Avalon Center not Re-Opening

Alferian
Posts: 26
Joined: 2007-09-23

Avalon's End

I am saddened to say that Avalon Center for Druidic
Studies will not be re-launching a new web site as announced. The board
of governors has decided instead to dissolve the corporation formally.

My
personal apologies and regrets to all the teachers and staff who were
working towards this reawakening of the Center. The reasons for the
decision are principally my own incapacity to act as leader of the
project any longer.

By Sea and Star,

Alferian

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/|\ James W. Maertens, Ph.D.

Alferian Gwydion MacLir
Druid Companion of the O.B.O.D.



Oonagh
Posts: 122
Joined: 2007-11-30
best wishes

C'est la vie, my dear Alferian *hugs* It would have been worse to go into it knowing you couldn't sustain it and then is dissolve so this was a noble decision. I wish you the best of luck in your writing and I hope to see you around here often.

Slán go fóill mo chara!



Astrocelt
Posts: 753
Joined: 2007-09-15
With sadness

Over the years alferian you have made a tremendous effort to make ACDS work, however the acorn seeds which have no doubt been planted through this around the druid community; may find the nourishment they require for them to grow again in the near future.

I look forward to reading the novels you speak of at a later date.

All the best
Astrocelt



Alferian
Posts: 26
Joined: 2007-09-23
Pagan Institutions

Thanks Ceallaigh,

 It is all too true that we people of the land need institutions.  The lack of them before the Christian era may have been what made it so easy for the Romans to bowl us over.  But for several hundred years before they appropriated the apparatus of the Roman Empire, Christians were tiny, unorganized, meet-in-the-home people.  Persecuted and overshadowed by the Establishment (which was Roman temple cults and emperor worship).  If we are to grown and compete with the more organized institutions, we shall need something and Druidry does not lend itself to temples and bureaucracies in the Roman style.  

Many druids today like the idea of organizational structures such as the clan or tribe, but these are hard to institute artificially.  They are organic institutions that grow out of families and small communities.  Even the tribal peoples of the world are having to organize into corporations and structured governments to deal with the modern world.   It is an interesting historical process we are in the middle of.  If I ever have the means, I still would entertain the idea of hosting a druid retreat center in the country on a small scale.  But the lesson I learned over the past few years is that it is better to get the money first and then let the institition grow out of that.

 

Cheers,

Alferian

/|\ James W. Scott Maertens, Ph.D.

Alferian Gwydion MacLir
Druid Companion of the O.B.O.D.

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/|\ James W. Maertens, Ph.D.

Alferian Gwydion MacLir
Druid Companion of the O.B.O.D.



Alferian
Posts: 26
Joined: 2007-09-23
Suffering the loss but no regrets

Hi Hawthorn,

Well, it isn't really too hard for me to admit my limitations these days.  It is just sometimes hard to recognize when I come up against one.  But really, from the very start of this project I have said that unless it collected to itself a critical mass of talented staff members and especially a business manager, I would not be able to sustain it very long.  There were many talented people involved and yet I just could not hang on any longer myself and it was still too early in the evolution of the organization for the founder to step aside.  So it goes.

I'll be going back to the thing that I do best, which is writing and I will certainly continue to pop in on the message board here and at OBOD to post when I can.  

Thanks for the good wishes,

 

Alferian

 

/|\ James W. Scott Maertens, Ph.D.

Alferian Gwydion MacLir
Druid Companion of the O.B.O.D.

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/|\ James W. Maertens, Ph.D.

Alferian Gwydion MacLir
Druid Companion of the O.B.O.D.



Hawthorn
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Joined: 2008-09-15
Avalon centre

I too am shocked at the sudden ending of this project.

It was an excellent website.... that reflected the vast amount of work and commitment that people had put into making this project viable.

However, I applaude your courage to stand up publically and admit that you havent the ability to lead this project.

Bright Blessings

Hawthorn

 

 

 

 

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The depth of a soul cannot be measured by what appears on the surface



csmaccath
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Posts: 40
Joined: 2008-09-20
I am so sorry to hear that

I am so sorry to hear that this project is coming to a close. I didn't know much about it, but I visited the web site and thought well of what I saw. My thanks for your hard work on this, and my sympathies for whatever sadness you're dealing with as you process the end of this journey.

As an aside, I sincerely hope you don't find yourself jaded and uncomfortable participating or leading these kinds of efforts in the future.  It's so hard to be Pagan in the modern world, no matter how you define the term, since our worldview is vastly overshadowed by that of others. It seems to me sometimes that everybody reaches for the light, reaches for companionship and sometimes reaches for the Internet along the way, since that's the easiest way to connect with like-minded people. And often that reach exceeds its grasp. 

But if we are to help create a viable spiritual legacy for those who come after, we can't give up, even when we have to step back awhile. Our love for the Earth and for enlightenment is too important a contribution to global understanding for us to do that, even when we invariably disagree with one another from time to time.

So I hope you know as you let this work pass how valuable YOU are to the discourse of Druidry and how grateful we should all be that you made this effort to begin with. Thank you for being hard-working and wise, and please, please don't let us be too long without your good companionship here.

Yours In The Grove,

 

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Ceallaigh S. MacCath-Moran | www.csmaccath.com