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, outreach@processwork.org 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 pwi@processwork.org 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 13, 2018 - September 27, 2018
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Working with the Dreambody – an introduction

With Gary Reiss, Ph.D

Three Thursday evenings: September 13, 20, 27

7-9 pm

Have you ever connected a disturbing body experience and a night time dream?

What if your body symptoms were not only troublesome or scary, but also a doorway into the creative foundations of everyday reality?

This introductory series of 3 evening classes is perfect for anyone seeking to understand  body experiences as a meaningful process, or wanting an introduction to the ideas and practices of Processwork. Dreambody work explores the sensory-grounded, subjective experience of dreams and body symptoms using experiential, imaginative and hands-on bodywork techniques to reveal the body’s own dreaming wisdom. 

Expect to learn new ideas and practices to apply in your everyday life and to participate in experiential exercises that help you explore personal meaning.

In the 1970s, Arnold Mindell, in his work as a Jungian dream analyst, observed a meaningful connection between people’s dream symbols and their disturbing body experiences. For example, a person dreaming of knives might also suffer from a sharp stabbing pain in their neck.  Mindell followed these dream and body experiences and found new insights and healing for his clients.  He created the concept of the dreambody to get beyond the dualities of mind and body, and published his ideas in 1984 with his first book, Dreambody: The Body’s Role in Revealing the Self.

“The body is dreaming in its own way, similarly to the way we dream at night. That is why dreaming for me is something happening in the night and in the day, and especially in the body. We are not just ill, but can take Jung’s teleological paradigm all the way into the body, and realize that it too is creating dream-like meanings. That is why I call illness, a ‘dreambody’ experience.”

 

Arnold Mindell (2005) interviewed by R. S. Henderson. We Must All Breathe: an Interview with Arnold Mindell.

About Gary

Gary Reiss holds a Masters degree in Social Work from Washington University, St. Louis; a Doctorate in Integrative Studies with a Specialization in Process oriented Psychology and Conflict Resolution. He has been in private practice in Oregon as a LCSW for over 30 years, and teaches worldwide as a Certified Process Oriented Psychology Trainer.

Gary is especially excited about facilitating conflict work, particularly in the Middle East; helping develop Process oriented family therapy and coma work; and integrating shamanism, Taoism, Kabbalah, and other spiritual approaches into Process Work.

Gary’s lifelong deep love for Nature has often led him to the wilderness for inspiration and renewal. He stays active with a regular Akido practice, as well as a vigorous daily run, which he loves to use as a time for considering and discussing new ideas, dreams, and theories.

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 August 30 $108
Registration  $120

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


  • 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
http://www.comacommunication.com

***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 pwi@processwork.org to register with a member discount.  


  • September 19, 2018 - September 26, 2018
    9:15 am - 12:15 pm

Join Amy Mindell this Fall to explore the unique creativity of your childmind …

The Art, Creativity, And Wisdom Of Your Childmind

With Amy Mindell

2 Wednesday mornings: Sept 19, 26, 2018 – 9:15am-12:15pm

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Discover how your childmind, a most playful and creative part of you, is a direct link to your dreaming process and its boundless creativity. In this class, through fun art experiments, you’ll learn a lot about yourself without working hard! Expect to create with some basic materials, make magical stories and super simple puppets, explore fun kinds of painting, and more. Don’t be surprised when you creations become your greatest teachers! 

No prior art experience necessary! $10 for materials if you join in-person.

Contact: pwi@processwork.org , 503 223 8188

About Amy

Dr. AMY MINDELL is in private therapeutic practice in Portland, Oregon and teaches in many countries in the world. She helped developed process work in the areas of coma, creativity, and dance.

She holds a M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology and is a diplomate of the Process Oriented Psychology Center of Zurich. She wrote Metaskills: The Spiritual Art of Therapy, Riding the Horse Backwards with Arny, Coma, a Healing Journey, and An Alternative to Therapy as well as papers in professional journals. (Her studies of the feeling skills in therapy, or “metaskills”, are at the core of much of her work.). Amy’s work with art, music and puppets appears in her newest book The Dreaming Source of Creativity. Her most recent musical CD is First Bloom (she is the singer, music composer, and technical engineer). 

