Native American Healing Practices

Native American Healing Practices

Date & Time
10:00 am - 5:30 pm

Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD, PhD

Today we will explore teachings on wellness from some of North America’s original cultures, especially the Cherokee and Lakota, and learn some of their most effective healing and spiritual practices. The topics we will cover include the Four Directions and the Medicine Wheel and their roles in healing; how medicine powers were developed within the context of community and relationships; and how to cultivate spirit helpers. We will also learn simple techniques for protecting a space (smudging), healing with energy and spirit, and meditating in nature. We will use traditional storytelling and imagery techniques and the Talking Circle format, and conclude with a traditional pipe ceremony.

Sunday, August 24, 10am–5:30pm
Members: $135 / Nonmembers: $145
Early Bird rate $120/$130 by August 8th

New York Open Center



  • Lewis Mehl Madrona
    Lewis Mehl Madrona
    Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD, PhD, of Cherokee and Lakota ancestry, is a board-certified family practice physician, geriatrician, psychiatrist and author of Coyote Medicine and, more recently, Healing the Mind through the Power of Story: the Promise of Narrative Psychiatry. He is the executive director of the Coyote Institute and its Center for Narrative and Indigenous Studies in Brattleboro, Vermont, where he has a private practice.
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