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Cherokee Bodywork

The Healing Power of Reading the Body

1440 Multiversity 800 Bethany Drive Scotts Valley,CA 95066

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 healing practices learned by A.T. Still during his time with Native Americans, primarily the Shawnee, Pawnee, and Cherokee tribes.

Delve into the traditional style of Cherokee bodywork, including “reading the body,” a traditional form of healing that incorporates elements of mind-body medicine.

In this week-long program, you will learn:

  • How to dialogue with the body to find the story that injured parts and ailing organs want to tell
  • Similarities among Cherokee bodywork, contemporary osteopathy, and traditional Chinese medicine, with a historical tracing of Still’s approach to understanding the mind-body medicine of three Native American tribes
  • Cherokee awareness of energy meridians and use of acupuncture techniques
  • Traditional elements of ceremony incorporated into the work through a fun approach to this rich healing practice.

Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD, PhD

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

$410 Tuition

Plus 5 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately below.

Register

Program Description

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 healing practices learned by A.T. Still during his time with Native Americans, primarily the Shawnee, Pawnee, and Cherokee tribes.

Delve into the traditional style of Cherokee bodywork, including “reading the body,” a traditional form of healing that incorporates elements of mind-body medicine.

In this week-long program, you will learn:

  • How to dialogue with the body to find the story that injured parts and ailing organs want to tell
  • Similarities among Cherokee bodywork, contemporary osteopathy, and traditional Chinese medicine, with a historical tracing of Still’s approach to understanding the mind-body medicine of three Native American tribes
  • Cherokee awareness of energy meridians and use of acupuncture techniques
  • Traditional elements of ceremony incorporated into the work through a fun approach to this rich healing practice.

Faculty Bio

Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD, PhD

Lewis Mehl-Madrona graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine and is trained in family medicine, psychiatry, and clinical psychology. His work discusses healing practices from Lakota, Cherokee, and Cree traditions, and how they intersect with conventional medicine.

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 been on the faculty of several medical schools, most recently as associate professor of family medicine at the University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine.

Lewis, who is of Cherokee and Lakota heritage, continues to work with aboriginal communities to develop uniquely aboriginal styles of healing and health care for use in those communities, while also working with individuals who have been diagnosed with schizophrenia.

He is the author of numerous books, including Coyote Medicine, Coyote Healing, and Coyote Wisdom‰ a trilogy on what Native culture has to offer the modern world‰ Narrative Medicine and, his most recent, Healing the Mind through the Power of Story: The Promise of Narrative Psychiatry.

Why Attend

  • Unlock the healing power of story through a mind-body approach rooted in traditional medicinal practices developed before the arrival of Europeans in North America.

  • Explore the intersection of traditional Native American bodywork, Chinese medicine, and contemporary osteopathy for a fresh, integrated approach to energy awareness and working with meridians.

  • There is power and healing in embodied stories—learn how to read the body in a fun, supportive environment as you explore a complementary method to contemporary mind-body healing.

Things to Know

  • Program Schedule

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  • Prerequisites

    None required.

  • Experience Level

    None required.

Accommodations

Standard Double
Affordable comfort with a hall bathroom.
Weeknight rates from $160 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Standard Single
Affordable solo comfort with a shared hall bathroom.**
Weeknight rates from $175.

Traditional Double
Tastefully designed rooms with a range of bed sizes.
Weeknight rates from $190 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Suites
Spacious rooms with additional seating and special touches.
Weeknight rates from $330 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Pods
Modern, Asian-style sleeping space for 8 with twin beds.
Available for booking in mid-February 2018.
Weeknight rates from $140 per person per night.*

Commuter Pass
Register for a program without spending the night. Includes all meals + use of campus amenities. Limited availability.
Weeknight rates from $95 per program night.***

Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in. Per-person per-night rates include:

  • nourishing farm-to-table meals
  • daily meditation and yoga classes
  • non-ticketed evening events
  • use of all facilities, including the fitness center, steam rooms, and whirlpool.

Guests also enjoy access woodland trails, and enjoy cafés, shops, and evening programs.

*Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. There is an additional charge to book a room privately.
**Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. Limited availability.
***Plus tax. A program night starts upon check-in and goes through lunchtime of the following day (roughly 24 hrs).

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