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More about me

I’m Yarrow (they/them), a queer celebrant & artist living a soft & slow life in Scotland. I support folks in reconnecting with their creativity & spirituality.

My practices are rooted in justice, pleasure, animism, pantheism and my local landscape.

My mobility is limited after an accident, so I’ve become a slow being with a strong connection to my local landscape, the sky outside my window & my body-home. I’m curious about art making and story telling for liberation and about the magic that can unfold in groups.

This year I’m going back to grad school to study art & archeology to learn to better listen to the land & our ancestors.

In my printmaking and textile art practice I am exploring reclaimed embodiment, the value of limitations, queer myths & ritual.

I’m proudly queer, disabled & neurodivergent, which I believe brings resilience & creativity to my work.

Inspiration and qualifications

I value both formal and informal learning and feel that the most inspiring things I’ve discovered have been found in really unusual spaces. I am listing my qualifications here because I want to name and honour my teachers and be transparent about my background.

  • MA in creative media from the University of Brighton (2014) and a BA combining social science and creative writing from the Open University (2011). I’m currently studying mythology & philosophy with the OU.
  • Celebrancy training with the OBOD
  • Death midwife training at the University of Vermont
  • Movement for trauma training level one with Jane Clapp
  • Healing Sexual Trauma: A Professional Training in Trauma-Informed Care with the Breathe Network
  • Breathwork facilitator training level 1, 2 & 3 with David Elliot, 200 hr yoga teacher training with the Sivananda school, yoga therapy training with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and a thai yoga massage training at the Mudita school with Ralf Marzen
  • Tarot and ritual classes with Alexis Cunningfolk, Beth Maiden, Sarah Kerr, Lara Veleda Vesta, Nancy Antenucci & Asia Suler 

 

I’m deeply grateful for many other educators who have inspired my work, for example adrienne maree brown, Starhawk, Francis Weller, Joana Macy, Alexis Cunningfolk, Pixie Lighthorse, Julia Cameron, Natalie Goldberg, Jennifer Patterson, Silvia Frederici, Anni Albers and Clarissa Pinkola Estes. I would also like to name that I have benefited greatly from many teachers of colour who generously passed their practices and wisdom on to communities that I am part of. I understand that cultural appropriation is an immense problem in the wellness industry and I am committed to decolonizing my practice and unlearning extractive ways of being in the world.

Scope of practice

I support people in finding ritual practices and creative expressions that support them in making sense of life, in better understanding themselves and in finding a sense of purpose and belonging. I am not a therapist or a medical professional and as such I don’t diagnose or treat people. I’m continuously learning about ways in which I can make the spaces I facilitate more trauma informed and inclusive and I am always open for constructive feedback. I ask that people who join my programs or work with me individually only commit to what feels right to them and what they are ready for and to consult with a medical professional if they are unsure. In my programs you wont encounter gendered language and you’ll always be given different options to customise your experience to what best serves you.

“The doors to the wild self are few but precious. If you have a deep scar, that is a door, if you have an old, old story, that is a door. If you love the sky and the water so much you almost cannot bear it, that is a door. If you yearn for a deeper life, a full life, a sane life, that is a door.”

– Clarissa Pinkola Estès

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