About Me

Melissa Burch
Melissa Burch

I’m Melissa Burch, a bestselling and award winning author, teacher and speaker who inspires men and women to live an adventurous life and to develop their own spiritual practice rooted in the teachings of the heroine’s journey.

My newest memoir, Yearning for Magic: Spiritual Journeys of a Mother, Healer, and Lover, The Heroine’s Journey Book 2, explores the meaning and joy I discovered in surprising places: from a christening on a Greek Island to life in an East Village Quaker community, and from a miraculous healing in Brazil to a life-changing spiritual experience in India, and learning homeopathy. I’m happy to announce My Journey Through War and Peace: Explorations of a Young Filmmaker, Feminist and Spiritual Seeker, The Heroine’s Journey Book 1, won the Silver Award in the memoir category for both the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards and the Foreword INDIES book of the Year Award, and was a #1 Amazon bestseller.

Prior to doing this work, I was a filmmaker, producer and former war journalist for the BBC, CBS, and other networks. My team was one of the first documentary crews in the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War, and a story about me in Afghanistan was featured in The New York Times. I was just in my twenties when I traveled with the mujahedeen, filmed an attack on a Soviet convoy, slept with an Afghan commander, and climbed 14,000 foot mountains in the Hindu Kush. These experiences and many more are featured in my adventurous spiritual memoir, My Journey Through War and Peace: Explorations of a Young Filmmaker, Feminist and Spiritual Seeker.

I was the executive producer of "Women in Limbo Presents," a national public television series about women’s lives, and I’ve served as president of the New York Film/Video Council. My book, The Four Methods of Journal Writing: Finding Yourself Through Memoir, was a #1 Amazon bestseller. I spent several years as an internationally recognized leader in homeopathy, co-founded the Catalyst School of Homeopathy, and produced and hosted one of the first successful radio shows on Voice America on homeopathy.