Ceremony and Body Work

Date: Aug 5, 2017 - Aug 6, 2017
Time: 9:30 am - 6:30 pm

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Lewis Mehl-Madrona and Barbara Mainguy

$395
Discount Available for Series of 4 NAHA (North American Healing Arts) Workshops. Contact vanessa@catanyc.com for more information.

Day 1: Body work can be a part of ceremony. We learn how to design and create a healing ceremony using traditional pan-Indian principles.

Day 2: We perform the ceremony that was designed by the class. Then, we show how to do healing ceremonies in which multiple people can work in harmony on one person, always respecting the other practitioners’ space, with the presence of drumming, dancing, and singing. This work fits within a broader context of healing circles and invocation of spiritual energies and spirits for healing.

Lewis Mehl-Madrona MD PhD (Cherokee and Lakota heritage) is the author of several books, including the “Coyote” Trilogy. His work discusses healing practices from Lakota, Cherokee, and Cree traditions, and how they intersect with conventional medicine via a social constructionist model. He has been writing about the use of imagery and narrative in healing since the 1980s and is certified in psychiatry, geriatrics, and family medicine. His research collaborations include work on various psychological conditions, issues of psychology during birthing, nutritional approaches to autism and diabetes, and the use of healing circles to improve overall health outcomes. He has taught in the medical schools at Maine Dartmouth, Union Institute and University (Brattleboro, VT), the University of Hawaii, the University of Saskatchewan, the University of Pittsburgh, and Stanford University, where he obtained his degree in medicine. He was head of a program at Beth Israel, New York City, as well as holding a number of other positions in complementary healthcare organizations, in addition to hospitals, where he has also performed extensive emergency and psychiatric care throughout the U.S. and Canada, including about aboriginal systems and in aboriginal settings. He has also published over 100 papers in refereed journals.Lewis and Barbara live in Bangor, Maine, where he currently teaches at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, practices medicine at Eastern Maine Medical Center and Acadia Hospital, Bangor, and is the Director of Coyote Institute for Studies of Change and Transformation. http://www.mehl-madrona.com & http://

Barbara Mainguy MFA MA is involved in creative arts psychotherapy and group medical care, especially in relation to geriatrics and people with psychosis. She is a filmmaker and a visual artist and is currently editing a film on how society decides whom to call “mad.” Her M.A. is in Creative Arts Therapies from Concordia University (Montreal) with an emphasis on Drama Therapy. She is the author of scholarly papers on embodied narratives and drama therapy with autism and schizophrenia. Together, she and Lewis have written the book, Remapping the Mind. She is Education Director for the Coyote Institute for Studies of Change and Transformation.To contact Lewis or Barbara, email info@coyoteinstitute.us or call 808-772-1099.

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