Great Bear (Big Dipper) Reiki

Date: Nov 5, 2016 - Nov 6, 2016
Time: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Bookings are closed for this event.

Nita Renfrew and Barbara Mainguy

This Class Does Not Award CEs.

PLEASE NOTE: This workshop will take place at CAP21 Studios, 18 W. 18th St., between 5th & 6th Aves.

Discount Available for Series of 4 NAHA (North American Healing Arts) Workshops. Contact for more information.

Many traditional medicine people have incorporated Reiki into their practice in order to enhance their healing work. Reiki has become more acceptable in conventional medicine circles and can serve as a way to bring energy medicine and traditional healing techniques into the mainstream. Of course, Reiki has its own validity and power and can serve all of us. This form of Reiki (where the source of energy passes through the Big Dipper, or Big Bear, as it is known by many indigenous North Americans as well as Northern Europeans, and also known as Ursa Major), was transmitted directly to Nita. Barbara’s knowledge and experience of Bear Medicine have been integrated.

nitaNita M. Renfrew LMT AADP, Program Facilitator, is an integrative body worker, and energy and shamanic healer, with many years experience working in medical settings. She has studied with a number of traditional and other healers from many countries. As a follower of the Red Road (American Indian spirituality), she has danced in Sun Dance (with Lakota intercessor Durwin WhiteLightning) and is a pipe carrier. She is also an artist, writer, editor of Contemporary Shamanism, and Research Associate for Coyote Institute for Studies of Change and Transformation. She lives in New York City, where she has a private practice, and can be contacted at Together with Lewis and Barbara, she coauthored a refereed article ( describing a Reiki program that she created. She also wrote the article “Traditional American Indian Bodywork, the Origin of Osteopathy, Polarity, and Craniosacral Therapy,” (A Journal of Contemporary Shamanism, Vol. 8, #1, Spring-Summer 2015), reprinted in John Beaulieu: Polarity Therapy Workbook, 2016 edition.

As Program Facilitator, Nita will assist in teaching as well as providing the coordination and integrative structure of the program.

barbaraBarbara 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 or call 808-772-1099.

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