Consideration for Grove Membership
- Be 18 years old, or older
- Be free of severe mental illness– you should not enroll in the course if you have ever been diagnosed as suffering from schizophrenia or a psychotic condition (which generally includes the categories of schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and bipolar disorder). Membership is linked to taking the OBOD course which uses “…meditations, visualizations and rituals which are designed to ‘open people up’ to their unconscious states and potentially other levels of perception”, and these exercises have the potential to be counter-productive to those who have suffered from these severe conditions.
- Concur with the Order’s ‘values statement’. (This is quoted near the top of our ‘About‘ page).
Be accepting of the religions of other members. (We are Pagan, Non-Pagan, and other).
Be accepting of LGBTQ members, and members of all races.
Have a balance in any magical practice. (Solely ‘dark’ practice, and chaos magick, is incompatible with our group.)
Have a desire to study and practice Druidry. (Our group is not for fantasy or role play ‘Druids’.)
Provide your legal name. (OBOD also requires this when you join.)
Attend rituals and meetings so our members and leaders can learn about you. Like all other local groups, we will see if our group is a good fit for you.
Reside in the New Orleans Metropolitan Area.
Be available to attend Grove meetings. Our Grove is not virtual (except during public health emergencies), and regular attendance is necessary.
Applying for Grove Membership
When people formally apply for membership, an involved review will occur. A primary concern is the safety of our group members. Those applicants with discovered extensive criminal backgrounds (especially with violent felonies), or connections to white supremacist or other hate groups will not be approved.
Notes: We expect the Grove to change over time, but currently this is how we are set up.