Faculty Directory


Photo of Lane Arye Ph.D.
PWI – DistanceMAPOF / AC
Website: Lane’s Website

Lane Arye, Ph.D. supports individuals, couples and groups to discover wholeness, creativity, reconciliation and community. He studied Processwork in Zurich in the 1980’s and was one of the founding members of the Process Work Center of Portland (now PWI). Approaching our joys and our troubles with curiosity, respect, and heart, he fosters the experience that life is mysterious and meaningful.

Lane developed Unintentional Music, a way of using Process Work with musicians (and non-musicians) as they play or sing to help them transform their music and themselves. That work also led him to teach people around the world how to transform stage fright in new and exciting ways.

In the Balkans, Lane co-led a six-year UN funded project that brought together Croats, Serbs and Muslims after the war to work on ethnic tension, community building, human rights, and trauma. He has also worked with anti-Semitism in Germany and Poland, as well as racism, sexism, nationalism, homophobia, and class issues in the US and Europe. In Oakland, California, he facilitated a conflict between then mayor (later governor) Jerry Brown and an African American cultural arts center.
Lane lived in Warsaw from 1995-1999, where he trained the first generation of Polish Process Workers, and also supervised a psychiatric day hospital and support groups for victims of domestic violence.
Lane’s been deeply researching whiteness, and leading groups for white folks about race, resilience and repair. He is a part of the Racial Justice Collaborative, a black-led, multi-racial team working to end anti-black racism and the myth of white supremacy through education, training, team building, and facilitation. Lane has also been integrating a neurobiologically informed approach to trauma into his Processwork with individuals, couples, groups and communities.
Author of Unintentional Music: Releasing Your Deepest Creativity as well as a chapter in Kenneth Hardy’s forthcoming book on white centrality, and co-author of “Transforming Conflict into Community: Post-war Reconciliation in Croatia,” Lane lives near San Francisco with his wife, Lecia, and their two teenagers. He loves to meditate, sing, play guitar, and write songs.

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Teaching PWICurrently not teaching Programs
Work Phone: 503.235.9293 Website: Jan’s Website Website: 361ArtWorks

Jan Dworkin, PhD is a Process Work facilitator, coach, educator and artist living in Portland, Oregon. One of Arny Mindell’s original students, Jan has been developing and co-creating Process Work theory and practice for over twenty-five years. She has worked with groups and multiple stakeholders on opposing sides of issues in highly tense and charged conflict situations around the world. She has co-authored various Process Work training programs both in the U.S.A. and abroad and she conducts training workshops and public seminars internationally. Jan served as the Academic Dean of the Masters in Process Work (MAPW) program for many years.

Jan specializes in conflict facilitation, relationship work, sexuality and creativity. She is owner and partner in 361ArtWorks, a unique facilitation company that uses Process Work awareness methods and the Arts to support organizational development and community transformation.  Jan is passionately involved with her own creative process as well—especially as a painter. She is also an avid long distance road cyclist and nature lover. Above all else, she tries to follow the unpredictable direction of Nature and Spirit in whatever she undertakes.



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Photo of Mila Gaca Ph.D., Dipl. PW, LPC 
Teaching Process Work InstituteMAPOF

Mila Gaca, Ph.D., Dipl. PW, LPC
Pronouns: she/her

Mila has a Ph.D. in Depth Psychology and is a Diplomate in Process-Oriented Psychology. She started her journey in Process Work in Warsaw, Poland in 2003. Since then she has continued on a path of learning and studying life processes in their various manifestations.

She works with individuals, groups, and organizations providing facilitation, coaching and training. Mila is passionate about studying consciousness, making explicit the invisible dynamics and patterns of human behaviors, and contributing to psychology as soul work. Her areas of focus are process of change & transformation, ethical use of power, organizational change, liberatory practices, and collective healing.

