Courses and Workshops

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Welcome to the Process Work Institute’s course listings!  Please see below for details on our upcoming classes …

Talk to someone for more information – connect with our outreach coordinator, Melissa Perry, to arrange a time to discuss further. 

Questions about our online course registration system? Check out our Online Registration Guide for a step by step look at registering online!

If you encounter issues or just prefer to register over the phone, call us at 503 223 8188, email or fax the Registration Form PDF (503 227 7003). 

Registration at least 24 hours before the course start date is strongly encouraged. Early registration helps ease administrative processes at the last minute. Thanks for helping us provide a great service for everyone.

Please note: All course times are local Portland, Oregon (Pacific) time, unless otherwise specified.

Questions about attending classes at a distance?  See our Distance Options Guide for more information or be in touch so we can assist you personally. 

  • September 18, 2018 - November 13, 2018
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Medicalization, Memory, Depression, Delirium, & Ageing: Processwork Antidotes

A series of 3 tele-classes

Tuesdays 12noon-2pm: Sep 18, Oct 16, Nov 13, 2018

Stan Tomandl, MPW, PWDipl & Ann Jacob, BEd

“To cure sometimes, to relieve often, to comfort always.” Sir William Osler, ‘father’ of modern western medicine.

How has modern western medicine improved care for people in the altered spaces of Ageing, Memory Loss, Depression, & Delirium? What opportunities and positive outcomes are overlooked because of medicalization? We will work on our own inner ‘medicalizers’ and our roles as consumers, activists, and advocates; exploring the essence of these roles for ourselves and others in altered spaces.

Each session will include an experiential exercise, lecture/discussion, consultation and handouts.

Course outcomes:
1) Learning more about modern western medicine as outer and inner processes around our own and others’ altered spaces.
2) Exploring cultural & spiritual assumptions of medical consumerism that affect people in altered spaces.
3) How to use our advocacy & activism appropriately and effectively in stressful medical situations.

About Stan and Ann

Stan Tomandl, MA, PWD, Ann Jacob, B.Ed
educators ~ counsellors ~  process work ~ following somatic wisdom

***specializing in working with, learning, and teaching about people in altered consciousness that comes during life’s joys, grief, creativity, illness, trauma, memory loss, remote states, delirium, coma and other tender and strong moments in our living and dying***

Participation Options: Teleconference/Livestream only

PWI currently uses the Zoom webinar platform for livestream access to classes.  Participants should ensure they have good quality internet access to get the best experience. After registration you will be sent a direct link for online streaming access to your course, one week prior to course commencement.  Please contact PWI if you have any questions – we are happy to help you get set up.

Course Fees

Early Registration by Sept 4th $108
Registration – full fee $120

PWI Members receive a 10% discount – click here to find out more about membership

Please call 503 223 8188 or email to register with a member discount.  

  • October 30, 2018 - November 13, 2018
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Relationships for everyone – introducing a Processwork approach

with Jan Dworkin, Ph.D and assisted by Lolo Halman and Marissa Seiler

3 Tuesday evenings: Oct 30, Nov 6, 13 – 6.30 – 8.30pm

Have you ever wished for more intimacy, more freedom, or more equality in relationship?

Have you been looking for a way to move past the ‘blame game’ and into more transformative conflict resolution with your partner(s)?

Have you wished for better sex and/or a way to make meaning of difficulties in sex and intimacy?

Have you wondered how to find the right partner, or yearned to make the relationship you have more deeply satisfying?

Relationships can be a source of great joy, but also of great difficulty. Everywhere we turn, people are struggling to get along — even with those they love the most. It takes training and practice to be “good at” relationships, and many of us feel we are not.

If you have ever felt discouraged, disconnected, or frustrated in the realm of interpersonal and romantic relationships, this class is for you. Expect to learn new ideas and practices to apply in your everyday life and to participate in experiential exercises that help you develop relationship skills and discover deeper meaning.

Process Work provides a multi-leveled framework and tools for facilitating your own and others’ relationships. It recognizes the importance of inner work and communication training, the impact of social influences and the power of your dreams. Process-oriented relationship facilitation creates a container for transformation, and helps people interact with fluidity, curiosity, and openness.

