Celebrating Incredible Women and Community Champions

Celebrating Hannah Mitchell - Clinical Herbalist, Artisan, and International Advocate

To launch my official Kennedy Coaching blog I’m choosing to honor incredible women and community champions who inspire and educate me. It was a hard choice - who do I start with? I know many true rock stars who are part of “the glue” that hold our communities together. It became a much easier choice when I realized my dear friend and business collaborator Hannah Mitchell was coming back to the US today!

Just another day in the amazing life that is Hannah’s, she (therowdysprout.com), just returned from the Dolomites of Italy where she was building land art with one of the foremost land artists of our time, Nick Neddo (nickneddo.com). A couple of months before that she was in the far south of Mexico at the Zapatistas first massive all women’s gathering where thousands of female allies and advocates joined from all over the world… Yes, just another day in the life of this true female healer and leader I’m fortunate to call my friend.

Hannah is the first person who when we met, I instantly felt that we’d work together some day. Being almost ten years her senior couldn’t change how clear it was that we were aligned on many levels. We both came from the ‘school of hard knocks’, had traveled to many of the same countries, and loved our international work with kids-at-risk who’d been orphaned. She was studying international development at UAlbany at the time and had interned with Earthship Biotecture in Taos, New Mexico, building self-sustainable homes. It would hardly be an exaggeration to say we spent hours that night we met talking about building Earthship orphanages together in Uganda. Kindred spirits is exactly what comes to my mind when thinking about our connection.

Over the years watching Hannah grow in her career has been a real privilege. She apprenticed under a personal hero of mine, the international advocate Jun-san of the Peace Pagoda in Grafton NY. Later she studied wood-working and eventually Clinical Herbalism at the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, where she works today. You can also find Hannah at her shop “The Rowdy Sprout,” in Montpelier, Vermont where she provides medicinal land art, hand tied brooms, herbal consultation, and educational workshops.

It’s an honor and a privilege to have her on board for the upcoming “Becoming Our Baddest Selves” - Women’s Leadership & Radical Self-Care Retreat! Please join me in celebrating this role model among women, Hannah Mitchell!