Keynotes & Workshops


Experience a passionate, wise and caring healer who helps people transform their lives by showing them how to rise above their limitations, remove their roadblocks, rekindle their dreams and become the principal agents in their own professional and personal lives.

Carl A. Hammerschlag is a master storyteller and internationally recognized author, physician, speaker and healer. A Yale trained psychiatrist; he has spent more than twenty years working with Native Americans. Read his complete biography.

Carl brings a spiritual profundity and tender concern for humanity that will create a healthy society.

Patch Adams, M.D.

Founder, The Gesundheit Institute


Saving the Lives of Others…and Your Own

Burnout among physicians and other health clinicians has been receiving extraordinary attention in recent years. And no wonder, it is at epidemic level and depending on the assessment tool and estimated 50% of physicians are suffering, their loved ones suffer, and the quality of care for patients suffers.

The industrialization of healthcare has made the practice of medicine just another industry. Physicians and healthcare professionals do not come to this work because it’s an industry, but rather because it’s a ministry and the depersonalization of medicine is escalating physician burnout.

In these challenging times Dr. H. reveals the path to sustaining one’s healing spirit. Weaving science with indigenous wisdom this is a spellbinding story that educates and inspires clinicians to sustain themselves and their holy work.


Life Between the Pings

Wireless technology is reprogramming human behavior on a massive scale. In the past, we used to interact with our personal computers a couple hours a day; with laptops it was several times a day for 20 minutes; with the new handheld devices we are connected day and night for 2 minute sessions. This chronic stimulation is encouraging our neuroplastic brains to create new pathways that emphasize receiving short bursts of information.

We are becoming addicted to the ping announcing the arrival of new information that triggers the release of neurotransmitters that stimulate the reward centers of the brain. Our constant availability is fragmenting how people interact, because we are always ready to be someplace other than where we are, which makes wherever we are never enough.

Those who tell the stories define the culture, and some of the stories we are telling are hurting us. In the language of science and stories, with passion and humor, this internationally recognized psychiatrist and speaker reminds us that to thrive in these rapidly changing times means paying attention to life between the pings.

The Future of Healthcare: Healing in Community

Today’s healthcare delivery is based on an interventional model (we diagnose illnesses and prescribed treatment). The future of healthcare will be based on the model that emphasizes prediction and prevention, and it’s delivered beyond offices and hospital walls… in communities.Dr. H is an internationally recognized community psychiatrist and humanitarian clown who has demonstrated community-based healthcare all over the world. Weaving the language of science with the magic of his stories he presents a paradigm shifting model of preventative health care that saves billions of dollars, provides better care, and builds healthy communities.

Authenticity and Leadership: Sustaining Your Passion and Purpose

Saying what you mean, and doing what you promise, is no longer the custom in our culture. Nowadays, it’s more common to say whatever people want to hear, or whatever you can get away with. Right and wrong is now determined by courts of law rather than a shared consensus about what’s ethical and moral.To succeed personally and professionally you must be authentic– a person or organization whose words, actions and principles are all telling the same story. In his compelling style, Dr. H. shares his experience and wisdom, in ways that will kindle your passion and purpose.

The Dancing Healers

This is a personal story about the journey from doctor to healer. After completing medical school and internship in the mid-sixties, Dr. H. came to Indian country to serve his military obligation as an alternative to going to Vietnam. There he met an Indian medicine man who taught him how to dance. Like most Western trained physicians, he was an expert in the disease model – one that emphasized the identification and treatment of pathology. Over the next 40 years, he learned from traditional healers how to expand that disease model to a healing paradigm. This is a story about staying healthy, and the importance of harmony between thoughts, actions and feelings – the foundation of the new science of Psychoneuroimmunology (mind-body-spirit medicine).Dr. H. is a master at tailoring his presentations to the specific needs of the audience, and offers pointed insights and guidance to help you.


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