This grove invites its members and the public to explore the spirit and lore of all Indo-European traditions through public rituals, workshops, and festivals. Grove members have the option to participate in ADF’s Dedicant Program, special interest groups, and guilds within the Grove, and attending private rituals and social gatherings.
We follow a Neo-pagan druid path that draws many aspects of its practice from the ancient cultures of the proto Indo-European language regions. Read more about proto Indo-European languages here.
We are a polytheistic religion, believing in the individuality of the ancient gods and goddesses as well as the cultures from which they came. We seek to understand ourselves and our place in the universe through scholarship and the pursuit of nine virtues commonly found in ancient Indo-European cultures: wisdom, piety, vision, courage, integrity, perseverance, hospitality, moderation and fertility. We uphold the tenets of hospitality between ourselves, the gods and the goddesses, the ancestors and the spirits of nature through both personal practice and group ritual.
Columbia Grove, ADF is a tax-exempt, nonprofit religious organization incorporated in the State of Oregon. We are a Grove within Ár nDraíocht Féin: A Druid Fellowship (also a a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit church incorporated in the State of Delaware). Contributions to Columbia Grove are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.
OUR ORGANIZATION: ADF
The full name of our organization is Ár nDraíocht Féin: A Druid Fellowship, Inc. The first part, pronounced arn REEokht fane, is modern Irish for "Our Own Druidism" (or "Druidry" or "Magic") and that's what we are — an independent tradition (denomination) of Neopagan Druidism. Since many people have trouble pronouncing and spelling our Irish name, we usually just say "ADF."
ADF is working to combine in-depth scholarship with the inspiration of artistry and spiritual practice to create a powerful modern Paganism. We're researching and interpreting sound modern scholarship (rather than romantic fantasies) about the ancient Indo-European Pagans — the Celts, Norse, Slavs, Balts, Greeks, Romans, Persians, Vedics, and others. Upon these cultural foundations we are working to build a religion that these ancient people would appreciate and understand yet one which has depth and power for modern people.
We're developing genuine skills in composition and presentation in the musical, dramatic, graphic, textile and other arts. We're bringing together people trained in ritual, psychic skills and applied mythology to bring the remnants of the old ways to life. We're creating a nonsexist, non-racist, organic, flexible and publicly available religion to practice as a way of life and to hand on to future generations.
Since our founding in 1983, we have succeeded in building the foundations of this vision's reality. We have local congregations, called groves, in many cities throughout the U.S. and Canada, along with a handful in other countries. Within those groves we are designing powerful magical and
religious ceremonies to bring the blessings of the gods and goddesses to our world. Our groves offer regular public worship of the old gods, serving as centers of Pagan organizing in many localities. We offer our people the full range of religious and social activities including weddings, funerals, child blessings etc. — along with ways of enriching the soul.