Throughout history, humans have worked with plants to heal their bodies, shift their consciousness, and transforms their lives and their worlds.
Beltane approaches and the veil between worlds shimmers and grows thin . . .
Join herbalist, poet, and witch, Sean Donahue, in an exploration of two Scottish balads about encounters between humans and the faerie realm – available streaming live online or as recordings. (And watch for an upcoming announcement of a video on plants and the Faerie realm from Sean and world-renowned herbalist Matthew Wood.)
THOMAS THE RHYMER – April 19, 7-9 pm PDT
“And see not ye that bonny road,/ Which winds about the fernie brae?/ That is the road to fair Elfland, /Whereyou and I this night maun gae.”
A shimmering woman on a white horse bedecked with silver appears to a poet who fell asleep beneath a Hawthorn, and she shows him three roads: the road of righteousness, “thick beset with thorns and briars” . . . he broad, broad road of wickedness, “though some calls it the road to heaven” . . .and the wild road to Elfland.
Join poet, Sean for an exploration of the ballad of Thomas the Rhymer, the nature of these three roads, and the meaning of the terrible gift the Queen of Elfland gives him for his service to her.
TAM LIN – April 26, 7-9 pm PDT
How dare you pull the rose, the rose?/ How dare you break the tree? / How dare you come to Cartenaugh/ without the leave of me?”
A woman who wanders into a forbidden place, stealing roses . . a faerie knight sworn to defend the realm . . .and the child they conceived . . .
Join Sean for an exploration of the deeper dimensions of this Scottish ballad, and what it reveals about the nature and law and ethos of the faerie realm.
$35 for each class or $60 for both
Register for both before April 8 and pay just $50!
To register, send payment via Paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org and include a note with the following information:
- Your name
- Your e-mail address
- Which class you are registering for if you are choosing just one
- Whether Sean may add you to his e-mail list
You will receive a confirmation within 48 hours.
Live-streaming will be via Zoom. You will receive an e-mail with instructions for using Zoom and the meeting ID the Monday before the class you signed up for.
12-48 hours after the class you will receive a link to download the video (in MP4 format) from Dropbox.
Watch in the coming week for two more online offerings:
Plants and the Faerie Realm with Sean Donahue and Matthew Wood
Materia Magica – a series of videos on the medicine and magic of Sean’s favourite plants.
as well as announcements of classes in Nevada City, CA in May and Crested Butte, CO . .
and a special Beltane class in Portland with Jessica Ring!
Also available now from the Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine: recordings of Sean’s classes on “Phytochemistry and Consciousness” and “Somatic Herbalism.”
Thomas Easley said:
“Sean Donahue is one of the most gifted teachers I’ve ever had the privilege to listen to. His recent classes were absolutely amazing! If you like your mind being blown, repeatedly, these might be the courses for you!”
Both classes are available for a $50 discount for a short time longer!
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We’re down to three feet of snow left on the ground in Trout Lake, so spring must be on its way! As the Skunk Cabbage and the bears are stirring, I am too, with a busy teaching schedule ahead.
This month, I travel to North Carolina to teach two classes for the Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine. March 13-14 I teach about plant chemistry and human consciousness in Phytochemistry and Consciousness. March 15-16 I teach about using small doses of plant medicines to shift a person’s sense of embodiment in the world in Somatic Herbalism. Both classes can be livestreamed from anywhere and will be available as recordings. Save $50 if you register for both!
April 1-2 Matthew Wood and I will be teaching about plants and the faerie realm in Nevada City, CA. Watch for details on another class in Nevada City in late May.
April 22-23, I will be teaching on “Sovereignty and the Land” at the Northwest Magic Conference in Portland.
May 13-14, I return to Pacific Rim College in Victoria, BC to teach “Neurodiversity: What Pracitioners Need to Know” — a primer for health care providers of all kinds on supporting neurodivergent clients and patients.
Details still to come on a workshop in Colorado in June on the way to teach at the Good Medicine Confluence, east coast adventures, and possibly a trip across the Atlantic this summer or fall.
In cultures around the world, the heart has long been viewed as the seat of consciousness and the source of true expression. What happens when the heart’s fire dies down? How do we rekindle its flame?
In this workshop, we will explore how herbs and simple ritual techniques can ignite, nourish, and support the heart. We will spend time with Damiana, Wormwood, Devil’s Club, Calamus, and more. Come learn how to bring back the blazing glory of the fire of the heart when cold winds have all but extinguished it.
Dates & Times
Saturday & Sunday February 11 & 12, 2017
10-5 each day
$150 for the whole weekend
To register go to http://www.wildrootbotanicals.com/
Samhain and Beltane are twin gates in the Celtic calendar — times when the veil between worlds as at its thinest. Times outside of ordinary time, when great transformation can occur. A gate of death and a gate of ecstasy, both of which dissolve the
In our own lives, releasing stories and identities and experiences can feel like a kind of death — and it can also bring profound liberation and open the way to the ecstatic movement of something wild within us.
In this workshop and ritual we will explore how herbs and magic can help guide and support us as we move through these gates.
Somatic Herbalist and Feri Priest, Sean Donahue will be our guide for this journey into dark places that hold the power to help us emerge into the fullness of who we are.
Please email email@example.com for registration details.
I will be giving a series of free talks at Fettle Botanic Supply & Counsel in Portland this fall. All talks will begin at 7:30 p.m.:
September 27 — Herbal Microdosing
October 11 — Magical and Healing Herbal Baths
November 22 — Heart Meditation
December 13 — Herbs and the Winter Solstice
The Journal of the American Herbalists Guild has been kind enough to allow me to share my article from their most recent issue. The article introduces the neurodiversity paradigm and gives practitioners advice on working with Autistic adults. Click on the link below to read or download it:
Many Gods West — Olympia, WA — August 5-7
Traditions in Western Herbalism Conference — Cloudcroft, NM — September 15-18
“Death, Liberation, and Ecstasy” — Marblehead, MA — October 22
Portland Plant Medicine Gathering — Portland, OR — November 11-13
I am currently accepting teaching invitations for 2017. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org