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Rivers Sterling, Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM)

 

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I came of age at the far edge of Jack Kerouac's On The Road days. I hopped freight trains and hitch-hiked semis across the country, went on a 9 year vision quest about the world, became a whitewater rafting guide after attending several medical schools, rode my bike everywhere and back with a little black dog in a milk crate bungeed to the back, or on the back of my kayak, (still) do driveabouts in the truck and then the van, created a spiritual river expedition company, started a string of free clinics on reservations and at festivals, learned to weave in Northern New Mexico, lived in a trailer with solar panels and a wood stove off the grid while periodically commuting to a highend practice in Manhattan, New York.

 

I've sung some harmonies but not enough and I love riffing improv on holy music.

 

I've survived disabling illness, which taught me about despair and endurance and I've survived a series of closed head injuries which have taught me about pain and perception. I received help from a series of competent and unusual healers, who taught me Other Ways, lots of Other Ways. Rich path, much learning, many hands with big hearts.

Gratitude to all who taught me and helped me on my way.
 
EDUCATION, TRAINING & EXPERIENCE
.Education:
.Sonoma State University: Health Education, focus on Natural Health Care, BA
...... Honors:  Magna Cum Laude * Valedictorian nomination by Dean of Sciences * Benson Scholarship
.National College of Naturopathic Medicine, 1.5 years
........Honors:  John Babcock Scholarship * Homeopathic Student Award
.Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine
........Diploma of Proficiency in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine
........Honors:  Class Valedictorian * Dean’s Honor List * 2 Outstanding Service Awards
.Milne Institute: Extensive cranialsacral training (C1-C6) directly with founder Hugh Milne, D.O.
........"I trust Rivers. She's not afraid to go deep", HUGH MILNE, author of
..............The Heart of Listening: A Visionary Approach to Craniosacral Work
.Academy of Oriental Medicine, Austin:..as student: 250 hours of Chinese Herbs
..........as faculty @ AOMA: Clinic Supervisor & Clinic Symposium
..............................: Instructor,Cultivating the Healer's Presence
..............................: Instructor, Wilderness Clinic SetUp & Management
........"I would find Oriental Practice less of a struggle if you were teaching it. You have such a rich
........perspective that we all benefit from. You have many ... students who want to take your class or
........have you as a clinic supervisor." __AOMA student
.Free Clinics: founded and/or directed
..........as faculty @ AOMA: on volunteer basis, founded & directed CureVille Free Clinic as satellite off-site student
..........clinic-without-walls backstage @ KerrVille Folk Festival. Recruited and trained 100 volunteers each year to deliver
..........acupuncture, bodywork, energy medicine and naturopathic alt aid, providing 1400 free, natural healthcare
......... treatments during 17 days annually to Festival staff. 10 years.
.........."Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. You've released pain I've been carrying awhile. I deeply
........appreciate your care & love. ..................__CUREVILLE PATIENT IN 2004 GUESTBOOK
........Albert WhiteHat SunDances @ Rosebud Reservation, South Dakota
..................."Ancient medicine. Very good."__ALBERT WHITEHAT
........Old Settler’s Music Festival, Austin, TX ’00-02
........Coyote & Vallecitos, NM (where I was shot at twice)
.........................."Hey Borracho! Don't mess with her...that's the curendera that fixed the Padrone!"
........RhythmFest, GA  ’91-94    
........Southern Women’s Music Festival, GA ’86-88
........West Coast Women’s Music Festival, CA  ’84-88
.Additional Medical Training:privately contracted internships with outstanding practitioners
.........Orthopedic Rehabilitation: Aaron Hoffman, MD * Kevin Jones, OMD * Dennis Kessler, OMD *
.........Oncology/Virology:  Jin Lin Wang, MD, OMD
.........Hydrotherapy/Homeopathy: Tori Hudson, ND (WAMA Physician of Year ‘00) Jared Zeff, ND, CA.
....................& Jacques Moramarco, ND, OMD
.........Obstetrics: Barbara Ray, Certified Nurse Midwife
.........Emergency Medicine  Advanced First Aid & CPR * Swift Water Rescue
 ...................Volunteer Medical Assistant to Paulette Adams, MD & Frank Mueller, MD....
....................ER Observation with Chas. Hahn, MD
.Shamanic Training:
.........Direct transmission from the Stone People while working as whitewater rafting guide for Dvorak Expeditions.
................. For more details, see Way of the Journey ..CD.
