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Hello, it’s Pat Quinn here.



I feel very excited about our workshop program for 2014.


  • Once again Judy Dawson and Albert Scherrer are providing the powerful Family Constellation process with a new theme for each of these workshops. They also continue to facilitate the ever popular workshops using Holotropic Breathwork. Their workshop in January runs over 3 days and will include Sandplay along with the Breathwork.


  • Sharyn Murfett who has a passion for Soul Collage is offering this fascinating technique this year.


  • Jenny Stone and Melissa L’Estrange are presenting a new workshop Midlife Turning Point. This is a topic of much interest to many of us.


  • Ana Barner, our visiting presenter from Byron Bay is returning again, this time to focus on Creating Conscious Relationships. Her workshops are always greatly appreciated.


  • I am presenting again a one day workshop Why Weight? This explores the various factors underlying weight issues that plague many of us.


  • In response to over 40 emails indicating interest, I am providing a workshop for those wanting to write their own life story.


  • It is very exciting that Barbara Briggs-Livet will join me in leading the workshop Honouring the Land. Barbara is an indigenous woman and brings a deep spiritual connection with the land. I am looking forward to sharing this experience with Barbara.


  • And last, but not lease, the ever popular extended course Expanding Your Personal Potential will begin in June. See the many testimonials from satisfied participants.

    Testimonials

    Doing the Expanding Your Personal Potential course with Pat and her wonderful team at The Port has enabled me to journey inside myself, and learn why I am who I am. It is a journey in which I feel I have been held with love and care, totally supported all the way. Pat has created this incredible haven – The Portiuncula – a safe place to explore the inner terrain, to let go of what holds us back, so we may grow into being who we were born to be, and reach our full potential. Inner journeying makes the outer journey so fuller! I will always be so grateful to Pat, for who she is and what she does. Toowoomba is truly blessed. Think about it no more. Take the leap. Expand your Personal Potential.
    Jo Anderson

    The” Port” for me has been a safe haven where I have been able to journey into my unconscious , identify and heal my traumas and by gaining insight realize slowly who I really am. The wholistic approach to the many modalities offered and the professionalism of the Director and her staff is quite unique – not offered anywhere else in Australia. I am so lucky to have found this healing path.
    Dr Melanie Nicolson

    My time at the Port has been an exciting journey of self discovery. This has been made possible by the incredible support given to me by staff and fellow students. I now experience a greater authenticity and depth in my life which has enabled me to have a greater understanding of myself and others. My participation in the courses has been a really enriching life experience.
    Pauline Mathews

    Having participated in the course “Expanding your personal potential” I found the Port to be a safe place where I experience growth and healing in all aspects of my being. As a teacher of Counselling and Community Services at TAFE, I realise that personal and professional development is paramount. My journey at the Port confirms how important this is. The staff are to be commended for their caring professionalism and integrity. I recommend the Portiuncula to my students, my family, friends and colleagues for a dignified journey into wholeness.
    Mary Laffan

    I found my time engaging in the course very rewarding. I have witnessed transformations in myself and in others, seen things I did not believe possible. I have laughed, cried, been happy and sad all in the one day. I believe I am a much better person now than I was previously.
    John Mulckey

    I have gained deep insight into unconscious energies that have hindered my full enjoyment and participation in life. This knowledge means I can do something about it. The group dynamic greatly enhanced the process, providing trust, support and a safe, non-judgemental environment for inner exploration and a lot of fun as well.

    Robyn Stewart, Artist

    ‘Expanding your Personal Potential’ enabled me to open myself, face my brokenness and wholeness allowing truth to emerge with a growing acceptance and understanding. The love and friendship and support, along with the modalities and different techniques used, bring it all together, to put the wind back in my sail. I am so grateful to Pat and the team for this safe port of call. Thanks.
    Lyn Lee

    ‘Expanding your Personal Potential’ enabled me to open myself, face my brokenness and wholeness allowing truth to emerge with a growing acceptance and understanding. The love and friendship and support, along with the modalities and different techniques used, bring it all together, to put the wind back in my sail. I am so grateful to Pat and the team for this safe port of call. Thanks.
    Lyn Lee

    I found my time engaging in the course very rewarding. I have witnessed transformations in myself and in others, seen things I did not believe possible. I have laughed, cried, been happy and sad all in the one day. I believe I am a much better person now than I was previously.
    John Mulckey

    Doing the six month course “Expanding your Personal Potential” has been the most revealing journey of self discovery I have ever had. I started the course feeling anxious and sceptical about the outcome.

