Author Archives: Hellene Gronda

Dreambody Medicine Forum Sept 4, 11 & 18 & Oct 2, 2021

2021 Dreambody Medicine Forum

Learn how your body and dreams bring awareness to your personal path in the world.


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. Study the Processwork approach to chronic and acute symptoms and unfolding sensory grounded information and explore Dreambody connections as they manifest in our bodies, dreams and relationships including how social determinants and systemic discrimination impact our health.

Sept 4, 11 & 18 & Oct 2, 2021 – 11 am-2 pm (PST)

Course Fee $240

Financial Equity Option – please use discount code DBMfinEQSept2021 at checkout to register for $150.

Join us for Tools and Resources to Inform Your Unique Life Purpose and support Personal Transformation.

Leadership Intensive August 25-30, 2021

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Find out more on the course site …

Join an experienced, international team of faculty for 18 hours of immersive, transformational learning.

Day 1 Aug. 25th:  Wisdom Leadership: Organizational Applications of Process Work in Coaching Individual Leaders and their Teams. with Stephen Schuitevoerder

Day 2 Aug. 26th:  Three Process-Oriented Experiential Exercises for Helping Leadership Teams and Organizational Systems Get To Know Themselves Better with Cathy Bernatt

Day 3 Aug. 27th:  Politician as Facilitator: Processwork Tools for Politicians, Leaders and Public Speakers with Dawn Menken

Day 4 Aug 28th: Your Purpose, Your Leadership with Errol Amerasekera

Day 5 Aug. 29th (6-9pm):  Life Lessons for Leaders. Stories from the East with Anuradha Deb

Day 6 Aug. 30th: Closure: Bringing our Leadership into the World: Group Focus, Innerwork and Case Supervision with Errol Amerasekera and Dawn Menken

Resource the work you need to do!

Amy Mindell Unique Facilitator Style

The SONG of Your Unique Facilitator Style with
Amy Mindell

Saturday, June 5th, 2021

10am – 1pm

In this 3-hour online class, we will explore a central aspect of your unique facilitation style. You will experience your style in the form of a special “SONG” that arises out of your deepest nature. When you consciously “tune into” that song, you will discover greater creativity in your work, less burnout, and your skills will be more effective.

Participate via Livestream and Recording

Find out more and register online

Experience Processwork June – Sept 2021

Join us for Experience Processwork: special free events June – September 2021

Enjoy our special series of free events designed to give you an experience of Processwork. Perfect for anyone new and curious, and great for networking and community connections.  Enjoy webinars, Open Seat Demonstrations, and guided innerwork.  Meet new colleagues and catch up with old friends. 

Check out the program and find something to nourish and inspire your life and practice. 

All the events are free and open to all – please share if you think of someone who might enjoy experiencing Processwork!  

Want to talk to someone about our PWI offerings and training opportunities? Email Melissa to make a time to talk.  

Dreaming of the MAPOF program? Apply now for the next cohort starting October 1, 2021

Click the links to find out more.

Experience Processwork

Dynamic Mindfulness – guided innerwork practice 

Experience Processwork dynamic mindfulness practices in these free guided sessions with Process Work Institute faculty.  Discover creative innerwork techniques to help you relax and rejuvenate. Deepen your meditation and self-awareness practice with body-based, movement, and creative elements.  Expect to practice a guided experiential self-awareness exercise followed by time for questions and sharing.

June 23, 10-11am with Jai Tomlin; July 21, 5-6pm with Kas Robinson, Aug  25, 10-11am with Suzette Payne. All sessions online only, Pacific timezone. 

Open Seat Series – live demonstration ‘work in the middle’

In these 4 special sessions, an experienced Processworker will work one-on-one with a volunteer participant. This is called ‘work in the middle’ and provides a powerful transformational community-held experience for the person in the ‘open seat’, along with an intimate and real demonstration of processwork facilitation ideas, practices and techniques. (If you’d like to volunteer – Sign up to work in the middle).  Expect to observe the work in the middle holding confidential community space for the intimate experience, followed by a chance to discuss and ask questions about the facilitation.

June 17, 5-6.30pm – Dawn Menken; July 15, 10am – 11.30am – Jan Dworkin; Aug 19, 5-6.30pm – Lane Arye; Sept 15, 9.30-11am – Stephen Schuitevoerder All sessions online only, Pacific timezone. 

The sampler series – free monthly webinars

In these free monthly webinars, you will be introduced to some of the core concepts and themes within Processwork. Each month presents a Processwork approach to working with a variety of themes that emerge in our lives and in private practice.  Click through to get more details on each webinar, and to find recordings of past events.

June 3, 10-11am – Ingrid Rose, July 1, 5-6pm – Lynn Lobo, Aug 5, 10-11am – Rhea, Sept 2, 5-6pm- Gary

Case Supervision with Arny Mindell May 2021

Join Arny Mindell May 21, 2021 for Support, Understanding and/or Insights into Your Work with Individuals, Relationships, or Groups

Find out more and register online

This class provides individual case supervision to support both inner development and outer work of participants working with people or groups on any situation including severe illness and near death, one to one, family, and organizational scenes.
May 21, 2021
6:30 – 9:30pm Pacific
Livestream and Audio Recording
Class fee $65
Financial Equity Options available
Please choose the rate that is fair for you by using these discount codes at checkout:
Rate 1 $65  By Jan 8th $58.50 – code: EarlyRegArnyM
Rate 2 $45.50 –  code: FinEQ
Rate 3 $26 –  code: FinEQ3

Finding ways forward – April 2021 newsletter

Read our full April 2021 newsletter here

It is definitely spring in Portland, Oregon, and the vibrant colors of tulips demand attention.

At the same time, the tensions of our current moment can threaten to overwhelm our bodies and minds. How are you navigating and supporting yourself through the pressures and urgencies we face?

It has been nearly a year since the killing of George Floyd was captured on video by a brave young woman. This video shook the world and super charged the Black Lives Matter movement. This week, the US justice system brought down a conviction for the police officer who misused their authority and killed the unarmed person in their care.

As processworkers, we know the importance of the witness role in an abuse scene. So often it is a missing or ‘ghost’ role, or a bystander caught in painful altered states that create paralysis, freezing or flight.

Accountability brings some relief but the work of bringing our witnessing forward in the face of systemic power requires resilience, persistence, and sustained teamwork.

Deep respect is owed to the countless individuals, families and communities working to make change possible.

I hope you find some resources here to support your work and vision for a better world.

Upcoming Events

Join the Dreambody Medicine Forum this Friday April 23, 7 – 8.30pm for an experience of community and teamwork in holding and unfolding the agony, mystery and meaning of our bodies and body symptoms.

Come along to our next monthly webinar where Susan Kocen will explore Childhood Myth and Creativity, Thursday May 6th, 5pm Pacific time. See more details below …

Plus – save the date and don’t miss the opportunity to experience Arnold Mindell’s open case supervision class, coming up May 21st.

Just three times a year, a special chance to observe Arny working live with class participants on real issues arising in their professional and personal facilitation practice. If you’d like to present in class, write to Arny by May 7th: (briefly share one sentence about your case)

Sending love from Portland, honoring the original peoples of this land, the people of the Multnomah, Kathlamet, Clackamas, Tumwater, Tualatin Kalapuya, Wasco, Molalla, Cowlitz and Watlala bands of the Chinook, and other tribes who have made their homes along the Columbia River for the last 11,000 years and continue today.


On behalf of all of us at the Process Work Institute

Hellene Gronda, Executive Director

Ph.D, PW. Dipl, MA, BSc/BA(Hons)

Hellene has a life-long interest in personal and collective change and has been inspired by Processwork for over 30 years. An experienced leader in government and nonprofit settings she values the deep optimism and courageous spirit of Processwork, and its ability to find creative and unexpected solutions to the most difficult, confusing or inexplicable challenges.

800 years young & don’t miss our January Intensive

How did you get so big?

I stood in the rain, awed by an 800 year old being rising up through the mist. The low grrrrr of ocean waves crashing not far away, I sobbed quietly, overwhelmed by joy and awe in the Pacific Northwest coastal forest.

Western science has just recently understood that forests are collaborative diverse communities. The visible part of the forest can look like a competition for light, space and nutrients. But underground, the forest is a network of inter-species connections used for support and nourishment.

What scientists call ‘mother trees’ partner with fungi to pass nutrients, protection from disease, and information exchange that helps the entire forest flourish. This 800 year old giant has lived with generations of indigenous peoples, witnessed the recent arrival of Europeans, felt the steady deforestation of its coastal homeland, all the while nourishing and uplifting the forest community of which it is part.

As we farewell this year and welcome 2021, I am wishing us time to feel our roots and the invisible connections they make. To wonder at the weave of inter-species process that unfolds between and through us.

Could our roots help us transform the intense polarizations of this time?

Could our mother trees hold us through vulnerability, fears and denial and give us the courage to act with “stubborn optimism” for racial justice and a safe climate future?

How have your underground networks nourished you this year?

How have you been a ‘mother tree’ to others in your community?

Join us online this January for our introductory intensive to study the skills for unfolding process. Together we can find our way to a better normal.

Hellene, from all of us here at the Process Work Institute

Click here for our latest newsletter (December 26,  2020)

Hellene Gronda, Executive Director
Ph.D, PW. Dipl, MA, BSc/BA(Hons)
Hellene has a life-long interest in personal and collective change and has been inspired by Processwork for over 30 years. An experienced leader in government and nonprofit settings she values the deep optimism and courageous spirit of Processwork, and its ability to find creative and unexpected solutions to the most difficult, confusing or inexplicable challenges.

Immerse in dreaming December 2020

Recharge, immerse in dreaming, find new resources for turbulent times

Is it time for a break yet?  2020 has been quite a year.

If you are longing to immerse in dreaming, to connect with international processwork friends and colleagues, to recharge with an intensive experience, COVID-19 style … this just might be for you.

What is it?

A special online only Intensive Reunion this December – to bring people together, to dive deep and replenish our resources for the work we need to do.

Watch the invitation video …

Intensive Reunion Invitation video

Join us for one week or two; enjoy workshops live or on demand via recording; connect with others in our confidential virtual social learning space.

Does it flirt with you?  Find out more here:
Week 1: Dec 5-10
Week 2: Dec 12-17
Recharge, immerse in dreaming, find new resources for turbulent times.

Feel community.  Learn together.

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