The Eye of the Hurricane

Learning resilience and transformational self-awareness to heal from cancer

The Eye of the Hurricane Program is an in-depth and advanced 10-week program where patients have extensive learning in an educational, experiential and transformative group process being exposed to an array of skills to build resilience.

Listen to Mark Gilbert, MD, FRCP, discuss the Eye of the Hurricane program on the Buckmaster Show (Sept. 30, 2013)

The program includes three-hour long morning or evening sessions, the same time weekly over 10 weeks.

Participants in The Eye of the Hurricane consistently rate the program as exceeding their expectations. It was created and started more than 15 years ago by Mark Gilbert, MD, a board-certified psychiatrist and associate director of Psychosocial Oncology at The University of Arizona Cancer Center, with more than 30 years of clinical expertise in the field of mind-body medicine and group therapy interventions. Dr. Gilbert personally directs the Eye of the Hurricane groups, with a faculty experienced in Mind-Body Medicine group work.

Topics addressed in the Eye of the Hurricane Program:

  • Weaving the Eye – The History of Mind-Body Medicine
  • The Makings of a Storm – The Physiology of Stress
  • Stormy Weather- Feeling the Effects of the Tempest of Life
  • Perspective of the Storm - Re-Thinking Thinking
  • Weaving Body, Soul and Mind into the Eye
  • Entraining with the Eye, Sights and Sounds without Fury – Imagery, Sound, Music and Health
  • Cleaning House in the Pristine Eye – Nutrition and Toxicology
  • Finding Calm in the Storm – Humor, Sleep
  • The Spiritual Eye – Solace in Faith and Purpose
  • Further Support for Remaining in the Eye- Complementary Medicine

Experiential exercises taught and used in the Eye of the Hurricane Program:

  • Expressive Art
  • Breathing Techniques
  • Relaxation Exercises
  • Focusing
  • Mindfulness and Movement Meditation Techniques
  • Biofeedback
  • Journaling
  • Cognitive Restructuring
  • Introduction to Yoga
  • Eating Meditation
  • Genograms

Setting of the Eye:

  • A structured, professionally led, non-judgmental and confidential talking circle of eight to nine members who have the opportunity to share, find purpose and heal in a supportive community.

For more information or to register:

Groups are available for patients, as well as families of cancer patients. All sessions are free of charge. Please the administrator of the program at (520) 626-6586 or fill out an enrollment form and reserve a space.

Please see the calender of events for the start of the next Eye of the Hurricane session.

To print a flyer, download: Eye of the Hurricane flyer.