Continuing Education

Cedar Stone School of Massage offers ongoing courses throughout the calendar year for massage therapists and healing arts practitioners to meet continuing education requirements, develop professional skills, and explore new modalities. These classes are provided to meet re-certification requirements and broaden the skill set of therapists and bodyworkers.

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March 13-14, 2020 & June 5-6, 2020

Instructor: Trisha Leweke Brown

16 CEUs NCBTMB Approved

Course Time: 9am-6pm

Tuition: $350

Foundation in Native American Stone Massage:

stones_stackThis foundation course introduces you to Native American stone massage methods.  Stone Medicine Level~1 offers the most current research available in safety, sanitation, and alternating temperatures.   The application of stone massage is an effective therapeutic modality which treats the whole body. Most everyone can benefit from a stone massage. The chemical changes manifested in the body are numerous.

Using various temperatures with specific pressure and vibrations will relieve stress, stimulate circulation, remove inflammation, alleviate pain, improve the immune system, aid detoxification, aid lymphatic drainage, reduce swelling and enhance over-all health. The ability to enhance overall health makes receiving stone massage one of the most profound treatments available today.

Joining this ever-changing scientific evidence is the un-changing traditions of our ancestors. This class will allow you to participate in re-enactments of ancient ceremonies while hearing legends and stories from the first “Stone Walkers”. Enjoy a renewed confidence and widening perspective on hot and cold stone massage techniques by attending this course based on traditional stone massage.

Ceremony is introduced as a method of connection to Mother Earth in the traditions of the ancestors who first developed this style of wellness. Ceremony is free…it is NEVER for sale. The course fees pay for your education and the presentation costs for the event.  This two day 16 CE course is the pre-requisite for more advanced hot and cold stone massage classes.  No experience required.

Stone sets are available for purchase during class. Stones, tables, and stone heaters will be provided. Please bring oils and linens. We recommend Jojoba oil for stone massage.


Questions and Registrations

For more information, visit Stone Medicine’s website: or E-mail Sandra Hoak | | 540-801-0078.

Registration: Register Online Here or complete this form, Continuing Education Registration Form and return to Cedar Stone School of Massage via email or postal mail.

Cedar Stone School of Massage
1834 S. Main Street
Harrisonburg, VA  22801


Rain Bath Aromatherapy

November 16, 2019

Instructor: Trisha Leweke Brown

8 CEUs NCBTMB Approved

Course Time: 9am-6pm

Tuition: $175

sacred-drum BLUERRain Bath is an ancient form of aroma therapy combined with stones, intended to re-balance the physical through affecting the nervous system with plant oils, aromas, and healing stones of various temperatures. This treatment is a very gentle and non-invasive method of alleviating stress and anxiety, helping to restore balance to the body’s chemistry.

A variety of physical ailments can be affected by the essential oils. A Rain Bath treatment protects nurtures and enhances the immune system. This is a neurological treatment that assists the body with detoxification, eloquently blending modern science with ancient tradition.

In this workshop, you learn the Native American rituals and the history of the herbal medicines (energies). Each herb used for creating the essential oil is fully discussed in spiritual terms as well as scientific, allowing you to fully understand how to work with these essential oils in combination with the Stone Tribe.

You will have an opportunity to perform the entire process on one another and will be prepared to proficiently offer this treatment modality by the conclusion of the class. In the professional clinical or spa setting, this is a one hour treatment. Specific stones are used for various aspects of the therapy and a variety of temperature ranges are explored.

Rain Bath Kit

A kit of oils and stones are available for purchase.  The kit will offer approximately 12 treatment sessions.  The kits may be preordered for class.  This kit is $110.

Other Supplies:  Please bring linens and jojoba oil.  Tables and stone heaters will be provided.

Questions and Registrations

For more information, visit Stone Medicine’s website: or E-mail Sandra Hoak | | 540-801-0078.

Registration: Register Online Here or complete this form, Continuing Education Form and return to Cedar Stone School of Massage via email or postal mail.

