Bear McKay – Founder & Director, Teacher
My approach to practicing and teaching energy healing utilizes a wide range of resources and is simple, powerful, and effective. Early clients asked to learn more, which inspired me to start teaching in 2000. Eventually I developed the multi-level curriculum known as The McKay Method® School of Energy Healing.
I work with physical illness, psychological and emotional patterns, and spiritual issues. I mostly work with people but I have applied these basic principles of healing and sensing into energy to land, animals, plants and spirits with great success (some of my students specialize in these areas). My talent as a teacher is making hands-on-healing accessible, step by step. I believe anyone can develop his or her healing skills and intuitive sensing to apply these techniques successfully.
My lineage of teachers includes Inuit Healer Della Keats, Shelby Hammit, Emilie Conrad, Michael Mamas, Byron Katie, Barbara Brennan, Michael Newton, Rosalyn Bruyere, Sai Baba, Ammachi. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, and Sri Aurobindo and the Mother.
I am inspired and influenced by the Zen Buddhist tradition of Shunru Suzuki Roshi. I studied under Roshi Joan Halifax of the Upaya Zen Center of Santa Fe, New Mexico and was a Buddhist Chaplain at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital. Although I was lay-ordained in 2015 by Sojun Mel Weitzman (of the Berkeley Zen Center in California), I consider myself omni-religious, having been influenced by many religious teachings and gurus.
I have lived in Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco as a filmmaker; I moved to Bozeman, Montana to raise my two daughters. I am now a citizen of the world! (in other words, a frequent flyer…)
Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # 14874, for 42 Contact Hours
The McKay Method® School of Energy Healing is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider. #450135-06
Vicki Wiepking – Media Projects, Associate Teacher
Vicki Wiepking is a graduate of The McKay Method® School of Energy Healing. She manages the social media marketing for the school and also teaches The McKay Method® Foundation class series for new students. Through her private healing practice Vicki integrates energy healing, flower essences and essential oils in an accessible, practical way for her clients. Before beginning her energy healing studies, Vicki earned a B.A. from the University of Minnesota, and was the director of a Classical Studies program at a private school.
Vicki has a deep belief in the healing power of nature which inspired her to study herbs, crystals, and essential oils, eventually leading her to energy healing. Through her expertise and experience as a teacher and counselor, she hopes to help people understand their emotional and physical patterns, and develop balance between body, mind and spirit.
When she is not doing energy work, you can find her rafting and skiing with her husband, practicing yoga or snuggling with their cat, Merlin. To find out more about Vicki and her practice please visit www.vickiwiepking.com.
Tamara Leach – Associate Teacher
Tamara is a graduate of The McKay Method® and Massage Therapist with a private practice. Her work with the School includes co-teaching the Foundation Series classes and teaching Anatomy and Physiology in the Advanced Classes. She has studied numerous modalities in the massage therapy field, which deepened her understanding and awareness of how to work with multi-dimensional aspects of the human experience. She also works at Health Works Massage School in Bozeman, Montana, and was formerly a Lead Teacher there.
Robert Litman – Guest Teacher
Robert is a guest teacher of Anatomy and Physiology and Continuum Movement in the Advanced classes at The McKay Method®. Robert is a movement and breath professional and creator of The Breathable Body. He has developed the Wellness Practitioners Program and Body in Question classes with Continuum founder Emilie Conrad. Through these classes he approaches learning anatomy and biology experientially using breath, sound and movement to uncover the deeper realms of somatic intelligence.
Robert is also a Certified Practitioner and Trainer for the Buteyko Institute Method of Breathing Retraining and has an Advanced Certification in the Duggan-French Approach to Somatic Pattern Recognition. He was Head of the Department of Anatomy and Physiology and Movement Education at the Desert Institute for the Healing Arts Massage School. Robert has been teaching since 1988 and is based in Tuscon, AZ, where he continues to offer workshops and private consultations. To find out more about Robert’s work please visit www.thebreathablebody.com.
Andrew Kirk – Videographer