Lectures and educational programs are offered at conferences, universities, hospitals, churches, museums, bookstores, and for Native American health and cultural organizations. Program and keynote descriptions are designed according to the needs of your community or organization and may include topics such as indigenous traditional healthcare; the relevance of “evidence-based” medicine; cross-cultural tools for disease prevention and treatment; indigenous/de-colonized diet; environmental ethics; herbal traditions; indigenous psychotherapy: counseling, dreams, and life purpose; song and story-telling; and talking circles.
Sacred ceremonies are not included here, as they are not “for sale” but are rather offered according to indigenous protocols and may not be open to the public.
To schedule a lecture or seminar, please contact Kenneth Cohen's office at P.O. Box 1727, Nederland, CO 80466, U.S.A. Phone: 303-258-0971, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Example of a Program Description
Honoring First Nations Medicine: Ancient Wisdom and Modern Science
First Nations/ Native American medicine is not as a thing of the past but a living and still evolving tradition, with effective tools to improve health for people facing cancer, diabetes, HIV, and other challenges. A powerful complement to standard therapies, it is important that providers who work with indigenous communities appreciate the principles, ethical values, and practices of America’s original holistic healing tradition. We will explore these topics, as well as stereotypes, misconceptions, and other barriers to care and communication. Interspersed with songs and stories, Ken will share ancient and modern perspectives, including an in depth discussion of how science validates the benefits of Native American medicine.
Dialogue between healing traditions is needed now more than ever. Western science is concerned with what can be measured. Native healers remind us that there are mysteries beyond measurement and knowledge. The benefits of this ancient healing path are more than personal. Ken will note how protection of the sources of indigenous medicine-- land, people, and rights-- offers hope for survival during these difficult times of “Earth Changes” and social turmoil.
Ken Cohen, M.A. is a health educator and traditional healer who has practiced and studied indigenous ways for most of his 60+ years. Coming from a multi-cultural background, Ken was mentored by noted medicine men and women and maintains close ties with his adoptive Cree family. He was one of the first to lecture about traditional healing in U.S. medical schools and has been sponsored by the Mayo Clinic (Grand Rounds Lectures), Health Canada, All Nations Hope, Iskotew Elders Lodge (Elder in Residence), and numerous conferences. Ken is the winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award in energy medicine and author of Honoring the Medicine: The Essential Guide to Native American Healing (Random House).
Click the links to view T. V. interviews of Ken Cohen on “Indigenous Circle”
Part 1: regina.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=569320
Part II: regina.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=569326
Click the link to listen to the podcast interview on “Future Primitive.”
of Lectures, Workshops & Courses
for Honoring the Medicine:
The Essential Guide to Native American Healing
"This landmark book is a stunning tour
de force. Kenneth Cohen has crafted a comprehensive yet
accessible compilation of the theory and practice of Native
American medicine. Drawing upon equal parts native traditions,
folk wisdom, personal experience, and scholarship, Honoring
the Medicine is that rarest of books-- one that makes
an original contribution to knowledge in several distinct
fields, particularly cross-cultural anthropology, comparative
religion, and the history of medicine."
--Jeff Levin, Ph.D., M.P.H.
author of God, Faith, and Health
"Out of years of experience, Kenneth Cohen
offers this gift of immense wisdom and insight into ancient
and still-honored ways of healing. HONORING THE MEDICINE will
challenge your everyday perceptions of reality and lead you
to a quiet, more mindful and healthful place. Be prepared:
it could transform your life."
author of Chief Left Hand, Southern Arapaho, and
The Spirit Woman
"Cohen's book is a form of medicine in
itself-- medicine for the mind. He does not allow the reader
quick, easy answers, but slowly and carefully untangles the
confusion that for so long has created a barrier between the
western world into which he was born, and the Native one into
which he was adopted. This healing of words is truly respectful
in a way Native Americans and those from around the world
with open minds can appreciate. In doing so, he creates the
missing context in which communication between different types
of "medicine" is possible, and not a moment too
late. We all need healing. I strongly encourage readers to
study this book with open hearts and minds."
--Evan Pritchard (Micmac)
author of No Word for Time, The Way of the Algonquin People
and Native New Yorkers, the Legacy of the Algonquin People
of New York