2019 Events

Under Our Skin

Addressing Internalized Oppression

For People of Color

Innerwork and Group Approaches

Monthly Group With Bill Say


As well as external forms of oppression such as institutionalized racism, people of color may also face related self-criticism, self-doubt, and issues including depressive moods and low self-esteem: internalized oppression. These processes can impact physical, mental, spiritual, relational, familial and communal well-being as well as one’s sense of empowerment, confidence and pride.

In this monthly group we’ll come together to learn, grow and connect with each other. You’ll have the opportunity to practice Innerwork methods to address internalized oppression and co-create group approaches for greater awareness and wholeness.

The Innerwork and group work methods come from Mindell Process Work which has been practiced in many community settings worldwide.

Bill Say, MA, is a Korean Japanese American and Process Work Diplomate. He teaches at CIIS, trains and consults on diversity matters with non-profits and community organizations and has conducted a private coaching practice for many years. His website is: www.billsay.com

Location: Berkeley location

Fee: sliding scale $45-60 per session.

To register: bill@billsay.com or 510-548-8703

Process Work Training Monthly Group

Closed group for Advanced Students and Graduates of CIIS

CIIS Spring 2019:

Somatics & Society

Closed group classes for the Graduate School of Somatic Psychology

Annual Winter Intensive in Process Work

January 20th – February 21st, 2019

Process Work Institute, Portland Oregon

The course offers a unique opportunity to learn Processwork in an intensive format and within an international group setting. The course includes Processwork’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.

Plus, it will be my first time teaching in the Intensive!


The Heart of Conflict Facilitation

with Bill Say and Lane Arye

April 28, 10am - 5pm

Who likes conflict? Almost no one. But it seems to be an unavoidable part of life. Handled skillfully, conflict can lead to transformation, intimacy, understanding, reduced tension, as well as better relationships, teamwork and community. How can we better engage in conflicts and facilitate them?

This workshop combines brief theoretical lecture, discussion, skill building exercises, and solo, partnered, small group and large group activities.

This workshop is for any individual who struggles with conflict, including parents, partners, team members, leaders, social activists, therapists, and facilitators. But most of all, you.

  • Learn and practice Process Work theory and tools concerning conflict facilitation

  • Explore the heart that can hold all sides

  • Find our conflict facilitation superpower

  • Expand inner diversity

  • Practice role awareness and role switching

  • Contact our values and visions concerning conflict

Worldwork: Group Process, Conflict Facilitation & Eldership

with Bill Say & Rhea Shapiro

Neskowin, Oregon

May 10-16, 2019

Closed group for the Masters in Process Oriented Facilitation Program

Internalized Oppression

Thursday June 13th, 10-12pm PST

Free webinar with Zed Xaba and Bill Say

ON ZOOM: HTTPS://ZOOM.US/J/8581280425

Internalized Oppression can depress, limit or destroy our well-being, empowerment and meaningful engagement with life. Internalized oppression is a dynamic of systemic oppression whether based on gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, age, ability, appearance or other diversity dimensions. That is, if society constantly puts us down because of some aspect of our identity, it’s common for a part of us to agree with this perception; and then relate to ourselves and others like us with the same doubt or hatred.

In this interactive webinar Zed and Bill will discuss with you Internalized Oppression, share its manifestations and discuss a general strategy to address Internalized Oppression. You will also have the opportunity to try out an Innerwork exercise to address your own Internalized Oppression!

Zed Xaba, M.A., is a black South African woman who has been dealing with Internalized Oppression for all her life, but has been inspired to confront it directly it the past few years. She has presented at conferences on the topic, and was invited to do a TEDx Talk on the subject: https://youtu.be/ZTN2yUVQTGg

Zed has worked as a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion facilitator for two decades in South Africa and globally.

Bill Say, M.A., has worked on his self-criticism/internalized oppression for a long time! He’s learned a lot from this relationship, and has helped clients work with their own inner critics. Bill is a Process Work Diplomate in the San Francisco Bay Area, an instructor at the California Institute of Integral Studies and conduct a private practice utilizing Process Work for individuals, relationships, families, and groups. He offers training and facilitation at the intersection of diversity, conflict and community building.

Worldwork: Diversity, Conflict & Community Building

Vancouver BC

September 14-15

Working with differences is the task of our times! It's not easy for any of us. Come learn and practice Worldwork skills enabling you to “sit in the fire” of community in order to deeply explore social issues, face our differences, transform conflict, and create greater wholeness and community!

*Learn process-oriented approaches to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
*Explore the Worldwork model of processing world, social and local conflicts and tensions
*Gain tools and awareness practices to enhance your capacity to “hold” diversity
*Practice an expanded model of rank and power that you can use in conflict settings

World Work, created by Arny and Amy Mindell, is processwork applied to small and large groups, communities and organizations, international events and environmental problems. It’s been used to address global tensions, war-like conditions, organizational change and a full spectrum of diversity issues around the world including with UN organizations, non-profits, corporations and community groups.

