Riting Myth, Mythic Writing:
Invoking the Embodied Energy of Presence

Dennis Patrick Slattery

Dennis Slattery   Two Separate Retreats Offered in Santa Barara, CA
August 12-15 or August 19-22

Thursday 6:30-8:30 pm
Friday 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Sunday, 9:00 am-1:00 pm

$550 General Admission
$500 Special Admission
(Full-Time Students, Pacifica Alumni, and Seniors)
$475 Active Pacifica Students
(Fees include Thursday dinner; Friday breakfast, lunch, and dinner; Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner; and Sunday breakfast and lunch)


19 Continuing Education Credits
for MFTs, LCSWs, RNs, and Counselors


Since analogy formation is a law
which to a large extent governs the life of the psyche...

                                                                            - C.G. Jung

Each of our lives is, in part, a patterned reality whose shape and repetitions are not always easily discernible without deep reflection. Writing, which is also a riting of one’s self, is one effective means by which the imagination and memory conspire to help us see the way meaning clusters around our experiences. The word "riting" is used here to capture the felt sense of ritual in writing as an embodied way of recollecting, then bringing to presence, what normally moves below the threshold of daily consciousness. Words can shape worlds. The spiral is one archetypal pattern that we will use to show the oscillating move of soul to double back, return again, recapitulate, recollect the past in and through the present to reveal future possibilities. In this four-day retreat we will focus our attention on a number of themes designed to evoke the spiral and to provoke our mythic patterns into presence. During this time we will engage in many writing meditations, as well as in reading and writing poetry and in embodied movements to explore the presence of our personal myth through as many corridors as possible in order to discern its larger form and patterns. The retreat is limited to 40 participants.

Dennis Patrick Slattery, Ph.D., has been teaching for 40 years. He is currently the author, co-author, editor, and co-editor of 16 volumes, including four volumes of poetry. His works include The Wounded Body: Remembering the Marking of Flesh, Depth Psychology: Meditations in the Field and Psychology at the Threshold co-edited with Lionel Corbett, Varieties of Mythic Experience: Essays on Religion, Psyche and Culture co-edited with Glen Slater, and a collection of essays on teaching, Reimaging Education: Essays on Reviving the Soul of Learning co-edited with Jennifer Selig. Additionally Dr. Slattery has just completed Day-to-Day Dante: Meditations on the Divine Comedy for Each Day of the Year and he is currently working on a volume entitled Riting One’s Myth: Meditations on the Writing Life, from which some of the writing meditations are taken.


The conference will be held at Pacifica Graduate Institute's Ladera Lane Campus at 801 Ladera Lane, Santa Barbara, CA 93108. Located on 35 acres in the foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountains overlooking the Pacific Ocean, this residential retreat center provides a unique and peaceful environment for these events. This campus has lodging, dining facilities, and parking onsite.


A limited number of rooms are available for participants at Pacifica's Ladera Lane Campus.

$82.50 per night single occupancy
$115 per night couple occupancy
$125 per night double occupancy
plus 10% occupancy tax
Accommodations are simple, dormitory-style rooms with shared bath and shower. Single (twin or double bed), double (two twin beds), and couple (one double bed) rooms are available. Reservations for rooms must be made through Pacifica's Public Program's office.

Meals are provided to encourage ongoing dialogue and community exchange throughout the weekend. Pacifica’s caterers make every attempt to provide healthful meals for our guests. Please indicate on the registration form if you need a special vegan or vegetarian meal or if you have other medical dietary restrictions. Meals included in the registration fee are: Thursday dinner; Friday breakfast, lunch, and dinner; Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner; and Sunday breakfast and lunch. No other meals will be available.

Major airlines provide service into the Los Angeles International Airport located 90 miles south of Santa Barbara and into the Santa Barbara Municipal Airport, approximately 18 miles from the Campus. Information on ground transportation to and from Santa Barbara will be included with your confirmation letter..

Registration and Cancellation
Space is limited in both retreats. Register early!
To register, please click here and complete the online form or mail and return it to Pacifica Graduate Institute, Public Programs, 249 Lambert Road, Carpinteria, CA 93013; fax to 805.565.5796; e-mail to; call 805.969.3626, ext. 103. Please include your email address as an email confirmation letter will be sent within 5 days of receipt of your registration.

To obtain a refund on your registration fee, send a written cancellation request postmarked no later than thirty days before the event. Tuition less a $50 processing fee will be refunded. No refunds on your registration fee will be made after that time. In the event that the program is sold out with a waitlist, if you return your seat to our office, and if we are able to transfer your registration to someone on the wait list, we will issue you a refund less the processing fee. Any registration transfers that do not go through our office will be assessed a $50 processing fee onsite. For refund on accommodations at the Ladera Lane Campus, cancellation with full refund will be accepted up to 5 days before the event. Cancellations made 1-4 days before the event will receive a 50% refund. There will be no refund for cancellation on the day of the event.

A limited number of partial scholarships are available to those who find it prohibitive to pay the full cost of the program. To apply, send a letter of request with your registration and payment. Please be specific regarding your financial circumstances. If accepted, you will be contacted to approve processing payment.   .

Continuing Education Credit
19 hours of continuing education credit are available for RNs through the California Board of Registered Nurses (provider #CEP 7177), for MFTs and LCSWs (provider #PCE 2278) through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, and for National Certified Counselors (provider #5436), through the National Board of Certified Counselors. Pacifica adheres to NBCC continuing education guidelines. A $15 processing fee will be charged for each certificate requested.