For some time now it has become possible to scientifically investigate the ways in which imagination, expectations, motivation, and belief influence illness and health. Science and depth psychology have once again come together in the service of healing.
At the first Imagination and Medicine Conference in 2007, a world-class panel of presenters demonstrated ample scientific evidence of the profound interaction between imagination and biology. The historical and ethnographic record shows that this mutual relationship has been employed successfully in healing practices since the beginning of medicine, stimulating our bodies’ remarkable regenerative capabilities. Imagination and Medicine II brings together depth psychologists, scientists, physicians, and indigenous healers to further articulate powerful new approaches to medical healing.
This conference is ideal for healers, medical doctors, and integrative health practitioners. Participants need not have attended the 2007 conference. We will reflect on how the new science can be put into action in specific healing contexts, what we can learn from the practice of imagination in order to apply it to healthcare, and how future practitioners in this new field might be trained. We are part of a new movement in medicine, science and healing. Come join us.
Friday, January 29, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
$125 Fee includes Friday lunch;
Friday breakfast available for a fee of $12.50
5 Continuing Education Credits
Dreams and the Body
Medicines of the Soul
Stephen Aizenstat and Robert Bosnak
Stephen Aizenstat and Robert Bosnak will present practical ways of working with dreams to heal the body. Each master dreamworker will introduce his method and will work on a dream presented by a member of the audience. This workshop is a further exploration aimed at cross-fertilizing their two prominent depth psychological dreamwork methodologies and will offer participants a rich variety of effective ways of interacting with dreams so they will trigger the self healing abilities of the body.
Stephen Aizenstat, Ph.D., is the founding president of Pacifica Graduate Institute. He is a Clinical Psychologist, a Marriage Family Therapist, and a credentialed public school teacher and counselor. For more than 35 years he has explored the power of dreams through depth psychology and the pursuit of his own research. His areas of emphasis include depth psychology, dream research, the psyche/soma connection in dreamwork, and imaginal and archetypal psychology. A major focus of Dr. Aizenstat’s original research is a psychodynamic process of “tending the living image,” particularly in the context of dreamwork. He extends this work in ways that engage the healing forces of dreams through imaginal “medicines.” Aizenstat’s book, Dream Tending, includes sections on dreamwork and addictions and the craft of transmuting dream images into medicines that can be adjunctive in physical healing. His other recent publications include: Imagination & Medicine: The Future of Healing in an Age of Neuroscience (co-editor with Robert Bosnak), “Dream Tending and Tending the World,” in Ecotherapy: Healing with Nature in Mind, and “Soul-Centered Education: An Interview with Stephen Aizenstat” (with Nancy Treadway Galindo) in Reimagining Education: Essays on Reviving the Soul of Learning. Dr. Aizenstat has collaborated with many masters in the field, including Joseph Campbell, Marion Woodman, Robert Johnson, and James Hillman; as well as native elders worldwide. For more information on Dream Tending, visit www.dreamtending.com.
Robert Bosnak, PsyA, is a Jungian psychoanalyst who left his native Holland in 1971 to study in Zürich at the C.G. Jung Institute. He had his psychoanalytic practice in Cambridge, Massachusetts, from 1977 until 2003, and in Sydney, Australia until 2009, while training therapists, actors and other artists worldwide in the embodied imagination method he has developed which is based on the work of Jung, Hillman, Corbin, and Stanislavski. He has recently opened a therapeutic and training practice in embodied imagination and psychoanalysis in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. In 2006 the International Society for Embodied Imagination was founded in Guangzhou, China, which now governs training programs in Los Angeles, Shanghai, Sydney, and online. He is the co-founder in 1997 of www.cyberdreamwork.com the first interactive site for real-time voice and video work with imagery. He co-organized, with Pacifica Graduate Institute, the 2007 conference Imagination and Medicine, which was aimed towards the establishment of an integrative medical healing sanctuary in Santa Barbara. For this reason he recently moved to the Santa Barbara/Los Angeles area. He is the author of several books, which have been translated into over a dozen languages, including his most recent book, Embodiment: Creative Imagination in Medicine, Art and Travel. He is past-president of the International Association for the Study of Dreams, and was visiting professor in clinical psychology at Kyoto University, Japan.
