Annual Processwork Winter Intensive
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Join us in 2017 for the 32nd Annual Winter Intensive!
January 15th, 2017 – February 16th, 2017 – Portland, Oregon
The Process Work Institute would like to invite you to the 32nd Annual Intensive Course in Process Work, which will be held at the Process Work Institute in Portland, Oregon, Winter 2017.
The course offers a unique opportunity to learn Process Work in an intensive format and within an international group setting. The course includes Process Work’s many applications and its most recent developments, and it is designed as an adult learning event. Participants will learn and study together by means of theory, experiential exercises, and group processes. Since the course attracts students from many nationalities, ethnic groups, and religious backgrounds, issues such as multiculturalism, diversity, and community building are part of the learning experience.
Registration Open June 2016
Apply for limited work study opportunities by October 15, 2016 (Click Here for Instructions)
For more information or to register by phone, please call 503.223.8188
What is Process Work?
Process Work is an awareness practice that follows nature and the unique expression of what is trying to happen. It is an innovative approach to individual and collective change, which brings psychology, spirituality, social activism, and creative expression together into a single paradigm. Process Work was developed in the 1970s and 80s by Dr. Arnold Mindell. At the time, Dr. Mindell was a Jungian analyst, who began researching illness as a meaningful expression of the unconscious mind. He discovered that the dreaming process manifests not only in nighttime dreams but also in physical symptoms, relationship difficulties, addictions, extreme states of consciousness, and social tensions. The Process Work paradigm believes that approaching these dreamlike processes with openness and respect can lead to new insights and create energetic shifts that are vital for our development. With its roots in Jungian psychology, philosophical Taoism, and modern physics, Process Work is based on the assumption that the solution to a problem is contained within the disturbance itself, and that within the problems of today lie solutions for tomorrow. Recent developments in Process Work theory have deepened the connection between quantum physics and process-oriented awareness training through the concepts of sentient reality and earth-based psychology.
The Intensive Course
The Intensive course offers a comprehensive beginning training in essential process work philosophy, skills, and metaskills and includes topics such as dream work, body work, relationship work, inner work, large group work, and working with non-ordinary states of consciousness and addictions. Throughout the five weeks, classes are held Mondays-Fridays and are taught by different teaching teams. Morning classes focus on basic applications of Process Work, and afternoon classes help participants to further their understanding of the material by focusing on theory, inner work, group process, and skills training. No classes are held on Friday mornings, but the Intensive course joins with the larger community for Arny Mindell’s class on Friday afternoons. This provides Intensive participants and the larger Process Work community with an opportunity to meet. Arny’s classes are an integral part of the Intensive course and offer an exciting completion to each week’s studies. In addition to classes, each participant will be in a small group that meets twice a week and provides an intimate container for learning and mutual support.
While not included in the price of the tuition, private therapy is highly recommended in order to deepen your personal experience of the large group. Both diplomats and phase two students will be available for scheduling personal therapy sessions.
Past Intensive Participants Share their Experiences
Process Work trainers and diplomates are certified Process-oriented therapists, group facilitators, and teachers, who conduct seminars and training workshops throughout the world. Trainers hold academic degrees in fields such as psychology, medicine, theology, art, physics and other disciplines.
The course is held at the Process Work Institute, located at 2049 N.W. Hoyt, Portland, Oregon 97209. Classes meet between 9:30am – 5:50 pm each weekday.
Classes are held Monday through Friday and are taught by different teaching teams. Each week, the morning will be dedicated to a different application of Process Work. During the afternoons, we will have classes on theory and skill-building. In addition to classes, participants will meet in small groups twice a week which provide an intimate container for further learning, practice, support, and community-building. Arny Mindell’s Friday afternoon class is included as part of the Intensive tuition.
Week 1: Fundamentals of Process Work
During this initial week, focus will be given to creating a sense of community while covering the foundations of the Process Work paradigm and its applications.
Week 2: Bodywork/Symptoms
Working with symptoms and the body is an important application of the tools and techniques of Process Work. During this week, the group will be addressing how to work with symptoms and body experiences, gaining skills in this area through practice and theory.
