Dream Tending: 
Restoring Self and World
with Dr. Stephen Aizenstat

Dream Tending—the unique approach to dreamwork developed by Dr. Stephen Aizenstat—regards dreams as much more than phantoms in the night. They are present, living realities that can be engaged with and learned from in order to evoke both the inner scape of self and the dreamscape of the world. Through Dream Tending skills, we are able to access and realize the healing potential of dreams.

The Dream Tending methods developed by Dr. Aizenstat build on the methods of association, amplification, and animation pioneered by Freud and Jung, and expanded upon by James Hillman and Marion Woodman.

Through Dream Tending we invite animation into practice and experience dreams in their living, embodied reality. By hosting and tending relationships with the living images of dreams we are able to discover new ways of experiencing life. This promotes better psychological and physical health as we learn more of our relationships to ourselves, others, and the creatures and places of the world.

Participants in this comprehensive three-day workshop will build practical skills grounded in both traditional and emerging methods of dreamwork. Dr. Aizenstat will guide participants in:

  • Learning How to Remember Dreams and Examine Reoccurring Dream Themes
  • Practicing Dream Tending Skills with Nightmares
  • Exploring the Multiple Dimensions of Psyche—the Personal, Collective, and World Unconscious
  • Strengthening the Ability to Animate Dream Images and Form Relationships with Figures in Dreams
  • Discovering How Living Images Impact and Inform Our Moods, Behaviors, and Perceptions
  • Learning How Dreams Can Support and Improve Physical and Psychological Health

Ongoing Dream Kivas are an integral part of workshop activities. Participants will meet daily in four-person groups to practice their newly acquired skills. During these sessions, each member will have the opportunity to work with their own dreams.

AizenstatStephen Aizenstat, Ph.D., is the Chancellor and Founding President of Pacifica Graduate Institute. He is a Clinical Psychologist, a Marriage Family Therapist, and a credentialed public schools 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 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. Aizenstat's book, Dream Tending, describes multiple new applications of dreamwork in relation to health and healing, nightmares, the World's Dream, relationships, and the creative process. 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. For more information, visit

General Information

Location : The workshop 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.

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

SPECIAL OFFER: Attend Dream Tending: Restoring Self and World and receive three nights lodging for the price of two at Pacifica’s Ladera Lane Campus.

$82.50 per night single occupancy (one twin or standard full size bed)
$115 per night couple occupancy (one standard full size bed; not a queen)
$125 per night double occupancy (two twin beds)
plus 10% occupancy tax

Accommodations are simple, dormitory-style rooms with shared bath and shower. Reservations for rooms must be made through Pacifica’s Public Programs Department.

Meals: Meals are provided to encourage ongoing dialogue and community exchange throughout the weekend. Included in your registration fee are Friday breakfast, lunch, and dinner; Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner; and Sunday breakfast and lunch. No other meals will be available. 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, vegetarian, or gluten free meal or if you have other medical dietary restrictions.

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: Space is limited. Register early!
To register, complete the form on this webpage 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 $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 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 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: 15 hours of continuing education credit 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