Imagination and Medicine
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Presentations by:
James Adams
Stephen Aizenstat
Robert Bosnak
Cheri Clampett
Lionel Corbett
David Cumes
Naomi Eisenberger
Cecilia Garcia
Michael Kearney
Margaret Kemeny
Alan Kilpatrick
John La Puma
Anthony Lawlor
Mary Murray
Elizabeth Nelson
Lawrence Spann
Esther Sternberg
Nim Tottenham
Radhule Weininger

Art Exhibits by:
R. Lane Clark
Megan May Daalder
Anthony Lawlor

Creating Healing Environments

October 20–23, 2011 in Santa Barbara, California

Thursday, October 20
6:30–8:00 PM

Optional Art Exhibit & Reception
Friday, October 21
9:00 AM–8:30 PM

Saturday, October 22
9:00 AM–9:00 PM

Sunday, October 23
9:00 AM–1:30 PM

$525 General Admission
$475 Special Admission
 Full-Time Students, Pacifica
 Alumni, and Seniors

$450 Active Pacifica Students
Fees include Friday breakfast, lunch, and dinner; Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner; Sunday breakfast and lunch; (Thursday dinner is available for $21.50)

18 Continuing Education Credits

Art Exhibit S.B. Healing Sanctuary Register

Conference Presentations

Chumash Medicine in Your Healing

Cecilia Garcia and James Adams
Friday, October 21, 9:30-10:45 AM
For thousands of years, the Chumash People have conducted healing practices on the land that is now called Santa Barbara. Their findings are relevant to everyone interested in health. Cecilia Garcia and Jim Adams will discuss the importance of dreaming and plant medicine in healthcare, demonstrating ways of controlling pain, anxiety, asthma, menopausal hot flashes, and many other health problems. They will bring several healing plants and will fill the room with the smells of white sage (Salvia apiana), black sage (Salvia mellifera), California sagebrush (Artemisia californica), mugwort (Artemisia douglasiana), yerba santa (Eriodictyon crassifolium), and California bay (Umbellularia californica). They will teach us how to use these plants in our healthcare and help us understand how they work.

Cecilia Garcia Cecilia Garcia is a Chumash Healer, educated by her grandparents who were all Chumash Healers. Cecilia has a rare healing gift and practices in California and Mexico. She is the author of Healing with Medicinal Plants of the West: Cultural and Scientific Basis for Their Use and 21 articles and abstracts in medical and other journals. For more information, visit
Jim Adams Jim Adams, Ph.D., has been a Professor at the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy for 23 years. He has over 200 publications and actively performs research on the medicinal properties of California plants. Cecilia Garcia has been his Teacher since 1998. For the last four years, they have taught a course on Chumash Healing to the Pharmacy Students at USC.

Medicines of the Soul
Stephen Aizenstat
Friday, October 21, 11:15 AM-12:30 PM
In the practice of Dream Tending we realize that dream images have inherent healing properties. They often function as “imaginal” medicines that can be used in the treatment of physical disease symptoms. In this seminar Dr. Aizenstat will offer Dream Tending methods that activate the healing properties of “living images.” We will work with dream images in the ways of indigenous healers and Asklepian physicians who practiced in classical Greece, exploring their methods in preventing and treating illness. Drawing on these traditions, Dream Tending is particularly effective as an adjunct to contemporary medical treatment.

Aizenstat Stephen Aizenstat, Ph.D., is the founding president of Pacifica Graduate Institute. He is a clinical psychologist, a marriage and family therapist, and a credentialed public schools teacher. For more than 35 years he has explored the power of dreams through depth psychology and 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 his original research is a psychodynamic process of tending the living image, particularly in the context of dreamwork. His book, Dream Tending, describes new applications of dreamwork in relation to health and healing, nightmares, the World’s Dream, relationships, and the creative process. He is co-founder of the Santa Barbara Healing Sanctuary. For more information visit

