Autumn 2018 Offerings

Samhain approaches and the songs and whispers of the Otherworld fill the long, dark nights.

In” Rewilding Witchcraft”, Peter Grey writes that “We must learn to give the death rites in a culture that pretends that death can be cheated [ . . .]”   This is a season of giving death rites not only within, but to that culture, and of preparing the soil for a springtime that seems far away.   In that spirit, I bring forth these seasonal offerings:

Ancestral Connection

The memories of our ancestors live on in our bodies — both the pain we have inherited and the resilience of those who survived it.   And if you reach far enough back in your lineage, there are ancestors who knew what it was to experience the world as alive and feel in every moment the intimate connection between their bodies and the body of the Earth.   We need those ancient memories now.

Drawing from the work of Stephen Buhner on heart-centered awareness, I have developed a method of guiding people through the echoes of matrilineal heartbeats to connect with their pre-colonial, pre-capitalist ancestors.  In conversation with those ancestors, we then find practices and sometimes plant allies that can aid in guiding us into embodying something closer to their way of being in the world.

I will be offering ancestral connection sessions for $93 a session in October, November, December, and January.  To book a session e-mail   Please include your phone number and mailing address in the e-mail.   As with all of my offerings, if you are in deep need of this support but unable to afford the full price, please write to me explaining your circumstances and your need, and we will find a way to work together that honors both our needs.

Navigating the Darkness:  A Three Month Healing Jouney from Samhain To Imbolc

The time between Samhain and Imbolc, the darkest months of the year, is a time for reflection and quiet, connecting with our deepest selves and with the voices of the ancestors, the gods, and the land.

Are you needing help rooting into the land?    Are you wanting support in navigating the waters of your inner ocean?   Do you seek guidance in shaping a personal practice of reflection and contemplation for the dark months?   Are you seeking plant allies to bring warmth and light to balance the cold and the dark?

I have space to offer six more people the opportunity to take part in a three month healing journey.  In the months of November, December, and January, you will have monthly sessions with me in which we will find the herbs, rituals, and somatic practices that can best support you during the dark of the year and will also receive e-mails each week with poetry, prayers, reflections, quotations, and resources to support your journey.

To reserve one of these slots, please e-mail and include your phone number, mailing address, and a brief description of the issues you seek support around.  The cost of this program is $250.

If you would just like to receive the weekly e-mails between Samhain and Imbolc, you can subscribe to them for $33.   E-mal to subscribe.

I will also be beginning another round of my nine month healing journey program starting at Imbolc.   Watch in late November for early registration discounts!

Tales for Long, Dark Nights

The dark months of the year have long also been a time for sharing the lore that keeps traditions alive.

I am offering a special discount on the audio  and video recordings of two series of online classes I gave last year:   Materia Magica — a series of twelve lectures on the medicine and magic of some of my most beloved plant allies — and Faerie Tales — a series of three talks on the Ballad of Thomas the Rhymer, The Ballad of Tam Lin, and the tale of the Faerie midwife.   The entire set of recordings will be available between now and Samhain for $250.   Send payment via Paypal to to receive links that will give you unlimited access to these classes.

Heart Medicine for Hard Times — October 21 and 22 in Marblehead, MA

I will be offering a rare East Coast class hosted by my beloved friend and mentor, Margi Flint, October 21-22 in Marblehead, MA.

We are living in a time of tremendous grief, fear, and uncertainty. Our individual worries and struggles flow together with the collective pain of a culture and a planet in peril. How can we reconnect with the love that is the source of our tears and our laughter? Join me for a weekend of exploring herbs and simple somatic and magical practices that can help us ground and orient amidst the chaos and recover the vital, embodied presence that allows us to bring forward our gifts and take part in the healing of our world.    Cost for the weekend is $200.   To register go to

I am also potentially available for teaching opportunities in New England the week of October 22-28, please contact me if you would like to try to organize a class.

A Nine Month Healing Journey: Individual Support from Beltane to Imbolc (May 2018 – February 2019)

The deepest journeys of transformation happen when I have the opportunity to work with a person (and the plants and fungi and ancestors who want to support them) over several seasons.     So I am opening up nine spaces in my practice for people who would like to work with me over distance monthly for the nine months from Beltane to Imbolc (May to February.)

Each month, we will meet by phone, Skype, or Zoom and engage in:

— Heart-centered dialogue about questions and challenges you are facing in your life right now.

— An examination of the influences on your situation.

— The crafting of a custom herbal formula and simple rituals and spells to integrate into your daily life to help address the issues at hand.

The sessions will last 60-90 minutes.

Normally I ask people to pay $75 – $120 for a session, but for those committing to nine months of work together and willing to pay in either a single installment or two installments (one in April and one in July) I will be charging $600, which roughly translates to $66/ session.

The cost does not include your herbal formula.   I can either give you the proportions and have you fill it yourself or have it filled by Five Flavors Herbs who will bill you directly and ship the formula to you.

When possible, I will try to book our sessions for roughly the same time each month, however in June all sessions will be after I return from Ireland on the 26.   Sessions will generally be on Tuesdays  or Thursdays between 10 am and 4 pm Pacific.

To register, e-mail  with the following information:

Your name

Your mailing address

Your phone number

Your first and second choices for appointment dates in May

Whether you will be paying in full or in two installments

I look forward to accompanying you on your healing journey!

Materia Magica: Online, 2017

Throughout history, humans have worked with plants to heal their bodies, shift their consciousness, and transforms their lives and their worlds.

Join herbalist, poet, and witch, Sean Donahue for a six month investigation of some of his favorite allies from the botanical and fungal realms.
On the seventh and thirteenth of each month, participants will receive a 90-minute to 2 hour video, written notes, and a resource list to guide them in understanding the medicine and magic of a plant or mushroom.
May–Hawthorn and Bear Medicines
June — Artemesias and St. Johns Wort
July —  Cedar and Rose
August — Elecampane and Black Cohosh
September — Reishi and Oak
October — Devil’s Club and Psilocybe
Register by April 13 and pay just $200!
Register by April 30 and pay just $250
After April 30 the price goes up to $300.
To register, send payment via Paypal to and include a note with the e-mail address to which we can send a confirmation and the lessons.

Faerie Tales Online: Thomas the Rhymer and Tam Lin — Sale extended!

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 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!

To buy them, go to:

JAHG Article on Working with Autistic Adults

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:

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