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Congratulations MAPOF 2!

Our wonderful MAPOF 2 cohort will be celebrating their graduation on Wednesday, May 31st, 2017.

We invite everyone to join us for this very special occasion to celebrate this cohort and honor their journey these last two years. All of us at PWI look forward to seeing you there!!

Apply for Fall 2017: M.A. in Process Oriented Facilitation & Conflict Studies

The Masters in Process-Oriented Facilitation and Conflict Studies (MAPOF) is our integrative, foundation training program in the process oriented approach to the facilitation and study of inner and outer conflicts. The program is distinct because, while each class presents a cross-disciplinary comparison of various theories and approaches to facilitating internal conflict (psychology) and external conflict (conflict studies), the program teaches the cohesive theory and practice of Processwork. Our graduates learn this cohesive theory and focus on intense practical skill training during their studies at PWI, so when they graduate they have a practical set of skills and are ready to apply these skills with expertise.

MAPW4 Final Projects and Commencement Ceremony

Congratulations MAPW4! 

This wonderful cohort will be celebrating their graduation on Saturday, February 4th, 2017.

We invite everyone to join us for this very special occasion to celebrate this cohort and honor their journey these last four years. All of us at PWI look forward to seeing you there!!
This event will also broadcast live for friends and family

Saturday, February 4th, 2017 5:00 pm-7:30 pm

Reception to Follow 7:30 pm 

Please contact with any questions. 

MAPW 4 Final Projects Schedule – OPEN & FREE to the Public

Jan 30th
(distance access)
A Mixed Methods Study Measuring the Effects of Group Process on the Quantum Field
Helene V. Ramos


(distance access)
A Workshop Series Applying Life Myth to Career Transitions
Amy Palatnick


(distance access)
Teng-Nging Tan


A Process-Oriented Approach to Sex, Trauma, and Magnetism
Alexey Razumov


Feb 1st
A Metamathematical Exploration of the Psycho-Physical Universe
Alex Aris


The Ultimate Guiding Principle
Elsa Henderson


Feb 2nd
Annie Chen


Enriching the Learning, Teaching and Research of Processwork
Paola Vidu


(details coming)
Dina Ostrovsky


Fruit in the Bowl: A Process Oriented Approach to Some Contemporary Issues

Join Emetchi for her second Processwork and Trauma training seminar: “In each class there will be succinct theoretical background, discussion time and focus upon the experiential  development of one relevant processwork skill. These classes are tailored for PW students, trauma practitioners and those new to the paradigm i.e. different levels of learning needs are both welcome and catered for. Any questions please email the instructorEmetchi at”

Featured Student: Marissa, 2nd year MAPOF

bbf9224b-b669-4e47-b629-9796eaeaa416Marissa is a second year student in our Master of Arts in Process-Oriented Facilitation and Conflict Studies program. We are thrilled to have been given permission to share some of her poetry which sheds light on a part of her experience growing up as a mixed-race person in the U.S. 
In addition to writing poetry, Marissa can also be found performing with her band at local spots around Portland. Thank you for sharing with us Marissa!


swimming lessons


it’s strange to learn a language secondhand

a language that lives in me

lives in my childhood

lives in my blood

yet shame so often holds it hostage to the tip of my tongue

it could “never be good enough”

a language that lives in the steam of dumpling baskets

the clanging of dim sum carts

and my mother’s beckoning hands

and too–

her scolding

passed down from mother to mother

“mei mei, don’t go to bed with your hair wet or you’ll wake up with a headache”

the language that lives in the food i’ve craved

as a 6 year old to 26 year old

but could never

and still cant ever

muster up the courage to order from a waiter

and claim the language as my own

my shame is my mother’s shame

and my clumsy american tongue could never be my mother’s native one

light and agile

carved around tones and ancestry

my ears can’t hear her accent

to me

her voice is just her own

to me

it has always been her own

but to her

her english was only ever

“never good enough.”

