The Solitary Druid Fellowship, as an extension of ADF’s service to members and the broader Pagan community, is built upon ADF principles and practices.
ADF is a branch of Neopagan Druidism founded in 1983, working to combine in-depth scholarship with inspiration, artistry and spiritual practice in order to create a powerful expression of modern Paganism. ADF is inclusive and open to all, and prides itself in taking a stance against sexism, racism, and discrimination of any kind.
The full name of the organization is Ár nDraíocht Féin: A Druid Fellowship, Inc. The first part of the name is pronounced arn • REEokht • fane, and is modern Irish for ”Our Own Druidism.” Since many people have trouble pronouncing and spelling the Irish, the church often goes by the acronym, “ADF.”
ADF’s religious tradition is rooted in the research and interpretation of sound modern scholarship about the ancient Indo-European Pagans — the Celts, Norse, Slavs, Balts, Greeks, Romans, Persians, Vedics, and others. ADF favors scholarship, for it seeks to build a religion that is in line with the actual practices of these ancient people. Simultaneously, it works to fashion a modern expression of Druidism that is relevant in today’s world. ADF encourages the development of skills in composition and presentation of the musical, dramatic, graphic, textile and other arts. ADF members and clergy are a people trained in ritual, psychic skills and applied mythology, and they work to make “The Old Ways” new again.
ADF provides a system of religious training for Druidic Pagans called “The Dedicant Path,” a course of study that familiarizes the student with ADF’s approach, and helps them to develop a regular practice of personal piety and scholarship. ADF strives to make its training system the most complete and effective in the Pagan movement.
Additionally, ADF has long worked to build a solid, professional training program for Pagan clergy, and its priests offer a full range of religious ceremonies, including weddings, funerals, and child blessings. ADF does all of this in order to enrich the lives of its members, and to improve the health of the greater Pagan community.
ADF holds regional festivals where its members can meet, study, pray and play, and it seeks to build places of worship in which Pagans can gather, grow closer to the Kindred, and present to the world a thoughtful, sincere, legitimate expression of Neopagan Druidry.