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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; 1 edition (April 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738719560
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738719566
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,106,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ellen Evert Hopman (Massachusetts) has contributed to several Pagan journals and is a popular author of Druidry-related titles. A former teacher at the Grey School of Wizardry, Hopman has been active in American Druidism since 1984. She is a member of the Grey Council of Mages and Sages, co-founder and former co-chief of the Order of the Whiteoak (Ord na Darach Gile), a master herbalist, and a registered herbalist of the American Herbalists Guild.

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Ellen Evert Hopman is a Master Herbalist and lay Homeopath who holds an M.Ed. in Mental Health Counseling.

Ellen Evert Hopman is the author of a growing number of books. Her newest offering is The Secret Medicines in Your Kitchen (mPowr Publishing, London, October, 2012) a book that teaches the uses of foods and spices already in your home, for health and well being.

Her most recent herbal is Scottish Herbs and Fairy Lore (Pendraig Publishing, 2011), a study of the folk magic and healing plants of the Highlands and islands of Scotland.

Her first novel, Priestess of the Forest: A Druid Journey (Llewellyn, February 2008), was an exciting new project for her, combining a heart-warming fictional romance with practical Druid rites, prayers and rituals. The sequel is called The Druid Isle (Llewellyn, April 2010). The third book in the series is Priestess of the Fire Temple: A Druid's Tale (Llewellyn, March of 2012). All three books are designed to illuminate the Druid path for seekers of Celtic wisdom.

Her latest book on tree medicine and tree lore is A Druid's Herbal for Sacred Tree Medicine (Inner Traditions - Bear and Company, June 2008).

Other books include Being a Pagan: Druids, Wiccans, and Witches Today (Destiny Books, 2001), People of the Earth: The New Pagans Speak Out (Inner Traditions, 1995), Walking the World in Wonder - A Children's Herbal (Healing Arts Press, 2000), A Druid's Herbal for the Sacred Earth Year (Destiny Books, 1994) , and Tree Medicine -Tree Magic (Phoenix Publishing, Inc.,1992, currently out of print).

Hopman is a founding member of The Order of the White Oak (Ord Na Darach Gile, and its former Co-Chief, a Bard of the Gorsedd of Caer Abiri, and a Druidess of the Druid Clan of Dana. She was Vice President of The Henge of Keltria, an international Druid Fellowship, for nine years and has also been at times a member of The Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids and of ADF, A Druid Fellowship.

She is the co-creator of the Virtual Shrine of the Goddess Brighid (

Hopman has been a teacher of Herbalism since 1983 and of Druidism since 1990. She is a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild. Hopman is a member of the Grey Council of Mages and Sages and has been a professor at the Grey School of Wizardry.

Hopman has presented on Druidism, herbal lore, tree lore, Paganism, and magic at conferences, festivals, and events in Northern Ireland, Ireland, Scotland, Canada, and the United States. She has participated in numerous radio and television programs including National Public Radio's "Vox Pop" and the Gary Null show in New York. She presented a weekly "herb report" for WRSI radio out of Greenfield, MA for over a year and was a featured subject in a documentary about Druids on A&E Television's "The Unexplained" (Sacred Societies, February 1999).

She has also released video tapes and DVDs on the subjects covered in her books through Sawmill River Productions. See clips at:
Purchase the DVDs for $20.00 plus $4.00 from Ellen at POB 219, Amherst, MA 01004

She has been a teacher of Herbalism since 1983 and of Druidism since 1990 and has co-lead tours to Celtic and Neolithic sites in Europe. She was the founder of The New England Druid Summit, a yearly gathering of Druids in New England.

She has been on the staff of Keltria: Journal of Druidism and Celtic Magick and has been a contributing author to many New Age and Pagan journals.

Visit to read Ellen's monthly blog.

Praise for Scottish Herbs and Fairy Lore;

Many of the herbal and magical practices of the Scots are echoed in
traditional Norwegian folk medicine and magic. This is a valuable resource
book not only for the serious folklorist, but also for a wider audience
interested in a deeper look at rural Scottish practices. Ms. Hopman has done
an amazing amount of research, and her Scottish herbalism section is far
more detailed than I've seen elsewhere. A "must have" for the northern
European folklorist's library.
Jane T. Sibley, Ph.D., author of "The Hammer of the Smith" and "The Divine
Thunderbolt: Missile of the Gods".

