Thank you for visiting! I’m Cat Treadwell, a Druid Priest living in Derbyshire, England with my partner and animal family. I’m a professional ritual celebrant and multifaith worker, travelling throughout the East Midlands and beyond. My first book, ‘A Druid’s Tale’ was published in 2012, with the second, ‘Facing the Darkness‘, in October 2013 (reaching No 1 in its categories on Amazon.co.uk).

I’m a volunteer for East Midlands Pagan Federation; also former Trustee of The Druid Network, Awenydd (Priest) of The Anglesey Druid Order and Honorary Member of The Centre for Pagan Studies. I’m a professional Pagan Chaplain, volunteering for Derbyshire Hospitals and employed by the Prison Service.

I’m a regular speaker on BBC Radio Derby and Nottingham, and have appeared on BBC News. I’m a contributor to the international ‘Witches & Pagans‘ site, columnist for ‘Pagan Dawn’ magazine, and I’ve also survived multifaith days at schools in full Druid regalia, as well as various encounters with national journalists (notably here and here).

My partner and I regularly perform handfasting rites around the UK, as well as funeral ceremonies and rites of passage as required. As part of our work, promises were made to stand up publicly for our faith when called upon to do so – and thus, here I am.

It takes a fair bit to offend me, so please feel free to ask questions, leave comments or just chat – I’m happy to hear from you if you’ve found my writings. I am also on Facebook if you’d like to see more regular updates on what I’m doing, as well as more lovely photos of us in action.

Please feel free to contact me if you would like further information. I am also greatly appreciative of comments on my work – always good to know how I’m doing! – bardic@hotmail.co.uk

Thanks for visiting.


  1. Hi, nice to meet you !

  2. Marly said

    Cat: Hi there! My name is Marly and I blog at http://www.makingmyownwork.blogspot.com. I followed your link from Sylvan Spirit and thought I’d introduce myself because you and I seem to blog in the same spirit. I’m not a Druid, I’m a Christian, a recovering Baptist, you might say, but you and I seem to be traveling the same road spiritually in many ways. I too am looking for the best ways to live out my life and leave a wonderful legacy for those who come after me.

    By the way, I would dearly love to dance naked in the firelight, especially if I got to go to England to do it! I have a friend who is more New Agey than she is Druid; but wonder if I could talk her into staging something like that.

    • druidcat said

      Hi Marly – glad my writing is striking a chord! 🙂 Lovely to hear from you, I’ll be checking your blog out too. Thanks for the kind words 🙂

      Incidentally, I would recommend any naked dancing in England done in summer. And even then, have something warm nearby to slip into, we’re not known for the heat over here!! 🙂

  3. Spider said

    Nice to meet you :0)


  4. It was lovely seeing you at work for Andy and Sally’s celebration in Nottingham last year 🙂

  5. Tony Furminger said

    That’s a damn fine picture of you. Is that the heel stone to your left?

  6. Greetings Cat, I thought that you might like my machinima film of
    The Song Of Amergin, A Samhain Story,

    Blessed Be By Stone and Star,
    Celestial Elf ~

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  10. Autumn Hazelhewn said

    I just finished reading “A Druid’s Tale”. I just wanted to let you know how much it spoke to me. It was wonderful and refreshing. Thank you for enriching my life and helping me along my path.

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  15. […] by Cat Treadwell: We all face times of crisis and depression in our lives, and Druid Priest Cat Treadwell shares her strategies for supporting Pagans (and others) on their healing path(s). Quote: […]

  16. […] talking about their mental health problems, rather than hiding them for reasons of shame or fear. Cat Treadwell‘s new book Facing the Darkness is about depression from a Pagan […]

  17. Hi there Cat – Found your Blog (and Book) via a friend and though we are from vastly different traditions, I feel there are important things in what you have to say and share and I really appreciate your wisdom. I’ve nominated you for a Liebster award – you can read the post here – http://thatstorygirl.wordpress.com/2013/11/06/that-liebster-award-post/ thanks for sharing.

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  19. […] the lovely and iconic image below, courtesy of Cat Treadwell, Druids climb Glastonbury Tor earlier this month as part of OBOD’s Golden Anniversary. Fifty […]

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  22. Sandy Hobbs said

    Hi Cat,
    Long story as to how I have been interested in paganism & the druids’.
    My grandson Ryan, who I believe you met yesterday in prison, has told me about you. He has taken an interest in this without knowing about our family history in these things. I did feel at first it was to fill in his time inside, but am now not sure about it. I would love to come to one of your talks sometime. I live in Milton Keynes Bucks. So may be a bit more difficult. I am going to sort out your books & send into Ryan. I hope the prison will except them.
    Please get back to me if you are going to be around my area anytime.

    • druidcat said

      Thankyou so much, Sandy! Please do keep in touch, either here or on my Facebook/Twitter, etc – I’m often about, so hopefully will get to meet in person. I’m glad to be helping the men inside, and that they appreciate it – I’m proud to hear their stories and see them heal and move forward. Spring blessings x

  23. […] “The Magic of Words” by Cat Treadwell […]

  24. […] my work ethic, or pleased to have a deep, meaningful discussion. There will be bad days. Or as Cat Treadwell, someone I look up to in many ways (come on Cat – you are taller than me!), has said before […]

  25. Cheryl said

    Hi my name’s Cheryl I’m am interested in becoming a druid but have no idea where to start any advice info you can give me xx 😃

    • druidcat said

      Hi Cheryl – I always encourage folk to explore! Read, both books and webpages. Then get outside and see what calls to you. If something’s interesting, follow it up, see where it leads. 🙂

      Good luck on your journey! x

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  27. […] episode, with huge thanks to one of the most awesome Druids I am happy to know, is a talk by Cat Treadwell entitled “Exploring Pagan Ministry”. I found the talk quite fascinating, and quite […]

  28. […] and read, but they are also among some of the nicest people I have ever encountered. Nimue Brown, Cat Treadwell, and Joanna van der Hoeven all have great books and awesome blogs. These three ladies dispense […]

  29. Dawn Moss said

    I am not good with technology, would you please let me know how I book a handfasting?

  30. Samantha Rose said

    Hi Cat!
    It was great to meet you at Pagan Pride this year. I enjoyed your talk on Paganism and Mental Health and found it so helpful. Thank you so much for the brownie too!
    I find all you’ve done so far fascinating and wish to do similar things with my life. I just have no clue where to start.
    You are an inspiring and lovely woman.
    I hope we meet again soon.
    Blessed Be.

  31. Clare said

    Greetings Cat, i just found your ‘Facing the Darkness’ book and… what can i say really? I felt like you were speaking to me personally, as if i’d told you everything that was in my heart and this was your reply. I can’t describe what a relief, how unexpected but how amazing, to have this fall into my lap right now. It might make a difference, it might… this is my hope. Even thinking the word ‘hope’ feels a bit risky, but that is what i felt like when i looked over your book. I am certain you will get this… At this point i only have a digital copy but hope to get a paper one sometime so it will feel more real. I want to say thank you so much for writing it! It feels so very real, not condoning or trying to brush experiences like this away. Thank you so much.

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  33. Debbie Mancini said

    Hi Cat
    Just finished your book A Druids Tale. Loved it. Have sent recommendations to my friends to read it. Thank you for having the courage to write it and keeping your honesty.

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