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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