Courses and Workshops

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Welcome to the Process Work Institute’s course listings!  Please see below for details on our upcoming classes …

Talk to someone for more information – connect with our outreach coordinator, Melissa Perry, to arrange a time to discuss further. 

Questions about our online course registration system? Check out our Online Registration Guide for a step by step look at registering online!

If you encounter issues or just prefer to register over the phone, call us at 503 223 8188, email or fax the Registration Form PDF (503 227 7003). 

Registration at least 24 hours before the course start date is strongly encouraged. Early registration helps ease administrative processes at the last minute. Thanks for helping us provide a great service for everyone.

Please note: All course times are local Portland, Oregon (Pacific) time, unless otherwise specified.

Questions about attending classes at a distance?  See our Distance Options Guide for more information or be in touch so we can assist you personally. 

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  • February 21, 2020 - February 23, 2020
    6:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Embodied Facilitation Practices

With Annie Blair and Carol Zahner


Our feeling, moving, aware bodies are full of wisdom!

February 21-23, 2020 – IN PERSON ONLY

Location: The Process Work Institute

2049 NW Hoyt St.

Portland, OR 97209

Early Bird Registration Fee before January 31: $200 

Regular Registration Fee beginning Feb 1: $250

In this class you will learn how information from the body connects to relationships and shifts in teams and organizations, bringing a deeper understanding to your facilitation style.  You will gain skills to clarify current dynamics and tap into spontaneous, fresh ideas for emerging future directions.

We will explore body sensation and movement through Theory U and the Social Presencing methods developed by Arawana Hayashi, social artist, and Otto Scharmer, MIT economist; founders of the Presencing Institute,

These methods cultivate non-verbal perceptions and heighten sensitivity to current experience.  This raises the facilitator’s awareness of shifts in the social or contextual field and leads to prototyping seeds of the future.

These practices and more will increase your awareness of both your individual body and the social body.  You will then apply this awareness to study projects or organizational cases brought by participants.

The focus of Embodied Facilitation is to:

  1. Develop our interior condition as facilitators
  2. Give us tools to illuminate the current situation and discover the emerging potential within our projects and organizations.


  • Cultivate listening to the language of the body.
  • Develop your body sense of the group field and discover what the group needs next.
  • Equal participation for:
    • people whose mother tongue is not English
    • those less comfortable speaking in groups
    • people who express themselves more easily non-verbally
  • Engage successfully with challenging situations such as conflict, overwhelm, or unexpected change.

Friday Feb 21st, 6.30-8.30pm

Saturday Feb 22nd, 10am-5pm

Sunday Feb 23rd, 10am-4pm


Carol Zahner MS, Dipl PW, is a co-founder of Processwork Latin America, adjunct faculty at the Process Work Institute and La Escuela de Trabajo de Procesos in Barcelona.  Her current research explores the combination of Processwork and Social Presencing in individual and group work; and teaching in ways which honor cultural differences.


Annie Blair, MA, Dipl PW, RSME is a certified Processworker who also uses Authentic Movement and Social Presencing to support and accompany individuals and groups who are curious about the ways they move through the world.

Both Annie and Carol are authorized by Arawana Hayashi as teachers of Social Presencing.



  • February 25, 2020
    7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Applying Processwork to Creativity and the Arts


hosted by Ingrid Rose & Rhea Shapiro

With Niyati Evers, Nora Hajos and Nathaniel Holder


Tuesday, February 25th, 2020

7:00-8:30pm PST

at the Process Work Institute & online

Join us for an evening of……..

Performance – Film – Personal Stories – Applications – Discussion

with experienced processworkers who apply their knowledge and skills in

in the areas of writing, software development, theater, movement and coaching.

Learn how Processwork can be an integral aspect of creativity and the creative arts.

Niyati Evers is an international facilitator, teacher and writer with over twenty years of experience in working with group dynamics and personal change processes. She is also trained in Tantric Sexuality Practices which adds to her dynamic and eclectic leadership style.

Nora Hajos has been applying processwork knowledge to her dance-making and movement development, teaching internationally and locally for the past two decades.

Nathaniel Holder is a certified teacher of an embodied physical theater improvisation technique called Action Theater.  He performs regularly in local theater, most recently in “Too Late!” appearing in the Fertile Ground festival.  He is also cofounder of the tech startup whose cloud technology platform facilitates the use of video in education and research.

