under siege and famine

ancestral plantlore & community resilience


Who offers support and nourishment when state governments enact policies of violence against their people?

In this program, we will explore the more-than-human kin networks that kept people’s of the Celtic Isles alive under English colonialism from the 1700 onward. We will discuss the Potato famine, as well as other historical sieges and famines that impacted the region.

Together we will meet some of the plantkin that offered sustenance when relied upon food sources became scarce. We will offer them gratitude and honor for the ways they supported the survival of some of our peoples. Our bodies remember.

This program includes five weeks of gathering together, holding space for info-sharing, community reflection & dialogue, somatic practice, and more.

We will remember how deep relationship with the land and more than human kin are essential to flourishing ecosystems and community survival; how relationship is the key to joy, connection, and deeply woven community. Together, we will consider what wisdom our ancestors (human and plant) have to share with us about how to be in relationship with the lands and peoples we reside alongside, who continue to suffer under state violence.

join us this Spring as we

build relations with plants

who sing songs of

community resilience & survival

under oppression.

Who is this for?

This program was crafted to support folks in North America diasporic communities of Celtic Isles descent in reconnecting to their cultural backgrounds, including peoples of Irish, Scottish and Welsh lineages.

This is especially for folks who are engaging in ancestral reconnection work or community organizing work as settlers on N. America; reckoning with legacies of domination and violence is an essential, ongoing thread of this work.

If you care about plants, liberation and justice work, this is especially for you too. All herbalism experience levels and ancestral backgrounds welcome.



The info share will take place over five Tuesdays – May 7, 14, 21, 28 and June 4, 2024

We will gather via Zoom from 6-8pm ET / 3-5pm PT each week.

There will be live closed captioning available on our calls.

The recordings will be sent out to all who register.

Folks are invited to make it to our weekly calls live when you can; this is in the intended container and will be the most potent.

This will be a gentle and lovingly held container.  Folks are welcome to be on or off screen, participate or not as they feel called, and are free to utilize the unmute or chat functions to contribute.  Come as you are.


Join us in community to explore what plant kin have to remind us about community care, resilience, and survival under state violence.


This offering is available via multiple sliding scale tiers of pricing. Please select that which is most appropriate to your financial circumstances, your access to resources and generational wealth, and your societal positionality. You can select your chosen option at check out.

$600 – Supporter Rate

$450 – A little more

$333 – Base price

$200 – Solidarity rate for QT folks who are chronically ill or disabled *Note: these spaces are limited. Please leave them for folks who truly need them. 

Note: payment plants are available for all payment tiers.

If price is still a barrier, email me at ofhawthornandyew@protonmail.com for scholarship access.



Registration opens April 2024

Space in this cohort is limited for intimacy and connection.


together lets explore the ways plants defy state violence, and invite us into deep webs of community. together we will remember the resiliency in our lineages, and the interspecies community care that lives in our bones.

together we return to the deep ancestral relationships between humans and plants, between kin, between us and the holy wild.

plants have so much to teach us, and there is always so much to learn. we only have to make space, open and listen.



we remember

the deep resiliency

of our lineages

and the power of

deep relationship

with plant kin






Who is facilitating this offering?

For folks new to me & my work –

my name is rowan (they/them) and I’m a qt herbalist, writer, researcher, big nerd and devotee to plant kin. I deeply believe in justice, radical community care, and embodying our values even under pressure.

The threads of my work include politicized ancestral reconnection for settlers on Turtle Island/N America, queer healing, ritual and devotion with the holy, navigating chronic illness, long-c & DJ, cultural traditions and ethnobotany, and more. I’m a white-bodied 3rd gen US person who comes from Irish, Lithuanian, Scottish & Sicilian lineages.

I base my work off of my lived personal experiences, relationships with the holy wild, and deep research. I love researching and learning, and then sharing what I’ve learned with community.

thanks for being in community with me, for your support of my ongoing work, and for being a part of this broader weaving.


what wisdom might ancestral famine plant kin have to share with us?





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