Interview with Vimalasara at the Recovery 2.0 Conference, Feb 2016
TEDx Speaker, Vimalasara (Valerie) Mason-John is the award winning author of eight books including Eight Step Recovery - Using The Buddha's Teachings to Overcome Addiction (windhorsepublications.com/product/eight-step-recovery-using-the-buddhas-teachings-to-overcome-addiction-2), which won the best self motivational and self help book for USA and International Book Awards, and Detox Your Heart - Working with Anger, Fear and Hatred. She is also co founder of Healing & Insight, the Buddhist Health and Wellness teaching faculty focussing on the sharp edge of suffering, on worldwideinsight.org, and she is the co-designer of a Mindfulness Based Addiction Recovery MBAR course. She delivers train the trainer courses, as well as delivering the actual course to clients. Motivational public speaker, trainer in leadership, working with conflict and challenging behaviour, she shares her personal journey of growing up in orphanages, on the streets, incarcerated aged 15, survivor of physical and sexual abuse, and addictions, as a testimony that things can change. Over 10 years ago she was awarded an honorary doctorate of Letters for her life time achievements. She is chairperson of Vancouver Buddhist Centre, and travels internationally, working with professionals and clients in the field of recovery and addiction.