Traditional North American Healing Arts (NAHA) in Association with Coyote Institute for Studies of Change and Transformation

We aim to bring the wisdom of traditional North Americans into contemporary health care. In this context, we are focusing on massage therapy, osteopathy (developed by A. T. Still from indigenous North American body work), sound, and body work practice. Traditional practice integrates what we are now calling narrative medicine with hands-on-therapies and energy medicine. Traditional practitioners didn’t have or need our contemporary categories, which define our specialties and scope of practice, but are of questionable value for efficacy of practice.

This 14-month, one weekend per month training course brings this wisdom of spirit-guided practice, traditional bioenergetic principles, and energy medicine practice into the contemporary world. We will explore integrating touching, speaking, and sounding, simultaneously, for increased efficacy.

Our faculty include Dr. Lewis Mehl-Madrona (of Cherokee and Lakota heritage), a physician and
student of indigenous healing for over 40 years; Barbara Mainguy, a creative arts therapist; John Beaulieu, a naturopath and teacher of polarity and craniosacral therapies, and sound healing; Joseph Schmidlin, an osteopath and integrative practitioner; and Nita Renfrew, a long-time energy healer, now also an integrative massage therapist, and Facilitator of the NAHA program.

CATA’s intention with the program is to offer instruction and certification in Traditional, Indigenous, and Integrative healing arts to the community of body workers and related healthcare professionals. The aim is to teach and preserve traditional, alternative, and complementary healing practices, and to integrate them with each other, as well as into mainstream healthcare therapies.

Who Should Take this Course
This course has been designed for healthcare practitioners of all stripes—including body-centered therapists and narrative psychotherapists, chiropractors, osteopaths, craniosacral and polarity therapists, energy and shamanic healers, and massage therapists—who either want to be integrative spirit/mind/body healers in Traditional North American Healing Arts, or who would like to expand their knowledge and considerably deepen their existing healing practice.

Visit NAHA for 2016-2017 Curriculum and workshop descriptions.

Contact if you’d like to register for the full program.