Wow! An extraordinary and inspiring story, one of power and heart. Read this and Harriet will touch your spirit and change you for the good.”

Jack Kornfield

Spirit Rock Meditation Center

Your field guide to the revolution

The Spirit of Harriet Tubman: Awakening from the Underground

We are in the midst of another civil rights revolution, and a movement of the heart is underway.

Combining direct transmissions of Harriet Tubman’s message with insightful explorations of her life and legacy, each chapter of this book examines a different facet of her prophetic life.

We explore Harriet’s incredible journey of strength, fearlessness, and love in the face of hatred and oppression—and how to apply her teachings to the challenges we face as a society today.

Whether focusing on cultivating important practices for ourselves or developing skills to engage more broadly with what’s unfolding in the larger world, Harriet’s story, as channeled through author, Spring Washam, helps guide us as we respond to this unprecedented time.

Learn how to remain fearless in the face of hatred and confusion—and how to meet the challenges of this moment with a compassionate heart, a deepening of our roots of resilience, and becoming powerful conductors of love and truth in our own lives.

“Washam brings considerable gifts for conveying her vision of personal change and offers vivid, inspiring testimony to the power of Buddhism (and other wisdom traditions) to help heal suffering.”

Publishers Weekly

Weekly Trade News Magazine

“Spring has consented to allow Mother Harriet to speak through her to offer to the world a vital message”

Lama Rod Owens

Buddhist Minister, Author, & Yoga Instructor

“Mother Harriet, as an awakened bodhisattva, knows that real freedom is realizing the essence of everything, and to do that, our abolition practice must also be a spiritual practice where we are allying with the unseen world of beings who are working alongside us to get us and everything free…In this text Spring has consented to allow Mother Harriet to speak through her to offer to the world a vital message of hope as well as a call to action.”


Considered a pioneer in bringing mindfulness-based meditation practices to diverse communities, Spring Washam is a well-known teacher, healer, and visionary leader based in Oakland, California.

She is the author of A Fierce Heart: Finding Strength, Courage and Wisdom in Any Moment and The Spirit of Harriet Tubman: Awakening from the Underground.

Spring is one of the founding teachers at the East Bay Meditation Center, an organization that offers Buddhist teachings with attention to social action and multiculturalism. She is a member of the teacher’s council at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, offering teachings on Buddhist philosophy, Insight meditation and loving-kindness practices. Spring is also the founder of Lotus Vine Journeys, a one-of-a-kind organization that blends indigenous healing practices with Buddhist wisdom for transformative retreats in South America.

She has practiced and studied Buddhist philosophy in both the Theravada and Tibetan schools of Buddhism since 1999. Spring is also a shamanic practitioner and has studied indigenous healing practices since 2008.

Spring’s workshops, interviews, and writing can be found in mainstream media worldwide.

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“Spring brings to us her life and Harriet's in a voice that is both beautiful and courageous.”

Roshi Joan Halifax

Buddhist Teacher & Author