Shifting Consciousness and Healing Through Narrative
With Barbara Mainguy and Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD
June 30 - July 5, 2024
Join us for an extraordinary journey into transformation in the nestled space of the Hollyhock beautiful Cortes Island.
Rewrite your story through a loving process of exploration and change. Allow this non-ordinary island to breathe us into non-ordinary spaces of our consciousness. In the landscape, we will uncover the stories that we are living and explore their place in our lives. We will wonder how they are working to help us reach our heart goals; then, we will undergo a process to shift those stories into narratives that will help us achieve our purpose.
“Please give my deepest thanks for the medicine that each one of you (us) carried. Much gratitude with humility of such a special simple and wise group of humans.” – Esther, Past participant
We use stories, images, and making to shift our realities, through talking circles, guided meditations, writing exercises, making exercises with objects (and glue guns), ceremonies, singing and drumming, explorations in nature, and practicing awake dreaming. We will dialogue with elements of nature—the other-than-humans and the more-than-humans—find portals in the landscape, do ceremonies together, and play with possibility and growth.
- Learn ways to awaken non-ordinary states of consciousness and how they can facilitate change and transformation.
- Work with stories as guides to the spirit and meaning of transformation.
- Learn the parts of stories and differentiate between heartfelt goals, ordinary goals, strategies or plots for meeting those goals, and obstacles and attitudes along the way.
- Explore ways to re-write stories for ourselves to explore the things that limit our growth.
- Explore ways to construct stories that can help people to identify and transcend obstacles.
A detailed schedule will be available at least 2 weeks in advance of the program. View sample schedule here.
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. Prior to that, she had worked as an artist and an artist in residence in the mental health system for a number of years. She…
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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…
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