Crazy Wise

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Crazy Wise

Film screening followed by Q & A with Jan Ogren, MFT

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm


EarthRise Transformative Learning Center
101 San Antonio Road
Petaluma, California 94952
United States

Crazy...or wise? The traditional wisdom of indigenous cultures often contradicts modern views about a mental health crisis. Is it a ‘calling’ to grow or just a  ‘broken brain’? The documentary CRAZYWISE explores what can be learned from people around the world who have turned their psychological crisis into a positive transformative experience.

During a quarter-century documenting indigenous cultures, human-rights photographer and filmmaker Phil Borges often saw these cultures identify “psychotic” symptoms as an indicator of shamanic potential. He was intrigued by how differently psychosis is defined and treated in the West.

Through interviews with renowned mental health professionals including Gabor Mate, MD, Robert Whitaker, and Roshi Joan Halifax, PhD, Phil explores the growing severity of the mental health crisis in America dominated by biomedical psychiatry. He discovers a growing movement of professionals and psychiatric survivors who demand alternative treatments that focus on recovery, nurturing social connections, and finding meaning.

CRAZYWISE follows two young Americans diagnosed with “mental illness.” Adam, 27, suffers devastating side effects from medications before embracing meditation in hopes of recovery. Ekhaya, 32, survives childhood molestation and several suicide attempts before spiritual training to become a traditional South African healer gives her suffering meaning and brings a deeper purpose to her life.

CRAZYWISE doesn’t aim to over-romanticize indigenous wisdom, or completely condemn Western treatment. Not enery indigenous person who has a crisis becomes a shaman. And many individuals benefit from Western medications.

However, indigenous peoples’ acceptance of non-ordinary states of consciousness, along with rituals and metaphors that form deep connections to nature, to each other, and to ancestors, is something we can learn from.

CRAZYWISE adds a voice to the growing conversation that believes a psychological crisis can be an opportunity for growth and potentially transformational, not a disease with no cure.

80 minutes long followed by Q&A with Jan Ogren, MFT

About the Presenter(s): 

Jan Ögren, MFT is a Medicine Woman, storyteller, licensed psychotherapist, and international author. She has apprenticed with Native American teachers for over thirty years, learning to walk in both the “normal” world and in the mystical realms. She leads workshops in Psychological Shamanism, which is the blending of psychological and shamanistic teachings specifically designed for Western Culture. She lives in Northern California with her partner and an annoyingly intelligent cat.

Event Cost: 

$10 to $20 suggested donation

2 CEU available for LMFT, LCSW, LPCC, & LEP. $10 additional cost for the certificate.

To register for CEU send your name, license type, and license number to Jan Ogren, MFT at [email protected] or go to for more information.

By attending this event you will:

1) increase your ability to discriminate differences along the spectrum of spiritual and psychotic symptoms.

2) broaden your ability to explore client's experiences and expand the MSE (Mental Status Exam) to include shamanistic and psychic characteristics.

3) increase your compassion and understanding for individuals experiencing spiritual crises.