Cedar Stone School of Massage
1834 S. Main Street
Harrisonburg, VA  22801




January 11, 2020 & February 22, 2020

Instructor: Trisha Leweke Brown

8 CEUs NCBTMB Approved

Course Time: 9am-6pm

Tuition: $175

Healing Hands‘Healing Hands’ is a term used to describe a variety of wellness methods taught to ‘energy’ healers, lay persons and professional massage therapists throughout the modern world. CE certificates are earned by licensed practitioners while certificates of completion are given to lay persons.

This class reaches into ancient history for its foundation. Healers, Shamans, and Medicine people have been offering this form of hands on, energetic healing for generations. A modern and closely related, contemporary form of this work is from Japan, known as Reiki.

‘Healing Hands’ uses a different symbol system than Reiki yet draws on the same innate wisdom of the universe to bring about balance for the client. The symbols used in ‘Healing Hands’ have been drawn as Petroglyphs and Pictographs in Native American rock art throughout the Americas. In this class you learn how to use those symbols and what they stand for in regards to health and wellness.

Through demonstrations, lectures, Q & A, and hands-on practice sessions, as well as the written manual you will learn how to employ this natural and non-invasive healing art. An amazingly simple technique to learn, the ability to use Healing Hands is not taught in the usual sense, but is transferred.  You will participate in ritual and ceremony during a free initiation process that, according to Native traditions, allows your hands to dance in harmony with Creator’s energy.    Once the initiation is completed, you will practice Healing Hands with your classmates.

Massage tables will be provided.  Please bring a blanket or linens to lie on for treatment sessions.

Questions and Registrations

For more information, visit Stone Medicine’s website: or E-mail Sandra Hoak | | 540-801-0078.

Registration: Register Online Here or complete this form, Continuing Education Form and return to Cedar Stone School of Massage via email or postal mail.

Cedar Stone School of Massage
1834 S. Main Street
Harrisonburg, VA  22801




The Medicine Path Program

A Shamanic Journey into Native American Healing Arts

We invite you to join us in this unique educational opportunity-The Medicine Path Program. This new program, taught by Sandra Hoak, is designed to encourage your development and practice as a healing arts practitioner with a focus on Native American traditional methods.

  • Have you always wanted to deepen your work–to explore the energetic nuance and subtleties you experience in sessions or to dive deeper into your felt sense of healing work?
  • Have you wished for an opportunity to talk with your course instructors weeks after the course, realizing as you tried to apply the techniques that you were missing pieces of the technique application sequence?
  • Have you wondered about various aspects of your healing journey, longing for peers or someone to share the process on all levels?

This program has been developed to answer these and other questions by allowing a dialogue with your instructors and class mates between each gathering.  Further, the program provides an environment for your personal and professional growth.

The Medicine Path Program is offered over a 15 month period with 20 days of on-site training, staged as 5 gatherings, for 4 days each. Personal growth assignments will be completed during the ‘Spaces-in-Between’, with each participant working with other students and instructors.  We welcome professional therapists, (80 CE’s), healing arts professionals, and laypersons, who seek the wisdom of holistic wellness, with a focus on Native American traditional methods

This extended program allows the participant to see the gifts of their spirit, heart, mind, and body in a new light. Hearing the heart song of Native traditions and watching the sacredness of spiritual growth while seated at the altar of our ancestors will awaken your healing abilities. As a body-worker, you will have the opportunity to learn from the original Legend Keepers and true healers, the stones (bones) of Mother Earth. Combining a professional learning environment with the spiritual foundations of these indigenous people will increase the participant’s knowledge and confidence.
You will also learn how to make and care for the ‘Sacred Items’ necessary for offering ceremony. Various art projects and journal entries will serve as reference guides for your continuing growth after the course is complete.  There are many stone body treatments, an aromatherapy treatment, energetic therapy and Native traditions offered in this program.
We hope that you can participate in this most generous opportunity afforded to us by our Sioux Elders.

