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Welcome to the Process Work Institute classes and community events!

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

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  • May 19, 12 - 1pm
    May 19, 2020
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • June 2, 12 - 1pm
    June 2, 2020
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • 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!


  • May 20 - week 4
    May 20, 2020
    9:00 am - 11:00 am
  • May 27 - week 5
    May 27, 2020
    9:00 am - 11:00 am

Advances in our thinking in Groupwork and Worldwork

With Stephen Schuitevoerder, Ph.D

Online 5 consecutive Wednesdays: April 29th to May 22nd, 2020 @ 9am to 11am pacific time

UPDATE April 9, 2020: Registrations Closed – write to pwi@processwork.org if you’d like to be considered for a future series.

Participation limited by approval – to be considered please register your interest for this course.  

Course description

Over the last thirty years I have been experimenting with Groupwork and Worldwork, applying it in a wide range of settings including world hot spots, organizations and communities. Through this time I have wrestled with developing my awareness, managing heat, and noticing what in the applications work and where refinements are needed. Refinements not so much in Process Work theory but in how it is understood, used, and applied.

More recently my ideas are beginning to gel and I am becoming clear on some of the changes in our approach and how it might allow deeper impact in the world. To experiment more deeply with these ideas I am offering a five week class online for PWI, for two hours each to explore these ideas as well as explore any challenges or issues you might have in applying Process Work in groups.

The group will be limited to those who are familiar and have experience with Groupwork and Worldwork and its application, and have an open inquisitive mind. We will have a maximum size of 15 people. The course will be both theoretical and experiential and will be held online.

I am excited by this offering and hope you will join me in it.

About Stephen

Stephen is an international trainer, consultant, and facilitator based in Portland, Oregon. Stephen consults and presents seminars, lectures, trainings and workshops throughout the world including Japan, South Africa, Australia, Russia, Europe, South America and the United States. Organizationally he works with diversity issues, team building, change management, executive development and organisational conflict and has worked with organisations in many diverse situations. His portfolio includes work for the United Nations, University of British Columbia, Esalen Institute, Toyota, Citi, Woolworths, Providence Health Care and more. Stephen is also passionately interested in community development and social change and has worked on many issues around the world including race relations in South Africa, Indigenous and Western cultures in Mexico, First Nation people of Canada, The crisis of nuclear disaster in Fukishima and more.  For more information on Stephen please go to his website: www.processconsulting.org

Registration

As this is an advanced workshop with limited participants, Stephen will screen applications to ensure sufficient knowledge of the approaches for this seminar to be useful.

Participant numbers limited – attendance requires prior approval.

To be considered for this course, please register your interest by completing course registration.  Note that participation is not confirmed until your application has been approved by Stephen.

Please register your interest for the course to be considered for participation.

Course Fees: A contribution. What you can manage.

In recognition of the exceptional stress of current times, this course is offered on a Pay What you Can basis.  The vast majority if not all of your contribution will go to PWI.

Please indicate what you can contribute when you register your interest. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Regular full course fee: $600 (Low income/student rate: $300)

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, accepted 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.


  • Thurs May 21st 9-10.30
    May 21, 2020
    9:00 am - 10:30 am
  • Thurs May 21st 4-5.30pm
    May 21, 2020
    4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
  • Thurs May 28th 9-10.30am
    May 28, 2020
    9:00 am - 10:30 am
  • Thurs May 28th 4-5.30pm
    May 28, 2020
    4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

COVID-19: Humanity’s 2020 Global Teacher, Ready or Not

With Emetchi, MA. PW Dipl.

Everyone welcome – no charge

Donations to PWI much appreciated – click here to help us offer Processwork opportunities to more people

We are over two months into the explosion of the invisible highly infectious and often deadly COVID-19 virus with cascading crises happening as we humans learn more about it and adapt our lives around it.

Like most social traumas it brings out both the worst and best aspects of human nature irrespective of our walk in Life or in the context within which the virus affects us.

