Coyote DownUnder (Australia) May, 2017

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Join Lewis Mehl-Madrona and Barbara Mainguy in the vicinity of Perth, Western Australia with Ron Coleman and Karen Tayler of Working to Recovery, Ltd.

Conference Announcement

Click here for information about a workshop on Recovery Conversations with Karen Taylor on

21st March 2017


Working to Recovery, Australia PTY Ltd



Healing the Psyche Narratives of HopeEscaping the Mental Illness Trap”

18th and 19th of May 2017 Fremantle Police & Community Youth Centre


Click here for pre-conference workshop on Cherokee (North American Indigenous Healing Arts)

Bodywork with Lewis Mehl-Madrona and Barbara Mainguy, 13th and 14th of May 2017

Speakers Include:

Mia Kurtti, Open Dialogue Team Finland Flick Grey Consumer activist and educator Australia Lewis Mehl-Madrona, psychologist, psychiatrist, and Native American Barbara Mainguy, Creative Therapist Canada Wiremu Nia Nia, Maori healer New Zealand Allister Bush, Psychiatrist New Zealand Karen Taylor Director WTRA Scotland Ron Coleman Sexual Abuse Survivor, Voice Hearer, Author and Trainer Scotland Aboriginal Speakers Names to be confirmed

This two-day conference will explore how by using a persons’ story (narrative) and their beliefs (Spiritual, Cultural or Social) the person can work through the most difficult situations and arrive at a place where their lives can become their own again. Themes that will be covered in the conference include: Open Dialogue, Working with Trauma, Psychosis, Working within a Recovery House creating a Framework that works, Storytelling that heals. Sexual Abuse; does narrative working offer a way forward for victims and their families? Can Psychiatry and Spirituality ever work together?

We are also pleased conference will be where two new books will have their Australian launch The first is Collaborative and Indigenous Mental Health Therapy with Wiremu Nia Nia and Allister Bush Two of the three authors being present at the launch. The second book by Lewis Mehl-Madrona and Barbara Mainguy is called Remapping Your Mind: The Neuroscience of Self-Transformation through Story will also be launched.

The speakers bring with them a wealth of experience of working alongside clients that have not responded to mainstream interventions. A mixture of short presentations combined with discussions, conversations, and workshops designed to give delegates time not just to hear from our speakers but also explore in greater detail the ideas behind how the speakers are putting these ideas into practice this is a conference not to be missed.

Cost for two Days Full Price $375

NGO price $335

Family Members Concession $250

Consumers $150

Barbara Mainguy will be doing a pre-conference workshop on Creative Embodied Narratives on 12 May 2017

Join us for a one-day workshop to work with embodied story.

We are made by the stories we carry. Stories can rest deep in our body/mind. Though we may not be verbalizing them, they are surely being told in the way we are in the world and in the way we feel. Some stories can be unspoken for years and can feel like they will always be unspeakable. Some stories may lie so deeply they feel as though they are written in our bones and have always been a part of us. Some stories feel so familiar we think we will never be able to rewrite their truth. Creative arts approaches help us to locate and work with those stories in a container of metaphor and creativity. We use collage, mask, movement, drama, paint, sand, clay etc. to work intuitively and creatively in a supportive environment to find new perspectives on old stories, and to discover and transform those stories that may feel hidden and indeed may be unknown to us.

Barbara Mainguy is a Creative Arts Therapist who has worked in an integrative psychiatric practice with her husband Lewis Mehl-Madrona. Co-author of Remapping Your Mind, Barbara uses multi-modal creative arts to help people find their hidden storylines.

This workshop is suitable for consumers and workers to practice fun and insightful creative arts approaches that may be useful to include in the toolbox of life!   Join us for a day of exploration, fun, and surprises.
Disclaimer: No 'art' skill is required to join this workshop!

Click here for information about a post-conference workshop on Open Dialogue, 22nd May to 26th May 2017


Where is it?

12 May 2017 at 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
26 May 2017 at 9:00 AM EDT to 5:00 PM

2/34 Paget Street Hilton | PO Box 3 Hamilton Hill WA 6963

For more information, call 802-451-9681 or email in the United States, or

In Australia, online registration:


Phone: 0406 416 621