Red Oak Grove is a group of neopagan druids centered in the Delaware Valley area who are serious about worshiping the Welsh gods in a modern context. Founded in 1997, we are one of the oldest groves of Ár nDraíocht Féin (ADF.)
The Welsh version of our name is Nyfed Dar Goch, pronounced “NUH-ved dar GOCK”.
Red Oak Grove hosts eight public high days every year to celebrate the turning of the seasons and honor our Kindred (see below.)
Our events are located throughout Southern New Jersey and in Philadelphia.
We believe that everyone, especially members of marginalized groups, should feel comfortable sitting around our fire.
For more information about our next upcoming event, click here! We hope to see you there!
As ADF druids, we work with and give offering to other beings who we honor in three broad and at times blurred kinds of spirits: The Three Kindred.
The Tylwyth Teg — Nature Spirits
Druids differ on many topics, but one thing we all share is a reverence for nature. Nature spirits can be flesh and blood animals, or living plants, or they can be the spirit of a specific animal or plant, or the spirit of a whole class of natural beings, like the spirit of the wolf or the oak or the west wind. They can also be Otherworld beings such as fae and elementals.
The Beloved Dead — Ancestors
Ancestors are honored in druidry and we call to them in our rites. At Red Oak Grove, we honor three main kinds of ancestors; ourgenetic ancestors (e.g. your great grandmother), the ancestors of the land we live on (e.g. the Lenni Lenape), and the ancestors of the hearth culture we follow (e.g. the Celts).
The Shining Ones — Gods
The Gods are the most powerful of the kindred, the bright and shining ones who created the worlds and guide us as we travel through them. Maybe some gods are also our ancestors, or maybe some of our ancestors became gods. And maybe some gods are also spirits of nature.
Many gods are welcome at Red Oak Grove, but specifically at every ritual we honor our patron gods, Don and An Dagda, Math ap Mathonwy, Brigedd, Lleu Llaw Gyffes, Rhiannon, Cerridwen, and Cernunnos.