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Barbara Mainguy, MFA, MA

Barbara Mainguy, MFA, MA


Barbara Mainguy, is Creative Arts Director and Education Director for Coyote Institute for Studies of Change and Transformation in Orono, Maine. She also works with the Wabanaki Health and Wellness Center in Bangor, Maine. She is a psychotherapist and especially enjoys working with people experiencing psychosis and extraordinary experiences. She is a filmmaker and a visual artist.

She is currently editing a film on women in the psychiatric system.  She attended the University of Toronto and York University in Toronto. Her M.A. is in Creative Arts Therapies with an emphasis on Drama Therapy from Concordia University in Montreal.  She is the author of scholarly papers on embodied narratives and drama therapy with autism and schizophrenia, and is co-author (with Lewis Mehl-Madrona) of Remapping Your Mind: the Neuroscience of Self-Transformation through Story.

She has assisted Lewis in teaching Cherokee Bodywork since 2007, and is especially interested in exploring the ways in which trauma is encoded in the body and how bodywork can unlock trauma and how traditional North American healers used stories to them bind this trauma and the accompanying emotions so as to be digestible.

Upcoming Programs

Cherokee Bodywork

February 25-March 2, 2018
Sunday - Friday, 5 nights

Healing practices for touching and manipulating the body existed throughout North America long before Europeans appeared. Considered the founder of American osteopathy, A.T....