About the School and Instructors
About Sean Donahue
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 Alicia Crockett of the Portland School of Herbal Wisdom in Portland, OR (where he also has a private practice.) He is 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.
More information can be found at www.seandonahueherbalist.com
Brandt Stickley is an Assistant Professor in the College of Classical Chinese Medicine, National University of Natural Medicine, and a Visiting Professor at Dragon Rises College of Oriental Medicine and Pacific Rim College.
As a Senior Instructor and Board member of Dragon Rises Seminars he teaches Shen-Hammer Pulse Diagnosis. Brandt is a graduate of Cornell University and the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He has worked closely with Dr. Leon Hammer for 18 years, and is considered an authority on the model of Chinese medical Psychology developed by Dr. Hammer.
In his own development of this school of thought, he has relentlessly pursued a synthesis of Classical Han and Tang Dynasty herbal medicine and acupuncture, Chinese magical medicine, philosophy and religion, with concepts of psychosomatic medicine, body-oriented psychology, neuro-phenomenology, process-oriented philosophy, imaginal, integral, and consciousness studies. He brings all of these disciplines to play in striving to intend the impossible as a clinician, teacher, writer and speaker. In theory and in practice, Brandt's work seeks to establish Classical Chinese medicine as a vital psychosomatic and physiosemiotic current in the evolution of consciousness and the alleviation of suffering.
More information can be found at www.brandtstickley.com