Attaining Skills in the Craft of Dream Tending

A Three-Day Workshop with Dr. Stephen Aizenstat
November 11–13, 2011 in Santa Barbara, CA

Dream Tending and the power of the living image can be directly applied to painful life dilemmas.
Health concerns, dysfunction in relationships, even nightmares respond to the craft of Dream Tending.
Working with the living images of dreams opens the resources of the deep psyche.
Befriending dream images is both profound and potent. As we tend to 
their presence,
they in turn, attend to our well being.
—Dr. Stephen Aizenstat

Dream Tending Skills


Friday, November 11
Saturday, November 12
Sunday, November 13

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

$385 General Admission

$335 Special Admission
(Full-Time Students, Pacifica Alumni, and Seniors)

$310 Active Pacifica Students
Fees include Friday dinner; Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner; and Sunday breakfast and lunch; and a complimentary copy of Dream Tending by Dr. Stephen Aizenstat.

Dr. Stephen Aizenstat extends and deepens Dream Tending training in this workshop designed for Dream Tenders of all levels who wish to acquire further skills. Participants will have the opportunity to build upon what they have attained in previous workshops, as well as branching out to acquire new skills. Dr. Aizenstat feels it is vital for each Dream Tender to nurture and develop their individual styles and talents. In support of this concept, throughout the workshop he will discuss and demonstrate the various ways that participants can tend living dream images in order to:

Engage with the Healing Powers of Dreams

Participants gain skills of discovering and administering the medicinal properties of living images. These “medicines of the soul” are often effective in preventing and treating illness and useful as an adjunct to traditional medical treatment. Through description and demonstration, attendees explore particular practices of working with disease syndromes, including addiction. Through indigenous, classical, as well as modern dream tending methods, participants learn practical approaches of dealing with afflictions.

Bring Fresh Warmth and Intimacy into Relationships

One of the most effective ways to reunite with the enchantment at the heart of love relationships is to follow the path of your dreams. Participants will learn how to tend dream images in ways that enhance relationship with yourself and with intimate others. Specific instruction will also be offered that deepens interaction with embodied dream images. To sustain ongoing relationship with these images of the soul, the process of Dream Council will be introduced, demonstrated and enacted.

Learn the Six-Step Dream Tending System for 
Working with Nightmares and Horrific Images

Dream Tending proposes a six-step system for attending to the frightening, often terrifying, experiences of the night. Participants will learn how to confront, and then encounter menacing or threatening images. They will discover ways to befriend the “intruder,” the “monster,” the “fiend,” and others. After establishing safe ground using Dream Tending skills, participants discern “who” these figures actually are and what they are asking of us. The skill set presented effectively deals with nightmares—not through eradication, but through a process of constructive engagement. In Dream Tending, what at first appears intolerable becomes, in time, both approachable and beneficial; opening resources of untapped energies and deepening access to the creative life.  

Participants will meet daily in ongoing small group “councils” to apply material learned in the workshop. This provides an opportunity for each member of the group to work with his or her own dreams.

General Workshop Information

LOCATIONS: 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. There is on-site lodging, dining facilities, and parking.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Pacifica’s Ladera Lane Campus, 801 Ladera Lane, Santa Barbara, 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 Program’s office.

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. No other meals will be available. Pacifica’s caterers make every attempt to provide healthful meals. 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 serve the Los Angeles International Airport (90 miles south of Santa Barbara) and the Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (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 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 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: 13 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.