Stoking the Creative Fires
with Phil Cousineau

Genius is the power for lighting your own flame.—Ralph Waldo Emerson

Creative Fires


Friday, January 18
7:00 pm-9:00 pm
Saturday, January 19
9:00 am-5:00 pm
Sunday, January 20
9:00 am-12:30 pm

12 Continuing Education Credits
for MFTs, LCSWs, and RNs

$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

Workshop to be held at Pacifica’s Ladera Lane Campus

Accommodations are available at Pacifica’s Ladera Lane Campus

What are you on fire about now? Where does your fiery urge to create come from? What do you do to rekindle the inner flame of creativity when it is nearly extinguished by despair or fear? And what are you doing to pass on the torch of your inspiration?

These questions are at the heart of one of the greatest human mysteries of all—creativity. This weekend workshop explores the history of creativity, from painting and writing to photography, movies, music, as well as its practice in everyday life. The template for the weekend will be the three incandescent stages of the Creative Journey—Inspiration, Perspiration, and Realization—which we will delve into by way of stories, film clips, and animated discussion. Inspired by Aristotle’s twenty-five hundred year-old advice that, “One learns to play the harp by playing,” we will also employ writing and sketching exercises. Themes to be included: the ever-changing role of the arts, cultivating work habits, the use of dreams and role of mentors, the dreaded creative block, the myth of genius, art in the marketplace, and the spiritual side of art.

Drawing on the work of C.G. Jung, Marija Gimbutas, James Hillman, Joseph Campbell, and Stephen Aizenstat, this workshop is designed for all those who are fascinated—or confused—about the nature of creativity, from painters and poets to gardeners, coaches, teachers, and therapists.

CousineauPhil Cousineau, is a writer, filmmaker, photographer, adventure tour guide, sports coach, and script consultant. He has published over 30 books, including Stoking the Creative Fires, Once and Future Myths, The Olympic Odyssey, Wordcatcher, and The Art of Pilgrimage. Among his many documentary film screenwriting credits are The Hero’s Journey: Joseph Campbell on his Life and Work, Ecological Design, and A Seat at the Table: Struggling for American Indian Religious Freedom. Currently, Cousineau is the host and co-writer of the ten-part PBS television series, “Global Spirit” which Bill Moyers has described as “sorely needed in this dispirited and disenchanted world.”

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 the 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: 12 Continuing education 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 at 805.679.6124. All animals visiting campus must have pre-approval. For additional information regarding Pacifica’s policies, visit