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Dreams Dojo

DREAMS DOJO with Ingrid Rose and Lynn Lobo

The Japanese word ‘dojo’ means a place to practice, traditionally the martial arts. In this Dreams Dojo we will practice together and explore the world of dreams and dreamwork.

Join Ingrid and Lynn for an 8-week dojo practicing dreamwork together and addressing questions such as:

  • why work with dreams 
  • where do they come from 
  • do they have useful information for us 
  • how do we unfold their guidance 

Watch a video about the course!

Time: 4 – 5pm (16:00 – 17:00) PST 

Dates:   October: 20, 27, November: 3, 10, 17, 24 and December: 1, 8

Cost: $240, $160 or $80 (Sliding scale – pay what is fair for you)

Register here

Take a journey into the world of dreams. 

In this 8-week dojo take the opportunity to enter the dreaming that dream figures, images and experiences conjure up for us. Not only will we be meeting dreamlike parts of ourselves and our world, but we will be learning how to familiarize ourselves with the tools and techniques available through process-oriented methods to unravel the deeper layers of dreams in order to benefit from their guidance and integrate that into our everyday lives.

Participants will be introduced to the course through videos detailing basic theory and methods. Each week, meeting online, we will go deeper into the practice of dreamwork focusing on various ways in which to work with dreams. We will be offering exercises, techniques to work with our own and others’ dreams, demonstrations, and practice. Each one hour will focus on a different dreamwork method providing an opportunity to practice various dreamwork skills and techniques. 

Each class is one hour in duration. Classes will be recorded and available until December 31st.

Meet your faculty:

Lynn Lobo Dipl.PW, MAPW

Lynn is a practicing visual artist, graphic novelist and visual thinker. They have had a long, parallel career as a doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine and a psychotherapist. Lynn is now a member of faculty at PWI. Lynn’s area of teaching interest is in dreams, body symptoms and worldwork. They are particularly interested in how our dreambody is expressed through the arts, and can help humanity.

Ingrid Rose Ph.D Dipl.PW

Ingrid’s guiding inspiration for her life work stems from her history of growing up in South Africa, where as a child, perceiving the injustice around her, she decided early on to devote herself to individual and social change. Ingrid has been in private practice for more than 35 years working with a large range of presentations, as well as being a clinical supervisor and international group facilitator. She has taught at college level, and has had extensive experience teaching Processwork to many groups in Portland, Oregon and all over the world.  Ingrid has a love of dreamwork appreciating the deep insights dreams bring for personal and collective development.  She has a long history of yoga and meditation practice and a strong interest in shamanism, adding to the depth of her work. 


Processwork is a cross-disciplinary approach that focuses on the potentially meaningful flow of inner and outer signals that can be observed in individuals, communities, and groups.  Processwork facilitation techniques offer methods and skills to work with behaviors, feelings, interactions, expression and inner experiences in order to elicit meaning and unexpected solutions from difficulties and disturbance.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Progress Report August 2021

August 2021 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Progress Report from the Community Advisory Committee for the Process Work Institute Community  

As published in our August 31 Newsletter.

Progress Report from the Community Advisory Committee

(Rhea Shapiro, Lynn Lobo, Mbali Maseko, Emma Dugan)

for the PWI Community

PWI has begun to actively engage in making changes to promote diversity, equity and inclusion over the last year, however this is the first official report from the Community Advisory Committee, and begins a commitment to regular progress updates.

Dear community,

We recognize that this is a long-term growth process and we are in the beginning stages. We plan to publish monthly updates on progress made at PWI in its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) process to keep the entire community informed.

Please Note: In this report we are using: People of the Global Majority (PGM), an empowering term emphasizing that over 80% of the world’s population are people of color, not white.  POC and BIPOC are US centrist terms not used or related to by most of the world.

Here is a report on PWI actions towards DEI goals over the last year:

1.        In July 2020, PWI initiated a Board strategic working group to focus resources and leadership on anti-racism work, and search for an outside consultant to advise PWI in its DEI process.

2.        In August 2020, PWI and the Board strategic working group established a community based anti-racism Community Advisory Committee (CAC) to advise the PWI Board and to bring external expertise, guidance and accountability to the organization. Members of the committee that represent the Global Majority receive an honorarium to acknowledge their expertise and time contributions.


3.        The Community Advisory Committee has reviewed PGM, student, faculty and community feedback from past years and based on that feedback came up with recommendations for the PWI Board to make structural changes to support anti-racism in the Institute.


