hi! i’m rowan.
I am a facilitator, herbalist & writer. I love plants, ritual, somatics, research and deepening into ancestral practices of blood & community. I am a bookworm, lover of song, and shy Pisces heart in a Virgo shell. I’m an agender trans person of Irish, Lithuanian, Scottish, and Sicilian trancestry, who benefits from the settler colonial and white supremacist nature of the United States. My pronouns are they/them/theirs.
I’m the creatrix behind of hawthorn and yew. this is a sacred cauldron of ritual, learning, relationship and invitation into deeper aliveness. im a trained community herbalist, facilitator, mediator, researcher, and full spectrum doula (with a focus on post partum and abortion support). my work centers trans, nonbinary, and queer community, and reflects a lifeway committed to values of anarchism, biocentrism, anti-oppression, anti-white supremacy, DIY ethos and total liberation.
I’m committed to facilitating qt community spaces for healing connection and collaborative learning.
I’m committed to queer4queer care, through 1:1 and larger community work. my work is centered in the reality of the world we are living in, and the world that might be.
Through pathways of plants, sacred practices & interconnection, I seek to spiral ever closer to holy embodied aliveness, and to help others do the same, in service to movements for justice and healing.
If you are seeking support in your journey, I would be honored to collaborate with you.
want to learn more?
background, training, lineages, contributions
i was first politicized after spending time as a student in Egypt and occupied Palestine, and getting involved in anti-imperialism and Palestine solidarity movements. Over time, I deepened into organizing around ecocide and environmental justice, MAD pride, DIY generative health, anti-fascism, anti-racism, and supporting movements for Indigenous sovereignty – both here on Turtle Island / NA and in occupied Palestine.
I am deeply rooted in queer community, anarchic organizing and direct action.
with so much gratitude in my heart, i honor those who have done the work in the movements for MAD pride, disability justice and healing justice, who have impacted me deeply and changed how i move through the world.
since then, i have worn many hats. i have been a full spectrum doula, a gender + sex educator, a conflict mediator, an info shop collective member, a gathering organizer, a direct action trainer, and an herbalist trained in “traditional western herbalism” (read: european empire medicine).
I am a longtime witch, ritualist, and writer, and have been a member of many different organizing groups and collectives. I am a trained facilitator with nearly a decade of experience, having facilitated circles, dialogue, and meetings in a multitude of settings. I believe that deep connection and healing is possible in containers that are held with care, intention and attention – I have seen it.
lately my focus has been directed toward relational transformation and healing – with self, other humans, plantkin, land, transcestors, and Spirit. Ritual, embodiment, relationships with plants, and personal practice have all been cornerstones of my own healing processes, and are at the root of what i am currently sharing with community.
i am deeply committed to information + skill sharing, power sharing, and transforming together in community.
i feel curiosity around questions of anti-professionalism, real community accountability, and how even in radical spaces we replicate systems of harm and oppression.
I feel curiosity around the how of many processes, around how the process by which we do a thing can be just as important as the thing itself –
– how ancestral reconnection processes for settlers can be intricately tied to supporting Indigenous sovereignty and dismantling white supremacy on Turtle Island/NA in practice, not just in theory.
– how we build relationships with more-than-human kin
– how we tend to our inner shadows and wounds
– how we deepen in relationship with forces of nature, like Change and Spirit
– how we deepen into resiliency in this world.
herbalism, care provision + more
i completed my Community Herbalist training in the vitalist tradition of so-called “traditional western herbalism” at the CommonWealth Center for Holistic Herbalism in 2016. For further study, I attended the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism in 2021 & have engaged in ongoing self study for 7+ years.
to deepen my 1:1 care provision, I’m currently (2023) enrolled in Advanced Clinical Herbal Skills program taught by Stachia, Ember & Vilda Chaya. I support community through herbal care via work at Railyard Apothecary as well as through my business, of hawthorn and yew.
In addition to this formal foundation, I continue to tend this learning and deepening into relationship with plantkin through self study and relational practices that are more aligned with my values. I love to read old books of my cultural lineages and learn from folks who are connected to undisrupted healing lineages. I am committed to reweaving ancestral herbalism through an anti-colonial lens.
i studied conflict meditation and transformation in the north of Ireland, as well as dialogue facilitation there and later through additional development trainings. i continued to learn & practice facilitation through local organizing and anarchist, nonhierarchical community lifeways.
to bolster my capacity to support community, i’ve also undertaking training in trauma-aware care provision, generative (reproductive) cycle education, full spectrum doula care, acupressure, facilitation, breath work, and tools for supporting people through grief, crisis and bereavement.
i’m also a student of generative somatics. i have been deeply impacted by direct and indirect teachings of Staci Haines, Wendy Haines, Prentis Hemphill, Tesfaye Tekelu, Phillippe Citrine, Eliana Rubin and more.
magical lineages + ritual training
I am an eclectic witch with a love of lore and ritual. My practice is based on deep relationship with Spirit, the Creatrix of life. It is grounded in my ancestral Celtic Isles’ blood lineages, deep relationships with plant kin, and in the re-membering of queer magical lineages erased by white supremacy and settler colonialism. Furthermore, my spirituality is nourished by my ethics: biocentrism, anarchism, the importance of ancestral reverence, and my commitment to doing my part to rebuild a more liberatory world every single day. Community-wise, I am a witch of the Reclaiming Tradition and a member of the Earthspirit community.
As a trans agender person, I practice liminal gender blessed magic and honor my queer transcestors. They do not rest in peace; May They Rise in Power.
In addition to over a decade of self-study, I have learned from many potent sources: my sacred circle of beloveds; my transcestors and ancestors; teachers in the Earthspirit community over 8+ years, especially Juniper Talbot, Sarah Lyn Eaton, and Giariel Foxwood; Reclaiming witches in the Wild Maine Witchcamp, BC Witchcamp and Cloudcatcher Witchcamp communities; Pavini Moray, from whom I learned the language ‘gender blessed’; Murphy Robinson and Jamie Waggoner; Alexis Cunningfolk through their courses and other teachings; the staff at Asheville Raven & Crone where I was lucky enough to work as a staff witch; trainings through the Institute for Birth, Breath and Death; the covens of my youth; from the plants and earth and sky themselves; from writers, poets and storytellers; and from Spirit.
I teach with the Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine (NC) and Terra Sylva School of Botanical Medicine (NC), offering support on providing gender affirming herbal care. I assisted the 2020-2021 cohort of the Way of the Weaver Priestxing training in which we explored the practices of Death Priestxing, Divination, and Spellwork. Other contributions include presenting at the Maine Herbalism conference, the Mystic South Conference (GA), and more.
Through community support and access to healing modalities, I survived many things I thought I’d never make it through. Ritual, plantkin relationship and embodiment practices continue to hold me as I navigate the wild waters of life.
Having committed to my own lifelong healing, moving ever towards deeper resiliency and embodied aliveness, I am committed to holding space for others as they undertake their own transformative processes.
find me in community:
i collaborate with Max of anyway we can herbs in the project betony and birch, through which we offer online education for healing practitioners on providing affirming care for queer and trans clients. We also offer contract education in these areas for schools, agencies, and organizations. Some past and current organizations we teach for include the Asheville Doula Agency, Terra Sylva School of Botanical Medicine, and the Blue Ride School of Herbal Medicine.