In 2016 Matthew Wood and Sean Donahue created the Portland School of Herbal Wisdom's Clinical Training Program in an effort to provide the greater herbal and healthcare communities with a training that would meet the needs of Advanced Students looking to further their studies and clinical skills in Traditional Western Herbalism. Read below to learn more about Matthew and Sean.
Matthew Wood Co-Founder and Instructor
Matthew Wood has been a practicing Traditional Western Herbalist since 1982. 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).
Matthew has lectured in all parts of the United States, from Georgia to Maine, New York to California, and Santa Fe to Sperryville, Virginia. He has also taught in Canada, Scotland, England, France, and Australia. He is known throughout the world as an excellent teacher of herbal medicine. He is also the author of six acclaimed books on herbal medicine, published by North Atlantic Books.
Seven Herbs, Plants as Teachers (1987)
Vitalism, The History of Herbalism, Homeopathy, and Flower Essences, originally entitled The Magical Staff (1993)
The Book of Herbal Wisdom (1998)
The Practice of Traditional Western Herbalism (2004)
The Earthwise Herbal, A Complete Guide to Old World Medicinal Plants (2008)
The Earthwise Herbal, A Complete Guide to New World Medicinal Plants (2009)
Sean Donahue is a member of the faculty of the School of Western Herbalism at Pacific Rim College in Victoria, BC and now co-founder, with Matthew Wood, of the Portland School of Herbal Wisdom in Portland, OR (where also has a private practice.) He is also a priest and holder of the Green Wand in the BlackHeart line of the Feri Tradition of witchcraft. He lives on the traditional territory of the Yakima Nation in Trout Lake, WA. His writing regularly appears in Plant Healer magazine and on the website Gods & Radicals among other publications.
Sean works to integrate the insights of Traditional Western Herbalism, somatic psychology, European shamanic and magical traditions, phytochemistry, and neurobiology. The result is a clinical approach based on shifting and deepening a person’s felt sense of embodied presence and connection with the living world. He has a special passion for working with people whose experiences and worldviews are frequently misunderstood or discounted in conventional health care settings including Queer and Trans people, Pagans and animists, and his fellow Autistic adults.
Prior to becoming an herbalist, Sean worked for 15 years as an organizer in movements for peace, human rights, and economic justice, and was a freelance journalist documenting the human and ecological impacts of U.S. policies in Latin America.