Participation Options: In Person & Live Web Streaming

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

If you plan to register with the live web stream option, we will send you additional info on how to join our online video platform.

Course Fees

Early Registration by Sep 5 – In-person $118 (Tuition & $10 materials fee)
Early Registration by Sep 5 – Live Web Stream $108
Registration – In-person $130 (Tuition & $10 materials fee)
Registration – Live Web Stream $120

You may attend just one class in the series – please contact PWI to register for an individual class session.  

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


  • Class 1
    September 21, 2018
    3:30 pm - 6:30 pm
  • Class 2
    September 28, 2018
    3:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Arny Mindell’s Fall 2018 Friday Classes

2nd Training’s Experience of FLOW for BODY SYMPTOMS and for INNER WORK

Fridays Sept 21, Sept 28 3.30-6.30pm

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Everyone feels troubled at one time or another by body symptoms, and inner problems! These experiences are often connected to medical, personal, social and historical issues.  Solutions are crucial but not always sustainable.  Therefore, a new “Flow-oriented Inner work” will creatively help these Body and  Internal problems. (The term “lunatic below refers to the moon).

Class 1: Friday Sept 21, 3.30 – 6.30pm

2nd Training for BODY SYMPTOMS “LUNATIC” FLOW– How the Moon and New Training Helps Symptoms and abuse issues.

Class 2: Friday Sept 28, 3.30 – 6.30pm

The TAO OF INNERWORK; LUCIDITY and FLOW– For Ongoing Problem Relief  and a better life

What to expect

In his Friday classes, Arnold Mindell, the founder of Processwork, provides an interactive presentation on his latest research, introducing new exercises and techniques to apply in your inner and outer life. Arny demonstrates and models the techniques with a class participant, and then all participants have an opportunity to practice the experiential techniques with a partner, finishing up with shared learnings, reflections and questions in the large group. 

All participants are invited to an email discussion group with Arny for the duration of the series so they can ask questions and interact between class sessions.

Participation Options: In Person, Livestream, Audio File Download

Click here to find out more about distance participation options.

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. 

Audio File download information is sent out within 24 hours of the completion of each class session. 

In person or livestream registrants who wish to get a copy of the Audio Recording may choose ADD AUDIO FILE for an additional $20.

Course Fees

Early Registration by Sept 7th $108
Registration – full fee $120

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

Participants may register to attend a single class in the series – please contact pwi@processwork.org or call 503 223 8188 to register for an individual class.


  • Supervision of Individual + Organizational Case Work
    September 21, 2018
    7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Supervision of Individual and Organizational Case Work

Instructor: Arnold Mindell, PhD.

Friday Sept 21st, 7:30 – 9:30 pm

Case supervision on inner development and outer work with severe illness and near death, one to one, family, and organizational situations.

Distance Options: Live Web Stream, Audio File Download

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.

Classroom: Big Room

Course Fees
Early Registration by Sept 7th $36
Registration – full fee $40

  • September 28, 2018
    7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Diplomate Supervision (Individual + Organizational Case Work)

Instructor: Arnold Mindell, PhD.

Friday Sept 28, 7:30 – 9:30 pm

Case supervision on inner development and outer work with severe illness and near death, one to one, family, and organizational situations.  This course is open to IAPOP recognized Processwork Diplomates only. 

In person at PWI, or available for distance participation via live web streaming. 

Distance: Livestream

Please note, this class is not recorded. Audio file is NOT available for this class.

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. 

Cost: $40
Classroom: Big Room

Participation Options: In Person or Livestream
Level: Diplomates Only


  • October 19, 2018 - October 21, 2018
    6:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Alchemy Of Eros: An Erotic Journey Of Intimacy, Pleasure and Transformation

With Robert King, MSW, and Niyati Evers, MAPW

19-21 October 2018

Friday 19 October 6-8pm, Sat & Sun, October 20 & 21, 10am-5pm

Our experience of our sexuality is shaped by how we engage with it. The more we are able to make meaningful connections with ourselves and our partner(s), the more our sexuality can go from something we do to an erotic journey we are on. Our sexuality has the potential to be a powerful force of transformation in our lives and our relationships. It invites us to look at our sexuality as a mirror for how we initiate, discover and ask for what we want, our relationship with our desires and fantasies, our ability to receive as well as set boundaries and our potential for intimacy, love, pleasure and fun. Creating a rich and meaningful sex life involves personal and relational growthAll of our experiences, the ecstatic ones as well as the difficult ones, are potential portals of transformation.

