Medicine Wheel Model and Spiritual Horsemanship Workshops at Nelson Healing Center

Phillip Whiteman Jr.

Phillip Whiteman, Jr., a nationally-known Indian cultural consultant, storyteller and horseman will present a two-day workshop, “The Coming of the New Moon: Shedding, Cleansing, Purifying, Letting go of the Old Ways,” on Sept. 10 and 11. He will apply Native American spiritual philosophy and practices to everyday life.

The first day at Nelson Healing Center, Philip will share the oral history and philosophy pertaining to the foundational teachings of the Medicine Wheel Model (MWM). He will speak about the purification times we are now in, the natural laws of gravity and balance, the four directions, the colors, seasons and the stages of life.

The second day at Idlewild Farms, he will demonstrate the spiritual connections that exist between horse and horseman as explained in the philosophy of the MWM. Long before the horse whisperers of today, Plains Indians were recognized for their seemingly-innate mastery of effortless communication with horses. Participants will learn the philosophy and concepts of the MWM and how it pertains to horse and human, as well as in relationship with other people.

“Society teaches us that we have to dominate, and overpower the horse to teach it,” Phillip states. “But my traditions and culture, and my understanding of the horse teach me that by working with the horse’s spirit, and believing that we are one, the horse will do what I ask.”

The fee is $75 per day (lunch included), and people may attend either one or both days. Call 920.818.0045 to register or learn more online at