Psyche as a Creative Process

Writing Down the Soul

A Three-Month Intensive with Robert Romanyshyn

Psyche as a Creative Process


Three-Month Intensive
June 1-3
July 6-8
August 3-5

7:00-9:00 PM
9:00 AM-5:30 PM

9:00 AM-12:00 PM

36 Continuing Education Credits
MFTs, LCSWs, and RNs

$1,600 General Admission

$1,500 Special Admission
Full-Time Students, Pacifica Alumni, Seniors

$1,400 Active Pacifica Students
Fees include Friday dinner; Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner; and Sunday breakfast and lunch.

The Intensive will be held at Pacifica’s Ladera Lane Campus
Accommodations are available at Pacifica’s Ladera Lane Campus

We will explore the creative process as an expression of embodied soul making. Guided by the image of the erotic play between the sensual body and the sensuous world we will begin with a few experiential exercises to illustrate how the creative process begins with being called into a work, even seduced by it. Using music, film, story, photography, drawing, movement and poetry to shape a space of reverie, we will then examine the role the embodied unconscious plays in the creative process and present procedures modeled on Jung’s process of active imagination to engage those depths and foster dialogue with the inner figures/characters of soul. We will especially focus on how working with dreams and fantasies in an embodied way allows those figures/characters of soul to become vital companions in creative work. Over the course of the intensive we will identify some of the key elements in the creative process such as the timing and places of writing down the soul, We will also explore other variations of the creative process in addition to writing. A major goal of the intensive is for participants to experience creative work as memoirs of homecoming, as tales told in many forms of the intertwining of the outer and inner world. Recommended readings will be given prior to each session. The program will be limited to 30 participants.

Robert D. Romanyshyn, Ph.D., is a teacher, writer, and psychotherapist trained in phenomenology and Jungian psychology. An Affiliate Member of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts, he is a Senior Core Faculty Member of the Clinical Psychology Program at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Author of six books, including The Wounded Researcher, over forty book chapters, and numerous journal articles, he has given keynote addresses at international conferences, and presented lectures and directed workshops at universities and professional societies in the U.S., Canada, Europe, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. Antarctica: Inner journeys in the Outer World, available on line at, is a multi-media psychological reflection on the melting polar ice. For more information on Dr. Romanyshyn’s work, visit

General Information

LOCATION: The intensive 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.
Pacifica’s Ladera Lane Campus, 801 Ladera Lane, Santa Barbara, 93108
  $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.

Accommodations may be reserved before each session through the Public Programs Department. If you would like to stay overnight for the first session, please indicate this on your registration form.

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 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 Campuses. Information on ground transportation to and from Santa Barbara will be included with your confirmation letter.

REGISTRATION AND CANCELLATION: Space is limited to 30 participants. 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 no later than thirty days before the beginning of the program. Tuition less a $100 processing fee will be refunded.  No refunds will be issued after this 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: 36 hours of continuing education credit are available for RNs through the California Board of Registered Nurses (provider #CEP 7177) and for MFTs and LCSWs (provider #PCE 2278) through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.  A $15 processing fee will be charged for each certificate requested.