Cost for both days:
$150 base rate
$250 employed or more economically comfortable
$400 donor rate; proceeds go to financial aid for Worldwork 2020 participants from disadvantaged countries and conditions

To Register or for more information: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4330301
contact event coordinator David Hatfield at: 604-255-3597

Bill Say, M.A., has 13 years of training and consulting experience at the intersection of diversity awareness, conflict facilitation and community building. He has worked with non-profits, cultural, educational, health and mental health organizations including with Alameda County Public Health and Human Resources; Cities of Berkeley, Richmond and San Rafael; EB AIDS Center; Highlander Research and Education Center; UC Berkeley College of Engineering and trainings in Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Bill has participated in Worldworks since 1992 and has facilitated Worldworks in the US, Poland and Greece. He is an adjunct faculty member of the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco and a former faculty member of the UC Berkeley Extension School of Professional Communication. Bill is a Mindell Process Work Diplomate. His website is: www.billsay.com

This stand-alone workshop is also an introduction to the Worldwork 2020 Conference that will be held May 23-28, 2020 @ UBC, with the theme: "Daring to Dream at the Edge of our Known Worlds." For more info go to: http://worldwork.org/

Diversity Awareness for Effective Leadership

September 17th - October 15th

5 part Online Class

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.

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

To Register: https://processworkonline.com/2019/06/11/diversity-awareness/

Asian Americans in Social Justice
Exploring: What is Our Place?

A Hand’s On Workshop with Yvette Leung and Bill Say
For those who identify as Asian Americans

October 19; 10-5:30pm

*Explore our social identities and who we are
*Utilize Role Awareness to clarify our relationship with race, social justice and activism
*Practice Deep Democracy group work as a path towards greater engagement
*Envision where we ultimately want to stand in a deeply divided, racialized country

As Asian Americans, we might ask ourselves, “what is our role in social justice?” Even with our great diversity of backgrounds and experiences, we commonly doubt our place within social and racial justice work. Some of us find ourselves in a state of in-between-ness, ranging from invisibility, marginality and centrality, which leaves us without having a clear place from which to advocate for greater equity.

In this experiential workshop, you’ll have the opportunity to explore your own positions relative to society and social justice, work with any parts that subvert your potential, and connect with others for a greater sense of empowerment and community.

Sliding scale
$75 - $200 per person

Yvette Leung is a certified organizational coach who supports public institutions, philanthropy, and non-profits to harness the power of the collective to solve big, wicked social problems that no one entity could solve on their own. Back in 2011 after attending an anti-isms conference, Yvette had a profound realization. She saw herself as a good effective model minority (GEMM), who followed unspoken rules and rarely rocked the boat around issues of race and class. This realization catapulted Yvette down the path of unlearning the white-biased conditioning that she was raised with, acknowledging where she has privilege, and finding the courage to influence conversations on race, class, and privilege. Yvette immigrated to the United States as a young child. She is a daughter, wife, and mother of two teenagers.

Bill Say brings over twenty years of experience to the intersection of diversity awareness, conflict resolution and community building. His consulting and training experience are with organizations and community groups in the US and abroad including with Alameda County Human Resources and Public Health; Cities of Berkeley, Richmond and San Rafael; Highlander Research and Education Center; Independent Thought and Social Action in India; New Energy in China; Occupy Sonoma County; UC Berkeley School of Engineering, and UN refugee health organizations in the Middle East (UNRWA). He is an adjunct faculty member of the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco and a former faculty member of the UC Berkeley Extension School of Professional Communication. Bill is a Mindell Process Work Diplomate. His website is: www.billsay.com

For info or to register: Call Bill at 510-548-8703 or leung.yvette (at) gmail.com

Process Work Facilitation Training

November 3, 10-5:50pm
With Lane Arye and Bill Say
Details to be announced

2020 Events

Multicultural Counseling & The Family
Closed group for Graduate students of the Somatic Psychology Department of CIIS

January - April

Process Work Institute Winter Intensive


Worldwork 2020

Musqueam Territory, Vancouver BC Canada

University of British Columbia

May 23-28, 2020

Daring to Dream at the Edge of Our Known Worlds

Worldwork is an opportunity to learn more about the worlds we inhabit- to experience – to feel – to explore with each other the roles that enliven and polarize us, and create a sustainable way of being together. Worldwork is an inclusive, transformative approach to collective conflict, diversity issues, and community building. We explore power dynamics, and embody issues to deepen our awareness and a sense of community and hope. Worldwork includes hard facts and dreaming, thoughts and feelings, me and you.

Pre-conference Seminar with Arny and Amy Mindell: Worldwork Leadership Facilitator Training: May 20-21, 2020

Register at: http://worldwork.org/wordwork-2020-canada/registration/