Hi, my name is Yarrow.
I live a soft, slow life in Scotland and create rituals and ceremonies for the big and small milestones in life. I also write, make textile art, host a podcast, swim in the sea all year and do a lot of queer dreaming.
I share my practices as an offering that you can make your own. They are woven together from independent celebrancy, European folk magic, expressive art and exploratory weirdness. There is space for both grief and joy here.
To me rituals are healing and healing is always political, which is part of the reason why my programs are available on a pay what you can basis. If you enjoy my work please consider becoming a Patreon – this will support my Daydreaming Wolves podcast and gets you access to workshop recordings, my digital zines, my Embodied Magic program and upcoming live classes.
I’ve been into rituals since I was little, even if I haven’t always been able to express it. They’ve helped me heal from bullying and sexual violence, allowed me to reconnect with my body and keep me grounded through grief and joy.
I adore slowness and sensuality, dog cuddles, wild swimming, writing zines, being pen pals, candle lit reading, plants, cyclical living and uncensored creativity. My favorite days are spent in bed weaving and listening to podcasts while cuddling my two dogs.
In my early twenties I pursued several pretty conventional career paths as best as I could because I wanted stability really badly. Being a gentle, neurodivergent being didn’t help me in the world of internet start ups though, so I burned out quickly.
Later in my twenties I slowly remembered the magic of reconnecting with nature, making things with my hands and asking for guidance. Some part of me had wanted these things when I chose to go to the bookshop to buy a book on witchcraft on my 11th birthday instead of having a birthday party, but like so many of us I forgot when life became fast and faster. I’ve been immersing myself in the world of textile art, breathwork, celebrancy, folk herbalism and everyday ritual to reclaim slowness ever since.
What makes most sense to me in this world world is to centre community care and to remember our deep interconnectedness as well as the possibility of collective and individual healing. I want us to feel at home in our bodies and in our communities and reclaim enchantment while being culturally sensitive and inclusive in our approaches and practices.
My work celebrates queers, trans folks, working class babes, people of colour, sex workers, people with disabilities and of all ages as well as survivors. You are welcome here and it matters to me that this space is accessible to you.
So much love,
P.S.: I also run a web design and tech agency named Yarrow Digital that supports small businesses in building heartfelt, sustainable online platforms. I specialise in creating custom made WordPress sites and also offer tech support and small business mentoring. As part of this work I also started the Embodied Business Community because I know in my heart that we can’t do it alone.
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.
- Life and funeral celebrancy training with the OBOD
- Death midwife training at the University of Vermont
- Ritual practice classes with Sarah Kerr and Lara Veleda Vesta
- Healing Sexual Trauma: A Professional Training in Trauma-Informed Care with the Breathe Network
- MA in Creative Media from the University of Brighton and BA in Social Science and Creative Writing from the Open University
- Breathwork facilitator training with Erin Telford (level 1) and David Elliot (level 2 & 3), 200 hr yoga teacher training with the Sivananda school, well woman yoga therapy training with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and a thai yoga massage training at the Mudita school with Ralf Marzen
- I also took Alexis Cunningfolk’s tarot apothecary course, am participating in Asia Suler’s Pussy Portal program, am taking a class on human + spirit work with Ren Zatopek, did a tarot mentorship with Nancy Antenucci, completed two years of priestess training with Vanessa Sage and am learning more about herbalism with the Herbal Academy
I’m deeply grateful for many other educators who have inspired my work, for example adrienne maree brown, Starhawk, Francis Weller, Joana Macy, 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. Some people experience this work as therapeutic, however 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.
A heads up:
I’m regularly taking extended breaks from social media to focus on creating indy media like my podcasts and zines. This means I have more energy to nurture my communities and make cool things for you!
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