Deep Liberation: A Conversation With Langston Kahn

Greetings listener friends,

We are delighted to share with you our recent conversation with Langston Kahn.

Langston Kahn is a black, queer teacher and shamanic practitioner who specializes in radical human transformation, ancestral healing, and restoring an authentic relationship with our emotions.

He stands firmly at the crossroads; his practice informed by somatic modalities, contemporary shamanic traditions, initiations into traditions of the African diaspora, and his helping spirits and ancestors weaving it all together.

Langston gives workshops and lectures internationally, in-person and online. He serves in the leadership by council of the Last Mask Community, a collective of people striving to live in alignment with ancient shamanic principles in service of personal and collective liberation.

He is the author of Deep Liberation: Shamanic Teachings for Reclaiming Wholeness in a Culture of Trauma.

He lives in the ancestral lands of the Lenape, Rockaway, and Canarsie also known as New York City.

In our conversation we dive into a wide range of topics:

We speak about embodiment, and Langston’s perspective of embodiment as the willingness to be in a state of flux, and change, and to not get stuck on one story of who we are.

We explore the practice of Focusing, the method of somatic inquiry developed by Gene Gendlin, (which Langston learned from his mom,) and how the principles of Focusing support Langston in being in relationship with the more than human world in shamanic practice.

We discuss shamanism and the challenges around appropriation and capitalism.

We explore healing, animism, trauma, ancestral work, ritual, and much more.

Langston is a radiant human being and teacher who has a deep foundation of practice.

We hope you enjoy the conversation, and we highly recommend checking out his book and his work.

You can find out more about his work at his website:


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By training and profession, I am a somatic educator. Over the past 25+ years I have trained in and taught modern dance, tai chi, Indian and Tibetan yoga, yoga therapy (specializing in back pain). I completed a 4-year professional Feldenkrais training in 2007 and a 3-year Embodied Life training in 2014. I also study and work with somatic meditation and the profound practice of embodied inner listening known as Focusing.