Dreams: Medicines of the Soul
with Stephen Aizenstat, Robert Bosnak, and Maren Hansen
Proceeds will Benefit Opus Archives and Research Center

dreams medicines of the soul


Friday, November 9
6:30 pm-9:00 pm
Saturday, November 10
9:00 am-8:00 pm

Sunday, November 11
9:00 am-12:30 pm

13.5 Continuing Education Credits
MFTs, LCSWs, and RNs

$385 General Admission

$335 Special Admission
(Full-Time Students, Pacifica Alumni, and Seniors)

$310 Active Pacifica Students
(Fees include Friday dinner; Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner; and Sunday breakfast and lunch)

Workshop to be held at Pacifica’s Ladera 
Lane Campus.
Accommodations are available at 
Pacifica’s Ladera Lane Campus.

As Dream Tenders, we work with dream images as “medicines of the soul,” drawing on the classical Greek Asklepian tradition as well as modern integrative medicine. We learn that maintaining a healthy relationship with our dream life is integral to physical health. Stephen Aizenstat, Robert Bosnak, and Maren Hansen will extend Dream Tending training and introduce participants to “Sanctuary Medicine” as practiced at the Santa Barbara Healing Sanctuary. This workshop is for Dream Tenders of all levels. Participants will build on previous training and learn skills in the Asklepian tradition of dream healing.

Engage the healing power of dreams. Dreams speak to us about our capacity to heal. The same bodily intelligence that knows how to fight infection can also use dream imagery to offer clues for wellbeing. Participants will gain skills in discovering and administering the medicinal properties of living images, which are often effective in preventing and treating illness and as an adjunct to traditional medicine. Practical approaches that utilize indigenous, classical, and modern methods will be presented. 

Learn the sacred craft of dream incubation. Since the beginnings of Western medicine, healing sanctuaries have used dream incubation to facilitate encounters with creative sources of healing. Incubated dreams can reach realms of intelligence far removed from habitual consciousness. Participants will be guided through the craft of modern dream incubation.

Participate in dream councils. Participants will meet daily in ongoing small group councils to apply material learned in the workshop. Each member of the group will work with his or her own dreams.

Aizenstat photoStephen Aizenstat, Ph.D., is the Founding President and Chancellor of Pacifica Graduate Institute. Dr. Aizenstat’s Dream Tending methodologies extend traditional dream work to the vision of an animated world where the living images in dream are experienced as embodied and originating in the psyche of Nature as well as that of persons. For more information, visit

Bosnak photoRobert Bosnak, PsyA, is a psychoanalyst who has written several books and teaches worldwide. He is a co-founder of the Santa Barbara Healing Sanctuary, a residential program based on the ancient Asklepian tradition designed to accelerate and deepen the healing process by way of integrative therapies while focusing on the resilient creative power of dreaming. For more information, visit

MarenHMaren Hansen, M.Div., Ph.D., is a founding member of Pacifica Graduate Institute and the Joseph Campbell Library and Archives. She serves as Adjunct Faculty at Pacifica. Her research interests include the psychological dimension of myth, female psychology and spirituality, and a depth psychological approach to business. Dr. Hansen studied with Joseph Campbell for years and teaches a course exploring his work.

General Information

LOCATION: The program 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 at the Ladera Lane Campus.

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 programs. 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, gluten free, or vegetarian meal or if you have other medical dietary restrictions. No other meals will be available.

TRAVEL: Major airlines serve the Los Angeles International Airport 90 miles south of Santa Barbara and 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 this program. To apply, send a letter of request with your registration and payment. Please be specific regarding financial circumstances. If accepted, you will be contacted to approve processing payment.  

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT: 13.5 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 at 805.679.6124. All animals visiting campus must have pre-approval. For additional information regarding Pacifica’s policies, visit