    I laughed, I cried and to my utmost surprise, I survived! The Port through the wonderful work of Pat Quinn and her highly skilled staff, has awakened the joy of life in me. This was something I had given up hoping for many years ago.

    Words will never be able to express the fullness of my gratitude for the wonderful life changing experience in doing this course. Thank you.

    William Stanfield, Brisbane

    I have just completed the six month course,” Expanding your Personal Potential” at the Port. It has been a life changing experience for me. I was totally unaware that I could actually learn from the heart and not just from the brain. I find this so refreshing and liberating.

    I feel that I have changed within myself in ways that I was both unaware of and frightened of. The transition has been from being a person caught and trapped in my own story and needing to share it with others, to a person who yearns to experience somebody else’s story. I have started to learn to be actually present and listen to others. I am looking forward to continuing next year with my participation at the Port.

    Christine Powell, Veterinarian, Wandoan, Qld

    My time at the Port has been an exciting journey of self discovery. This has been made possible by the incredible support given to me by staff and fellow students. I now experience a greater authenticity and depth in my life which has enabled me to have a greater understanding of myself and others. My participation in the courses has been a really enriching life experience.
    Pauline Mathews

    Having participated in the course “Expanding your personal potential” I found the Port to be a safe place where I experience growth and healing in all aspects of my being. As a teacher of Counselling and Community Services at TAFE, I realise that personal and professional development is paramount. My journey at the Port confirms how important this is. The staff are to be commended for their caring professionalism and integrity. I recommend the Portiuncula to my students, my family, friends and colleagues for a dignified journey into wholeness.
    Mary Laffan

    The six month course,” Expanding your Personal Potential” was an interesting program and unexpected in so many ways. I enjoyed participating in a group of interesting professional people. The wider group of trainee counsellors added even greater diversity and I enjoyed the interaction with them. The course gave me many new ways to understand myself, my interaction with those around me and ways to care for myself as well. This helps me in my day to day work and personal relationships too.

    The respect for the spiritual part of individuals and the ability to be a person of faith within a diversified group was great. Infinite respect is an important part of my training and it was also something I felt strongly amongst all the people at The Port. Thanks to all the staff for their care and support.

    Pastoral Care Worker, Toowoomba

    Where do you go, who do you talk to, what do you do when your life is full of aggression and indifference towards everyone?

    My life, though half over, has just begun. Thanks to my journey at the Port, I have softened my heart, opened my eyes and turned listlessness into a joy for living. Breathwork, dream therapy, voice dialogue, sandplay, I had never heard of these magical healing modalities until the Port and its amazing staff showed me. I recommend that all men forget their fears, and awaken into a new way of living and being on planet Earth.

    Ian Willey, 56 years

    Doing the Expanding Your Personal Potential course with Pat and her wonderful team at The Port has enabled me to journey inside myself, and learn why I am who I am. It is a journey in which I feel I have been held with love and care, totally supported all the way. Pat has created this incredible haven – The Portiuncula – a safe place to explore the inner terrain, to let go of what holds us back, so we may grow into being who we were born to be, and reach our full potential. Inner journeying makes the outer journey so fuller! I will always be so grateful to Pat, for who she is and what she does. Toowoomba is truly blessed. Think about it no more. Take the leap. Expand your Personal Potential.
    Jo Anderson

    I have lived a life accompanied with Asperger’s Syndrome, a lack of self worth and self esteem with very little awareness of the problems that pursued me through my life. It has been the journey with Portiuncula and the Course “Expanding your personal potential” that bought me to a point of awareness that has given my life worth and new meaning with peace I have never known before. My gratitude always to The Portiuncula Centre, Pat and her staff.
    Alf Mason

    I had been experiencing in my life desperation to live with greater freedom. A voice within me was crying out “There must be another way”. When I heard of the Port, I was looking for help in dealing with these struggles. I decided to enrol in the six month course ‘Expanding your Personal Potential’.

    I thought I had come without high expectations and it was only when I had experienced the people and the processes that I realised these unconscious expectations had actually been met.

    The personal and professional skills of the staff, the authentic modalities, the companionship of my fellow journeyers, and the safety fostered by these, has opened the way to a better life.

    Darryl Harper, Armidale NSW

    Where do you go, who do you talk to, what do you do when your life is full of aggression and indifference towards everyone?

    My life, though half over, has just begun. Thanks to my journey at the Port, I have softened my heart, opened my eyes and turned listlessness into a joy for living. Breathwork, dream therapy, voice dialogue, sandplay, I had never heard of these magical healing modalities until the Port and its amazing staff showed me. I recommend that all men forget their fears, and awaken into a new way of living and being on planet Earth.

