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"To follow Story is to under-stand the  path of  healing.  Each of our stories is a universe.  Each one of us  is living a story.  To  discover its  shape and essence is essential to  soul making."






Deena Metzger is a poet, novelist, essayist, storyteller, teacher, healer and medicine woman who has taught and counseled for over forty years, in the process of which she has developed therapies (Healing Stories) which creatively address life threatening diseases, spiritual and emotional crises, as well as community, political and environmental disintegration.

She has spent a lifetime investigating Story as a form of knowing and healing. As a writer, she asks: Who do we have to become to find the forms and sacred language with which to meet these times?

She conducts training groups on the spiritual, creative, political and ethical aspects of healing and peacemaking, individual, community and global, drawing deeply on alliance with spirit, indigenous teachings and the many wisdom traditions. One focus is on uniting Western medical ways with indigenous medicine traditions.

With her husband, writer/healer Michael Ortiz Hill, she has introduced the concept of Daré, meaning Council, to North America. The Topanga Daré relies on Council, alliance with Spirit and the natural world, ancestor work, indigenous and wisdom traditions and teachings, music healing, dream telling, divination, kinship, and story telling to achieve personal transformation, community healing and social change.

She is the author of many books, including most recently, the novels La Negra y Blanca and Feral; Ruin and Beauty: New and Selected Poems; From Grief Into Vision: A Council; Doors: A fiction for Jazz Horn; Entering the Ghost River: Meditations on the Theory and Practice of Healing; The Other Hand; Tree: Essays and Pieces, A Sabbath Among the Ruins, Looking for the Faces of God and Writing For Your Life.

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The Work of the Next Five Years
A Letter from Deena Metzger

19 Ways to the 5th World

2013 Calendar of Events & Workshops

Story and Writing Intensive
May 25 - 31, 2013 in Topanga, CA.
Spaces still available. Call 310-815-1060
for information.

Healing and Healers Intensive
June 22 - 28, 2013 in Topanga, CA.
Spaces still available. Call 310-815-1060
for information.

ReVisioning Medicine - September 2013
Dates TBD. Call 310-455-1089 for

Josephine Miles Literary Award:
Deena Metzger's latest novel:
La Negra y Blanca:
Fugue and Commentary







Read about Deena Metzger's latest book --
a novel of the Conquest of  the Americas and of hope, where wisdom leaks through misty realms
between memory and imagination.

Click here to read about Deena Metzger's
Feral -- a startling exploration of the
world of the primal intelligences that
churn within all of us.

Deena Metzger is Blogging!
What is Deena Metzger thinking?
Click here to read the latest entry on her
blog Ruin and Beauty

A letter from Deena Metzger on the quest
for a viable world

A Training Proposal for the 5th World

2013 Schedule

Click here to listen to Deena Metzger
interviewed on New Dimensions radio on
"A Healing Alliance with Animals and the
Earth" hosted by Justine Willis Toms

Deena's books:
La Negra y Blanca (novel)
   Feral (novel)
   Ruin and Beauty: New and Selected Poems
Tanzania Safari: Future Guardians of Peace
     with an original essay Alliance in the
     Selous by Deena Metzger
   From Grief into Vision: A Council
   Doors: A Fiction for Jazz Horn (novel)
  - Read the Topanga Messenger Review
   Entering the Ghost River: Meditations
    on the Theory and Practice of Healing

      - Excerpt:
Invoking the Holy Letters of the
         Aleph-Beit For Peace

    The Other Hand  (novel)

The Legacy of a Life: On Anais Nin at 105
The Hammer Museum - 2008

On ReVisioning Medicine and
the Possibilities of Miracles

The first ReVisioning Medicine Council
and a pilgrimage to Uranium
Spring 2009

Thinking About Healing
Spring 2009

Illness Heals the World
This is an edited, amended and combined text
from Keynote Addresses delivered at the annual
meetings of the American Academy of
Osteopathy, 2006, and the American Academy
of Environmental Medicin
e, 2005.

The Soul of Medicine
Opening Keynote Address to the annual
national meeting of the American Holistic
Medical Association, Albuquerque, NM
April 2004

Healing in the Community
Tikkun Magazine

We Offer You a Circle For Your Confusion,

Katrina - Our Chernobyl

Water Speaks to the People of the World

Becoming Peacemakers
The Whole Life Times - 2002








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