How to join our Grove

To join our religious community, you must attend at least one of our public rituals or one study group session. Then express your desire to join our Grove as a member, fill out our contact sheet and make a donation. A.D.F. membership is separate and highly recommended. Through our association with A.D.F., we have access to many additional resources.

Membership Levels

We have several stages of membership that reflect commitment members want to share with us. They start at "hanging with my druid buddies" to "I love being a druid". Here's our list:

  • Guest of the Grove is anyone who wishes to attend our public events and supports our community efforts. Druidry is not their thing, but they like our congregation.
  • Kith (Friend) of the Grove requires Coast Oak membership and monthly donations. At this level, you can participate in semi-public Grove events. Friends that support our San Diego group but don't feel connected to the international organization A.D.F. Most take the Kin Oath, which is, "I swear by the Gods by whom my people swear, and in the presence of all the Kindred, that I shall strive to respect the religious practices of my fellow grove members and to treat others with kindness."
  • Kin (Family) of the Grove requires Coast Oak and A.D.F. membership, and monthly donations. At this level, you are voting members of the grove and can hold junior leadership positions. This is what most call a full member of the church. There is a welcoming ceremony at this level where a simple oath is taken. Oath is "I swear by the Gods by whom my people swear, and in the presence of all the Kindred, that I shall strive to respect Nature, to respect the religious practices of my fellow Grove members, to honor the old ways, to worship the gods, to honor the ancestors, to honor the nature wights, to help the Grove operate as a religious organization, and to do the things I say I will do."
  • Dedicant of the Grove requires Coast Oak and A.D.F. membership, monthly donations and completion of the A.D.F. Dedicant Program. At this level, you can vote and hold senior leadership positions within the grove. One who has finished the introductory course on Druidry basics and is committed to this spiritual practice. The final oath is written and taken by the druid.

All levels of membership are invited to attend our frequent workshops and seminars on Druidry and Neo-paganism. Members are also invited to volunteer to help, host and teach at various events. Groves throughout A.D.F. have different ways of labeling their membership levels. Some call it a lay member, junior member or full member. We chose to call them Kith, Kin and Dedicant for aesthetic reasons.

For Drubies

Are you a Drubie who wants to be a Groovie? Drubies (dru-BEEZ) are druid newbies and Groovies (gru-O-veez) are groovy grove members. Check out this helpful article at ADF's website.

We can help you learn more about what Neopagan Druidry entails and can direct you to other sources of paganism like Asátru, Heathenism, Wicca, Church of All Worlds, Shintoism, Voodoun, Ifa, etc. All it takes is an open mind and some dedicated reading. Join us at our monthly workshops to learn a bit about how we practice our faith. We have an extensive reading list and a list of books we feel provide questionable information.

We highly recommend starting A.D.F.'s Dedicant Program. We have mentors available to assist you in your journey towards this goal. This program is also the basis of our monthly workshops. To learn more about how to get started or about our study programs, visit the study program page.

Membership Benefits

"So what do I get by being a member?" That's a good question. Here are a few things we think are of value with Kin level membership in our grove.

  • Dedicant Program mentor -- someone from our Grove will be available to help you work through this self-directed study program.
  • Children's Religious Education Program (C.R.E.P.) -- A.D.F. has an educational program for Pagan children. We offer this as a service for our Pagan parents to help them teach their children the ways of our religion.
  • Voting privilege -- At Kin level, you get a vote at our periodic elections and thus a voice on how the Grove is run. You also have a say in what is voted on.
  • Leadership opportunities -- At Kin level, you can run for junior leadership positions or get appointed a leadership role. At Dedicant level, you can hold a position on the Elder Council. The key here is to volunteer and do work, the leadership roles often follow the work you do.
  • Ministerial services -- need a minister to officiate at your Wedding, Hand-fasting or Funeral? Need someone to do a Baby Blessing? Our Grove offers pastoral counseling and other religious ministerial services to our congregation.
  • Drubrary -- the ability to borrow books from our Druid Library a.k.a. the Drubrary. Donate your old books to our library for others to share.
  • Pagan friendly environment -- you get to roost with others who have similar beliefs and spiritual practices. It is a nice feeling to be with others of your own religion.

Through A.D.F., we offer a Clergy Training Program (CTP) and an Initiate Program (IP). These are very different beasts. The CTP trains the druid to be a public minister serving the Neo-pagan community. The IP develops internal abilities and links the druid to Druid Current and the Ancient Wise. Members can choose to do one, both, or none.