The Medicine Wheel & Me®

A holistic approach to education – a curriculum you can license for your school.   

A Cherokee elder is teaching his grandson about life:

“A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.

“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil–he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”

He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you–and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf will win?”

The elder simply replied, “The one you feed.”

The Medicine Wheel & Me® teaches children and adolescents to understand and accept both aspects of themselves. However, our focus is to provide them with the tools and experiences to help them feed the GOOD and help them understand that they always have the choice as to which wolf they are going to feed. 

Primary Mission of the Medicine Wheel curriculum:
  • To develop inner resiliency to manage difficult lifetime situations with ease.
  • To maintain/develop a strong and positive self-image as the best form of protection from outside negative influencers.
  • To have/increase compassion for oneself and others to increase level of lifetime happiness.
  • To understand the universal laws of nature to provide a solid base to meaningfully interpret unfolding events in one’s life.
  • To understand the body’s capacity to heal itself to increase self-reliance, self-confidence and the ability to live in a healthy state of mind, body, soul, and spirit.
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The Medicine Wheel is the ancient practice of viewing oneself as having four important aspects of self, i.e. the physical body, the mind, our emotions, and our spirit body. Our goal is to teach the students, at age appropriate levels, the following learning objectives.

For more information about licensing this curriculum and others, contact Dr. Paula Petry at