|In this workshop, Barbara and Lewis will share their approach to integrating traditional, indigenous wisdom into contemporary healing work. We present an “indigenous inspired, narrative focused, body-centered, community based, and spiritually respectful method for healing. |
We will share how we work to create a community in which healing can take place, how we involve the body through Cherokee bodywork and forms of energy medicine, and how we use story and drama. We focus on stories as the building blocks of the mind, a concept drawn from the Lakota nagi, or the swarm of all the stories centered around the person’s body, that have made that person how they are. We wish to replace diagnostic labels (like depression, anxiety, bipolar) with an understanding that some stories for how to live our lives don’t actually work as well as we wish, and sometimes we have to find new stories by which to live, in order to improve our self-world interface.
We believe that healing comes to us from spiritual sources and that we do well to cultivate our relationships with these entities. Coyote reminds us that healing should be fun and even sometimes silly, and that we should being too serious.
We invite others to come play and heal with us, either as a person who is suffering or as a practitioner who’d like to see and learn what we do.
For more information on this, see our latest book, Remapping the Mind: the Neuroscience of Self-Transformation through Story. We plan to have something to interest body workers, psychotherapists, community organizers, storytellers, chaplains, and those who suffer.
Lewis Mehl-Madrona, M.D., Ph.D., is a physician, associate professor at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, and executive director of the Coyote Institute for Studies of Change and Transformation. The author of several books, including Narrative Medicine and Coyote Medicine Series, he lives in Orono, Maine.
Barbara Mainguy, M.A., is a psychotherapist and education director for the Coyote Institute for Studies of Change and Transformation. She lives in Orono, Maine.