Pain Edition

Join our amazing experiential experience; a deep dive into pain

Join our esteemed presenters Dr. Gita Vaid, Dr Isaac Mathai, Licia Sky, Dr. Wayne Kampers, Dr. Les Aria, Christiane Wolf, MD, PhD, and Catherine Oxenberg for a careful examination of the profound relationship between trauma, mental anguish, and chronic pain. This live event worth 9 CPD credits, features unique interactive presentations and one-of-a-kind experiential learning opportunities.


Dr. Wayne Kampers

Catherine Oxenberg

Catherine Oxenberg

Licia Sky

Licia Sky

Gita Vaid

Gita Vaid, MD


Christiane Wolf, MD, PhD

Dr. Issac Mathai

Les Aria

Les Aria, PhD

We’ve all experienced physical pain, and we all know what the universal agony of grief, isolation, and shame is like. Draining, paralyzing, and overwhelming, pain leaves us feeling powerless and unable to cope as new emotional and physical wounds open and aggravate historical injuries in a seemingly uncontrollable tailspin.

What can seem even harder is trying to help someone else in that state find hope, both in a professional and a personal context. But, armed with the right knowledge, it’s possible and we can contribute to helping our friends, clients, and selves out of suffering.

In previous editions, we learned that unresolved trauma manifests in our bodies, but we haven’t fully explored the impact that has on our present. The relationship between trauma, mental anguish, and chronic pain is well established. One in five of adults live with chronic pain, with traumatized individuals being twice as likely than the general population to experience this.

In The Master Series: Pain Edition, we will explore how pain connects with trauma and learn what we can do to address that relationship through our practice. Join us as we calculate the cost of pain on our mental health, consider the relationship between the pain we feel and the legacy of our past, and explore vital healing methods, techniques, and practices we can use to move towards a pain-free future.

Our Speakers


Dr. Wayne Kampers

Dr Wayne Kampers is a renowned and respected Integrative Consultant Psychiatrist practicing whose aim is to help clients achieve a happier and healthier life. His integration of psychiatric diagnostic techniques with complementary therapies, nutrition and lifestyle changes is an innovative and modern approach to holistic care. His special clinical interests include addiction treatment and chronic pain syndrome, but he has experience spanning across all areas of psychiatry.

Dr. Kampers is a mind-body and trauma informed clinician, who uses evidence-based approaches. He helps his patients by integrating traditional medical and psychiatric approaches, working with complementary healthcare practitioners registered with the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council. Dr. Kampers encourages and supports his patients to make positive lifestyle changes in relation to diet, nutrition, giving up smoking, losing weight, reducing stress, improving sleep, managing pain and other symptoms, and general overall enhancements to wellbeing.

Dr. Kampers also has a special interest in neuroplastic pain and psychophysiological disorders, and specializes in the diagnostic assessment of these conditions.

Catherine Oxenberg

Catherine Oxenberg

Catherine Oxenberg is an award-winning actress, producer, author, human rights activist, and philanthropist. Most recently, she was featured in two award-winning documentary film series, “The Vow” HBO and “Seduced: Inside the NXIVM Cult,” Starz which explored her daughter India’s experience being lured into Keith Raniere’s secret society of sex slaves. Her book “Captive: A Mother’s Crusade to Save Her Daughter from a Terrifying Cult” brings to life the traumatic ordeal experienced by India and Catherine’s successful attempt to rescue her. Catherine’s mission captured global media attention and was instrumental in bringing NXIVM to justice, resulting in a 120-year prison sentence for the cult leader and five of his accomplices.

An accomplished actress, Catherine starred as Amanda Carrington on the hit ABC prime time TV series “Dynasty,” with a weekly viewership of 100 million people worldwide. Born in New York, and raised in London, she is the daughter of Her Royal Highness Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia and the 7th great-granddaughter of Empress Catherine the Great of Russia, for whom she was named.

A tireless activist and philanthropist, Catherine has supported numerous causes related to the protection of children, women’s rights, disaster relief, and human trafficking. She sponsored the first birthing center for women in Tibet. 
In 2022, Catherine received the Colleagues’ Champion of Children Award for her courage, determination and advocacy for survivors.
In 2023, Catherine and her daughter India are launching a pilot program HEALIX IMMERSION through The Catherine Oxenberg Foundation to treat survivors of sexual trauma suffering from PTSD and trauma-related symptoms and their website HEALIX 180 dedicated to exploring modalities for recovery from trauma and chronic pain.
Licia Sky

Licia Sky

Licia Sky is a co-founder and CEO of the Trauma Research Foundation.

She is also a somatic educator, bodyworker, artist, and musician.  She guides transformational experiences incorporating dynamic observational exercises, music, movement, vocalizing, enhanced listening, and touch, to foster safe, transformative inner and interpersonal connection. 