The Healing Wisdom of the South African Sangoma
David Cumes
Friday, October 21, 2:15-3:30 PM
Western medicine is replete with technological wonders yet ancient African wisdom has a lot to teach us about communication from the cosmic “Field.” Sangoma comes from the Zulu word ngoma—a drum—since it is the sound of the drum that calls forth the guiding spirits that come to assist a sangoma in his or her work. Sangomas are the healers, priests and prophets of the Bantu peoples of Southern Africa. They work with diagnostic and therapeutic methods just as we do in the West. Diagnosis is made either through the medium of spirit possession, the divining bones, or through dreams. Treatment is dispensed through powerful rituals with the help of plant medicines. In this session, we will discuss the cosmology of the spirit world and how to connect with guides who can provide vital information not localized in space and time for healing; how to set up an altar and sacred space for an ancestor and spirit guide practice; and how African divination works in diagnosing “dis”-eases from intrusive spirits, energetic pollution and even sorcery.

David C David Cumes, M.D., is originally from South Africa, received surgical training at Stanford, and moved to Santa Barbara to practice as a urologist. As his career as a surgeon continued, he sensed an inner calling to return to South Africa and learn about indigenous understandings of illness and healing. He was initiated as a sangoma in 2002 and practices this alongside allopathic medicine. Dr. Cumes teaches at Pacifica Graduate Institute. For more information, visit

Dreaming: The Royal Road to the Body
Robert Bosnak
Friday, October 21, 4:00-5:15 PM
While dreaming we find ourselves in a world we know to be real. Only upon awakening do we call it a dream. Embodied imagination is a method to relive the dream as a real event. We slow down our remembering of the dream, a slow motion leading to a flashback in which the dreaming environment vividly reconstitutes itself around us. Keeping interpretation at bay we focus on the events of the dreaming while in a hypnagogic state. We explore a variety of perspectives since the dream ego is only one of the presences being dreamed. In this way profound changes of perception can occur which may uproot our limiting habitual consciousness. We find ourselves move closer to the embodied core of our being where life matters more acutely, instead of living in a holding pattern at the periphery of our existence. By way of demonstration with a dream of a participant we will show the healing effects of dream embodiment.

Robert B Robert Bosnak, PsyA, is a psychoanalyst who graduated from the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich in 1977. He has written several books that have been translated into a variety of languages and he teaches worldwide. He is co-founder of the Santa Barbara Healing Sanctuary, a facility based on the ancient Asklepian tradition designed to accelerate and deepen the healing process of conventional treatment by way of integrative therapies while focusing particularly on the resilient creative power of dreaming.

Silver Branch Perception: A Place of Healing
Michael Kearney
Friday, October 21, 7:00-8:30 PM
In the old Irish story of Bran mac Feabhail, the hero abandons his sea voyage and heads home after an experience that radically alters how he sees the world. Such a shift in perspective has been described by Irish poet and philosopher, John Moriarty, as Silver Branch Perception. In this seminar we will explore Silver Branch Perception through Western and Eastern ideas on causality. We will examine some possible ways of inducing and experiencing such a shift and reflect on the individual, collective, and environmental consequences this can have. We will discuss some interesting research methodologies for assessing this paradigm shift that is at the very core of the healing process. Silver Branch Perception is itself a place of healing.

Micheal K Michael Kearney, M.D., is a physician with over 30 years experience in end-of- life care. He has worked at hospice facilities in England and Ireland, and at McGill Medical School in Canada. He is currently based in Santa Barbara, where he works as Medical Director of the Palliative Care Service at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and as Associate Medical Director at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care. He is also medical director to the Anam Cara Project for Compassionate Companionship in Life and Death Mortally Wounded: Stories of Soul Pain, Death and Healing and A Place of Healing: Working with Nature and Soul at the End of Life. He is the medical director of the Santa Barbara Healing Sanctuary.

