We are pleased to present a series of workshops in New Zealand, from March 9th 2015 to March 15th 2015 with the wonderful:
Associate Professor of Psychology and Author Lewis Mehl-Madrona PHD MD and Barbara Mainguy MA from USA. These workshops will be held in Auckland, Whangarei and Russell Bay of Islands & Wanganui hosted by Balance NZ
Together they bring over 50 years experience in working with people who struggle with the self-world interface and who approach healing from a variety of perspectives.
Lewis Mehl-Madrona graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine and trained in family medicine, psychiatry, and clinical psychology. He has been on the faculties of several medical schools and is the author of many books including Coyote Medicine, Coyote Healing, and Coyote Wisdom, a trilogy of books on what native culture has to offer the modern world.
Lewis's work includes a PhD in Neuroscience, post-doctoral fellowship in addictions (alcohol), and an Mphil in Narrative Studies. He teaches psychiatry and family medicine and is an integrative medicine practitioner.
Lewis is working with aboriginal communities to develop uniquely aboriginal styles of healing and health care for use in those communities. Lewis is of Cherokee and Lakota heritage.
Barbara Mainguy is a creative arts therapist with additional credentials in CBC and DBT as well as compassionate communication and hypnosis. Barbara completed her MA thesis on the connections between Lakota healing traditions and psychotherapy. She works with Lewis in his practice in Augusta, Maine and co-teaches with him in workshops throughout the United States, Europe, and Australia.
Lewis and Barbara’s work centres around psychosis and its treatment within community and with non-pharmacological means, narrative approaches, and further developing healing paradigms within a narrative/indigenous framework.
We are providing three different one day workshops with Lewis and Barbara this March 2015.These are suitable for anyone who experiences voices & visions, whanau, mental health professionals and others who support people with these experiences. Part of our philosophy is to bring together people who have positive experiences of voices and visions and live well with them, together with those who experience distress. So we can all learn from each other.
Please note the Cherokee Bodywork seminar is only suitable for voice hearers with a distress level of 4/10 or less. It is also suitable for bodyworkers.
FREE SPACES FOR CULTURAL EXPERTS
We also have free spaces at the Narrative Medicine & Remapping the mind workshops for those who are considered experts on cultural knowledge. So we can have a cultural exchange of stories and ways of our local people, and local experts present to assist those who attend to better know the wider stories that are part of who they are. Just send an email with details of experience and which workshop you would like to attend.
It is only $10 for People who experience voices and visions and whanau to attend. Please download registration forms attached below for all other pricing for Students and Professionals. We have early bird and group discounts.
WORKSHOP ONE: NARRATIVE MEDICINE
This workshop is a gentle, fun way to explore the stories that activate our lives. Current neuroscience tells us that stories are whole-brain activities that act as metaphors for adaptive processes, and that story making is the 'default' mode of the brain. Research has shown that storytelling skills can help with ‘real world’ skills, and that story making has measurable health benefits.
- How can we use these skills towards wellness and recovery? What are the stories we like to tell ourselves?
- 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 discover the spirits of our stories, the voices that repeat the stories to us as if they were true. We dialogue with these characters, use role-playing techniques and consider how to change them and learn ways to discover new meanings and effective strategies in life.
“The notion of story is crucial to identity. “All you are is story. When you pass over, the stories told by you and about you are all that remains,” said one Native American elder. Another said, “We are all the stories that have been or ever will be told about us.” In many indigenous cultures, identity formation is the development of a coherent master story that links together the multitude of one’s told and yet-to-be-told stories into a yarn that makes sequential sense. Psychosis and other mental illnesses are seen to be the result of the breakdown of that coherent narrative, an inability to make narrative sense of one’s self and one’s life.”
VENUES AND DATES:
(Flier and Registration Forms attached below. For enquiries email: )
SOUTH AUCKLAND : Tuesday 10th March 2015
Nga Kete Wananga Marae
Manukau Institute of Technology
RUSSELL, BAY OF ISLANDS : Saturday 14th March 2015
Bay of Islands
WORKSHOP TWO: REMAPPING THE MIND & SACRED DRAMA
Current neuroscience helps us understand that stories are the units of meaning-making that help us make sense of our world. Good stories help us manage our lives and negotiate that sometimes complicated place where ‘we’ meet ‘world’. Stories live in us! Who are the storytellers? In this workshop we go on a gentle journey to discover our inner (and outer) storytellers. We begin with a talking circle to get to know them, and to discover who might be influencing our stories about the world.
In this workshop we show:
How we work with people to make a visual map/diagram of the storytellers, who spend time within their minds.
Using these maps we learn how to introduce new positive voices to join the group that can interface in a more frictionless manner with the external world and with each other.
Using respectful, sacred drama we embody some of our storytellers, to learn how to negotiate with them, to form coalitions of healthier voices, to oppose the views of more negative voices. Neuroscience available on request.
"Using what we call 'sacred drama' techniques with voices, as well as dialogical approaches, all in the service of gaining a narrative understanding of the being of the voice and the stories that produced it and the story that it wants to tell. We sometimes do a talking circle with bits added in. Usually building trust is important and we take that seriously."
VENUES AND DATES:
(Flier and Registration Form attached below. For enquiries email: )
WEST AUCKLAND : Monday 9th March 2015
Te Piringatahi o te
WHANGAREI : Friday 13th March 2015, 8.45am to 4.00pm
Te Puna o Te Matauranga Marae
WORKSHOP THREE: CHEROKEE BODYWORK
In keeping with our philosophy of treating each person as a whole, we are also providing a workshop on cherokee bodywork with Lewis and Barbara in Russell. Click on this link for more details.