In the Beginning was the Flesh
A Conversation About Illness and Healing
Edward Casey and Robert Romanyshyn
Phenomenology aims at recuperating experience in the most intimate corners of our lives. Merleau-Ponty argues that the lived body is indispensable to this enterprise and he demonstrates that this body (which he later called “flesh”) is capable of healing the broken connection between psyche and nature, self and other. Flesh is a “knowing body” (corps connaissant) that is in touch with everything in the immediate (and sometimes the far) environment. Such a body constitutes a dynamic inter-corporeal field composed of all that we encounter: other persons, animals, plants, the earth itself. When this field is beset with conflict or illness, it calls for the body’s active response—not just the medical or objective body, but the flesh as sensed and remembered, as felt from within. In this opening conversation, phenomenological/archetypal philosopher Edward Casey and phenomenological/Jungian psychologist Robert Romanyshyn explore how Merleau-Ponty’s early work on the structure of behavior, and his later work on the body as lived flesh, open a dialogue that recovers the body as an expressive vehicle of thought, perception, and interpersonal relations. It follows that this body, our body, is a unique agent of healing in a world of suffering. Just how this is so will be explored by both speakers, who will discuss several ways by which flesh constitutes an embodied imagination in the midst of life’s tribulations: how it enables us to envision more salutary forms of being in the world.
Edward Casey, Ph.D, is a philosopher whose origins lie in phenomenology,
poststructuralism, and depth psychology. Early in his career he published descriptive studies of imagination and memory. Beginning in the 1990s, his work began to focus on the role of place in people’s lives at every level: individual, collective, social, political. In this research, especially in his books Getting Back into Place and The Fate of Place, he examined the close relationship between body and place. More recently, he has explored the infrastructure of human perception in a new book, The World at a Glance. A companion to this latter work, to be entitled The World on Edge, is now underway. He is Distinguished Professor at SUNY Stony Brook. He also teaches in the Depth Psychology program at Pacifica Graduate Institute.
Robert D. Romanyshyn, Ph.D., is a Senior Core Faculty Member at Pacifica Graduate Institute where he teaches in the Clinical and Depth Psychotherapy Programs. Elected an Affiliate Member of The Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts for his contributions to the field of Jungian studies, he was educated in phenomenology and depth psychology at Duquesne University. He has authored six books and has contributed chapters to more than thirty edited volumes and has published over fifty journal articles. In addition to Psychological Life: From Science to Metaphor, Technology as Symptom and Dream, The Soul In Grief: Love Death and Transformation, Mirror and Metaphor: Images and Stories of Psychological Life, and Ways of the Heart: Essays toward an Imaginal Psychology, his most recent book is The Wounded Researcher: Research with Soul in Mind. His two most recent essays scheduled for publication are about the gestural body, “The Body in Psychotherapy: Contributions of Merleau-Ponty” and the role of the body in education, “Complex Education: Notes Toward an Ethical Pedagogy.”
Integration of Body, Mind, and Spirit
By promoting the release of stress and tension from the body, the mind is able to move into a state of greater clarity and receptivity. Yoga promotes the integration of body, mind, and spirit, which in turn creates an ideal environment for healing and returning to a state of balance. Yoga interludes will be included throughout the conference to help conference attendees relax, unwind, and move into the body. In addition, she will teach an optional Saturday evening class to help attendees move, breathe, and nurture themselves as they prepare for dreamtime. Cheri will be teaching the gentler styles of yoga, which are easily accessible to all.
Cheri Clampett is an Experienced, Registered Yoga Teacher and the Director of the Therapeutic Yoga Training Program. She has co-led the Integrative Yoga Therapy Teacher Training and has presented Therapeutic Yoga at Beth Israel Medical Center, and the Rusk Institute at NYU Medical Center. Cheri currently teaches yoga at the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara Yoga Center. To bring the healing benefits of Yoga into hospitals, Cheri created and leads the innovative Therapeutic Yoga Training, an accredited course designed for certified Yoga teachers, nurses, physical therapists, and healthcare professionals. Cheri is the co-author of the Therapeutic Yoga Kit. Visit www.therapeuticyoga.com for more resources and information regarding Cheri and the Therapeutic Yoga practice and training.
The Beginning and End of All Things
Coming back once again to the notion of the Zero-Point Field in quantum physics, that place of mystery lying somewhere between the psychic and physical realms, we will explore further the notion of the void being the place of creation as the beginning and end of all things. This “zero field” is actually a vast storehouse of memory encompassing both the personal and archetypal realms. We can go further, in fact, and discover that energy in matter can be born out of this vacuum and can serve to connect us to spirit and soul. How does this birth take place? And where can this lead us today in terms of our investigations into the nature of the connection between mind and body?
Judith Harris, M.A., is a Jungian Analyst and Yoga teacher practicing in London, Ontario, Canada. In addition to serving on the Board of The Philemon Foundation, she is also a teaching analyst at the International School of Analytical Psychology in Zurich. Judith also teaches regularly with The Marion Woodman Foundation and is the author of Jung and Yoga: The Psyche-Body Connection as well as various articles on the topic of the psyche-soma connection.
