About Will Hall

WILL HALL, MA, DIPL.PW is a counselor, teacher, writer, and

community development worker. Active during the University of

California anti-apartheid movement, he went on to work for the

Santa Cruz Resource Center for Nonviolence and the Earth

Island Institute. In his 20s he was forcibly committed to San

Francisco’s public mental health system, and, while in the locked

unit at Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute, he was diagnosed with

schizoaffective disorder schizophrenia and put on disability. He

became a leading psychiatric survivor organizer, including host of

Madness Radio, co-founder of Freedom Center and Portland

Hearing Voices, and a co-coordinator of The Icarus Project, and

he is author of the Harm Reduction Guide to Coming Off

Psychiatric Drugs, translated into 15 languages. For his work Will

has received the Judi Chamberlin Advocacy award, the Portland

Oregon Open Minds award, and the Stavros Center for

Independent Living Disability Advocacy award. He has appeared

in the media internationally, including Newsweek and the New

York Times, and is in the documentary films Healing Voices,

CrazyWise, and Coming Off Psych Drugs. A longtime meditator

and yoga practitioner, Will is a PhD candidate in the School of

Mental Health and Neuroscience at Maastricht University, The

Netherlands, and he lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. For

more info and to contact Will, go to www.willhall.net.

“When I was growing up, I wanted to be a magician. Then I

wanted to be a biologist, then I wanted to be a psychologist, then I

wanted to be a community organizer, then I wanted to be a

philosopher. Now I’m sort of all of them.”

— Will Hall interviewed in the Portland Mercury newspaper

Contact: Website

Crash Course in Urban Shamanism

September 7, 2015 Will Hall 0

Spiritual practice is not for everyone, but sometimes survivors of psychosis have a calling to discover the truth in the world’s mystical traditions. This essay summarizes some of the lessons I’ve learned exploring altered states. […]