Do you perform rituals or ceremonies on request, such as name giving, coming of age or handfasting / Celtic wedding ceremonies?
We do not by default provide these services in other countries than Belgium. If you live in another country, you can check in our list of Nemetons (local NOD groups) if a group is active in your country or area. If so, you can contact them to ask if they provide these services as well.
The New Order of Druids has both an online and offline presence. This means that, other than our online activities on our website, we also organize local activities.
The main local activities take place in Antwerp, Belgium, as that is where the headquarters of NOD, and therefore also its mothergrove "Nervii Nemeton" is located. All these activities are open to the public, meaning that both members and non-members are welcome. In addition, the Nervii Nemeton also offers services such as personal rituals and ceremonies, e.g. for Celtic handfasting weddings. You can find more information about these activities on the website of the Nervii Nemeton at: https://nervii.druidcircle.org/ (only available in Dutch).
Other than the mothergrove, the New Order of Druids also offers our members the possibility to create their own "Nemeton" or "local grove" or group with which they can organize activities, rituals and ceremonies. The activities and services offered by these local groups, can vary depending on their organisation's structure. A list of NOD Nemetons can be found on our website at Nemetons.
The word "Nemeton" is related to Nemetona, the Celtic goddess of sacred groves. In other words, a nemeton is a sacred place located at a grove in a forest. The word "Vernemeton" was derived from this, and is found in the same Roman name for Willoughby-on-the-Wolds in Nottinghamshire, UK. Because of its rich meaning, the New Order of Druis decided to apply this term to our "groves", or local Druid groups.
In essence, a Nemeton is a local group associated with NOD. The most prominent one is the so-called mothergrove in Belgium, called Nervii Nemeton. Local groups hold meetings and gatherings, as well as seasonal rituals or ceremonies to which members (and often also non-members) can attend.
The New Order of Druids makes an distinction between Nemetons and Vernemetons, in that Vernemetons are loosely affiliated groups and Nemetons are closely affiliated groups adhering to more stricter requirements. In addition, there are also E-Nemetons, or groups that communicate primarily online in e.g. discussion groups or mailing lists.
A list of available nemetons can be found on our website at Nemetons.
A group, E-Nemeton and Nemeton are all different things with different intentions.
1. A "group" is something that every NOD member can create on the website, in order to have a discussion group with people all interested in one particular subject. These groups are thus informal discussion groups.
2. An E-Nemeton can be an online (discussion) group or community, but which is actually external to NOD. The name "E-Nemeton" therefore actually relates to an online affiliation.
3. A Nemeton is a local group which extends its activities beyond only the internet, but also holds local meetings, rituals, etc... and is affiliated with NOD. A varation to this is the Vernemeton, a more loosely affiliated local group.