Greetings All

The organisation team for the 2021 Southern Hemisphere OBOD Assembly (which was planned for 10-14 September at Bribie Island, Qld Australia) has discussed the current situation and recent developments in the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic in our region, and has made the difficult decision to move this year’s event online. Although we are in a much better place than we were last year, it is clear that there are still too many variables to be able to confidently proceed with planning the type of event that we can stand by as a full face-to-face OBOD gathering.

But all is not lost! We have already begun discussing options for a 3-5 day (exact program TBC) schedule of online ritual, talks, workshops, bardic gatherings, games, markets and social time. We encourage local groups to organise a mini-retreat in their own region where you can consider holding initiations, share meals and spend time together, while also dialling into the Zoom event.

The online event will be free to all OBODies to attend, and conducted entirely within Zoom. Links to the Zoom room and full schedules etc will be posted in the Southern Hemisphere Order of Bards Ovates & Druids Online SHOBODO Community Facebook Group. To attend the event, you will need to either be a member of that group, OR if you do not use Facebook you can request to join the event info mailing list by emailing There will be no ‘public’ live stream of this event, but recordings will be made available to the Facebook group and email mailing list for those who cannot attend live via Zoom.

All members who have already paid monies for the Bribie Island gathering will be contacted and refunded in full.

We’re full steam ahead now for what we plan to be an exciting, inclusive and engaging online event. We thank you for your understanding and sincerely hope you’ll stay on this journey with us.

Mandy (for Macadamia Grove)