Paul Beyerl

Paul Beyerl

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birth_date = 1945
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Rev. Paul Beyerl, (pronounced "bye'-rul") born 1945 in Owen, Wisconsin, is known as an author and educator, and particularly as a Wiccan priest, in Wiccan and neopagan circles.


With his partner, Beyerl maintains a 45,000 square foot botanical garden on Rose Hill in Kirkland, Washington, which serves as a classroom and a place where students and visitors are able to see medicinal herbs and ornamental plants as they grow.

Beyerl is known as an herbal educator, with a number of popular publications (see 'Publications') in the field. Today Beyerl teaches courses in herbal medicine at Cascadia Community College, Seattle Central Community College and, through The Hermit’s Grove, which he founded, offers an extensive Master Herbalist certification program.

His magickal teachings about herbs could reasonably be described as new age in that they focus on spiritual and 'magical' topics relating to plants rather than being strictly scientific in their content. This fits with his position as a priest of the Wiccan tradition. The Master Herbalist Program, however, works with current scientific and medical research about the nature of herbal medicine.

Past Achievements

In addition to founding The Hermit's Grove, Beyerl is the founder of The Rowan Tree Church, a Wiccan church that emerged in the mid-1970s in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It was granted legal recognition in 1980. He also founded The Mystery School of The Tradition of Lothloriën, which provides extensive studies leading to ordination, in 1981. Beyerl taught in Dallas for two years and in 1991 moved to Los Angeles, California to teach for three years. In 1994 he relocated to Kirkland, Washington, a move which included moving the home office of The Rowan Tree Church.


Beyerl began publishing a Wiccan newsletter - "The Unicorn" - in 1977. It is now among the longest-published Wiccan newsletters in North America, in continuous publication since 1997.


* "The Master Book of Herbalism" (1984) Phoenix Publishing (ISBN 0-919345-53-0)
* "A Wiccan Bardo: Initiation and Self-Transformation" originally published by Prism Press in England and the U.S. (ISBN 1-85327-036-9) and by Unity Press in Australia in 1989.
* "Painless Astrology" (1997) Hermit's Grove (ISBN 0-9655687-0-9)
* "The Holy Books of the Devas" (1998) The Hermit's Grove (ISBN 0-9655687-1-7)
* "A Compendium of Herbal Magick" (1998) Phoenix Publishing (ISBN 0-919345-45-X)
* "A Wiccan Bardo, Revisited" (1999) The Hermit’s Grove (ISBN 0-9655687-2-5)
* "The Symbols and Magick of Tarot" (2005) The Hermit's Grove (ISBN 0-9655687-4-1)
* "Gem and Mineral Lore" (2005) The Hermit's Grove (ISBN 0-9655687-3-3)


* "The Arts of Healing" - Lecture on cassette (ACE)
* "Initiation and Initiatory Orders" (Panel Discussion with Ian Corrigan, Liafal, and Donald Michael Kraig) (ACE)


* Bond, Lawrence & Ellen Evert Hopman (1996) "People of the Earth: The New Pagans Speak Out". (reissued as "Being a Pagan: Druids, Wiccans & Witches Today" in 2002: Destiny Books ISBN 0-89281-904-9) Interview.
* Lewis, James & Shelley Rabinovitch (2002) "The Encyclopedia of Modern Witchcraft and Neo-Paganism". Citadel ISBN 0806524073, ISBN 978-0806524078
* O'Gaea, Ashleen (2003) "In the Service of Life: A Wiccan Perspective on Death". C Trade Paper ISBN 0806524448, ISBN 978-0806524443
* Raeburn, Jane (2001) "Celtic Wicca: Ancient Wisdom for the 21st Century". Citadel ISBN 0806522291, ISBN 978-0806522296

External links

* [ The Hermit's Grove]
* [ The Rowan Tree Church]

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