY, with a simple lunch across the Green in the Cathedral Cloisters. Salisbury is easily accessible by public transport: the area is rich in natural beauty and  history, including the landmark sites of Old Sarum and Stonehenge.
For B&B enquiries & local information, including parking, city maps and park &  ride, contact  Salisbury Tourist Information Centre, Fish Row, Salisbury, SP1 1EJ   Tel: +44 (0) 1722 342860   Email:
The Mount Haemus Day occurs only once every four years, and it offers a unique opportunity to explore the latest research, to meet friends old and new, and to be entertained with music and inspired with meditation. Members coming from far away can enjoy combining the Mt Haemus Day with a visit to the city and its surroundings. Salisbury Plain, Stonehenge and Old Sarum are nearby, and the Medieval Hall offers a warm and historic environment, and Salisbury Cathedral is just next door.


What is a Bard?Dr Andy Letcher
Much of what we assumed to be true about Druidry has been revealed as the wishful thinking of Romantic laudanum addicts, Edwardian anthropologists and other fantasists. If we are drawn to call ourselves Druids or Bards, how do we answer the challenge thrown to us by the new historicity? Upon what principles can we base our practice?

Druidry and Transpersonal HistoryDr.Thomas C. Daffern
Religious studies scholar Dr Thomas Daffern examines what light the newly developing field of transpersonal history can shed on the history of Druidry in a wide-ranging survey.

Entering Faerie: Elves, Sidhe-folk and the AncestorsDr James Warren Maertens
Modern Druids must walk a fine line between the study of old folklore and the creation of new folklore. How do we live in a culture of scientific materialism and yet challenge the dominant knowledge paradigm?

From Solstice to Equinox and Back Again: the influence of the midpoint on human health and the use of plants to modify such effects Julian Barker, member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists
Herbalist Julian Barker examines the relationship between human health and the seasons, with particular reference to the neuro-endocrine system and the significance of the solstices and equinoxes.

Conference Fee, including lunch (vegetarian) and refreshments through the day, Early bird booking rate: £20 (for bookings made before June 30) From 1st July: £25. To book just click on the Paypal button here.

No tickets will be mailed: your Paypal email confirmation will be your receipt and ticket. Please bring it with you to the Medieval Hall, in the Cathedral Close, Salisbury, SP1 2EY on Saturday 29th September 2012 and ensure you arrive before 10am! Please note down these access directions:

The Medieval Hall, Cathedral Close,
The Cathedral is surrounded by ‘walks’. The Medieval Hall is just off the West Walk; it is not visible from there, but is clearly signposted.
SatNav instruction: The post code for the Medieval hall is SPI 2EY. But please be aware, especially if travelling from the south, that SatNav may direct you to the bottom of the West Walk car park which is one way  only & has dragon’s teeth to prevent access.
For local information, including further parking information, city maps and park &  ride, contact Salisbury Tourist Information Centre, Fish Row Salisbury SP1 1EJ     Telephone: 01722 334956 email:

Any queries please email

One Response to “Mount Haemus Day 2012”

  1. Ik kom. I will be there.
    Thanks for the invitation.
    Greetings with the splendid sounds of the International Queen Elisabeth competition for violin. 2012 in Brussels, Belgium.

    Warme groet,

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