Week 3: Relationship Work
Relationship Work offers the intensive group an opportunity to explore relationships within the group and to use those as avenues for learning techniques applied in unfolding relationships and their dreaming. Focus will be given to signal awareness, double signals, relationship edges, and levels of relationship work.
Week 4: Movement and Altered States of Consciousness
This week brings in an awareness of movement as a channel of experience and covers ways in which movement can be used in unfolding process. Movement is also connected with altered states of consciousness, giving rise to more unknown far-out states or being a facilitative way of expressing them. Exploring how to approach and work with Extreme States is also part of the curriculum for this week.
Week 5: Integration
In the final week, the learning accumulated during the course will be integrated and made useful for re-entry into everyday life. In addition to integrating personal growth and new insights, the group will be guided to apply process work in family and professional life.
Experiential Process Work (Process Work Lab)
In this Process Work lab class participants will study the nuts and bolts of process work through hands on practice, feedback, videostudy and work in the middle. This is a great opportunity to learn in more detail about signal awareness, amplification, unfolding and how to work with different levels of awareness.
Inner Work and Creativity
The study of inner work is an integral part of learning how to follow a process. When combined with art such as painting, drawing, sculpting, dance, song and music, a rich field is created in which inner work methods can flourish.
At least once during each week a group process will be facilitated by the teachers of the week enabling the group to go further in processing issues among participants, and also deepening an understanding and ability to work with world issues.
Continuing Education Courses Refund Policy:
Options near PWI abound, and below are a few locations students and Intensive participants have stayed at in previous years. Please contact the location for current rates.
NW Portland Hostel
Offers discounts for Winter Intensive participants!
Located at 425 N.W. 18th Ave. (corner of 18th & N.W. Glisan St.), Portland, OR 97209.
Very close to PWI.
To reserve your discounted room, please contact Tracy by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 503 241 2783.
The Portland International Guesthouse
The Portland International Guesthouse at 2185 NW Flanders Street, (a few blocks from the center), offers European-style accommodations for the budget minded traveler. Facilities include six clean, private guestrooms that share three baths. We also offer a fully furnished, private, one-bedroom garden level apartment. Call (503)-224-0500.
Located at 729 SW 15th Avenue, Portland, OR 07205; a short walk to PWI.
The Inn at Northrup Station
Located at 2025 NW Northrup, Portland, OR 97209, a short walk to PWI
The Park Lane Suites
Located at 809 S.W. King Ave, Portland, OR 97205, a short walk to PWI
There is a tiny kitchen at the Process Work Center where participants can prepare lunch. We will provide a list of restaurants in the vicinity of the institute for participants who wish to dine out.
Please register early. Space is limited to 60 people. In addition to the registration fee, a registration form and personal statement are required to complete your registration for the Winter Intensive. Your personal Statement is a short essay about your background.
Please use the link at the top of this page to complete and submit your registration. Register early and receive a discount (payment must be received by the early registration deadline).
We offer a $100 discount for payments by check or money order.
Room and board is not included.
We have a small number of work-study opportunities available. Work-study exchanges include:
- administrative tasks
- celebration and/or course set up
- celebration and/or course clean up
- kitchen patrol
- room management
- closing procedure
To apply for a work study position you must submit 1) a brief statement about your background, 2) a brief statement about your financial situation (including income and amount of tuition reduction requested), and 3) any work-study skills you may have in addition to any specific task preferences. You may upload and submit your personal/financial statement online as you complete the Winter Intensive registration form. The link below will guide you to the registration form. As an alternative, you may email your personal/financial statement directly to Meghan Green.
Apply for limited work study opportunities by October 15, 2016 (Click Here for Instructions)
Please apply for work-study opportunities before October 15, 2016. Questions? Please email Meghan Green.
If you would like to contribute to our scholarship fund, please indicate this on your registration form and make a check payable to PWI Intensive Course Scholarship Fund.
If you need easily accessible lodging or special assistance, please let us know with your registration. The Process Work Institute is wheelchair accessible.
For More Information
Contact us at the Process Work Institute
The Intensive Course admits and welcomes participants of any race, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, and ability.