Social Pain and Pleasure:
Exploring the Neural Systems Underlying
Social Rejection and Connection

Naomi Eisenberger
Saturday, October 22, 9:15-10:45 AM
Some of the best and worst experiences of life involve the making and breaking of social bonds. In order to better understand the profound experiences associated with social connection and rejection, we have looked to the brain to investigate the basic neural systems that might underlie these complex socioemotional experiences. In this session, we will explore whether ‘social pain,’ the feelings resulting from social rejection or loss, rely on neural regions that support physical pain processing. We will also examine whether ‘social pleasure,’ specifically the positive feelings associated with giving and receiving social support from others, rely on neural regions that support reward-related processing. Together, the studies presented begin to shed light on the neural systems that work to promote social connection and ultimately survival.

Naomi E Naomi Eisenberger, Ph.D., received her doctorate in Social Psychology from UCLA and is an assistant professor in the UCLA Department of Psychology. Her primary interests are in understanding how the need for social connection has left its mark on the mind, brain, and body. She asks questions such as: “Why does social rejection hurt?” or “Why does social support bolster health and well-being?” and then uses cognitive neuroscience techniques to elucidate the neural systems involved to better understand the computational and experiential substrates of these complex processes.

Dr. John’s Healthy Living Kitchen
John La Puma
Saturday, October 22, 11:15 AM-12:45 PM
The home is the hub of health, and the kitchen is the hub of the home. Having fun, flow, and the best foods in the kitchen are three first steps towards healthy living. The right kitchen tools—from spoons and spatulas to fridge and flooring—can help you keep your kitchen and your family clean and safe, and storing food properly can actually improve your nutrition. In this talk, Dr. La Puma will describe his “Healthy Living Kitchen,” which embraces sensory clues for the best food choices and for actually making those choices. He will offer examples of kitchen culinary medicine, blending the art of cooking with the science of medicine to help create wellness and prevent disease. Finally, he will offer resources on how to acquire essential healthy cooking techniques, how to stock your kitchen medicine cabinet, and how to manage stress successfully for a lifestyle of optimal health.

John L P John La Puma, M.D., is a board-certified internist, a professionally trained chef and the first physician to teach a cooking and nutrition course in a U.S. medical school. He is a two-time New York Times best-selling author on healthy aging and diet, most recently with Chef MD’s Big Book of Culinary Medicine. He developed and contributed the recipes to Dr. Oz’s best-seller YOU: The Owner’s Manual. He writes the “Paging Dr. La Puma” blog on the website and hosts the nationwide PBS Special Eat and Cook Healthy with Dr. John La Puma! He is dedicated to identifying and addressing the root causes of chronic illness and weight gain through a groundbreaking whole-system

Healing Spaces:
The Science of Place and Well-being

Esther Sternberg
Sunday, October 23, 9:15-11:00 AM
Can stress make you sick? Can belief help healing? Do the place and space around you affect your health? These are the questions that Dr. Sternberg explores in her PBS special The Science of Healing, which will be screened on Sunday morning. In the film, Dr. Sternberg shows how the physical environment, through each of the senses, can affect emotions negatively or positively by triggering the brain’s stress or relaxation responses. These in turn explain how place and space around can either help healing or potentially harm health. She reviews the many connections between the brain and the immune system, which underlie these effects. Understanding these concepts will allow individuals to structure their personal environment and activities to best buffer the negative effects of stress. This can help us judge how and when to judiciously apply mind-body therapies in conjunction with classical therapeutic approaches to maintain health and assist us in creating spaces that support and facilitate healing. Dr. Sternberg will join us via skype to facilitate discussion with participants.

