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Healing Home for Affordable Mental Health Recovery Co-Founders to Speak at Rethinking Psychiatry, Wed., 4/3, 7-9pm - 03/25/19

“We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”
- Albert Einstein



Portland, Oregon - March 24, 2019


The Mt. Tahoma Sanctuary describes itself as “an interdependent healing home for affordable mental health recovery.” This innovative, person-centered and replicable model is in Tacoma, WA, and is an alternative to standard mental health housing and treatment. Rethinking Psychiatry invites the community to a presentation by its co-founders, Christine and Po Karczweski.


The speakers, Christine and Po, are both psychiatric nurse practitioners, and have had long careers working in medical and psychiatric settings. They believe that a different paradigm from the traditional medical model is needed. This lead them to create the Mt. Tahoma Sancturary, where people are provided the spaciousness to redirect their lives, while experiencing meaning, purpose and support. “We believe that all of us need compassion and support, affordability and stability, meaningful and creative activities, healthy nutrition and attention to spirituality, hope and an uplifting place to call home.”


This Rethinking Psychiatry event will take place on Wednesday, April 3, from 7-9 p.m., at 232 SE 80th Avenue in Portland. Rethinking Psychiatry is not affiliated with the Montavilla United Methodist Church, but appreciates their community focus and sharing of space. The venue is ADA accessible. The event is free (donations are always welcome). Refreshments will be provided, including plenty of vegan and gluten-free options!

Attached Media Files: Press Release , PDF Flyer for event
Rethinking Psychiatry Community Building and Game Night! - 03/03/19

The single greatest barrier to…healing and transformation is not really…traumatizing events themselves but…isolation. This isolation…is not so much a failure of the individual to find community as it is a failure of the human community to offer connection to the individual.”
Miriam Greenspan’s Healing through the Dark Emotions, p.212


Mental health challenges can be understood more as the breakdown between people than within a person, and social connection is both a prevention and an antidote for these struggles, according to cutting edge practitioners, authors and researchers. Jaakko Seikkula, who developed Open Dialogue for psychosis; Johann Hari, who wrote Lost Connections about depression; and Dr. Emma Seppälä, a Stanford University researcher, who wrote, “Connectedness & Health: The Science of Social Connection,” are among many who make this point.


Rethinking Psychiatry is taking this seriously. Therefore, we are inviting the community to an evening of educational and cooperative play! We hope to foster a sense of community, learn interesting and empowering facts, and have fun! We will open and close the evening with easy, get-to-know one another ice breakers. Other games will include Madness Trivia, highlighting our community’s strengths and resilience, and Wellness Bingo, another interactive community-building activity.


  • This Rethinking Psychiatry event will be held at the Montavilla United Methodist Church at 232 SE 80th Street in Portland, from 7-9 p.m., on Wednesday, March 6.
  • We provide delicious refreshments, including nutritious and sweet choices, and plenty of vegan and gluten-free options.
  • The event is free, but donations are always welcome.
  • The venue is ADA accessible and open to all.