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Indigenous (North American) Approaches to Extraordinary Experiences May 201...

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Uniting Prahran

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Prahran, VIC 3181

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With International Experts Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD & Barbara Mainguy!



About the training

From a North American aboriginal perspective, we recognize that people have extraordinary experiences and that these are valid and deserving of respect. Some are opened to extraordinary experiences from trauma and may find their experiences frightening or negative. Some are experiencing important visions and receiving valid messages for their community, some become lost while seeking spiritual experiences with insufficient supervision.

In this perspective, our bodies are surrounded by a swarm of stories that guide and organize our earthly journey. A small bit of the teller of that story is contained in each story, just as we carry a spark of the divine. These beings can carry on conversations with us and with each other. When we tune into these conversations, we can become frightened if we lack the structure to understand what is happening.

North American aboriginal people were (and are!) continually in conversation with a variety of beings. Including nature spirits, ancestors and internalized characters that we build to help us imagine how to relate to the important people in our social world. Within this panoply, we give full ontological validity to all beings/voices, recognizing that sometimes it’s hard to know the status of a particular voice to whom we are relating. We practice being/voice management skills, forming coalitions and findings healthy characters to help us negotiate this morass. When things go awry, our communities help us to re-stabilize and re-group.

The majority of this workshop will be experiential. We will see how conversations with voices take place from this North American aboriginal framework. We will explore the practice of findings forms, shapes and bodies for voices and how that changes the conversations. We will do writing exercises in which beings and voices communicate in a play-like manner. We will move for our beings/voices, create sculpts, and perhaps even dances or small skits. We will see how we can use puppets to interact with voices. We will play with maps of our mind that allow us to envision the internal characters, resources and stories available to us. We will explore a drawing technique to allow voices to shape their form with charcoal. We will complete our process by envisioning a friendlier universe than we where we began.

About the trainers

Lewis is the author of a number of books including a trilogy on what Native culture has to offer the modern world and his most recent book with Barbara ‘Remapping Your Mind: the Neuroscience of Self-Transformation through Story’. Lewis also is an associate professor at the University of New England (USA). His goal is to bring the wisdom of indigenous peoples about healing back into mainstream medicine and transform medicine and psychology through this wisdom coupled with more European derived narrative traditions.
Barbara has studied psychology and philosophy, and has worked as an artist in the mental health system. Barbara is also the Director of Education for the Coyote Institute in Orono (USA)

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- $500 Full Fee
- $350 Concession/Student Fee

We do provide hardship rates please contact Voices Vic to find out more.

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If you have any questions or problems with your registration please feel free to contact Voices Vic by calling (03) 9692 9500 or emailing vvtraining@prahranmission.org.au

Parking and Public Transport

There is very limited all day parking available. Your best option is the parking garage on King Street which is a block away from the building.

Prahran Train Station is about a 7 minute walk away.
Trams 6, 72 & 78 all have stops nearby and run regularly.

Lunch

A Voucher for Hartley's Communty Dining will be provided. They have a set menu each day so if you have special dietary requirements you might want to bring your own lunch. If you would like something else there are plenty of lunch options around the training facility.

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