Currently based near Esmont, Virginia
Lyrra (born Victoria Elizabeth Greba) is a folk botanist. She has dedicated her life to the study of local plants and ecosystems, and their relationship to the present needs of human living.
She is also a tanner, goatherd, nomadic traveler, herbalist, writer, tattooer, spinstress, and craftswoman, who teaches land-based skills throughout the Southeastern "US."
Lyrra has an educational background in ethnobotany, myth, depth psychology, herbal medicine, and visual art from the Evergreen State College (2011), from which she holds a Bachelor's degree. She has also trained in numerous energetic and breath-based healing arts, under teachers on both the West and East coasts, from 2010 to the present.
Most of Lyrra's learning is rigorously self-taught, over years of land-based living, often in simple structures like tents and cabins, foraging plant foods, gardening, raising animals, and processing roadkill. What fuels her drive is a deep and lifelong love for the plants & ecologies of the Southeast, as well as a resounding urgency to find, model, and help to grow the depth of relationship to land that she believes will be required in order for human communities to adapt to rapid climate change and the inevitability of petroleum decline.
Her special focuses include "wild" resilient plants foods, an animistic approach to animal dismemberment that involves using the entire body, bioregional hide tanning, and bioregional fiber crafts.
The landscapes with which she has the closest relationship include the Appalachian and Piedmont regions from Maryland to Georgia, as well as the coastal zones or "lowcountry" of the deep South, including Florida.
Lyrra has taught public and private classes to adults & youth, individuals & groups, both indoors & outdoors since 2014. She has facilitated plant walks since 2009.
To register for classes, to schedule an appointment, or for questions, email Lyrra at StormsofDaylight@gmail.com
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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.