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If you encounter issues or just prefer to register over the phone, call us at 503 223 8188, email pwi@processwork.org 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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  • Engaging with Dying, Death and Grief
    April 2, 2020
    5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Join Dawn Menken for Process Work in Practice: Free Introductory Classes

The final in Dawn’s series of 6 free introductory classes on Processwork, coming up soon.

April 2 – Engaging with Dying, Death and Grief

Thursday, 5:30-6:30pm Pacific Time

Online @ https://zoom.us/j/417364317

These free one-hour classes will present a Process Work approach to working with a variety of themes that emerge in our lives and in private practice. These short sessions are meant to introduce the public to a variety of Process Work applications but will also include ideas that can enhance learning for students and practitioners. These drop-in classes will occur monthly on-line.

Dawn Menken, Ph.D., is a conflict resolution educator, counselor, facilitator, and workshop presenter. She is a senior faculty member in the graduate program at the Process Work Institute in Portland, Oregon and was co-creator of its masters programs, serving as academic dean for ten years. She is the creator of Teens Rise Up (TRU), a cutting edge program that empowers and educates young people to step into their leadership, engage in honest dialogue, and co-create a more welcoming school community. She is the author of the award winning book, Raising Parents Raising Kids: Hands on Wisdom for the Next Generation. A dynamic teacher with a sharp mind and playful spirit, Dawn enjoys working with people from all cultures and backgrounds.  For more information see her website: www.dawnmenken.com


  • Friday April 3, 9-10.15am
    April 3, 2020
    9:00 am - 10:15 am
  • Friday April 3, 4-5.15pm
    April 3, 2020
    4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
  • Friday April 17, 9-10.15am
    April 17, 2020
    9:00 am - 10:15 am
  • Friday April 17, 4-5.15pm
    April 17, 2020
    4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
  • Friday May 1, 9-10.15am
    May 1, 2020
    9:00 am - 10:15 am
  • Friday May 1, 4-5.15pm
    May 1, 2020
    4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

Couples in Community: Navigating Distance and Closeness in the time of COVID-19

With Jan Dworkin, PhD.

Join Jan to learn how to support our own relationships

We can use this crisis as an opportunity to deepen or reset our relationships and come out stronger.

Let’s do this in community, learn from each other and feel less isolated.

Everyone welcome – no charge – attend one or more sessions

UPDATE March 28, 2020

Due to the very high level of interest, these events have been opened up to allow more participation.

Register below!

If you are able donations to PWI much appreciated

Click here to donate any amount

Having a partner during crisis is a privilege – but it doesn’t feel that way when you are stuck at home and not getting along.

Just this last week, as the pandemic escalated, couples and housemates in my international practice struggled with conflicts (new and pre-existing) arising from:

  • different approaches to safety, protection, touching and sex
  • the emotional experiences of closeness, distance and isolation
  • the necessity and difficulty of boundary-making
  • different approaches to news consumption
  • diverse relationships with rule-making and rule breaking
  • managing one’s own and each other’s fear, panic and low moods

During this crisis time, I really want to help. I’d like to offer support and my professional expertise. I’ll share strategies and tools to navigate the relationship challenges that arise as a result of sheltering in place. I’ll take questions and help you explore and unfold your specific situations.

Together we’ll support you to make this time meaningful. Come alone, or with your partner or housemate.

Session options 

Fridays April 3rd, April 17, May 1: 9-10.15am or 4-5.15pm

Register below for the session time that works for you

Each session is stand alone.  Register below for each session you want to attend.  Registered participants will receive a link to access the online meeting, prior to the session time.

About Jan

Jan Dworkin, PhD, has more than 25 years of international, cross-cultural experience as a couples therapist and leadership coach. She is the author of Make Love Better: How to Own Your Story, Connect With Your Partner and Deepen Your Relationship Practice (Belly Song Press, 2019). Jan is one of the founders of the Process Work Institute (PWI), a not-for-profit graduate school dedicated to research and training in process-oriented psychology. Find out more on Jan’s website

Participation via Livestream

PWI uses the Zoom webinar platform for livestream access to classes.  Participants should ensure they have good quality internet access to get the best experience. 

Prior to course commencement, registered participants will receive an email with the link for online streaming access. 

Please contact PWI if you have any questions – we are happy to help you get set up.


