Dr. Auger has been training women to become Wiwip’son Therapists for the last 15 years. The first lady trained with Darlene for approximately 5-7 years was Beverley Hope (Bagnall), originally from BC, now living in Yellowknife. She now works in the Northwest Territories, utilizing the healing swing in her social work and trauma healing work.
The second lady that Dr. Auger has recently finished training is Muriel Lee, also originally from BC but married and has family in Maskwacis, AB. Muriel trained with Dr. Auger for 5 years. Muriel is slowly incorporating the healing swing into her already established reiki practice. Muriel Lee is a beautiful and respected Elder. When she came to Darlene to acquire the training of Wiwip’son Healing; she offered a trade. As in the old Indigenous (Cree – Nehiyaw or Nahkawiyiniw), way of doing things, when we want something, we offer something in trade. So it went, that both Darlene and Muriel have been learning from one another over the last 5 years, sitting together in ceremony, in healing, in singing, in tears, in laughter, in mishaps and clumsy efforts to practice one another’s gift, medicine.
During this period of time the trainees, individually spent time with Dr. Auger, learning about the spiritual teachings of the swing and accompanying her to workshop presentations and assisting her with offering the swing therapy. This is the old way of learning – we learn by watching, listening and doing. There are no books to read, no papers to write. Your challenge will not be that of academic rigour but that of personal insight and growth as you develop your level of knowledge, skills and attitude to take on this work of loving our people back to health and wellbeing and encouraging people to be their own medicine/healers.
The training program is currently being formalized so we can open our doors to the many requests coming in from women all across the globe. Dr. Auger will announce when the new training will begin for up to 12 students for 4 years.
coming soon… testimonies from the trainees!