Hey, I am Yarrow!
As a queer writer, pleasure activist, body worker, celebrant and plant lover I support soft folks in reclaiming embodiment and a connection to nature through everyday magic and ritual.
My practices around folk herbalism, tarot, journaling, movement and creative expression are meant to support a trauma informed and accessible path towards body liberation, self-acceptance and community.
In addition to running The Magic of Embodiment membership and offering custom readings and rituals I also host Daydreaming Wolves – a podcast for dreamers who are into authentic conversations about healing, everyday struggles and everyday magic.
I care deeply about embodiment because I believe that our digitalised, fast-paced lives don’t leave enough room for connection, intimacy and community. Slowness and sensuality have become luxuries, especially for survivors and marginalised folks. I want to create spaces in which you can feel safe and seen so that you can explore what makes you feel good in your skin and excited about life.
By day I also run a web design and tech agency named Yarrow Digital that supports small businesses in building heartfelt, sustainable online platforms made to hold big dreams and beautiful communities. I specialise in custom made WordPress sites as well as easy to understand tech support and I also run a low cost DIY Small Business School.
How I got here
I am a Scorpio with a Libra moon, Venus in Scorpio and Leo rising – definitely a lot of feelings over here!
My first book on magic and healing fell into my lap on my 11th birthday, at a time when my body had already been on its first diet and I experienced bullying, peer pressure and the constant waves of shame that diet culture and patriarchy throw at us. I cared a lot about what people thought of me as a teenager and struggled with sensory overwhelm, difficult romantic relationships and pretty low self-esteem. Honestly, it feels a bit vulnerable to write this, but I know I am not alone and I also know that these things have helped me become as passionate about embodiment and everyday magic as I am today.
In my early twenties I pursued pretty conventional career paths as best as I could because I wanted stability really badly. I ended up being an HR manager at 24 while studying part time and absolutely hated it – I knew life needed to be radically different, but I was broke and I had no idea how to make it happen.
Later in my twenties I slowly remembered the magic of reconnecting with nature, journaling and asking for guidance I had first come across on my 11th birthday, but it felt very abstract and I could not manage to ground myself in it. After years in the rat race I was till convinced that I wasn’t good enough and that learning fast and being productive was the most important thing.
But it actually turned out that the years since then have been a slow process of un-learning and remembering the things that feel true and magical. What makes most sense to me now is to nurture our resistance against oppression from as many angles as possible, 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 our communities.
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.
My little dog, who has similar ideas, is called Orlando. He luckily joined me on this path and together we are some kind of nap/self-care dream team. Other than napping I am really into autumn, trauma sensitive bodywork, exploring my intuition with tarot, reading weird books till 2am, drinking herbal tea, coming home to stillness and colour coordination, wearing velvet and having introvert adventures.
If you have any feedback do send me a message here, I would love to hear from you!
So much love,
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 not because I think that they in themselves make me a better facilitator, but because I want to name and honour my teachers and be transparent about my background.
- I completed a tarot mentorship with Nancy Antenucci
- I did two years of priestess training with Vanessa Sage
- I took Alexis Cunningfolk’s tarot apothecary course as well as Asia Suler’s Pussy Portal program
- I trained in life (completed) and death (ongoing) celebrancy with the OBOD
- I completed a breathwork facilitator training with Erin Telford, a 200 hr yoga teacher training with the Sivananda school and a thai yoga massage training at the Mudita school with Ralf Marzen
- I am currently studying human + spirit work with Ren Zatopek and herbalism with the Herbal Academy
- I have an MA in Creative Media from the University of Brighton and a BA in Social Science and Creative Writing from the Open University
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