We long to feel understood.

We long for a deeper common ground.

But we know, as processworkers, that unity takes work. It takes commitment, curiosity, compassion and impeccability, to find common ground.

As the US election result lands, I am reflecting on how one-sidedness might be a sacred duty. It is a burden that nature places on us to bring out a message, an experience that is missing. The one-sidedness of a role is always seeking the other. It is seeking to be received, to be known, to be understood.

We know that a role that has become marginalized, a ghost role fueled by rank and trauma edges, can create dangerous, cycling processes. When edges are missed, natural escalation can lead to violence. 

And when escalation has gone on too long, exhaustion and injury reduce our capacity to transform, to find the common ground we long for.

As processworkers, our commitment is to help reach a common ground by practicing deep democracy.

Whenever we have the space inside, we go deeply into a role that has energy for us. We go all the way with it, we take it to completion. We find the natural role switch that happens as a gift, when we get all the way to the essence.

In this shift we gain the compassion and curiosity to relate more deeply to roles that disturb us. We find the resources to facilitate impossible relationships. 

For sure it takes a village to transform conflict into community.

It will take all of us to create the common ground for a livable future.   

Join us in December for an online intensive experience to help recharge and reconnect with our dreaming flow, to be in community, and resource ourselves for the work we need to do. Find out more below...

Have a friend you want to introduce to Processwork? Look out for the Introductory Intensive, January 16-28, 2021, opening for registrations soon - sign up here to receive a special bonus discount code.

And ...see you at Arny's January Case Supervision on the other side of this year, 2020.

Hellene, from all of us here at the Process Work Institute
Hellene Gronda, Executive Director
Ph.D, PW. Dipl, MA, BSc/BA(Hons) 
Hellene has a life-long interest in personal and collective change and has been inspired by Processwork for over 30 years. An experienced leader in government and nonprofit settings she values the deep optimism and courageous spirit of Processwork, and its ability to find creative and unexpected solutions to the most difficult, confusing or inexplicable challenges.
Online Intensive Reunion
December 5-17, 2020

Join us for an experience designed for winter intensive graduates or others with processwork background!

livestream and recordings ~ online community discussion space 

Week 1: December 5-10th, 10am-1pm PST

You can attend one or both weeks - early registration by Nov 22nd
Limited workstudy opportunities available - apply thru course registration page
Week 1
Opening Circle 9:30am

Childhood Dreams and Chronic Symptoms with Susan Kocen
Saturday, December 5th, 10am-1pm PST

The potential significance held in our seminal childhood dreams or memories is, no doubt, an ancient idea, brought into the language of analytical psychology by C.G. Jung in the 1930’s. Early childhood dreams or earliest memories hold mysteries, symbols and processes that continue to reveal their meanings at any time of our life. Arny Mindell has taken Jung’s concept further, linking our childhood dreams/memories to patterns that persist through our lives, as guides, reminders and disturbances that irrigate the flow of our lives, moving us closer to dreaming and our deepest nature. The appearance of the energies held in our earliest dream/memory in our body symptoms is one of the many ways we reconnect with this guiding force in the adventure that is our life. In this class we will creatively unfold our early memory/dream and explore how our body symptoms and physical tendencies are inter-connected with and informed by these early, mythic stories. 
Susan Kocen, MA, Dipl. P.W. (pronouns she/her) works with individuals, couples, families and groups in her private practice in Portland OR. She received her Diploma in Process Work in 2005 and is a faculty member at the Process Work Institute. Originally from the UK, Susan’s work in the world stems from a connection to nature, to dreaming and creativity, and the fate of having a seeking and curious nature. Informed by narratives of personal history, dreams, the flow of life, and near death experiences, Susan finds deep meaning in community, art, relationships, conflict, dreams, body symptoms and Nature. Susan has a background in Textile Design, Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine, and Gerontology, & has lived, worked & played in earth-scapes of Europe, Australia & the U.S. 
Facilitator Style and 2nd Training
with Aleksandr Peikrishvili
Sunday, December 6th, 10am-1pm PST

Develop your self-awareness as a facilitator, using first and second attention methods to unfold our primary and secondary styles, and sentient experiential practices to connect to the essence of our deepest style.

Aleksandr Peikrishvili, LCSW, PW Dipl. (pronouns he/him/she/her/they/them) is an international process oriented trainer, supervisor, therapist, certified coach and licensed clinical social worker.  He is dean of academic programs and faculty at Process Work Institute in Portland, Oregon and Director of ISPWR in Moscow, Russia. In his free time he loves hanging out with his dog Harvey, the ocean, and find awareness in most unexpected of life's moments. Aleksandr is awed by discovering the mythical patterns of our life's journeys, facilitation paths and connecting with the joy, play and detachment of the essence level while in the midst of heartbreak and agony.
Myths, Roles and Long Term Patterns in Relationship with Dawn Menken
Monday, December 7th, 10am-1pm PST

