Mad Wisdom
Episode 4

Phil Borges - Is it a mental breakdown or is it a spiritual wake up?

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The traditional wisdom of indigenous cultures often contradicts modern views about a mental health crisis. Is it a ‘calling’ to grow or just a ‘broken brain’? The documentary CRAZYWISE explores what we can learn from people around the world who have turned their psychological crisis into a positive transformative experience.  In episode four of Mad Wisdom I talk to Phil Borges, the documentary's director about what he learnt making the film - particularly in following the film's two main characters, Adam and Ekhaya - and the powerful lessons ancient Eastern wisdom can teach us in the West.

In this episode we discuss:

  • How such a stark contrast between Eastern and Western treatments of mental health came about
  • What can we learn from the shamans
  • What a combination of East and West might look like in modern mental health treatment

To watch CrazyWise or learn more about Phil's work, please go to:, or visit Phil's own website at:







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