19th – 20th April 2003






Dr Max Schupbach

Of Portland, Oregon, USA









Our expectations and hopes about what relationships can give us in life have drastically changed over the last decade.  In previous generations, many people could not have related to the question, “how good is your relationship”.  Relationships were not meant to be fulfilling, fun, deep, or intimate, let alone an arena for personal growth.  Relationships were meant to serve the family, and sacrifices that were made for that purpose created fulfillment and meaning.  Times have changed, for better or for worse.  The classic core family is being replaced by diverse care systems that include shared parenting, single parenting, same sex relationships, long distance relationships, etc.  Many of us are working on finding relationships, be they sexual or not, that bring depth, intimacy, and sharing.




In Process-oriented relationship work, we distinguish between different levels. Unintended communications like tone of voice, body language, etc., are used to unfold relationship dreams and are helpful in working with acute relationship problems.  The concept of a high and a low dream is used in moments that we get frozen and fall into a trancelike passivity, or when we want to process the moods in the background of our awareness.  In addition, we learn to find the spiritual components of a relationship, the glue out of which love is made, when we work on the transpersonal level of the relationship. Power and hierarchy, male/female issues, heterosexism, ageism, etc. create relationship difficulties that go beyond personal psychology.  We will demonstrate how awareness of these issues can be used in conflict resolution and to gain more intimacy and more fun with our loved ones.  This weekend will introduce the foundations of Processwork with relationships. 


You will learn:


·        A framework for thinking about relationships that can help us to better understand our own hopes and needs, and to discover whether or not a relationship can fulfill them.


·        A methodology for working through conflict more rapidly that addresses not only the contents of the fight, but also the underlying emotional differences between people.


·        To improve your communication skills, and to get across what you would like to get across, while at the same time developing a deeper understanding of what the other person is really saying to you.


·        A way to understand your relationship difficulties not as problems to be overcome, but as fun and inspiring opportunities for personal growth and learning that can help you to find out who you really are, and what works best for you.


·        A way to connect to the deeper sentient bond that exists between people and is difficult to express in words, since many of these experiences are preverbal.



We will demonstrate these methods in the topics above and you will have the opportunity to practice these methods in-groups of two.


This workshop is meant for anyone who is interested in learning more about relationship, whether or not you are presently in a romantic relationship, and regardless of your sexual preferences.  It is also intended for relationship and family counselors, and for people interested in contributing more to a related community life.




Max Schupbach, Ph D is a certified Process Worker and co-founder of the Process Work Centre of Portland, where he teachers half the year.  The other half of the year, he travels worldwide teaching Process Work in many international centres in Europe, Japan and North America.  Max leads the Lava Rock Clinic with the founders of Process Work, Amy and Arnold Mindell, where Process Work, alternative and mainstream medicines are integrated with the healing power of community building.  He also leads the relationship dojo, a yearly gathering in which people from diverse backgrounds, relationship models, and sexual orientations, single and non-single, meet to practice relationship skills as a path to fuller and more fun lifestyles.  He will be assisted by his partner Ellen, who is currently working on her Ph.D on spiritual aspects in therapy.

Max Schupbach Web site:



The seminar venue is the St Josephs School Hall, Union Street, The Junction. (adjacent to St Josephs school gates , corner of Kenrick and Union Street).  Phone 4961 4394. The venue is situated in the heart of The Junction shopping centre an inner suburb of Newcastle.  The shopping centre hosts a large array of cafes, restaurants and shops. (Disabled access)




Registration will be held on the first day from 9am.


Saturday session will be from 10am to 5.30pm


Sunday from 10am until 4pm.







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Seminar 2 days $180.00  


Cheque enclosed _______________Made poyable to Process Oriented Psychology Workshop


Direct Deposit can be made to Greater Newcastle Permanent Building Society  Account Number 1663 65093 BSB 637 000

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Contact;  Catherine Cockburn-Phone 02 4969 3811, Fax 02 4969 3693,

1-142 Union St, The Junction NSW 2291 Email: junctiongp @ hunterlink . net . au (without spaces)

Links of interest:

Process work Australia web site:
Max Schupbach Web site: