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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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  • Youth Speak Out on the Pandemic Aug 13 - 4-6pm
    August 13, 2020
    4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Centering Their Voices: Youth Speak Out on the Impacts of Pandemic

Event Registration: Free for all Parents, Practitioners, and Youth

August 13, 4-6pm Pacific

Online only via Zoom

Facilitators: Dawn Menken Ph.D and Aviva McClure M.Ed

Participants: Youth Collective Facilitators (ages 14-19) and Education Practitioners

CE Credits available for Educators and Counselors

To receive a Continuing Education Certificate for attending this event please:

Purchase a CE ticket below and

Register for the event here.

Come join us in this unique forum and hear the voices, feelings, and learnings from our youth. How have they fared during the pandemic? Where do youth want to activate our attention and action? How have they been impacted and/or participated in the protests and Black Lives Matter movement? Youth will share their experiences with regard to health, relationships, inequities, social justice, dreams, and meaningful experiences. This forum invites educators, counselors, parents, and community leaders to learn what our youth have been thinking about during these times and gives educators more insight to prepare when we gather again in classrooms or engage in future on-line learning.

Youth will share how they have drawn upon their own power and experiences as they step into leadership positions to bring us their perspective.  This collective of youth will meet for 3 sessions with youth leadership practitioners and cultural workers to provide format and content for the culminating video conference forum on August 13th. We expect this final, free workshop to be a gathering of educators, counselors, and global activists in a direct process to inform practice NOW.

We look forward to learning and gaining more insight directly from student voices to support all community intersections to create a more compassionate world. This event is open to free participation of educators, mental/ social health practitioners, parents, and youth. Our Turn also partners with Teens Rise Up at the Process Work Institute for continuing education credit. We look forward to hosting an event that will also have both local and international access!

Professional Development for Teachers, Administrators and Counselors (LPC) – register below to receive a certificate for CE credits

About the facilitators

Aviva McClure, is a licensed youth and adult educator, currently acting as a school coach with the Regional Arts and Culture Council and through their own consulting firm called Our Turn. They have worked as a classroom teacher, art teacher, and assistant principal in Portland Public schools, focusing on leadership for Racial and Gender Equity and Transformative Justice. They also have experience working with artists and activists in our community that seek to engage with youth. Advocacy is a passion, and frequently collaborate with organizations in Portland that offer experiential learning and support services to LGBTQ youth and marginalized populations. They reside in North Portland with their son who is a Jefferson High School student. In their free time, Aviva can be found in their ceramics studio throwing on the wheel or out on muddy Oregon trails.

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:

  • 8/16, 9-10:30am
    August 16, 2020
    9:00 am - 10:30 am
  • 8/23, 6-7:30pm
    August 23, 2020
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  • 8/30, 9-10:30am
    August 30, 2020
    9:00 am - 10:30 am

Community Meetings during extraordinary COVID-19 times

Hosted by Elva Redwood, Heike Hamann, 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)

8/2,   9-10:30am
8/9,   6-7:30pm
8/16, 9-10:30am
8/23, 6-7:30pm
8/30, 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

(Previous dates)

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
5/3,   6-7:30pm
5/10, 8-9:30am
5/17, 6-7:30pm
5/24, 9-10:30am
5/31, 6-7:30pm
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


  • August 25, 12 - 1pm
    August 25, 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 – August 25

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 August 25.

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

July 14 – August 25

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!

  • Case Supervision For All
    September 18, 2020
    7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Case Supervision For All

Instructor: Arnold Mindell, Ph.D.

Friday, September 18th 7:30PM-10:30PM (U.S. Pacific time)


If you would like Supervision, that is support, understanding and/or insights into your work with INDIVIDUALS, RELATIONSHIPS, OR GROUPS.

Case supervision on inner development and outer work with severe illness and near death, one to one, family, and organizational situations.

Course Registration

Participation Options:  Livestream, Audio Download


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.

Audio download

Participants registered for audio download will receive a link to access the recording by the next business day after the class is completed.

Course Fees

Early Registration Fee: $58.50 (by September 4th )

Regular Registration Fee: $65 (after September 4th)

Livestream registered participants can ADD the audio download for an additional $20.

No-one turned away for lack of funds. If you are unable to contribute the course fees, please write to to request a Pay What You Can registration.

Presenting your case for supervision

If you want supportive supervision … 

Please Write to Arny at (, with one sentence about your case situation if you are interested in presenting your case during this Supervision class.  Arny will work with as many people as possible.

About Arnold Mindell, Ph.D.

Dr. Arnold Mindell, or Arny, is in private practice in Portland, Oregon and teaches with Amy around the world. He is known for his development of the “Dreambody” and “Process Work” (process oriented psychology).

He is the author of 23 books in over 35 languages, including Dreambody, The Shaman’s Body, Quantum Mind, Quantum Mind and Healing and The Deep Democracy of Open Forums.

  • Tues, September 22
    September 22, 2020
    12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • Tues, October 13
    October 13, 2020
    12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • Tues, November 10
    November 10, 2020
    12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Love is the Bridge ~ Sacred Forgetting: Eldership for Memory Loss – Stan & Ann

With Stan Tomandl, M.P.W, PW.Dipl & Ann Jacob, B.Ed.

A series of 3 online classes

Tuesdays 12noon-2pm (Pacific Time): September 22, October 13, November 10, 2020

“Now, forget it ~ forever!” Max Schupbach

How can we ‘forget’ even about forgetting? Navigating the altered consciousness of elder years or physical or psychic injury, with courage, acceptance, and grace.

Exploring ways to lessen the fear & suffering, guilt & shame, chaos & aggression around Alzheimer’s & other dementias, senility, stroke, head injury, shock, and just plain forgetfulness.

Can we use the altered consciousness of memory loss as a portal into sacred space?


1) Exploring our own and others’ yearning, even desperation in attempting to ‘fix’ forgetfulness.

2) Learning more about estrangement via memory loss: from ourselves, from family, & our communities, in these times.

3) Journeying with forgetfulness: a possible pathway to more sacred living.

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. Contact for more information.

About Stan and Ann

Stan Tomandl, MA, PWD, Ann Jacob, B.Ed
educators ~ counselors ~  process work ~ following somatic wisdom

***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 at  We will follow up with you to complete the registration.

  • Sept 25, 7-8:30pm
    September 25, 2020
    7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Oct 23, 7-8:30pm
    October 23, 2020
    7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Dec 11, 7-8:30pm
    December 11, 2020
    7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Dreambody Medicine Forums

Fridays 7-8:30pm Pacific Time

June 26, July 24, Sept 25, Oct 23, Dec 11

Community space to process experiences of body symptoms and their connection with larger cultural and social issues

All welcome. Free of charge.

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

ZOOM LINK: Dreambody Medicine – Friday forums

No registration required – join us online by clicking this link at the event time

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.

Over May and June, special Dreambody Medicine Forums have been focusing on experiences and issues related to the virus pandemic.

  • 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: Online only

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.