• July 8–13, 2018
  • Sunday–Friday: 5 nights

Narrative Medicine A Cutting-Edge Approach to Healthcare

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

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 one-of-a-kind 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.

This third annual conference 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 of 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 new field from a variety of experts, curated and moderated by Lisa Weinert.

Program at a Glance

Yoga Experience
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Program Theme
All Self-Discovery and Psychology

Presentations from acclaimed authors, doctors, and yogis:

Natalie Goldberg is an author, poet, teacher, and painter. She has written 13 books including the classic Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within.

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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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Lisa Weinert is an author, editor, publicist, and yoga teacher who created the annual Narrative Medicine program at Kripalu to celebrate the healing and transformative power of storytelling.

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Suleika Jaouad is an Emmy Award Winning journalist. Her first book, Between Two Kingdoms, is forthcoming from Random House.

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Elizabeth Silver is the author of the memoir, The Tincture of Time: A Memoir of (Medical) Uncertainty, and the critically acclaimed novel, The Execution of Noa P. Singleton.

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Nellie Hermann, creative director of the Program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University, has published two novels, The Cure for Grief and The Season of Migration.

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Jillian Pransky, E-RYT 500, author of Deep Listening, is an international presenter, meditation and yoga teacher, and certified yoga therapist (IAYT).

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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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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 transition into survival.

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Kate Johnson’s favorite words are awareness, embodiment, and action. She is an interdisciplinary teacher, writer, and dancer who incorporates Buddhadharma and social justice into her work.

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