As growing numbers of people embrace nature-based spiritualities, Druidry – arguably the indigenous faith of the British Isles – is undergoing a resurgence. Journalist Alex Klaushofer brings a sympathetic yet detached eye to contemporary British Druidry, talking to the movement’s leading figures and experiencing Druid life first-hand through the rituals and ceremonies of a summer camp. The resulting piece of reportage gives a unique insight into modern paganism and how an ancient faith is metamorphosing into a contemporary way of connecting with nature.
This is the first of a series of short travelogues exploring how faith is evolving in twenty-first century Britain. Each can be read as a standalone piece, but the material in all of them can be found in The Secret Life of God, a full-length book which chronicles how, in an age when institutional religion is on the decline, people are increasingly describing themselves as ‘spiritual but not religious’.