  • 4/5 6-7:30pm
    April 5, 2020
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  • 4/12 8-9:30am
    April 12, 2020
    8:00 am - 9:30 am
  • 4/19 6-7:30pm
    April 19, 2020
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  • 4/26 9-10:30am
    April 26, 2020
    9:00 am - 10:30 am

Community Meetings during extraordinary COVID-19 times

Hosted by Elva Redwood

Everyone welcome – open space to connect, and to hold and deepen our experiences during these extraordinary times

Sundays

  • 3/29 9-10:30am
  • 4/5 6-7:30pm
  • 4/12 8-9:30am
  • 4/19 6-7:30pm
  • 4/26 9-10:30am

Click here at the community meeting times: Online Only Via Zoom

No registration required – click on the link above at the community meeting time


  • April 7, 2020
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • New Date added
    April 21, 2020
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • May 5, 2020
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

All Hands for Art! Art of U on Tuesdays at 12pm

With Kara Wilde and Suzette Payne

Free of charge – all welcome!

Kara and Suzette invite you to share some online community time making art together and exploring the Coronavirus in our lives, or whatever is pressing to you that you would like to deepen.

This can be a fun, meditative time, as well, and we hope you will join us.  We are offering it Tuesdays at 12pm until 1pm, starting March 24th, every other week –  see dates and times below … join us and eat your lunch at the same time.

No art experience is needed.  You can draw, make collages, create simple sculptures, paint.

Creativity and community and PW can support us together to deepen and share our wisdoms, which we need.

Our Hands and yours to make Art and connect and infect us with hope and our healing imaginations.

We will be using the Open Studio Project method that believes your creative process will guide you, as we follow the process of writing an ​Intention, Making art, Witnessing by writing about your art and Reading your writing, if you wish. And, then adding ​PW tools to deepen your experience.

Find out more about Art of You and connect via Facebook: The Art of You Process 

How to participate

Tuesdays 12 – 1pm,

March 24th,

April 7th, April 21st and May 5th

Note – updated dates as at March 30th. 

Art of U is online only via Zoom.

ZOOM LINK Click on this link at the class time!: All Hands for Art! Art of U on Tuesdays at 12pm

Hope to see you there!


  • April 10, 2020
    7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • April 24, 2020
    7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • May 8, 2020
    7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Special Dreambody Medicine Forums

Fridays from 7-8:30pm

March 27, April 10, April 24, May 8

Community space to process experiences of COVID-19

All welcome. Free of charge.

With the Dreambody Medicine Team: Kara Wilde, Pierre Morin, Jai Tomlin and Emetchi

Join us for a special series of Forums focused on the Coronavirus.

Alternate Fridays, starting March 27, 2020 from 7pm-8:30pm, online via Zoom.

No registration required – join us online with this link at the event time:

ZOOM LINK: Dreambody Medicine – special forums COVID-19

We would like to work with someone on any issues related to the virus. If you would like to work on your experiences with us at the forum please let us know by submitting this form.

About Dreambody Medicine Forums

In these forums we explore the link between individual experience of body symptoms with larger cultural and social issues.

We hope to bring an atmosphere of exploration, curiosity and enrichment.. Using Processwork we work with symptoms following an individual’s signals in a non pathologizing, non interpretative way to find meaning in our experiences. This may help relieve the symptom and help us relate to our symptoms differently. Respecting each person’s experience as their own.

All welcome. Free of charge.

These forums are for everyone. People with all types of symptoms and care providers whether family members in home or medical professionals. Anyone with an interest in health and medicine and helping themselves and others.

Due to physical distancing all forums will be online until further notice.


  • 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)


  • April 15, 2020
    11:00 am - 12:30 pm
  • May 13, 2020
    11:00 am - 12:30 pm
  • June 10, 2020
    11:00 am - 12:30 pm
  • April 29, 2020
    5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  • May 27, 2020
    5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  • June 17, 2020
    5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Case Supervision with Dawn Menken

UPDATE MARCH 31ST: EARLY REGISTRATION EXTENDED!

In recognition of coronavirus impacting globally, early registration pricing has been extended for all who need.

Register for a bundle at early registration pricing: access 3 supervision sessions for $108 

Delivery Method: Online ONLY via zoom 

Timing: See below

Case supervision provides an opportunity to develop a process-oriented approach to working with individuals, couples and groups by working with real-life examples from participants.

Participants will have the opportunity to be selected to present cases from their professional or personal life and receive individualized coaching from Dawn, while the whole group observes and learns together.

Cases will be selected randomly from participants and supervised as time permits, usually 4-6 cases per class.

Who is this for?  Professionals or students seeking to refine their counseling, coaching or facilitation practice with a process-oriented approach.  Process Work graduates or professionals.