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Dean of Academic Programs, Executive Director PWI

Hellene Gronda, Ph.D, PW. Dipl, MA, BSc/BA(Hons)
Dr. Gronda is an experienced leader, manager and administrator with over 10 years experience in academic and nonprofit administration and public sector management. She led PWI’s successful application for national accreditation with ACICS (awarded August 2016) and has served as Dean of PWI’s academic programs since 2015, providing oversight and management of the academic program including faculty assignments, accountability and performance evaluation; program logistics and administrative control and standards compliance.

Previously Dr. Gronda served on the executive leadership team of the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI). She established and led the AHURI Research Synthesis Service, their national research consultancy business unit (2008-2012). Publications include: What makes Case Management Work and What makes a difference? Building a foundation for nationally consistent outcome measures. Other roles include policy development leader for the Victorian State Government, and research coordinator for a large nonprofit.

Dr. Gronda uses her mastery of innovative change facilitation methodologies for individuals and groups. She brings her proven ability in leadership, teaching, research, policy, partnerships and business development, along with a strong project delivery and publication record, to deliver sound management and leadership of the Institute.

Hellene is a Processwork Diplomate and member of PWI Faculty since 2015, with a PhD in Cultural Studies from Monash University (Aust.) and a BSc/BA(Hons) from the University of Melbourne, Australia. She graduated from the Process Work Institute’s Masters in Process Work (MAPW) program in February 2013. Her doctoral research, Dance with the body you have (2006), focused on the meaning and implications of body awareness practices, while her first degree was in Physics.


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Photo of Kate Jobe M.A.
Teaching PWIMAPOF / AC
Website: Kate Jobe Home Page


Diploma, Research Society of Process Oriented Psychology, Zurich. 1990
Certificate in Laban Movement Analysis, Laban Institute of Movement Studies, NY, NY. 1980
MA, Western Washington University. 1973
B.Mus. Philadelphia Dance Academy/Combs College of Music, 1972
Certified Somatic Movement Therapist/Educator since 1998

Research, publications, projects:
Facilitator in Worldwork seminars since 1991
Conducted research /therapeutic seminars with victims of the Chernobyl disaster, 1994-1997.
Co-founder (with Amy Mindell and Joe Goodbread) and Editor in Chief of the Journal of Process-Oriented Psychology.
Diversity consultant to major mass-transit organization, 1998.
Conducted training and research seminars throughout the world, 1987-present.
Co-designer of and trainer in “Befriending Conflict” program, Donegal, Ireland, to introduce process-oriented facilitation methods to community workers in Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland border towns, 2003-2004.
Co-founder of the Irish Process Oriented Psychology training program. (Process Oriented Psychology Ireland)
Facilitator, with Joe Goodbread and Arny Mindell, of the ‘Parallel Worlds Extreme States Clinic’ since 1996.
Co-founder Lao Tse Press, Ltd. Portland, OR

Five Blind Men and the Elephant: A Comment (editorial for the issue). Spring/Summer 2001. Vol. 9, No 1.
What is the Point of Process Work? 1995-1996, Vol. 7, No. 2.
Standing Before the Muse: Dance and Process Work. Winter 1994-1995, Vol. 6, No 2.
“But What Does iIt Mean?”: Mystery as a Key to Exploring Experience. Spring/Summer 1993, Vol. 5, No. 1.

Special Interests:
My life-long interest has been in the quick and direct path to solving problems, deepening meaning, and revealing unknown possibilities offered by focusing on movement expression. I am humbled by the profundity of the difference that focusing with awareness on conflict, dreams, symptoms, addictions, extreme, disturbing, or ecstatic and elated states can make on individual and community’s progress and unfolding development. I am fascinated by the consistency of each of our processes, how it underlies dreams, hopes, and the potential for us as individuals and the world. I have worked with thousands of people on 8 continents in extreme and not so extreme situations and continue to discover the innate intelligence found in diverse people in diverse situations.

