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Forest Spirituality with Julie Brett

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Interviews and talks with Julie Brett, exploring Druidry, nature, spirituality and creativity.

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Interviews and talks with Julie Brett, exploring Druidry, nature, spirituality and creativity.

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Forest Spirituality with Julie Brett

Latest release on Jul 14, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Sandra and the Druid Wisdom Oracle Cards

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This episode is an interview with Sandra Circle about her upcoming oracle deck, The Druid Wisdom Oracle. Sandra is a founding member of the Macadamia Grove, an active group in the Brisbane area with the Order Of Bards, Ovates and Druids. She has been on the path of Druidry for many years, and shares her wisdom about Druidry through this offering of a lovely oracle deck. Find out more, and order your copy here:

https://www.facebook.com/DRUIDWISDOMORACLE/

https://www.instagram.com/druidwisdomoracle/

Email: byrningtyger@gmail.com

(Second upload due to technical difficulties with first) 

Dec 06 2018

37mins

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Rank #2: Louise Hewett and The Pictish Spirit

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In this episode I speak with Louise Hewett who is the author of the Pictish Spirit series of fiction novels. The books explore the ethics of intimacy and sexual politics, looking at many challenging themes that explore discussion around the acceptability of cultural norms. It covers feminism, the sexualisation of violence, sexuality and relationships, as well as being set in a very Pagan community of present day Adelaide. While exploring these political themes, Louise also explores the reality of Pagan life in the spiritual experiences of everyday people in ritual, meditation, healing and open awareness. The books are enormous and a real outpouring of Louise's inspiration. They are full of poetry and musical lyrics and she has also inspired musicians within the Pagan community to put her words into their art. The interview also includes some of these tracks.

Purchase the first book of the Pictish Spirit series, 'Mist' at Book Depository or Amazon

You can find out more about Louise's work on Facebook through Pictish SpiritEgg and Serpent Studio, and The Hearth of the Antlered Mother

You can purchase the song 'Priestess' by KC Guy on Bandcamp.You can find more about Kacey Guy Stephensen, his music and poetry at www.kaceystephensen.com

You can also listen to 'The Song for Scathach' also named 'A Song For Skye' on You Tube

Find out more about Kacey's music in this earlier podcast:

https://forestspirituality.podbean.com/e/kacey-guy-stephensen-on-music-and-druidry/

You can find the 'Through A Sylvan Doorway' album by Spiral Dance which includes the 'Gift of the Boinne' song on Bandcamp.

You can find more about Spiral Dance at www.spiraldance.com.au

ps: sorry if you got the first download of this where I missed a chunk that I should have edited out where I'm typing and looking up stuff on You Tube! It's such a long talk I missed a bit :P This one should be all good ;-) 

Aug 08 2019

1hr 47mins

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Rank #3: Tom Byrom and The Three Ancestors

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Upcoming Events:

15-17th September Australian Wiccan Conference

14th October Gliding Seal's Beltaine Event www.gsevents.org.au

2-5th March 2018 Druids Down Under National Gathering (DDUNG) Sydney. www.gsevents.org.au/ddung/

10-14th August 2018 in Adelaide OBOD Assembly www.druidry.org

Janurary 2019 in New Zealand OBOD Assembly 

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In this episode I have a chat with my good friend Tom Byrom about The Three Ancestors and our journey with this idea. 

Aug 24 2017

1hr 1min

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Rank #4: Imbolc in Australia

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In this episode I discuss my experiences with Imbolc, moving house, planting trees, starting our veggie garden and the metaphor of planting seeds and preparing for the return of growth and flowering in the land. As we align ourselves with the energies of the seasons we find peace within. This episode is part of a series I have been making this year, so if you'd like to listen to one from another time or festival, check out my full playlist. 

I live in the Upper Blue Mountains of New South Wales in Australia. 

Read more about the wheel of the year in my book Australian Druidry.

Aug 07 2019

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Rank #5: Summer Solstice in Australia

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In this podcast I talk about my experience of the Summer Solstice and how we can layer different stories of the traditional wheel of the year alongside new stories we are creating through our experience of the Australian landscape. I hope this helps you to negotiate the holiday season, and I look forward to sharing more of these talks with you about the seasonal changes as we move through the year. 

Julie

You can get a copy of my book 'Australian Druidry' at The Book Depository, and many other book sellers.

Dec 18 2018

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Rank #6: Deepsea Lights

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In this podcast I have an interview with Gemma and Joe from Deepsea Lights. We talk about how spirituality - or strugles with it - comes into their music making, how Awen and ritual practices help them to get inspired and what their processes are like for creating music. I found it really interesting to hear about their journeys and to listen to their very modern take on what subtley pagan music might be like. I hope you enjoy it!

Also in the intro is some information about DDUNG, the Druids Down Under National Gathering, happening on 2nd-5th March. Only a few weeks away now! You can book tickets and find out more at:

www.gsevents.org.au/ddung

Also follow me on Instagram @juliebrettddu 

And join our Druids Down Under Facebook group for more info on events and more discussions on Australian Druidry.