4.        October 2020 In service faculty training: Errol Amerasekera and Dawn Menken: Working with Race at PWI – Learnings, Growth and Systemic Change,


5.        In January 2021 leadership began working with outside consultant, Ed Porter (Courage of Care) to create anti-racism structures and strategies within PWI. Some of his suggestions are as follows:

  • a.   He has stressed the importance of staying in relationship and working with our differences.
  • b.   Recognizing that the social issues and culture are in constant change so we need to create structures that can respond to the present needs of our students and faculty.
  • c.    He suggested we discuss cultural appropriation both inside the organization and publicly in the larger community. We organized a PWI faculty roundtable in the school and plan to post responses. We also plan to create a public roundtable in fall 2021.
  • d.   He has emphasized the importance of uplifting the PGM faculty voice. This is a long-term project. PWI has begun to address this need by engaging more PGM faculty both in public courses and in the academic course curriculum.


6.        PWI has strengthened its Grievance Procedures to address rank issues and bring up student DEI complaints. In January 2020, we created an Ombuds role (Rhea Shapiro) to investigate and discuss complaints to reach a satisfactory resolution for the student. This process has been used by 2 students since its inception.


7.        June 2020, there was Institutional acknowledgment to the PGM community through the PWI newsletter of our grief and regret surrounding past actions and our commitment to changing. 
 See Newsletter June 15, 2020.


8.        In Sept 2020, an apology was sent by email to PWI students and faculty. We include a copy of that to share with the whole community:

Update on Racial DEI (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion) Work at PWI (Sept 2020)

Hello to everyone reading this update on our racial equity work here at PWI. As Hellene stated in her June update: “As an organization we are committed to earning back trust through actions and outcomes.“ As a predominantly white organization we have begun to actively struggle with our white dominant culture and actions.

The PWI board, faculty and administration are totally committed to the work of creating a school that is anti-racist with an DEI focus. We have had an unconscious white lens and we are waking up around this and we are dedicated to change; to becoming an anti-racist organization where everyone’s reality is truly supported and encouraged.

We cannot go back in time, but we can apologize to the many People of the Global Majority, both faculty and students, who have suffered with the actions and attitudes that come from our white privilege within PWI. Many students and faculty have been speaking out, saying that this has been happening for far too long in our organization. Our white micro and macro aggressions created a culture that has been painful and debilitating. We know that just an apology is not enough.

Realizing this and trying to change this culture, the PWI Board is instituting a systemic DEI Change Process. In July, the board created an Anti-Racism Work Group. Also, we have begun to connect with community members to create a Community Advisory Committee that will give PWI feedback about how we are doing. We are engaging a Strategic Planner to help us create a long-term plan for racial equity. Also, we are initiating conversations within the school with an outside facilitator to address white dominance. We are committed to this change process and making PWI a safer place for People of the Global Majority and all of us connected to the organization.

Thank-you, the Anti-Racism Work Group, PWI Board (Rhea Shapiro, Elva Redwood, Irina Feygina)

9.        In Spring 2020 PWI created PGM student scholarships of which 2 students have made use. Also funded were PGM Guest Faculty positions for the Masters of Process Work Race and Culture class.


10.     We have the intention of significantly increasing People of the Global Majority representation on the PWI Board. In Summer 2021, Diane Wong joined the board and we are in the process of inviting a second member.

Thank you for your interest in the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion process in which PWI is continuing to engage. The Community Advisory Committee is now committed to giving monthly updates on the progress of PWI. Stay tuned.


The Community Advisory Committee

Rhea Shapiro, Lynn Lobo, Mbali Maseko, Emma Dugan

To reach the Committee please email

Speaking out to facilitate consensus

Read our August Newsletter here

Wondering what is happening these days with the structures that used to seem so stable? From scientific facts to our legal and governance systems, those institutions supposed to create safety, to our very climate and precious biosphere, the essential ground for life on earth?

It feels like every day there is another threat to things that we should be able to take for granted.

Arnold Mindell gave us the concept of consensus reality … and it inspires me to think that the realm of objectivity is a consensus project. Truth is a group process! Seems we have to work together to create a new stable ground, to enact deeply democratic justice, to re-form a foundation that we can all share and build upon.

With institutions and environmental systems under threat, the role of structure, of stability, and grounding seems to be coming back to each one of us.

People are speaking up everywhere and we need to facilitate consensus reality in a deeply democratic way.  How are you picking up this role? How are you contributing towards creating a sustainable ground for us all to share?

Processworkers help people go more deeply into the things that matter.

Join us to resource the work you need to do.

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.

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

Register now

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
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