Dawn explains: this class is offered to participants from all over the world who would like to share their different cases and learn from others in an international exchange. You are invited to bring your work with individuals, relationships, families and groups. My hope is to support an on-line learning community in which participants can present cases and challenges that we can all learn from.

To ensure a safe and confidential space for learning, this class will not be recorded and is only available via livestream.

Dawn’s case supervision is offered at two time slots to accommodate different time zones and schedules.

Wednesdays 11:00AM-12:30PM (Pacific Time)

April 15, May 13, June 10

Wednesdays 5:00-6:30PM (Pacific Time)

April 29, May 27, June 17

Pricing: Individual class registration is $50, or register for a bundle of 3 for $120. 

Participants may choose to attend whichever class session best suits them, and can register for all 6 supervision sessions by purchasing two bundles.

Note that the sessions are not recorded and registration fees cannot be refunded – the option to attend a different session is offered to provide flexibility.

Early registration discount: $108 for 3 classes by March 31st – EXTENDED!

Update March 31st: early registration pricing extended for all who need.

About Dawn

Dawn Menken, Ph.D., is a conflict resolution educator, counselor, facilitator, and workshop presenter. She is a senior faculty member in the graduate program at the Process Work Institute in Portland, Oregon and was co-creator of its masters programs, serving as academic dean for ten years. She is the creator of Teens Rise Up (TRU), a cutting edge program that empowers and educates young people to step into their leadership, engage in honest dialogue, and co-create a more welcoming school community. She is the author of the award winning book, Raising Parents Raising Kids: Hands on Wisdom for the Next Generation. A dynamic teacher with a sharp mind and playful spirit, Dawn enjoys working with people from all cultures and backgrounds.  For more information see her website: www.dawnmenken.com


  • Tues, April 21
    April 21, 2020
    12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • Tues, May 12
    May 12, 2020
    12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • Tues, June 9
    June 9, 2020
    12:00 am - 2:00 pm

Our Hearts: Worldwork Amidst Globalisation, Colonisation, & Coronavirus

With Stan Tomandl, MPW, PW. Dipl & Ann Jacob, B.Ed.

A series of 3 online classes

Tuesdays 12noon-2pm (Pacific Time): April 21, May 12, June 9, 2020

Stand Up. Wake Up. Honor and Respect for all humans and nature is, after thousands of years, still a central issue of our times.

~ The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, adopted around the world in 2007 and still we have corporations overpowering landscapes and communities, without permission. We have refugees living in conditions that are inhumane. We have climate change driving people from their homelands in search of food for their babies bellies.

~ The virus shows how quickly we change. Let’s bring that energy into our hearts and our communities.

~ There is ancient wisdom whispering on the winds of the world.

Outcomes

1) Globalisation: increasing awareness about your inner & outer place and mis-place-ment in our global economy, ecology, & culture.

2) Colonisation: colonized and colonisers. How to work on processing these energies in a good way.
3) Coronavirus: a death for our planet as we know it, while growing in new ways.

Course Registration

Friends in recognition of the difficult circumstances we all face, this course is offered with a sliding scale.  Thank you for contributing what you can to support our continued offerings during this time.

$120 – $60 Sliding Scale – please pay what you can

If you can pay the full fee, please do. Thank you! And if not, please register with the Sliding Scale ticket, and write to us the amount that you can afford.  We will follow up with you to complete the registration.

Special Option for folks who lost airfare expenses for Worldwork 2020 – please register with special ticket below. Contact pwi@processwork.org for more information.

About Stan and Ann

Stan Tomandl, MA, PWD, Ann Jacob, B.Ed
educators ~ counselors ~  process work ~ following somatic wisdom
http://www.comacommunication.com

***specializing in working with, learning, and teaching about people in altered consciousness that comes during life’s joys, grief, creativity, illness, trauma, memory loss, remote states, delirium, coma and other tender and strong moments in our living and dying***

Participation via Livestream

PWI uses the Zoom webinar platform for livestream access to classes.  Participants should ensure they have good quality internet access to get the best experience. 

Prior to course commencement, registered participants will receive an email with the link for online streaming access. 

Please contact PWI if you have any questions – we are happy to help you get set up.

Course Fees

Registration – Pay what you can $120 – $60

If you can pay the full fee, please do. Thank you! And if not, please register with the Sliding Scale ticket, and write to us the amount that you can afford.  We will follow up with you to complete the registration.


