AWB Community in Action Leadership Gathering

October 11-14, 2019 | Kensington, NH | 22.5 CEUs



Thea Elijah, LAc, Herbalist & Master Teacher of the Shadhuliyyah Sufi Order
David Sharken, Principal, Rainmaker Consulting
Diana Fried, LAc, AWB Founding Director
Carla Cassler, DAOM, LAc, AWB Director 

Join us for this training during the peak time for leaves to change into a kaleidoscope of colors during the beautiful New England autumn; join us for excitement and rejuvenation, with your colleagues and from nature!

In a world where disasters have become common and the stresses of daily life can become overwhelming, health practitioners, acupuncturists, therapists, and healers are being called to step out of the treatment room and into leadership. Our culture needs more leaders who are able to diagnose problems and implement treatment plans at the personal, community and global level. This workshop will be an opportunity to hear about how this global medicine of peace has been used around the world; in US disaster relief efforts; international relief efforts; on world healing exchange trips; in veterans clinics, refugee clinics and other community clinics in the US and internationally. 

Join us for this harvesting of almost 15 years of AWB global medicine of peace work. We will explore so many amazing project areas including:


  • A new project training Palestinians (there will be future opportunities to go)
  • Ongoing work all over Israel
  • Refugees in Greece including a new women’s refugee project in Athens
  • Ongoing clinics for sex trafficked children and women in Nepal
  • Powerful long term clinics for veterans in the US
  • US disaster relief work including many clinics held during last year’s California fires
  • Asylum seeker project in Texas/Mexico (need for volunteers)
  • Ongoing relief work in Puerto Rico ( and next year’s service World Healing Exchange to Puerto Rico)
  • Ongoing volunteer work in Mongolia with Traditional Medicine doctors (and possible future trip to the reindeer people and nomads in the Gobi desert)
  • Baja Mexico future trip exploring ancient Taoist nature practices and clinics in coastal Mexican fishing villages and work with local herbalist
  • Plus teachings on deep self care, raising money for your dreams, aromatherapy for trauma healing, and more.

Special Guest Speakers

Thea Elijah, LAc

Thea will incorporate her brilliant understanding of how to do service so that you recharge, rather than burnout, and much more from her wealth of teaching material.

David Sharken, Principal at Rainmaker Consulting

David will share his understanding from a financial and service perspective of how to build and sustain AWB projects locally or in areas of need.


The training location, Alnoba, is set on 400 acres of fields, forests and ponds with walking paths, fire pits, art installations, and more. The homey cabins and houses are shared, with kitchens and porches.

The menus feature seasonal produce, humanely raised meats, cage-free eggs, and hormone-free dairy. The honey for your tea comes from hives just down the road, and the maple syrup on your pancakes is made from the trees right outside the center. Alnoba emphasizes fresh, local, and healthy foods that are nourishing to the body and the soul.

“In a word, the Leadership Retreat I attended was awesome. I learned so much and was given so many new tools to work with. I witnessed Team and Community building to the likes I have never seen before. I have found my family and I can’t wait to serve more with that family within this community. Thank you so much for the opportunity and new vision.”


– David Filipello, DOM, California 

Course Curriculum: 


  • Medicine of Peace: Global Imperative
  • How to “help” others without fostering dependency and disempowerment—or exhausting yourself! 
  • Simple voice exercises for deep recharge
  • Stories from field programs around the world
  • How to financially build and sustain AWB projects locally or in areas of need 
  • Aromatherapy for Trauma Healing
  • Group qigong practice
  • Be a Cup that Runneth Over: Prevent burn out by giving from beyond yourself
  • Leadership development including transformative leadership – and lessons from ancient traditional medicine
  • Council Practice for self, community clinic work, field work (and applicable to your practice, family, all relationships)
  • Community acupuncture clinic
  • The prophetic light in Chinese Medicine

 Registration Fees

 NOTE: All onsite lodging has been filled. We recommend checking AirBNB or the Hampton Inn in Exeter if you need a place to stay)


(NOTE: limited number of spots for each room type)

  • Double Occupancy, 3 nights, includes all food (Friday dinner through Monday lunch) and facility use fee: $750
  • Single Occupancy, 3 nights, includes all food (Friday dinner through Monday lunch) and facility use fee: $1050


  • AWB Members: $600 (Due no later than Sept 1, 2019)
  • Regular Tuition (non-members): $700  (Due no later than Sept 1, 2019)


This includes all meals from Friday dinner through Monday lunch, facility fees, and tuition.

  • AWB member: $995
  • Regular (non-member): $1050

Saturday or Sunday. 8 CEU/PDAs. Fee includes tuition, breakfast, lunch and facility fee.

  • AWB member: $350
  • Regular (non-member): $375

3% will be added for all payments with credit card.

Checks can be sent to:
Acupuncturists Without Borders
4605 NE Fremont Suite 204B
Portland, OR 97213