Holistic Herbal Evaluation with Matthew Wood & Sean Donahue

Holistic Herbal Evaluation: Body, Soul, and Spirit

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Joanne Sherrow

Upper Respiratory, Lower Respiratory, Dreams/Sleep, Depression, Anxiety, Joint/Muscles Classes

These monthly classes are excellent. Matthew and Sean are great teachers. The material is motivating, engaging, and very helpful. Looking forward to learning more.

Brendan Williams

A wonderful course with two truly phenomenal teachers. I would highly recommend this monthly series to anyone wanting to go deep into traditional Western herbalism, energetics, and body-mind-spirit dynamics. The content is deep, unique, and thorou...

nancy douglas

holistic herbal eval: body ,soul, and spirit

Getting input from both Sean and Matt on a subject has been very eye opening to see the differences and similarities in these herbalists. During the live broadcasts we can write in questions- this is terrific! I feel these talks are winding all of...

Joanne Sherrow

These monthly classes are excellent. Matthew and Sean are great teachers. The material is motivating, engaging, and very helpful. Looking forward to learning more.

Brendan Williams

A wonderful course with two truly phenomenal teachers. I would highly recommend this monthly series to anyone wanting to go deep into traditional Western herbalism, energetics, and body-mind-spirit dynamics. The content is deep, unique, and thorou...

nancy douglas

Getting input from both Sean and Matt on a subject has been very eye opening to see the differences and similarities in these herbalists. During the live broadcasts we can write in questions- this is terrific! I feel these talks are winding all of...

Rusty Wilder

I deeply enjoy listening to Matthew and Sean's soothing voices while cooking -- I always learn something! Such vast knowledge of systems and specific indications. Thanks~~

Emilie Stift

This is a great class, Matthew & Sean compliment each other well with a little bit of overlap and there's a lot of depth to the information they present.

Cornelia Tobey

These conversations offer an amazing amount of information and wisdom, I highly recommend them and I look forward to more!

Ruth Meyer

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Leslie Lekos

I am so pleased with the content of this course. Thank you so very much for offering it!!

Shelli Johnson-McCombs

This is really a fun, informative & educational class. Totally enjoying you both-your conversations , humor and many pearls of wisdom. Hope that you both continue on! Thank you both for sharing your wisdom.

laura costas

packed with info! so helpful, thank you!

Karen Clarke

John Carr

thanks and congrats to both the boys from Aust. Really informative class and great opportunity to get some direct clinical observations. I have just graduated from a naturopathic college here and have been eager to expand on my clinic prac, so thi...

Jacqueline Johnson

This video explained why small doses of herbal tincture are recommended by Matthew Wood. I like Matt's explanation of nudging versus forcing the organism to respond to the substance. For me, this approach translates into honoring the innate heali...

Matthew Wood and  Sean Donahue
Matthew Wood and Sean Donahue
Co-Instructors

About the instructor

Matthew Wood

"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).


Sean Donahue

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

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.


Next Class

Friday, June 29th

 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Central Time (Chicago time zone) Time zone converter tool *Change of time due to travel. Normally classes are the 4th Wednesday of the month at noon Central Time.
 

Matthew and Sean will be discussing and teaching:


"The Three Selves"


A 3-part Series

The "Three Selves," a holistic model of the psyche that underlies Matt and Sean's approach to herbalism and psychology.  

May -  "The Wild Self."  The wild self is felt at the solar plexus, as a "thump on the belly," which gives voice to the "animal within."  Through the animal self we feel what is real on the instinctive, animal, bodily level. The gut level instincts are tied to the stomach and we will be discussing the stomach and gastric herbs in tandem with this profound subject.

June -  "The Talking Self."  This is our conscious self.  We talk to others to generate our social persona and to ourselves to generate our soul.   Remedies for the persona and the soul (moodiness, introversion, shame, false faced-ness, etc.)  

July -  "The Divine Self."  Through imagination and dream we reach our most recondite and hidden self, the spirit, dreamer, or Divine
self --- not unlike Jung's "Self."  Perhaps there are no herbs for this journey; perhaps all herbs facilitate by helping us be who we are.  The Divine and Nature are one and in this final class gives Matthew and Sean the opportunity to discuss their mentoress, Nature, and advocate for an inner connection
to Nature as well as an outward, environmentally responsible connect.

Bring your questions - Matt and Sean welcome you to participate in these live, online events!


A link to register for the next class live will be posted below in "Next Class" 2 days before the event. Also stay tuned to your email and Facebook for updates.


When you subscribe to this class you will be given access to previous class recordings. You can also 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.


Please see the FAQ for answers to common questions.



For $15 monthly - Join the monthly class online LIVE and enjoy a growing library of classes, anytime!


We welcome you to discuss topics with other students in the "Student Discussion" section below. 

Matthew will not be moderating the discussion section - but encourages herbalist of all levels to share their questions and insights. 

Join one of the monthly classes to participate in the Q&A and get answers to your herbal questions! 

If you are having technical issues please see the FAQ  - contact information is there as well.

Course Contents

13 Videos
1 Multimedia
9 Texts
6 PDFs
13 Disqus
12 Audios

Course Curriculum

Upper Respiratory - October 2017
119:08
Flu, Fever and Diaphoretics - November 2017
119:09
Holiday Special - Herbal Stories and Odd-ball Remedies - December 2017
118:11
Depression - January 24th, 2018
126:22
Joints, Connective Tissue, and Fascia - February 28th, 2018
135:13
Anxiety - Restless Heart and Mind - March 28th, 2018
122:41
Sleep - Insomnia - Dreams - April 25th, 2018
121:31
The Three Selves - Part 1 - "The Wild/Animal Self" - May 23rd, 2018
119:23
The Three Selves - Part 2 - "The Talking Self" - Friday, June 29th, 2018
121:33
Next Class - The Three Selves - Part 3 - "The Divine Self" - Wednesday, July 25th, 2018 12:00pm noon Central Time