Depth Psychological Explorations of the Inanna Myth

A Four-Week Course for Women with Maren Hansen

This class invites an ongoing dialog between participant’s personal experience and the collective psyche as embodied in the ancient Sumerian myth of Inanna. We will use depth psychological methods to explore the myth, including Association, Amplification, Active Imaginations, and Ritual. The myth of Inanna contains primordial images, motifs, and existential themes of a woman’s wholeness. This densely coded, collective story has both shaped and reflected individual lives throughout human history. We will enter this favorite story from four thousand years ago to hear how it may guide our lives today.

Activities Each Week Include:

  • a brief presentation on the Inanna myth, including cultural roots, mythemes, and the psychological function of myth
  • class reading aloud and/or retelling the ancient story of Inanna
  • experiential practices of depth psychological methods, through contemplation, writing, drawing, movement, and enactment
  • group sharing and discussion

This course is exclusively for women.

MarenHMaren Hansen, M.Div., Ph.D., is a founding member of Pacifica Graduate Institute and serves on the Board of Trustees (ex-officio) and Adjunct Faculty. Her research interests include the psychological function of myth, depth psychological approaches to myth, and women’s psychology and spirituality. She has taught courses on the ancient Sumerian myth of Inanna in Pacifica classrooms, women’s retreats, and for middle school students.

General Information

REGISTRATION: Space is limited. Register early! To register, submit the form on this webpage or print and mail it to the Public Programs Department, Pacifica Graduate Institute, 249 Lambert Road, Carpinteria, CA 93013 or call the Public Programs Department at 805.969.3626, ext. 103. Full payment is required with your registration. An email confirmation letter will be sent within 5 days of receipt of your registration.

CANCELLATION: 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 $20 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 and we are able to transfer your registration to someone on the waitlist, we will issue you a refund less the processing fee. Any registration transfers that do not go through our office will be assessed the processing fee onsite.

For a 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.

LOCATION: The course 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.

ACCOMMODATIONS: A limited number of rooms are available for participants at Pacifica’s Ladera Lane Campus:
$87 per night single occupancy (one twin or standard full size bed)
$120 per night couple occupancy (one standard full size bed; not a queen)
$132 per night double occupancy (two twin beds)
plus 10% occupancy tax
Accommodations are simple, dormitory-style rooms with a shared bath and shower. Reservations for rooms must be made through Pacifica’s 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.

SCHOLARSHIPS: A limited number of financial need scholarships are available for this program. To apply, please fill out the registration form including payment information, and send a letter of request detailing your financial circumstances. Once your application has been reviewed, you will be contacted to approve processing of payment. Please note, incomplete applications will not be considered.

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT: 8 CE credits are available for RNs through the California Board of Registered Nurses (provider #CEP 7177) and for MFTs and LCSWs (provider #PCE 2278) through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. A $15 processing fee will be charged for each certificate requested.

DISABILITY SERVICES ON CAMPUS: It is the policy of Pacifica’s Public Programs Department to accommodate attendees with disabilities in compliance with state and federal laws and regulations. Please let us know in advance if you have special needs or require assistance due to a disabling condition while you are attending a public program. If you are accompanied by a service dog, please contact disability services directly (805.679.6124), as all animals visiting campus must have pre-approval. For additional information regarding Pacifica’s policies, visit