Writers Journey

Friday, April 26
7:00–9:00 PM
Saturday, April 27
9:00 AM–5:30 PM
Sunday, April 28
9:00 AM–1:00 PM

$375 General Admission
$325 Special Admission
Full-Time Students, Pacifica
Alumni, and Seniors

$300 Active Pacifica Students
Fees include Friday dinner; Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner; and Sunday breakfast and lunch. Extra meals available are Friday breakfast ($12.50) and Friday lunch ($18.50)

11 Continuing Education Credits are available for MFTs, LCSWs, and RNs
The Conference and Pre-Conference Workshops will be held at Pacifica Graduate Institute’s Ladera Lane Campus

Pre-Conference Workshops
Friday, April 26
Full Day: 9:00 AM–4:30 PM
$140 Fee (Includes Friday lunch; breakfast is available for an additional $12.50 fee)

6 Continuing Education Credits are availalbe for MFTs, LCSWs, and RNs

Half Day: 9:00 AM–12:00 PM
OR 1:30–4:30 PM

$70 Fee (Includes Friday lunch; breakfast is available for an additional $12.50 fee)

3 Continuing Education Credits are available for MFTs, LCSWs, and RNs

Space in all Workshops is limited

Accommodations are available at Pacifica’s Ladera Lane Campus and the Best Western Carpinteria Inn

The conference includes five plenary sessions, and two of the five concurrent sessions being offered. Those participating in the optional pre-conference workshops on Friday, April 26 will attend one or two half-day or one full-day workshop. Participants will be asked to select their preferred concurrent sessions and pre-conference workshops during registration.

Presentations by:
Jean Shinoda Bolen
Sharon D. Johnson
Dara Marks
Michael Meade
Maureen Murdock
Suzi Naiburg

Elizabeth Nelson
Kris Oster
Susan Rowland
Dennis Patrick Slattery
Evans Lansing Smith
Lawrence Spann


Plenary Sessions

Sunday, 11:00 AM–12:30 PM
Giving Birth, Finding Form
Jean Shinoda Bolen

"I think of writing as giving form to feelings and intuition that grow from a seed idea. I get pregnant with a new book. Synchronicities support its growth and development. This talk is an opportunity for me to reflect upon writing and the relationship of it to what I do as an analyst and activist. Writing is like all other individuation choices—it takes courage to be original, to say what is true, anticipating real or imagined outer consequences. To write can be an invitation to do what you love, to act from your heart. When such is the case, ego and Self, archetypes and life story come together. From conception to delivery is an inner process. Taking it into the world, quite another matter of persona and marketing. It takes love, hope, imagination, perseverance, optimism, absorption, and commitment to write a book, or to make a conscious decision to have a baby, especially when this may be a difficult undertaking, or making a midlife transition that leads to birthing a new life.”

Jean BolenJean Shinoda Bolen, M.D., is a Jungian analyst, psychiatrist, author and activist, a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and former clinical professor of psychiatry at UCSF. She is an internationally known speaker and the author of twelve influential books in over eighty foreign translations, beginning with The Tao of Psychology, Goddesses in Everywoman, and Gods in Everyman; her last four books, including Urgent Message from Mother: Gather the Women, Save the World, and Like a Tree: How Trees, Women, and Tree People Can Save the Planet, bring together the inner world of archetypes and symbols with activism in the world. For more information, visit www.jeanbolen.com.

Friday, 7:30–9:00 PM
The Call of the Muses
Michael Meade

"At a root level writing involves a calling; we are called to bring the unseen into visibility. There are words inscribed in the soul, waiting to be revealed. Yet, what calls us is also greater than us and we must loosen and expand to receive what is trying to enter this world from the realm of mystery and imagination. To author is “to make,” but also to be remade again and again by entering a necessary isolation, becoming a vessel of transmission and translation and expression. I tend to write in a fever that can alter all sense of time and place for days on end. Words become the only way to orient as I find myself wandering in a darkened forest or digging in the earth with my fingers. There can be no thought of editing only following the track until it leads to a stream of language or a well of memory that can dry up as suddenly as it appeared. When the Muses call we must respond or lose the rhythm of our soul and the thread of our purpose.”

Michael MeadeMichael Meade, D.H.L., is a renowned storyteller, author, and scholar of mythology, anthropology, and psychology. He combines hypnotic and fiery storytelling, street savvy perceptiveness, and spellbinding interpretations of ancient myths with a deep knowledge of cross-cultural rituals. He has an unusual ability to distill and synthesize these disciplines, tapping into ancestral sources of wisdom, while connecting them to the stories we are living today. He is the author of Why the World Doesn’t End, Fate and Destiny, and The Water of Life. He edited, with James Hillman and Robert Bly, Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart. He also edited Crossroads: A Quest for Contemporary Rites of Passage. He is the founder of Mosaic Multicultural Foundation, a nonprofit network of artists, social activists, and community builders who create greater understanding between diverse peoples. Mosaic projects involve at-risk and homeless youth, veterans with trauma issues, women and men in prison, and a wide variety of mentoring programs. For more information, visit www.mosaicvoices.org.

