• CAD $65.00 – Indigenous Person
  • CAD $95.00 – Student
  • CAD $125.00 – Person who works with Indigenous Communities
  • CAD $185.00 – Standard Tuition
  • CAD $245.00 – Pay it Forward

Date & Time Details:
Saturday, May 22 & Sunday, May 23
9:00am - 12:00pm and 1:30pm - 3:30pm PT
(12:00pm - 3:00pm and 4:30pm - 6:30pm ET)

Location: Online

Tiered Tuition: Please select the tuition that is most appropriate for you. The standard tuition is the set cost of the program and pay it forward helps support others to attend.
$65 CAD Indigenous people
$95 CAD Student
$125 CAD Works with Indigenous Communities
$185 CAD Standard
$245 CAD Pay it Forward

Scholarships: There is no scholarship application for this program. If there is a barrier to your attendance, please email [email protected] No one is turned away.

Email us about program

Narrative Healing Arts: Using Traditional Stories (Online)

With Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD and Robert Vetter

May 22 - 23, 2021

Join Lewis Mehl-Madrona, author of Coyote Wisdom: The Power of Story in Healing and Cultural Anthropologist Bob Vetter, as they share the therapeutic power of storytelling.

Stories have been used for millennia to entertain, educate, and inform our understanding of ourselves and our place in the world. Stories can also be an important part of therapeutic work and supporting significant personal change.

Counsellors, psychotherapists, physicians, and traditional healers all use stories and storytelling in the course of their work. However, some stories are better than others and some storytellers do it better than others. What makes a story therapeutic? What is the right story for each occasion or client? How do we choose?

In this practical, hands-on workshop, you will explore:

  • The use of stories to create an openness to change
  • How to identify a healing story for a particular client
  • How to shift emotions through the use of stories
  • How to embed healing metaphors through traditional stories
  • How to effectively tell a healing story
  • How to select a story for a specific therapeutic process
  • Ways to spontaneously create a story as the need arises
  • How to connect your client’s personal narrative to a traditional story

Through personal and traditional storytelling, discussion, group work, and Q&A, participants will leave with a rich repertoire of stories to connect their client’s personal narratives with traditional stories in a therapeutic setting.

Who this is for

This program is appropriate for anyone that does work in a therapeutic setting and for healers from any modality, as well as students who are looking to enter work in a helping relationship role.


Saturday, May 22
9:00am – 12:00pm PT (12:00pm – 3:00pm ET)
1:30pm – 3:30pm PT (4:30pm – 6:30pm ET)

Sunday, May 23, 2021
9:00am – 12:00pm PT (12:00pm – 3:00pm ET)
1:30pm – 3:30pm PT (4:30pm – 6:30pm ET)

Virtual Gathering

This event will take place on Zoom, a video conferencing tool. You may download the application for free. You will also need a device with speakers, microphone, video, and internet connection. You may test your Zoom connection in advance. A short tutorial for Zoom etiquette will be provided at the beginning of the event.


A recording of this session will be made available within 72 hours (or 3 business days) to all registered participants and will be available for 30 days. You do not need to attend the live session to receive the recording.

Terms & Conditions

You may find our terms & conditions here.

Check out this 90 minute workshop on the Power of Story in Healing by Bob and Lewis:


Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD
Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine and trained in family medicine, psychiatry, and clinical psychology. He 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. Lewis continues to work with aboriginal communities to develop uniquely aboriginal styles of healing and health care for use in those communities. He is interested in the relation of healing through dialogue in community and psychosis. He is the…
Learn more about Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD
Robert Vetter
Robert Vetter, M.A. is a cultural anthropologist and educator for audiences that range from young children through adulthood including colleges. His teaching focuses on two areas: the intersection of spirituality and healing as well as the historic mistreatment of Native American peoples, with an eye toward social justice. Robert advocates a model of intellectual collaboration as found in collaborative ethnography.  Toward that end, he co-authored the book Big Bow: The Spiritual Life and Teachings of a Kiowa Family with his adopted Kiowa uncle, medicine man Richard Tartsah (who invited Bob to co-author the book with him). Robert also hosts a…
Learn more about Robert Vetter