Vimalasara (Valerie) Mason-John
Dr Valerie (Vimalasara) Mason-John M.A (hon.doc) is an award-winning author of 8 books, including her debut fictional memoir novel, Borrowed Body, and Detox Your Heart, Meditations for Emotional Trauma, and Eight Step Recovery Using The Buddha’s Teachings to Overcome Addiction. She is a co-founder of the secular 8-week course Mindfulness-Based Addiction Recovery MBAR and is one of the new leading African Descent Voices in the field of Mindfulness Approaches for Addiction. She is the current president of the international organization Buddhist Recovery Network, which promotes Mindfulness and Buddhism as a complementary approach working with addiction, craving, recovery, harm reduction and abstinence. Valerie has been working in the field of inquiry over the past 15 years, as a trainer in conflict resolution and restorative justice, and as a guide with Liberation Unleashed, and a mentor in Direct Pointing. She lives in British Columbia.
Other Certified Training
Trained as a telephone counsellor for Student Night Line. Completed Level 1 Internal Family Systems training. Completed Basics of Supervision Training with Jeff Chang. I am trained as a Restorative Justice facilitator, and a senior trainer in Conflict Transformation. I am the co-founder of Mindfulness-Based Addiction Recovery MBAR which is accredited by the UK Mindfulness Network, and Co-Founder of Eight Step Recovery, with recovery meetings in 3 continents. Trained in Rainbows of Desire by Agusto Boal.
addiction, adolescents, adoption, eating disorders, LGBTQI2, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour), sexual abuse, trauma