WORKSHOP// Eye of the Hurricane: Creating right relationship with ourselves and the outer world.

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January 21 and 22, 2017, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. both days.

The eye of the Hurricane is a workshop about personal change from the inside out. It is about safely exploring your beliefs, perceptions, thoughts and physical relationship with your brain and heart. Through learnings, experiential exercises, physical techniques, and journaling, you will learn to release the residue of the past, the illusion of the future, and to gently reside in the present.

This workshop synthesizes the most ancient teachings on living with the peace of self, and interacting with others in sacred reciprocity. Cutting edge information and practices about neuro and cardio science will inform you about how to actively synchronize your heart, brain, respiratory relationship, and how to implement permanent, satisfying change.

The outcome is the freedom to choose and act within those choices This allows connecting to others in a more honest and intimate way, and the grounding of an honest and active relationship with self. The grand goal of “The eye…” is to create a supportive and healthfully challenging intentional community for the short and long-term future. Participation is based on the old adage “All may, some won’t, none must”.

The grand goal of “The eye…” is to create a supportive and healthfully challenging intentional community for the short and long-term future. Participation is based on the old adage “All may, some won’t, none must”.


DAY 1: Discovering and releasing the false self through neuro and cardio models of “illness”, learning, shadow and facial exploration, accelerated breath work, inner work from an indigenous viewpoint, telling and changing our “story” for the last time, preparing to embrace the true self, and fire ceremony.

Day 2: Surfacing the timeless self by changing the resilience of your heart and brain, creating self-compassion and compassion for others, reading the natural world for signs and advisement, changing our vision to accept unseen possibilities, guided meditation for anchoring true self, and community celebration of the rebirth of true self.

COMMUNITY BUILDING: As the days, weeks, and months pass after the workshop, we will form an intentional community to support and challenge each other, and to be the source of sanity and light in what often appears as chaos/fear.


Dates: January 21 and 22, 2017. 9 am-5 pm both days.

Where: Houndslake Wellness Associates

Cost: $200.00 at time of the workshop. $180.00 if paid by 01/01/2017. A few scholarships are available. PayPal, credit and debit cards are accepted, as  well as checks or cash.

What to bring: A soft mat or towel for floor work, a recent facial picture of yourself, a journal, water bottle, drum or rattle for ceremony (optional), a small object of importance to you, and a willingness to be very curious. Two books to consider reading are: HeartMath, by Childre and Martin, and The Master of Self
by Ruiz.

Thomas Portney has been an experiential psychotherapist for the past 42 years. He has worked in mental health, hospitals, universities, and has been in practice in the CSRA since 1988.

A counseling psychologist by education and training, Tom has gathered 40 years of ongoing supervision in the most effective and economical complementary-medicine techniques available. In the past 20 years he has also studied/apprenticed in advanced energy healing and indigenous/Shamanic healing.

Tom is blessed to be married to Martha Portney, his wife of 37 years, and his clinical partner at A Sound Mind. She is a gifted practitioner and advanced provider of Somatic Experiencing, a body-centered trauma therapy.

Basic to all Tom’s work is an innate belief in the goodness of humans and nature, a collaborative healing form that includes pieces of coaching, and an inclusion of music, humor and ceremony in all areas of his life and practice. He has led workshops on relationship, sexuality, healing from trauma, and men’s issues for 25 years.

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