  • March 10, 2020
    12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

with Stan Tomandl, M.P.W, PW.Dipl. and Ann Jacob, B.Ed.

Three classes in the series on Tuesdays:

Jan 14th, Feb 11th, Mar 10th, 2020

12noon-2pm Pacific Time Zone


Illumination, Practical Mysticism, & the Quality of Death. Reaching from our roots: the Celtic Anam Aire, staying by the soul; Medieval Ars Moriendi, the Art of Dying; Tibetan Buddhist deathways; the ancient Egyptian Book of Emerging Forth into the Light; The Tao, Nature, and Processwork awareness. Entering deep connections through sensory grounded feedback, both before and after physical death. Bringing awareness to altered consciousness within dying: dreaming, intuition, proprioception, synchronicity, quantum connectivity, and end of life dreamtimes referred to as delirium: agitated or withdrawn. Entering the heart of death & life.


1) Personal research into when to sacrifice, to make sacred, to ‘die’ & be reborn into a new part of our lives.

2) ‘Soul traveling’ at death to locate messages that live forever on the borders of awareness.

3) Life & death questions explored through ‘practical mysticism’, during states of altered consciousness.

$108 Early Bird Registration (before Jan 7th)

$120 Regular Registration (after Jan 7th)

  • March 14, 2020
    11:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • April 11, 2020
    11:00 am - 1:00 pm

with Dawn Menken, Ph.D

“I have a confession to make. I yell at my TV. Like many, I am so frustrated by our politics, leaders and political discourse. I coach them from my couch. Being a facilitator or a leader takes vision, heart and skill. We must do better; we watch the news and want our politicians not only to represent our world view and policy platforms, but we want them to be more conscious, authentic, and facilitative.”

3 Saturdays 11am-1pm, Feb 8th, March 14th, April 11th

This class will study video of different politicians and their interactions in current U.S. politics as a vehicle to create interventions that deepen political debate and bring forth inspired leadership.*
We will explore public attack and criticism, how to use our social rank or lack thereof, and how to be smart and address unintended communication and the subtext of our interactions. We will study the videos and re-enact them in order to create the kind of world we want to live in.
This class will be useful to facilitators, teachers, social activists, leaders, managers, public speakers, politicians and anyone interested in co-creating a different politics!

  • Dawn apologizes for the U.S. centric focus. Media clips will be taken from current U.S. politics but learning is applicable across nations.

In person, Livestream and video recording participation options available

$135 early registration (until Jan 25th)

$150 regular registration fee (after Jan 25th)

  • June 1, 2020
    4:30 pm - 8:30 pm

with Arny Mindell


WORLDWORK SUPERVISION and Learning For Everyone,


June 1, 2020  4:30-8:30PM

Early Registration = $58.50 (before May 18th)

Regular Registration = $65.00 (after May 18th)


Livestream or in person in Portland, OR, USA

This 4 hour supervision class Monday, June 1, will be a few days after Worldwork in B.C., Canada.   Supervision is meant for anyone who was present at Worldwork or anyone who is interested in gaining understanding+support for group, organization or Worldwork facilitation.

Why a “Supervision” class so soon after Worldwork in Canada?  My goal is that everyone, those who were at Worldwork and those who were not, will better appreciate and understand their abilities to help our world. 

Thanks to the Spirit of the Musqueam People and their Territory in B.C. where we worked.

1.      I look forwards to appreciating the many different cultures and worldwork abilities

2.      My goal is to support Worldwork Facilitators and their connection to participants trying to create a better world.

3.      We shall study how we can best process our world field’s tensions, dreams and future.

4.      I will also help with possible internalized social issues troubles, creating facilitator tensions, and the need for more self-love and appreciation!

5.      I look forwards to supporting all of us to process inner + outer “hot spots” in a way that integrates personal psychology, and spirits of the land and history.

6.      I look forwards to supporting QUIETER cultural styles + everyone’s personal and Worldwork communication abilities.    

