Book review: Zen Druidry: Living a Natural Life, with Full Awareness

Zen Druidry: Living a Natural Life, with Full Awareness  by Joanna van der Hoeven

Rating: ★★★★☆

Review: I admit, when I picked up the this book from the Kindle store, I was hoping for some profound realization, something that I hadn’t run into before. I was hoping for something novel and exciting, something that I was missing in my knowledge and experience. What I got was (as the Buddhist saying goes) “nothing special.” That’s not to say that this disappointed me, far from it in fact. The blending of Zen Buddhism and Druidry that van der Hoeven does is as simple as being totally present in this very moment.  In doing so, in being fully present this very moment, we give honor and respect to everything we’re interacting with. Because, when you get down to it, this very moment is all that we have. This book is simple and direct. My only complaint is that the author is a little heavy-handed with the “Vegetarian GOOD, meat eating BAD” in one section.


As part of the Pagan Portals series, the author only has about 70 pages in which to explore a frankly deep topic, so it is obviously not terribly in-depth.  Philip Carr-Gomm gave Zen Druidry a good treatment on his website (see here) as well as offering two other texts that he recommends as follow-ons to this one.  I’ll have to pick them up and check them out, I think. Beside that, I think I might need to re-read this little book and maybe make some notes.