Traditional Druid Nature Spirituality For Today
AODA Grand Grove Bios

bioGordon Cooper, Grand Archdruid
Gordon Cooper began his study of natural sciences, nature spirituality and magic in 1976 while serving in the US Navy. In the early 1980's he began his study of the poetic traditions of Ireland and Wales and their contemporary applications. Along that mist-wrapped variegated green road he became one of the founders of the Celtic Reconstructionist movement and a member of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, where he holds the distinction of being one of their Mt. Haemus scholars. Due to a growing awareness of the viability and elegence of the Lodge system and the desire to help explore North American spirit ecologies, he joined AODA shortly after its revival in 2003, and was elected to the Grand Grove in 2005. Gordon became the 8th Grand Archdruid on December 21st, 2015.

His formal degree work is in anthropology and Turkish language studies. He has attained the rank of 3rd dan in Hsin Lu Tong martial arts school and continues to learn and apply lessons from this discipline. He is a bishop in the Universal Gnostic Church and one of the moderators of the Gnostic Druid Forum, the online branch of the UGC's Druid fellowship.  Current projects include a book on Physical Culture ("Hermetic Tension") with another druid author. He is a licensed amateur radio operator and resides on the shores of the Puget Sound.

 

 

 

bioDana O’Driscoll, Archdruid of Water
Dana O’Driscoll spent most of her childhood in the wooded hills of the Laurel Highland region of Pennsylvania, making mud pies, building brush cabins, and eating berries. Thankfully, little has changed, and she can still be found searching out tasty mushrooms, gathering herbs, playing her panflute for the trees. Dana enjoys various kinds of wildcrafting and natural arts and is often covered with paint, dirt, or both. She is a certified permaculture designer and is working towards more resilient, self-sufficient lifestyle through beekeeping, perennial agriculture, animal husbandry, food preservation, herbalism, and natural building. She works as a community organizer to promote sustainable education, food security, and community empowerment using permaculture methods.

Dana joined the AODA in 2005 and, after completing her first and second degrees, earned the degree of Druid Adept in 2013.  Her Druid Adept project explored connections between permaculture and druidry.  She joined the Grand Grove in 2013 as Grand Pendragon, a position she held for two years before being elected as an Archdruid in 2015. She is chief editor of Trilithon: The Journal of the Ancient Order of Druids in America and runs Star and Thorn Grove in Western Pennsylvania. She is also a Druid-grade member in the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids, a Bishop in the Gnostic Celtic Church, a member of the Druidical Order of the Golden Dawn. Dana holds a Bachelors Degree in English, a Masters Degree in Linguistics, and a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition, and by day, enjoys her job as university professor where she teaches a variety of courses in writing, rhetoric, community engagement, pedagogy, and research methods. Dana is the illustrator and author of the Tarot of Trees, a whimsical, tree-themed tarot deck published in 2009 (www.tarotoftrees). Her writings on druidry and sustainability can be found at The Druid's Garden (druidgarden.wordpress.com).

 

 

 

bioAdam Robersmith, Archdruid of Fire
An unaffiliated Druid since the early 1990s, Adam Robersmith joined the AODA in 2007 as a way to nurture his own spiritual life while following his call to work in the world as a Unitarian Universalist minister and spiritual director. He was granted the degree of Druid Adept in 2016 upon completion of the Nine Hazels Qi Gong, a qigong form designed to teach and support Western energetic practice through movements that also support bodily health. He joined the Grand Grove in 2016.

Adam holds a Permaculture Design Certificate, a Bachelor of Science in Biology, and a Master of Divinity. His undergraduate studies focused on Biology (Behavior and Ecology), Myth, Ritual, and Literature. He was the St. Lawrence Fellow for the study of Universalist History in seminary and is now completing a Doctor of Ministry, studying the process of spiritual formation.

Adam is an artist who most often works in fiber as a spinner, weaver, and knitter; a musician who plays harp, bodhran, and sings; and a writer of poetry, fiction, and spiritually focused non-fiction. When he is not actively tending his garden, he can often be found enjoying it and the wilder spaces beyond whenever the weather and his work permit. He has particular interests in contemplative practices, divination, storytelling, and the intersections of myth and history. Having lived in New York, Ireland, California, and Arizona, he now lives in the far western suburbs of Chicago with his partner, their dog, two looms, and many, many plants indoors and out.

 

 

 

 

bioLexie Devine, Grand Herald
Lexie Devine was raised as a Christian in the Church of England, and was a member of both the Sunday School and the Church Choir, becoming Cross Bearer by the age of twelve. Her regular visits to churches and chapels of other Christian denominations during her childhood, combined with the many family friends who hailed from different cultures and religions, fostered in her a lifelong interest in World Religions and spiritual beliefs.

