Seán Pádraig O’Donoghue is an herbalist, Vegetalista, writer, poet, teacher, and an initiated Priest in two traditions. As an animist, he experiences plants and fungi as our ancestors and our kin, living beings with their own intelligence, who exist with us, not for us. His work with plants and fungi weaves together insights gleaned from traditional western herbalism, contemporary science, Irish and Nordic animism, and his own lived experience. He is the author of The Forest Reminds Us Who We Are, Courting the Wild Queen, and an upcoming book tentatively titled The Silver Branch, and writes a column for Plant Healer Quarterly. He teaches classes through his own Otherworld Well Hedge School and serves on the faculties of the Matthew Wood Institute of Herbalism and the Arborvitae School of Traditional Herbalism.
Prior to becoming an herbalist, Seán was a political organizer in movements for peace, human rights, and global economic justice, and a freelance journalist documenting the human and ecological impacts of U.S. policies in Latin America.