Monthly Archives: January 2017

Temple Druid News and Views!

Warming winter tales to warm your heart.

Saint Dwynwen’s day or Valentines day?

The crisp winter days have suddenly turned into a misty gentle rain, and this has meant that the ground has become more sodden and muddy!

We have realised a few things living here.
1. The importance of really good insulation and
2. The importance of a massive stock pile of dry wood!

These are things we are continuing to work on through the winter months and any help with either is always warmly welcomed!

We also recently discovered that in Wales the day of lovers is celebrated on the 25th of January. It is known as Saint Dwynwen’s Day. She was a 5th century princess who became patron saint of Welsh lovers, after a tragic love story of her own! We hope that what ever you might be celebrating this month, you have a snuggly warm space to *’cwtch’ in!

We have also started work on one of the upstairs bedrooms, and were surprised to find about 10 years of earth in the chimney. This was most likely the reason that it was impossible to dry the walls out in both adjoining bedrooms!

So as we roll on towards the welcome embrace of spring, we look forward to seeing many of you at Temple Druid!

*cwtch – Welsh word for an affectionate hug!
You can help us in many ways!
Loans & loan stock
Donations : finances or items
Volunteer help at Temple Druid
Volunteer time (for example to help write bids or fund raise)

All New Visitor & Volunteer Sessions for 2017!

Temple Druid is a glorious place to visit, but it also needs a great deal of up-keep! We greatly appreciate all the wonderful help, energy and love that we get from all our visitors, small and tall! This year we are trying a new types of sessions which are more regular, plus having some longer weekends for those who like to stay or who have a long way to travel.

Our next visitor session is Thursday 9th February 2017

Please email us on to book your visit.

The session is 10am – 1pm and includes:
A welcome briefing of the history of Temple Druid from the Bronze Age to date
A tour of the downstairs of the John Nash designed House and Barns
A guided walk through some of the gardens and land at Temple Druid
A brief outline of the current communities aims, objectives and projects
A cup of something warm or cold

These sessions would suit those who want to take a peek the history of the house and land, meet some of those who currently live and work here, and find out more about the regeneration of the house and associated projects. We are suggesting a donation of £10 per adult for this tour and tea. We are open to groups (such as schools or historical societies) contacting us in advance to make group bookings.

Our next Volunteer Day is Sunday 19th February!

These are days when the community is focused on one or two general projects at the estate (eg: logging, land husbandry, planting, decorating etc) These dates are generally the 3rd Sunday of the month (except September). We will provide you a lovely simple vegetarian lunch in return for your day of helping. We will not be able to provide any accommodation during these days.

Please contact us for more details! or visit the website

Kids, get your pencils out and get drawing for our competition! Closing date is the 14th of February!


Retreats & Workshops 2017

A range of wonderful workshops and retreats are being held this year at Temple Druid.
Please click on a link for more information:

Family Bushcraft (kids go FREE!) 14~17 April
Spritual Development 28~ 1 May
Live long ~ Live Strong 23~26 June
Meditation Retreat 14~17 July
Wisdom Within Retreat 4~7 August
Healing Retreat 8~11 September

For full details of these retreats please click on this link or email


Workshops, courses and retreats with Rachael

Thirteen Moons Journey , Shamanic Drum Making, Red Tent events, Scar Sister days
Journey into Womanhood – Mothers & Daughters Retreat

For more about these events please click on the following link or email

Join our Seasonal Celebrate Days!

Celebrate the Seasons at Temple Druid. Sponsored by the National Lottery

Temple Druid is nestled into the foot hills of the Preseli Hills, near to the village of Maenclochog. With the support of the Big Lottery Fund, we are hosting three celebration days for the community. These days will be completely free for all to attend and will have a selection of workshops, fun and games for the whole family to enjoy.

Initially we will be running a competition for the children in the community to design the pictures for the posters.

Spring Celebrate 11th March 2017 11am – 3pm

Join us for a fun day of workshops and games celebrating the arrival of spring! You can plant some seeds to take away and grow, plant a tree on the land, explore the nature trail, listen to a story from Welsh folk lore, watch a puppet show or just join in some of the games and fun!

Summer Celebrate 8th July 2017 11am – 3pm

Herald the summer’s arrival with a fantastic fun packed day! Go on a foraging walk and learn what plants you can eat from the land, make some lovely healthy snacks in our cooks workshop, build a den and learn how to leave a trail or follow a track! Make a bow and arrow and have a go at archery. Climb the stack! Stories, games and much more!

Autumn Celebrate 16 September 2017 11-3pm

As the days grow shorter we celebrate the harvest and the coming of autumn. Come and join our ‘jam packed’ day of fun! Weave your own small basket and use it to help bring in the harvest of blackberry’s! Help save the willow dragon! Try your skills at making a healthy jam. Learn about bee’s and why they are important. Stories, games and more!