Esther S Esther Sternberg, Ph.D., is internationally recognized for her discoveries of the science of the mind-body interaction. She is a major force in mind-body-wellness and the environment in healing. She is the author of best-selling Healing Spaces: The Science of Place And Well-Being and The Balance Within: The Science Connecting Health and Emotions. She is creator and host of PBS television’s The Science of Healing. For more information, visit

Psychoneuroimmunology: Bridging the Social Environment, the Mind, and Health
Margaret Kemeny
Sunday, October 23, 11:30 AM-1:00 PM
The social world can have a powerful effect on biological systems such as the immune system, as well as on physical and mental health. Research supports the notion that one’s perception and appraisal of social contexts drives the physiological response, via brain to immune system pathways. One particularly potent set of mental events involve appraisals of the “social self,” i.e., perceptions of how others view the self. Healing may involve, in part, a kind of “ego permeability” that weakens the emotional and biological impact of threats to the self. A variety of techniques may be capable of promoting this state of mind and body, including meditation processes that can reduce the potency of negative cognitions. This session will include a discussion of research that examines the links between the social environment and biology, and will focus on the cognitions and emotions that mediate these effects.

Margaret K Margaret Kemeny, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and the Director of the Health Psychology Program at the University of California, San Francisco. She conducts research in the field of psychoneuroimmunology with a particular emphasis on the biological and health effects of stress and social experience.

Concurrent Sessions
Saturday, October 22, 2:15-3:45 PM and 4:15-5:45 PM
Eight concurrent sessions will held once between 2:15 and 3:45 and then repeated between 4:15 and 5:45, so that participants can attend any two of the eight sessions that they prefer. Please indicate your concurrent session preferences on the registration form.

Therapeutic Yoga As An Asklepian Temple
Cheri Clampett
In ancient Greece, Asklepian temples were safe and sacred places people could visit to access healing wisdom within their mind and body. In the practice of Therapeutic Yoga, that same kind of environment is created and navigated into through the use of supported restorative poses, gentle yoga movements, breathing techniques, guided meditation, and a nurturing environment. The safety and support created by the practice provides a gateway to access stored emotions and wisdom in such a way that facilitates healing. This session will include a verbal introduction to the practice and an experience of the practice itself.

Cheri C Cheri Clampett, CYT, ERYT-500, is director of the Therapeutic Yoga Training Program and co-author of the Therapeutic Yoga Kit. Cheri has presented Therapeutic Yoga at Beth Israel Medical Center and Rusk Institute at NYU Medical Center, and currently teaches yoga at the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara. She is passionate about bringing the healing benefits of yoga to those recovering from or living with injury or illness. Cheri Clampett provides yoga therapy at the Santa Barbara Healing Sanctuary.

Spirituality and Healing:
Healing as Radical Acceptance

Lionel Corbett
Based on personal experiences during a healing journey, Dr. Corbett will explore some important themes related to the mysterious nature of healing. Healing happens in its own time and on many levels, most of which are beyond the ego’s influence. This session will explore nondual, archetypal, and personal levels of illness and healing. Paradoxically, suffering and illness can be seen as a demand from the unconscious for change, while healing also arises from the unconscious, so that, according to Jung, the problem and the healing of the problem both arise from the same process. The wound and its healing are two aspects of the same archetypal field. The treatment process, the interacting psychologies of the participants, and especially the right attitude of the therapist, may induce the healing level of this field, or the patient may be made worse, because the healer has the ability to wound as well as heal. For healing to occur, a proper attitude to the illness is necessary. Sometimes this involves a religious solution, and sometimes the patient and therapist must sacrifice what is known and surrender to the demands of the unconscious.

Lionel C Lionel Corbett, M.D., is a psychiatrist and Jungian Analyst. His primary interests are in the religious function of the psyche, especially the way in which personal religious experience is relevant to individual psychology, and in the development of psychotherapy as a spiritual practice. Dr. Corbett is a core faculty member of Pacifica Graduate Institute. He is the author of Psyche and the Sacred, The Religious Function of the Psyche, and The Sacred Cauldron: Psychotherapy as a Spiritual Practice.

