The mission of Dandelion Collaborative is to support simple, sustainable living and healing. With personal coaching, community education, and herbal medicine support, DColl aims to build a just, kind, and healthy community that values social justice and equity, decolonized healing systems, and traditional holistic wisdom.
involving two or more people or organizations working together for a particular purpose
[from Cambridge Dictionary]
I'm going to let you in on a little secret: The answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything is NOT "42." (Sorry! Also, props to anyone who gets the reference - let's be friends!) The meaning of life is actually found in cultivating meaningful relationships and experiences.
While true in personal life, I would argue that this philosophy is more poignant in civic engagement. It truly does take a village -- it takes a network of hard-working, like-minded, mission-driven people to build a strong community.
I mean, seems simple enough, right? No one out there can do it all by themself. We're here to lift each other up and help each other thrive. If not, then what's the point?
Why Dandelion, though?
Dandelion is a mighty little plant, commonplace but miraculous. It can grow in places where nothing should grow - between cracks in the sidewalk, along polluted highways, and throughout yards and prairies where it is continuously mowed over. A weed, some say. But did you know the entire plant, from the root to the flower, is edible and medicinal? It is among the first food sources for pollinators in the spring. Even its seeds offer a magical, whimsical joy. Dandelion does nothing but grow and give and persevere. A wildflower, not a weed. A gift. Roasted Dandelion Root was my first herb. A desperate attempt to ease the symptoms of a chronic condition opened the door for me to a new world - not just herbal medicine, but deep medicine. Soul medicine. Social medicine. Injustice and politics and rewritten history. Unwritten history. Ancestry. Spirituality. And, of course, connection and collaboration. Dandelion is a lifestyle. So cheers to Dandelion, sunshine of the earth.
ABOUT THE FOUNDER
Amy Elizabeth (she/they) is an educator, a speaker, an activist, an herbalist, a performer, a lifelong learner, and a certified Holistic and Integrative Health coach.
Amy came to holistic and herbal medicine as a response to her own chronic health issues, and over the span of more than a decade she has continued to learn and grow her capacity as a healer, herbalist, and coach. Amy's identity as a queer, neurodivergent, psychiatrically disabled Latine woman informs her study and practice entirely.
Through a lens of decolonized liberation, safe community building, and environmental sustainability, Amy is building Dandelion Collaborative with the intent of making holistic and herbal medicine equitable and accessible.
Amy Elizabeth lives, forages, and creates on Muheconneok and Haudenosaunee ancestral lands.