When the Spirits Talk:
The Limpia Revisited
For over three thousand years, among the indigenous peoples of Central and South America, the primary vehicle of psychic healing has been the ceremony known variously as the “Limpia” or the cleansing. Performed before a sacred altar or mesa, this profoundly transformative experience involves the manipulation of power objects, the summoning of spirit forces as well as the ingestion of psychotropic plants. Utilizing never before seen images of this sacred rite, Dr. Kilpatrick will explore the dynamics of this ancient native healing tradition and discuss its modern application to the ethos of depth psychology.
Alan Kilpatrick, Ph.D., is Professor of American Indian Studies at San Diego State University in California and a member of the Core Faculty in Depth Psychology at the Pacifica Graduate Institute. He is the author of The Night Has a Naked Soul: Witchcraft and Sorcery Among the Western Cherokee as well as numerous articles on traditional medicine and Shamanism. As a scholar, he has won many awards including two Fulbrights (Sweden and Spain), a Bienecke Fellowship at Yale University as well as an Irvine Teaching Fellowship at Stanford University.
Working with the Body,
Working with Nature
A core tenet of Hippocratic medicine is opus contra naturam (“work against nature”). Asklepian-Hygieian healing practices are based on the radically different homeopathic idea of working with nature. In this presentation we will explore the idea of body as nature. We will consider illness as alienation from body-nature and healing as a radical remembering of body-nature. We will examine possible ways of fostering this reconnection and look at how Hippocratic and Asklepian-Hygieian approaches can work synergistically in this process. We will reflect on the possibility that healing may, in Mary Oliver’s words, include “finding our place in the family of things.”
Michael Kearney, M.D., FRCPI, has over 30 years experience of working in end-of-life care. He worked at St Christopher’s Hospice, London and Our Lady’s Hospice, Harold’s Cross, Dublin. His focus is integrated whole-person healthcare, and the psychological and existential aspects of end-of-life care. He is the author of Mortally Wounded: Stories of Soul Pain, Death and Healing and A Place of Healing: Working with Nature and Soul at the End of Life. He was a Visiting Professor at McGill Medical School, developing teaching programs on Healing in Medicine in the undergraduate curriculum. He is currently Medical Director of the Palliative Care Service at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, and Associate Medical Director at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care. He is also Medical Director of the Anam Cara Project for Compassionate Companionship in Living and Dying in Bend, Oregon. He was lead author on a recently published article in JAMA, “Self-Care of Physicians Working at the End-of-Life”.
Depth Psychology After Neuroscience
One of the most interesting findings of Neuroscience is that the brain reacts to what neuroscientists call the “symbolic configuration”, by which they mean relationships, environment, and culture. This presentation will compare the language of neuroscience with the vocabulary of depth psychology and discuss the impact of neuroscience on the development of the field of depth psychology. As neuroscience redefines love, relationships, attachment, fear, neurosis, memory and the notion of the unconscious, some of depth psychology’s theoretical constructs become irrelevant while the whole symbolic approach becomes more necessary than ever. This presentation will explore what belongs to the past and what belongs to the future of our field of depth psychology.
Ginette Paris, Ph.D., is Core Faculty, at Pacifica Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara, California. She is the author, among other books, of Pagan Meditations: Aphrodite,
Hestia, Artemis, and Pagan Grace: Dionysos, Hermes, and Goddess Memory in Daily
Life. Her most recent book The Wisdom of the Psyche: Depth Psychology after Neuroscience is now translated in French, Italian, and Spanish. Her complete bibliography is available at www.ginetteparis.com.
An Exploration of Image as Healer in Ancient and Modern Cultures
In Ancient Greece the epiphany of the image had healing power. The god Asklepios would appear to the sick and healed by revelation. The image itself by the sheer force of its presence can change us to the core. In this tradition, the symbolic transformation inherent in contemporary body soul work becomes a medicine that can make us well. We will explore ways in which to enhance this healing power inherent in the image so it can take its place once again in the repertoire of contemporary medicine.
Marion Woodman, LLD, DHL, PH.D. (Hon), is a Jungian analyst trained at the C.G. Jung Institute of Zürich. Marion has been exploring the relationship between psyche and soma through her work with symbol in the dream. A visionary and teacher for over 30 years, she has developed some of Jung’s ideas in an original and creative way. She is the author of numerous books. Marion is a founding member of the Marion Woodman Foundation and sponsor of BodySoul Rhythms Work. For more information on Marion’s work, visit www.mwoodmanfoundation.org.
