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Ottawa, Ontario, Friday, August 2, 2019, 1300 to 1700

CFS Ottawa 
310 Olmsted Street
Ottawa, ON K1L 7K3

Narrative Update on Therapeutic Storytelling

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Storytelling and Altered States of Consciousness

Storytelling and hypnosis are intertwined as ancient arts of telling good stories that change the perspective of the listener.  Hypnosis involves the induction of a state of receptivity to hearing the story. It involves creating a story that’s pleasing and plausible, and that leads to different conclusions about the world from the stories currently being utilized by the listener for how to live in the world.  We give examples of this process.  We stress the importance of listening as a key to good hypnosis.

Encountering lived experience.

Once we deeply listen to people in order to be helpful to them, we become able to enter into their stories and move those stories along from within.  We can’t do this if we aren’t listening so as to understand the story.  Phenomenology means understanding the lived experience of the person with whom we are working.

Body-Centered Induction

During the induction, we enter into the world of the patient.  We hear the clients’ stories and see their symbols and metaphors.  We experience the same awe as an underwater diver entering a brand, new world, like entering a kelp forest for the first time.  We trace the illness and discover the inner landscape of the body, constructing a shared story from which physiological change can occur.  Hypnosis gives us a way to reach those body processes that are generally inaccessible to conscious awareness.  It also allows access to the thoughts and feelings that are linked to the body through the sensorimotor cortex. We describe our methods of inducing states of mind-body receptivity

What are the elements of a really good story? 

What makes a really good story? What makes a story one that is healing?  It turns out that everyone can recognize a good story even if we can’t say why.  Does it come from our emotional response to the story, form our identification with the characters, from our recognition that the moral or message of the story applies to our lives?  We consider what’s available to answer these questions and then apply this knowledge to what makes a good story to inspire healing.

Creating Dialogue

Sometimes we need to create interactive stories.  We describe ways this can be done and discuss how telling stories changes memory.  We change the stories we tell to fit the audience who is listening.  Telling stories in a therapeutic setting allows the stories we tell to become more integrated and whole.  Creating interactive dialogue is a way to make that happen.

We will spend an afternoon reviewing and practicing these concepts:

1pm to 2pm: Introductions and The Art of Listening

2pm to 3pm: Body-centered inductions

3pm to 4pm: The art of telling therapeutic stories

4pm to 5pm: Creating interactive dialogue

Coyote Medicine  A Pathway to Recovery and Health

Coyotes live in the gaps of modern civilization. A wild species growing in population, they survive on wits and adaptability. Similarly, in the shadow of mainstream medicine, traditional cultural healers continue to thrive—helping with ancient expertise those Western medicine fails to comfort, treat, or cure.

Empower your holistic wellness with researcher and physician Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD, PhD, of Cherokee and Lakota heritage, and Barbara Mainguy, MSW, MA, psychotherapist and education director at the Coyote Institute.

Over this experiential weekend:

  • Explore Coyote Healing—a story-focused, embodied, and community-inclusive practice
  • Develop individualized approaches to stress management and reduction
  • Discover the importance of ceremony and ritual practices in modern life, including sweat lodge, the sacred pipe, and prayer.

In many global indigenous philosophies, illness arises from a lack of harmony and balance. The pathway to healing is one of integrating mind-body awareness, a special lesson of the trickster archetype. Coyote Medicine integrates traditional and modern healing philosophies with the power of Native North American approaches.

This workshop is for anyone wishing to deepen self-healing, build community, and activate their natural skill set for change and transformation. Together, you will conclude the weekend with a traditional pipe ceremony and burning of prayer ties as an offering.

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