Licia’s methods are informed by over 25 years as an artist, musician, bodywork therapist, yoga practitioner, and dancer; and integrate poly-vagal theory, parts work, and the latest research on trauma and the body. 

Gita Vaid

Gita Vaid, MD

Gita Vaid is a co-founder of the Center for Natural Intelligence, a multidisciplinary laboratory dedicated to psychedelic psychotherapy innovation and clinical practice. Dr. Vaid completed her residency training at NYU Medical Center, and her psychoanalytic training at the Psychoanalytic Association of New York.

Gita trained as a fellow in clinical psychopharmacology and neurophysiology at New York Medical College and completed a research fellowship at NYU Medical Center. Dr. Vaid is a MAPS–trained psychedelic psychotherapist and is a faculty member at The Ketamine Training Center. Her current interests include rethinking psychotherapy frameworks to support psychedelic psychotherapy and consciousness expansion.


Christiane Wolf, MD, PhD

Christiane Wolf, MD, PhD is a former physician, mindfulness and Insight (Vipassana) meditation teacher. She is board certified as an OB/GYN and holds a PhD in psychosomatic medicine from Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany.

Dr. Wolf is the lead-consultant and teacher trainer for the National Mindfulness Facilitator Training at the US Department of Veteran Affairs.



She is the author of “Outsmart Your Pain – Mindfulness and Self-Compassion to Help You Leave Chronic Pain Behind” and the co-author of the classic training manual for mindfulness teachers “A Clinician’s Guide to Teaching Mindfulness”.

Dr. Issac Mathai

Treating patients from over 90 countries, Dr. Mathai is a leader in the field of holistic medicine. He is the Chairman, Managing & Medical Director, of Soukya, which has been rated as the best holistic health center in India. 

He graduated from the A.N.S.S. Medical College – Kerala, India and took his M.D. (Homeopathy) from the Hahnemann Post-Graduate Institute of Homeopathy, London, following this he took his M.R.C.H. (London). He also studied Chinese Pulse Diagnosis and Acupuncture at the W.H.O. Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Nanjing, China, and received training from the Mind-Body Medicine programme at Harvard Medical School in the US.

Dr. Mathai is from a family that has a tradition of homeopathic medical practice for over 50 years. Having worked with his mother Dr Annamma Mathai as a child, Dr Mathai imbibed the knowledge, compassion, experience and above all, the need to serve mankind. He is an internationally renowned holistic health consultant and a medically qualified homeopathic physician.

Les Aria

Les Aria, PhD

Les Aria PhD is a well-known pain psychologist in the mind-body community who has been practicing for the past 19 years with Kaiser Permanente Medical Group in Northern California. He also served as the Lead Pain Psychologist for Kaiser Northern California to help redesign the chronic pain workshop curriculum to incorporate modern pain science, mindfulness and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT).

Les is one of the co-founders of Menda.Health and serves as the Chief Science Officer and he is also a board member for Curable, an app designed to help people with chronic pain by addressing the psychology of pain. 

Les specialises in treating psychophysiological disorders/persistent pain and medically unexplained problems. His passion for mind-body interventions promotes a unique style to help patients relate differently to their suffering, and thereby shift them into pain recovery and wellness.


Day 1

Transforming Pain into Power: Harnessing the Power of Neuroplasticity

Learn about the science behind neuroplasticity and how it can be used to overcome chronic persistent pain. Drawing on his extensive knowledge and experience as a psychiatric consultant, Dr. Kampers will provide you with the tools you need to harness the power of neuroplasticity for healing. 

Whether you are dealing with chronic pain yourself or working with clients who are, this workshop will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to effectively use neuroplasticity as a powerful tool for healing.

  • Understand the science behind neuroplasticity and how it relates to chronic persistent pain.
  • Learn about the role of mindset in pain management and how it can be used to harness the power of neuroplasticity.
  • Develop effective strategies for using neuroplasticity to transform pain into empowerment.

"The mind body approach requires you to embrace a different belief the belief that neuroplastic pain is due to your brain making a critical mistake and that your body is actually fine."

"The pain in our bodies will determine the tension in our bodies and the sounds that come out of our bodies"

Day 1

My Journey With Mind-Body Medicine and Ketamine

Catherine will take you on her journey with mind-body medicine and the use of ketamine. She will share with you her personal journey of recovery from fibromyalgia, undifferentiated inflammatory arthritis, connective tissue disorder, peripheral neuropathy, and pre-autoimmune issues. This will be in tandem with Dr. Wayne Kampers’ specialist knowledge about pain recovery.

During this workshop, she will discuss how conventional treatment methods fell short in relieving her chronic pain and how she eventually found solutions through a combination of mind-body practices and the use of ketamine. She will guide you through the steps of her recovery and share the tools and techniques that have helped her to achieve miraculous freedom from pain.

Through her story, she hopes to inspire others to change their mindset about what is possible in their own healing journey and to provide them with the hope and resources they need to take control of their own health.