Personal Statement:
I moved to Portland from Zurich in 1990, where I live with my partner Joe Goodbread and our cat Ben. I grew up as a “global nomad” living with my family in many different countries from the age of 10. In my early years as a dancer/choreographer I discovered a great yearning to know more about myself and the mystery of the unknown and found a path to process work. As well as my career as a process work teacher, therapist and group facilitator, I take great joy in being a wildly creative individual enjoying multiple avenues of artistic expression including dance and improvisational theatre, photography, painting, sewing, knitting, and a budding interest in film making. I’ve always wanted to be able to sing like a diva but alas that’s for another lifetime.I love hill riding in Portland with Joe and making a bountiful summer garden.


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Photo of Susan Kocen M.A.
Teaching PWIMAPOF / AC
Pronouns: she/her
Susan Kocen, MA Dip PW, is a member of the Faculty of the Process Work Institute. She began studying Process Work in Australia in the mid-90′s. Coming from a background in art and design, her interest in the paradigm was first ignited beside a camp fire, stars overhead and clear freshwater lake nearby. Since that first introduction to the work the stars overhead have seemed closer to earth and the clear freshwater lake is never too far away.
Before meeting Process Work Susan had studied Textile Design as an under-graduate in England, and as a post-graduate at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad in India. After living in India for 12 months she emigrated to Australia in 1988, working eclectically over the next decade as a Textile Designer, Artist, Organic Food Activist and Retail Manager. She trained in and qualified with a Diploma in Applied Science, Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture.
Susan moved to Portland in 1998 and received her Diploma in Process work in 2005. She emigrated to the United States in 1999 and became a citizen in 2007.While studying Process Work, Susan has worked for many years in the Mental Health fields, working specifically with the SPMI diagnosed homeless population of Portland.In 2012 Susan graduated from Marylhurst University with an MA, focus on Gerontology. Her Masters Thesis explored ideas of rethinking the altered and extreme states of aging, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.Since 2012 Susan has worked in community development, building programs, groups, classes, workshops and facilitating forums with the LGBTQ community of seniors.
Susan’s earliest myth with Process Work continues through her on-going practice, and pedagogic approach – with her deep love of innerwork, dreamwork, earth based focus and the stars overhead central to her facilitation style.
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Photo of Lynn Lobo MAPW, Dip PW
Teaching PWI – DistanceMAPOF
Website: Lynn Lobo Artist

Pronouns: they/them, she/her

Lynn completed their MAPW in 2015. They have 25 years of clinical experience as a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine and a Body Psychotherapist with a focus on trauma work. While retiring from clinical work in 2018, Lynn has maintained a small private practice as a psychotherapist. They spend most of their days painting.Painting has always been a core practice for Lynn. They have had many exhibitions, been on art residencies in Italy and Portugal, taught painting and drawing and are now working to set up more opportunities for young BIPOC visual artists. They have also worked in and written for theatre on a community and professional level. Lynn has co-authored and illustrated a graphic novel with her colleague Venetia Bouronikou titled, DREAMING INTO COMMUNITY, A Guide Book to Worldwork.

These days Lynn’s focus is on decolonisation and organisational change as an awareness facilitator and visual artist. Their key interest is in Dreambody work, Worldwork and creative practice.

Lynn’s cultural background is Indian-Portugese, or Goan. They now live in Adelaide, Australia.

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Photo of Dawn Menken Ph.D.
Teaching PWIMAPOF / AC
Work Phone: 503 287 3969 Website: http://www.dawnmenken.com

Dawn Menken,  Ph.D, is a certified process worker, group facilitator, conflict resolution educator, workshop leader, and coach. A senior faculty member at the Process Work Institute in Portland, Oregon, Dawn has been a co-creator of various Master of Arts programs and supports many of the PW programs world-wide. She is the founder and director of Teens Rise Up, a summer leadership intensive for youth. Dawn enjoys facilitating multi-cultural groups and has worked in organizations, agencies, small businesses, and schools. She is a passionate teacher and facilitator with a special devotion to relationship and building sustainable community.