    Ian Willey, 56 years

    I found the theory and the practical exercises presented by staff at the Portiuncula to be most helpful and that the other participants in the Course were an important and real support to me. At the end of the entire Program I was surprised to discover that all the exercises taken together had combined to produce an enduring sense of liberation and joy in life that were beyond my expectations. I would recommend the Portiuncula Centre to anyone who longs for more clarity and understanding in life.
    A graduate of the course

    I have lived a life accompanied with Asperger’s Syndrome, a lack of self worth and self esteem with very little awareness of the problems that pursued me through my life. It has been the journey with Portiuncula and the Course “Expanding your personal potential” that bought me to a point of awareness that has given my life worth and new meaning with peace I have never known before. My gratitude always to The Portiuncula Centre, Pat and her staff.
    Alf Mason

    I found the theory and the practical exercises presented by staff at the Portiuncula to be most helpful and that the other participants in the Course were an important and real support to me. At the end of the entire Program I was surprised to discover that all the exercises taken together had combined to produce an enduring sense of liberation and joy in life that were beyond my expectations. I would recommend the Portiuncula Centre to anyone who longs for more clarity and understanding in life.
    A graduate of the course

    I am grateful that I decided to do this course. It has provided the beginning, the glimpse of the type of nourishment I need. I felt the course was “especially designed for me” in that the content has been so pertinent for me. Some of the highlights were the breathwork experience – so amazing! And the information and “tools” of some of the transpersonal and emotional release processes – such as gestalt, voice dialogue, journaling , symbols, sandplay and dreams to name a few. We were blessed with a small group so it was low key and relaxed – for which I am grateful.

    Pat and Melissa have been wonderful facilitators, with many opportunities to demonstrate their understanding and skilfulness. I am looking forward to continuing my journey at the Port.

    Kathy Crane, Nurse

    Personally I have gained insight into long held emotions of grief and loss that have kept me stuck in patterns of relating that haven’t been helpful to my sense of self. I learned to acknowledge and release these; to embrace parts of me that I would previously have denied; and moved towards self acceptance.

    Professionally this course has supported me by addressing work related issues through personal growth. It has provided great supervision in a loving supported environment.

    The group support as you bond with other people from many walks of life has been amazing.

    One of the most meaningful aspects of the course has been not only my own growth, but also to witness what happens for others in the group as they transform their lives.

    This course can be life changing if you allow it to be.

    Registered Nurse, Sunshine Coast

    The” Port” for me has been a safe haven where I have been able to journey into my unconscious , identify and heal my traumas and by gaining insight realize slowly who I really am. The wholistic approach to the many modalities offered and the professionalism of the Director and her staff is quite unique – not offered anywhere else in Australia. I am so lucky to have found this healing path.

    Dr Melanie Nicolson

    This course with Pat and Melissa has given me the space and acceptance to find and express what I truly feel and think rather than saying what I imagine is expected or acceptable. In this group there was always a definite acceptance and support in being myself.

    Some of the processes have been deeply moving and others have been a taste of what is possible and given me a sense of how I can continue my personal growth.

    Ivan Scott, Yachtsman

    Before this course I was afraid of my emotions. I didn’t know how to handle my anger and sadness. Now I’m friends with my emotions and I am generally a lot happier in life. I love myself more and that gives me much more self-confidence.
    Jo Chivers

    When I came to do the course “Expanding your personal potential” I was exhausted, depressed and very anxious. The course allowed me the time and space to explore different parts of myself in very considered and caring ways. Working as part of a group was wonderful as we shared our life experiences and supported each other.

    Pat and Melissa were a real tonic and great role models as they presented the course in very meaningful ways using a number of carefully thought out modalities. I’ve completed the course feeling very peaceful and much more in control of my life and looking forward to the next phase of my journey.

    Marcia Finch, Social worker

    I had been experiencing in my life desperation to live with greater freedom. A voice within me was crying out “There must be another way”. When I heard of the Port, I was looking for help in dealing with these struggles. I decided to enrol in the six month course ‘Expanding your Personal Potential’.

    I thought I had come without high expectations and it was only when I had experienced the people and the processes that I realised these unconscious expectations had actually been met.

    The personal and professional skills of the staff, the authentic modalities, the companionship of my fellow journeyers, and the safety fostered by these, has opened the way to a better life.

    Darryl Harper, Armidale NSW

    Before this course I was afraid of my emotions. I didn’t know how to handle my anger and sadness. Now I’m friends with my emotions and I am generally a lot happier in life. I love myself more and that gives me much more self-confidence.
    Jo Chivers