Valerie Mason-John

Author, Speaker

~Dr. Valerie (Vimalasara) Mason-John M.A (hon.doc) is the award winning author, and is one of the new leading African Descent voices in the field of Mindfulness Approaches for Addiction. Co-founder of Mindfulness Based Addiction Recovery MBAR an 8 week secular course for people with addictions and compulsive behaviours, and co-founder of 8 Step Recovery, Using the Buddha’s Teachings to overcome addiction, which is also an award-winning book. She tours internationally giving keynote talks, and training professionals in Mindfulness approaches for addiction. She is the President of the international organization Buddhist Recovery Network, BRN, and the chair of Triratna Vancouver Buddhist Centre.

An award- Author of 9 books, her most recent published 2020, I am Still Your Negro An Homage to James Baldwin, a timely book, and is currently editing an An Anthology. Afrikan Wisdom: New Voices Speak Black Liberation, Buddhism and Beyond.

15:00 - 16:00

Day Two 20th January

Keynote Three - Valerie Mason-John

Breaking the Intergenerational trauma cycle

Drawing on her own experiences with abuse and addiction, Valerie Mason-John uses well-grounded meditations that transform anger, hatred, and fear to heal emotional trauma. Look at how to deal with toxic emotions and how to release them. After years of abuse and struggles with addiction, Valerie Mason-John was mired in anger, resentment, and fear. But through and willingness to forge a new path, she learned how to disarm such toxins and find peace.

16:00 - 16:15

Day Two 20th January

Q & A Session