About


The Cunning Crow Apothecary is Seattle's resource for herbal remedies, self-care products & gifts, as well as wortcunning & ceremonial supplies. We are your go to for classes on traditional magic, energy healing and herbal medicine.  We also host a variety of community practitioners in our space on various days of the week.

The mission of the Cunning Crow Apothecary is to offer traditional medicine for a modern world; providing a variety of herbal remedies and self care goods to meet your health and wellness goals.  Through educational programs and our quality products, we seek to empower our clients to reclaim the magic of their daily lives.  The Cunning Crow Apothecary’s mission is to reawaken and make accessible the practical power of traditional wisdom and herbal medicine.

In Old English, cunning was a word used to name wisdom or one who knows.  It also described erudition, skill and application of knowledge. One who is cunning, is one who can know; who can teach.  The cunning folk are those who know and who can teach, one who can teach you to know.  Wisdoms from the natural world are the teachings of the cunning folk.  Their relationships with herbs, minerals, and the elements allow them to make ceremony of their craft.  The craft of The Cunning Crow Apothecary, is the cunning craft of the herbs.  Also known as Wortcunning, the magic of herbalism.  It is an Old English term that translates, loosely, to “the wisdom of herbs.”   Wort is Old English for "plant."

You can read more about The Cunning Crow staff below...

Ylva Mara RadziszewskiYlva Mara, founder & proprietress, is a traditional witch, teacher, writer, energy healer and acupuncturist in Seattle, WA; having earned her MS in acupuncture from Bastyr Universtiy in 2010. Through her practice Crow Song Healing Arts, she offers spiritual mentorship, ceremony, classes and private healing sessions focused on rekindling the inherent wisdom within.

"As a healer, writer, teacher and witch I am dedicated to the preservation and sustained practice of the traditional magic & medicine teachings I have been gifted. For the wisdom and blessing of the Healing Craft, I thank my teachers: Jackie Mc Closkey, Cynthia Dove, Forest Jones & Joe Butera , Jan Tucker-Pettway, Char Sundust, Araceli Domínguez, Steve Dahmus, Betsy Bergstrom, Deborah Frances Dancing Crow, and most importantly my Grandmother Jewel for the gift of our Ancestral Way and my Grandmother Angelika for the gift of our Whisper."

 

Cate office witchCate, general manager, is a witch, and a practical witch at that. When an amazing team of healers need magic in their practical world they call a practical witch. A student of the rites of passage and healing ceremonies of the Spirit, Cate whiles away the hours for those seeking order in the entropy of Spirit.  Wielding her wand at Weebly. And Google. Calling on the Good, True and Beautiful of Quickbooks. Offering a sacrifice of frustration to multiple sales platforms. Creating a sanctuary of in-boxes and online order fulfillment.  This is one calling of Cate's magic.

  

Ren Carothers of Fox & Fern Healing ArtsRen, store manager, is a witch & folk herbalist with a private energetic healing practice Fox & Fern Healing Arts.  Always an enthusiast of nature and the outdoors, Ren obtained a BA in sustainability studies and medicinal botany at The Evergreen State College in 2013.  Ren has since pursued further training with KP Khalsa, Lauren Herold & Ylva Radziszewski.  Ren is an an avid student of western herbalism, plant spirit healing, & the practical wisdom of Mother Nature and offers plant-based energetic healing sessions.

 

Hecate hound, witch dogIris, resident witch dog, is Ylva's canine companion and the resident Witch Dog at The Cunning Crow Apothecary.  She is committed to snuggles, making you laugh and manifesting the Sacred Trickster whenever our craft becomes too serious!  A new adoption, she is settling in beautifully while she learns the ropes... one thing she doesn't have to learn is love.  She has plenty of that ancient magic to go around... and better still she doesn't charge a thing, well maybe a little sniff.  She is our very friendly store watch dog and vacuum cleaner.

Maritza, intern, does social services during the day and Magic at night!  She says, "I am passionate about Ayurveda, Herbology, Shamanism, Ancient wisdom, Magick and alternative healing modalities. I'm a dreamer, I dream that the day will come when all that we do comes from a place of love and that we all live life intentionally."

 

Julie, intern, is a West Coast native who enjoys the outdoors and animals as well as music, fashion and art. Special interests include crystals, herbalism and animal communication.

 

Cate, intern, is an earth-centered witch and a forever student of metaphysics, interested in healing modalities of many forms. She has a background in shamanic healing, energy work, and is a currently a student of pacific northwest plant medicine and folklore.

 

Kady, intern, walks in this world first and foremost as a student of nature. She is an avid wildcrafter, folk medicine maker, and student of healing and herbal crafts. Initiated by the plants for her own personal healing and transformation, Kady brings a deep rooted belief that plant medicine can influence beyond the physical level. She seeks to share her learnings with her community as an intern at the Cunning Crow and in return receive wisdoms and teachings from the Cunning Crow staff and community during this time.