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Winter Intensive 2018 – Registration Now Open!

The Process Work Institute would like to invite you to the 33rd Annual Intensive Course in Process Work, which will be held at the Process Work Institute in Portland, Oregon, Winter 2018. 

Come learn with us to listen to signals we see in everyday reality and in the world of darkness of the night, that means, from our dreams and pre-dream experiences.

The course offers a unique opportunity to learn Process Work in an intensive format and within an international group setting. The course includes Process Work’s many applications and its most recent developments, and it is designed as an adult learning event. Participants will learn and study together by means of theory, experiential exercises, and group processes. Since the course attracts students from many nationalities, ethnic groups, and religious backgrounds, issues such as multiculturalism, diversity, and community building are part of the learning experience.

In 2018, PWI would like to especially welcome and support participants of color with 5 special 50% discount scholarships available – please mention PoC Scholarship when you apply.

Now Accepting Application for October 2nd Start – Master of Art in Process-Oriented Facilitation and Conflict Studies

The MA in Process-oriented Facilitation and Conflict Studies (MAPOF) teaches students to facilitate inner psychology and world problems. Our graduates work in leadership, organizations, counseling, coaching, and as mediators and facilitators in community and global contexts. Our vision is to teach people how to relate to themselves and each other, even amongst difficult conflicts, polarities, and moods. Our experienced faculty, including founders Arny and Amy Mindell, have experience ranging from depth psychology to large organizational consulting, to war zones, and offer students unique training in methods for working with the interconnectivity of personal problems and world problems.

Congratulations MAPOF 2!

Our wonderful MAPOF 2 cohort will be celebrating their graduation on Wednesday, May 31st, 2017.

We invite everyone to join us for this very special occasion to celebrate this cohort and honor their journey these last two years. All of us at PWI look forward to seeing you there!!

Apply for Fall 2017: M.A. in Process Oriented Facilitation & Conflict Studies

The Masters in Process-Oriented Facilitation and Conflict Studies (MAPOF) is our integrative, foundation training program in the process oriented approach to the facilitation and study of inner and outer conflicts. The program is distinct because, while each class presents a cross-disciplinary comparison of various theories and approaches to facilitating internal conflict (psychology) and external conflict (conflict studies), the program teaches the cohesive theory and practice of Processwork. Our graduates learn this cohesive theory and focus on intense practical skill training during their studies at PWI, so when they graduate they have a practical set of skills and are ready to apply these skills with expertise.

Awareness, Power, and Process Oriented Activism

Join Stan Tomandl and Ann Jacob to explore loving detachment while surrounded by difficult situations for our environment, fellow humans, and our own hopes and dreams. A deep look inward at attitudes and beliefs: how we activate, and don’t activate, ourselves in the midst of internal and external power struggles. For those interested in social and environmental justice and the art of eldership. Register online!

MAPW4 Final Projects and Commencement Ceremony

Congratulations MAPW4! 

This wonderful cohort will be celebrating their graduation on Saturday, February 4th, 2017.

We invite everyone to join us for this very special occasion to celebrate this cohort and honor their journey these last four years. All of us at PWI look forward to seeing you there!!
 
This event will also broadcast live for friends and family

Saturday, February 4th, 2017 5:00 pm-7:30 pm

Reception to Follow 7:30 pm 

Please contact meghan.green@processwork.org with any questions. 

MAPW 4 Final Projects Schedule – OPEN & FREE to the Public

DATE
TIME
TITLE
PRESENTER
Monday,
Jan 30th
6-6:35pm
(distance access)
THE DREAMING POWER OF AN INTERCONNECTED WORLD:
A Mixed Methods Study Measuring the Effects of Group Process on the Quantum Field
Helene V. Ramos

 

 
6:45-7:20pm
(distance access)
THE DO WHAT YOU LOVE PROJECT:
A Workshop Series Applying Life Myth to Career Transitions
Amy Palatnick

 

 
7:30-8:05pm
(distance access)
BODY SYMPTOM AS COLLECTIVE DREAMING
Teng-Nging Tan

 

 
8:15-8:50pm
DEEP CHOREOGRAPHY OF SEXUALITY:
A Process-Oriented Approach to Sex, Trauma, and Magnetism
Alexey Razumov

 

       
Wednesday,
Feb 1st
6:45-7:20pm
QUANTUM MIND AND THE FOUNDATIONS OF MATHEMATICS:
A Metamathematical Exploration of the Psycho-Physical Universe
Alex Aris

 

 
7:30-8:05pm
PEAK EXPERIENCE AS AN ACCESS TO INNER DIRECTION:
The Ultimate Guiding Principle
Elsa Henderson

 

       
Thursday,
Feb 2nd
6:45-7:20pm
SAFETY AND COUPLES WORK
Annie Chen

 

 
7:30-8:05pm
Enriching the Learning, Teaching and Research of Processwork
Paola Vidu

 

 
8:15-8:50pm
(details coming)
Dina Ostrovsky

 

32nd Annual Winter Intensive Registration Open!