Ritual as Sanctuary: The Art of Spirit Healing
Alan Kilpatrick
For over three thousand years, the primary vehicle of psychic healing among the indigenous peoples of Central and South America has been the ceremony known variously as the “Limpia” or the cleansing. Performed before a sacred altar or mesa, this profoundly transformative experience involves the manipulation of power objects, the summoning of spirit forces as well as the ingestion of psychotropic plants. Utilizing images of this sacred rite, Dr. Kilpatrick will explore the dynamics of this ancient native healing tradition and discuss its modern application to the ethos of Depth Psychology.

Alan K Alan Kilpatrick, Ph.D., is Professsor of American Indian Studies at San Diego State University as well as the Associate Chair of the Somatics specialization in the Depth Psychology Program at Pacifica Graduate Institute. An anthropologist who specializes in indigenous folk healing and magic, Kilpatrick received his Ph.D. from UCLA and is the author of The Night Has A Naked Soul: Witchcraft and Sorcery Among the Western Cherokee. As an academic he has received many honors including an Irvine Teaching Fellowship (Stanford) and a Bienecke Fellowship (Yale). He has also been the recipient of Fulbright Scholarships to Sweden and Spain.

Archetypes of Healing Architecture
Anthony Lawlor
Archetypes are blueprints of mind/body experience. Architecture provides settings within which archetypal behaviors are explored and understood. Creating effective healing places requires a thorough understanding of how buildings influence psychological and physical wellbeing. In this presentation, you will learn how to go beyond simply shaping soothing places and offer profound environments for healing. You will gain insight about the ways form, color and sound can guide patients through the three archetypal spaces of releasing disease, restoring wholeness and reconnecting with the greater web of living. You will obtain knowledge about arranging portals, paths and places to facilitate an archetypal journey from woundedness to health.

Anthony L Anthony Lawlor is an architect and author whose work focuses on the relationship between design and consciousness. His books include The Temple In The House and A Home For The Soul. During 30 years of architectural practice he has received awards for excellence in design from the American Institute of Architects and Interior Design Magazine. His work has been featured on Oprah and National Public Radio. He is based in Marin County, California. For more information, visit

Re-Imagining Our Relationship With Microbes:
Fear of Infection, Antibiotic Resistance,
and Peaceful Co-Existence

Mary Murray
There are 100 trillion bacteria in our bodies that outnumber our human cells by ten to one. Over 99% of microbes are harmless and needed for human and environmental health. Working as communities, they promote proper development of host organs, stimulate the development of the immune system, provide nutrients and may even control aspects of our brain function. Compare this with the predominant way microbes are perceived as the enemy and antibiotics our weapons. Since antibiotics were discovered, high use has driven microbes to develop many ways to resist them, so much so that antibiotics have become a non-renewable resource. Dealing with the fear of infection and contagion is essential in creating a respectful relationship with bacteria and their fast, inventive, shared process of resistance to our technology. This session will begin a dialogue to explore the practical possibilities in the psychotherapeutic clinic, health professional practice, and everyday life to create a healing environment to help us reimagine our relationship with microbes.

Mary M Mary Murray, Ph.D., is a pharmacist with many years experience in improving the use of medicines and developing national drug policies in countries around the world. She is the Global Network Coordinator of ReAct, Action on Antibiotic Resistance, based in Uppsala, Sweden. She is completing a three-year training program in Embodied Imagination, and uses aspects of this approach to challenge the war metaphor as a defining attitude to our relation to the microbial world.

Memory and Writing: Evoking the Waking Dream
Lawrence Spann
There is strong empirical evidence that writing improves immune function and overall well-being. A vast time honored literary tradition substantiates this claim. Many people fear writing and deny their deepest creative and receptive impulses. One’s best writing, like a waking dream, comes from letting go and allowing authentic and raw emotions to flow on to paper. In this session, we will use triggers and prompts from the literary cannon, invoke guidance from courageous souls who wrote and write well, and voluntarily read our work aloud in a non- critical and reassuring atmosphere. All writing is approached as fiction and questions about content are not allowed. The focal point of the session is on listening to writing as literature with greater acuity and awareness. The facilitator fully participates in the group. Please bring a pen and a notebook.

