If you have come to help me you are wasting your time.... But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.
— Aboriginal elder


I decided to go on a trip to Peru 8 years ago. In spite of already being a meditation teacher and spending many years doing silent retreats I realized that the trauma I had experienced as a child was still there. There were places inside of me that were still very broken and I didn't know what to do anymore. I felt that I needed a new approach. I experienced a deep sense of sadness everyday that was hard to explain. I became desperate and it was during my darkest hour that a dear friend who was a well respected clinical psychologist introduced me to Ayahuasca. My first ceremony was a life changing one and from there I began to travel to Peru, study with indigenous healers and work with the plants directly. I ended up spending a year in the jungle completing an extensive period of training.  I have seen and personally experienced many transformations over the past 8 years and it's time to share this life changing work with others. Lotus Vine Journeys was born out of my heart felt compassion and my deepest intentions to be of service to others. If you feel called by the plants as I did then please join us. Your healing is my healing and now is the time to open our hearts. 

About Spring

Spring Washam is a well-known meditation teacher, author and visionary leader based in Oakland, California. She is the author of A Fierce Heart: Finding Strength, Courage, and Wisdom in Any Moment. Spring is considered a pioneer in bringing mindfulness-based healing practices to diverse communities. 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 addition to being a teacher, she is also a shamanic practitioner and has studied indigenous healing practices for over a decade. She is the founder of Lotus Vine Journeys, an organization that blends indigenous healing practices with Buddhist wisdom. Her writing and teachings have appeared in many online journals and publications such as Lions Roar, Tricycle, and Belief.net. She has been a guest on many popular podcasts and radio shows. She currently travels and teaches meditation retreats, workshops and classes worldwide. 

Spring's website: www.springwasham.com


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Embodied Philosophy - Chitheads

In a cultural climate exhibiting profound levels of anxiety and depression, stress and alienation, apathy and moral malaise, Embodied Philosophy recognizes the need for what we call embodied philosophical living.  Embodied philosophy is not philosophy of the intellect alone, but is an integrated, non-dualistic living wisdom. 


I put together a collection of some of my favorite dharma talks. I hope they inspire you in your practice! For full collection check out Dharma Talks