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The purpose of this website is to introduce people to my work: books, essays, lectures, scientific papers, etc., and to provide the resources necessary to interact with me for writing projects, research, lectures, workshops, trainings, and consultations.  My focus arises out of a desire to celebrate indigenous culture, particularly that of North America, and to show how contemporary health care practices can be enriched through the inclusion of the ideas of indigenous culture into contemporary work.  Thus, I will speak about traditional healing, about how psychotherapy and medicine can be modified to include the insights of traditional healing.  I am interested in narrative medicine as a means for which storied indigenous practices enter contemporary medicine and psychology.  I am interested in dialogical self theory and therapy as a contemporary parallel to the self-theory of indigenous cultures.  I am interested in how we can train new doctors to be simultaneously humanistic, narrative, and evidence-based.

How to Reach me:

PO Box 277

Orono, Maine 04473

Cell phone: 808-772-1099

If I don't respond in 24-48 hours, text me!


Lewis Mehl-Madrona and Barbara Mainguy


Faculty Physician, Eastern Maine Medical Center Family Medicine Residency, Bangor, Maine

Associate Professor of Family Medicine, University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, Biddeford, Maine

Executive Director, Coyote Institute, Orono, Maine

Student, University of Maine, Orono

Brief Biography

Lewis Mehl-Madrona MD PhD (Cherokee and Lakota heritage) is the author of several books, including the “Coyote” Trilogy. His work discusses healing practices from Lakota, Cherokee, and Cree traditions, and how they intersect with conventional medicine via a social constructionist model. He has been writing about the use of imagery and narrative in healing since the 1980s and is certified in psychiatry, geriatrics, and family medicine. His research collaborations include work on various psychological conditions, issues of psychology during birthing, nutritional approaches to autism and diabetes, and the use of healing circles to improve overall health outcomes. He has taught in the medical schools at Maine Dartmouth, Union Institute and University (Brattleboro, VT), the University of Hawaii, the University of Saskatchewan, the University of Pittsburgh, and Stanford University, where he obtained his degree in medicine. He was head of a program at Beth Israel, New York City, as well as holding a number of other positions in complementary healthcare organizations, in addition to hospitals, where he has also performed extensive emergency and psychiatric care throughout the U.S. and Canada, including about aboriginal systems and in aboriginal settings. He has also published over 100 papers in refereed journals.Lewis and Barbara live in Bangor, Maine, where he currently teaches at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, practices medicine at Eastern Maine Medical Center and Acadia Hospital, Bangor, and is the Director of Coyote Institute for Studies of Change and Transformation. http://www.mehl-madrona.com & http://www.coyoteinstitute.us

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Massage Techniques for the Abdomen and Back: Meridians and Points

Date: Mar 18, 2017 - Mar 19, 2017
Time: 9:30 am - 6:30 pm


Lewis Mehl-Madrona and Barbara Mainguy

CATA, 122 W. 26th St. , New York, NY
Discount Available for Series of 4 NAHA (North American Healing Arts) Workshops. Contact vanessa@catanyc.com for more information.

Day 1: We begin with ceremony. Next we move toward working with the abdomen and back, using visceral massage techniques for the abdomen. We bring clients’ awareness to the areas of discomfort within their abdomen, especially the fascia, and work toward releasing energy in these tissues. We follow the path of the colon around the abdomen, improving peristalsis. We then work on the back with massage of the paraspinal muscles to release restrictions between vertebrae, and increase general relaxation and range of motion.

Day 2: Indigenous Americans, specifically the Cherokee, knew energy meridians and worked with acupressure points along these meridians. They also practiced a form of acupuncture. We demystify the energy meridians, showing how readily they can be identified with ordinary energy medicine techniques similar to shiatsu and how readily apparent points are when we “run” the meridian. We discuss the massage of points and how the work assists the removal of restrictions to the flow of energy and facilitates healing. We end with ceremony.

For more information, or to register, go to https://www.catanyc.com/workshop-class/abdominal-work-back-work-meridians-points/