Medicine Path Program Schedule

The Medicine Path Program is designed by the altar directions.  We begin with the East direction symbolized by the guardian eagle and the Spring Season.  You will notice that the schedule continues in the medicine wheel, moving from East to North and then to the Center.  The Medicine Path Program will meet 5 times over 15 months.
The course dates and class topics are listed below:
Class Hours:  9am – 6pm for each of the 4 days.
East — September 19-22, 2019
East Direction-Altar In-depth Training -Healing Hands  Rain Bath – Crafting-Feather Fans – Legends
“As dawn sheds yellow rays across the horizon, we awaken to the fresh new breath of this day.  Eagle calls our spirit to join him in the air for our morning greeting.  If I choose change, how will it fit?  If I choose to be born into new wisdom, how will it feel?  If I stay asleep , what will I  miss?”

South — November 14-17, 2019
South Direction-Altar In-depth  Training -Drum Making -Shamanic Journeying – Wolf Sacred Stroke -Legends
“The Red Road calls those who are ready to listen.  Wolf sings the heart song of family and connection–do you heart it?  With courage, we stand in full daylight, unafraid for Creator to fully see our weakness.  The power of the light fills our spirit with joy and abundance while reminding us it is fragile and one shadow can destroy it.  When sun stands firm at mid-day, do I choose growth or fear?”

West — March 6-9, 2020
West Direction–Altar In-depth Training- Spirit Art Journey – White Bear Sacred Stroke -
  Vision/Dream work – Animal Journey
“Bear calls us to harvest and prepare for the coming cold season.  Rooted connection with Mother Earth is our only goal.  As the darkness wraps us in dreams and vision we can know rest and rejuvenation.  Are we prepared to believe and know our inner wisdom?”

North — June 18-21, 2020
North-Altar In-Depth Training – Buffalo Sacred Stroke
Bury the Soul Stroke – Self-Care -Self-Journey
“The snow blanket of North helps us see White Buffalo Calf Woman and the ceremonies she left our elders which guide us on our healing journey.  The gatherings and celebrations around safe tribal fires show us how to “be” with Creator.   The death of winter gives a promise of fresh waters and wellness, as it kills our fear during the birth of wisdom.”

Center — September 17-20, 2020
Center – Altar In-Depth Training-The power of Ritual- Connection to the Above, Earth and Center
“The Sacred Circle lives, breaths and moves around the balanced trinity of the Center.  From Sky Nation harmony shines down on the Below of Mother Earth, where the Individual is wrapped in Creator’s balance.  The three strand braid of Creator, Self and Tribe cannot be broken as it whispers its strength through powerful legends of our ancestors.”

To apply to this program please complete the Medicine Path Program Application Form. The document link is listed below.  In an effort to ensure an excellent teacher to student ratio, our class size is limited.  Submit your application today to reserve your place in this program.
Application Form:  Medicine Path Application Form
Application Deadline:  September 1st, 2019
Medicine Path Program Prerequisite:    Stone Medicine I
Stone Medicine I is the foundation course for all Stone Medicine courses and programs. This 2 day course offers an introduction to a ceremonial based delivery of healing arts. Specifically, the course includes an introduction to a Sioux altar, hot and cold stone massage, temperature, safety & hygiene principles and contraindications.  See course schedule above for course dates


Location:   Harrisonburg,  VA                            Instructor:   Sandra Hoak


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Cedar Stone School of Massage
1834 S. Main Street
Harrisonburg, VA  22801


Medicine Path Program Tuition

Tuition costs are listed below. There are many supplies required for this program, some of which you may already own. We will work on an individual basis to calculate a supply cost that meets your specific needs.


Tuition may be paid in full, quarterly or monthly payments. We provide a student-friendly interest-free payment program. Suggested monthly payments are listed below.  Full tuition payments will receive a 10% discount.

Total Program Cost:   $3,600 or $240 per month/15 months

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