Coyote Accomplishments for 2014

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Here's what we did in 2014!

Coyote Accomplishments for 2014


Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting, New York City.

Coyote funded part of costs of a 4 hour workshop on Narrative Hypnosis for Chronic Pain. For more information on the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association, see


Seminar 10 Educational Objectives:

At the conclusion of this session, the participant should be able to: 1) Connect the 'default mode' to the neurology of narrative and recognize narrative as the neurological template for information storage and retrieval in the brain; 2) Link hypnosis and narrative, and propose at least 3 ways in which narrative can be used to stimulate a change in perception; and 3) Discuss the critical importance of structured language in communication with patients about pain management.


Australia Trainings for Prahram Mission, EACH, and LifeiS Foundation.

For a full description of our 2014 activities in Australia, see To learn more about Prahran Mission, with whom we collaborated, see See for information on the Transformative Writing Workshops done as part of the Warburton Summer Festival. Here’s a description of our program with youth:


Brussels, Belgium: Training Program on Storytelling and Healing.

ATELIER DE 4 JOURS A Bruxelles du 25 au 28 septembre 2014 Animé par Lewis Mehl Madrona assisté de Barbara Mainguy. PROGRAMME: “ Pendant ces quatre jours nous allons découvrir le rôle des histoires et des contes dans la guérison. Nous apprendrons à construire nous-mêmes une histoire à des fins curatives. 

Nous expérimenterons la force positive d'un cercle et le pouvoir de guérison de la communauté. Nous explorerons l'imagerie guidée et les cercles de paroles. 

Nous allons chanter, danser, jouer du tambour, faire des cérémonies et des rituels pour rencontrer le monde des esprits. Nous laisserons, en quelque sorte, ces expériences nous transformer." Lewis et Barbara


Ceremonial Support in the greater New England Area.

Coyote has helped to underwrite ceremony in Maine, Connecticut, the Hudson Valley of New York, and Vermont. These are not publicized or public ceremonies, and Coyote has contributed to the cost of performing these ceremonies.


Training Program in conjunction with Omega Institute at Blue Spirit, Costa Rica.

Accessing the Ancient Wisdom of the Ancestors
Lewis Mehl-Madrona
Experience ceremony and journeying, and explore the role of ancestors in your life. 
Drawing on the wisdom of indigenous cultures of North America, we delve into the idea of ancestral spirits—how to contact them, dialogue with them, and honor them, as well as hear and act on their advice in modern times. Learn about altars and bundles, their use and construction, and their role in ancestral contact. You return home with a richer, more satisfying relationship with your ancestors that you can rely on in daily life. For more information on Blue Spirit see and


Trainings in the U.K.: Cumbria (G.P. psychotherapy, reconciliation justice), Exeter (Narrative Medicine), and Aberdeen, Scotland (Cherokee bodywork), and London (Narrative Psychiatry). For an article that describes some of the impact Coyote has had see This article mentions the annual trainings provided in Cumbria for health care workers on brief therapy interventions.


Collaborative Training with Deena Metzger, Topanga Canyon, California.:

January in Topanga Canyon!Lewis Mehl-Madrona, M.D, Barbara Mainguy, MA, and
Writer and Story carrier Deena Metzger,
January 16-18th Topanga, California

A Native American M.D. and his wife Barbara Mainguy (Coyotes) who follow traditional spirituality and a Spirit-Trained Village Healer (Elephant) working together to find the Healing Paths of Story on behalf of individuals, the community and the future. Healing, individual and global. Stories, personal and traditional.
Teaching from the Red Path. Insights from the Pathless Path, Ritual and Ceremony. Coyote and Elephant medicine.

A healthy system cannot thrive within a destructive world. Restoring culture, blessing the earth, living in right relationship to each other, to all human and non-human beings form the basis for health and survival. In the traditional manner, Lewis will be joined by his wife Barbara, who is a ceremonial leader in one world and a creative arts therapist in the other. The three together bring distinct and resonant gifts together to articulate and invoke the alignment between the great wisdom of traditional cultures and the insights of contemporary knowledge – looking to call participants into the emerging medicine that asks us to heal beyond ourselves.

Through dialogue, prayer, contemplation, imagery, song, and ceremony, we will invoke the power of our stories, our ancestors, the beings who occupy our bodies and minds, and all that is good to move forward toward what can be better.

Narrative Hypnosis Training in Hawaii, December 2014

(Same Program as Narrative Hypnosis, New York City


Presentations at the Institute for Psychiatric Services Annual Conference

New York City, NY, October

See for a discussion of these presentations.


Training in conjunction with Kripalu Center for Health on Cherokee Bodywork



In this piece, Lewis Mehl-Madrona, who is of Cherokee and Lakota heritage, shares insights into types of bodywork practiced by Native American peoples.

