Wellness and Yoga teacher Tom Voss served on active duty in the United States Army for three years, from 2003 to 2006. Tom separated from the Army in 2006 with an honorable discharge. Upon returning home, Tom struggled with assimilating back into society and was diagnosed with PTSD in 2008. After being pushed to the brink of suicide, Tom knew he had to do something to help himself heal.
He is now the founder of the cooperative nonprofit Ojai Earth, focusing on regenerating people and the planet through holistic practices, particularly the power of mindfulness. His compassionate and educated lens offers some real solace to those who have experienced trauma in their military service and extends that to all people who participate in his practice and be hosting guided meditation and breathwork sessions at Original Thinkers Festival in Telluride, CO on Friday Sept 30 & Saturday Oct 1.
In 2013, Voss teamed up with fellow combat veteran Anthony Anderson to plan and execute a 2,700-mile trek from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Los Angeles, California. This journey was captured on film by Emmy®-nominated documentary filmmaker, Michael Collins. The film, which has enjoyed theater releases in New York and Los Angeles and been screened at dozens of film festivals nationwide, is called Almost Sunrise. The world premiere of Almost Sunrise was at the 2016 Telluride Mountain Film Festival, where it won the Moving Mountains Award. It was also shown at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival in New York City and the American Film Institute (AFI) Film Festival in Washington D.C. Almost Sunrise has since won multiple film festival awards and has played at over 150 community screenings across the country. In November 2017 Almost Sunrise was broadcast nationally as part of the P.O.V. documentary series on PBS, resulting in an Emmy nomination.
For his work empowering veterans, Tom has been featured in the New York Times, Newsweek, National Geographic Adventure, Men’s Health, USA Today, Fox News, the Chicago Tribune, Epoch Times, and the Hollywood Reporter.
Written by contributor Eric Thompson Jnr