Writing

Clear, concise, thorough, accurate, honest, and human – Portland’s writing reflects her personal style. “Good writing is the product of good thinking,” a teacher said to her once – words she endeavors to live by whether writing for print, television, film, podcasts, or blogs.

Portland has written for programs on Animal Planet, Lifetime Real Women, Veria Living TV, Vermont Public Television, Destination America, Wisdom Television, Oxygen, WCVB-TV in Boston, and more.

The Newburgh Conspiracy, a film she wrote about George Washington and a little known period in American history, plays at the National Museum of the United States Army in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. She was also one of the co-writers of Stranglers, the acclaimed podcast about the Boston Strangler murders, and she’s edited and read the local news for WGBH Radio, 89.7, in Boston.

Her human interest stories can be read in publications like Vermont Life and Vermont’s Business People, and she’s written information-driven pieces for the Boston Business Journal as well as the Champlain Business Journal.

Fascination with lesser-known healing practices, general health and wellness, and the transcendent power of the human spirit has led her to write for publications like the former Body & Soul and Alternative Medicine magazines. Currently, she’s a regular online contributor to the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, where she writes about natural health, the healing arts, and spirituality.

Portland brings to each story a genuine curiosity, an open mind, and a sharp investigative instinct. But what takes her coverage of wellness and mind-body healing to the next level is her willingness to be vulnerable, to immerse and expose herself in pursuit of the essence of a story. Whether she’s profiling a renowned spiritual teacher or practitioner, unpacking the complexities of an alternative health approach, or sharing her own experiences—or, frequently, all three at once—Portland has the rare ability to translate nuanced and intangible concepts in thoughtful, down-to-earth ways that intrigue skeptics, newbies, and insiders alike.

Tresca Weinstein

Features Editor , Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health

Portland’s Blogs:

A Meditation Practice I Might Actually Enjoy

After my freshman year of college, I went on a 10-day meditation retreat with my boyfriend at the time. A budding meditator himself, he hoped the experience would offer me the inner tranquility it was beginning to offer him. It didn’t. During those 10 days, I squirmed...

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Yoga and Shamanism for Healing and Empowerment

In 2002, Ray Crist, my latest Kripalu Perspectives guest, was diagnosed with kidney cancer. “I was given quite a grim image of what awaited me,” he said, “namely several surgeries and perhaps not a positive outcome.” At that moment, Ray suddenly remembered a line from...

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Do You Adore Your Body? Maybe It’s About Time You Started

When I was 12 years old, I would pour through the high-fashion pages of Vogue magazine. I honestly wish I hadn’t been allowed to. I’d developed early. By 12 years old, I could already fit into women’s clothing. With just a bit of makeup, I could easily pass for a...

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Healing Into Wholeness

Healing. I personally like the sound of the word, but what does it really mean? Many believe healing is synonymous with curing and it certainly can be, but it’s possible to be cured and not to have healed. Returning to wholeness is one definition of healing, and I...

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Geographical Healing

I moved myself across the country a few years ago – left everything familiar to begin life anew.  After 18 years together, my ex-husband and I divorced.  It sounds so cliché, but we seemed to be growing in different directions.  Even though we were two peas in a pod...

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The Ears Have It

If you have any interest in natural medicine, you’re certainly familiar with acupuncture and have maybe even tried it.  In fact, even if your medicine cabinet is chock full of prescription drugs, you’ve at least heard of acupuncture.  It’s become that mainstream. But...

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Tuned Up and Calmed Down

When it comes to natural ways to relieve stress and reduce anxiety, I’m always up for something new. While visiting Canyon Ranch (www.canyonranch.com) in Lenox, Massachusetts, I got the chance to try out a healing system that needle phobics can embrace. It’s called...

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Healing Rhythms

I’ve worked in television for over 15 years now.  While it can be fun and creative, it can also be grueling, full of 60- and 70- and 80-hour weeks at the height of production.  And for someone like me who has a tendency to burn the candle at both ends, work can really...

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Healing in a Bowl

I’m not much of a shopper.  I bore quickly browsing through stores.  But there was a store I loved when I lived in New York City many years ago: Steuben.  Their impressive collection of crystal captivated me.  There was something magical about the delicate objects...

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Kripalu Perspectives Podcast

Portland is the host and producer of the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health podcast, Kripalu Perspectives.