The Process Work Institute would like to invite you to the 32nd Annual Intensive Course in Process Work, which will be held at the Process Work Institute in Portland, Oregon, Winter 2017. 

Come learn with us to listen to signals we see in everyday reality and in the world of darkness of the night, that means, from our dreams and pre-dream experiences.

The course offers a unique opportunity to learn Process Work in an intensive format and within an international group setting. The course includes Process Work’s many applications and its most recent developments, and it is designed as an adult learning event. Participants will learn and study together by means of theory, experiential exercises, and group processes. Since the course attracts students from many nationalities, ethnic groups, and religious backgrounds, issues such as multiculturalism, diversity, and community building are part of the learning experience.

Fruit in the Bowl: A Process Oriented Approach to Some Contemporary Issues

Join Emetchi for her second Processwork and Trauma training seminar: “In each class there will be succinct theoretical background, discussion time and focus upon the experiential  development of one relevant processwork skill. These classes are tailored for PW students, trauma practitioners and those new to the paradigm i.e. different levels of learning needs are both welcome and catered for. Any questions please email the instructorEmetchi at emetchi@mindspring.com.”

Featured Student: Marissa, 2nd year MAPOF

bbf9224b-b669-4e47-b629-9796eaeaa416Marissa is a second year student in our Master of Arts in Process-Oriented Facilitation and Conflict Studies program. We are thrilled to have been given permission to share some of her poetry which sheds light on a part of her experience growing up as a mixed-race person in the U.S. 
 
In addition to writing poetry, Marissa can also be found performing with her band at local spots around Portland. Thank you for sharing with us Marissa!
 

 

swimming lessons

 

it’s strange to learn a language secondhand

a language that lives in me

lives in my childhood

lives in my blood

yet shame so often holds it hostage to the tip of my tongue

it could “never be good enough”

a language that lives in the steam of dumpling baskets

the clanging of dim sum carts

and my mother’s beckoning hands

and too–

her scolding

passed down from mother to mother

“mei mei, don’t go to bed with your hair wet or you’ll wake up with a headache”

the language that lives in the food i’ve craved

as a 6 year old to 26 year old

but could never

and still cant ever

muster up the courage to order from a waiter

and claim the language as my own

my shame is my mother’s shame

and my clumsy american tongue could never be my mother’s native one

light and agile

carved around tones and ancestry

my ears can’t hear her accent

to me

her voice is just her own

to me

it has always been her own

but to her

her english was only ever

“never good enough.”

to others

her accent was a hassle

a dismissal

another reason to close an office door

to lay her off

to turn their head

to shut their eyes like blinds

she asked me at age 4 how to pronounce “zoo”

she still asks me sometimes, “shzoo”

i hear the hint of home in her accent

the hint of home

when spoken here

outcasts her

the hint of home

causing people to try to

translate her

TO TALK TO YOU LIKE THEY ARE ARE SHOUTING AT YOU FROM ANOTHER CONTINENT ACROSS THE OCEAN

but you swam here at 26

and you continue to swim

even though no one ever taught you how

at age 7

you reminded me everyday before YMCA swimming lessons

how lucky i was to learn to swim

because you were never so lucky

we would go to the pool

and you would stand at the shallow end

waving at me

standing alone

smiling

in your single

black

swimsuit

in the dressing room

i watched you gaze at your reflection in the mirror

turned sideways

head cocked

your hands cupping your belly

this swimsuit you bought specifically

to stand

not swim in

 

you float at the shallow end

avoiding the water so your hair doesn’t get wet

 
 
 
Interested in additional information about the Master of Arts in Process-Oriented Facilitation and Conflict Studies (MAPOF)? Click here to be taken to the MAPOF page or contact our Outreach and Admissions Coordinator to schedule an information session! 
Outreach and Admissions Coordinator

5 Minute Approaches to World Diversity Issues

Starting Friday, September 23rd, join Dr. Arny Mindell for afternoon and evening courses at PWI. In his upcoming 3-day afternoon course Arny recommends two central group process “eldering” methods characterized by their rapid intervention ability. These methods can be keys to momentary resolutions that allow solutions to follow. Small and large Worldwork processes often require time for change. However, recent Processwork developments allow facilitators to help conflicts within minutes.