Julie x

Jan 31 2018

1hr 10mins

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Rank #7: Oracle Walking

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In this episode I talk about Oracle Walking and the practice of augury (divination through interpreting signs and omens). Learn how to take a question about your life out for a walk in nature to recieve guidance and messages from spirit.

Resources:

Australian Druidry: Connecting with the Sacred Landscape, by Julie Brett.

The Druids Down Under National Gathering: 2-5th March 2018. Details at http://www.gsevents.org.au/ddung

Animal Dreaming Oracle Cards and also the book by the same name are by Scott Alexander King

Australian Wildflower Reading Cards are by Cheralyn Darcey

Other symbolism resources include the Druid Animal Oracle, and the Druid Plant Oracle by Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm. 

Nov 14 2017

13mins

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Rank #8: Winter Solstice in Australia

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This is part of a series of wheel of the year episodes I have been making where I share what I'm experiencing in the turning of the seasons, and share ideas about how we can feel more connected to the land. Find out more at www.juliebrett.net or in my book Australian Druidry: connecting with the sacred landscape. 

Jul 02 2019

21mins

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Rank #9: Kacey Guy Stephensen on Music and Druidry

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In this episode I speak with Kacey Guy Stephensen, about his music, Druidry, and how his spiritual journey has been a part of the process. He's a member of The Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids (OBOD) and this comes up a lot in the talk. You can find out more about OBOD and their courses at www.druirdry.org

Find out more about Kacey and his music at his website www.kaceystephensen.com

Follow him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/KcGuyMusic/

Find him on Spotify and iTunes under the name KC Guy.

Find his Bandcamp releases here, also under KC Guy: https://kcguy.bandcamp.com/

Jun 03 2019

1hr 11mins

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Rank #10: Paul Corcoran on OBOD, QOBOD and other things

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In this episode I have a chat with Paul Corcoran from Ireland. We made friends as we both have done video episodes of 'Tea with a Druid' for the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids (OBOD). We get started talking about that experience and then have a long conversation about all kinds of things! Paul helps run the Queer OBOD (QOBOD) Facebook group so we also get into gender and sexual identity politics within Druidry, among many other things. It was great to have a chat with him. I hope you enjoy our long rambles.You can watch the Tea with a Druid episodes either at the OBOD Facebook page here: 

https://www.facebook.com/pg/druidry/videos/Or on You Tube via Philip Carr-Gomm's channel:

https://www.youtube.com/user/Philipcg

You can find the QOBOD group here:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/QOBOD/

You can find my blog and more information about Australian Druidry here:

http://www.juliebrett.net

May 08 2019

1hr 28mins

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Rank #11: Samhain in Australia

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In this episode I talk about my observations of the wheel of the year as we turn through Samhain, the last harvest, beginning of the winter, and time for honouring the ancestors. It includes a short meditation on the three ancestors. 

If you'd like to learn more about creating your own wheel of the year or Australian Druidry, you can find a copy of my book, 'Australian Druidry: connecting with the sacred landscape' by Julie Brett at all good book sellers. 

Read more about Australian Druidry at www.juliebrett.net 

May 02 2019

19mins

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Rank #12: Matt Stone and Christian Druidry

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In this episode I have a chat with Matt Stone who is a Christian Druid. In Druidry we try to be inclusive and accepting, and though many people in Druidry might call themselves Pagan, there are many others who identify instead as polytheist, agnostic, atheist, or even combine their Druidry with other paths like Christianity or Buddhism. I hope you enjoy listening to another facet of the world of Druidry and what the practice is like for Matt. 

Matt mentions the resources on Christian Druidry on the OBOD website. You can find those here:

https://www.druidry.org/druid-way/other-paths/christianity-druidry/resources-exploring-christian-druidry

Apr 06 2019

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Rank #13: Peace Festival/Autumn Equinox in Australia

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In this episode I discuss the Autumn Equinox, my experience of it as a time for foraging and collecting, moving within and peacefulness. Also looking at the nature of the darkness and meditation of what is hidden within us.

Read more at www.juliebrett.net

Or discuss it at Druids Down Under on Facebook

Mar 24 2019

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Rank #14: Philip Carr Gomm on SHOBODA

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In this episode I talk to Philip Carr Gomm who is the current Chosen Chief of the Order of Bards Ovates and Druids (OBOD). We speak about the Southern Hemisphere OBOD Assembly held near Wellington in New Zealand. Our discussion of the diversity of Druidry leads the discussion to adaptation practices, the experience of feeling 'at home' anywhere in the world, or opening up to presence and the sense of wonder at the new. We also talk about the psychology behind that, as well as many aspects of pilgrimage and travel. We also talk about what it's been like for him to pass over the role of Chosen Chief to Eimear, and what this means for him personally. 

He's an incredibly interesting, genuine and nice person and it was wonderful to have a chat with him about these experiences. I hope you enjoy it too!

