Dreams are Alive
An Introduction to Dream Tending
with Stephen Aizenstat

Dreams are Alive


Friday, July 29
10:00 am-5:30 pm
Saturday, July 30
9:00 am-5:30 pm
Sunday, July 31
8:30 am-12:30 pm

15 Continuing Education Credits
for MFTs, LCSWs, RNs, and Counselors

$430 General Admission

$380 Special Admission
(Full-Time Students, Pacifica Alumni, and Seniors)

$355 Active Pacifica Students

$285 Youth 28 years and under

(Fees include Friday breakfast, lunch, and dinner; Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner; and Sunday breakfast and lunch.
Extra meals available are Thursday breakfast ($12.50), lunch ($17.75), and dinner ($21.75))

Accommodations are available at Pacifica’s Ladera Lane Campus

The dreamtime is a world beneath the world – a realm behind ordinary perception. It is a place all of us have visited. When our eyes are closed and dreams come awake, we remember, for a time, the depth and breadth of this animated dimension. Here, dream figures come alive with breath and pulse; landscapes teem with activity and vitality.  In dreams, we see what and who is pushing us forward. Figures in dreams bring hurt, anguish, and rage as well as the capacities for compassion and forgiveness. 

In learning to tend the living images of dreams, we discover new ways of experiencing life. We recover who and what muses our genuine longing. We touch into our authentic calling. We learn more of our relationships to ourselves and others, and to the creatures and places of the world.

Dream Tending is a craft offering skills towards better psychological and physical health. Dream Tending is also a "practice," a path leading to a homecoming of the soul.

–Stephen Aizenstat         

Over 100 years ago, Freud and Jung developed methods of association and amplification as tools for working with dream images. More recently, James Hillman’s concepts of animation encouraged us to experience dream images in their living, embodied reality.  Stephen Aizenstat’s Dream Tending methods invite us to bring animation into practice—helping us host and tend to relationships with the living images of dreams. In this introductory workshop, Dr. Aizenstat will help you to…

  • Learn ways to remember your dreams

  • Examine core themes that reoccur in dreams

  • Bring special attention to practicing Dream Tending with nightmares and troubling dream images

  • Explore the multiple dimensions of psyche – the personal, collective, and world unconscious (dreams within dreams)

  • Discover the differences between Dream Tending and dream interpretation or dream analysis
  • Acquire basic skills to form relationships with the figures of dreams

  • Experience how “living images” impact and inform moods, behaviors, and perceptions in awake life circumstances
  • Strengthen and practice your ability to “animate” dream images, discovering their insights and revelations

  • Gain insight and knowledge about how dreams support physical and psychological health


Participants will meet daily in ongoing Dream Kivas of four persons to apply material learned in the seminar. This provides an opportunity for each member to work with his or her own dreams.

SAizenstatStephen Aizenstat, Ph.D.,  is the 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 EcotherapyHealing 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.

General Information

LOCATION: The seminar 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, parking onsite.

ACCOMMODATIONS: A limited number of rooms are available for participants at Pacifica’s Ladera Lane Campus. Accommodations are simple, dormitory-style rooms with shared bath and shower. Single (twin or double bed), double (two twin beds), and couple (one double bed) rooms are available. Reservations for rooms must be made through Pacifica’s Public Program’s office.

Pacifica’s Ladera Lane Campus
$82.50 per night single occupancy
$115 per night couple occupancy
$125 per night double occupancy
plus 10% occupancy tax

MEALS: 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. If you are arriving early, the following meals are available for an additional fee: Thursday breakfast ($12.50), lunch ($17.75), and dinner ($21.75). All extra meals must be ordered in advance through the Public Programs Department. 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 or vegetarian 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 AND CANCELLATION: Space is limited in all events. Register early!
To register, please complete the form and return it to Pacifica Graduate Institute, Public Programs, 249 Lambert Road, Carpinteria, CA 93013; fax to 805.879.7392; e-mail to; call 805.969.3626, ext. 103, or register online at Please include your email address as an email confirmation letter will be sent within 5 days of receipt of 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, if you return your seat to our office, and if we are able to transfer your registration to someone on the wait list, 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 seminar. 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 is available for RNs through the California Board of Registered Nurses (provider #CEP 7177), for MFTs and LCSWs (provider #PCE 2278) through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, and for National Certified Counselors (provider #5436), through the National Board of Certified Counselors. Pacifica adheres to NBCC continuing education guidelines. A $15 processing fee will be charged for each certificate requested.