S02E05 Healing Trauma Through Meditation,Ayahuasca and Activism with Spring Washam


Spring Washam is the author of A Fierce Heart: Finding Strength, Courage and Wisdom in Any Moment. She is one of the founders and core teachers at the East Bay Meditation Center, located in downtown Oakland, CA.

She is also the co-founder of a new organization called Communities Rizing, which is dedicated to providing yoga and meditation teacher training programs for communities of color. She received extensive training by Jack Kornfield, is a member of the teacher’s council at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in northern California, and has practiced and studied Buddhist philosophy in both the Theravada and Tibetan schools of Buddhism for the last 20 years.

In this conversation we talk about her journey from the mean streets of South Central Los Angeles to a spiritual awakening in the desert to her current work blending Buddhist wisdom with ayahuasca shamanism.

We also recorded a podcast extra available to Patreon supporters where I talk to Spring about what it was like writing her first book; how she worked through resistance and self-doubt with the help of her mentor, author Alice Walker; the importance of working with the right editor and writing as a spiritual practice. You can listen to that and more podcast extras at http://patreon.com/brianjamesteaching

Spring’s Website: http://www.springwasham.com/
I’ll be teaching yoga and sharing music medicine on Spring’s May retreat to Peru. You can find out more at: http://lotusvinejourneys.com

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About Brian James
Brian James is a yoga teacher, musician, shamanic practitioner and transformational coach currently living in Montréal, Canada with his wife, astrologer Debbie Stapleton and their Boston Terrier Kingston. He has been exploring the intersection of music, yoga and shamanism for over 20 years.


tags: ayahuasca, shamanism, heart, spring washam, jack kornfield, meditation, trauma, healing