Craig Lewis is an expert by experience, peer support specialist, writer, speaker and psychiatric survivor. After thirty years on psychiatric medication, he is living proof that things can change. The last 36 months of Craig’s life has been free of psychiatric medication.He is now following his spiritual higher self, touring the world as a speaker on trauma, recovery and spirituality.
If you have a loved one experiencing deep and profound pain, and don’t know how to help this person in their journey to living a happier and more satisfying life,, check out Better Days, A Mental Health Recovery Workbook by Craig Lewis, Certified Peer Specialist. Mr. Lewis’ Twitter profile says, “Author, Consultant, Speaker, Survivor, Recovery Warrior”.
Craig’s book, Better Days, A Mental Health Recovery Workbook can be used by an individual doing each page alone in their recovery from mental health struggles, trauma and addictions. It can also be used with a therapist or other healthcare specialist, educators, and can also be used in peer group settings or support groups in a recovery program. Better Days is versatile; use it however it pleases you.
“The Shaman’s path of Today” – The shaman’s path is as relevant today and any time. This talk will describe the shaman’s way of seeing, feeling and being which enable a person to be in the world but not owned by it, and will outline some of the shaman’s many healing tools and give a mini-experience of one of them.
Leo Rutherford is a renowned shaman, teacher and pioneer of shamanism in the West. He was one of the first people to bring the teachings of shamanism to the UK and founded the Eagle’s Wing Centre for Contemporary Shamanism (Now ‘College of Shamanic Medicine’) in 1987.
Having worked in industry for 20 years, he was suffering from acute stress and depression by the age of 40 – and setting out find a path with more heart – he discovered the ancient wisdom of indigenous shamans, a path which has been transforming him ever since.
He has published five books including ‘The View through the Medicine Wheel’ (O-Books 2008), ‘Shamanic Path Workbook’ (Arima Pubs, 2006) and ‘Principles of Shamanism’ (Harper Collins 1996, republished (2nd Edition) by Crescent Moon 2013.) ‘Spirituality versus religion’ (CreateSpace 2011) http://eagleswing.co.uk/
Dr Natalie Tobert is a Medical Anthropologist, Education Director of Aethos Training. For over three decades she has specialised in social inclusion education, facilitating participatory training workshops on spiritual and cultural awareness, for front line staff at hospitals, medical schools, and universities. She facilitated retreats and workshops in Sweden, Switzerland, India, Spain and USA.
She has undertaken original fieldwork research in Sudan, India, and in UK with the NHS and Kings Fund. She co-ordinated the ‘Bridging Cultures’ project, and facilitated mental health promotion events with African and Asian minority ethnic groups.
Natalie’s most recent book Cultural Perspectives on Mental Wellbeing is well received: ‘This excellent treatise will be talked about for years to come by professionals and laypersons alike’ Larry Dossey MD
Mark Hopfenbeck is a social anthropologist and assistant professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and visiting fellow at London South Bank University. For the past 12 years, he has been director for a post-graduate program in Open Dialogue and network meetings. He is also program director for Norway’s first post-graduate program in mindfulness. He is head trainer together with Russell Razzaque and Val Jackson for the Peer-supported Open Dialogue training run by North East London NHS Foundation Trust and co-investigator involved in the ODDESSI trial which aims to transform the current model of health care for persons experiencing emotional distress.