Books by Seán Pádraig O'Donoghue

Courting the Wild Queen

Courting the Wild Queen

“Just as a god might be the mind that arises from a forest, a river, a planet or a cluster of galaxies, so too each person’s consciousness is a collective consciousness born of the matter and energy that make up our beings.”

RITONA Press is thrilled to announce the upcoming release of Courting The Wild Queen, by poet, herbalist, and mystic Seán Pádraig O'Donoghue.

Courting The Wild Queen is a deeply poetic exploration of the ancient and modern world through the mythic and the ecological. Mycelium networks spreading their tangled threads of meaning beneath the forest floor reveal to the reader our own tapestries of meaning, while the ancient lore of Irish Kings and Queens of Land unveil the lost -- but recoverable -- centers of human existence. 

Release Date:

June 1, 2022


140 pages, 5.25in x 8in, perfect bound with matte cover and black & white interior

Ordering Information:

Courting The Wild Queen will retail for $16.00 US in print and $11.00 in digital. It will also be available on Kindle for $9.99. Before the date of its release, print editions can be purchased in advance for a reduced rate of $13.50 US ($2.50 off the retail price). Order Now

The Forest Reminds Us Who We Are

The Forest Remind Us Who We Are

A guidebook for tapping into the medicinal power of wild plants for recovering and maintaining spiritual, emotional, and mental wellbeing.

Our ancestors drew health, strength, nourishment, and meaning from their relationship to the natural world, and yet today most of us have lost that vital connection. It should then come as no surprise that we are living in an age of unprecedented anxiety, depression, loneliness, and illness. Drawing from herbal medicine, somatic psychology, Celtic wisdom, and his own experiences, author Seán Pádraig O'Donoghue outlines an approach to herbal healing for the mind and spirit that is uniquely suited to our modern times. Plants are our wild kindred and have the power to connect us with the life within and around us. O'Donoghue takes readers on a journey through some of the ways our bodies, minds, and spirits have become unbalanced in an unbalanced world. He then blends lyrical, mythic, and scientific understandings to help us to understand the potent power of plant medicine. Also included are simple rituals designed to deepen our connections to our own bodies, the land, and both new and familiar plant allies. This is the ideal book for anyone new to herbalism, as well as seasoned herbalists, naturopaths, body workers, and psychologists.

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The Forest Reminds Us Who We Are is exquisitely woven with lore, poetry, science, and personal experience. Seán’s approach to plants is both enchanting and realistic, touching at places deep within the soul that long for reconnection with the wild world and with self. This book encourages a reconvening and offers an invitation to ‘come home.’”
      —Jennifer May, herbalist, Sage Moon LLC

“This book is an intimate and sensual plunge of a poet’s heart discovering the power of plants that heals him on many levels as it also transforms him into what he wanted to be all along. It is a doorway to the wisdom the forest wishes to teach us and, if we allow ourselves to listen, what it can reveal to us of our own nature.”
      —Cornelia Benavidez, author of Victor Anderson: An American Shaman

“Not just an important contribution to herbal medicine, but a significant contribution to Irish literature itself.”
      —Matthew Wood, herbalist and author of The Book of Herbal Wisdom


Seán is happy to offer signed copies of his book for sale.

Personalized signed copies are available for $20 plus postage. If you have purchased a copy somewhere else and would like Seán to sign it, he will gladly do so for $5 plus postage (or for free if you catch him at a public event.)

To request a signed book copy, please e-mail with the following information:

  • Your name
  • Shipping address
  • Name and any other requests for inscription
  • E-mail address for PayPal invoice
  • Preferred shipping method (see below)

Two shipping options are available within the U.S. -- Priority Mail which will arrive 1-3 days after mailing for $8 or Media Mail which may take several weeks for $3.

Sadly, shipping outside the U.S. (including to Canada) is quite a bit more expensive. The most affordable option seems to be First Class International Package Service for $14 with a shipping time of 1/2 - 3 weeks.