This class is for individuals, couples, and clinicians; it is for queers and non-queers, those who are monogamous or non-monogamous, as well as those who do not identify with a label.

This 3-evening workshop will explore the following topics:

Knowing Your High and Low Dreams in Relationship

  • A new approach to codependency
  • Exploring relationship triggers

Transforming Conflict

  • A new approach to the blame game: Picking up accusations
  • Escalation and de-escalation

Unfolding Sex

  • A new approach to sexual disturbances and dysfunctions
  • Sex as a dreaming process

About Jan, Marissa and Lolo

Jan Dworkin, PhD, PWdipl.  Jan moved to Portland Oregon  in 1990 and co-founded the Process Work Institute (PWI), a not-for-profit education and research center. Jan has a private therapy and coaching practice and has co-authored a range of Processwork training programs both in the U.S.A. and abroad. Jan has designed and delivered seminars, workshops and courses for graduate learners, mental health professionals, and the public on topics like conflict facilitation, communication skills, rank and power, sexuality, trauma, addiction, creativity, and dream work, and guest lectured at local universities including Portland State University, Marylhurst, and Lewis and Clark.

Watch Jan discuss Relationships and Why We Stay  and Ideas on Jealousy

Marissa Seiler is a queer, mixed race facilitator. She currently works with teens at Rosemary Anderson High School and individuals in a clinical practice. She has dreams of healing and transforming the world through love, justice, and relationship. Marissa holds a deep appreciation for Process Work and all the radical ways in which it welcomes struggle, growth, and our capacity to live all of who we are. 

Lolo Halman is a group facilitator and mediator based in Portland, Oregon. He has spent the last several years as a facilitator of race and gender dialogues, as a community organizer in housing justice movements, and a conflict mediator. He has facilitated race and gender dialogues with Resolutions Northwest, at Race Talks, and as a part of the Boys to Men Network of New England. His mediation has supported community members, families, and couples in the Multnomah County Small Claims Court as well as in private mediations. He is currently completing an advanced degree in Process-oriented Facilitation and Conflict Studies from the Process Work Institute in Portland, Oregon.

Participation Options: In Person or Livestream

Classes are held in person at the Process Work Institute, 2049 NW Hoyt St.   

PWI currently uses the Zoom webinar platform for livestream access to classes.  Participants should ensure they have good quality internet access to get the best experience. After registration you will be sent a direct link for online streaming access to your course, one week prior to course commencement.  Please contact PWI if you have any questions – we are happy to help you get set up. 

Click here to find out more about distance participation options.

Course Fees

Early Registration by October 16 $108
Registration  $120

PWI Members receive a 10% discount – click here to find out more about membershipPlease call 503 223 8188 or email to register with a member discount.  


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Public Courses & Workshops Refund Policy

Refund Policy: (the term “course” refers to the class or course of study the student has applied and been accepted into) A student is permitted to withdraw during any part of the program in “whatever manner” – in writing, by phone, or in person. A participant who elects to cancel their enrollment within 5 calendar days of enrollment will receive a full refund of all money paid. The 5 calendar days begin when the student signs the enrollment form, or confirms enrollment through email, or tuition/course fee payment.

After the 5 day cooling off period, where the student cancels after completing at least one lesson but less than 50 percent of the course lessons, the Process Work Institute may retain the non-refundable fee (registration fee) of $150 plus a percentage of tuition/course fee which shall not exceed the following:


  1. Up to and including 10% of the course, PWI retains 10% of the refundable tuition.
  2. Between 10% and 25% of the course, PWI retains 25% of the refundable tuition.
  3. Between 25% and 50% of the course, PWI retains 50% of the refundable tuition.
  4. After the student completes more than 50% of the course, PWI shall be entitled to retain total course tuition.


The amount of the course completed shall be the ratio of completed required lessons to the total lessons required to complete the course.

In case of a student/participants illness, accident, psychological emergency, death in family and other circumstances beyond the control of the student, the Process Work Institute will give special consideration to the student’s request for cancellation beyond the minimum refund policy.