We will address long term pattern in relationship, the background dreaming dimensions that bring us together and sustain us, as well as the roles that populate our relationship field. We will discuss theory, demonstrate work with couples and have time for an exercise.
Dawn Menken, Ph.D., (pronouns she/her) is a conflict resolution educator, counselor, facilitator, and workshop presenter. She is a senior facult 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 10 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, she enjoys working with people from all cultures and backgrounds. For more information see her website: www.dawnmenken.com
Worldwork and Hotspots
with Rhea Shapiro
Tuesday, December 8th, 10am-1pm PST

Hot spots are extreme moments in group process that need a facilitator’s courage, awareness, skills and metaskills. They pop out at us and though we know we need to stay there we can easily let them slip by, only to further escalate. 
Class agenda: 
1.  Practice holding onto and unfolding hot spots in small groups
2.  Inner work to stay at the edge
3.  Case supervision and discussion/dreaming into possibilities.

Rhea, M.A., Dipl.PW (pronouns they/them, she/her) is a longtime processworker living in Portland, Oregon. Rhea's favorite quotes from Arny Mindell are; “Oh boy, we’re in a mess now!” and “Each of us is a full-time group-process.” These quotes bring an overall engagement, patience, compassion and even a sense of humor when working with so much life experience. Rhea has a background in theater and activism. Her continuing research projects include bringing theater into everyday life and supporting a deeper democracy in everyday activism.
Working with Addictions
with Kas Robinson
Wednesday, December 9th, 10am-1pm PST

This training will focus on addictive tendencies and moods. 2020 has been a challenging year so far: COVID, climate change, elections, and protests for changes needed to address police violence, systemic racism, and oppression. With increased isolation, unemployment, stressors, and more time at home, people are struggling with addiction issues. During our time together we will use process work methods and signal awareness to dive into these tendencies. We will access and harness the energies contained within the yearning for a substance, food, or behavior and discover their contribution to creative, unexpected, and meaningful expressions in our everyday lives. Finding the deeper thread of meaning behind addictive tendencies can improve our relationship to ourselves, others, and the world. 

Kas Robinson PhD, Dipl.PW is originally from New Zealand and has lived in Portland for 18 years. She has been a faculty member at the Process Work Institute since 2007, and is a Senior Director at a behavioral healthcare agency where she’s responsible for clinical programs, staff supervision and work with clients. Kas loves Process Work’s deep respect for the diversity of human nature and for diving into the mysteries and challenges of life. She likes to engage in creative expression through improvisational theatre and is inspired by the calm, unpredictable, and wild rhythms of nature.
Innerwork, Group Process, Open Seat with Gary Reiss
Thursday, December 10th
10am-1pm PST

The final session of the week creates open space for integration and deepening. It includes guided innerwork, open seat demonstration work in the middle, group process, and a closing circle.
Gary Reiss (pronouns he/him) 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.

Week 2: December 12-17th, 3-6pm PST
Week 2
Opening Circle 2.30pm

Dreambodywork and Life Path
with Jai Tomlin
Saturday, December 12th, 3-6pm PST

Your life myth or path is your soul’s story. It contains a river of meaning that runs throughout your entire life. You will see in your dreams, your body symptoms & in your relationships. We will be focusing on discovering more about your life myth or path through the avenues of childhood dream or memories and body experiences. There will be some theory, but will mostly be experiential self-discovery, with lots of group interaction.  

Jai Tomlin DC, Dipl.PW (pronouns she/her) is a chiropractor, functional medicine physician, and small business owner. She is a facilitator, coach and consultant. As a coach, she is called to assist and inspire people to reach their health and wellness goals, both personally and professionally. As a facilitator and consultant, she helps individuals, teams and organizations to develop leadership skills, embrace change, and transform conflict. She is an advocate for social justice, and the environment. She has been following process & process work since 1990. One of her passions is being in nature & following dreaming. She also works with dogs as an animal chiropractor and physical therapist, and works with therapy dogs to improve health and well-being through the human-animal connection.
Process Work and Creativity
with Lynn Lobo
Sunday, December 13th, 3-6pm PST

Process Work and Creative Practice
There is a saying that 'A picture is worth a thousand words'. We process images much faster than we do words. Pictures are multi-layered, evoke feelings and allow us to read between the lines. They open up an opportunity to dream-like experiences. No wonder children books are illustrated. Some graphic novels for adults contain no words at all, yet are steeped in feeling tones. The term sequential art refers to images in a sequence depicting movement over time.

This course emphasises that imagination is our birthright and creativity is a practice. We can use process work methods with the tool of storyboards to develop ideas. Storyboards are used by writers, illustrators, graphic novelists, directors of film and stage, and visual artists. Anybody can use storyboards to think through ideas in a sequence. In this course we will explore what is a creative practice, some process work methods to find, nurture and develop ideas, and ways to nurture your creative practice.

Lynn is ready to guide you in the mysterious adventure of your creative practice. No previous creative practice experience is required. A beginners mind is welcome.