Through her books, Ellen Evert Hopman lifts the veil between worlds of the
present and the past. She guides the reader on a fascinating journey to our
ancient Celtic history, simultaneously restoring lost knowledge and
entertaining the reader. Be prepared to be educated and delighted.
Wendy Farley, Clan McKleod

"The first things is WOW! Ellen Hopman has given us a volume that belongs in
Harry Potter's library. This wonderful collection of enchantments, faery
lore and herbal potions, is presented by a practicing herbalist and (I
suspect) magician. It is a useful manual of magic, an unusual tourist guide
to Scotland, certainly a delightful read, and at the very least, a
comprehensive and thoroughly footnoted collection of folk lore for
humorless librarians and scholars."
Matthew Wood MS (Scottish School of Herbal Medicine)
Registered Herbalist (American Herbalists Guild)

Every now and again, a book emerges from the waves of occult and magical
authorship that delves into the deep and ancestral waters of old magic! This
book is one of those rare occasions. From the lore of herbs to the blessing
of stones; from avioding the elf-blast to healing through Faerie blessing -
Ellen guides the reader through ancient groves of oral lore to discover a
power and spirit that connects the reader to the oldest of magics, the earth
and her elements. I am confident that the Scottish Ancestral Wise Ones, are
renewed through this book and the old ways live once again!
Orion Foxwood

Ellen Evert Hopman takes us deep into a world where folk magic and herbal
medicine are part and parcel of a daily life guided by the cycles of the sun
and the moon and the land. She strikes a perfect balance, combining
rigorous scholarship, deep understanding of the Scottish worldview, and
clear and accessible writing with just the right measure of the mystical and
poetic. At once a rich and detailed study of traditional Scottish ways and
a practical manual for bringing healing and magic into your own life. A
truly masterful work.
Sean Donahue, Traditional Herbalist

Like a wee bairn sitting on grandma's lap absorbing legend, lore and
instruction from the talk around the hearth, you will learn from and delight
in this richly accomplished book. Take a sip or a long draught, you will be
nourished deeply.
Susn S. Weed author of the Wise Woman Herbal series.

Woven into this well-researched and beautifully presented book is a magical
thread. This thread forms a path and this path winds its way into the very
marrow of the old and forgotten ways of Scotland. Throughout these pages
Ellen lavishes the reader with a body of knowledge that she means to be used
in direct participation with Nature. The message is clear: The old Wisdom
endures and is more vital to us than ever before.
Michael Dunning - Scottish shaman, writer, artist and teacher.

A recent review of A Druids Herbal of Sacred Tree Medicine;

BBI Media, Inc.

As a practicing herbalist, I am always on the lookout for books rich with
herbal lore. The problem is that most books are either medicinal or magical,
and when they're both, the information therein is not always especially
helpful. Enter Ellen Evert Hopman, whose book, however, is a thorough and
complete look at both. Hopman is not only an herbalist but a Druid
priestess, as well and she obviously has a keen intuitive sense of tree
medicine that she couples this with Druid lore (as well as Native American
lore). Sacred Tree Medicine traces through the Druid Ogham Tree alphabet,
giving the symbolic, liturgical, poetic, medicinal, and spiritual aspects of
each sacred tree.

Though there is focus on herb lore, the Goddess is given plenty of
attention, too. Hopman teaches her reader how each sacred tree assists in
spiritual practice and which face of the Goddess it represents. I had the
most fun taking this book to the forests by my home, identifying trees and
sampling their offerings. The book closes with a section on the Druidic arts
including magic, tools, festivals, and divinations. This gives the reader
the opportunity to put her newfound knowledge of trees and magic to
practical use.

Hopman is an incredible resource for all of us seeking to take our health,
medicine, and spirituality into our own hands. Sacred Tree Medicine deserves
a place on the shelf next to her other guides of magical and medicinal lore.

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I so looked forward to this book.
Cathy Aarset
They seem to be historically quite accurate, and her descriptions of the "old ways" are very charming and educational.
Discerning Eye
You can't go wrong making the purchase.
White Cat

