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

It all started when...

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 did not 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, healer, author, and visionary leader based in Oakland, California. Spring has extensive training in Buddhism, has founded three organizations, published a popular book on Buddhism and has been featured in many popular magazines, podcasts, and publications.

Spring has practiced and studied Buddhist philosophy in both the Theravada and Tibetan schools of Buddhism for the last 20 years. As part of her training, she received extensive teacher training in a program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center under the guidance of Jack Kornfield. During her training, Spring taught retreats alongside Jack Kornfield and many other well-known meditation teachers. Spring is a member of the Teachers Council at Spirit Rock. She has also studied and practiced with great meditation masters under multiple traditions.

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 non-profit East Bay Meditation Center, located in downtown Oakland. East Bay Meditation Center is known for being one of the most diverse meditation center in the world. Spring is also the co-founder of a non-profit organization called Communities Rizing, which is dedicated to providing yoga and meditation teacher training for communities of color.

In addition to being a teacher, Spring is also a shamanic practitioner and has studied indigenous healing practices for over a decade in Peru. She carries a Shipibo lineage transmission and has worked with plant-based medicine, primarily Ayahuasca, for 10 years. She lived with a Shipibo community for a year and apprenticed under two well-known indigenous Shamans. She has participated in over 300 Ayahuasca ceremonies has extensive knowledge of Amazonian Shamanism. Spring is the founder of Lotus Vine Journeys, an organization that blends indigenous healing practices with Buddhist wisdom.

Spring is the author of A Fierce Heart: Finding Strength, Courage and Wisdom in Any Moment. Her writings and teachings have appeared in many online journals and publications such as Lions Roar, Beliefnet, and Kosmos Journal. Tricycle Magazine featured a video series on Spring and she has also been a guest on many popular podcasts and radio shows.

Spring Washam currently lives and teaches in Oakland. She travels extensively to teach, to lead workshops, classes, and meditation retreats, including Ayahuasca retreats in Peru.

Spring's website: www.springwasham.com

Video Teachings

Please enjoy some of my favorite video teachings. Each video focuses on a different theme and chapter from my book. I hope you enjoy them! Learn more on my YouTube channel. 



The One You Feed

This interview includes conversations about The Wolf Parable, Spring's book, A Fierce Heart: Finding Strength, Courage, and Wisdom in Any Moment, how she became a meditation teacher, how self-compassion is at the heart of Buddhist teachings, how being with ourselves in difficult times is an act of mercy, how a synonym for mindfulness is remembering, Spring's first ayahuasca ceremony, what ayahuasca is, the risks of using entheogens, the debate in the Buddhist community about this approach, whether you need to go to the jungle for this type of healing, how we often need multiple approaches to healing ourselves, and how feeling like you are innately good changes the whole path. 


Buddhist Geeks

This podcast features a discussion about the integration of Buddhist contemplative practice with the Peruvian plant medicine ayahuasca. Beginning with Spring's dharma journey and the way that silent practice no longer served her deeper healing journey, and how that ultimately brought her to the jungles of Peru. The conversation then turns to healing ancestral trauma, and how a deeper collective healing process underlies each of our personal journeys. Spring shares an interesting perspective on how these “medicines of the earth" can be understood as collective wisdom rising from nature itself at a crucial point in our time on this planet.

10% Happier with Dan Harris

Dan Harris is a fidgety, skeptical ABC newsman who had a panic attack live on Good Morning America, which led him to something he always thought was ridiculous: meditation. He wrote the bestselling book, "10% Happier," started an app -- "10% Happier: Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics" -- and now, in this podcast, Dan talks with smart people about whether there's anything beyond 10%.


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