Clinical skills are the most difficult to develop in herbal medicine and the least available in the educational realm. Two experienced herbalists, Matthew Wood and Sean Donahue, are pioneering an online approach to alternative, holistic, and traditional herbal diagnosis and evaluation. Sean has a more emotional, soul-based approach, while Matthew has a more physical, body-based approach. Both us believe in the importance of the spirit in medicine and healing, although that is a topic that tends to eclipse the classroom. This class will, therefore, be stimulating for the students and for else of us – which will make it more stimulating and exciting.
Wednesday December 27th
12:00 pm noon - 2:00 pm CST (-6:00 GMT - Chicago time zone) Time zone converter tool
Matthew and Sean will be discussing and teaching:
Holiday Special: Stories, Odd-ball Remedies +++
Includes time for Q&A and Discussion
When you subscribe to this class you will be given access to previous class recordings. You will also receive emails with details on how to join the events LIVE online via your smart phone, tablet or computer!
This class is the 4th Wednesday of each month - at noon CST, unless otherwise noted due to Matthew or Sean's travel schedules.
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Matthew will not be moderating the discussion section - but encourages herbalist of all levels to share their questions and insights.
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"A Real Live Herbalist"
Matthew Wood has been a practicing herbalist since 1982. In a period when many authors and lecturers are merely "arm chair herbalists" who offer theories and opinions based on book learning, and others have turned to the exotic traditions of India or China, he has been an active practitioner of traditional Western herbalism. He has helped tens of thousands of clients over the years, with many difficult health problems. While Matthew believes in the virtue of many other healing modalities, he has always been inspired to learn, preserve, and practice the tradition of herbal medicine descending to us from our European, Anglo-American, and Native American heritage. He is a member of the American Herbalists Guild (registered herbalist) and has earned his Masters of Science degree from the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine (accredited by the University of Wales).
I am a neurodivergent/NeuroQueer/Autistic semi-nomadic wild forest creature. I am an herbalist, a writer, a poet, a teacher, and a witch. I make my home in Trout Lake, WA on the traditional territory of the Yakima nation and base my practice in Portland, OR, but frequently travel to offer workshops and teach at conferences across North America.
For me magic, poetry, healing, and liberation are inextricably linked.
I am an initiated priest of the BlackHeart line of the Feri tradition of witchcraft. In my tradition, we engage in ecstatic relation with ourselves in all of our parts – human, wild, and divine– and with the land, the gods, and the living world around us. We tend to ourselves, to each other, to our world, and to the turning of the stars in the sky. My own priesthood involves deep work with ancestors and the human and other-than-human dead.
From 2012-2016, I taught herbal energetics, mental health therapeutics, and phytochemistry at Pacific Rim College in Victoria, and supervised students in clinics at the college and the Victoria Native Friendship Center. I remain a member of the college’s faculty, offering occasional workshops and courses.
Prior to becoming an herbalist, I worked as a freelance journalist writing about liberation movements in Latin America and as a political organizer opposing four Presidents’ wars in Iraq, making the links between economic justice in Latin America and rural New England, supporting veterans and military families dedicated to bringing U.S. troops home and give them the care they needed, protecting old growth forests in Massachusetts, and serving as part of the core organizing team that won rights for medical Cannabis patients and growers in Maine