Integrating Traditional Chinese Medicine, Psychotherapy, and Bodywork

Date: Oct 21, 2017 - Oct 22, 2017
Time: 9:30 am - 6:30 pm

Bookings are closed for this event.

Lewis Mehl-Madrona, Barbara Mainguy, and Christopher Trahan, L.Ac.

This Class Does Not Award CEs.

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

Day 1: Integrating Traditional Chinese Medicine, Psychotherapy, and Bodywork
We will demonstrate how to integrate mind and body work, similar to 5 element techniques in shiatsu and traditional Chinese medicine. We will explore the idea of “many hands on one client,” and how to utilize multiple practitioners for sessions. We will explore the parallels between traditional Chinese medicine and indigenous North American concepts.

Day 2: Clinic
Lewis Mehl-Madrona, Barbara Mainguy, Nita Renfrew, and Joseph Schmidlin
Students perform two supervised, integrated sessions, using everything they have learned. They design the session prior to the class (based on an intake form) to address the client’s chief complaints. We end with ceremony.

Christopher Trahan OMD LAc is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine and a Licensed Acupuncturist, and is nationally board certified in Chinese Herbal Medicine, as well as being a classically trained homeopathic physician. He integrates Chinese and Western herbs, homeopathy, and nutrition with his practice of acupuncture in New York City. He has trained in China and Sri Lanka, as well as in the United States, and has served on the faculty of the International Institute of Chinese Medicine (Santa Fe, NM) and the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (NYC). He served as lead acupuncturist in an asthma research study headed by Dr. Lewis Mehl-Madrona in association with Beth-Israel Hospital.

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://

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 or call 808-772-1099.

Nita 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.

Joseph Schmidlin DO MTP has over 20 years of training, teaching and practice in the field of energy medicine, including Classical Osteopathy, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, Zero Balancing, Massage Therapy, Cranial-sacral therapy, and Vibrational therapies, including sound healing. He has been a co-teacher with John Beaulieu, of sound healing integrated into body work. Joseph has a private practice in Rochester and New York City.

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