World Druidry Survey – The Analysis Begins!

The World Druidry Survey is now closed. The SurveyMonkey account has been cleared of all data, and all data has been downloaded onto my private server, and backed up for safekeeping.

I am half way through cleaning up the data now, anonymizing all the entries, and getting the data Dedoose-upload-ready.

After deleting all the “respondents” that were either:

  • offensive, fake email addresses with no data attached (yourenodruid@gmail, etc.); or
  • duplicate responses, with every check-box and long-answer repeated, verbatim, as if submitted by people who wanted their responses to carry more weight than everyone else’s responses; or
  • responses that included only predictor-variable data, but no response-data (as in: I’ll tell you where I live, and how old I am, but nothing at all about my beliefs or activities as a Druid); or
  • the one person who responded to every question with the words: “This is too personal a question; I am not going to answer it.”

I still have 725 completed surveys to work with in the final analysis.

This is an amazing data set. My thanks, again, to everyone who took the time to participate, and to provide such detailed and thoughtful replies!

And so, the analysis begins…

World Druidry Survey – Grace Period Begins

The World Druidry Survey is now closed to new participants. As I prepare the survey data for analysis, there will be a three week grace period, allowing for participants who have already begun their surveys to complete their work and submit their final responses for inclusion in the analysis. Once the analysis phase of the project begins (on May 20, 2019), no further responses will be accepted.

Fillable PDF versions of the survey will remain available for download, throughout this grace period. Completed forms must be returned to me by May 19th, in order to be included in the analysis.

May your journey into memory bless you with its richness; May Awen flow for you, as you formulate your responses!

Yours, under the California Coast Live Oaks,
Larisa A. White, M.S.Ed., Ph.D.

World Druidry Survey – Final Call

The time has come for the official, final call for participation in the World Druidry Survey.

The six-month data-gathering phase of the survey will end on May 1st, 2019. This means that, after April 30th, I shall not respond to new requests for links to the SurveyMonkey forms. The SurveyMonkey account for this project will be closed on Sunday, May 19th (the day before they charge me another $300, which is the annual fee for using their service). Therefore, anyone who has requested and received a SurveyMonkey link prior to May 1st will have a 19-day grace-period in which to complete their SurveyMonkey responses.

The PDF survey forms will also remain available for completion until Sunday, May 19th. Any completed PDF forms received (via email or postal service) before the end of the day on May 19th will be included in the study. Any PDFs arriving after that date will be too late to be included in the analysis.

So, if you have considered participating in the Survey, but have not yet begun the process, now is the time to do so. If you have begun your Survey, but have not yet completed it, pour yourself a double, and get to it!

Analysis will commence on Monday, May 20, 2019. And I am really looking forward to it!

The response of the world community of Druids has been amazing. 691 completed surveys have been submitted thus far. Let’s see if we cannot break the 700-response mark.

Yours, with much gratitude, under the misty California Coast live oaks,

World Druidry Data Deluge!

This week, I have been doing a bit of preliminary data-review for the World Druidry Survey, to get an idea of how many responses have come in so far, in which formats and languages, and to think about how to best organize the data for analysis. I am pleased to report that the response to the survey has been overwhelmingly positive.

As of this writing, 855 people have requested links to the SurveyMonkey questionnaire, or submitted completed PDF forms.  Of these, 620 people have completed the survey in its entirety. On average, people have been spending 50-60 minutes or more, responding to the questions. And, rather than doing so grudgingly, respondents have expressed their gratitude for the writing prompts and the suggestion (implicit in the survey questions) that they take the time to deeply reflect upon their personal Druidry practices, and the reasons (or lack thereof) behind their choices. A sampling of what people have written regarding the survey as a reflective process include:

“Larisa, this questionnaire is huge! I think I never looked so much in detail and in depth upon what I did and what influenced me etc. in the past decades and actually: Thank you for giving me that opportunity! I think it will take me a bit of time to complete it, but my answer will come.”

“[The survey] has sparked me on to doing some more with the druidry, as your questions provoke options in me that I had not seen. Thanks for the asking. I am going to now create an excel spreadsheet to observe the seasonal changes that I am noticing as I progress through the wheel of the year.”

“I have received the link […] and am looking forward to the reflective process completing this survey will be. Thanks for all your thoughtful work that’s gone into it. It’s really helpful to have the PDF version to get an overview. […] What a wonderful opportunity to reflect on my evolving journey.”

