This book shows how to build a profound magical relationship with a dryad—the spirit or life force of the trees. With nine themed charms, author Penny Billington helps you connect with tree nymphs and nature spirits so that you may receive their blessings, advice, and guidance. Nine Ways to Charm a Dryad shares meditations, exercises, writing prompts, and tips for creative art projects designed to support communication with the wise spiritual beings found in the forests and fields.
Discover how to sense a tree's aura and learn to breathe with the landscape. Explore the secrets of exchanging gifts and mirroring the movements of the dryads. This book also includes tips for people who are not able to venture outdoors and those with mobility restrictions. Whether you are interested in living a more enchanted life or learning how to absorb the resilience of our stalwart friends, this book's lessons and charms will help you manifest the energy of the trees from roots to crown.
"Nine Ways to Charm a Dryad offers readers glimpses of how the sacred imagination, emotion, humour, play, dance, song, and the instincts of the heart can lead us into direct experience of the depths of life revealed, or hidden, in nature. Penny shares a wide range of approaches and exercises that can be explored by those genuinely seeking encounter and contact with the spirits of the greenwood leading to the enrichment of all."—Dr Steven Critchley, Director of Studies for the Servants of the Light
"An inspired collection of charms to open you to the magic of connecting with tree spirits. Penny Billington uses meditations, journaling and visualizations as she leads you on a merry dance into Arcadian dreaming, cosmic connection and wild creativity. A life of enchantment awaits those who embrace these nine charms."—Linda Marson, Director of Global Spiritual Studies
"Nine Ways to Charm a Dryad is a Druid’s dream, gently guiding you on a path to deepen your relationship with the spirits of trees with lyrical meditations and provocative questions that get you thinking in new ways about what it means to be in relationship with the trees...A book for the curious, for the tree-lover and for the Druid in all of us!"—Philip Carr-Gomm, author of DruidCraft
"In a time when so many people are disconnected and weary, Billington’s work is a breath of fresh air. Nine Ways to Charm a Dryad is a complete course in the how to speak and interact with the spirits of nature, working with them to achieve inner and outer transformation. Her work encourages us to connect with the trees through mind, body, and spirit through clear instructions, rituals, and activities—and through this work, reconnect with the living earth. For those seeking transformation and a meaningful connection with nature, this work is for you!"—Dana O’Driscoll, Grand Archdruid of the Ancient Order of Druids in America and author of Sacred Actions: Living the Wheel of the Year Through Earth-Centered Sustainable Practices, Tarot of Trees, and Plant Spirit Oracle
"This is a treat...Penny Billington shows us how to make deeper contact with and to befriend the energetic forms of trees in a refreshingly down to earth way, in a series of nine Charms…The book's appeal is not limited by any particular belief system, or by the need for any prior knowledge. Wherever the reader might be, all they need to begin is the will to reach out in respect and friendship to another form of life, and time."—former Librarian, Society of the Inner Light
"Charming, utterly delightful, and scattered with Billington's inimitable wisdom and wit, this book will guide you to developing a unique and truly magical connection with trees both physically and spiritually. With warmth, encouragement, and well thought exercises your journey into the magical landscape of trees will never be the same again."—Kristoffer Hughes, author of The Book of Celtic Magic and Cerridwen