The Herbal Highway Interview
Sarah Holmes interviews Dr. Vanissar Tarakali about learning self acceptance and understanding our nature through somatics and her line of Bird Essences.


Somatic and Intuitive Coaching with Conscious living Radio in Vancouver, Canada. Halfway through the interview Dr. Tarakali gives her host Andrew Rezmer an on-air coaching session. The interview begins 6 minutes into the show, after the opening song:

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Buddhist Way to Unlearn Racism with Urusa Fahim and Turning Wheel: The Journal of Socially Engaged Buddhism: https://vanissarsomatics.com/2007-interview-with-vanissar-tarakali-by-urusa-fahim-diversity-coordinator-at-spirit-rock-meditation-center/
3Social Justice and Healing

Lessons from Modern Racism by Valerie Batts:


Power Under: Trauma and Nonviolent Social Change by Steve Wineman: http://traumaandnonviolence.com/

In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts by Gabor Mate

Trauma Stewardship by Laura van Dernoot Lipsky
4Healing Multi-generational Oppression-Trauma

From Intergenerational Trauma to Intergenerational Healing by Dr. Maria Yellow Horse Brave Heart:


Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America's Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing by Dr. Joy Degruy Leary

Surviving Oppression, Healing Oppression by Dr. Vanissar Tarakali:


Born to Belonging: Writings on Spirit and Justice by Mab Segrest
6Neurodivergent Sex & Sexuality webinar January 2024
Dr. Tarakali and guests explored how sex and sexuality are different for ND folks. Topics: Sexual boundaries, consent and pacing; Sex and sensory issues; Creating supportive containers/structure/roles; Triggers and shutdowns: is it trauma or neurodivergence?

7Neurodivergence-Friendly Healing Webinar February 2024
Dr. Tarakali and guests explored how neurodivergent bodyminds respond differently to Western medicine, therapy and somatics designed for neurotypical people. We affirmed our neurodivergent needs and the importance of advocating for–or creating–healing interventions that work for us.

8Neurodivergent Energy Fields Webinar March 2024
Dr.Tarakali describes her theory of neurodivergent energy fields as permeable, expansive and intense and connects the way we condition neurodivergent children to constrict their energies to the common emotional and physical struggles faced by neurodivergent adults, Dr. Tarakali shares somatic and energetic strategies for befriending, embracing and balancing one's neurodivergent energy system.