Making Life
More Meaningful

My work is about making life more meaningful. It's about change and it's about love - loving what is and what is always emerging. Why are we alive, what are we meant to do in our short time on earth? How can life be more meaningful and inspiring? How do our personal lives connect to the world and the environment? Can we feel the spirit of the earth, dreams, deities, and the invisible forces that guide us?

I am led by these questions in my work. Whether I am facilitating a group or business, working with bullying in schools, or with individuals and families in my private practice, my gift is to bring meaning that inspires new life direction.

 
Summer Youth Leadership Intensive

A 5 day workshop empowering Teens in leadership, conflict facilitation and creativityy July 18-22, 2016.

This 5-day intensive workshop is for teens aged 15-18 who want to develop their leadership capacity, build new friendships, impact their communities, and have fun doing it!

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A short video gives you a feel for our time together:

 
 
School Programs

Teens Rise UpTRU is a cutting-edge program that empowers and educates young people to step into their leadership, engage in honest dialogue and co-create a more welcoming school community.

TRU gets to the heart of teen experience by examining the issues that underlie the bullying epidemic. Students participate in a two-day workshop with activities that elevate emotional intelligence, facilitate honest dialogue, and as a result, create a more caring school community.

Research shows that bullying programs must emphasize real dialogue and emotional intelligence in order to be effective. TRU brings the depth that students yearn for and creates a safe environment for essential interactions.

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MamaSpeak

  • MamaSpeak is a theatre piece celebrating the mystery of birth, the call to parenthood, and the eternal presence of the divine mother in all of her forms. It is at once my personal story as well as an experience that evokes a universal thread in each of us.
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Raising Parents Raising Kids: Hands-on Wisdom for the Next Generation Raising Parents Raising Kids: Hands-on Wisdom for the Next Generation, is an Award-Winning Finalist in the "Parenting & Family" category of the 2014 USA Best Book Awards. This book puts the spotlight on the magic and joy of parenting the inner development of the child and helps parents and educators deal with power, conflict, bullying and diversity issues in a way that is fun, inspiring and meaningful.

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About Dawn

Dawn Menken Dawn holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and is a certified Process Worker. She is a group facilitator, conflict resolution educator and works with individuals, couples and families in private practice.

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Op-Ed

Check out Dawn's op-ed piece, Bullying: Whose kids do such cruel things? Ours, published in the Oregonian.

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