All peoples have methods for hands-on therapy, what we now call bodywork. The Cherokee people of North America, for example, were well versed in body therapies and energy healing. They developed a comprehensive, sophisticated bodywork system that encompassed a form of osteopathic massage and manipulation, breath, and energy work. Central to this technique are the alternation of deep pressure and gentle rocking release. The breath was also used to reanimate the body and “draw spirit” into affected tissues. They also used crystal scanning and healing as well as the channeling of spirits and energy medicine.

The Cherokee were also familiar with acupuncture meridians and used acupuncture, with needles made of thorns or porcupine quills, in healing. A nineteenth-century monograph, the Swimmer manuscript in the Smithsonian Institute, speaks to the use of acupuncture by the “primitive savages, when every civilized person would know that the proper treatment is bleeding with leeches.”

In his book on Native American medicine, Ken Cohen, who worked with a Cherokee mentor, noted, “Massage, healing touch, and noncontact healing are practiced by Native healers throughout North and South America. Often the hands are used to sweep away or remove spiritual intrusions or to brush in healing powers. Cherokees warm their hands over coals and circle their palms either on or above an affected area. Some healers hold their hands to the front and back of an affected area, creating what they now call ‘electrodes within the body.’ The healer imagines that electricity is moving from one hand to the other. Sometimes the muscles are rubbed in a manner similar to Western massage. To increase the healing effect, the medicine person massages specific therapeutic points.”

A Variety of Bodywork Traditions. Other bodywork practices are found throughout Native American cultures. The Zuni pueblo in New Mexico practice a technique very similar to the high-velocity adjustment of the neck and spine popularized as chiropractic. Dene and Cherokee bone setters have all but disappeared, but accounts from the nineteenth century support the belief that most felt it was safer to go to a Dene bone setter than to a conventional physician of that era. (The Dene people live in Northern New Mexico and Arizona and are often called Navajo, though that is not a term they use.)

The Hopi people and their practices were the source of inspiration for a type of massage now called Hakomi. Native American practices, in which hot and cold stones are used to deeply penetrate muscles and tissues to reduce pain and inflammation are what we now know as stone massage. All of these practices integrate physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual aspects of a person.

Discussion exists among Native American scholars as to whether A.J. Still, the father of American osteopathic medicine, who was also the physician for the Shawnee Nation for more than 20 years, lifted much of what became osteopathic medicine or chiropractic from Shawnee healing practices. The Shawnee were originally native to northern Kentucky and southern Ohio and were neighbors to the Cherokee, with whom they share many similarities in bodywork practices. According to this theory, Still took the techniques of Shawnee bodywork and rendered them mechanical as fitted the European paradigm of the day (Shawnee concepts were decidedly more energetic and spiritual). He marketed these techniques and developed the first colleges of osteopathy in the United States.

Hawai’ian Lomilomi. Native Hawai’ians have kept the lomilomi tradition alive with the help of eager tourists. Lomilomi is a sacred hands-on form of transformational bodywork based in ancient traditions of Polynesian influence found throughout the islands of the Pacific. Deeply spiritual in nature, it was passed down from generation to generation and practiced by the kahunas, the shamans or healers, to align a person’s physical, emotional, and spiritual bodies, renewing the mind-body connection and facilitating the body’s innate ability to heal.

Hawai’ian-born nurse, Margaret Machado, formalized the technique. The strokes used are similar to Japan’s shiatsu technique and are often deeper than Swedish massage, the type most Americans are familiar with. Pressure with fingers at certain points is also part of the technique, but it is of shorter duration than most acupressure. Two identifying techniques of authentic lomilomi are the emphasis on spirit/body connection and the use of forearm and elbow as a massage tool.

Recognizing Native Practices. Unfortunately, little has been done to recognize Native healing practices, although some states have acknowledged the touch therapies provided by traditional healers. For example, the state of Alabama has stated, “Native American healers practicing traditional healing practices are exempt from compliance with the Act [Massage Therapy Act] and these rules and regulations, provided they do not represent or advertise themselves as massage therapists.”

Personally, I had the opportunity to learn Cherokee bodywork techniques from two older women who practiced it, and I am committed to making sure that it does not disappear. I teach this approach because I wish to continue to restore the strength and the resilience of the Cherokee approach to touch therapies that has characterized Cherokee medicine for centuries.

Presentations in conjunction with the International Organization for Spiritual Health and Healing, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, August

See for more details, as well as


Cherokee Bodywork Training, New York, NY

See Kripalu Description above.


Narrative hypnosis Training, New York, NY

See annual meeting of American Psychiatric Association for details


Training in conjunction with the Oklahoma Massage Therapy Association at the University of Oklahoma, Norman.

See Kripalu Cherokee Bodywork above.


Presentations at the Narrative Matters Conference in Paris, France.

For a description of this conference and the presentations, see Here are some of the Coyote sponsored presentations:

Panel session: Narratives in the production of knowledge in cultural context. Chair: Louise Bordeaux Silverstein (Yeshiva University, USA).

