Join Dr. Lissa Rankin, New York Times Bestselling Author And Pre-Eminent Faculty In
Rebirth 2021 
Spiritual Guidance For Coming Out Of The Corona Cocoon
A Six-Part Live Workshop Series
Began May 12th, 2021 

People who face the threat of death and survive have a choice. Will we carry on as if nothing happened, or will we milk this brush with mortality for every last drop of transformation, post-traumatic growth, joy, and gratitude possible?

Featured Faculty
Founder Whole Health Medicine Institute
Founder of Emotion Dynamics
Founder Internal Family Systems (IFS)
Founder Living Outrageous Openness

As we begin to crawl out of our corona cocoons, will we dare to ask ourselves:

  • Is there anything I would have regretted if I did not survive this year?
  • ​If I knew I only had a month left to live, would I do anything differently?
  • ​What are my priorities now? How have they changed?
  • ​Am I living my life in alignment with my truest purpose and values?
  • ​Am I embracing my most authentic life, connected to the intimacy of the world?
  • ​Am I contributing to making the world a world I wish to leave for our children?
-If not, why not?

   Get support coming out of the corona cocoon gently

  • Will you use this time as an opportunity for a consciousness upgrade?
  • Could you use support facilitating that ascension spiral?
  • Would you benefit from a community of practice integrating together the traumas and illumination of the past year?
"If you are alive in this moment, you just survived a near-death experience. We all did- alone, together, alone. Earth sent us to time out. Life as we knew it ended. Invisible death floated in the air unseen. If you were "non-essential," you were forced into your cocoon, waiting to die, hoping to live. Now, the time is nearing to exit the chrysalis. You made it. Are you ready to be reborn anew?"

Lissa Rankin, MD

My fellow survivors,
The past year has changed us all, and the normal we knew is here no longer. The shock is wearing off. We all just stared death in the face and if you're reading this now, you lived to survive the upheaval of the past year. The time is coming to emerge into a world turned on its head. We have a personal and collective opportunity here. Will you take advantage of this moment to cultivate the spiritual fruits of times like this?
However you made it through, it is okay. You are okay. Or you will be okay, if you're not quite there yet.

There is no right way to get through something we could never anticipate or prepare for. Maybe you feel a sense of survivor's guilt. Maybe you're still scared or hypervigilant or quaking from the continued uncertainty or feeling skittish every time you see a person.

Maybe this year took a toll on your body, your mental health, your trust in the universe's benevolence, your relationships, your inner peace, your financial security, your feelings of belonging and safety.

Maybe you used this year to make art, break a bad habit, start a good one, or deepen your intimacy with loved ones. Most likely, you didn't fare quite that well, but if you did, that is okay too.

It is normal for there to be fallout. Backlash can be brutal. But we can make the brutal beautiful, if we face this brush with mortality consciously and use it to ask the hard questions and turn towards the future with eyes and hearts and minds wide open.

Even if you want to, you will not emerge from this cocoon unchanged. Like the caterpillar dissolving into bug soup and spinning the chrysalis, you have changed shape, and you are still transforming. You are different now. The world is different.

Maybe your senses are heightened. You feel grateful for every new sunrise, relishing, with awe, every morning you make it through another night, wiggling your arms and legs and squealing, "I'm alive! I'm alive!" Maybe every scarce bit of human touch electrifies you and sends a zing through you.

Or maybe you can't remember the last time you felt anything but numb. Either way is okay. Shock takes a while to wear off, and this was a big one.
Right now, we have an enormous opportunity, one that might slip right by us unless we pause to face it head on and take advantage of it. This year, you realized you could lose everything- your job, your home, your money, your friends, your loved ones, your health, even your life. Everything that seemed solid and stable was revealed as a kind of fragile hallucination, as illusory and ephemeral as a sand castle. Our bedrock crumbled under the threat of something we could not even see, revealing what we always know but often forget- that everything that seems permanent is a sand mandala that can be blown to smithereens with a puff of breath, that breath is precious and can be taken from us in one cry of "I can't breathe," and that all of us are potentially one breath away from our last.

