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2023 NEW Cohort Experience

Delighted to announce a new Cohort Experience learning opportunity!

Want to deepen your Processwork training and earn recognition as a Processwork Diplomate?

Want the flexibility to follow your own learning path, but still get the truly exceptional, irreplaceable, intense and powerful support of a cohort residency experience?

Our students consistently report that the residency and cohort experience makes the difference in their processwork learning journey at PWI.  

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PWI’s Cohort Experience Bundle 2023 offers the opportunity to make an annual commitment that will supercharge your diploma studies.

Don’t miss the Cohort Experience starting September 2023


In Person Learning Intensives

Oct 1-14, 2023 and April 1 -14, 2024

Diversity Open Forum February 18, 2023

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Our MAPOF8 students invite you to an Open Forum

Diversity: Can We Hold the Discomfort?

February 18th, 6-8pm (Pacific)

Invited speakers will open the forum with a variety of experience related to diversity to share their thoughts and experience.
  • Sweta Rajan, Indian-Canadian consultant on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Angela Gray, DEI lead at the Provincial Health Authority in Canada
  • Amy Hirayama, creative writer with a past experience in DEI work as a school teacher
  • Solana Booth, Indian first Nation, Nooksack Nation, Mohawk, Tsymsyan, Pacific NW Traditional Medicine Keeper working in Health and Wellness
The second part of the open forum will be dedicated to you, the audience, to bring in your own thoughts and experiences, your comments or questions, to expand the conversation and come to a larger, collective understanding of the topic at hand.
Expect some expert thoughts, opportunity to reflect and explore, a chance to listen to, share and get some insights on this ever present topic of diversity.
  • What does diversity mean for you?
  • How do you relate to diversity when it appears in your everyday life?
  • How do you keep moving forward with diversity around you?
With love from all of us at PWI
go deeper into the things that matter

Urgent Fundraising Campaign

Urgent Fundraising Campaign

Urgent Fundraising Campaign

Please Help Support Us!


Process Work Institute is currently running an urgent fundraising campaign to maintain the school building and accreditation status.

The pandemic has deeply impacted our institution, resulting in disruptions in operations and services. We have been unable to offer in-person classes, public courses, and coaching sessions. This has resulted in a significant decrease in revenue.

In addition, on August 19th 2022, the US Department of Education announced they’ll no longer recognize the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), click title above or go to News Tab to read more… which affects 27 ACICS-accredited institutions, including PWI. This puts us in the difficult position of needing to establish with a new accreditation body during the grace period.

To take advantage of this grace period we need to move quickly.


Funding Goals

The support received from this fundraising campaign will help the institute to thrive, maintain a physical campus, and invest in activities that will foster financial growth. So far we’ve raised approximately $50,000 in donations and pledges toward our goal, but we still need your help.


2 Target Goals:


$150,000 – Urgent Accreditation Support  By January 31, 2023

The initial $150,000 in funding would allow us to move forward in establishing with a new accreditation agency during the grace period.

$100,000 – Building & On-site Services   By March 31, 2023

This additional contribution will help us maintain the building and administrative & faculty costs while programs and cohorts are rebuilding.


This would prevent an 4-5 year accreditation gap.

We are asking directly for donations because we have been faced with challenges from the pandemic, accreditation difficulties and more. Please consider the value of Process Work, our community and school, and donate if you feel moved to do so.

Checks can be made out to Process Work Institute and mailed to:

Process Work Institute
2049 NW Hoyt Street
Portland, Oregon 97209

If you send a check, please contact us to let us know, so that we can include this in our urgent fundraising report due on December 15th.

Or click on this donate button to contribute any amount:

Donate Now

Or if you’re international and our campaign via the button above won’t accept your payment, Paypal is another option:

All contributions deeply appreciated!

The Process Work Institute is a registered nonprofit 501(c)(3) and all gifts are tax deductible in the US. All contributions large and small are deeply appreciated!

And please consider spreading the word to others about our campaign. We need all the help we can get! Together we can help make a difference.

2023 Winter Intensive

Process Work Institute Annual Winter Intensive

Jan 16 – 31, 2023

The Annual Processwork Winter Intensive is a transformational, experiential introduction to the ideas, practices and range of Processwork tools for personal and collective transformation, offered for over three decades.

Live IN PERSON in Portland, Oregon for the first time since 2020!

Don’t miss this irreplaceable, life-changing opportunity to go deeper into the things that matter.  Join an international teaching team for three weeks of immersive Processwork learning in community

Teaching Team

Arnold & Amy Mindell, Bill Say, Susan Kocen, Ingrid Rose, Myriam Rahman, Dawn Menken, Rhea, Marissa Seiler and Aleksandr Peikrishvili.

January 1st, 2023: Updated Detailed Schedule

Winter Intensive 2023 Public Calendar

Register NOW!

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!

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