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Welcome to the Process Work Institute classes and community events!

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Attending an online class or event at Process Work Institute? Click here to find out everything you need to know!

Want to talk to someone for more information?

Connect with our outreach coordinator, Melissa Perry, by emailing outreach@processwork.org to arrange a time to discuss further.  Call 503 233 8188 or email pwi@processwork.org to contact our office.

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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 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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For those of you who attended courses at PWI, please take a moment to complete a Course Evaluation Form.  Thanks for your feedback!


  • 6/7 9-10:30am
    June 7, 2020
    9:00 am - 10:30 am
  • 6/14 6-7:30pm
    June 14, 2020
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  • 6/21 9-10:30am
    June 21, 2020
    9:00 am - 10:30 am
  • 6/28 6-7:30pm
    June 28, 2020
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  • 7/5 9-10:30am
    July 5, 2020
    9:00 am - 10:30 am
  • 7/12 6-7:30pm
    July 12, 2020
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  • 7/19 9-10:30am
    July 19, 2020
    9:00 am - 10:30 am
  • 7/26 6-7:30pm
    July 26, 2020
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Community Meetings during extraordinary COVID-19 times

Hosted by Elva Redwood, Heike Hamman, Daya Mia and Fred Kahane

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

Sundays (Pacific Time)

6/7 9-10:30am
6/14 6-7:30pm
6/21 9-10:30am
6/28 6-7:30pm
7/5 9-10:30am
7/12 6-7:30pm
7/19 9-10:30am
7/26 6-7:30pm

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

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

(Previous dates)

May 3rd, 6-7:30pm
May 10th, 8-9:30am
May 17th, 6-7:30pm
May 24th, 9-10:30am
May 31st, 6-7:30pm
  • 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

  • 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.


  • June 10, 2020
    11:00 am - 12:30 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


  • June 16, 12 - 1pm
    June 16, 2020
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • June 30, 12 - 1pm
    June 30, 2020
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Play and Art of Community

With Suzette Payne

Free of charge – all welcome!

Every second Tuesday at 12- 1pm

May 12 – June 30

Come and join Suzette for the Play of Art and Community, offered every other week on Tuesdays from 12 to 1pm from May 12 through June 30th.

Please join Suzette in a spacious, playful atmosphere, using simple art making tools.

Your inner imagination and process can be a guide and deepen our community spirit in a time of isolation and stress where we can discover new paths forward.

Join an innerwork art making meditation for community awareness and support in creatively processing the diversity of experiences in our shared Coronavirus world.

No previous art experience needed.

Our focus is on Art as a Process and the magic and meaning that can happen when we let ourselves play with drawing, paint, collage, simple sculptures. There is, also, a writing component where you witness your work.

Please have paper or art supplies with you when you join the class on Zoom.

How to participate

Tuesdays 12 – 1pm

May 19th, June 2, June 16, June 30

Online only via Zoom.

Please have simple art making materials with you, paper for art making and writing and then materials like magazines and glue and scissors, or crayons/craypas  or paints, or colored pencils…..whatever suits your fancy.

ZOOM LINK Click here at the class time: Art and Play of Community Tuesdays 12-1pm

Hope to see you there!


  • 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.