Jeff Foster says, "Right now, we stand on sacred and holy ground, for that which will be lost has not yet been lost, and realizing this is the key to unspeakable joy. Whoever or whatever is in your life right now has not yet been taken away from you. This may sound trivial, obvious, like nothing, but really it is the key to everything, the why and how and wherefore of existence. Impermanence has already rendered everything and everyone around you so deeply holy and significant and worthy of your heartbreaking gratitude."

Upon this holy ground we now stand. Are we prepared to rebuild a life reborn upon these shifting sands? Will you dare to ask yourself what you might have regretted if you did not survive this year?

Let us be each other's midwifes as we labor out of our cocoons and sprout new wings. Let us nurture each other as our new wings dry out and prepare for flight. Let us trust that something beyond our control has put us through a mass initiation. Let us not miss this chance to finally, finally grow up.

This Workshop Is Ideal If You

  • You're seeking spiritual guidance as a way to make meaning out of the past year;
  • You could use some support preparing to reemerge from lockdown in the coming months;
  • ​You'd benefit from an open-hearted community of spiritual practitioners diving deep together to cultivate the diamonds from the pressure cooker of this initiatory experience;
  • ​You're ready for self-inquiry, a deep dive into your own consciousness, and the possibility of discovery, growth, alchemy, and a path to greater connection with the Divine within.

What Does Rebirth 2021 Include?

  • SIX 2-hour LIVE Zoom session with Lissa Rankin, MD
  • ​Lissa's Guided Meditation MP3 Album: Whole Health Meditations
  • ​Access to all recordings and resources
Lissa will support you through:
  • Self-inquiry practices, 
  • ​Spiritual teachings, 
  • ​Guided meditation journeys, 
  • ​Creative practices, 
  • ​Poetry & music meant to open you to deeper aspects of your being,
  • ​Movement practices, 
  • ​Self-Inquiry e-journal with writing prompts to facilitate your self-discovery,
  • ​Gentle, loving breakout sessions for community connection with others emerging from the cocoon together. 

The Rebirth 2021 Program

Session #1 
Wednesday, May 12th, 2021
Let Our Grief 
Move Through
with Karla McLaren
Because it won't help us to spiritually bypass any grief we have yet to move through us, and because sadness and grief are crucial emotions that can prepare our nervous systems and bodies to let go of what we've lost and may never get back, we'll come together for a grief ritual, co-led by Lissa and The Language of Emotions and The Art of Empathy author Karla McLaren. We'll soften the intensity through song, dance, writing, art, and poetry. You'll even get some creative homework that will prepare you for Session #2.
Session #2 
Wednesday, May 19th, 2021
Healing Our Crisis of Imagination
with Lissa Rankin, MD
Depression and anxiety can settle in when we have a crisis of imagination. It's been said that depression is not the opposite of happiness; it's the opposite of expression. Bottling ourselves up can lead to physical and mental illness, while expressing ourselves creatively and speaking our truth- to ourselves and each other- can allow stuck emotions and traumatic energies to move, flow and bring in what is fresh and enlivening. In this session, we will imagine and express our imaginations as we dream about the future we wish to create on the other side of the cocoon.
Session #3
Wednesday, May 26th, 2021
A Journey Of 
with Lissa Rankin, MD
"Know thyself" lies at the heart of most spiritual teaching and philosophy. In order to know ourselves better, we will personally and collectively explore a series of prompts intended to help us discover the "YOU" that is emerging, a YOU guaranteed to have been forged in the fire of the past year's alchemy. We'll use the workbook provided to journal and we'll share what we're discovering with each other as we prepare to emerge anew. 
Session #4
Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021
An IFS Approach To Uncocooning 
with Richard Schwartz, PhD
IFS is based on the idea that we are not a unified self, but a multiplicity of "parts." As such, some of your parts are likely to be excited about coming out of the cocoon and resuming some of your previously "normal" activites, while other parts are likely to have settled into a comfortable "Groundhog Day" sort of routine and may be averse to any further change or scared of the potential for ongoing risk of illness or death from a virus that won't entirely go away anytime soon. IFS founder Richard "Dick" Schwartz will help us get to know our parts and how they feel about the rebirth that lies ahead for us all.
Session #5
Tuesday, June 8th, 2021
What To Keep, 
What To Let Go
with Lissa Rankin, MD
The "normal" we knew may never be the same- nor would we want it to be. Most of us were under the spell of the myth of "normal." We were too busy, over-scheduled, underslept, overstressed, excessively mobile, out of control consumption, and out of balance on the doing/being spectrum, and yet we had no idea how to get off the hamster wheel. We were also participating in other collective traumas we didn't know how to stop. As we prepare to exit our cocoons, we can be mindful, intentional, and conscious as we choose what we return to and what we let go of or cut back on.
Session #6  
Wednesday, June 16th, 2021
A Ritual of Spiritual Surrender 
with Lissa Rankin, MD
As we prepare to enter the Mystery and leave behind the relative safety of our cocoons- and as we prepare to leave the cocoon of this class, we will do so ceremonially through a ritual of spiritual surrender. Itemizing all of our unmet longings, unsolved problems, undecided decisions, and all the other ways our minds can get into a tizzy about how to get what we want and avoid what we don't want, we will cast our vote for the futures we wish to create while paradoxically letting go and surrendering, not to our personal willpower, but to Divine Will, whatever that might be. We will leave this class on a treasure hunt, remembering all the while that all we need to know is the next aligned step towards the Great Mystery that is our deepest calling.
Two-Hour Live Zoom Sessions Start:
9 AM PST | 12 PM EST | 16:00 GMT

