Valerie (Vimalasara) Mason-John

Valerie (Vimalasara) Mason-John worked as an international correspondent covering Aboriginal deaths in custody, and interviewed Sinn Fein prisoners and ex rebels from the Sierra Leone war. Their work in the field of conflict transitioned into working with gangs, the incarcerated, bullies, and challenging behaviour. They trained in mindfulness and are a senior teacher in the Triratna Buddhist Community.

They are one of the founding facilitators of Dr Gabor Mate’s Compassionate Inquiry and also trained in Internal Family Systems. They have also completed short intensive training in Embodied Somatics, Breathworks, and Shamanism training. The award-winning author of ten books, including Detox Your Heart: Meditations for Emotional Trauma, Eight Step Recovery: Using The Buddha’s Teachings to Overcome Addiction, and more recently their shortlisted book for two Canadian Awards: I’m Still Your Negro: An Homage to James Baldwin. They work as an international public speaker in the field of mindfulness for trauma and addiction, and offer training in this field, and as an interviewer for the platform Wisdom for Life. Interviews have included Robert Thurman, Resmaa Menakem, Tarana Burke, Sharon Salzberg, Gabor Mate, Jack Kornfield, Ken Hardy, Luisah Teish, Carl Hart, Ruth King, and many others. Vimalasara has a private practice and lives in Canada with their partner. Visit Vimalasara’s personal website to learn more about their work.

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