The SUSU Healing Collective

At A Glance

Contact: 

Amber Arnold

Location: 

Brattleboro, Vermont

Primary Issue Area:

  • Climate Change & Energy
  • Food
  • Environmental Health
  • Land & Water
  • Living Economies

Active since:

2019

Grants Received In:

  • 2020
  • 2019

Tax Status:

Ad-hoc

Core volunteers:

3

Our Purpose

Our purpose is to create a space centered around commUNITY reciporocity for the healing, affirming, and liberation of black, indigenous, people of color, and our allies.  Our healing collective is a space that offers a sliding scale (low to no cost for BIPOC) apothocary (with herbal medicines, tinctures, salves, etc. made and made/grown by Amber and Naomi), a safe space for bipoc youth and community members to explore healing, wellness, learn about their ancestral lineages, reconnect to the earth and the land, weekly classes for adults (with childcare/ classes provided for some classes) including sound baths, herbal preperations, medicine making, herbal growing classes, headwrapping classes, ancestral, ritual, ceremonial workshops, decolonized yoga classes, reiki sessions, somatic therapy, and sound therapy. Our goal is to bridge the gap between the medicines and connection to the earth that have been stolen from BIPOC and sold back at prices they could never afford, to support our community in learning healthy ways to practice reciprocity with eachother and the earth, and to support BIPOC vermont based artists, healers, and farmers to have a safer/ affirming space to practice and offer their services to the wider community.

Summary of Projects

This group received a Seed grant in 2020 as part of our rapid response release of funds to support community groups respond to the COVID19 outbreak.

This group received a Seed grant in 2019 to support the establishment of a community healing space that prioritizes the needs of BIPOC and other marginalized community groups. The work will focus on healing the trauma of internalized and inter-generational racism through apothecary practices.