The responses also indicate that word about the Survey has been very widely disseminated, and has reached people in all corners of the world. As of this writing, I can report that we have responses from Druids living and practicing in the following 30 nations:

USA (320)
British Islands (122 – see breakdown, below)
Canada (36)
Australia (35)
Netherlands (26)
Germany (22)
Ireland (11)
France (8)
New Zealand (Aotearoa) (6)
Belgium (5)
Austria (4)
South Africa (3)
Brazil (2)
Czech Republic (2)
Denmark (2)
Switzerland (2)
Europe – undefined (1)
Gibraltar (1)
India (1)
Italy (1)
Japan (1)
Malaysia (1)
Mexico (1)
Norway (1)
Salish-Kootenai Nation (North American First Nation) (1)
Saudi Arabia (1)
Spain (1)
St. Lucia, West Indies (1)
Sweden (1)
Uruguay (1)

For those reporting from the British Islands, the breakdown of reported “nations of current residence” is as follows: British Isles (1), England (57), Great Britain (10), Jersey (1), Scotland (7), United Kingdom (35), Wales (11).

The responses that have been submitted to date also offer a wide variety of “flavors” of Druidry, which will enable the analysis to say something meaningful about the similarities and differences among the Druids of the world. As of this writing, the 136 “Druidry group affiliations” reported by survey respondents include:

OBOD (316)
None/Solitary (136)
ADF (79)
AODA (41)
BDO (31)
The Druid Network (23)
NOD (15)
Anglesey Druid Order (8)
Order of the Yew (7)
Reformed Druids of Gaia (7)
A Local Group (6)
Henge of Keltria (5)
Sylvan Grove (5)
Green Mountain Druid Order (4)
Pagan Federation (4)
RDNA (4)
Anderida Gorsedd (3)
Discover Druidry (3)
Druid Clan of Dana (3)
Druid College (3)
Druids Down Under (3)
Flame and Well Grove (3)
Isle of Wight Order of Druids (3)
Keepers of Dragon Knowledge (3)
Mystic River Grove, Boston (3)
Sisterhood of Avalon (3)
Druidical Order of the Golden Dawn (2)
East Bay Druids (2)
Fellowship of Druids Aotearoa (2)
Fellowship of Isis (2)
Mountains of Bran Beith Seed Group (2)
Peaceful Earth Druid Grove (2)
Setantii Grove (2)
Solas An Iarthair (2)
Ancient Way Druidic Association (1)
Artio Seedgroup (1)
Awenydd Tradition (1)
Bardic Banter & Druidic Drivel (1)
Bitter Root Grove (1)
Black Oak Grove (1)
Blidworth Druids Grove of the Corieltauvi (1)
Can y Gwynt Grove (1)
Cascade Sunstone Seed Group (1)
Charter Oak Grove (1)
Chiltern Nemeton Grove (1)
Circle of Three Trees (1)
Clann Bhride (1)
Clareira Druídica da Borda do Campo (1)
Collège International d’Études Celto-Druidiques (CIDECD) (1)
Coventia Seed Group (1)
Coventry Earth Spirit (1)
Dancing Waters Protogrove (1)
Daughters of the Morrigu (1)
Dobunni Grove (1)
Doire Bhrigihid Seed Group (1)
Dolmen Arch (1)
Draegons (1)
Draoï (1)
Druid Grove of Brighid (1)
Druids Defence Pagan Network (1)
Druids Welt der Linden e. V. (1)
Duinroos Grove (The Hague) (1)
Eclectic Light Fellowship (1)
Forest Druids of the Cascades (1)
Free Foresters (1)
Free Gardeners (1)
Gnostic Celtic Church (1)
Greylock Shadow Protogrove (1)
Grove de Stenencirkel (1)
Grove Gort (1)
Grove of Red Cedar (1)
Grove of the Poplar Cross (1)
Grove of the Summer Stars (1)
Grove of the Tuatha de Dannan (1)
Hazelwood Grove (1)
Hearthstone Grove (1)
Hel’s Gate Heathen Kindred (1)
House of Blackthorn (1)
Irmandade Druídica Galaica (1)
Keltia (1)
Keltoi Tradition (1)
L’Assemblée Druidique du Chêne et du Sanglier (ADCS) (1)
l’Ordre des enfants de la Terre (France) (1)
L’Ordre Druidique de Dahut (1)
Lake Agassiz Seed Group (1)
Luna Circa (1)
Macademia Grove (1)
Modern Druidry (1)
Moor Cottage Stone Circle (1)
My family (1)
Nemeton broceliande Seedgroup: witte raven (1)
Nemeton Cruciniacum Seedgroup (1)
Nemeton of the Ways (1)
Nigheanan Brìghde Order of Brighidine Flametenders (1)
Northern Rivers Grove (1)
Northern Roots Grove (1)
Nos Coryn Seed Group (1)
Oakdale Grove (1)
Oaken Heart Grove (1)
Oddfellows (1)
One Tree Gathering (1)
Ord Bridheach (1)
Order of Celtic Wolves (1)
Order of Christian Druids (1)
Order of Maine Druidry (1)
Order of the Oak (1)
Order of the Stone Circle (1)
Order of the White Oak (1)
Parisi Seed Group (1)
Prairie Sky Protogrove (1)
Protogrove of the Valley Oak (1)
Red Maple Grove (1)
Roaming Ravens (1)
Roharn’s Grove (1)
Seedgroup of the Wild Moor (1)
Seedgroup: Droai (Noord-Nederland) (1)
Silver Branch Seed Group (1)
Silvereyes Seed Group (1)
Summerlands Druid Seminary (1)
Sylvan Celtic Fellowship (1)
The Celtic Golden Dawn (1)
The Forest Tradition Druidic Fellowship of the Green Path (1)
The Heathen Federation (1)
The Keltio Olde Stone Grove (1)
Three Cranes Grove (1)
Tuatha de Bridget (1)
United Heathens and Pagans South Africa (1)
Wayist Druid (1)
Well of Segais (1)
Welt der Linden (1)
Wexford Ireland Seed Group (1)
White Dragon Seed Group (1)
Wild Hunt Druid Order (1)
World Fellowship of Druids (1)