Lawrence S Lawrence Spann, PA-C, Ph.D., specializes in the meeting place between literature and medicine with emphasis on getting first draft writing on paper. He is founder of the Literature, Arts and Medicine Program (LAMP) and has led hundreds of writing groups. He has edited and contributed to nine books including Poet Healer: Contemporary Poems for Health and Healing and Blood on the Page: Collected Writings of Sutterwriters. He is the director of reflective writing at the Santa Barbara Healing Sanctuary, leads writing groups at Santa Barbara City College, and has a private practice. He is a physician assistant and anticoagulation specialist at Sansum Clinic.

Brain Development Following Early Adverse Caregiving
Nim Tottenham
Adversity experienced early in life can have long-lasting effects on human development, which are mediated by alterations of the amygdala and associated cortical development. Children who experience caregiving adversity are at heightened risk for emotional disturbances, such as attachment difficulties and emotion dysregulation. This session will describe behavioral development and associated amygdala development in a population of children who experienced early caregiving adversity. These findings are consistent with previous reports of animal models that show premature development of the amygdala following early-life stress, and this premature engagement of the amygdala has significant consequences for emotional learning throughout life. Thus, stress-related changes in limbic circuitry may be the mediating factor between early adversity and residual emotional and social problems experienced by children with a history of poor caregiving. We will also present data that suggests potential resilience factors that moderate the effects of early life experiences.

Nim T Nim Tottenham, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at University of California, Los Angeles. Her work focuses on the neurobiology of emotional development and the effects of early adversity.

Meditation: Creating the Inner Sanctuary
Radhule Weininger
Many of us are overwhelmed and distracted by our all-too-busy lives. Often our minds are riddled with anxiety and stress. The practice of mindfulness meditation can create an inner infirmary by bringing the mind into its natural state. By taking refuge in the present moment away from the worries of past and future, we can access the heart/mind’s own healing potential—the wellness that is already there. Cultivating inner wellness through mindfulness meditation has a two-pronged effect. There are well-researched effects on our physical health, ranging from neuroplasticity to increased immune functions. The other important effect is the cultivation of a sense of inner happiness and connectedness apart from the state of our physical bodies. Through carefully guided meditation practice, we learn to attend without grasping, to witness without judgment, to cultivate wisdom as well as compassion for ourselves and those around us.

Radhule W Radhule Weininger, M.D., Ph.D., is a physician, clinical psychologist, and a psycho-therapist in private practice. She studied mindfulness meditation in Sri Lanka, and has continued studies of Buddhist philosophy and practice. She teaches mindfulness meditation both as a foundation for spiritual practice and as a tool for healing, and provides mindfulness meditation instruction at the Santa Barbara Healing Sanctuary.


Feature Film:
Marion Woodman: Dancing in the Flames

Introduced by: Elizabeth Nelson
Saturday, October 22, 7:00-9:30 PM
Marion Woodman is one of the pioneers in the field of a depth psychological healing of the body. Those of us who cherish Marion Woodman recognize the archetypal crone at work, one who “holds an unspeakable wisdom in the very cells of her body.” This presentation, which introduces the film Dancing in the Flames about Marion Woodman’s life and work, discusses how the fires of experience forge the crone. The crone is vital, formidable, frank, and full of joy. It is she who understands the central importance of the expressive body in psychological wisdom, the strength required to surrender, and the world’s hunger for a true marriage of the bold feminine and the vibrant masculine.

Elizabeth N Elizabeth Nelson, Ph.D., is core faculty and Dissertation Director at Pacifica Graduate Institute, where she has been teaching since 2002. She is co-author of The Art of Inquiry, which expresses many key ideas about research and the creative process centered on the living psyche, and of Psyche’s Knife: Archetypal Explorations of Love and Power. Elizabeth’s research interests focus on mythologies of feminine power, cultural expressions of the shadow, and somatic psychology. She is a lifelong athlete, a certified massage therapist, and an avid student of Tarot, Runes, and archetypal astrology.