Made up of people from all walks of life both within and outside of the tradition of Druidry, the Gorsedd of Cor Gawr has been gathering at Stonehenge since the mid 1990s, meeting twice a year, at Midsummer and again at Midwinter, within this ancient sacred temple to honour the ancestors, the spirits of place and the cycle of the seasons in simple yet powerful gatherings. Meeting at dawn each year on the traditional date of Midsummer, the 24th June, it allows members of the Druid and other faith communities an opportunity for focused ritual, meditation and celebration with a smaller group than the Solstice gatherings. The Midwinter gatherings generally take place at dusk on the Sunday prior to the date of the Winter Solstice each year. Coming from all across the British Isles as well as from Europe and beyond, many folks come back year after year to celebrate our native tradition, also bringing with them their own words and offerings to enrich the experience for all.
The two gatherings are very different, since we meet for the sunrise at Midsummer and celebrate the light and growth and potency that it brings; whereas, at Midwinter we gather at sundown to slip into the black cold of the winter night and reflect on the year that has passed and to learn from our experience and carry new ideas through the depth of winter in the knowledge that they may bear fruit in the next year.
The Gorsedd is open to all though, in agreement with English Heritage, we have to keep the number to around 100 people. In order to achieve this, we issue tickets, which are available from early May for the Midsummer gathering, and late October for Midwinter. As well as on this, our own website, details are given on the Druid Network as well as our Facebook group .
While we believe we have no need for rules, instead relying on the practice of honourable relationship, we do ask folk to abide by our Code of Ethics, and to support our aims and objectives as set out in our Constitution.