Introduction to Dream Tending
Dream Tending in the World
A Three-Day Workshop with Dr. Stephen Aizenstat



Friday, August 3
10:00 AM–5:30 PM
Saturday, August 4
9:00 AM–5:30 PM
Sunday, August 5
8:30 AM–12:30 PM

15 Continuing Education Credits
MFTs, LCSWs, and RNs

$430 General Admission

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

$355 Active Pacifica Students

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 ($21.50)

Accommodations Are Available at Pacifica’s Ladera Campus

A portion of the proceeds from this workshop will be donated to Opus Archives and Research Center.

Dreams originate from a variety of sources, and each implicates the other. The events of the day influence the personal, which connects to the cultural and is impacted by the world. Like a circle, dreams go around and around; sometimes in one direction, other times the opposite. Experiencing dream images is like looking through a kaleidoscope. Depending upon how one looks, it is possible to see many different interactions. In the dreamtime, figures come alive and landscapes teem with activity. We glimpse what and who is pushing us forward, and our way of seeing becomes just as important as what we see.

Over 100 years ago, Freud and Jung developed methods of association and amplification to work with dream images. More recently, James Hillman’s concepts of animation and Marion Woodman’s work with psyche and soma have encouraged us to experience dream images in their living, embodied reality. The Dream Tending methods developed by Stephen Aizenstat invite us to bring animation into practice―helping us host and tend to relationships with the living images of dreams and discover new ways of experiencing life. Dream Tending skills move us toward better psychological and physical health, and help us recover who and what muses our genuine longing. We learn more of our relationships to ourselves and others, and to all the creatures and places of the world.

This comprehensive workshop offers traditional and emerging methods of dream work. Dr. Aizenstat will help participants to: 

  • Learn ways to remember their dreams
  • Examine core themes that reoccur in dreams
  • Practice Dream Tending with nightmares and troubling 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
  • Strengthen and practice the ability to animate dream images, as pioneered by the work of James Hillman
  • Experience how "living images" impact and inform moods, behaviors and perceptions
  • Acquire the basic skills needed to form relationships with embodied dream figures
  • Gain insight and knowledge about how dreams support physical and psychological health

Aizenstat Dr. Stephen Aizenstat, Ph.D., holds a degree in clinical psychology, and is the Chancellor and Founding President of Pacifica Graduate Institute. His Dream Tending methodologies have been developed over more than 35 years. They extend traditional dream work to the vision of an animated world where the living images in dream are experienced as embodied, and originating in the psyche of Nature as well as that of persons. He is the author of Dream Tending: Awakening to the Healing Power of Dreams.

General Information

LOCATION: 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, this residential retreat center provides a unique and peaceful environment for this events. The campus has lodging, dining facilities, and parking onsite.

ACCOMMODATIONS: A limited number of rooms are available for participants at Pacifica’s Ladera Lane Campus 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 office.

MEALS: Meals are provided to encourage ongoing dialogue and community exchange throughout the weekend. Included in your registration fee are Friday breakfast, lunch, and 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 ($21.50). 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, vegetarian, or gluten free 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. 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 30 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 the program is sold out with a waitlist, if you return your seat to our office, and we are able to transfer your registration to someone on the wait list, we will issue a refund less the processing fee. 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 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 workshop. 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. A $15 processing fee will be charged for each certificate.