Welcome Wild One,
If you're working to heal, free, sustain or empower this world, I'm so honored to have you here.
My name is Amanda Verdery Young, Bombilore’s Founder. I’m a Soulcentric Business Coach & Guide. My work is grounded in a sincere longing to see more heart-led people do what they LOVE & feel CALLED to do, in service to a more generative, thriving planet. I'm also a writer, activist, mother, and ecomystic.
My work is also focused on facilitating new, feminist and holistic economic models. I believe in a combination of mindful business strategy, deep inner work and conversation with the natural world when it comes to creating modern, soul-led, conscious careers that are both abundant for you and life-giving tot he world.
I’ve found that the Seasons, or creative cycle, are an incredible way to frame the dynamic and complex work of starting & running a heart-led business.
I have loved 3 things with all my heart since I was little: Nature, Art and Entrepreneurship.
When I was a little girl, I was outside all the time. I come from New England, and so I grew up steeped in seasonal lore and traditions. I’m deep in a dance of remembering… my ancestry, my woman-knowledge, my intuition and the indelible magic of the earth, its many Beings and Seasons.
I also grew up with the rare, 1980's stay-at-home, entrepreneurial dad. I loved those hours playing in his office, while he jammed away at that clunky old macintosh.... I remember the endless trips to the print shop- and how I loved the smell of office-y things. Above all, I cherished spending time with his clients~ musicians from all over the world who felt like family and who were almost all activists of one kind or another. It was (and still is) soul-led work!
My dad’s small business seemed like big magic to me.
My mama was blazing the trail in a corporate career, donning football-shoulder-pad outfits and braving a deeply masculine (aka masochistic) professional landscape. But she yearned for more time with us kids, more time in the wilds. She's always been so in awe of the natural world, and she gave us the gift of big earth-eyes.
It seemed easy for my mother to switch from heels and jet-setting to packing all the camping gear. Easy for my dad to go from booking concerts to getting the veggie garden in each Spring.
Or was it?
I can only imagine what they were each navigating back then- culturally and personally. But one day in my young life, it all fell apart.
When my parents split, we had just moved to a rural area from a small city. I was 10.
So there I was, so tender and heartbroken, alone in the middle of the woods for several hours each day. A classic "latch-key kid," lonesome in a loud culture that felt downright unsafe to my highly-sensitive soul.
And I have come to see now that this was when Nature came to my rescue.
This is when I started conversing with the natural world on a deep level. I got lost in the woods surrounding our home...
I remember how alive I sensed everything to be. I knew then that the world had a Soul, was magical, was infinite.
I tell you all this because I've come to believe that everything you're meant to be, your purpose and your message... your gifts... they are all already within you, and have been the whole time.
Your story and your reckoning with it is the special sauce that we can all benefit from. You are, in fact, magnificent and never to be known again to this world, once you’re gone... Which is why we really do yearn for you to be who you are...
Lo and behold… I’m an activist writer, here to give voice to the soul-led entrepreneurial movement. I’m here to guide amazing people into the discovery and development of their soul-calling . . . largely through the lens of seasonality… a process which I believe can heal, whole and enSoul even business.
Getting here was a steep, winding, often dangerous climb, and it continues to evolve. But my path has been beautifully instructive, magical! My hope is that you can reach your longing and your soul work sooner- for the sake of us all- by walking with me for a while, whether through my workshops, coaching offerings or just this site’s gifts.
The triple truth, as my best friend calls it, is that you don't need to "find yourself" or your purpose. You need to remember it.
And then, you need to step towards it. Right away, and everyday, starting exactly where you are. That’s the only way you’ll be able to do what you came here to whole-heartedly do.
I give thanks for my life’s journey, for all the magic, strong medicine, and failures. I fell in love with the world once upon a time, with art and writing, with nature and the seasons and with doing what you love inside a hand-made career. It's all come together for me in Bombilore~ A place to weave stories that have the power to hum this sleeping world to life.
I’d love to guide you in remembering your purpose, acknowledging your Divine gifts, and developing a truly soul-led career.
Entrepreneurship is one of the most powerful pathways to transformation- for self and world- that any of us can take. The more activated folks doing conscious work and getting paid well for it... the better. That's the path I'm on.
I work with people all over the world, and call Portland, Oregon home. I live with my musician/school counseling/sweetheart husband Tyler, our spirited and loving little boy, Julian, and one stowaway cat named La Bouche.
I look so forward to connecting with you!
Until then, be well and KEEP GOING!
Reach out anytime: firstname.lastname@example.org
Credentials & Experience:
Owner, Dobra Tea (2003-2008). The flagship U.S. location of a Czech tea company that now boasts multiple U.S. locations, all independently owned, with revenue in the millions. Pioneers in conscious sourcing of tea & ethical business practice!
B School Graduate (Marie Forleo's intensive Online Business & Marketing Training, 2017)
Experts Academy (Advanced Online Marketing & Thought-Leader Training Course + Monthly marketing training in current best practices, 2017-18)
Brand Development Consultant, Copywriter, Web Designer (2010-2018, freelance & for agencies).
B.A. Writing & Literature, Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics
PR & Marketing Assistant Manager (General Arts Management Inc., 2009-2013, uplifting the careers of international artists).
300 hours towards M.A. in Communication, University of the Pacific (Core trainings: Cultural Change, Leadership & Adult Learning, Organizational Development, Non-violent/Intercultural Communication, the Process of Change + Non-western ways of knowing)
High Performance Academy (Advanced Personal Development & Leadership Seminar, 2018)
Squarespace Circle Member (2016-present, Official Squarespace Web Developers Community)
Soulcraft Wilderness Intensive. Ecopsychology & New-western Initiation hosted by The Animus Valley Institute (5 days, 2019)
5-Element Chinese Medicine + Intro to Journeying & Plant Spirit Medicine (10 Month Intensive)
Reiki Master (since 2014)
I’m a lover of nourishing rituals and poetic reverie! I practice Celtic Mysticism, in the tradition of my Scottish/Irish lineage. Core practices include reflective time spent out in nature & deep imagery work/journeying that keeps me in compelling conversation with all manner of wild & wise spirit guides and muses. I give thanks to all my guides, who have led me here and helped heal, whole & enSoul me.
“Our single purpose is to magnify that light we share between us.”
* What’s an Ecomystic?
Well, I’m not exactly sure, but I’m positive that so many of us are ecomystics of these times, as imperfect and messy as our process may be. In short, ecomysticism is what author Carl von Essen calls “The profound experience of nature as spiritual guide.” It’s rooted in the deep ecology movement (and therefore in traditional indigenous ways of knowing) which is defined as “an environmental movement and philosophy that regards human life as just one of many equal components of a global ecosystem.” [Sources: Google dictionary, also see: Foundation for Deep Ecology & the Joanna Macy’s Work That Reconnects]