John La Puma
Art Exhibits by:
R. Lane Clark
Megan May Daalder
Creating Healing Environments
A healing environment is created by ritual activity. From the physician’s white coat and stethoscope to the shaman’s herbs and ecstatic states, a healing ambiance is designed to trigger a healing response in the patient. This conference will investigate how affective neuroscientists, traditional healers, contemporary physicians, and therapists understand the creation of healing atmospheres.
Most of us, whether healthy or ill, attempt to create healing spaces, places in our environment conducive to our health. It may be a kitchen where we ritualize our food intake into a delicious healthy diet, a bedroom where quiet reigns, or a little table for our favorite objects. We ritualize our healthy activities into a morning run, a meditative sitting, or a moment of reflection, thereby creating a place of interiority. On a larger scale we are concerned with the quality of our medical environments, such as rooms for a therapy practice, a hospital, or a healing sanctuary.
Participants of this conference will receive practical information and experiential demonstrations on how to invite healing responses into their own lives and into the lives of patients and clients under their care. Affective neuroscientists will review how the brain is involved in illness and health, practitioners in the helping professions will tell us how their own life and illness has been affected by their work, we will learn about the relationship between nature and medicine, dream therapists will explore how the dream world can be primed to generate healing, traditional healers will lead us into Non-Western ways of medicine, and a nutrition specialized physician/master chef will show us a gourmet cuisine designed for health. We will learn about the healing force of creative writing, art, yoga, and meditation. Each presentation will be informative and interactive. Please join us for what promises to be a stimulating and provocative weekend.
Conference schedule overview
The conference will be held at Pacifica Graduate Institute’s Ladera Lane Campus at 801 Ladera Lane, Santa Barbara, CA 93108. Registration and check-in will be Thursday evening from 5:00-6:30 PM and Friday morning from 7:30-9:00 AM. An optional Art Exhibition and Reception will be held Thursday evening from 6:30-8:00 PM. The conference will begin Friday morning at 9:00 AM and end on Sunday at 1:30 PM. Meals are provided in order to encourage ongoing dialogue and exchange throughout the conference. Saturday afternoon’s program includes multiple concurrent presentations to choose from. Each presentation will be offered twice. Space at each of the presentations is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please indicate which of the concurrent presentations you would like to attend on the registration form.
Pacifica’s Ladera Lane Campus
801 Ladera Lane, Santa Barbara, CA 93108
A limited number of rooms are available for participants at the following rates: $82.50 per night single occupancy, $115 per night couple occupancy, $125 per night double occupancy, plus 10% occupancy tax. 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 Programs Department.
Best Western Carpinteria Inn
4558 Carpinteria Avenue, Carpinteria, CA 93013; 805.684.0473
A limited number of rooms are available for participants at special rates: $99 per night single or double occupancy plus tax. These rooms are held for our group at this special rate until two weeks before the program. Be sure to mention PACIFICA PUBLIC PROGRAM to receive the special rate. Please note that Pacifica shuttles do not provide service to and from the Best Western for Public Programs.
Meals are provided to encourage ongoing dialogue and community exchange throughout the weekend. 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.
Meals included in the conference registration fee are: Friday breakfast, lunch, and dinner; Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner; and Sunday breakfast and lunch. For early arrivals, Thursday dinner ($21.50) is available for an additional charge and must be ordered in advance through the Public Programs Department. No other meals will be available.
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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org; call 805.969.3626, ext. 103, or register online at www.pacifica.edu. 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 on- site. 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.
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 your financial circumstances. If accepted, you will be contacted to approve processing payment.
continuinG education credit
18 hours of continuing education credit are 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.