The Placebo Response and the Power
of Unconscious Healing
The placebo response represents an innate mind/body activity that is inextricably bound to what is judged to be “therapeutic.” The concept of the “placebo response” parallels the history of therapeutics, with roots in ancient magico-religious healing extending into modern practices. The evolution of the concept of the placebo response will be explored, with emphasis on how changing cultural perceptions affect its implications in therapeutics. The scientific basis of the placebo response—an unconscious system of central nervous system salutogenesis whose aim is to restore states of mind/body well being—will be explored, along with why placebo effects are notoriously difficult to predict. Finally, behavioral interventions that promote the potency of placebo responses will be discussed and compared to those of a successful psychotherapy.
Richard Kradin, M.D., is a Jungian analyst and medical internist, Associate Physician at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School, and former Director of Research at the Mind/Body Medical Institute at Harvard Medical School. He is a graduate of the Boston Institute of Psychotherapies, the MGH Center for Psychoanalytical Psychotherapies, the C.G. Jung Institute of Boston, and holds Masters Degrees from New York University (Physics) and Harvard University(Religion, Summa Cum Laude). He is the author of over 200 original articles in the scientific, medical, and psychoanalytical literature, and five texts, including The Herald Dream, The Placebo Response: The Power of Unconscious Healing, and soon to be released Psychosomatic Medicine: Dysfunction at the Mind/Body Interface. He practices medicine and psychoanalysis in Boston, Massachusetts.
ALSO OF INTEREST
At the first Imagination and Medicine Conference in 2007, a world-class panel of presenters demonstrated ample scientific evidence of the profound interaction between imagination and biology. The papers presented at that conference are now available in book form titled, Imagination and Medicine: The Future of Healing in an Age of Neuroscience. To order, call the Pacifica Bookstore at 805.879.7327 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Medical Healing Sanctuary of Santa Barbara
A central focus of the 2007 Imagination and Medicine Conference was the creation of a natural healing environment where, in concert with conventional medicine, the power of creative imagination could stimulate the mysterious ability of the body to heal itself. Since 2007, the quest for such a center has intensified. We are now in the process of founding the Medical Healing Sanctuary of Santa Barbara, where science and imagination will go hand in hand to produce a breakthrough in medicine by marrying the tremendous achievements of advanced medical technology with the physician inside, who according to Hippocrates, is the “master healer.” For more information on the Medical Healing Sanctuary of Santa Barbara, contact Robert Bosnak at email@example.com.
A New Doctoral Degree Program at
Pacifica Graduate Institute
Ph.D. In Depth Psychology with Emphasis in
Pacifica Graduate Institute
is currently in the process
of designing a new
doctoral degree program
in Depth Psychology with
an emphasis in Somatic Studies. To explore such an offering, we invite your participation in a discussion about the program that will take place during the Imagination and Medicine
II Conference. If you would like to receive addtional information on this new degree program as it develops, please contact Wendy Overend, M.A., Director of Admissions
805.969.3626 ext. 305 or
LOCATION: 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, parking onsite.
Accommodations at the Ladera Lane Campus: We have sold out of overnight accommodations at the Ladera Lane Campus.
A limited number of rooms are available for participants at the special rate of $90 per night single or double occupancy plus tax at the Best Western Carpinteria Inn, 4558 Carpinteria Avenue, Carpinteria, CA 93013. Please call them directly at 805.684.0473 to make your reservation. Be sure to mention PACIFICA PUBLIC PROGRAM to receive the special rate. These rooms are held for our group at this special rate until 30 days before the conference. After that time, rooms will be charged at the special rate only if available. Please note that Pacifica shuttles do not provide service to and from the Ladera Campus and the Best Western for Public Programs.
MEALS: 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 conference registration fee are: Friday dinner; Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner; and Sunday breakfast and lunch. For early arrivals, Friday breakfast ($12.50) and lunch ($17.75) are available for an additional charge. For late departures, the following meals are available for an additional fee: Monday continental breakfast ($9), lunch ($17.75), and dinner ($21.75).
Lunch is included in the pre-conference workshop fee. As above, Friday breakfast is available for an additional fee. All optional meals must be ordered in advance through the Public Programs Department.
TRAVEL: 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. Register early!
To register, please complete the form at right and return it to Pacifica Graduate Institute, Public Programs, 249 Lambert Road, Carpinteria, CA 93013; fax to 805.565.5796; e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org; call 805.969.3626, ext. 103, or click here to register online. 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 for the conference and $25 for the workshop. No refunds on your registration fee will be made after that time. 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.
SCHOLARSHIPS: 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: 5 hours of continuing education credit for the pre-conference workshop and 10.5 hours of continuing education credit for the conference is 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.