Stonehenge is a place provided to us by the ancestors who built it nearly 5000 years
Although administered as a ‘Monument’ by English Heritage, Stonehenge is first and
foremost a temple. It is still in use by the people of Britain. In our opinion it’s
value as a temple and dwelling place of the ancestors far exceeds its value as a
In this special and very sacred place we may commune with the ancestors and with
the natural order to which Stonehenge is finely attuned. We may reconnect with nature
and with our roots.
Our Grove was founded upon the efforts of one Druid, Frank Somers, who became involved
at Stonehenge reluctantly after receiving a message that the Goddess requires the
idiocy at Solstice to stop in order that the old wisdom can be spoken and heard by
her people once again.
Frank has since been joined by others equally dedicated to the spiritual path of
the old faith. Today we are a small community of Druids and people of the old religion
seeking to serve in this sacred place, and to make the Druids once again an influential
spiritual force for good.
Although small in number, our Grove has repeatedly set high standards and pushed
back the barriers preventing the Druids from having a respected place within the
general community and from teaching.
In the course of the last few years we have started to mature as a religion and to
gain in confidence. We are aware that we add value to the world and that we must
actively play our part within it.
We will gladly work beside other dedicated individuals and groups who give their
all to make a positive difference. Those who are peaceful, honest and mindful of
the well being of our community as a whole.
We teach of a truth that is now essential in this time of global ecological imbalance.
We are there to serve those people who come seeking genuine Druids. We are keeping
the best aspects of our ancient traditions alive for future generations.
Our presence is to give service to the Gods and to the people of our sacred land.
Aes Dana activities are not limited to Stonehenge, our grove is an active part of
the local community of Amesbury, and we also apply ourselves Nationally, and Internationally.
Organised Stonehenge campaign for New 7 Wonders, and achieved the first truly positive
media for Stonehenge and the Druids in decades
Pushed the Charities Commission for England into a public consultation regarding
the criteria for accepting a religion. Our wording was accepted, so including the
followers of a Goddess and those of Animism, with or without a written creed. This
helped greatly to open the door to the Druid Network who subsequently established
a charity in 2010 thus recognising the Druid faith as a religion once more.
Led the first winter solstice celebration within Stonehenge as a legally recognised
religion, during sunrise and simultaneous lunar eclipse.
Led two Winter Solstices and One Summer Solstice, actively bringing real spirituality
into the circle, not just at Sunset but also at Sunrise.
Provided a genuine druid presence in service to the community at almost every Solstice
and equinox since 2007
Brought ‘The Ancestor’ statue to Summer Solstice in 2010, involving Amesbury school
children, scouts, and college students to participate. This resulted in our Grove
being invited by the town to lead and open their Carnival procession in 2011. A great
Organised the first Druid processions from the London Eye to Parliament, to celebrate
the beginning of May around the Maypole, requiring the approval of both the House
of Lords and the Security Services, who praised our conduct and approved repeat events.
Provided the first knowledgeable service to the media from Stonehenge, thus generating
more interest in both Stonehenge and the Druids. Our message has reached China, Japan,
Russia and many other countries.
In June 2011, as a result of communications starting three years prior, we finally
managed to send two of our Grove to Bolivia to share cultures with the Amauta of
Bolivia. This resulted in Druids being present for ceremony at Tiwanaku, and a historic
cultural and spiritual bond being forged between the two ancient wise traditions,
one of the north, one of the south.
About the Aes Dana Grove
We are proud to join hearts with our wise brothers, the Amauta people of Bolivia,
in the service of balance, harmony and the well-being of Mother Earth. Jallalla
To avoid confusion:
Aes Dana Druids do not exclusively lead ceremony at Stonehenge. Other Druid, Pagan
and Occultists Groups involve themselves there also. Some are very credible & others
perhaps less so. We do not speak for other Groves or Orders and they may not speak
We do not use facebook or other social media to communicate grove views or policy.
Any of our members who choose to speak on such media do so from a personal point
of view only.
To avoid any possible confusion we would like to make clear that we are not associated
with the group known as CoBDO, or with LAW, both of whom also gravitate towards Stonehenge.
Whilst we like to work with other groups and communities where there is common cause,
and do so, we also actively disassociate from any groups with an established pattern
of harassment, bullying, illegal or spiritually immoral activity.