Current Public Programs

Sacred Encounters: Yoga, Meditation, and Depth Psychology

Friday, August 28
6:00–9:30 pm

Saturday, August 29
9:00 am– 8:30 pm

Sunday, August 30
9:00 am– 12:30 pm

$380 General Admission
$330 Special Admission (Full-time Students, Pacifica Alumni, Seniors)
$285 Active Pacifica Students and Yoga Teachers who are prospective students in Pacifica Graduate Institute's Degree Programs
Fees include Friday dinner; and Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner; and Sunday breakfast and lunch.
The workshop will be held at Pacifica’s Ladera Lane Campus.  
Accommodations are available on campus.
15 CECs for MFTs, LCSWs, and RNs
Sacred Encounters: Yoga, Meditation, and Depth Psychology
Aaron Kipnis, Ph.D., has been a faculty member at Pacifica Graduate Institute for 18 years. He is the author of five books, most recently: The Midas Complex: How Money Drives us Crazy and What we Can Do About It. He is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Santa Monica and has been teacher and practitioner of Transcendental meditation for 48 years.
clampettCheri Clampett, CYT, E-RYT 500, is the Founder and Director of the Therapeutic Yoga Training Program and co-author of the Therapeutic Yoga Kit. Cheri currently teaches yoga at the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara, where she founded the yoga program for cancer patients in 1999. As a certified yoga therapist, Cheri focuses on the healing aspects of yoga: freeing the body, breath, and flow of energy through practicing with awareness, compassion, and love.
criswellEleanor Criswell, Ed.D., is emeritus professor of psychology and the former chair of the psychology department at Sonoma State University. Eleanor is the founding director of the Humanistic Psychology Institute (now Saybrook University), currently a Distinguished Consulting Faculty member for Saybrook, the president of the Somatics Society, and the originator of Somatic Yoga and Equine Hanna Somatics.She is past president of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, president of the Somatics Society, and past president of Division 32—Humanistic Psychology of the American Psychological Association.

elliottWendy Elliott, M.A., LPCC, BC-DMT, SEP is a Licensed Psychotherapist, Board-Certified Dance-Movement Therapist, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, and an adjunct Faculty Professor. Wendy worked with Saul David Raye in the Atman Yoga Teacher training. Wendy integrates the eight arms of yoga into her psychotherapy practice with a particular focus on pranayama and the yamas of Ahimsa-Compassion for All Living Things, Satya-Commitment to the Truth, and Santosha--Contentment.

mahaffeyPatrick Mahaffey Ph.D. is a Core Professor and Associate Chair of the Mythological Studies Program at Pacifica Graduate Institute and has practiced meditation for 40 years.He is the editor of Evolving God-Images: Essays on Religion, Individuation, and Postmodern Spirituality and has published essays on Hindu yoga traditions, Jung’s depth psychology and yoga, and Buddhism. His focus is on comparative religions, psychology and religion, Hindu traditions, and Buddhist traditions.

stewartDaniel Stewart, M.A., LMFT, E-RYT 500 is a beloved yoga-meditation teacher, kirtan leader, and a depth oriented, mind-body psychotherapist in private practice in the LA area. He is the co-owner of Rising Lotus Yoga in Sherman Oaks, CA, where he designed and leads the east/west yoga philosophy module in the RLY Teacher Training program. Experiential, playful, and soul focused, Daniel integrates eastern and western wisdom practices in his clinical work and teaching. A Pacifica alum with an MA in Counseling Psychology/Depth Psychology, Daniel incorporates mindful, embodied awareness and emphasizes the natural healing power of the psyche to foster individuation and authentic Self.

turnerAshley Turner M.A., E-RYT 500, MFTI, is a celebrated yoga-meditation teacher, registered mind-body psychotherapy intern, Pacifica alumni, writer and speaker. She is the founder of the Urban Priestess Year-long Mystery School, creator of 9 best-selling yoga dvd’s, the MEDITATION 101 Virtual Conference (with over 25,000 participants in 2014), and co-author of Aroma Yoga.

Weininger-BioPixReuben A. Weininger, M.D. was introduced to yoga at age 14 while attending Brockwood Park School, founded by J. Krishnamurti, in Hampshire, England. After high school he spent a year studying yoga with T.K.V. Desikachar in Chennai, India. Mr. Desikachar was the teacher of Krishnamurti and of all the yoga teachers at Brockwood. After medical school, training in Emergency Medicine and then Psychiatry, Dr. Weininger returned for further training with Desikachar, and began to incorporate yoga practice and philosophy into his psychiatric practice. For the past 25 years, he has worked to develop a synthesis between dynamic psychotherapy, medicines when needed, and yoga principles. He finds these highly compatible, and has observed that daily practice tailored to the needs of the individual is a powerful accelerator of emotional growth in a positive direction.

Sacred Encounters: Yoga, Meditation, and Depth Psychology
A Weekend Conference
at Pacifica Graduate Institute’s Ladera Lane Campus
Join like-minded individuals for this weekend intensive, exploring the ancient and current practices of yoga, meditation, and depth psychology. Throughout this conference, participants will have the opportunity to engage in the psyche/soma approach, utilizing yoga, meditation, and active imagination as portals for sacred encounters.

Luminaries in the field will present the integration of yoga, meditation, and depth psychology. In experiential sessions, they will share current research, philosophy and practice from their respective areas of expertise.  

This conference is designed for:

    • • Yoga teachers and practitioners who want to deepen their current yoga practice and open space for personal growth and transformation. 
    • • Yoga practitioners desiring to expand their knowledge of therapeutic yoga, counseling psychology, somatic psychology, and meditative practices.
    • • Clinicians who desire to enhance their practice, integrating yoga and depth psychology in evolutionary ways.  

Participants will explore perspectives and skills in:

    • • Activating prana, calming anxiety and reducing stress through the exploration of therapeutic yoga, chakras and meditation.
    • • Yogic philosophy from ancient scriptures to present day practices.
    • • Healing properties of Somatic Yoga offered through the lens of Jung’s concept of the Self.
    • • Meeting the “sacred within” through the practice of yoga and meditation.

Conference presenters will provide insights and wisdom from their current clinical practice and experience with somatic/therapeutic yoga, meditation, and depth psychology. 

For more information, please contact Heidi Townshend at 805.969.3626, extension 374 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

General Information


Space is Limited! Register Early!
To register, please email Heidi Townshend at or call the External Affairs Department at 805.969.3626, ext. 374. Full payment is required with your registration. An email confirmation letter will be sent within 5 days of receiving your registration. 

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 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.

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.

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. Bed linens and towels are provided. Reservations for rooms must be made through Pacifica’s Public Programs Department. 

Meals are provided to encourage ongoing dialogue and community exchange throughout the weekend. Included in your registration fee are Friday dinner; Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner; and Sunday breakfast and lunch. Pacifica’s caterers make every attempt to provide healthful meals for our guests and include organic ingredients whenever possible. 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.  

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 north of the Campus. Information on ground transportation to and from Santa Barbara will be included with your confirmation letter.

A limited number of partial financial need scholarships are available for this program. To apply, please contact the External Affairs Department for the registration material, and send a letter of request detailing your financial circumstances. Once your application for a scholarship has been reviewed, you will be contacted to approve processing of payment. Please note, incomplete applications will not be considered. 

15 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.   

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 (805.679.6125), as all animals visiting campus must have pre-approval. For additional information regarding Pacifica’s policies, visit

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