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Origins (History)

Windhorse has been developing its innovative approach to recovery from psychiatric distress since 1981. Naropa Institute faculty member and psychiatrist, Dr. Edward Podvoll, and many students including Jeff and Molly Fortuna established the first Windhorse center in Boulder, Colorado. Dr. Edward Podvoll and his students formed the first “team” around a client. As the approach evolved, Dr. Edward Podvoll authored the book Seduction of Madness, now known as Recovering Sanity. Today, the cultivation of mindful attention to body, mind and environment and the development of true compassion are core values of the Windhorse philosophy of healing.


Windhorse Associates (our original name) was incorporated as a private, non-profit non-denominational health care organization in Northampton, Massachusetts in 1993. In 2008 we changed our name to Windhorse Integrative Mental Health (IMH). In 2010 we opened a site in San Luis Obispo, California.

Since the inception of the Windhorse approach, a number of sites have followed the healing philosophy of the book. Windhorse IMH is a member of this alliance, which has grown to seven active sites worldwide. The World Wide Windhorse Council meets monthly to share experience and innovation. 

Learn more about Our Approach and What is Unique or our  Admissions Process

For more information, please call or email: 

Windhorse IMH

Northampton 

Toll free: 1 (877) 844-8181    ext. 124 
Phone: (413) 586-0207 ext. 124
Fax: (413) 585-1521

Windhorse Integrative Mental Health
211 North Street, Suite #1 
Northampton, Massachusetts 01060

Email: marketing@windhorseimh.org

Windhorse IMH

San Luis Obispo

Toll free: 1 (877) 844-8181 ext. 124
Phone: (805) 548-8951 
Fax: (805) 548-8930

Windhorse Integrative Mental Health
1411 Marsh Street, Suite #103
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Email: marketing@windhorseimh.org


"Mental disturbance almost always seems to bring with it crippling self?doubt and low self?esteem. These are all too often reinforced by the stigma encountered in many ways in our society. An attitude of unconditional respect and acceptance, therefore, from those who are closest to the client is the ground from which recovery can begin."

Connie Packard, MSW, Founder