Pain Edition - 10th - 11th February 2023

Join our amazing experiential experience; a deep dive into pain

Earn up to 9 CE/CPD Credits: ACCME, ANCC, APA, and ASWB

Join our esteemed presenters Gita Vaid, Dr Isaac Mathai, Licia Sky, Dr. Wayne Kampers, and Catherine Oxenburg for a careful examination of the profound relationship between trauma, mental anguish, and chronic pain. This live event features unique interactive presentations, one-of-a-kind experiential learning opportunities, and the opportunity to receive up to 9 CE/CPD Credits. 


Dr. Wayne Kampers

Catherine Oxenberg

Catherine Oxenberg

Licia Sky

Licia Sky

Gita Vaid

Gita Vaid, M.D.


Christiane Wolf

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 was a very successful and critically-acclaimed actor, appearing in a wide range of feature-length movies and TV shows.

In 2012, at 51, she hit a wall. She was shut down and disconnected from her body, unable to access her primal feminine power. It was at this mid-point in her life that she decided “no more.” This ignited a quest to combat sexual illiteracy – her own. She enlisted her husband, in conjunction with experts and healers, and learned that the female body was designed for infinite bliss. 

Catherine created the film “Sexology,” a documentation of her helping a friend, actress Gabrielle Anwar, through this same healing experience. Together, she traveled the world, meeting and working with sexual experts, to help free her from childhood sexual trauma.The film is my first offering. Her desire is to provide a full-spectrum approach to sexual education.

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

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

Christiane started her professional life as a Gynecologist at the University Hospital in Berlin, Germany, doing clinical work while trying to make a name for herself through conducting and publishing research papers in gynecological oncology.

She had fallen in love with the universality of the Buddhist teachings as a searching teenager and credits it as having helped her stay sane through medical school and residency.

In 2003 she, her husband and baby daughter moved to Los Angeles “for just one year” as she enjoyed her maternity leave. There she met Trudy Goodman, a Zen and Insight meditation teacher who had just started an organization called “InsightLA” a few months prior.

MBSR, secular mindfulness, clinical trainings

Trudy and I deeply connected and she encouraged me to train as an MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) teacher to share with my patients once back home in Berlin. While we were still in LA, we started teaching MBSR together – which turned out to be a very high-in-demand class, which Trudy and I enjoyed teaching immensely.

We ended up staying in LA and I was a part of growing InsightLA from its tiny beginnings into a thriving, wonderful big community, which I still call my spiritual home today and through which I do most of my teachings.

I trained as a Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) teacher, became an MBSR teacher trainer, and the head consultant and trainer for the national mindfulness facilitator training for the Department of Veterans Affairs, the biggest health care provider in the US. I realized that the combination of my medical and mindfulness training is a powerful combination to train fellow clinicians to teach mindfulness as well as helping patients cope with their health issues.

WritingIn 2015 my dear friend and colleague from the VA, Dr. Greg Serpa, and I published the book “A Clinician’s Guide to Teaching Mindfulness”, which became required reading for numerous mindfulness teacher programs around the world.

And check out my latest book, “Outsmart Your Pain” on practicing mindfulness for chronic pain, which was recently released. More information here.

Buddhist teachings

On the Buddhist side, I received teacher transmission from Trudy in 2011 and then also completed the 4-year Dharma/Retreat teacher training through Spirit Rock Meditation Center and IMS (Insight Meditation Society) under Jack Kornfield and Joseph Goldstein. In 2016 I received together with 25 of my Dharma siblings teacher authorization in the Theravadin Thai Forest Monastery lineage of Ajahn Chaa.

What else?

When I’m not meditating, teaching, or writing I can be found running long distance or training for triathlons – all good methods to help me stay (more) sane, patient and centered while we parent our three teenagers.

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.


The Master Series: Pain Edition will take place over two days on the 10th and 11th of February 2023. Our speakers will be delivering a series of interactive workshops and participating in group conversations about their specific areas. If you are unable to attend any live sessions, recordings will be available for 30 days.

Full schedule coming soon



"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."

Dr. Wayne Kampers

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

Licia Sky


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

Gabor Maté, M.D.

“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?”

Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.


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

Peter A. Levine

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

Les Aria, PhD


We are happy to be able to offer scholarships to certain individuals and organizations.

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Join us this February for an amazing experiential learning opportunity for only $225 $150

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Experience from the comfort of your own home

10th - 11th Feb 2023

10 AM -3:15 PM - recordings available for 30 days

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Receive live access and 30 days of video access. Includes video recordings for the main presentations and warmups, plus lifetime  audio recordings for the main presentations. Presenters slides and transcripts are also included.
Ability to claim up to 9 CE/CPD credits

*CE/CPD credits must be claimed by February 2024
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MA / MFTs: Participants can self-submit courses not approved by the MAMFT board for review.

MI: No CE requirement
* OK accepts ASWB ACE for live, in-person activities. For all ethics and/or online courses, an application is required.

The following state boards accept courses offering ASWB ACE credit for Addictions Professionals: AK, CA, CO, CT, GA, IA, IN, KS, LA, MO, MT, ND, NM, NV, OK, OR, SC, WA, WI, WV, WY

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