Druids in Cars, Going to Festivals | Our Podcast

Druids in Cars, Going to Festivals is a podcast is brought to you by Three Cranes Grove, ADF, a local congregation of Ár nDraíocht Féin: A Druid Fellowship (ADF) serving Central Ohio (and anyone else who will let us serve them).

Most of the time, our podcast is hosted by the two Grove Priests of Three Cranes Grove, ADF: Rev. Jan Avende, and Rev. Michael J Dangler. We record these episodes as literal “Druids in cars,” meaning that we’re actually in cars as we talk about these things, or engaged in the activity of travel in some way, shape, or form.

Not all of our discussions are at (or on the way to) festivals, but most of them are. We try to take advantage of the fact that driving to events is both a chance for enjoyable fellowship, and sometimes quite lengthy.

We draw on occasional guest stars and we try and keep the topics fresh and rotating.

You can listen to and download “Druids In Cars, Going To Festivals” on your favorite podcast player, or right here. We release episodes each Thursday (we travel a lot).

Check out our episodes in the player above, or in the descriptions below!

Druids In Cars, Season 1 Episode List:

Episode 12 – The Bardic Livecasts

Driving home from one of the Bardic Live Casts we do (which is archived on Facebook, if you’d like to watch), Rev. Avende and I had an opportunity to talk about the experience. We cover a range of topics, from the spaces we’ve worked in to why we’ve moved away from livecasting public ritual and toward more interesting work.

You’ll get some background on how our bards came together as a group, and how we decided to start giving these concerts, and what feeds us about the process, too.

So ride along with us as we chat about some of our behind-the-scenes work in our Grove.

Episode 11 – Priesting As A Woman (Part 2)

Our second episode on this topic was also recorded with Rev. Avende, Rev. Ashton, Rev. Blackwelder, and Rev. Mart at the Western ADF Clergy Retreat a few weeks ago. They go into some detail about the oddities (and also the dangers) of priesting as a woman. It also dives into the expectations different gender roles bring, and the difficulties of finding a place in the community as a woman Priest.

Like last week, this podcast episode contains discussions of assumptions around sexual relations encountered, but nothing explicit is ever discussed.

Episode 10 – Priesting As A Woman (Part 1)

In this episode, which is the first of two on this topic, Revs. Jan Avende, Melissa Ashton, Sara Blackwelder, and Lauren Mart discuss some of the issues they have experienced as female Priests and leaders.

This episode was recorded at the Western ADF Clergy Retreat in 2018, just a week before the release of this episode.

They offer some examples of what they’ve seen as female priests and leaders, interactions they’ve had that felt different because of their gender, examples of how allies provide space and support, and how they have navigated these issues in the past.

This podcast episode contains discussions of assumptions around sexual relations encountered, but nothing explicit is ever discussed.

Episode 9 – Discerning Vocation

In today’s episode, we speak about vocation: how to recognize it, feed it, and understand where it’s taking you. We also reflect on our own vocations, and how they’ve changed over time.

We don’t just mean “preistly” vocation, though that takes up a good amount of the time, and we certainly don’t just mean in ADF. This is an episode about finding what feeds you, and what fills you, and what it can do to benefit you and keep you from burning out.

The cartoon referenced early in the episode is “The Discernment Process,” by Dave Walker at Cartoon Church. Find it here: http://cartoonchurch.com/content/cc/discernment/

Episode 8 – Experiences & Methods of Trance (with Rev. Ayliah Cannon)

This week, Jan was fortunate to speak with Rev. Ayliah Cannon about trance experiences and how they do the work.

In the discussion, they talk about a variety of trance mechanics and experiences, including where we go in trance, how we get there, and how it feels when we arrive.

More than that, though, they dive into ways to discern the reality of trancework, how to exit trance, and the importance of journaling the work.

This episode was recorded on the way home from the 2018 ADF Wellspring Gathering.

Episode 7 – Becoming a Senior Priest

What’s it like to go a bit deeper down the rabbit hole of priesthood, and find yourself in new territory as a priest, and elevated to heights you weren’t really expecting?

Here, Rev. Dangler talks about what it’s like to become a Senior Priest in ADF. For background, ADF has three levels of Priest: ADF Priest, ADF Consecrated Priest, and ADF Senior Priest. Rev. Dangler is a Senior Priest.

The process of becoming a Priest we describe here might seem unique to ADF, but the lessons and observations are actually quite broad for anyone seeking or advancing through their study toward Priesthood, no matter the tradition.

Episode 6 – Slipping In To Your Clergy Skin

In this episode, we talk about what it’s like to find comfort in our skin as clergy, as Initiates, and even as Grove members. We discuss a lot of the practicalities of inclusion, where responsibility for it lies, and how to reach out if you don’t feel included, or if you can’t find your role in a group or Grove.

Episode 5 – Patronage: A Deeper Relationship

On our way out to the 2018 ADF Trillium Spring Gathering, picking up where our last episode left off, we discussed the idea of spiritual patronage: what it is, what it looks like, what its benefits are, and how the relationship changes over time.

Episode 4 – Building Relationships, Setting Boundaries

This was an important conversation recorded on the way back from the 2018 ADF Trillium Spring Gathering. We talk about our patrons, how we build our relationships, our individual experiences with the goddess Uṣas, and how we set our boundaries with those spirits we work with.

This discussion is key because sometimes, we have to walk away from those relationships, too, when we recognize that they aren’t working.

Episode 3 – The Images On Our Altars

This is actually the first Druids in Cars conversation we recorded on our way out to the 2018 ADF Trillium Spring Gathering, and we spoke a lot about our altars, particularly focusing on our deity images, various ritual challenges we’ve created (including the #DailyShrine and #TheFlameOfHope experiences), how our actions have impacted our children’s devotional lives, and the way parenting intersects with our shrine work.

It was a fairly wide-ranging conversation, and it gave us a feel for the way we might want to go as we work our way through the podcasting process.

Episode 2 – A Drought Of Work

In this conversation of Druids in Cars, recorded on the way home from the 2018 ADF Trillium Spring Gathering, we had a broad discussion about what happens when we have a drought of work, where you feel unconnected or guilty that things have changed in your practice, and how to get back on track with the work through divination and expiation.

The thing to know is that there’s nothing wrong with you when it happens, and it’s not uncommon. Like any relationship, your relationship with the Spirits will change and grow in unexpected (and sometimes challenging) ways.

Episode 1 – Building Devotionals and Family Practice

In this episode of Druids in Cars, while headed to the 2018 ADF Trillium Gathering, Rev.’s Avende and Dangler spoke about how they do daily devotionals, how they’ve changed and grown over time, and how their families have interacted with these various devotional processes.

Episode 0 – Introduction

Have you ever wanted to extend the fireside conversations you have at festivals beyond the gates of the event? That’s what Druids In Cars, Going To Festivals is all about.

Join Rev. Jan Avende and Rev. Michael J Dangler in our introductory episode, we chat about who we are and why we’re doing this. It’ll also give you a feel for the recording and the style of what we’re going for. This episode was recorded on our way home from the 2018 ADF Trillium Spring Gathering.