If you glance through the lists of nations and Druidry organizations, above, and notice that your part of the world, or a Druidry group to which you belong is not as well represented as you feel it should be, please get out there and spread the word! The more of us chatting up the survey, the more complete and informative the results will be, once the study is complete.

Data collection is still ongoing, but:

The World Druidry Survey will officially close on 1 May 2019.

So, if you have intended to participate in the World Druidry Survey, but have not yet begun the process, or if you have started but not yet completed your survey, please go ahead and do it! Your voice and perspective are so important to this work, and I really do want all practicing Druids (of any variety of Druidic path, or level of experience) to have an opportunity to have their story heard.

Until next time…

Yours, under the California Coast Live Oaks,

World Druidry Survey – Announcement

Calling all Druids!

You are formally invited
(and strongly encouraged)
to participate in…

“The World Druidry Survey”

Contemporary Druidry is relatively new as a religious/spiritual path, and is still in the process of defining itself as a global movement. Several books have been written about the history of contemporary Druidry, but there is not much research, yet, focused on what it really means to be a Druid in the modern age.

The World Druidry Survey explores the ways in which Druidry, as a globalizing path of nature spirituality, is evolving both in the traditional lands of the ancient Druids, and elsewhere, as it spreads and takes root in other countries and cultures of the world. As we, the practicing Druids of the world, learn and grow and develop our personal paths of Druidry, what do we continue to hold in common? In what ways do our practices and beliefs diversify? What, if anything, forms the spiritual, common core of contemporary World Druidry?

Whether you are just beginning your journey on the Path of Druidry, or whether you have been a practicing Druid for decades, your experiences and perspective are important to this work. I hope you will share a bit of your story!

I am undertaking this study as an independent scholar and educator, with over 25 years’ experience using mixed research methods to shed light on the ways in which people learn, grow, and change, under the influence of changing educational contexts and cultures. I am also a fellow Druid, supported by a grant from the OBOD’s Mt. Haemus Awards program. The research findings from this study are to be published as part of the OBOD’s Mt. Haemus Award program, at Beltane 2021, and presented at Mt. Haemus Day 2024, in addition to other publications and venues yet to be determined.

For more information about the study, and for links to the questionnaire (available in multiple languages, in both web-based and pdf versions), please visit:

Please, spread the word!

Yours, under the California Coast Live Oaks,
Larisa White M.S.Ed., Ph.D.