* Live sessions will be recorded and uploaded within 24 hours so you can participate at your convenience!

Session #1 
Wednesday, May 12th, 2021
Session #2* 
Wednesday, May 19th, 2021
Session #3 
Wednesday, May 26th, 2021
Session #4
Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021
Session #5
Tuesday, June 8th, 2021
Session #6  
Wednesday, June 16th, 2021

Get support coming out of the corona cocoon gently.

with Rachel Naomi Remen & Lissa Rankin ($197 value)
Co-taught by WHMI founder Lissa Rankin, MD and Rachel Remen, MD, author of New York Times bestselling books, Kitchen Table Wisdom and My Grandfather’s Blessings which have sold more than a million copies and been translated into 23 languages. Dr. Remen is also  Clinical Professor of Family and Community Medicine at UCSF School of Medicine and the Founder and Director of the Institute for the Study of Health and Illness at Commonweal.

The Medicine For The Soul teleclass series picks up where Western medicine leaves off, offering you the kind of soul medicine shamans practice. The program teaches tools and practices that you can apply to yourself and share with your clients. 

Designed to diagnose and treat what the shamans call “soul loss,” this program is meant to heal you by helping your soul take over as the guiding force of your life. 

Since healing the healer is a core pillar of the Whole Health Medicine Institute this program will be an essential part of your own personal and spiritual healing, and teach you how to facilitate the same sort of transformation in the lives of your clients. 
Lissa Rankin, MD
New York Times bestselling author of Mind Over Medicine and six other books, is a former OB/GYN physician, founder of the Whole Health Medicine Institute training program for doctors and therapists, radical remission researcher, and founder of the non-profit Heal At Last.

After leaving her job in conventional medicine in 2007, Lissa began experimenting in her integrative medicine practice with what really helps resolve symptoms in people with chronic illness who have failed to improve with either conventional medicine or alternative medicine. All roads led to the same conclusion: People who are not responding to other treatments often have untreated, unhealed trauma, and treating that trauma can sometimes lead to seemingly miraculous radical remissions.
Upon realizing this epiphany, Lissa became a passionate ambassador for raising awareness about the importance of treating trauma as both preventive medicine and medical treatment for hard-to-treat mental and physical illnesses. As someone who was taking seven drugs for a variety of medical ailments by the time she was 33, and as someone who had managed to get off all of them after leaving the hospital, she began to question everything she had been so certain of after studying in the ivory towers of her medical training at Duke University, the University of South Florida, and Northwestern University. No matter what path she explored regarding the next health fad du jour, all roads continued to take her to the same disruptive and unconventional conclusion: When other treatments fail to help, assume the patient needs trauma treatment.

