What is Pathwork?

The primary goal of Pathwork is our realignment with God, Spirit, or however you might call the experience of a higher power. The Pathwork offers an experience of God that opens us to unification on all levels of our being.

In the Pathwork, we educate, mature and heal those parts of ourselves that have become split off, distorted and “lost”. With positive intention, focus, and identification with the Higher Self, we learn to open into our true nature and the treasure of our wise, loving, inner Self.

This is a path of self-knowledge, self-responsibility, and acceptance of our humanness. By working with our observer self to honestly face ourselves we learn to connect the cause and effect of various levels of our consciousness and behavior.

In developing our capacity to love, our sense of humor, the ability to allow ourselves and others the benefit of the doubt, and the flexibility to allow Higher Powers to guide us, we create a positive attitude that helps us to move through and heal the shadowy territory of our lower self and the wounds of our personality, ego, and soul. In our light and in the beauty of our own hearts, we become whole again by meeting and dealing with our inner destructive forces and by welcoming the lost and isolated parts of ourselves back home into unitive consciousness and positive reality.

What Does Pathwork Offer?

This free online group is led by a Pathwork teacher or helper and is a great way to encounter Pathwork® without commitment to a group. You are welcome to join as often as you can.

The basic principles of Pathwork are studied in a series of 10 lectures, offered by Helpers directly in a variety of formats. Completion of this lecture study series, as group or individual tutorials, is a prerequisite for Process Group and PTP. See calendar for upcoming classes, or contact a Helper in your area for offerings.

Individual sessions with a Pathwork Helper are the opportunity to explore and apply this practical spiritual wisdom to your own life by looking at the challenges and blessings you are experiencing. Pathwork Helpers affiliated with Pathwork of California can be found on the Helpers page. Please contact them directly.

This offering is available to those having completed the Lecture Study series and wanting to have on-going support in a group setting. Members commit for a series of 8 meetings on a bi-weekly schedule.

Pathwork workshops are geared towards beginning and advanced friends of the teachings and center around a specific topic addressed in assigned lectures.

PTP is a four-year program, participants commit to one year at a time. In 4 in-person modules and 3 online meetings a systematic approach to educate, mature, and heal those parts of ourselves that have become split off, distorted, and "lost", while simultaneously developing our capacity to love, our sense of humor, the ability to allow ourselves and others the benefit of the doubt, and the flexibility to allow Higher Guidance to inform us.  

Helpership Training Program (HTP), a four-year residential program, followed by an apprentice year, is for those who are called to become a Pathwork Helper. This program is available to those who have completed the PTP program or equivalent, and offers an in-depth training in the psychological and spiritual task of supporting others on their journey.

Why Pathwork?

Vibrant Community

Pathwork® is a worldwide community of people dedicated to honestly examining themselves, and bringing spirit into their lives. The Pathwork Foundation can connect you to resources all over the globe.

Powerful Teachings

The lectures given by Eva Pierrakos from 1957 until her death in 1979 are the heart of the Pathwork®. They are an astonishing roadmap to self-responsibility, self-knowledge, and true self-acceptance. They point the way to genuine love of self, others, and the Divine.
You can read them online, for free.

Passionate Work

Our Helpers are all graduates of rich, rigorous Helpership Programs and decades of practical experience. They are deeply moved by their own ongoing process in the Pathwork and bring the energy of their self-work and purification to helping others on their Path.

Structured Course Offerings

Pathwork® of California has courses ranging from short introductions for the curious to years-long group offerings for those who really want to dig into their own transformation.

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PoC-affiliated Helpers

“Helping is one of the most satisfying, beautiful, noble, enhancing, stimulating experiences there is. It is truly a marriage, in a spiritual sense, of your channel with the channel of the other person. The other person’s path unfolds. It is a living organism that reveals itself.”

Alper, Gregory

Gregory's practical, in depth sessions offer you guidance from his extensive experience as a musician, artist, teacher, Pathwork® Helper, Life Coach, Tai Chi instructor and investment advisor. He began studying Pathwork® in 1996 and has served on the Pathwork of California faculty and board of directors. Additional studies include Somatic Experiencing®,Chi Kung, Iyengar Yoga, Western Mysticism, Healing Sound, and Conscious Movement.

Humphrey, Gene

Gene has been a Pathwork Helper since 1980, and holds PhD (Clinical Psychology), PsyS (Humanistic Education & Psychology), and MBA (Marketing & Finance) degrees. He trained as a psychotherapist in Bioenergetic Analysis, Core Energetics, Gestalt and other modalities concurrent with his Pathwork Helpership training.

Krekeler, Maria

Maria Krekeler is a Senior Pathwork® Helper/Teacher & Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner in private practice. As a former President and Executive Director of Pathwork of California, she has been teaching the Pathwork Transformation Program in California since 2005. Recently she moved to Germany to stay with her father, supporting him in his aging process. She is known for her attunement, compassionate presence, and her sense of humor. Maria offers individual and couple sessions, Pathwork process groups, and Pathwork workshops in English and German in California, Germany and online. mkdevotion@gmail.com

Schirrholz, U. Ingrid

U. Ingrid Schirrholz, Dipl.-Psych., MA, TEP has been a Pathwork Helper for nearly 20 years. For the last 10 years she trained Helpers in California, Michigan, New York and Vermont. Trained in Psychology and in Expressive Therapies she brings her love of the creative arts to her sessions and classes to help others experience the truths of the Guide's teachings within their own being. Ingrid lives with her husband Mel in an old farmhouse near Woodstock, NY, and works in private practice in New Jersey and in West Hurley, NY.

Wood, Charles

Charles Cresson Wood is a Mendocino-area Pathwork Helper spiritual counselor, personal coach, mediator and negotiator.   He has published a meditation book distilling the Guide's wisdom relevant to abundance consciousness entitled "Opening To Abundance" (Pathwork Press 2004). He has also researched and written another Pathwork book, entitled "Rapid Crisis Resolution". He has also published seven other books and over 375 articles.

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