Currently based near Esmont, Virginia
Lyrra is a folk botanist, hide tanner, and teacher based in the Southeast & Mid-Atlantic regions. She studies the plants and animals of these landscapes through the simple immersion of living close to them— cutting wood, carrying water, living in simple structures like tents and cabins, cultivating wild and domestic plants into a blur that erases their distinctions, raising animals, and processing roadkill.
She has taught nature based classes since 2014, and has facilitated plant walks since 2009. She mainly teaches adults, in both public & private classes, both indoors & outdoors.
Lyrra’s special focuses include resilient, bio-regionally sensible plant foods, an animistic approach to animal dismemberment that involves using nearly all the parts of the body, bioregional hide tanning, and fiber crafts.
Lyrra has an educational background in ethnobotany and visual art from the Evergreen State College in Washington State, from which she holds a Bachelor's degree. She has also trained in energetic and breath-based healing arts, from 2010 to the present.
Lyrra is also a spinner, writer, primitive tattooer, occasional goatherd, herbalist, and lover of walking. She is ever learning, expanding, and deepening her understanding of these many crafts, while finding that they sprout more questions and mysteries than there are stars.
She is driven by a bottomless love for the plants and creatures of the Southeast, as well as a profound urgency to help human communities to reweave relationships with the land—in order to envision village life, and to act in resistance to systems of exploitation.
The landscapes with which Lyrra has the closest relationship include the Appalachian mountain and Piedmont regions of the “US” from Maryland to Georgia, as well as the coastal zones (lowcountry) of the deep South, including Florida.
To register for classes, to schedule an appointment, or for questions, email Lyrra at StormsofDaylight@gmail.com
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Photo by Heather Kat.
Trade & barter
Victoria sometimes accepts barter items in supplement to or lieu of cash payments for tattoos, hides, or other services. Items she typically welcomes include: local honey, local natural meats (fresh, aged, or dried) and charcuterie, home-grown vegetables, green (raw) animal skins, fresh or smoked fish, 100% wool blankets, un-rendered animal fat from pastured or naturally raised livestock (such as cow and pig) or wild game (such as bear and deer), rendered lards and tallows from the above, large quantities of vegetable oils (need not be food grade), fresh foul, farm eggs, natural soap, and natural farm cheeses and breads. Need for these items varies, so please inquire ahead of time.