Saturday, 9:00–10:30 am
Engaging the Feminine Heroic: Beyond the Hero’s Journey, the Other Side of the Story
Dara Marks

"While most writers are familiar with the template of the Hero’s Journey, its counterpart, the Feminine Heroic, may be difficult to recognize (even for women). Whereas the essential goal of the hero’s journey is to discover, defend, declare and establish our Self in the world, the great achievement of the feminine quest is communion, connection and relatedness to the other in order to make meaning of our existence. Therefore, it isn’t grit or physical prowess that gives the feminine her heroic stature; it is her courageous ability to descend into the dark, forbidding places that lie within each of us in order to retrieve our essence. Strong stories aren’t masculine or feminine; they are a balance of both, and understanding how to engage the feminine heroic is essential for exposing the soul of a narrative and making it whole.”

Dara MarksDara Marks, Ph.D., is a leading international script consultant, seminar leader, and author of one of the top selling books on screenwriting, Inside Story: The Power of the Transformational Arc. She has specialized in the analysis of the modern screenplay for the past 25 years, and Creative Screenwriting Magazine has consistently rated her as a top script consultant in Hollywood. She has worked with many major film studios and her advice has been sought on a variety of movies and television programs. She received her doctorate in Mythological Studies from Pacifica Graduate Institute and is an adjunct professor in the Engaged Humanities Department.

Sunday, 9:00–10:30 AM
Trickster/Mythographer/Ecopoet: C.G. Jung’s Dramatic and Imaginative Writing of the Living Mysteries
Susan Rowland

"In my book, Jung as a Writer, I showed that C.G. Jung is primarily a mythopoetic writer. We do not need to go to the recently published The Red Book to find Jung performing and embodying his core proposition of the intrinsically creative psyche. His Collected Works are themselves acts of literature. My talk will demonstrate how Jung’s psyche-logos, his psychology, is poetically structured and archetypally informed. Although Jung’s works are usually considered as ‘about’ such subjects as symbol and myth, they are more properly inspired enactments of them. Indeed, such volumes as CW9ii, Aion have the characteristics of a modernist novel! Moreover, such is the experimental daring of Jung’s creative engagement with such subjects as alchemy that his writing provides a powerful revision of the myths that divide us from non-human nature. So, for example, a volume such as CW12: Psychology and Alchemy, becomes a web of poetic symbols (re)connecting psyche to nature. Jung is an imaginative writer for the twenty-first century in enacting healing that puts the ‘human’ back into ‘nature.’”

Susan RowlandSusan Rowland, Ph.D., is Associate Chair of Hybrid Programs at Pacifica Graduate Institute and a former Professor of English and Jungian Studies at the University of Greenwich, London. She is author of a number of books on Jung, literary theory, gender and myth. These include Jung as a Writer; Jung: A Feminist Revision; C.G. Jung in the Humanities; and The Ecocritical Psyche: Literature, Evolutionary Complexity and Jung. Susan was the founding Chair of the International Association of Jungian Studies (IAJS) and is currently working on a project called “How to Save The Red Book from Jung and Jung from The Red Book,” and another on goddesses in detective fiction.

Saturday, 11:00 am–12:30 pm
Poetic Knowing and Poetic Writing
Dennis Patrick Slattery

"Imaginative expression through a variety of venues seeks the most appropriate form to convey its meaning. Poetry is one of the ways language can be used to create an effect to share with others. The popular contemporary poet, Mary Oliver, has suggested that ‘writing a poem…is a kind of possible love affair between something like the heart (that courageous but also shy factory of emotion) and the learned skills of the conscious mind’ (A Poetry Handbook 7). In this act of poeisis, which suggests a making or shaping something from unformed to formed expression that ultimately informs us in a new way, we gain a knowledge previously denied us. In our brief time together, we will respond to one poem’s formed expression and then shape our own poetic discovery.”

D SlatteryDennis Patrick Slattery, Ph.D., is core faculty in the Mythological Studies Program at Pacifica Graduate Institute, where he has taught for 18 years. He is the author, co-author, editor or co-editor of 19 volumes, including 4 volumes of poetry. His poems have appeared in newspapers, magazines, journals and online publications in the United States and elsewhere. He has 2 CDs of selected poems from two of his poetry titles. His most recent book is Riting Myth, Mythic Writing: Plotting Your Personal Story. For more information, visit www.dennispslattery.com.