You can find out more about OBOD at www.druidry.org

You can read Philip's blog and find out more about him at www.philipcarr-gomm.com

You can find my blog and information about my book at www.juliebrett.net

Thanks for listening!

Julie 

Mar 18 2019

41mins

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Rank #15: Eimear Burke on SHOBODA

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In this episode I have a chat with Eimear Burke who is the Chosen Chief in-training for the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids (OBOD). We met at SHOBODA in January - the Southern Hemisphere OBOD Assembly - that was held near Wellington in New Zealand and hosted by the Grove of the Summer Stars. We chat about cultural diversity in Druidry, language and storytelling, connecting with the land and making good relationships and friendships to foster cultural awareness of the First Nations. Her insights on the Irish language and culture, my experiences in Australia, and our shared experience of New Zealand guiding the talk.

I also ask her about what it's been like for her moving into the role of Chosen Chief, how that came about, and in what ways she hopes to add to the course and the order in her time in the role. 

She's a lovely person and it was wonderful to have a chat with her! 

I hope you enjoy having a listen. 

Find out more about Eimear's work here: www.kilkennydruidry.com/

Find out more about OBOD and their courses here: www.druidry.org

And find out more about my book 'Australian Druidry' and the work I do via my blog here: www.juliebrett.net 

Mar 13 2019

58mins

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Rank #16: Lughnasadh in Australia

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In this episode I talk about my experience of Lughnasadh and the Storm Festival, the cycle of the light child as needing to shake out the sillies and dance in the rain, the need for keeping a nature diary for your own area, checking out the agricultural cycles near you, making the most of the harvest, enjoying the symbolism of apples, and looking forward to the end of the fierceness of summer's heat. 

I hope this helps you to negotiate your own way through the wheel of the year. There will be more discussion about these ideas on Druids Down Under Facebook group. We'd love to hear your thoughts too!

You can get a copy of my book 'Australian Druidry' at The Book Depository, and many other book sellers.

Feb 05 2019

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Rank #17: Druid Camp, and other adventures with Adrienne Piggott

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In this episode I talk with Adrienne Piggott from the Wind Harp Seep Group, and Spiral Dance, about Druid Camp, the English Ale, and events in between. 

Music is: The Dreaming, by Damh the Bard, and 'Goddess of the Southern Land' by Spiral Dance.

Find out more about Damh the Bard at: https://www.paganmusic.co.uk/

Find out more about Cerri Lee at: https://www.cerrilee.com/

Find out more about Kristoffer Hughes via: https://www.angleseydruidorder.co.uk

Find out more about Spiral Dance here: http://www.spiraldance.com.au

Find info about Druid Camp and the English Ale via Spiral Dance's website: http://www.spiraldance.com.au/?Gig_Guide

Hear my interview with Adrienne about the English Ale back in 2016 here: https://forestspirituality.podbean.com/e/adrienne-piggott-the-english-ale-and-spiral-dance/

Find out more about OBOD here: http://www.druidry.org 

Feb 01 2019

41mins

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Rank #18: Oli and Permaculture

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In this episode I have a chat with my friend Oliver Kristevic who has been travelling in Canada working on permaculture and eco communities. He chats about community governance and the need for permanent culture as well as permanent agriculture. 

Some links from the talk:

http://spiraldynamics.org/what-is-spiral-dynamics/

http://ourecovillage.org/

Permaculture in Australia: https://permacultureaustralia.org.au/

Links for my events:

The English Ale: www.theenglishale.org/

Australian OBOD Assembly: www.australiandruidry.org/

Australian Wiccan Conference (AWC): www.awc2017.com/

Druids Down Under National Gathering (DDUNG): www.gsevents.org.au/ddung

Find out more about what I do and where to buy my new book Australian Druidry at www.juliebrett.net 

May 16 2017

45mins

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Rank #19: Kirsten and feminism chats

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In this podcast I talk to my friend Kirsten Barnett Brown about the places where femininsm and Paganism intersect. We touch on the reclaiming tradition that we're both beginning to explore, Starhawk and her work, role models for young women, Red Tents, menstruation, gardening and activism. It's a fun chatty talk about the things we are passionate about. Some references:

'Women in Celtic Myth' by Moyra Caldecott

'Anastasia' by Vladimir Megré 

http://taramoss.com/

'Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls' by Elena Favilli and Fransesca Favallo

'The Fifth Sacred Thing' and 'The Spiral Dance' by Starhawk

Find out more about Starhawk at www.starhawk.org

Find out more about the Samhain event at www.gsevents.org.au 

Mar 22 2017

1hr 8mins

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Rank #20: Book, Events, Peace and Radio interview

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In this episode I let you know some of my upcoming news:

Tonight I have The Peace Market on my facebook jewelry page www.facebook/ForestSpiritJewelry

If you miss out you can sign up for notifications at www.forestspiritjewelry.com

Excitingly I've sold the first 200 copies of my new book Australian Druidry in the last two months. Thank you all!

Mar 03 2017

44mins

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