Healing History

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The world is full of social and political problems: increasing fear and hopelessness, wars, growing right wing extremism and ‘us-versus-them’ attitude. We urgently need new patterns and new solutions for the problems of today. Yet our creativity and our visions are often blocked by personal, collective and historical trauma.

Healing History project emphasizes that past, present and future are intertwined. In order to create better future, we need to process the wounds and traumatic memories that are often hidden from our consciousness and buried in our bodies. We need to reclaim the energies that got blocked by traumatic events experienced by us, our ancestors or groups we belong to. We need to learn how to use this energy to stand up for ourselves, create healthy boundaries and be open to other people and other points of view.

During this seminar we will:

  • Learn to free ourselves from trauma that we carry in our bodies
  • Work together on processing our historical and collective wounds
  • Create safe space to meet through our own and our ancestors’ stories
  • Process the roles that are present in the field
  • Connect to the spiritual realm in order to heal personal, historical and collective trauma

“To break the cycle of history that leads to constant inner conflict and war on the outside, we must heal history. To a very large degree, the future of humanity depends on our developing and implementing tools to break the repetitive cycle of unprocessed history. Come along and through theory, stories, and exercises learn how to heal history” (Healing History, Gary  Reiss, 2018)

We invite people from different cultures and different countries and create safe space for revealing and transforming emotions related to history. To a large extent, it is the unheard emotions, frozen in bodies and personal stories, that contribute to the fact that traumatic events are reproduced both on an individual and global level. Using the methods of process psychology, we discover stuck, unfulfilled individual and collective experiences. We touch deep experiences, discovering the wisdom and development potential hidden in them.


Gary Reiss (USA) and Bogna Szymkiewicz-Kowalska (Poland) and assistants.

Gary Reiss, LCSW, Ph.D, Certified Process-oriented Psychology trainer, has a private practice in Eugene and Portland, Oregon, has been Director of Rivers Way Community Clinic in Portland for 20 years, and teaches Process oriented Psychology worldwide, now actively teaching in 17 countries. He is a senior faculty member at the Process Work Institute, and brings 40 plus years’ experience to his work. His specialties include family therapy, sex therapy, working with coma patients, Worldwork in hot spots in the world, organizational development, and integrating Process Work with different spiritual traditions. Gary is the founder of the Healing History project and the director of the International Peace Group.

More about Gary Reiss: https://garyreiss.com

Bogna Szymkiewicz-Kowalska, Ph.D.  has been teaching for over 30 years at the Institute of Applied Social Sciences, University of Warsaw. She holds diploma in Process Work from Zürich and a degree in clinical psychology from the University of Warsaw. 

She works with clients in private practice, gives supervision, facilitates groups and teaches Process Work in different countries.

She is a co-founder of Process Work Study Center in Poland, where she teaches and gives supervision regularly.  She is also a faculty member of Italian school Arte del Processo.

As a researcher and author of articles and books, she participates in many conferences. She is an author of “Hurt Feelings. A Journey into Wounded States of Consciousness and Beyond”, a co-writer of „Deeper into the Soul. Beyond Dementia and Alzheimer’s towards Forgetfulness Care”. Her publications in Polish include the books: “Why it is so Difficult to Leave? Narratives of Women who Experience Domestic Violence” and anthology “Process Work: Theory and Practice”.

More about Bogna Szymkiewicz: http://www.bogna.eu


The seminar is organized by the Polish Society of Process Psychology. It is another event in the series of "Healing History" seminars that have already taken place in many countries around the world over the last several years (also in Poland, in Warsaw, in 2012 and 2018).


The workshop is addressed to psychologists, psychotherapists, educators and anyone interested in in-depth work in the area of ​​trauma, including collective trauma. We also invite people from other countries, especially from countries that are experiencing armed conflicts, e.g. people from Ukraine. 


The primary language of the seminar is English; lecture parts will be translated into Polish, training parts and group processes will be conducted with language support as far as possible.


tel.: (+48) 797 553 382 Kate Sienkiewicz
Please fill in the registration form here: https://forms.gle/485FdxF1V8YqoCiY6
Please beware of our cancellation policy.

PARTICIPATION AND ACCOMMODATION FEE (from Friday 29th Sept. to Sunday 1st Oct.)

Costs related to participation below according to the table. The prices include the fee for participation in the seminar, the fee for 2 nights, including: breakfast (Saturday, Sunday), lunch (Friday, Saturday, Sunday), dinner (Friday, Saturday) and coffee buffet.

Who? Rooms option 1st term
(up till 31th July)
2nd term
(after this date)
Members of the Polish Society Process Psychology 3-beds room 2320 PLN 2420 PLN
2-beds room* 2360 PLN 2460 PLN
Others 3-beds room 2370 PLN 2470 PLN
2-beds room* 2410 PLN 2510 PLN
Euro prices 
(contain currency conversion cost)**
3-beds room 579 Euro 603 Euro
2-beds room* 588 Euro 613 Euro

*the number of 2-beds rooms is limited
** you may also pay in PLN if this is more convenient


Bank account number: 19 1020 1169 0000 8102 0296 2264​
Transfer title: Healing History Seminar 2023

PAYPAL (contains PayPal's fee):

Name and Surname


For people from countries with the weakest economic position or a difficult financial situation, as well as residents of countries experiencing armed conflicts - we anticipate the possibility of applying for scholarships. 
Contact in this matter: administracja-ptpp@psychologia-procesu.org.pl

We cordially invite people who want to help collect funds for scholarships to make payments to the PTPP account, account number: 19 1020 1169 0000 8102 0296 2264​


29th September – 1st October 2023
(Fri 10:00 am – 6:00 pm; Sat 10:00 am – 6 pm; San 10:00 am – 5:00 pm)


4 Żywioły Falenty, Ośrodek Konferencyjno-Szkoleniowy, Aleja Hrabska 4, 05-090 Raszyn Falenty


If you are considering an early arrival, please contact to resort directly.


There is a possibility of organized transport to the resort on the day starting the seminar from the “Warszawa Zachodnia Bus Station” (Friday, September 29th). Contact in this matter: administracja-ptpp@psychologia-procesu.org.pl

Important information for students of the Process Psychology Study Foundation:

  • Participation in the seminar includes the obligatory Worldwork seminar (23 hours) as part of the necessary requirements to complete the second phase of study.

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