Some years later, Lexie became a member of the Bahá’í Faith, and during this period of her life she was voted onto the Local Spiritual Assembly. She also became an active interfaith organizer, regularly hosting meetings, and discussion groups. It was during this time that she began to take a deeper interest in more Earth-based religions. Finding herself attracted to Druidry in particular, Lexie joined the Druid Gorsedd of the First Circle in early 2005, and was ordained to the level of Ovate the same year. In January 2007, Lexie joined the AODA forum, and a few months later was asked to assist in moderating the group. At Samhain that year she joined the AODA formally, and completed her First degree in December 2008. Currently, Lexie is studying for her Second Degree with the AODA, as well as assisting in the running of the online AODA Mentoring Programme.

 

 

 

 

bioPaul Angelini, Grand Pendragon

A native-born Michigander, Paul Angelini has had a deep love of the natural world and it's wonders since his earliest years of childhood. In his late teens, he discovered the Western Esoteric Tradition, largely by way of Manly P. Hall's “The Secret Teachings of All Ages”, and “Learning Ritual Magic” (Greer, etc.). In 2008, Paul attended a conference on Peak Oil in Rochester, Michigan entitled Plan C, where he met, among many other great people, then-Grand Archdruid, John Michael Greer. While not acquainted with the AODA or Druidry in general at that time, Paul was deeply impressed by his conversations with JM, and a seed was planted in his mind at that time which later sprouted and took root when he joined the AODA in 2013, and was formally initiated as a Candidate by JMG and Dana O’Driscoll on April 20th. At present, he is working on his AODA 2nd degree.

In addition to his Druidic path, he is committed to sustainability and the conservation of old skills and knowledge, having completed a Permaculture Design Certificate course in 2011 in Detroit, MI, a 4-season Traditional Western Herbalism intensive with acclaimed Michigan-based herbalist, Jim McDonald in 2012, and in 2013, went on to co-organize a meetup group in SE Michigan centered around permaculture design, community building, and the exchange of useful skills and knowledge. His passions include foraging wild food/medicine, making music and exploring new music, hiking, collecting old/used/new books, cider making (and zymurgy in general), book design and layout, and learning new skills/subjects.

 

 

 

Archdruids Emeriti
Our Archdruids Emeriti have stepped down from service, but we honor them for their years of dedication to the order.

 

bioJohn Michael Greer, Grand Archdruid Emeritus
Born in 1962 in Bremerton, Washington State, USA, John Michael Greer was raised in a nonreligious family but developed an intense interest in spirituality, mythology, and esoteric traditions in childhood. He began studying the Golden Dawn tradition of Hermetic spirituality in his teens, and followed the "golden thread" of esoteric teachings into a wide range of related subjects, from martial arts and Asian mystical traditions to environmental science and sacred geometry, in the years that followed. He attended college at Western Washington University and the University of Washington, graduating from the latter magna cum laude in 1993 with a BA in Comparative History of Ideas.

In 1995 Greer joined the Order of Bards Ovates and Druids (OBOD), began its correspondence study program, and progressed through the three degrees of Bard, Ovate and Druid, receiving his certificate as a Druid Companion of the Order in 2002. In 2003 he was honored with OBOD's Mount Haemus Award for Druid scholarship. He is also a member of the Reformed Druids of North America (RDNA), and was initiated as a Third Order priest of that tradition in 2008. In 2003, after a series of discussions with the surviving members of the Ancient Order of Druids in America, he was brought into AODA's Grand Grove as Archdruid of the East. On December 21, 2003, on the resignation of Grand Archdruid Betty Jean McCloud Reeves due to ill health, he moved to the Northern Chair of AODA as the order's seventh Grand Archdruid.

Greer is a freelance author in the fields of nature spirituality, ecology, and esoteric traditions; he is the author of twenty-one books and a widely read blog, "The Archdruid Report." He is also an archbishop in the Universal Gnostic Church, and a certified instructor in one of the old "temple styles" of t'ai chi ch'uan. He lives in Cumberland, Maryland, with his wife Sara.

 

 

bioSara Greer, Archdruid of Water Emeritus
Sara Greer, Archdruid of Water, has been involved in modern Druidry since Lughnasadh 1994. She is an archpriestess in the AODA and a Bishop in the Druid arm of the Universal Gnostic Fellowship. In addition to AODA, she is a member of OBOD, RDNA, and the Druid Gorsedd of the First Circle. Under her pen name Clare Vaughn she is coauthor of two books, Learning Ceremonial Magic and Pagan Prayer Beads.

 

 

 

 

bioSiani Overstreet, Archdruid of Air Emeritus
Siani A. Overstreet has been a practicing Pagan for going on 40 years now. She first 'found' Druidry in any formal respect in 1990-91 via Ross Nichols' book on Druidry. In the late 90's She found and joined ADF, then Keltria, but remained restless. Shortly after she enrolled in the OBOD and is currently in the Ovate Grade. Sometime around '05 she found the AODA and with transfer credit from the OBOD joined as an Apprentice, then progressed to Companion. In 2007 she became a Druid Adept in the AODA, and was elected to the post of Archdruid of the East of the Grand Grove. She lives in Western Massachusetts, leads the Oakstone Grove, and generally spends a lot of time studying various things.