Embarking on the journey of sexuality means learning how to be curious about all of our sexual experiences, desires and fantasies as well as the places where we get stuck. There’s a deeper intelligence at play in our sexuality that propels us to discover and embody all of who we are.

This (clothes on) workshop uses Processwork tools and concepts as well as approaches from sex therapy, bodywork, relationship work, shamanic practices, alchemy and spiritual traditions to explore ways of engaging with your sexuality that unlocks it’s magical and unique potential for you and your relationships.

 WORKSHOP THEMES:

  • Embarking on the Erotic Journey: discovering the deeper intelligence at play in your sexual experiences
  • Expanding your Self-Awareness: getting to know and connecting with your unique erotic nature
  • Relating to your Sexuality as an Alchemical Process: enriching your sexual experiences by transforming sexual disturbers & barriers
  • Expanding your Sexual Repertoire: exploring & Integrating the essence of sexual fantasies and desires
  • Enhancing your potential for Intimacy and Fulfillment
  • Developing communication skills and meta-skills for sexual conversations
  • Igniting your Passion & Excitement: playing with erotic roles and polarities
  • Growing your Potential for Intimacy: transforming unhelpful power dynamics and relational patterns in the realm of sexuality
  • Evolving your Sexual Relationship(s): sex and intimacy as pathways to personal, relational and spiritual growth
  • Growing your Sexual Empowerment: expanding your ability to deepen and enrich your experiences of sexuality and intimacy

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

This workshop is relevant for anyone interested in deepening and enriching their personal relationships and sexuality. Whether you are single or in a relationship, identify as LGBTQ or as heterosexual, kinky or vanilla, polyamorous or monogamous, all are welcome.

You don’t need to be in a relationship to attend this seminar. You can attend the seminar as a couple, a single person, or as one of the partners in a relationship. You can attend as a professional working with relationship dynamics or as someone interested in learning more about relationship work in general.

Please note that the focus of this seminar is on personal growth and skills development. It is not a replacement for individual or relationship therapy.

Participation Options: In person only

About Robert and Niyati

Robert King MSW, Diplomate in Process-Oriented Psychology, has been a practicing therapist for 40 years. He’s been a faculty member of the Process Work Institute in Portland since 1992. He has taught both in the U.S. and internationally on a variety of topics, such as relationships, sexuality, dreams, bodywork, addictions and conflict resolution. Robert has extensive experience facilitating seminars on social issues, such as the conflict in Ireland, commonly referred to as ‘The Troubles’. He has also co-facilitated Open Forums in Portland on Gay Rights and has taught Advanced Gestalt Therapy, Family Therapy and Counselling Techniques at Antioch University in Seattle. Robert is passionate about developing his visual artwork while integrating spiritual and shamanic traditions with his interest in alternative relationship styles and sexual practices.

Niyati Evers, MAPW, is an international facilitator who has worked in South Africa, Israel, the Netherlands and the U.S. Niyati is originally from Amsterdam. She is a trained Tantric practitioner and has facilitated Tantric Workshops throughout the Netherlands. She completed her Masters in Process Oriented Psychology at the Process Work Institute in Portland. In 1998, Niyati moved to Cape Town, South Africa, where she lived for 14 years and worked with race and gender dynamics in the workplace.

Niyati and Robert have an international therapy practice and they facilitate workshops in the realms of communication, sexuality and intimacy. Niyati is currently working on a book about her experiences of growing up in Amsterdam as part of the “second generation” and living in post-Apartheid South Africa.    

www.alchemy-of-eros.com

 

Course Fees

Early Registration by Sept 28th $300
Registration after Sept 28 $330

Two 50% discount workstudy scholarships available. Contact the Process Work Institute for more information.  

PWI Members receive a 10% discount – click here to find out more about membershipPlease call 503 223 8188 or email pwi@processwork.org 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 pwi@processwork.org 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.