Medicine Wheel Wisdom and the 12 Steps

SixTuesday evenings in Malvern beginning April 16, 2019:  7:00 to 9:30 PM

Our modern thinking gives us goals to meet and looks for the event that will solve our “problems.”  This linear way is not found in nature.  Indigenous people, being more in touch with natural processes, tend to view change as a circular process.  In this workshop we will view the 12 Steps and other transformational life processes from this perspective - on the Medicine Wheel.  To lead this workshop, Jim Frank draws from his many years of personal recovery and native spirituality.  In a circle, we will also see how ritual and sharing can help us to rediscover the old way of seeing our life’s challenges on the circle and the wheel and how to use the 12 steps to transform them.



Learn a new way of thinking and seeing

Take away a map of understanding of many teachings and traditions

Improve your spiritual practice

Know your place on the wheel

Not just for "12 Step People"

This is a workshop for everyone, not just addicts. The aim of this workshop is to move towards metaphoric thinking, like indigenous people think.  The Native American Medicine Wheel models a four sided transformational process that is both ancient and alive. The four directions of the wheel describe our world, and their study allows them to be accessed as guides on our personal journeys. We will explore how recent findings in Brain Science inform our spiritual journeys.  We will see how 'spiritual practice' supports a life based on prayer, meditation and self-examination. 
The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous are the core transformational tool of the modern self-help movement and they are the most successful method known for addiction recovery.  When worked with the Medicine Wheel, these two models of transformation provide a powerful synergy. The steps offer clear imperatives while the Medicine Wheel can answer the question, "What step am I on?" This is especially useful for those who are recovering from multiple addictions. But even more significant is that the Medicine Wheel facilitates using the Twelve Steps for life events other than alcoholism or addiction.  This works for all of life’s events, not just addictions. It puts the steps into practice in all one's affairs.

Other Stuff:   Space will be limited to twelve people, so register early.  Attendees should plan on attending all six sessions.   We will be meeting in Malvern, PA. Specific directions will be provided for those who reserve.   If there is interest, a monthly group may continue.  We will be meeting from 7 to 9:30PM on 4/16, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14 and 5/21/2019.

Cost: There is no charge for this workshop but donations will be accepted.  As a guideline, in the past I have received up to $175.00 for this program.  

NOTE:  If you would like to have this workshop taught at your location, contact me and we can work something out.