Barbara Mainguy - 1440 Multiversity

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Barbara Mainguy, MFA, MA, MSW

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 also a filmmaker and a visual artist.

Barbara attended the University of Toronto and York University in Toronto. Her master’s degree. 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 coauthor (with Lewis Mehl-Madrona) of Remapping Your Mind: the Neuroscience of Self-Transformation Through Story.

Barbara has assisted Lewis in teaching Cherokee Bodywork since 2007. She is especially interested in exploring the ways in which trauma is encoded in the body and how bodywork can unlock it. She also focuses on how traditional North American healers used stories to bind this trauma and the accompanying emotions so they become digestible.

Upcoming Programs

Coyote Medicine 

August 30 - September 2, 2019

Friday - Monday, 3 nights

Coyotes live in the gaps of modern civilization. A wild species growing in population, they survive on wits and adaptability. Similarly, in the shadow of mainstream medicine, traditional cultural healers continue to thrive—helping with ancient expertise those Western medicine fails to comfort, treat, or cure. Empower your holistic wellness with researcher and healer Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD, PhD, of Cherokee and Lakota heritage, and Barbara Mainguy, MFA, MA, psychotherapist and director at the Coyote Institute....

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Previous 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. Still fused indigenous practices and European modalities in Missouri and Kansas before the American Civil War. Join researcher and healer Lewis Mehl-Madrona and psychotherapist Barbara Mainguy, MFA, MA, for an exploration of...

Exploring Coyote Medicine 

December 7 - 9, 2018

Friday - Sunday, 2 nights

Coyotes live in the shadows of modern civilization. A wild species growing in population, they thrive on wits and flexibility. Similarly, in the shadows of mainstream medicine, traditional cultural healers continue to thrive—helping many for whom Western medicine fails to treat, cure, or relieve. In many indigenous philosophies, illness is a path that arises from...