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Morgan Daimler on June 9, 2010
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This book is the sequel to Priestess of the Forest: A Druid Journey and continues to follow the lives of the druid healer Ethne and the warrior Ruadh years after the first book took place, as well introducing the new characters of Aife, their foster-daughter who is studying to be a druid, and Lucius, a young monk with a mysterious past.
The story itself is detailed and well told, with strong charcterization and a fast paced story. The reader is quickly swept up in the lives of the four main characters, as well as several minor charcters, and the ending is very satisfying, answering a question left open from the earlier book.
Beyond it's value as a good work of fiction - and it's worth recommending just for the story - the book is also a subtle primer on druid belief and practice. Reading this will help the reader understand Gaelic culture circa the 3rd century CE and will also help with an understanding of different druidic principles on a practical level. Unlike a non-fiction book on the same topic the reader isn't spoonfed step-by-step instructions and explanations, instead you see the concepts and practices in action as the characters live them out. Very reminiscent of the old mythologies.
I would definitely recommend this book for anyone looking for a good story, or for anyone who wants to learn more about druidry.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By White Cat on June 8, 2010
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As an enchanting mesmerizing story, I couldn't put the book down. As a book that is now part of my reference library, I found the historical Druid practices, descriptions, and information to be invaluable and enlightening. I bought the book as a companion to Ellen's first novel, Priestess of the Forest: A Druid Journey. The book is excellent even if you haven't read her first novel; as a follow-up sequel, it is terrific. The Druid Isle satisfies that desire to continue on with Ethne's journey that you wish had never ended in the first book. You can't go wrong making the purchase.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Star @ The Bibliophilic Book Blog on March 21, 2012
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Druids are mysterious to outsiders, feared and demeaned by the Church, and therefore their way of life was sought to be destroyed. "The Druid Isle" is a novel following Aife and Lucius, two individuals who find themselves on the Druid Isle, in the third century AD. This book, the sequel to Priestess of the Forest, follows the lives of the druid healer Ethne and her partner, Ruadh, as well introducing the new characters of Aife, their foster-daughter who is studying to be a druid, and Lucius, a young monk with a mysterious past.

This is a fast-paced and mesmerizing story with strong character development. It's also a good book if you want to know about the Druid way of life - in practice, not just in theory. It's beautiful the way that they live their lives in harmony. I'm not saying that their way of life is perfect, but just because they believed, worshiped, and lived differently than others doesn't give those others the right to torture and destroy them (sorry, this is definitely one of my `soapbox' issues). This is a spellbinding story which is a treat to read and definitely a keeper!

Druid Series: Priestess of the Forest (1), The Druid Isle (2), Priestess of the Fire Temple (3)
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This review will be similar to the Priestess of the Forest, as it is similar in so far as the teaching side of things.
If ever you wanted to study Druid's or even understand the old teachings of respect for the land, trees and animals, and you wanted to see and read it in an everyday environment, with smatterings of the old ways, this is the book your should try first. It is a fictional story but that is where the fiction ends, the teachings of the Drui to their students are gentle, factual, and work 100% according to the environment that they are teaching in. It is honest, respectful information about the land we live on, and the nature that surrounds us and how it can teach us, heal us and feed us - if we work in harmony with it. I have deep respect for author and her writing, so much better than a text book that becomes dry and boring. The love story in the story is a bonus.
I was fascinated with the fact that during those days there were arranged marriages for political reasons, and also the spread of the early Christianity seemed almost perverted as they were pushing rules and regulations that were not given by any enlightened Master as we all now. No wonder there were so many religious wars in those days. I really enjoyed the druid teachings in their pure sense for the way nature was intended. I loved the teachings on the Druid Isle to the students.
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By C. Delaney on December 29, 2013
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so far there are three books in this series, and this is the third is great fiction mixed with Druidic knowledge. Ellen Evert Hopman is an entertaining writer as well as an active Druid. But I think one could just enjoy this fiction as it is, without being a Druid oneself.
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The sequel to Hopman's excellent book "Priestess of the Forest". Druid Isle picks up at what seems to be approximately fifteen to sixteen years after the end of "Priestess of the Forest". Honestly, it wasn't quite the novel I was expecting. This one is full of superb teaching moments concerning religious differences between Paganism and early Christianity, as well as detailing and dove-tailing the similarities. I was expecting something a little closer to an adventure type of story, so my initial expectations came up a little short. Placed in a proper frame of reference, I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a tale of teachable moments within the context of two individuals from opposite ends of the religious spectrum.

Character-wise, Hopman displays a flourish in putting the doubts and fears of an individual taking a step on a wider, far-reaching journey within their life. The internal reflections of both main characters is refreshing and well spun. However, the storyline seemed a little disjointed and jumpy in places. This may be attributable to the extremely short chapters that comprise the story. Some chapters were less then three pages in length. The ending of the novel was another of those "tie it up nice and neat" endings that I deplore. Everything fell neatly into place in the last five pages of the story -- which just doesn't allow the characters to breathe in the bitter side of Life alongside the fresh air of Triumph over Tragedy.

In the final analysis of the book - I found it to be a wonderful book with a strong underlying purpose that it brought out in lovely detail.
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