Medicine Wheel Model Workshop Offered

Phillip Whiteman Jr., a Northern Cheyenne Indian from Lame Deer, Montana, will come to Door County to teach the Medicine Wheel Model on Saturday, April 17 from 9 am – 5 pm at the Nelson Healing Center in Sturgeon Bay.



Whiteman Jr., a nationally-known cultural consultant, storyteller, Champion Grass Dancer, horse-trainer and rodeo saddle bronc champ will present a day-long workshop to a limited number of individuals on employing Native American spiritual philosophy and practices to everyday life.



The Medicine Wheel Model is fundamentally simple, based on the premise that everything is part of a circle and within that circle all things are equal. According to Whiteman Jr., the Medicine Wheel teaches us that within the circle there are four quadrants which represent the four directions, the four seasons, the four colors of men, the animals that come from the land, water, sky and below the earth, and the four stages of life.



Whiteman Jr. explains, “It is a simple philosophy for life and shows the connection between man, animal and all living things.”



With his deep understanding of Native American culture and traditions, his connection to horses and his gift of communicating with people, Phillip first developed the “Medicine Wheel Model to Natural Horsemanship” as a natural and spiritual approach to a system that once favored domination as a rule.



As a recognized horse trainer and a holistic thinker, it wasn’t long before Whiteman Jr. realized that the model he had developed for horses really applies to all of life – including our interactions with each other. The very same approach of inferiority and superiority that damages the spirits of horses does the same to our relationships with other people. Thus, he began teaching people how to use the Medicine Wheel Model for personal growth.



Phillip’s reputation as a cultural consultant and presenter has spread far over the years. He recently served as Northern Cheyenne Culture and Language Consultant for Steven Speilberg during the filming of Into the West. His workshop presentations include traditional story-telling and songs that share a powerful and inspirational message of hope.



Registration for the April 17 workshop is required, and the cost is $50. Lunch is included. Call 920.818.0045 to register or learn more online at