  • May 30, 2020
    10:00 am - 5:30 pm

New World Leader-Facilitator Training Seminar To Realize Your Greatest Dreams For Our World

with Arnold & Amy Mindell

One Day Seminar 

Available via Live Streaming OR Video Recording 

Due to the current public health risks of large group gatherings, this seminar is available online only.

Location: Online ONLY or via Post Event Livestream Video Recording

Timing: Saturday May 30th From 10am-1pm And 2:30-5:30pm (Oregon Time)

 

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Our Innerwork, Relationships, Groups And World Suffer From Persistent Conflicts.

Why?  In part, because leaders, like most of us, have too little personal and group awareness training. Thus, this seminar is about:

Inner, Relationship, And Group Facilitation Training To Realize Your Special WORLDWORK STYLE—ALTERED STATE And GREATEST DREAMS

You Will Learn More About Your Own Special Way To Work Best And Flow With Inner Problems, Relationships, Communities, And International Conflicts.

We discovered that every individual and group has a special (often unconscious) Relationship Style because of personal, inter-generational, family, community, and social histories. With practice, everyone can access their best conflict resolution style and method.

Our focused training will (re)discover this amazing style and method and a special altered state that works best with individual, relationship, group + international diversity issues and tensions.

What Tensions? These include personal inner problems, but also relationship conflicts, group and social issues such as the abuse of power; sexism, racism, homophobia, …. and many more personal and world diversity issues. ­

We will discover and help you apply your specific inner and worldwork powers rooted in your personal history, culture and country.

Our World Needs Who You Are To Help With Personal And World Conflicts!

Participation Options:

Livestream (includes access to the video recording after the seminar)

or Video Recording access ONLY (available after the seminar finishes)

PWI currently uses the Zoom webinar platform for livestream access to classes.  Participants should ensure they have good quality internet access to get the best experience. After registration you will be sent a direct link for online streaming access to your course, one week prior to course commencement.  Please contact PWI if you have any questions – we are happy to help you get set up.

Access to the Livestream Video Recording is sent out after the seminar completion.

Please note that Video Recording is Access via Streaming Link (not file download).

 


  • June 1, 2020
    4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

SUPERVISION: For Individual, Relationship and Group Processwork; SUPPORT, and LEARNING for a Better World

with Arny Mindell

Location: Online only – Live Streaming or Audio Recording

Timing: Monday, June 1, 2020  4:30-7:30pm (Pacific Time)

 

Inner, Relationship, Large Group and Organization SUPERVISION

Focus will be about your personal development and Processwork for INDIVIDUAL, RELATIONSHIP, GROUP and ORGANIZATIONAL Situations

This 3 hour supervision class Monday, June 1, is meant for anyone who who is interested in gaining understanding + support for their own innerwork, work with individuals, relationships, group, organizational and/or Worldwork facilitation.

Why a “Supervision” class? My goal is that everyone, those who works with individuals, couples, and large Worldwork situations will better appreciate and understand their abilities to help themselves, their organizations and our world.

  1. I look forward to discovering and appreciating your different cultures and facilitator abilities
  2. We shall study how we can best process our inner, relationship and world tensions, dreams, and future.
  3. I will also help with possible internalized social issue troubles creating facilitator tension, and the need for more self-love and appreciation!
  4. As part of supervision, I look forward to supporting facilitators to process inner and outer “hot spots” in a way that integrates their personal psychology, dreams, and history.
  5. I look forward to supporting QUIETER cultural styles + everyone’s personal and relationship communication abilities.
  6. Perhaps together, we can sense Processwork and Worldwork’s next future steps for a better world.

Thanks to all individual therapists, small and large group facilitators, and leaders, for helping our planet. And thanks to everyone for your hopes, dreams, and effort to create a better world.

If you want supportive supervision, …..Please send 1 or 2 sentences with your brief questions and case work or work you hope to do, to arny@aamindell.net. I look forward to your questions in Portland June 1, or online (via Zoom). I’ll work with as many people as possible.

Note: this 3 hour in person, audio and live-stream class was to happen just after the large Worldwork seminar in B.C. Canada. Since that event was canceled, this class has transformed into the following: Inner, Relationship, Large Group and Organization SUPERVISION.

Distance Options: Livestream or Audio Recording

PWI currently uses the Zoom webinar platform for livestream access to classes.  Participants should ensure they have good quality internet access to get the best experience. After registration you will be sent a direct link for online streaming access to your course, one week prior to course commencement.

For the Audio recording: after the class you will receive an email with a link to download the audio recording.

Please contact PWI if you have any questions – we are happy to help you get set up.