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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.

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!

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.

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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.

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.
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