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Past Courses I have taught in Narrative Medicine and Psychology

Kripalu: Nov. 16-18, 2012 Friday–Sunday 2 nights

Changing Story, Changing Self:

The Power of Personal Narrative for Self-Healing

Is it our basic nature to be disconnected and discontent, or are we fundamentally whole and healthy? What are the stories that are influencing how we live our lives? How is contemporary neuroscience affecting our understanding of the biological imperative for storytelling?

In this workshop, Lewis Mehl-Madrona, will help us ask

  • What are the stories that guide our lives?
  • What roles do we play in our relationships—love, work, family, friends?
  • For whom do we play out these stories?
  • Do the stories work or do they lead us into pain?
  • How can we change our stories to move toward greater happiness and balance?

Native American elders teach that every story has a spirit and that we cannot escape its influence. Through experiential exercises, we will discover the spirits of our stories, the voices that repeat the stories to us as if they were true. We will dialogue with these characters, use role-playing techniques, and consider how to change them. An atmosphere of play, fun, and curiosity will facilitate personal exploration into the “yoga of stories.”

Hypnotic Fables and Narrative Trancework
by Lewis Mehl-Madrona and Peter Blum,
sponsored by Coyote Institute, Marbletown Multi-Arts Center,
Stone Ridge, NY, November 2011.
Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD, PhD, is Director of the Center for Narrative Studies, a project of the Coyote Institute in South Burlington, VT, and adjunct professor of anthropology at Johnson State College in VT. Lewis's first book, “Coyote Medicine: Lessons from Native America” explores his efforts to integrate his aboriginal origins and culture into his medical practice. He is also the author of “Coyote Healing: Miracles from Native America”, and “Coyote Wisdom: The Healing Power of Story” “Narrative Medicine: the use of story and history in the healing process” is about how we can see the various systems of healing from diverse cultures around the world (including Western technological medicine) as stories which interface with the stories of the culture to which the healing is being applied. “ Healing the Mind through the Power of Story: the Promise of Narrative Psychiatry” brings the brain, neuroplasticity, and epigenetics into our unfolding understanding of how words shape and change brains and behavior.

Peter Blum has had a full-time practice in Ericksonian hypnosis since 1987. In 2004 he was awarded Instructor of the Year by the National Guild of Hypnosis, and in 2009 inducted into the Order of Braid – a lifetime achievement recognition. He has trained hundreds in the spiritual art of hypnosis and is a student of Beautiful Painted Arrow (Joseph Rael), and Dr. Lewis Mehl-Madrona for the past 20 years.

Fees are "By Donation", which means that no one will be turned away regardless of ability to make a donation. Suggested donations are in the range $75-$150 per day. Participants need not attend all three days. To register, or for more info, contact Lewis at, or Peter at or call 845-247-8839.

In this workshop we will learn the art of speaking the language of healing. We will consider how words affect attitudes, change beliefs, and nurture faith. Through our words, deep inner resources for self-love are kindled which become physiological changes. We do maintain our identities with the words of our stories about ourselves and perhaps our stories also maintain the integrity of our body, for words are physical events, spoken by people through bodies with vibrational energy and the capacity to change those who hear these words.

Hypnosis is the art of speaking persuasively. In hypnotherapy we aim to facilitate a movement toward greater health and the reduction of suffering and pain. We persuade people to relinquish old self- deleterious stories in order to embrace those that are more life affirming. In North America many indigenous cultures use storytelling, imagery, and visualization as part of the healing and curing process. We will explore how stories inspire people to believe that they can be healed or cured. Stories revision people’s sense of what healing and curing means and how it comes to pass. Storytelling requires the use of language as rhetoric, including the power of persuasion (hypnosis).

With voice, tonality, phrasing, and words we can change our body reality, transforming sickness to health; despair to hope; and misery to happiness. Our words flow with pictures of mountain streams, armies of blood cells, and the eternal peace of the soul. What words do we choose? How do we breathe these words? How do we learn to speak the poetry of the spirit? With this attitude, we will flow between the analytic side of technique and the experiential side of storytelling and poetry, striking a balance to aid in the restoration of wellness for ourselves and our clients. This workshop will aim at professional development through personal experience, combining self-healing opportunities with consideration of technique and method.
Narrative Medicine and Addictions
Nebraska Association of Employee Assistance Professionals
May 2012

8:00am to 11:00 am
Narrative: This presentation will include Introduction to Narrative, Neurobiology of Narrative and Addiction as a Story.
11:00 am to 12:00 am
Clinical Applications – This presentation will address: Issues such as evaluations/
diagnosis, countertransference, the dynamics of change, & arousal vs. satiationtype
Lunch included in the registration for the training.
1:00 to 2:00 pm
Clinical Applications (cont.) – This presentation will address: Issues such as
evaluations/diagnosis, countertransference, the dynamics of change, & arousal vs. satiation-type addictions.
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm:
Narrative Ethics - This presentation will address: How narrative ethics are different from juridicial, rule-based ethics, Ethics case stories and exercises and creating a council of ethics.



Onoing clinical supervision/mentorship via webcam with Dr. Lewis Mehl-Madrona

4 pm Thursday, Eastern U.S. time.

Cost: $25 per week.

To register, email or call 808-772-1099

Photo by Sheryl Eaglewoman