Public Events

Community Meetings

Community meetings are held in the Big Room at the Process Work Institute located at 2049 NW Hoyt Street in Portland, Oregon.

These community meetings are open to all interested in or curious about Processwork and the Process Work Institute.  They provide a space to come together and create community by following process. Facilitators are chosen from the group each time, and we begin with open sorting for issues that are on people’s hearts and minds. We then choose a topic that the group wants to focus on, and explore together more deeply using a process-oriented facilitation approach. 

Upcoming community meetings – join us!

Fall 2019

Sunday, October 13: 6.30 – 8pm

Winter 2020

Sunday, February 9: 6.30 – 8pm

Spring 2020

Sunday, May 31: 6:30 – 8pm


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

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.

First Thursday of each month (no January class)

5:30-6:30pm Pacific Time

Online @

Oct 3 – A Process Work Approach to Addictions

Nov 7 — Activism and Process Work: An Organic Union

Dec 5 – Unfolding Anxiety and Depression

Feb 6 – Exploring the Wisdom of Our Dreams

March 5 – Raising Parents, Raising Kids, Raising Us All: A Process Work Approach to Parenting

April 2 – Engaging with Dying, Death and Grief

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:


Diversity Awareness for Effective Leadership

With Bill Say, MA, PW Dipl. (starts September 17th)

Sliding Scale $75 – $200 USD

DATES: A Five Part Online Class
  • Tuesday, September 17th, 1pm -2:30pm pacific time
  • Tuesday, September 24th, 1pm -2:30pm pacific time
  • Tuesday, October 1st, 1pm -2:30pm pacific time
  • Tuesday, October 8th, 1pm -2:30pm pacific time
  • Tuesday, October 15th, 1pm -2:30pm pacific time


  • Learn Process Work theory and practices that address differences
  • Explore your own individual identity and main “others”
  • Delve into Role theory for greater fluidity and awareness
  • Develop greater holding capacity through connection with Nature energies
  • Learn rank awareness for greater empowerment and sensitivity
  • Learn a simplified Process Work model of conflict

Leaders are effective to the degree that we can welcome, hold, understand, communicate and facilitate differences of all kinds. Whether we are looking at relationships, families, therapeutic settings, teams, organizations, community groups or the larger social sphere, awareness of diversity is invaluable in how we help create positive change and a greater sense of community.

Diversity includes gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, class, nationality, age, and ability but also involves our perspectives, styles, ways of thinking and doing, and the nearly infinite kinds of powers we hold. It is one of our greatest challenges and resources.

This course introduces Process Work theory that concerns human diversity. We’ll learn and practice Process Work tools especially suited to work with differences and conflicts. We’ll take time to explore our own contexts: relationship, family, clinical setting, team, organization, community or social movement in order to apply Process Work concepts and practices and our growing awareness to these specific areas. This online class includes lecture, discussion, assigned reading and homework, and experiential exercises.


Dreambody Medicine Forum 

Hosted by PWI Faculty: Kara Wilde, Pierre Morin, Jai Tomlin and Emetchi
In these forums, we link the individual experience of body symptoms with larger cultural and social issues sharing in a group format. 
Read about previous forums on our blog or find us on Facebook
The Dreambody Medicine Forums currently scheduled for 2019:

  • Sept 27
  • Oct 25
  • Nov 22 
Forums are held on scheduled Fridays, 7 pm-9:30 pm, at the Process Work Institute, 2049 NW Hoyt St, Portland, OR.
If you have a symptom you would like to work on in the middle of the group,

please contact   This event is free and all are welcome!


Psychological Stretching 

This is a monthly drop-in class where we connect with our bodies as psyche. We use dance, body mapping, movement practices, spontaneous imagery and creative arts to discover our body as a energetic field and delve into subtle sensations. We listen to our bodies wants and needs and use the body as a tool to find clarity and direction.

October 7th, 7-9:30

October 28th, 7- 9:30pm

November 25th, 7 – 9:30pm

Tune in, get down.

For queers and non-queers.

All genders and Non-genders

All bodies and Any bodies

$5-$15 donation requested.
No one turned away for lack of funds. 


Processwork Online – An Online Learning Group for Everyone

created by 2 PWI students
They provide free, once-a-month, online trainings with Processworkers from around the world. These two-hour sessions are open to anyone interested in experiences and learning more about Processwork. Check out there schedule here.

Research Symposia

The Research Symposium honors research in Process Work and related fields. It is meant as a gathering place for sharing and furthering our learning together. In this spirit, research may include formal or informal research projects, as well as ideas and visions for projects in the works. Presentations may also include experiences integrating Process Work in various contexts, as well as panels on topic areas that bring together many different fields and perspectives.


The Process Work Institute invites you to get to know Processwork by participating in a series of FREE lectures–no registration required! In this next distance friendly seminar faculty share knowledge and experience of Processwork and how they use it to make change in the world.

Keep an eye out for additional free lectures here and on our Facebook page!

For details about each course and how you can participate in person or online please click here