Cherokee Body Work
Ceremony & Ritual
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A Weekend Event with Dr. Lewis Mehl-Madrona:
In conjunction with the release of his book Narrative Medicine: The Use of History and Story in the Healing Process, Dr. Lewis Mehl-Madrona will be in Pittsburgh from Friday, August 10th to Sunday, August 12th to teach and guide a journey into ancient wisdom and Native American healing ways.
Dr. Mehl-Madrona is a physician certified in family practice, geriatrics and psychiatry, and a healer of Cherokee and Lakota heritage. He is currently Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine, Canada.
With a long list of medical experience, academic and medical appointments, and honors to his credit, Lewis' gift for healing with complementary/integrative therapies and indigenous medicine puts him at the leading edge of his profession. He is also author of Coyote Healing, Coyote Wisdom and the best-selling book, Coyote Medicine.
Friday, August 10, 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.
We will be introduced to Narrative Medicine and begin the exploration into Native American healing.
Saturday, August 11, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
We will continue to explore Native American spirituality and healing practices, as well as the power of traditional stories to hold and transmit wisdom. We will explore the medicine intrinsic in the telling of our own stories and histories for the healing of body, mind, spirit and community. And we will look at the story being lived by our illness, and how our own story has joined and intersected with that of the illness.
"All of our ancestors, no matter where from or how far back, used stories for healing. Every one of us can draw on this past, however distant and however forgotten. An encoded memory of this ancestral past is embedded within our DNA. All who are alive today carry the wisdom of our ancestors within our genetic code."
Saturday, August 11, 2 to 6 p.m.
We will co-construct ceremonial ritual to create the doorway through which we enter our healing. Ceremony is a moment of creation, of experiential healing.
Sunday, August 12, 9:30 a.m.
We will be introduced to Cherokee bodywork and explore strategies for touch, including deep pressure, rocking, shaking, running energy meridians, mobilization and breathwork. We will consider especially the Cherokee emphasis on breath as a means to restore spirit to all parts of the body.
Later on Sunday
Weather permitting, workshop participants will have the opportunity to experience a traditional sweat lodge ceremony, gently and masterfully guided by Lewis. Here is a place to sink into the primal elements in a healing circle on the earth.
Friday & Saturday
Friends' Meeting House
4836 Ellsworth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Private home, address TBA
For registration & payment before August 5th
Friday Evening through Sunday Morning (all sessions) $200 Friday Friday Evening Session Only $40 Saturday Morning Session Only $60 Saturday Afternoon Session Only $60 Sunday Morning Session Only $60 Optional Sweat Lodge N/C
For registration & payment after August 5th
Friday Evening through Sunday Morning (all sessions) $220 Friday Friday Evening Session Only $45 Saturday Morning Session Only $65 Saturday Afternoon Session Only $65 Sunday Morning Session Only $65 Optional Sweat Lodge N/C
For registration and payment, please contact Danielle Anderson at 412-767-5357.
Send payments to:
414 Church Lane
Allison Park, PA 15101
Please include your name, address, phone number(s) and email and which sessions you wish to attend. You will receive a confirmation of receipt of your registration.
For questions or inquiries about this event, please contact:
Rosa Thompson, M.A. at 412-337-6182
Peter Shefler at
- Saturday's and Sunday's sessions are limited to 30 people. To assure a spot, please be sure to register as soon as possible!
- Friday evening will be in a lecture setting. Saturday and Sunday we will be outdoors as much as possible; please bring a blanket, pillow or folding chair.
- Copies of Coyote Healing, Coyote Wisdom and Narrative Medicine will be available at this event.
- Dr. Mehl-Madrona may be available for private consultations on Friday, August 10th, during the day. Please contact Danielle at 412-767-5357.
- There is no charge for the optional sweat lodge ceremony on Sunday. Donations of food, blankets, firewood and tobacco are welcome.
Biography of Lewis Mehl-Madrona:
Dr. Mehl-Madrona is internationally renowned Native American physician and a leader in the field of complementary - or integrative - medicine. Dr. Andrew Weil, of the University of Arizona's Program in Integrative Medicine, wrote of him - saying: "Lewis Mehl-Madrona has much to offer [here], since he combines the heritage and experience of a Native American healer with very thorough training in allopathic medicine. On top of that, he has great passion about replacing the reigning biomedical model with a new paradigm...".
Dr. Mehl-Madrona is currently Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine in Saskatoon, Canada. He is a graduate of Indiana University (Biophysical Chemistry, 1972), Stanford University School of Medicine (M.D., 1975), and the Psychological Studies Institute in Palo Alto, California (Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, 1980). He completed residencies in family practice and in psychiatry at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, in Burlington. He is board certified in family practice, geriatrics, and psychiatry.
He has been Clinical Assistant Professor at Stanford University School of Medicine and at the University of Pittsburgh; and Research Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and at the University of Vermont. He was an Associate Professor at the University of Hawaii School of Medicine.
Dr. Mehl-Madrona also worked for over 25 years as an emergency room physician in rural New Mexico, California, Vermont, New York, and Pennsylvania. His focus has been to blend the best of conventional medicine with the healing traditions of Native America and other indigenous cultures.
Lewis E. Mehl-Madrona, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Psychiatry
Department of Family Medicine
West Winds Primary Health Centre
University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine
3311 Fairmont Drive
Saskatoon, SK S7M 3Y5
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