You are warmly invited to join Emetchi for a trauma-informed Processwork oriented  learning adventure where we will:

  • Restock our everyday toolkit and use our dreaming mind to alchemise anxiety and suffering
  • Look at phases of experience and ways to make meaning and connect to mythical underpinnings
  • Facing tomorrow – reorient our collective direction or business as usual?

Course times and structure

Register for 1 or more of the series of three sessions. Choose morning or afternoon times for each session.

Each session is stand alone, but the material will build over the series. You are welcome to attend one or more.

Session 1: Thursday May 14th 9-10.30am OR 4-5.30pm

Session 2: Thursday May 21st 9-10.30am OR 4-5.30pm

Session 3: Thursday May 28th 9-10.30am OR 4-5.30pm

Space is limited, please register below (or by clicking on details to show more).

Participation via Livestream only

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. 

Registered participants will receive an email with the link for online streaming access, prior to course commencement (24-48 hours prior)

Find out more about livestream participation by clicking here for everything you need to know.

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

About Emetchi

Emetchi has been working with people for some years now with abusive and traumatic impact of sexual assault/Incest, addictions, homelessness, interpersonal violence, suicide and self harm, symptoms, sexuality and identity with the underlying accompanying inequities based on systemic sexism, racism, classism, heterosexism and violence against nature. She has worked in state government settings as a health educator, in a feminist therapy center, in private practice, in small teams, with her partner and solo. She travelled both hemispheres teaching until a body symptom turned her in another direction.
Today she has a large global skype therapy, supervision, consultation practice, maintains a streamlined face to face practice at PWI; works with spiritual communities, Intentional communities small businesses or groups who want to work on their diversity issues and relationship tangles. Recently following her deeper Tao Emetchi has been hanging with folks who live on the streets and in the large park near her home – this is medicinal for a part of her psyche who needs to work outside the walls of a therapy or conference room on the street where once she dwelled.

These sessions are offered free of charge: donations to PWI much appreciated

Click here to donate any amount


  • Sat May 23rd 10-11.30am
    May 23, 2020
    10:00 am - 11:30 am
  • Saturday June 6th 10am to 11:30am
    June 6, 2020
    10:00 am - 11:30 am

Special Dreambody Medicine Forums

Fridays from 7-8:30pm Pacific Time

March 27, April 10, April 24, May 8

UPDATE April 20, 2020: two extra COVID-19 Forums announced!

Saturday May 23rd
Saturday June 6th
10am to 11:30am

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 – Friday forums COVID-19

ZOOM LINK for special additional Saturdays: Dreambody Medicine Saturdays May 23rd & June 6th

Saturday May23rd
Saturday June 6th
From 10am to 11:30am

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.


  • May 24th, 9-10:30am
    May 24, 2020
    9:00 am - 10:30 am
  • May 31st, 6-7:30pm
    May 31, 2020
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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 (Pacific Time)

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

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

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


  • 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 (recording 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).

Course Fees

Livestream and video-recording: $210  (early registration $185 by May 16th)

Video recording only: $160 (early registration $135 by May 16th)

Thank you for contributing the course fees so that PWI can continue to share Processwork training opportunities.

No-one turned away for lack of funds. 

This course is offered to those who cannot afford the regular course fees, on a Pay What You Can basis.

Please choose the Pay What you Can ticket when you register, and indicate what you can contribute.  PWI will send you an invoice for that amount so that you can complete your registration.

 


  • 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)

No-one turned away for lack of funds.

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.

Course Fees

Livestream: $65  (early registration $58.50 by May 16th)

Optional: $20 to ADD audio-recording to Livestream registration. (Audio files are available for download after the class)

Audio recording only: $65 (early registration $58.50 by May 16th)

(Audio files are available for download after the class)

Thank you for contributing the course fees so that PWI can continue to share Processwork training opportunities.

No-one turned away for lack of funds. 

This course is offered to those who cannot afford the regular course fees, on a Pay What You Can basis.

Please choose the Pay What you Can ticket when you register, and indicate what you can contribute.  PWI will send you an invoice for that amount so that you can complete your registration


  • 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.


  • 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.