He also has a background in Zen Buddhism and was a student of the late Zen Master Su Bong from South Korea.
He holds an honors degree in Clinical Psychology and specialized in health psychology with an interest in trauma and how people recover from life-threatening illnesses like cancer.
For the last 10 years, he has been running ‘Ubuntu’ (humanity) retreats worldwide helping people to reconnect to their essential humanity; their bones (ancestors), dreams, and ultimately, life purpose. His mission in the Western world could be summed up in the Xhosa word ‘Masiyembo’ – involving a profound remembering of the human spirit. As John says, “when people can remember their dreams and connect to their life purpose, then their true vocation surfaces; namely being in service and acting as guardians to our planet”.
- Book: Leopard Warrior: A Journey into the African Teachings of Ancestry, Instinct, and Dreams
- Audio: The Way of the Leopard: Meditations and Shamanic Practices from the Heart of Africa
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Interview recorded October 15, 2017.
Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.