to others

her accent was a hassle

a dismissal

another reason to close an office door

to lay her off

to turn their head

to shut their eyes like blinds

she asked me at age 4 how to pronounce “zoo”

she still asks me sometimes, “shzoo”

i hear the hint of home in her accent

the hint of home

when spoken here

outcasts her

the hint of home

causing people to try to

translate her


but you swam here at 26

and you continue to swim

even though no one ever taught you how

at age 7

you reminded me everyday before YMCA swimming lessons

how lucky i was to learn to swim

because you were never so lucky

we would go to the pool

and you would stand at the shallow end

waving at me

standing alone


in your single



in the dressing room

i watched you gaze at your reflection in the mirror

turned sideways

head cocked

your hands cupping your belly

this swimsuit you bought specifically

to stand

not swim in


you float at the shallow end

avoiding the water so your hair doesn’t get wet

Interested in additional information about the Master of Arts in Process-Oriented Facilitation and Conflict Studies (MAPOF)? Click here to be taken to the MAPOF page or contact our Outreach and Admissions Coordinator to schedule an information session! 
Photo of Melissa Perry
Assistant Dean & Outreach Coordinator

5 Minute Approaches to World Diversity Issues

Starting Friday, September 23rd, join Dr. Arny Mindell for afternoon and evening courses at PWI. In his upcoming 3-day afternoon course Arny recommends two central group process “eldering” methods characterized by their rapid intervention ability. These methods can be keys to momentary resolutions that allow solutions to follow. Small and large Worldwork processes often require time for change. However, recent Processwork developments allow facilitators to help conflicts within minutes.

Featured Student: Vanessa, 2nd Year MAPOF

unnamed (1)Vanessa says one of the things making her excited these days is applying her Processwork learning in the diverse projects she is involved in. Recently Vanessa has been working in various places that are in transition. This includes in Greece, where systems are collapsing or dying, as well as working in Canada helping to facilitate an ongoing truth and reconciliation process with indigenous and non-indigenous peoples. She shared a recent story of working with a young woman indigenous leader who is building new partnerships between youth and mainstream institutions and government. One of the big tensions is around different concepts of “time” and the different cultures around time: how to honor both the “funding deadlines” as well as the deeper historical arcs of time, and to bring into these partnerships that things need to take their own time. Vanessa worked with her on “in-sourced” power and “outsourced” power to remind her that she has more power in any situation than she thinks she does, especially when she goes into these meetings.
Vanessa shared another recent experience working in a facilitator role with a group of women religious leaders who are part of a massive transition in how institutional religious life is lived. Vanessa was able to introduce the idea of role theory, and that people are people, but they are also occupying roles that are assigned by any given field or context. This concept was so helpful to them as they were struggling particularly with the role of the “bully”. It’s a role that is alive in their leadership and congregation, and also is a systemic issue in the Church also around abuse of power. Vanessa was able to explain different types of power such as positional power, personal power, and social power, which helped them realize that at any given moment they can have a different relationship to power and be in a different role. Once they understood this idea, they were very creative about how to begin using these ideas, even to address bigger changes in the organizational hierarchy to which they belong.
Vanessa feels she is in a major change period of life. Part of engaging in the MA in Process-oriented facilitation allows her to see her world work as connected to a larger community of practice. Vanessa also writes poetry. She recently wrote a poem called “Into the Deep, A Worldwork Fairy Tale” after her 5-day live-in residency with her cohort. Some lines from the poem include:
We welcome the new Loves
unravel the old shames
reveal the burdens of
my pain,
your loser
our privilege, race and rank
We risk dissolving something known
to see the deeper, stranger truth
of our own experience
Thank you Vanessa for being our featured student and for sharing a bit of your experience with us!
Interested in additional information about the Master of Arts in Process-Oriented Facilitation and Conflict Studies (MAPOF)? Click here to be taken to the MAPOF page or contact our Outreach and Admissions Coordinator to schedule an information session! 
Photo of Melissa Perry
Assistant Dean & Outreach Coordinator
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