Can Plant Medicine Offer Leaders the Strength and Wisdom They’ve Been Seeking?

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Can Plant Medicine Offer Leaders the Strength and Wisdom They’ve Been Seeking?

Spring Washam

Posted on January 28, 2020

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Searching for some in-depth, spiritual lessons that are still grounded in reality? Look no further than Spring Washam! From mindfulness fundamentals to Ayahuasca retreats to leadership insights, this world-renowned meditation teacher, author, and expert in plant medicine has it all.

Based between California and Peru, 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 in Oakland, California. She received extensive training by Jack Kornfield, is a member of the teacher’s council at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, 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. She’s also written the book A Fierce Heart: Finding Strength, Courage and Wisdom in Any Moment, amongst other publications.

In this episode of the podcast, you’ll also learn:

  • What the four foundations of mindfulness are
  • How a mindful practice can impact every aspect of our lives
  • Why retreats are especially important for CEOs and leaders
  • Spring’s feedback for cultivating a yoga practice
  • About Spring’s Ayahuasca retreats in Peru
  • The reasons we should often run towards our problems—not away from them
  • Why our minds are like the results page on a Google search
  • The significance of the number 108
  • Spring’s relationship with her spiritual mentor, Jack Kornfield
  • Why people are drawn to Crestone, Colorado for retreats
  • And so much more!

Connect with Spring Washam




Order Spring Washam’s Book

A Fierce Heart: Finding Strength, Courage and Wisdom in Any Moment

Spring Recommends… 

A New Earth, by Eckhart Tolle

Hero with a Thousand Faces, by Joseph Campbell

Man’s Eternal Quest, by Paramahansa Yogananda

Paul Lewin: Oakland Artist

Michael Beckwith: Spiritual Leader & Advisor

Alice Walker: Writer, Poet, and Activist

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