Epistemological differences between narrative methodology and grounded theory

Lewis Mehl-Madrona (Coyote Institute, USA)

A modified life story interview approach to studying and understanding chronic pain

Barbara Mainguy (Coyote Institute, USA)

Panel session: Narrative medicine in primary care geriatrics

Chairs: Lewis Eugene Mehl-Madrona, Barbara J. Mainguy (Coyote Institute, USA)

Making meaning at the end of life. Lewis Eugene Mehl-Madrona , Barbara J. Mainguy (Coyote Institute, USA)

Reduction in frequency of health care utilization in association with narrative training

Barbara J. Mainguy, Venetia Young, Lewis Mehl-Madrona (Coyote Institute, USA)

Brief poetic encounters with dementia in geriatric practice. Venetia Young (Coyote Institute, USA)


Presentations at the Lifestyle Medicine Conference, Pittsburgh, Pa.

For more information, see The keynote speaker will be Dr. Lewis Mehl-Madrona, author of several books on healing and modern medicine from his Native American perspective and former e first Medical Director of UPMC Shadyside Integrative Medicine Program. The Conference will focus on local doctors and professionals bringing you the latest science of Integrative Medicine and wellness, including Narrative Healing, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Herbs, Supplements and Nutrition.  The next day was a post-conference workshop: The title was Coyote Wisdom The Healing Power of Story A Retreat with Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD, PhD


Workshop planning meetings with representatives of the Montfort Hospital, Ottawa, Ontario:

Coyote helped fund a part of the costs of journeying to Ottawa, Ontario, to plan a series of events with the Montfort Hospital’s Psychiatry Department there.


Training with the Rhode Island Black Storytellers Organization:

Lewis Mehl- Madrona, MD, PhD for a Community Forum/Master Class to address the issue the Healing Power of Storytelling for Individuals and Community on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at the YWCA in Central Falls. Dr. Madrona is not only a Western trained physician, but also a trained Native American healer The author of NARRATIVE MEDICINE: The Power of History and Story in the Healing Process, and Healing the Mind through the Power of Story. Madrona will provide an informative and interactive experience for health professionals, community health advocates, storytellers, artists, educators, healers and the general population. 


Lewis will be joined by Barbara Mainguy, creative arts therapist, with a background in art, philosophy and psychology with a MA focused on the connections between Lakota healing traditions and psychotherapy. For the past few years she has learned from and worked with Dr. Lewis Mehl-Madrona.  Their work together utilizes energy, story, ceremony, art, movement, drama, music, imagery and Lakota quantum physics to guide people into an approach to self-healing. This event is made possible through a grant from the Rhode Island Department of Health, Office of Minority Health, in partnership with the YWCA of Rhode Island.


Presentations at the annual Creativity and Madness Conference, Santa Fe, New Mexico and Bethesda, Maryland.

See for more details and also .


Presentations at the International Shamanism Conference in San Rafael, California:

For more details, see


We provided some support for a Cayuga/Onandaga sundance in Western New York.


Training in Woodstock, NY: (1) Stories of Love, (2) Narrative hypnosis

For more details, see .


York, U.K., sponsored by Working to Recovery: The Healing Power of the Narrative: Untangling Psychosis

July 7th & 8th 2014

Take a Native American Indian Associate Professor Lewis Mehl-Madrona USA, who is both a psychiatrist and a Native healer add his partner Barbara Mainguy, a Canadian who is trained in creative therapy, introduce a Maori healer Wiremu Nia Nia and an Aboriginal Elder Barbara Wingard a South African story teller Alison McCabe (invited) into the mix, throw in a Welshman, Professor Phil Thomas a Scot Ron Coleman, an Australian Dr David Denborough a New Zealander Dr Allister Bush a few English people Karen Taylor, Rob Allison and a Maori choir and you have the recipe for one of the best mental health conferences in years. Themes that will be covered in the conference include: Working with Trauma, Psychosis Mapping the Maze, Narrative Psychiatry What is it? Working within a Recovery House creating a Framework that works, Story telling that heals. Sexual Abuse; does narrative working offer a way forward for victims?


This two-day conference will explore how by using a persons’ story (narrative) the person can work through the most difficult situations and arrive at a place where their lives can become their own again. The speakers bring with them a wealth of experience of working alongside clients that have not responded to mainstream interventions. A mixture of keynote presentations combined with master classes 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.


For more details, see:


Income and Expenses for 2014:


Income from Activities: $45.168.45

Expenses: $46836.24

Net: $-1,667.79

Largest Budget Items:

Airfare for Training conducted: $28,266.01

Hotels and Meeting Rooms for Training conducted: $5093.24

Reimbursements for supplies needed for ceremonies: $4057.93

Direct costs of supplies needed for ceremonies: $1392.27

Conference Registrations for presentations: $1345.00

No salaries were paid to anyone.