Writers

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Valerie Mason-John

Dr. Valerie (Vimalasara) Mason-John (b.1962) is a public speaker, mindfulness teacher, author and the co-founder of Eight Step Recovery. She was in English orphanages and foster care as a child, with the exception of a short period back with her mother when she was a teenager. Valerie went on to become a journalist and performer, and was the artistic director of the London Mardi Gras from 1997 to 2000. She was also director of the Pride Arts Festival for 4 years. She is the author of the award winning "Borrowed Body", a novel informed by her experiences in care, and she has an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of East London. Valerie is co-founder of "Eight Step Recovery - Using The Buddha's Teaching to Overcome Addiction."
She is the author of the award winning "Borrowed Body", a novel informed by her experiences in care, and she has an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of East London. Valerie is co-founder of "Eight Step Recovery - Using The Buddha's Teaching to Overcome Addiction."