Day 1

Ketamine: Guided Journeys for Pain Relief

Ketamine has emerged in the last decade as a highly efficacious treatment for mood disorders, PTSD and depression. This session is designed for therapists, psychologists, physicians, and other mental health professionals who want to better understand how best to work with ketamine when patients present with pain that is both emotional and physical. 

Together, Gita and Licia will explore the roles we can play as practitioners to ensure the best clinical outcomes for patients seeking relief.

Although ketamine is a powerful and effective tool, in order to use it effectively it needs more than just a prescription. Licia’s deep understanding of the mind-body connection and the importance of grounding and movement for embodiment compliment Gita’s clinical application of ketamine as a board certified psychiatrist. Together they will explore best practice and the most effective ways to help patients safely. 

  • Discuss the medical aspects of ketamine including its long history of use and safety
  • Summarize the complications of ketamine use and potential adverse reactions
  • Discuss the importance of attunement and embodiment for truly successful ketamine assisted therapy
  • Explore vocal and movement exercises for embodiment
  • Outline the importance of collaboration and coordination among the interprofessional care team in order for most effective treatment and care.

"The attempt to escape from pain, is what creates more pain.”

“It is hard enough for observers to bear witness to pain. Is it any wonder, then, that the traumatized individuals themselves cannot tolerate remembering it and that they often resort to using drugs, alcohol, or self-mutilation to block out their unbearable knowledge?”

Day 2

Holistic Healing – A Mind, Body, Spirit Approach

The holistic medical approach of understanding a person with mind, body, spirit connection is important for any healing process.

By studying a complex medical issue with medical, mental and physical involvement requires an understanding of the person’s life and reflection on the incidences and trauma. The interconnection between the old traumas in the present health and mental state is an important area to explore and transform one’s life to a better state of health.

  • Explain the connection of mind, body, and spirit through the use of different case studies.
  • Explain how our emotions can be released with ancient systems of medicine of Ayurveda and Yoga principles.
  • Describe how the holistic medical philosophy can be translated into a treatment protocol.
  • Explain the fundamentals of the Ayurveda understanding of health and wellbeing.
  • Describe how to use yogic practises for mental balance.

Day 2

Outsmart Your Brain - Outsmart Your Pain

Recent pain research has established the notion that while acute pain is protective, chronic pain is overprotective. This overprotection happens through the brain’s interpretation of what is happening in the body. The brain in its effort to protect us from pain becomes unfortunately “better and better” at detecting pain. This is a somewhat like a too sensitive car alarm. Mindfulness practice can influence how the brain processes pain.

This workshop will provide a foundational understanding of what mindfulness is and different ways it can be applied to pain. We practice bringing awareness to what is happening in this particular moment with openness, curiosity and friendliness. Body awareness, working with challenging emotions and stories around the pain will be part of our exploration.

In this presentation participants will:


  1.     Identify the difference between acute and chronic pain
  2.     Define mindfulness, meditation and mindfulness meditation
  3.     Describe key research about the influence of mindfulness on pain
  4.     Practice identifying and stepping back from unhelpful thoughts about the pain
  5.     Examine the three layers on how mindfulness reduces pain (it helps with the pain directly, it lowers overall stress through stress reduction skills, it increases contentment and joy)
  6.     Describe the role of interoception in the processing of chronic pain

"If we simply try to avoid confronting painful experiences, there is no way to begin the healing process."

"Learning mindfulness helps us apply certain skills to dial down the danger signals in our brains."

Day 2

Pain Recovery is Possible: A New Paradigm & Gold-Standard for Treating Chronic Pain

Since the three waves of the opioid epidemic (prescription opioids, heroin, and synthetic opioids), little has changed in the practice of traditional medical treatment for chronic pain. Moreover, the medical system continues to apply interventions both invasive and noninvasive that are not evidenced-based, but health insurances continue to reimburse for such practices and, so the madness of doing the same things over and over again in hopes of a different outcome—is the very definition of insanity—and creates more unnecessary suffering. 

This presentation will cover a new perspective on the definition of chronic pain, coupled with the new brain studies postulating that emotional and physical pains share the same neural networks. Doing away with old pain science and incorporating modern pain neuroscience findings is the start of proper treatment in pursuit of pain recovery (i.e., becoming pain free).

Additionally, applications of the Polyvagal Theory offer great insights and interventions in promoting increased safety physiology versus threat physiology, which transforms increased the likelihood of healing from chronic pain. Lastly, the current gold-standard for treating chronic pain is Pain Reprocessing Therapy (PRT), which is the very essence of mind-body skills backed by modern pain neuroscience and offers a newfound sense of hope out of chronic pain.

  • Define chronic pain using modern pain science
  • Differentiate between old pain science and modern pain neuroscience
  • Explain how chronic pain develops in 4 phases
  • Describe the main goal of Pain Reprocessing Therapy (PRT)


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