Healing History

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Break the cycle of personal and historical trauma. Take part in the Healing History Seminar!

The Polish Process Psychology Association invites you to the Healing History Seminar.

The idea of Healing History is nothing more than working with individual and collective trauma. Trauma that has its origin in the past. In the difficult history, the wars, conflicts and unrest that have been written not only on the pages of books, but also, and perhaps above all, in the minds, emotions and bodies of our ancestors. And, by extension, in ourselves. Transgenerational traumas , passed on from generation to generation, are not only psychological traumas carried by individual families.

The idea of Healing History, pioneered by the American psychotherapist Gary Reiss, shows that an individual, or a particular family, is not disconnected from the history, place or culture in which they live. And by which traumatic events from our country's or continent's past are recorded in ourselves! Often this happens at a deeply unconscious level and has a real impact on our present lives.

Trauma is nothing more than blocked energy in our body. Unrecognised psychological trauma guides our lives, affects relationships, causes unpleasant symptoms in the body and even contributes to severe illness. Story Healing allows us to break the cycle of trauma passed down from generation to generation, to live more consciously and to reclaim our energy for the here and now. For this to happen we need to look at where it hurts and work through traumatic memories. With help comes the Healing History project, which has been successfully implemented in many places in Poland and around the world, tackling the biggest conflicts and traumas of the 20th century, including World War II.

So if:

  • you are feeling that something is blocking you
  • you resent a particular person or social group
  • some difficult events in your life keep reoccurring and causing you discomfort
  • you have unpleasant symptoms and tensions in your body or chronic illnesses
  • you find it difficult to set healthy boundaries and establish satisfying relationships with other people
  • you need to better understand and resolve conflicts
  • you want to broaden your awareness and get concrete tools to work with historical trauma

If so - this seminar is for you.

The basis of the Healing History project is the assumption that the past, present and future are constantly intertwining and influencing each other. Unconscious psychological traumas carried over generations make us more susceptible to manipulation and more likely to be drawn into conflicts. Trauma seen, experienced and respected, can be released, can go away. Healed and transcended, it causes us to grow not only as individuals, but to influence the whole system we live in. Through which difficult events from the past can be fully seen, forgiven and cease to guide our lives.

The project aims to:

  • heal trauma
  • expand consciousness
  • offer support
  • stimulate growth
  • provide support in understanding conflicts and in conflict resolution
  • prevent polarisation

On the programme:

  • group process
  • working with the subconscious
  • induction into an altered state of consciousness using acknowledged methods of Process-oriented  Psychology


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 - Friday, September 29th. ELE TAXI bus will be waiting at the taxi stop opposite the main entrance of the Central Railway Station (facing Emilii Plater str.). 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.

You're welcome!

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