Dawn is the author of the award winning book, Raising Parents Raising Kids: Hands-on Wisdom for the Next Generation, an inspiring and ground-breaking book for parents, educators and practitioners who work with children. She is also the author of Speak Out! Talking About Love, Sex and Eternity, a book of essays that explore themes of marginalization, relationship, and the essence of community.

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Photo of Amy Mindell Ph.D.
Teaching PWICurrently not teaching Programs

Amy is in private therapy practice in Portland, Oregon and has taught together with Arny all over the world. She developed the concept of “Metaskills” and has also helped develop Process Work in the areas of coma work, movement work, and creativity. She has a BA in dance and theater,  an MA and PhD in psychology, and is a diplomate of the Research Society for Process oriented Psychology in Zurich. She is the author of 5 books and has published numerous journal articles.

Amy loves to create whimsical puppets and animated figures of all kinds, and is also a musician, songwriter, and singer. She is in the midst of creating an animated film about Worldwork. Most of all, she is passionate about creating and dreaming together with others.

In the great outdoors, she enjoys running, skiing, gardening, and the boundless beauty of nature.


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Teaching PWICurrently not teaching Programs

Arnold Mindell, or Arny has a Ph.D in psychology from the Union Institute, and M.S. from M.I.T. Arny has many years of consulting experience with government and organizational leaders around the world as well as many hundreds of individuals . He created processwork, or process oriented psychology while still working as Jungian training analyst in Switzerland in the late 1970’s. He has written 21 books.

For more see http://www.aamindell.net

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Photo of Pierre Morin Ph.D.
Teaching PWICurrently not teaching Programs

I have always been interested in health, in approaches that facilitate awareness in health care for individual professionals, patients, and health care administrators. As a medical facilitator I believe that communication and relationship is a basic principle in health care. I recognize the many competing subsidiary issues that need to be addressed in a communicative dialogue (e.g. rising health care costs, health disparities). I integrate an adult education paradigm and address in addition to all other needs, the power and rank imbalance between health care providers and clients and the dominance of some cultural values over others. I believe in deepening meaning by unfolding individuals and communities stories and narratives. In contrast to the disenchanted worldview of mainstream medicine in which there is no place for mystery and magic I believe in peoples sentient experiences and dreaming nature. I embrace the idea of a force of life that animates our bodies and selves and try to foster the therapeutic powers within ourselves, which help us regain strength and overcome fatigue and sickness.

In my leisure time I play saxophone and love cooking for friends and my family. I love the outdoors and long walks on the Oregon beaches.

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Suzette Payne, MA, Dipl.PW is a Faculty member of PWI. She has a private practice in Portland with a focus on personal growth, trauma, addictions, dreaming, creativity, empowerment and relationship issues. She has a passion for Worldwork, and is a member of the Worldwork Committee for IAPOP. Suzette helped develop and is on the Advisory Board for the Open Studio Project, a non-for-profit arts organization and gallery, serving community social justice issues for children and adults with creative healing and awareness.  She is passionate about community healing, nature, play, art process, Worldwork and a co-creative unfolding of our deepest dreaming together.

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Photo of Aleksandr Peikrishvili MPW, LCSW
Cell Phone: 503 367 9888

I am an international process oriented trainer, facilitator, therapist and licensed clinical social worker. I am senior faculty at Processwork Institute in Portland, Oregon; Moscow, Russia and Colombia, Bogota. 

My basic nature and some of the formative experiences, growing up as a feeling gay man in a a former Soviet Republic of Georgia, immigrating to the US at 16 and a family history of Armenian Genocide, are an inspiration for my dream of creating a different world for us to live in. These experiences continue to be deep sources of agony, growth and compassion that guide me in my work with groups, relationships and individuals, and being a person and relating to others. The dream of a different world has moved me to be one of the organizers of Worldwork 2011 in Denver, Colorado, to be on the faculty in different parts of the world and to continue to follow the unpredictable and awesome ways that nature expresses herself in me, relationships and the world.
I met Processwork in 1998 at the NYC Open Center and since then I continue to be deeply moved by the feeling of home that the paradigm has helped me create inside myself and the world by in its value of the relationship with the Dreaming, curiousity and awe for the unknown, love and respect of diversity of human experience and the profound framework for befriending things that scare or disturb us in life. I am honored to be a part of the community and faculty, locally and internationally that practices relationship with the world anchored in deep democracy and eldership. I am passionate about a diversity of applications of Processwork, personally and professionally, and probably, most importantly, growing our capacity for Eldership, our ability to welcome and relate to the disavowed, disturbing and unwelcome parts of our inner and outer worlds.  I have been closely following Arny and Amy Mindell’s latest research in 2nd training and process mind and am an active 2nd training teacher in addition to 1st Training.
I am passionate about facilitation of World issues and large group work, Rank, Power and Relationship Work, Metaskills, and Facilitator development, 2nd training, Leadership development, Supervision and skills building: experiences close to my heart are Gender and Relationship/Sexual Orientation, Bicultural and Immigrant experience and other experiences of the mainstream and margin, and creative expression of being a person.
In my free time I love hanging out with my dog Harvey, the ocean, I enjoy good food, performance art and love textures, colors, and shapes of fabric.
In my free time I love hanging out with my dog Harvey, the ocean, I enjoy good food, performance art and fashion.
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Clinical Director, River’s Way Training Clinic PWIMAPOF / AC

I live out in the country near Eugene, Oregon, with my partner Sharon Emery, and her son Jamie and my daughter Eliana, as well as cats, dogs, and horses. My work life includes my private practice, teaching Process work, and writing books. When I am not working, I love being active and running, skiing, biking, and camping, as well as having time to meditate, and especially time to have laugh and have fun with family and friends.

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Teaching PWIMAPOF / AC
Work Phone: 503-407-8039

Kas is originally from New Zealand and lived in Australia for 11 years. She is a certified Process Worker and has been a faculty member at the Process Work Institute since 2007.  She has experience in wellness, recovery, facilitation and leadership. She focuses on personal growth,  professional development, teamwork,  body symptoms, creativity, relationship issues, and the empowerment of marginal experiences.  Kas loves process work’s deep respect for the diversity of human nature and diving into the mysteries and challenges of life. She practices improvisational theatre and is inspired by the calm and wild rhythms of nature.

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Ingrids 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. In service of this vision, Ingrid has achieved two doctoral degrees, has become an Australian licensed psychologist, licensed Professional Counselor, a certified Process Worker, and is a faculty member and Dean at the Process Work Institute in Portland, Oregon.

Ingrid has spent the past 40 years exploring various modalities that enhance human potential and growth, all of which contribute to her eclectic style and method in working with others. She has had extensive experience teaching Process Work to many groups all over the world in addition to being an associate professor at Portland State University, and the National College of Natural Medicine for some years.

She has been in private practice since 1985, working with a large range of presentations in children, adolescents, and adults including working with extreme states, relationships, end of life, and giving student training and supervision.

Process Work has cultivated further a love of engaging and working with groups on diversity issues and conflict situations. Among some of her group work experiences are:

  • training and facilitation of groups in Russia during the transition from communism to democracy
  • training and facilitating groups in South Africa on race relations and community building after the fall of apartheid
  • facilitation of stalemate situations between environmentalists and foresters over old-growth disputes in Australia
  • Public education on issues related to Genocide, specifically the situation in Darfur and South Sudan
  • facilitation of international groups at Worldwork seminars

Ingrid offers classes, student training, individual therapy, supervision, exam preparation, as well as seminars, training and group facilitation in Portland and all over the world

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Teaching PWI – DistanceMAPOF
Website: Bill Say Website

Pronouns: he/him/his

Bill Say, M.A., Dipl. PW brings over twenty years of experience to the intersection of diversity awareness training, conflict resolution, and leadership/team/community building, including work in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.