7.       Perhaps together, we can sense Worldwork’s next future steps for a better world.

Thanks to all small and large group facilitators, leaders and everyone who was present. And thanks to everyone for your hopes, dreams and effort to create a better world

If You Would Like Support And/Or Supervision; Please Send Questions At Least A Couple Of Days Ahead Of Time If Possible To Arny@Aamindell.Net. Or Simply Request Supervision Time, And Bring Questions In Person In Portland Or To Me via Livestream.  I’ll Work With As Many People As Possible.                                                  

  • Dreambody and Deep Bodywork
    July 18, 2020 - July 19, 2020
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Led by Gary Reiss, Ph.D

Saturday & Sunday, July 18 & 19, 2020

10:00am – 5:00pm

Dreambody Work, with its focus on the integration of symptoms and dreams, is the foundation of Process Work. Deep bodywork skills give us access to the dreaming body and the eternal body. In this seminar we will start by working on basic interventions with symptoms and dreams and then move into new methods to help us work with our most difficult chronic symptoms and nightmares.  We will learn how to use our hands and words combined to do deep bodywork focusing on trauma states; altered states, and deep trance states.

This training is for anyone interested in process work, specifically in the use of deep bodywork for symptoms, trauma work, and other applications.

Participation Options: In-person only (PWI Big Room)

Early Bird Registration = $225 (before July 4th)

Regular Registration = $250 (after July 4th)

This is part 2 of a 4 part series.  If you would like to attend all 4 courses please call PWI (503-223-8188) to register and receive discount pricing.  

Gary Reiss holds a Masters degree in Social Work from Washington University, St. Louis; a Doctorate in Integrative Studies with a Specialization in Process oriented Psychology and Conflict Resolution. He has been in private practice in Oregon as a LCSW for over 30 years, and teaches worldwide as a Certified Process Oriented Psychology Trainer.




  • Altered and Extreme States
    September 12, 2020 - September 13, 2020
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Led by Gary Reiss, Ph.D

Saturday & Sunday, September 12 & 13, 2020

10:00am – 5:00pm

All of us experience altered states of consciousness and we need more skills and awareness in how to work with and live these states. We will work with the altered states of everyday life and peak experiences.  We will train in how to work with extreme states in general, and then with specific states like depression, anxiety, suicidality, and other extreme states.   Part of our focus will be on learning to process the social issues behind extreme states.  Special emphasis will be given to working with spiritual emergence experiences, with addictions, and with near death states and major accidents.

We will explore new methods of working with extreme states that have powerful transformative effects, that often work well with clients resistant to more traditional approaches.

Participation Options: In-person only (PWI Big Room)

Early Bird Registration = $225 (before August 30th)

Regular Registration = $250 (after Augst 30th)

This is part 3 of a 4 part series.  If you would like to attend all 4 courses please call PWI (503-223-8188) to register and receive discount pricing.  

Gary Reiss holds a Masters degree in Social Work from Washington University, St. Louis; a Doctorate in Integrative Studies with a Specialization in Process oriented Psychology and Conflict Resolution. He has been in private practice in Oregon as a LCSW for over 30 years, and teaches worldwide as a Certified Process Oriented Psychology Trainer.

  • Healing History - Working with Personal and Historical Trauma
    November 21, 2020 - November 22, 2020
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Led by Gary Reiss, Ph.D

Saturday & Sunday, November 21st & 22nd, 2020

10:00am – 5:00pm

Many of our most difficult symptoms don’t change or transform because we only work with these as personal issues. Psychology needs to evolve beyond the individual and in this seminar we practice that evolvement. Focusing on how to work with the historical and multi-generational issues that impact us as well as our personal trauma issues.  By working deeply on these issues, we can reach new levels of freedom for ourselves. We gain much insight into helping individuals and groups learn from, and free themselves from their history.

This seminar will focus on how to work sensitively and effectively with personal and historical trauma to free people from the ongoing repetitive natures of this history.  Getting off the wheel of personal and historical trauma can help us heal ourselves, our families, our culture, and our world.  This seminar will be mostly experiential and is relevant for anyone studying process work; working with trauma, and interested in the personal work required for both personal and planetary transformation.

Participation Options: In-person only (PWI Big Room)

Early Bird Registration = $225 (before Nov 7th)

Regular Registration = $250 (after Nov 7th)

This is part 4 of a 4 part series.  If you would like to attend all 4 courses please call PWI (503-223-8188) to register and receive discount pricing.  

Gary Reiss holds a Masters degree in Social Work from Washington University, St. Louis; a Doctorate in Integrative Studies with a Specialization in Process oriented Psychology and Conflict Resolution. He has been in private practice in Oregon as a LCSW for over 30 years, and teaches worldwide as a Certified Process Oriented Psychology Trainer.