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Transforming Trauma and Living Your Purpose

Broadcast on June 28, 2021
With Silvia Vasquez-Lavado
Hosted by Cassandra Vieten, PhD

In this session, Silvia Vasquez-Lavado shares her extraordinary story of recovery. Recognizing how early trauma led to destructive behaviors through a powerful shamanic experience, Silvia was introduced to a part of herself that led her to eventually climb seven summits, and create a program for young girls who had experienced trauma themselves, to be transformed by the power of nature.

In This Session:

  • The role of nature and awe in healing and transformation
  • How a shamanic ayhuasca session can lead to life-changing insights
  • How reclaiming and listening to lost parts of ourselves can lead to clarity of vision and purpose
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Silvia Vasquez-Lavado

Humanitarian, Adventure Mountaineer, Social Entrepreneur, & Technologist

Silvia Vásquez-Lavado is a humanitarian, adventure mountaineer, social entrepreneur, and technologist. In 2016, Silvia became the first Peruvian, openly gay woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest in Nepal, and by 2018 she completed climbing 7 Summits (otherwise known as the tallest mountain in each continent). Each adventure tells a new story, filled with tragic loss, incredible resilience, courage and healing.

In 2015, Silvia went on to create a nonprofit called Courageous Girls, in which she coordinated mountain climbing excursions to Everest for girls who survived sexual abuse. Her achievements led her to be recognized as an Ambassador in Peru and a symbol of women empowerment around the world. Silvia's memoir, In The Shadow of The Mountain, is publishing February 22, 2022 and will be turned into a feature film, featuring Selena Gomez as Silvia. She is currently a North Face ambassador, public speaker, mentor, and is gearing up for skiing the South Pole in Antarctica.

Silvia Vasquez-Lavado