His organizational consulting experience is with health, mental health, and educational organizations in the US and abroad including with the Cities of Berkeley, Richmond and San Rafael; Alameda County Human Resources; the Highlander Research and Education Center; UN refugee health organizations in the Middle East (UNRWA); New Energy in China; and Independent Thought and Social Action in India.

He is an adjunct faculty member of the California Institute of Integral Studies, the Wright Institute and JFK University. Bill is a Mindell Process Work Diplomate.

He is Japanese Korean American, cis and male and straight identified, middle-class-ish, spiritually oriented, socially introverted, married to Linda and parent to son Gabe.

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Photo of Stephen Schuitevoerder Ph.D.
Teaching PWIMAPOF / AC
Work Phone: 503-452-1626 AIM: Ph.D., University of Western Sydney Website: http://processconsulting.org/

As an international consultant, coach, lecturer and facilitator, Stephen consults and presents seminars, keynotes and workshops internationally including South Africa, Australia, Russia, Japan, Europe, South America, Canada, Mexico and the United States.

He works with communities and organizations in many diverse situations ranging from the facilitation of change management for the United Nations; to staff retreats, consultation and strategic planning for Esalen Institute; individual coaching and consultation with executives at Afognak Native corporation and more.

Stephen’s expertise is in the area of individual, interpersonal and system development and change. His practice with organizations includes strategic coaching consultations with corporate executives, change management, work with diversity, team building, conflict resolution and executive development

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PWI Board Chair, Faculty TeachingMAPOF / AC
Work Phone: 503-222-4478

Coming from an activist background I have a passion for worldwork and group process. I’ve been part of the facilitation team at worldwork seminars for many years and I have taught group process, relationship work and process-oriented conflict resolution to diverse groups both nationally and internationally. I am especially interested in the development of the metaskill of eldership and the creation of sustainable communication between individuals and in groups.

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Photo of Jai Tomlin D.C.
Teaching PWIMAPOF / AC
Website: Dreambody Clinic Website: Jai’s Website
 Dr. Jai Tomlin is a chiropractic physician, on faculty at the Process Work Institute of Portland and a small business owner. She is also trained as a facilitator, coach and consultant. She has over 25 years of experience as a doctor and facilitator. As a coach, she is called to assist and inspire people to reach their health and wellness goals, both personally and professionally.  Her passion is empowering women in leadership and business. As a facilitator and consultant, she helps individuals, teams and organizations to develop leadership skills, embrace change, and transform conflict.

Jai is a Diplomate of the Process Work Institute of Portland and a member of IAPOP, the International Association of Process Orientated Psychology. She is also a graduate of the Global Coaching Institute and a certified wellness coach through the International Coaching Federation (ICF).  Her skills include facilitation of physical and mental health, leadership and community building, and she has organized conferences and programs for professionals in these fields.

One of her passions is working with dogs as an animal chiropractor and physical therapist. She also trains and works with therapy dogs. They have worked as Pet Partner teams with special needs kids and at risk teens.

Experience includes:

• Doctor of Chiropractic and Functional Medicine practitioner.
• Owner of Yachats Health Care & Newport Chiropractic in Oregon.
• Certified Animal Chiropractor and physical therapist, graduate of Options for Animals, Kansas.
• Founder of the Radiant Health Center, the first healing arts center in Anchorage, Alaska.
• Board President of Pet Partners of the Oregon Coast.
• Conference and seminar organizer for physicians, psychologists and healing arts professionals.
• Lava Rock Clinics and Dreambody Medicine instructor for people with chronic symptoms.
• Facilitator of public dialogue on a variety of social, medical and political issues.
• Adjunct faculty member of Naropa Institute.

“Dr. Jai Tomlin, is not only a highly gifted body therapist, but an amazing process worker, and will be of benefit to anyone with body problems, personal problems, relationship or group difficulties.” —Drs. Amy and Arny Mindell


Jai provides individual or group sessions in person, or over Skype or Zoom by appointment. She has a team of co-facilitators and coaches as resources that she co-partners with for various projects.

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