The Sentient Body Exploration Series
with Lisa Marks 

Process Work Psychology from the Body’s Perspective

3 Wednesdays, 3-5 pm PST
March 22nd, April 5th, April 19th, 2023 

The Sentient Body exploration series is an invitation to step into our personal experience of Sentience. This is our deep and subtle physical experience that includes internal sensations, vibrations, intuitions, and movement tendencies that usually unfold below the threshold of awareness. The Sentient Body is a tool for navigating a world at its edge. Without subtle experiences in the body, we lose our ground, our navigator in troubled times. The slow, subtle and vague experiences of sentience are lost in a society running fast toward destruction.

Join us to explore your body's perspective
Everyone is welcome

This 3 class series takes us through Sentient Reality. Through short discussions, demonstrations, and inner work we touch different levels of reality to find gifts embedded in their messages, guidance for the next steps of connecting with a deeper dreaming that welcomes all and calls for our welcome.

Curious about Sentient experience and the Essence level?

Interested to cultivate Phase 4 awareness as you move through daily life?

Wondering how altered state realities and dreaming create our daily world?

Sliding Scale Available
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These classes are for anyone who wants to know the mystery that creates reality and the body’s inextricable link to this dreaming background. 
Course recordings available for three months after live classes finish

What will I learn?

This class takes us through Sentient Reality. We travel the Essence level, Dreamland and Consensus Reality to uncover a world woven together and reflective of underlying wholeness, a world that reveals its messages under the lens of our awareness.


Discover how to step into our essential selves and stop the conflict between parts of our nature.


Experience the world interactively, where what we notice inside and out is a conversation with our authentic selves.


Develop dual awareness and the ability to identify subtle signals, pre-signals and flickering signals in the body


Practice bringing the body’s subtle cues, flickering signals and movement tendencies into expression through sounds, words and images

Welcome from Lisa

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discover how to step into our essential selves
You are constantly Dreaming through four worlds. The first is the sentient world of “I-less” perception; the second is Dreamland, in which the little you appears as one of the figures in dreams. In Dreamland the larger you, or You, is the community of parts. The third world is that of consensus, everyday reality, the world of the garbage truck; the fourth is the ever-changing state of awareness that moves through but is none of these worlds.
Arnold Mindell, The Dreammaker’s Apprentice

Course Overview

An invitation to step into our personal experience of Sentience

Sentience is our deep and subtle physical experience that includes internal sensations, vibrations, intuitions, and movement tendencies that usually unfold below the threshold of awareness.

Class 1 - The Sentient Body and Essence Level Awareness

In the first class we explore the underlying Essence level, the quantum field signaling constantly through subtle physical experiences. We discover how awareness engages and organizes the underlying field, creating an interactive reality within our body and in the world around us. 

Class 2 - Dreamland, the Psychic Realms of the Mind

In the second class we follow sentient reality into Dreamland, where subtle signals that were missed amplify to enter dreams, symptoms, and relationships. These are energies necessary for our development, through amplification and repetition they engage the Psychic realms of Dreamland to call attention to their presence. 

Class 3 - Consensus Reality and Weaving a Sentient Body Practice

In the third class we see how Consensus Reality delivers experiences that we can all agree on, because necessary energies were missed in Essence and Dreamland realms, personally and for the Collective as a whole. This is the reality of Pandemics cracking the known world to make room for a new way. We see how Consensus Reality experiences are connected to all levels of being and weave what we have discovered into a daily practice of welcoming our Sentient Body.
Sentient Reality, the energetic backdrop, is the mystery behind all of creation. Like the velvety night sky and stars that are always present, it is the back story to the Consensus Reality world we inhabit. The mind’s structure imposes everyday reality over the mysterious entanglement of electrons that manifest as matter, like the morning sun obscures the night sky. The thinking mind and personality can obscure our view of the night sky, of that background sentient field, but the body stays connected, tracking the background of matter through subtle and not so subtle experiences. 
Lisa Marks, Sentient Body, Sentient Earth
Meet the instructor

Lisa Marks

Process Work has been my personal awareness practice and theoretical home since I became a mental health therapist in 1990. At the community mental health center our children and family services team read City Shadows, which profoundly impacted our work. I met Arny Mindell in 1991 in Vancouver BC at a WorldWork weekend that changed my life. Our work together and the dreaming at all levels has inspired a personal awareness practice based on the principles of Process Oriented Psychology.
Process Work has informed my business as a mental health consultant with local school districts, Head Start Preschool programs, Children's Protective Services, and Domestic Violence agencies as well as advocating in my community for children and families. It is the structural bones for my private therapy, coaching and consulting practice. 
I completed the certificate program at PWI in Portland in 2007. The outcome of this was the unpublished manuscript, Sentient Body, Sentient Earth which inspired a body of teaching, the “Sentient Body Explorations”. My fascination with movement led me to Authentic Movement, Movement Medicine, Continuum, Open Floor and other movement modalities. To incorporate music and movement into teaching I became a Soul Motion® conscious dance teacher. 
Sentient Body explorations illustrate how the levels of reality are created through marginalization. This is Process Work from the body's perspective. We start with Essence level subtle signals and movement tendencies, discovering how Dreamland and Consensus Reality unfold from there!

Patrick Jones - Course author
Financial Equity
PWI recognizes the global financial disparities that unequally impact people's opportunities to participate. PWI offers equity options whenever possible.
If you wish to attend but are impacted by financial disadvantage, please use the following discount codes to enroll at the rate that is fair for you:
Rate 1 $180 - full fee
Rate 2 $126 - discount code: FinEQ
Rate 3 $72 - discount code: FinEQ3
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The Sentient Body Exploration Series
with Lisa Marks

Important Participation Information

Privacy & Recordings

Workshops are recorded to provide on demand access and the opportunity to review and study deeply over time.   Please be aware that workshops are recorded (except for break out groups). If you speak or show your camera, you will become part of the limited time recording, available to other enrolled participants via the course site.
Course site and workshop recordings available for three months after the live classes finish.


This workshop is a confidential, adult learning environment. Participant privacy and confidentiality is extremely important for everyone's safety and learning. Please ensure that you keep other participant's personal information private and confidential and do not share identifying details beyond the course participant group. 

Experiential Training

This course is a confidential, adult learning environment focused on personal and community transformation. The activities may elicit emotional and psychological stress. If you have experienced psychological difficulties either in the past or present that may impact your participation, please consider carefully if this event is right for you. While all care is taken to support individuals, each person is responsible for their own needs and boundaries. By registering for the course, you agree to take personal responsibility for your experience and to seek out support if you need it. 

English Language

This course is taught in English, with an awareness and sensitivity to the experience of those for whom English may be a second (or third or fourth) language. We welcome a multilingual group and ask for shared awareness of the challenges of using English when it is a second language. Participants should ensure they are comfortable with their own level of understanding of English conversation and instruction.