Because old school psychoanalysis (talk therapy) does not effectively treat trauma, and because medication, surgeries, and even most alternative medicine or spiritual healing techniques, such as acupuncture, meditation, or energy healing, only treat the symptoms of trauma, Lissa became a devoted student of many forms of trauma therapy, including Asha Clinton, Ph.D.’s Advanced Integrative Therapy (AIT,) Richard Schwartz, Ph.D.’s Internal Family Systems (IFS), Peter Levine's Somatic Experiencing, and Gary Craig's Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), among others. 

She is currently co-writing a book about Advanced Integrative Therapy with AIT founder Asha Clinton and has been co-teaching with IFS founder Richard Schwartz about IFS as Medical Treatment.

For over a decade now, Lissa has been a staunch and vocal public advocate for the importance of looking beyond only drugs, surgeries, or even food, exercise, meditation, alternative health, and good health habits when it comes to treating recalcitrant physical and mental illnesses. She took the internet by storm with her 2011 TEDx talk "The Shocking Truth About Your Health," which has been viewed 2.5 million times. Her 2012 TEDx talk "Is There Scientific Proof You Can Heal Yourself?" also got 2.5 million views. She debuted these ideas in 2013 with Mind Over Medicine, which was made into a successful National Public Television special Heal Yourself: Mind Over Medicine. Her next book, The Fear Cure, was also made into a National Public Television special, also titled The Fear Cure.

Because Lissa had closed her integrative medical practice in 2010 to focus on her role in educating the public about the ways in which doctors don't typically support optimal patient wellbeing, demand among patients was rising for doctors who share Lissa's medical point of view and style of practice. To train medical doctors and therapists about what she had learned, Lissa founded the Whole Health Medicine Institute in 2012, a hybrid in-person/ online learning program that includes a team of luminary faculty physicians, therapists, and scientists and involves trauma healing for the students themselves, because so many health care providers are trauma survivors themselves.

In 2014, Lissa became interested in addressing the trauma of loneliness as a public health issue in collaboration with Kitchen Table Wisdom author and The Healer's Art founder Rachel Naomi Remen, MD. In 2016, she delivered another TEDx talk about the health impacts of loneliness- "The #1 Public Health Issue Your Doctor Isn't Talking About." But after it got a lukewarm response (160,000 views), she realized that people felt shame about admitting their loneliness. Lissa began scheming with Dr. Remen (and Dr. Remen was scheming with her former student Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD) about how to address this issue at the level of public health.
Rebirth 2021 Faculty
Karla McLaren
Karla McLaren, M.Ed. is an award-winning author, social science researcher, and pioneering educator whose empathic approach to emotions revalues even the most “negative” emotions and opens startling new pathways into self-awareness, effective communication, and healthy empathy. She is the founder and CEO of Emotion Dynamics LLC and

Karla’s lifelong research has been focused on the creation of a grand unified theory of emotions, which presents every emotion as an essential aspect of intelligence, self-awareness, and empathy.

Her applied work, Dynamic Emotional Integration®, is a leading-edge training program and consultation process to help people develop keen emotional awareness, healthy empathic skills, and emotionally-respectful mindfulness practices.

Dick Schwartz
Richard Schwartz, Ph.D. began his career as a systemic family therapist and an academic. 

Grounded in systems thinking, Dr. Schwartz developed Internal Family Systems (IFS) in response to clients’ descriptions of various parts within themselves. 

He found that when in that state of Self, clients would know how to heal their parts.

Dr. Schwartz established The Center for Self Leadership (CSL) in 2000 to provide training in IFS. The organization offers workshops throughout the world to clinicians and laypeople. Through its website, CSL presents conferences and various resources to those interested in learning IFS. 

A featured speaker for national professional organizations, Dr. Schwartz has published many books and over fifty articles about IFS.
Tosha Silver
Tosha graduated from Yale with a degree in English Literature but along the way fell madly in love with yogic philosophy. 

For the past 30 years she's taught people around the world ways to align with Inner Love. She’s the author of Outrageous Openness and Change Me Prayers. 

She lives near San Francisco, where she runs an online school called “Living Outrageous Openness," ongoing support to those who truly want to live these beautiful, ancient practices. 

She loves how the sacred and mundane are truly One. Love Itself begins to lead when it is sincerely invited….by anyone

You can also join her on Facebook by liking her author page where she often writes. 
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