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Welcome to the Process Work Institute classes and community events!

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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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  • October 20, 12 - 1pm
    October 20, 2020
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • November 3, 12 - 1pm
    November 3, 2020
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • November 17, 12 - 1pm
    November 17, 2020
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • December 1, 12 - 1pm
    December 1, 2020
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • December 15, 12 - 1pm
    December 15, 2020
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Play and Art of Community

With Suzette Payne

Free of charge – all welcome!

Tuesdays at 12- 1pm

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

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

October 6 & October 20

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!

  • Friday October 23, 10AM-12PM
    October 23, 2020
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Friday October 23, 4PM-6PM
    October 23, 2020
    4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Couples in Community LIVE: Real Couples Real Time

With Jan Dworkin, PhD.

Sept 11, Sept 25, Oct 9, Oct 23, 2020

Fridays (10AM-12PM and 4PM-6PM Pacific Time)

Join Jan to deepen your relationship practice

Whether you’re an individual or a couple, whether you’re someone who struggles with or delights in relationships, I’m thrilled to invite you to join me in this experimental social learning experience. Let’s make the world better by making our relationships better!

Research shows that experts are made, not born. It takes motivation and practice to get really good at anything. While we accept this is true for surgeons, violinists and basketball players, when it comes to the art of relating, many of us carry an unspoken expectation—of ourselves and others—that we should be naturally skilled. We should know how to get along with people—especially those we love the most. If we struggle, if we find ourselves hopelessly stuck, if our partnerships don’t work out, we label our relationships “failed.” Worse, we see ourselves as the failures.

Join this experimental social learning experience where couples work at the edges of their personal and social powers, and the group bears witness.

Sign up for the series, or choose individual sessions by topic.  Registration includes access to both morning and afternoon sessions for each topic (attend live or watch the video recording).

Each topic is stand alone ($50), but participants can register for all four topics for a series bundle discount of $175.

Financial equity access – in recognition of global and local financial inequalities, Couples in Community LIVE is also offered at a discounted rate of $35 (per course) for those disadvantaged by the global or local economic context.

Register below with Paypal – or click here to register via credit card.

1. Gender, Identity and Communication (Sept 11 at 10am & 4pm PDT)

2. Money, Class & Finances (Sept 25 at 10am & 4pm PDT)

3. Racial, Ethnic & Religious Differences (Oct 9 at 10am & 4pm PDT)

4. Sex, Desire & Preferences (Oct 23 at 10am & 4pm PDT)

Registered participants receive access to the online class meeting platform for the livestream and video recording access.

Prepare for the LIVE sessions by completing Jan’s self-guided relationships course:
Couples in Community: Distance and Closeness in the Time of COVID-19: Strategies and Tools to Work Through Relationship Challenges

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 is using a new online course platform for these classes – explore here.

Once registration confirmed, participants will be enrolled in the online course platform to receive reminders and access to the live stream and the recording of the class.

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.

If you are able donations to PWI much appreciated

Click here to donate any amount

  • 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.

  • 10/25, 9-10:30am
    October 25, 2020
    9:00 am - 10:30 am
  • 11/8, 6-7:30pm
    November 8, 2020
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  • 11/29, 9-10:30am
    November 29, 2020
    9:00 am - 10:30 am
  • 12/13, 6-7:30pm
    December 13, 2020
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  • 12/27, 9-10:30am
    December 27, 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
9/13, 6-7:30pm
9/27, 9-10:30am
10/11, 6-7:30pm
10/25, 9-10:30am
11/8, 6-7:30pm
11/29, 9-10:30am
12/13, 6-7:30pm
12/27, 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


  • The Uninvited Guest: Creatively Hosting Chronic Symptom Challenges - with Suzette
    November 5, 2020
    5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Leading and Following Facilitator's Experience as an Invitation to Awareness - with Aleksandr
    November 19, 2020
    10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • The Bearable Process of Being: Leaning on Life Myth in Times of Pandemic-Part 1 - with Susan
    December 3, 2020
    5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    December 9, 2020
    5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Relationship Justice: Navigating Harm and Accountability in Friendship and Love - with Jan
    December 17, 2020
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

Join us for Processwork in Practice: Free Introductory Classes

Topics and times vary – check date times below for more information

Online @ Zoom link

Class times are listed in pacific time zone

These free one-hour classes present a Processwork 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 occur online only.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Online Intensive 2020
    December 5, 2020 - December 17, 2020
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Online Intensive December 2020

Workshops, Special Events, Networking

December 5-17, 2020

Winter Intensive Alumni Gathering

Come join us at a very special, COVID inspired online Intensive Reunion!
The Intensive Course in Process Work has been an annual event since 1986. Many of our graduates first met at these deep, community experiences. Many friendships were forged, professional and intimate relationships were established.
This year due to extraordinary circumstances we are offering an on-line experience to re-connect community and offer a path for more in depth Processwork learning.
We are excited to reunite with past Intensive Course participants, although anyone who has had a beginning introduction to Processwork is warmly invited to attend.

More information coming soon – register your interest to be first to find out more.

Welcoming participants from all over the world with ten days of activities accessible to different time zones, or catch up with video recording access. You can attend both weeks, one week or even individual sessions.  Workshop program curated by Dawn Menken.

Week 1: Dec. 5-10th, 10am-1pm

Saturday, Dec 5th: Childhood Dreams and Chronic Symptoms, Susan Kocen
Sunday, Dec 6th: Facilitator Style and 2nd Training, Aleksandr Peikrishvili
Monday, Dec. 7th: Myths, Roles and Long Term Patterns in Relationship, Dawn Menken
Tuesday, Dec. 8th: Worldwork and Hotspots: Staying with it, Working at the Edge and Following Process, Rhea Shapiro
Wednesday, Dec. 9th: Working with Addictions, Kas Robinson
Thursday, Dec. 10th: Innerwork, Group Process, Open Seat, Jan Dworkin and Lynn Lobo

Week 2: Dec. 12-17th, 3-6pm

Saturday, Dec 12th: Dreambodywork and Life Path, Jai Tomlin
Sunday, Dec 13th: Process Work and Creativity, Lynn Lobo
Monday, Dec. 14th: Coma Work and Near-Death Experiences, Ingrid Rose
Tuesday, Dec. 15th: Process Work Applications to Organizations, Errol Amerasekera
Wednesday, Dec. 16th: Facilitating Power and Oppression in Relationship, Jan Dworkin
Thursday, Dec. 17th: Innerwork, Group Process, Open Seat, Dawn Menken and Errol Amerasekera