Welcome to the Home Page of the Mistletoe Foundation. The MF started in 2004 with its first public event being the Druid Blessing of the Mistletoe Auctions in Tenbury that year. This continued as an annual event as part of the Tenbury Mistletoe Festival until 2008, when its original founder, handed the reins over in ceremony to Suzanne Thomas.
In 2009, the Mistletoe Foundation was back in Tenbury, blessing the mistletoe at the auctions, and facilitating a Ceremony of Thanksgiving on the banks of the River Teme. During this, the Mistletoe, held off the ground since its cutting from a local orchard, was blessed with the other harvests of the Teme Valley, Hops and Apples in the form of locally produced ale and apple juice. The mistletoe was then given to the River Teme as an offering, to say thank you for the harvests. This set the precedent for the ceremonies that followed, each with an increasing interest from the public
The new seed has taken root and is growing well. Early in 2012 the Mistletoe Foundation held its first "Planting Day" and further events, including an Art Exhibition and Childrens Fun day are planned to intrigrate with the Tenbury Mistletoe Festival (see here).
Our aims are to increase awareness of the Mistletoe as a plant, not just a seasonal decoration and therefore its associated flora and fauna. The Mistletoe Foundation hopes to bridge the gap between community and Druidry, sometimes seen perhaps as a dangerous thing, but most Druids nowadays are Storytellers, musicians, healers and teachers, who only wish to share their knowledge, songs and stories with the world.
Please stay a while and browse our pages. Blessings of the Green and White stuff. /l\
(photos by kind permission of A Horobin and D Newson)