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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:  moreinfo@aamindell.net (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.

Hellene,

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.

Fall 2021 Masters Cohort – applications open

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Applications open January for the Master of Arts in Process Oriented Facilitation and Conflict Studies.

Next cohort starts October 1, 2021.

Please contact outreach@processwork.org if you have any questions.

If you would like to apply click here:

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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.

Love
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.

Black lives matter

The Process Work Institute stands in community and solidarity against racism and all those who are protesting against police brutality for a fair and just system. Black Lives Matter and we grieve the recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery and the countless others who have lost their lives to police violence. This is an unprecedented moment that challenges us all to not be silent and to use our voice, energy, and ideas to work towards change and focus on the impact of racial disparity in our communities.

The Process Work Institute condemns all prejudice, racism and injustice in our society, country, and world. We will continue as an organization to work on improving our own awareness, to examine ourselves, and create dialogue which leads to change and more inclusive community.

Photo by frankie cordoba on Unsplash

If you have the means, please consider donating to support the many incredible organizations led by Black, Brown, Indigenous and People of Color, offering their leadership in the movement for change. Some links below as starting points, with special focus on Portland groups:

Right to Health Founded by Leslie Gregory. Right to Health is a Portland based nonprofit organization working to address inequities using a restorative and health perspective, and leading a campaign for the Centers for Disease Control and National Institutes of Health to declare racism a public health crisis. 

Official George Floyd Memorial Fund

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund

Black Lives Matter

Movement for Black Lives

Black United Fund 

Coalition of Communities of Color

MRG Foundation

PAALF (Portland African American Leadership Forum)

Urban League of Portland

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