At the New Order of Druids, we value the idea that wisdom does not come at a price, that the ability to grow personally should not be limited to what your finances allow. That is why we offer a FREE membership that provides access to our member forums and the standard courses of our Online Druid College. However, running an organisation costs money, and in order to be able to keep offering this for free, we also need to generate an income to pay for our expenses every year.
The Upgraded Membership comes at a reasonable price, and offers you many advantages, as you can see in the comparison table on the right! A membership card will be sent to you by regular mail, and upon your first upgrade you will also receive an introduction booklet! Note that these will only be prepared and sent out once a month.
COLLEGE COURSES WITH A MENTOR
We already offer all our standard courses (Bardic, Ovate and Druid courses) for free, but as an Upgraded Member, you can also apply for a personal mentor to guide you throughout the coursework. You will then be guided to our extensive college system, where you can upload your assignments and receive personalised grades from your mentor.
As an Upgraded Member, you will also be able to enrol into the Advanced Courses (depending on which courses you completed), also with the guidance of a mentor!
What's more, you can also apply for the Advanced Placement Program, in which you can take an exam to skip the Bardic Course and go straight to the Ovate Course, for example. And to conclude, you can also request a certificate to be sent to you by regular mail, for completed courses!
SUPPORTING THE ENVIRONMENT
As a nature-based spirituality organisation, we try to make a contribution to the preservation and protection of the environment. And by upgrading your account, you can contribute too!
For each upgraded membership, we donate 5 Euros to the Nature Conservancy at Nature.org! This means that, each time you upgrade for one year, we donate 5 Euros; if you upgrade for two years, we donate 10 Euros (5 Euros for each year). Check the website of the Nature Conservancy to see what all they do to help the environment!
For more information about our Nature Charity Fund, go here:
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Upgrading is a simple process and only takes a few minutes. Here are step by step instructions.
UPGRADING YOUR ACCOUNT
To upgrade your account, just click the UPGRADE NOW link above.
On the following screen, you will be offered to choose an upgrade plan. You can choose between one and two years. You will also see the Discount Plans, which you can ignore unless you were to apply for a discount (see further below for details).
Once you have chosen your upgrade plan, you need to choose how you want to pay. There are two options: Paypal and Offline Payment. If you have a Paypal account, you can choose that option. If you don't have Paypal but you do have a credit card, you can still choose that option as it will allow you to make your payment without needing to create a Paypal account. If you don't have a credit card or Paypal account, then choose Offline Payment, and instructions on how to pay by bank transfer will be provided to you. Once your payment is processed, your upgrade should be activated immediately, but please do note that with Offline Payment, your account will not be upgraded until we have received and verified your payment.
We try to keep our prices economical, as it is not our intention to make large profit out of it, but instead to cover our expenses. Below you can see an overview of our membership fees. If you choose to upgrade for two years, you will receive a considerable discount, as is shown below. You will also see the discount prices for Family Members, see below to learn who can benefit from these discounts.
All fees are in Euros, if you wish to calculate these prices in your own currency, you can use the currency converter that you will find in the left column on this page. Please note that paid fees are non-refundable!
Family Members of NOD Upgraded Members are eligible for a family member discount when also upgrading their account. With a discount, you will still have full access to all services and facilities of Upgraded Members, as well as receive an N.O.D. membership card sent by mail. However, only one introduction booklet (for first time upgrades) is sent per family.
The family member is required to live at the same address as the other NOD upgraded member, in order to benefit from the family discount. The discount is only available for family members of an NOD member who already did a full upgrade of his/her account (thus, not through family discount).
Use the Family Discount Upgrade Plans ONLY when you are allowed to apply for it! Abuse of this feature to get access to our Upgraded services at a cheaper price, will result in deactivation of your account and access, with limited or no refund of your money!
Note on Family Discount: The name of the upgraded family member needs to be filled out in the "Family Member" field of your profile, which can be found in the "Private Info" tab!