Featured Student: Vanessa, 2nd Year MAPOF

unnamed (1)Vanessa says one of the things making her excited these days is applying her Processwork learning in the diverse projects she is involved in. Recently Vanessa has been working in various places that are in transition. This includes in Greece, where systems are collapsing or dying, as well as working in Canada helping to facilitate an ongoing truth and reconciliation process with indigenous and non-indigenous peoples. She shared a recent story of working with a young woman indigenous leader who is building new partnerships between youth and mainstream institutions and government. One of the big tensions is around different concepts of “time” and the different cultures around time: how to honor both the “funding deadlines” as well as the deeper historical arcs of time, and to bring into these partnerships that things need to take their own time. Vanessa worked with her on “in-sourced” power and “outsourced” power to remind her that she has more power in any situation than she thinks she does, especially when she goes into these meetings.
 
Vanessa shared another recent experience working in a facilitator role with a group of women religious leaders who are part of a massive transition in how institutional religious life is lived. Vanessa was able to introduce the idea of role theory, and that people are people, but they are also occupying roles that are assigned by any given field or context. This concept was so helpful to them as they were struggling particularly with the role of the “bully”. It’s a role that is alive in their leadership and congregation, and also is a systemic issue in the Church also around abuse of power. Vanessa was able to explain different types of power such as positional power, personal power, and social power, which helped them realize that at any given moment they can have a different relationship to power and be in a different role. Once they understood this idea, they were very creative about how to begin using these ideas, even to address bigger changes in the organizational hierarchy to which they belong.
 
Vanessa feels she is in a major change period of life. Part of engaging in the MA in Process-oriented facilitation allows her to see her world work as connected to a larger community of practice. Vanessa also writes poetry. She recently wrote a poem called “Into the Deep, A Worldwork Fairy Tale” after her 5-day live-in residency with her cohort. Some lines from the poem include:
 
We welcome the new Loves
unravel the old shames
reveal the burdens of
my pain,
your loser
our privilege, race and rank
 
We risk dissolving something known
to see the deeper, stranger truth
of our own experience
 
Thank you Vanessa for being our featured student and for sharing a bit of your experience with us!
 
 
Interested in additional information about the Master of Arts in Process-Oriented Facilitation and Conflict Studies (MAPOF)? Click here to be taken to the MAPOF page or contact our Outreach and Admissions Coordinator to schedule an information session! 
Outreach and Admissions Coordinator

Congratulations MAPOF 1!

Our wonderful MAPOF 1 cohort will be celebrating their graduation today, May 25th. Their Commencement Ceremony will be held at the Process Work Institute from 5 pm to 7:30 pm followed immediately by a Reception with food, drinks, music, and socializing.

We invite everyone to join us for this very special occasion to celebrate this cohort and honor their journey these last two years. All of us at PWI look forward to seeing you there!!
 
Please contact meghan.green@processwork.org with any questions. 

The Role of Education in Government

On May 20th and May 27th join Arny Mindell for afternoon and evening courses at PWI. In these classes participants will be studying how education influences, or can determine future governments. Evening classes are supervisions of individual, group, and organizational situations. 

The Facilitator’s “Cracked Pot” and Unique Style

Join Amy Mindell Ph.D. in exploring the facilitator’s “cracked pot”. That is, the unique gifts hidden within learning difficulties or moments when you are not able to use your skills. The class is geared toward new and advanced therapists, facilitators, coaches, teachers, or helpers.  Through discussion and exercises, we’ll discover how your unique nature creates your deepest facilitator style, the “metaskills” that bring your skills to life, and renewed creativity for your work.

Check out the new Faculty VLog: What’s the Process?

Introducing a new feature to the Process Work Institute website: What’s the Process? The Process Work Institute Faculty Vlog. This vlog will feature videos by faculty at the PWI addressing questions relevant to all aspects of Process Work including body symptoms, organizational work, counseling and more. Have a look and don’t forget to bookmark!

What’s the Process? The Process Work Institute Faculty Vlog