Posted by: Philip Carr-Gomm | February 20, 2014

Don Quixote and Gollum

photoDSCF1627Visiting New Zealand and Australia for the recent OBOD gatherings meant catching up with old friends – like the fisherman I met again in Wellington and Don Quixote up in the Bina Burra National Park near Brisbane in Australia. Don Quixote was none other than OBOD member and gifted story-teller Michael Vlasto.

Up in the rainforest, Michael entertained us with his stories, we played music and sang together, we held ceremonies amongst ancient antarctic beeches, and saw Paddymelons (mini kangaroos only a foot tall) and two funnel-web spiders: 15 year-old Morticia, and her daughter Wednesday. And we enacted a beautiful ritual to connect with members around the world who are planting anniversary groves of trees to mark the 50th year of the Order. More on that ‘Golden Grove’ project later! Meanwhile do have a look at Michael talking about the value of the Bardic arts of storytelling and drama:


Michael: A Passion for Drama from Baby Girl Films on Vimeo.


  1. Wonderfull, say hello to Michael Vlasto from me please….thanks ❤

  2. Lovely to see and hear Michael talking about the things that really fire him; a great guy.

  3. Nice to see the master bard in action!

  4. Can’t wait to meet your town and its individuals next year!

  5. One of the many delights of my first OBOD Assembly in January this year was to meet Michael – a truly inspirational bard!

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