• July 9–14, 2017
  • Sunday–Friday: 5 nights

Narrative Medicine A Cutting-Edge Approach to Healthcare

For caregivers, doctors, nurses, yoga teachers, aspiring writers, and anyone interested in personal narrative as a healing path to recovery. Scholarship eligible.

Unlock the power of personal storytelling and compassionate listening to amplify the healing process. This trailblazing program is a full-body and full-spirit immersion with literary lions, innovative medical practitioners, spiritual leaders, and yoga teachers.

Narrative Medicine is an important and expanding new field that recognizes the value of storytelling in the healing path. The goal of this program is to create an inspired, rich, and multidisciplinary experience for everyone on a healing or caregiving trajectory. Immerse yourself in morning talks, afternoon writing groups, and many opportunities to practice yoga, work in groups, and contemplate in nature.

The one-of-a-kind program includes both hands-on techniques for incorporating narrative practices into a clinical setting and transformative experiences for individuals on their own healing journey, along with

  • Strong reflective and creative writing practices
  • Hands-on narrative and listening tools for clinical practice 
  • Meditation, breathing, and yoga practices to integrate into self-care and clinical care
  • Cutting-edge research and empirical data on narrative medicine
  • Understanding the spiritual role of storyteller and listener
  • Meaningful networking opportunities and the chance for ongoing community building
  • Access to leading experts and prominent publishing professionals.

Learn the tools and techniques of this emerging field from a variety of experts, curated and moderated by Lisa Weinert.

Additional CME Information

Berkshire Health Systems designates this live educational activity for 16.25 AMA PRA Category 1 credits(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Berkshire Health Systems is accredited by the Massachusetts Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Massachusetts Medical Society for Continuing Education through the Joint Providership of Berkshire Health Systems and Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health.

Disclosure  In accordance with the ACCME Standards of Commercial Support™ disclosure will be made before the program regarding the existence of any relationships that exist between the faculty and the manufacturers of any commercial products.

Program at a Glance

Yoga Experience
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Program Theme
All Self-Discovery and Psychology

Presentations from acclaimed authors, doctors, and yogis:


Lisa Weinert founded LW Consulting (LWC) to offer a better, more engaged publishing and publicity experience to authors, publishers, and digital platforms.

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Marie Howe, author of four volumes of poetry, served as Poet Laureate of New York State from 2012–2014.

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Rita Charon, MD, PhD, is executive director of the Narrative Medicine program at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons.

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The Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, PhD, is an author, activist, and senior minister of Middle Collegiate Church in Manhattan.

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Stephen Cope, MSW, Scholar-in-Residence and Kripalu Ambassador, is the best-selling author of Soul Friends: The Transforming Power of Deep Human Connection.

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Jillian Pransky, E-RYT 500, international presenter and director of Restorative Therapeutic Yoga teacher training for YogaWorks, infuses her classes with mindfulness, compassion, and ease.

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Nancy Slonim Aronie, a commentator for National Public Radio, is author of Writing from the Heart and founder of the Chilmark Writing Workshop.

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Judith Hannan is the author of The Write Prescription and Motherhood Exaggerated, her memoir of discovery and transformation during her daughter’s cancer treatment and her transition into survival...

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Lisa B. Nelson, MD, is Director of Medical Education for Kripalu programs. She also serves as medical director of the nonprofit Nutrition Center.

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Nellie Hermann, MFA, is an author and creative director of the Narrative Medicine program at Columbia University.

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Paul W. Morris serves as vice president of programs and outreach at The Authors Guild, and is the strategic director of House of SpeakEasy Foundation

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