by Drs Arnold and Amy Mindell, Worldwork is a model
for working with conflict in small and large organisations, cities
and communities. It is a unique and powerful method for inner and
large group transformation through greater awareness and creativity.
this new Worldwork paradigm, chaos and conflict are viewed as exciting
teachers. Conflict transforms into community when we open our hearts
to the intensity of conflict, recognise that we are part of every
conflict around us, begin to respect the unknown and become willing
to work on changing ourselves and the world around us. Worldwork
encourages us to drop prescriptive programmes for behaviour and
stresses attention and respect for actual human behaviour
as the starting point for change. Traditional methods of dealing
with conflict are limited by their reliance on rationality and norms
of socially acceptable behaviour, which are intolerant of intense
emotions like rage, hostility and passion. The new paradigm holds
that change becomes possible when we engage in conflict with our
deepest feelings and encourage hidden and marginalized parts of
ourselves to express themselves with awareness and skill.
first Worldwork seminar took place in 1991 on the Oregon coast,
and was facilitated by Drs Arny and Amy Mindell with the assistance
of a staff of certified process workers. Since then Worldwork seminars
have been held in Switzerland, Slovakia, India, and in the United
States, facilitated by a large international staff. The last Worldwork
seminar took place at Howard University in Washington D.C. in 1999,
and the next one is to be held in Greece in May 2002.
find out more about Worldwork seminars visit www.worldwork.org
Amy Mindell is in private therapeutic practice in Portland,
Oregon. She has worked in over thirty countries, and helped develop
process-oriented psychology in the areas of ethics, coma, and dance.
She has an M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology and is a diplomate of the
Process-Oriented Psychology Center of Zurich.
is the author of Metaskills, The Spiritual Art of Therapy and
Coma, a Healing Journey and wrote Riding the Horse Backwards
with Arny. She has published many papers in professional journals.
She is presently doing research on the nature of therapeutic practice
and completing a book on that subject.
Arnold Mindell is in private therapeutic practice in Portland,
Oregon, and has taught and worked all over the world. He is best
known for his development of process-oriented psychology or Process
Work. Arny has an M.S. from M.I.T., was a Jungian training analyst,
and got his Ph.D. in psychology in 1971.
He is the author of 15 books, which have been published in 17 different
languages. Among them are Coma: The Dreambody Near Death, The
Shaman's Body, Quantum Mind, and Dreaming While Awake. He is
known in the area of conflict resolution and has written Sitting
in the Fire, a work on conflict and diversity and The Leader
as Martial Artist.
has been recognised for his integration of psychology and physics,
for interventions in nanoscience, for his work on dreams, bodywork,
relationship and for his interventions in psychiatry and near death
and Arny work together as a team, teaching, facilitating town meetings,
and working on conflict resolution and organisational development
projects for businesses, cities, and Aboriginal communities. They
are known for their work with large groups who had been struggling
with multicultural problems, terrorism and near riot situations
in such places as Ireland, South Africa, Russia, Poland and the
Mideast and have been resident teachers at the Esalen Institute
in Big Sur, Ca.
their homepage at www.aamindell.net
to find out more about their work.