Jane Peterson
Human Systems Institute Inc

001 (503) 678-2338

Saturday, August 17, 2019, 9:30 am to 5:30 pm

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Olmstead Rd PermaFarm, upstairs in the Red Barn event space. (Located south of Portland, Oregon USA, just off I-5 about 10 mi S of I-205)
19742 Olmstead Rd NE
Aurora, OR 97002

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Finding Center in Conflict:
Finding & Recovering Your Balance in Social Conflict

Life affords us plenty of opportunities to "lose our cool" and re-act in ways that don't solve our problems and often bring us frustration, shame, or guilt instead. What if, in the midst of conflict, you could recover your balance and find your center? To open the door for conflict to turn into into collaboration, disagreement into understanding, and shame and guilt into compassion?

Aikido offers a way to bring this sense of balance and self-possession into our social interactions. Join 4th degree black-belt Aikido teacher Susan Newton in this journey to center and discover how this can transform your relationships.

In this one-day experiential workshop, we will tap into the wisdom of the body and the relationship of mind with body in relation to our interactions with others.

  • Discover your pattern of reaction when confronted by conflict.
  • Learn how to work with that pattern experientially to develop new patterns of reaction.
  • Create more ease in your own body-being and in your interactions with others.
  • Take home simple tools you can use with yourself and your clients.

Susan Newton, PhD weaves her background in Transpersonal Psychology, her training in Process-Oriented Psychology, and her passion for Aikido into a novel approach to human relations. Through experiential activities and short integrative discussions, you will discover your patterns of reactivity and learn how to shift those patterns into a more resourceful approach to interpersonal conflict situations.

Join us for this one-of-a-kind workshop!

The Details

Date: Saturday, August 17, 2019

Time: 9:30 am to 5-5:30 pm
Bring a lunch to eat on site. There is a small refrigerator, microwave and toaster oven available. Coffee and tea are available.

$112.5o if you register by July 31st, $125 after. (Special discount for HSII Training Program Alumni.)


The workshop will take place south of the Portland area at our new permaculture farmstead in the Red Barn event space near Aurora, Oregon. Limited parking available. Let us know if you would like assistance finding a carpool.

Your Presenter, Susan Newton, PhD

Susan is a psychologist, processworker, and Aikido teacher.  She received her PhD in Psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology.  During her training she was introduced to Aikido as an integrated body/mind/spirit practice.  After completing licensure as Clinical Psychologist in CA, she spent 10 years in Tokyo, Japan, studying Aikido with Shihan Hiroshi Kato 8dan, serving the international community as a psychotherapist, and exhibiting her photography.  While in Japan she became fascinated with Process Work, and completed her Diploma.  Susan now teaches in her own dojo in Portland, delights in exploring the relationships between the creative and martial arts, and consults with individuals, those in relationship, and with groups and systems.