Author Archives: Rebecca Porteous
Heba and her nine brothers and sisters were brought up in one room, under the stairs of the old Shubra building in Cairo where her father was the caretaker all his working life. When she was tiny, she used to … Continue reading
A few days before Bessel van der Kolk arrived in Cairo to teach on Trauma in January, I was at the biennial conference of the Egyptian Association of Group Therapies in 6th October, and went to a presentation by a … Continue reading
Last spring I did a week-long training in trauma-sensitive yoga with Bessel van der Kolk and Dave Emerson at The Trauma Center in Brookline Mass. Since then I’ve been exploring opportunities to work with groups of people that might benefit … Continue reading
Last Spring I went to the US to do a week-long training in ‘Trauma-Sensitive Yoga’ with Dr Bessel van der Kolk and Dave Emerson of The Trauma Center in Brookline, Mass.
In Egypt, there’s little we don’t know about giving up authority to a revered, all powerful father figure, and the abuse this invariably leads to; in homes, in mosques and churches, on the streets, in police stations and polling stations. … Continue reading
Mohammed Mahmoud Street links the downtown Cairo district of Abdine with Tahrir Square. During the Egyptian uprising 2011–2012, many of us who are parents of younger children and who got actively involved were navigating new territory; under what circumstances would … Continue reading