LYNN LOBO, MAPW, Dipl.PW (pronouns they/them, she/her) is a process worker and visual artist. Passionate about Worldwork, they offer workshops worldwide on creative practice, climate change and racism. Lynn is a faculty member at the PWI. They spend time painting in their studio and talking to trees in the Australian bush. Lynn is a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine & Body Psychotherapist with a focus on trauma work. Lynn retired from 25 years of clinical work in 2018, and maintains a small psychotherapy practice & spends most of their days painting. Lynn’s focus is on decolonisation and organisational change as an awareness facilitator and visual artist. Their key interest is in Dreambody work, Worldwork and creative practice. Lynn’s cultural background is Indian-Portugese, or Goan. Painting has been a core practice for Lynn. They have had many exhibitions, been on art residencies in Italy and Portugal, taught painting and drawing and are working to set up opportunities for young BIPOC visual artists. They have worked in and written for theatre on a community and professional level. Lynn has co-authored and illustrated a graphic novel with her colleague Venetia Bouronikou titled, DREAMING INTO COMMUNITY, A Guide Book to Worldwork. They now live in Adelaide, Australia.
Coma Work and Near-Death Experiences with Ingrid Rose
Monday, December 14th, 3-6pm PST

How do we make contact and join with those who are in far-­‐out states of consciousness such as those found in deep altered states, dementia, coma and near-­‐ death? Medical research acknowledges that a person in a deeply altered, vegetative or comatose state still shows a degree of consciousness. Ways of reaching that person, however, are still being studied and experimented with.
In this presentation, Ingrid, will share with you some of the methods being used that, not only help to access the profound experiences often found within these states, but also cultivate an awareness for all concerned of the deep meaning which may be held there. Theoretical concepts, case studies and examples, as well as simple techniques will be introduced to illustrate interventions useful in engaging with those in less-known states in order to support their inner experience.

Ingrid Rose, Ph.D. LPC. Dipl.PW (pronouns she/her) has lived and worked professionally on 3 continents, South Africa, Australia and the U.S. She has spent the past 40 years exploring various modalities that enhance human potential and growth, all of which contribute to her eclectic style and method in working with others. Ingrid is also a long-time meditator and Yoga practitioner. She has had extensive experience teaching Process Work to many groups in Portland and all over the world. She is a faculty member at the Process Work Institute and offers classes, supervision, and training. Ingrid also has a private practice in which she works with a large range of presentations as well as engaging and working with groups on diversity issues and in conflict situations. 
Process Work Applications to Organizations
with Errol Amerasekera
Tuesday, December 15th, 3-6pm PST

Organisations are a microcosm of society itself. The constant drive for performance means that organisational relationships can be volatile and unpredictable as they are very much part of a live system. Additionally, they often mirror systemic and cultural edges which rarely remain static and unchanging where growth, change and ambition are involved. This can make working with organisations challenging, but also extremely fulfilling. 

In this workshop we will explore how we can apply our processwork skills and methodology in an organisational context, particularly when working with leadership, culture and performance. The workshop will be a combination of (minimal) theory, experiential work and case presentation (so please feel free to bring a case of your organisational work to share with the group). 

Errol Amerasekera, MACF, B.App.Sci., Dipl.PW (pronouns he/him) is director of Bluestone Edge and works primarily within elite sport, in the areas of culture, leadership and high-performance. He applies his business management experience to sports organisations in Australia and overseas to assist them to manage the complex and competing demands of delivering sustainable high-performance. He is passionate about creating a safer and more just world for all by mediating conflict, coaching ethical leadership, and facilitating transformation in individuals, elite teams and organisations.
Facilitating Power and Oppression in Relationship with Jan Dworkin
Wednesday, December 16th, 3-6pm PST

The world is complicated and messy, and so are our relationships. Whether romantic, sexual, business, or friendship-based, today’s relationships often cross boundaries of nationality, race, gender identity, class, age, religion, abilities, and culture. We needn’t dig too deep to discover that all of our relationships are full of power differences.

In this workshop, we’ll explore the conscious and unconscious use of power in relationship. You’ll learn strategies to deal with the intersectionality of personal, social and contextual powers within you, and between you. By developing skills to navigate these differences, our partnerships become enlightening and transformational. Relationships can wake us up about ourselves, others, and the world.

This class will deepen your understanding of the process work approach to relationships and power. It will be a combination of theoretical presentation, live demonstration, inner work and dyad exercises. It will be useful for anyone interested in learning more about the power dynamics in their own relationships, as well as facilitators, mediators, therapists and coaches looking to hone their skills.

Jan Dworkin, PhD,Dipl.PW (pronouns she/her) 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
Innerwork, Group Process, Open Seat with Dawn Menken
& Errol Amerasekera

Thursday, December 17th, 3-6pm PST

The final session of the week creates open space for integration and deepening. It includes guided innerwork, open seat demonstration work in the middle, group process, and a closing circle.

See bios above!

Questions? Talk to Melissa

Remember you can always chat with our Outreach Coordinator, Melissa Perry, to find out more or explore the full range of training opportunities at the Process Work Institute.

Reach Melissa at outreach@processwork.org
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