Lauren Dollie Duke was seven when she helped her stepfather boost rum bottles from the local liquor store. The following year, her biological father took her to a hotel room and shot up heroin in the bathroom. The next day he robbed a bank with a finger gun. When he was released from prison years later, he moved into Lauren’s basement. They spent the weekends smoking cartons of cigarettes, diving into dumpsters, and swindling used cars.
In her brand new memoir Shithouse, Lauren shows how it’s possible for good people to do bad things, and what it takes to create peace with where you come from in order to find happiness.
Lauren Dollie Duke is a writer, educator, entrepreneur, community activist, and thought leader. She’s taught thousands of yoga students over the last 15 years, led dozens of retreats and training's, and continues to push the edges between yoga, mental health, and trauma.
She also founded a one-of-a-kind Community-Care/Yoga studio in Encinitas, California. In a sea of corporate yoga, where most independent studios don't survive, she created a thriving community, teaching and hosting a variety of sold-out yoga classes, educational seminars, and writing workshops.
She joins Marsha in this episode to talk about her book and upbringing, her path to healing, and resiliency.