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Tibetan Medicine Workshop

Dr. Tawni Tidwell

Saturday, March 14, 2020
3:00 PM–5:00 PM

How can we find health and balance while facing exposure to ever-increasing and hitherto unknown toxins and cataclysms? Tibetan medicine may help in this time of crisis.

Tibetan medical philosophy recognizes that the mind and body have the innate ability to bring about healing yet inextricably depend on relationships with the world around us. These interdependencies are critical to cultivating external and internal balance. Dr. Tawni Tidwell’s presentation will be interwoven with experiential moments and interactive interludes. Attendees will be invited to think through contemporary ecological and health conditions from the perspective of the Tibetan medicine topics and explore its diagnostic methods.

This program is presented with the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Dr. Tawni Tidwell is a biocultural anthropologist (PhD, Emory University) and a Tibetan medical doctor (“amchi”/”menpa” Kachupa level), the first Westerner to have formally completed her Tibetan medical education in a Tibetan institution alongside Tibetan peers. Dr. Tidwell trained at Men-Tsee-Khang in north India and at the Sorig Loling Tibetan Medical College of Qinghai University in eastern Tibet, completing a five-year program followed by a one-year internship and subsequent apprenticeships with master physicians across the Tibetan Plateau. Dr. Tidwell’s doctoral dissertation integrated insights from contemporary neuroscience, Buddhist epistemology, and biocultural anthropology to understand how Tibetan physicians learn embodied diagnostic practices, particularly for cancer and metabolic disorders. She looks at Tibetan medical training as developing the “physician as embodied diagnostic instrument” through cultivation of rigorous technical and perceptual skills. Previously at the Austrian Academy of Sciences and now at the Center for Healthy Minds in Madison, Wisconsin, Dr. Tidwell examines paradigms of transformation; how complex techniques are able to transmogrify toxins into medicines, trauma into healing and resilience. Dr. Tidwell draws on her extensive background in ecology and wilderness survival and her apprenticeship on the “rooftop of the world” in order to seek an integral understanding of the ecological relationships that sustain transformative work from within and without.

This program is supported by Heather Beth Henson.

Lead support for Brainwave is provided by Science Sandbox, an initiative of Simons Foundation, and by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Major support is provided by Gerry Ohrstrom, Rasika and Girish Reddy, and Noah P. Dorsky.

Program support is provided by Eileen Caulfield Schwab, Eva and Yoel Haller, Cheryl Henson, and Heather Beth Henson.


This program has been cancelled. Please contact with Box Office at 212-620-5000 ext. 344 with questions.

Free with Registration

This program is free thanks to generous support from Science Sandbox, a Simons Foundation initiative dedicated to inspiring a deeper interest in science.