Lewis Mehl-Madrona and Barbara Mainguy

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Lewis Mehl-Madrona and Barbara Mainguy

LEWIS MEHL-MADRONA, MD is the author of "Coyote Medicine", "Coyote Healing", and "Coyote Wisdom", focusing on what Native culture has to offer the modern world. He has also written "Narrative Medicine"; "Healing the Mind through the Power of Story: the Promise of Narrative Psychiatry"; and his most recent book, with Barbara Mainguy, "Remapping Your Mind: The Neuroscience of Self-Transformation through Story". He graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine and completed his residencies in family medicine and in psychiatry at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He has been on the faculties of several medical schools, most recently as associate professor of family medicine at the University of New England. BARBARA MAINGUY studied psychology and philosophy at the University of Toronto and received her master’s degree in Creative Arts Psychotherapy at Concordia University in Montreal. She has co-written "Remapping Your Mind: the Neuroscience of Self-Transformation through Story" with Lewis Mehl-Madrona. Her MSW degree is from the University of Maine. Currently, she is a psychotherapist and crisis service supervisor with Wabanaki Health and Wellness, a center for urban Native Americans in Bangor, Maine. She also supervises drug and alcohol counselors there.

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Jun 01 2021 - Aug 10 2021


Tuesdays June 6- August 10 (EXCEPT June 22 and July 20), 6-7:30pm EDT. REMEMBER TO CONVERT IF YOU ARE NOT ON EASTERN TIME.
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Two-Eyed Seeing: Towards a New Vision of Wellness Through Indigenous Wisdom

Watch Lewis Mehl-Madrona’s talk, What Two-Eyed Seeing Can Do for Health Care.

Cost: $250 ($100 for members of an Indigenous community or those who work for one)

“I’m excited to be part of the Rowe Center’s Two-Eyed Seeing online program and am very happy to see these concepts entering into the mainstream of health care. I’m honored that Lewis has organized this program around my concept of two-eyed seeing and I’m impressed by the indigenous teaching staff that he has assembled. Lewis is imminently qualified to serve as a bridge between the two ways of seeing.”

— Albert Marshall, Eskasoni First Nation

Two-Eyed Seeing is a way to make Indigenous knowledge equally valid as mainstream knowledge.

In our two earlier series, which attracted an international audience, about half of whom are Indigenous or work in Indigenous communities, we explored the concept itself and how Indigenous people think about health and disease.

In this new nine-part series, we will explore how we get to wellness from the Indigenous perspective, and how Indigenous communities can find wellness through their own philosophies and approaches, independently from the mainstream that tries to tell us what to do. You will learn how Indigenous conceptualizations of wellness and how to get there lead to very different approaches to reducing suffering and restoring harmony and balance. 

This program is designed for practitioners who provide counseling in indigenous communities. It is also open to those providing counseling in other communities who want to see how indigenous practices could enrich their work, as well as to others who are just curious about indigenous cultures and mental health.

 There is a lot new here if you attended our previous series, and this can be a good introduction if you are joining us for the first time. Our weekly lectures will be amplified by additional resources, readings, and conversations on Google Classroom.

No individual will profit from the proceeds of this course. Rowe appreciates your support for their mission and Coyote Institute invests all income back into serving the community and providing training related to indigenous health and wellbeing.

As with all our online programs, upon registration, you will be emailed information to access the program both live and recorded, as well as acess to Google Classroom for resources, readings, and conversations.

Schedule: Tuesdays, June 1- August 10 (EXCEPT June 22 and July 20), 6-7:30pm EDT. If you are not on Eastern Time, remember to convert.


If any invited speaker is not able to come, we will substitute another speaker or Barbara and Lewis will lead the class. Albert Marshall, an elder from Eskasoni First Nation in Nova Scotia and the inventor of the Two-Eyed Seeing concept, will join us as he is available. He will function as our traditional elder for the course and may be present at any or all of our sessions to advise and contribute as he feels the desire to do so.

June 1: Barbara Mainguy and Lewis Mehl-Madrona will speak about the neuroscience of trauma and the importance of trauma-informed therapies for healing and finding wellness.

June 8: Teresa Marsh will speak about her work to build wellness in indigenous communities in Ontario, Canada.

June 15:  Allister Bush and Wiremu Nia Nia will speak about their collaborative approach to fostering emotional wellness in New Zealand, also among Maori people.

     (June 22: No class this week — Sun Dance)

June 29: Rennie Linklater from Rainy River First Nation in Ontario (and director of aboriginal programs for the Center for Addictions and Mental Health in Toronto) will speak about innovative efforts to build wellness in indigenous Ontario.

July 6: Adrienne Giacon and Steve Hill from New Zealand will speak about Maori concepts of building wellness for people who hear voices.

July 13: Matt Ball from Adelaide, Australia will speak about his concept of dissociachosis, which links psychosis to dissociation resulting from trauma and how to heal it.

     (July 20: No class this week– Sun Dance)

July 27: Catherine Chamberlain from Latrobe University in Australia will speak about her efforts to build wellness in indigenous Australian communities.

August 3: Margie and her Aliitiq colleagues will describe the process of constructing wellness programs in their communities and will discuss how well those programs have been working.

August 10: Lewis Mehl-Madrona will lead the final session and provide a wrap-up discussion to end the course.