.........Robert Greenway, one of the founding fathers of EcoPsychology
.........Marko Johnson, maker of Didges, Drums & Rattles, produced my 1st CD, Way of the Journey
.........Sandra Ingerman, Institute of Shamanic Studies
.........Lynn Andrews, Global Shamanism, author of Medicine Woman, Women of Wyrrd & many other books
.........Twisted Hairs Medicine Society, Native American Healing Arts
..................Other Teachers who prefer to remain anonymous, including Teachers in Spirit, to whom I am infinitely grateful
.Qi Gong & Tai Qi Training:
.........Tai Chi/ Qi Gong   Student & Teaching Assistant to Sifu Nam Singh, ’78-82
.........Tom Tam Healing System: with Tom Tam, Qi Gong Master Healer
.Counseling Training:
.........Death & Dying: Stephen Levine, author of Who Dies?
.........Wounded Children: John Bradshaw, PhD, author of Healing the Shame that BindsYou
.........Play Therapy: interned & lived with Marion Saltman, PhD, on the Vallejo,( retired San Francisco Bay
..................FerryBoat & former home of artist Jean Varda & philosopher Alan Watts )
.Current Studies:
.........Advanced Energy Explorations, Sacred Geometry, Egyptian Cosmology
..................& Esoteric Christian Mysticism with Dr. Robert Gilbert, Vesica.org
..................author of Egyptian & European Energy Work, & Spiritual Initiation in the Western Tradition
.........BioGeometry with Dr. Ibrahim Karim of Cairo, Egypt,, BioGeometry.com
.Educator: Wrote & taught following courses around the country unless otherwise indicated (in addition to above);
.........Compassionate Touch Cranial Sacral Series 1, 2 & 3
.........Physiology of Toxicology * Women’s Health Issues * History of Women in Medicine 
..................@ Sonoma State University
.........Histology Lab @ National College of Naturopathic Medicine
.........Linaments, Moxa & Cupping for BodyWorkers
.........Origins & Development of Chinese MedicineGuest Speaker, @ UCLA, UCIrvine, & UCSF
..................Medical.Schools, UCRiverside, USC & Sonoma State University
.........Soul Retrieval: Alchemy for the Heart
.........Drum & Rattle Making
.........Sound Restructuring: OverToning, Tuning Forks, Tingshas & Tibetan Bowls
.Publications:
.........CD: Earth's Breathing: vocals & guided meditation, Dean Evenson on flute & synthesizer
.........CD: Eagle River: vocals on 2 cuts with Dean Evenson, producer
.........CD: Raga Cycle: background vocas for Sitar Masters, the Mishras, Dean Evenson, producer
.........CD: Raising the Myst: Esoteric Instruction
.........CD: Way of the Journey: Teaching & guided meditation
.........DVD: AltAid: Naturopathic 1st Aid: 3 hour lecture, updated edition coming soon.
.........AltAid: Naturopathic 1st Aid Manual: updated edition coming soon.
.........Earth Medicine:  series of articles published by The Breeze, of Wheatsville Coop, Austin, TX  ‘00
.........RiverMedicine:  mixed media documentary of shamanic river trips  ‘94
.........History of Chinese Medicine:  article published by ECTOM’s Journal and quoted by LA Times  ‘86
.........BirthRight:  mixed media documentary, purchased by Sonoma State University’s Women’ Studies Department ‘81
.........Healing Potential of Music:  research paper, placed in Sonoma State University;s Library ‘80
.........Photographs * technical writing * poetry:   published  in calendars, brochures, flyers and web sites
.Other Projects & Bright Ideas:
.........Earth Medicine Journeys:  Founder & director.
..................Therapeutic whitewater rafting trips for women, featured in OutSide Magazine, Nov. ‘93
.........Whitewater Rafting Guide:  Dvorak Expeditions’90, Earth Medicine Journeys ’90-95
..................Multi-day expeditions on most of the Great Rivers of the SouthWest
.........Expedition Medicine: Invitation to join Mt.Everest Expedition. (permit denied by China) ’91
..................Invited by Dick Bass, author of 7 Summits & oldest climber to summit Everest without oxygen support.
.........Full Circle Festival: Equinox ’89  Co-founder, co-producer of large scale event to educate & empower                            ..................over 1000 participants on concerns of global community.  ‘89
.Artist:
.........Weaver  Tapestry (hand-dyed) and Rag Rug,   Fiber Arts Program, El Rito Community College, NM  ’96-97
..................Exhibits @ Ghost Ranch Museum of Archeology & Anthropology, Abiqui, NM   ’96-98
.........Photographer: Documentaries of river trips & community gatherings, commissioned portraits
             Singer: Studio and stage backup vocals @ Kerrville Folk Festival and for Soundings of the Planet studio
           Drum and Rattle Maker   Workshops and commissions
                     El Rito, NM Studio Tour, ’96-98, Appalachian Workshop Tour in ’92 in 6 cities
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