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 and dharma teacher based in Oakland, California. She is a founding member and core teacher at the East Bay Meditation Center located in downtown Oakland. She is the founder of Lotus Vine Journeys an organization that blends indigenous healing practices with Buddhist wisdom. In addition to being a teacher she is also a healer, facilitator, spiritual activist and writer. Her new book entitled, A Fierce Heart: Finding Strength, Courage, and Wisdom in Any Moment, is available in stores everywhere. She has studied numerous meditation practices and Buddhist philosophy since 1997. She has practiced and studied under some of the most preeminent meditation masters in both the Theravada and Tibetan schools of Buddhism. She has completed a six -year teacher-training program under the guidance of Jack Kornfield and is now on the teacher’s council at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California. Spring is considered a pioneer in bringing mindfulness based healing practices into diverse communities. She has studied indigenous healing practices for over a decade and works with students from around the world.  She currently travels and teaches workshops, classes and retreats worldwide.

Spring's website: www.springwasham.com


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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