Lewis Mehl-Madrona|Barbara Mainguy: Coyote Medicine  at 1440 Multiversity

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Coyote Medicine 

A Pathway to Recovery and Health 

August 30 - September 2, 2019

Friday - Monday, 3 nights

All-inclusive program package to include:

<ul> <li>Tuition</li> <li>Three Meals in Kitchen Table (daily)</li> <li>Shared or Private Accommodations</li> <li>Signature classes and wellness offerings</li> </ul> <p>Please Note: All packages are priced per person. Should you elect a shared accommodation and community hall bath, 1440 will randomly pair you with a gender-specific roommate. Only private rooms have the option of a private bath.  1440 Multiversity is a smoke-free campus.</p>

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Program Description

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.

Over this experiential weekend:

  • Explore Coyote Healing—a story-focused, embodied, and community-inclusive practice
  • Develop individualized approaches to stress management and reduction
  • Discover the importance of ceremony and ritual practices in modern life, including sweat lodge, sacred pipe, and prayer.

In many global indigenous philosophies, illness arises from a lack of harmony and balance. The pathway to healing is one of integrating mind-body awareness, a special lesson of the trickster archetype. Coyote Medicine integrates traditional and modern healing philosophies with the power of Native North American approaches.

This workshop is for anyone wishing to deepen self-healing, build community, and activate their natural skill set for change and transformation. Together, you will conclude the weekend with a traditional pipe ceremony and burning of prayer ties in offering.

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  • Faculty Bio
    Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD, PhD

    Author, researcher, and healer

    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 Healing the Mind Through the Power of Story: The Promise of Narrative Psychiatry.

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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.

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  • Why Attend
    • Experience a remarkable initiation into traditional indigenous medicinal practices beyond the confines of Western medicine. <br />

    • Combine traditional Native American healing and modern scientific medicine to empower your personal healing journey through the exploration of purpose, meaning, and acceptance. 

    • Take home practices to continue in daily life that foster a sense of peace and harmony and continue active healing.  

    • Unlock the healing power of a mind-body approach rooted in the power and healing of embodied stories.

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  • About 1440 Multiversity

    Beautifully nestled in the California redwoods near Santa Cruz, our 75-acre campus is within easy reach of San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

    1440 Multiversity is a place to spend time engaging some of life's most meaningful personal questions and to enjoy, restore, and reenergize yourself as you do it.

    You'll find new energy through immersion learning—setting aside daily urgencies and dedicating uninterrupted time to focus on important, but often elusive, priorities. Our unique collaboration with world-class faculty coupled with an original, inspirational curriculum and magnificent grounds make this a place like no other. Add in fresh, redwood-scented air, delicious and healthy food, deep reflection, fun exercise, and good sleep and you've pretty much captured what you'll experience here.

  • Accommodations

    At 1440 Multiversity, you’ll find a wide range of accommodations to meet your preferences and budget. All of our rooms have been thoughtfully designed to provide comfort, promote reflection, and foster connection with others.

    Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in.

    Per-person per-night rates include:

    • nourishing locally sourced, seasonal meals
    • daily meditation and yoga classes
    • non-ticketed evening events
    • use of all facilities, including the Fitness Center, steam rooms, and infinity-edge hot tub.

    Guests also enjoy access to woodland trails, cafés, and shops.


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