AODA Member Designations
The AODA has four kinds of members, with designations representing how far a person has worked through the Order’s curriculum. In addition, the Order uses several honorary titles to designate its various leadership roles:
Candidates are members of the AODA who are currently working on their first degree studies, or members who have chosen to join the AODA but not to pursue formal study of the AODA curriculum.
Apprentices have completed the first degree curriculum within the AODA, or have been granted transfer credit for comparable work, and have thereby earned the degree of Apprentice.
Companions have completed at least two additional years of study within the AODA, and have completed the second degree curriculum requirements, and have thereby earned the degree of Companion.
Druid Companions can hold an AODA Study Group charter, and perform initiations for Candidates and Apprentices.
Adepts have completed at least six years of dedicated study within the AODA, and have designed and completed an original third degree project in a bardic, ovate, or druid path (earning them the title Bard Adept, Ovate Adept, or Druid Adept). They have embraced the core of AODA’s practices as a substantial part of their spiritual path.
Adepts can hold an AODA Grove Charter, and perform initiations for Candidates, Apprentices, and Companions.
Druid Ollaves are Adepts who have completed separate, third-degree projects in all three branches of study (Druid, Bard, and Ovate).
Archdruids are AODA Adepts who have been selected to lead the AODA, as members of the AODA Grand Grove. “Archdruid” is an honorary title reserved for our leadership; it cannot be earned through curriculum study.
The AODA Grand Grove provides leadership, and financial and administrative oversight for the Order. Its members charter Study Groups and Groves, manage the curriculum, and preserve the teachings and traditions of the order. It consists of four Archdruids and three or more Appointed Officers whose roles and responsibilities are further described here.
The AODA offers an ordination program through the Gnostic Celtic Church (GCC), which is a branch of the AODA. The GCC functions as the center of the religious dimension of the AODA tradition, and is responsible for the education and ordination of Druid clergy in AODA, through which it offers a separate curriculum. This program is available for those members who have completed the degree of Apprentice and higher.
Many AODA members prefer to work in a solitary form, while others prefer the companionship of other druids. The AODA offers three kinds of groups for its members: AODA Groves, AODA Study Groups, and AODA Home Circles. A complete listing of current Groves, Study Groups, and Home Circles can be found here.
Financial Organization of the AODA
AODA is registered as a 501(c)(3) religious nonprofit in the United States of America, and the Grand Grove Archdruids serve as its board of directors. The AODA is an all-volunteer order—those who serve in any leadership capacity have no financial compensation or financial stake in the AODA.
AODA makes a number of regular contributions to nonprofit organizations that help preserve and protect the earth: The United Plant Savers, The Xerces Society, The Audubon Society, and The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, among others.