Author Archives: Rebecca Porteous

About Rebecca Porteous

Cairo-based mother, wife, Yoga teacher, Trager practitioner and workshop organiser with a special interest in working with psychological trauma; serial venter, looking for balance in post-uprising Egypt.

Heba’s Bath, or The Art of Letting Go.

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

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Bessel van der Kolk and notes on the Zar

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

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Under My Nose

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

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Under My Nose

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.

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Gurus, Dictators and other cults

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

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Three Years On

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

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Backstairs

A couple of weeks ago Peter Hessler wrote a long piece in The New Yorker about a Cairo dustman. It caused a bit of a stir in Cairo, and I wrote a letter to The New Yorker with some of … Continue reading

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