#170 – From Dreambody to Worldwork with Arnold Mindell

photo of Arnold Mindellphoto of Amy Mindell


Drs. Arnold and Amy Mindell come out of the Jungian tradition and have been doing pioneering work around the world.

Dr. Amy Mindell is in private therapeutic practice in Portland, Oregon and teaches in many countries in the world. She helped developed process oriented psychology in the areas of coma, creativity, and dance. She holds a M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology and is a diplomate of the Process Oriented Psychology Center of Zurich. She wrote Metaskills: The Spiritual Art of Therapy, Riding the Horse Backwards with Arny, Coma, a Healing Journey, and An Alternative to Therapy as well as many papers in professional journals. Her work with art, music and puppets appears in her newest book “The Dreaming Source of Creativity”. Her studies of the feeling skills in therapy, or “metaskills”, are at the core of much of her work.

Dr. Arny Mindell is also in private practice in Portland, Oregon, and teaches with Amy in many places. He is known for his development of the “dreambody” and “process work” (process oriented psychology). He is the author of 19 books in 21 languages, including Dreambody, The Shaman’s Body, Quantum Mind, and Quantum Mind and Healing. Arny has an M.S. from M.I.T., was a Jungian training analyst, and has a Ph.D. in psychology. He is also known in the area of conflict management for his Sitting in the Fire and for his integration of psychology and physics, work on dreams, bodywork, relationships, and for interventions in near death situations.

Amy and Arny are often keynote speakers at international conferences on therapy, psychology, physics, and conflict work and have been on local and national radio and TV in many other countries. They work together as a team, teaching, doing town meetings, and working on conflict resolution and organizational development projects for small and large businesses, cities, and Aboriginal communities. They have been resident teachers at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, Ca. Members of scientific and Aboriginal communities have applauded Arny and Amy’s trans-disciplinary work.

They are avid researchers, and love skiing, running and hiking. They reside part of the year in Portland Oregon, where they give classes at the Processwork Institute with many other colleagues. They live part of the year on the Oregon coast where they do residential seminars and watch whales.

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  1. Rick V.
    Posted September 6, 2008 at 4:31 am | Permalink

    It takes a great deal of courage to follow what you believe is right and let go of the results. But the life of faith has power beyond measure, what may have seemed like modest aims in the beginning are magnified by the spiritual power of each persons willingness. This was the message of this show in my opinion.

  2. Chris P
    Posted September 30, 2008 at 11:24 pm | Permalink

    Great to hear Drs Amy and Arny Mindell talk about their work and the stories of bringing conflicting sides together, particularly in large groups. These comparatively small sample situations of harmony can hopefully only bring about larger transformations on a global scale. It is likely that the combination of their personal selves in relationship provides the necessary core ingredient for a more unified world. It would be nice to think that heterosexuals worldwide could extend the example of loving kindness shown by these Psyche Doctors to their homosexual brothers and sisters for world peace.

  3. Dee
    Posted October 7, 2008 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

    I am currently learning about Process Oriented Psychology and I think it is fascinating! Especially the fact that it deals with all states of consciousness.

    You can tell by listening to Arny and Amy that they are wonderful open people that are here to improve our understanding of nature and enhance the flow of therapy

    I would love to hear more on this fascinating subject

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