New Release: Talking Story

Posted by – December 02, 2014
Categories: Indigenous Cultures & Anthropology New Release Spirituality & Religion

Talking Story is the extraordinary journey of an unwitting heroine, whose adventure is a testament that the greatest exploration we will ever make is traversing our inner landscape. Such an expedition requires unflinching surrender and a courageous heart. Marie-Rose bravely and fiercely exemplifies both. –Dr. Elizabeth Kapu’uwailani Lindsey, National Geographic Explorer and award-winning filmmaker of Then There Were None

9781583948286Born a child of the Vietnam war, filmmaker Marie-Rose Phan-Lê finds peace by exploring the spiritual traditions and healing practices of various cultures. Moved by the knowledge that sacred traditions all over the world are disappearing with the passing of community elders who had kept these traditions alive, Phan-Lê traveled to Peru, Hawaii, Vietnam, Nepal, India and China to document local healing practices, in hopes of preserving some of this ancient wisdom. Her memoir details the archetypal heroine’s journey she underwent and the self-discoveries that eventually led Phan-Lê to re-evaluate her life’s purpose and become a healer herself.

Talking Story: One Woman’s Quest to Preserve Ancient Spiritual and Healing Traditions, based on Phan-Lê’s award-winning documentary film Talking Story, invites readers to journey with Phan-Lê as she explores some of the richest spiritual traditions in the world, witnessing different forms of shamanism, spirit-channeling, plant medicine, and divination. The book allows readers to enter into a world that most people will never have the opportunity to explore, by offering an intimate experience of ancient healing traditions and the profound events leading to Phan-Lê’s personal transformation as the journey progressed.

Nothing is more important for human survival than the preservation of shamanic wisdom for radical healing and radical inspiration. This brave, brilliantly written, and exhilarating book by a gifted spiritual pioneer will show you why. –Andrew Harvey, author of Teachings Of Rumi, The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism, and Radical Passion

Marie-Rose Phan-Lê is a brilliant storyteller. Talking Story is a powerful book infused with beautiful transmissions of knowledge she received from healers around the world. It is touching how these healers trusted Marie-Rose so she could share with us what it means to be a shaman, medium, and healer. –Sandra Ingerman, author of Soul Retrieval, and Medicine for the Earth

About the author

Marie_Rose_Kate_Baldwin_PhotographyMarie-Rose Phan-Lê has more than twenty years’ experience in film and television production (Northern Exposure, Prefontaine, Ace’s High). She is the founder and president of Healing Planet Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and presentation of ancient healing and spiritual traditions. Marie- Rose has traveled extensively for various projects, including her award-winning documentary film, Talking Story, the companion to this book. She has transitioned her flourishing healing practice working one-to-one with individuals to focusing on the one-to-many, consulting with organizations, businesses, and other groups. She is currently the chief operating officer and creative director at High Impact Inc. Marie-Rose was born in Vietnam, emigrated to France, and later to the United States, and currently lives in Hawaii.

Tags: Biography & Memoir Herbalism Sacred Activism Shamanism Marie-Rose Phan-Lê

About the Author

Marina is the Marketing & Digital Programs Coordinator at North Atlantic Books. After living in New Orleans and Amsterdam, and exploring a couple of continents, she returned to the San Francisco Bay Area to work at NAB. She's passionate about astrology, nonfiction books, and sustainable living, as well as all things metaphysical.