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Embodied Intelligence
in Dreaming, Memory,
and Creative Imagination

A Workshop with

Robert Bosnak

in Santa Barbara, California

Friday, January 18, 2008
from 7:00–9:00pm

Saturday, January 19, 2008
from 9:00am–5:00pm

Sunday, January 20, 2008
from 9:00am–12:30pm

$360 General Admission
$310 Special Admission
(Full-Time Students, Pacifica Alumni, and Seniors)
$285 Active Pacifica Students
(Fees include Friday dinner; Saturday breakfast,
lunch, and dinner; Sunday breakfast and lunch)

Building on his recent book Embodiment: Creative Imagination in Medicine, Art and Travel, Robert Bosnak will explore the ways in which images in dreams and flashback memories present themselves as quasi-physical environments in which we unexpectedly find ourselves. These dreamed environments and their inhabitants behave in an apparently intelligent fashion. The craft of embodied imagination is to create an interaction between waking intelligence and the embodied intelligences encountering us in the creative imagination of dreaming, memory, and art.

Using the innovative techniques developed by the practitioners of embodied imagination, participants will be given demonstrations of the work and practical exercises to learn for themselves. A presentation of theory ranging from phenomenology, alchemy, neuroscience of memory, and complexity theory to the works of C.G. Jung, Henry Corbin, and sense memory techniques in theater, will be woven in throughout. Participants will learn to use the hypnagogic state of consciousness to facilitate flashbacks giving direct access to dreaming and memory. They will come to appreciate, if they haven't already, the intricate intelligence of the involuntary creative imagination, which presents itself to us day and night in our sense of past, present, and future. It is the first reality we know.

Robert Bosnak, PsyA, is a Jungian psychoanalyst who left his native Holland in 1971 to study in Zurich at the C.G. Jung Institute. He had his psychoanalytic practice in Cambridge, MA, from 1977 until 2003. He currently lives and works in Sydney, Australia, while training therapists, actors and other artists worldwide in the embodied imagination method he has developed, based on the work of Jung, Hillman, Corbin, and Stanislavski. In 2006 the International Society for Embodied Imagination was founded in Guangzhou, China, which now governs training programs in Los Angeles, Shanghai, Sydney, and Online. His methods have been used as a rehearsal technique by various theater companies, including the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford. He is the co-founder in 1997 of the first interactive site for real-time voice and video work with imagery. He co-organized, with Pacifica Graduate Institute, the 2007 conference Imagination and Medicine, which was aimed towards the establishment of an integrative medical healing sanctuary in Santa Barbara. Proceedings from this conference will be published by Spring in 2008. His latest book, Embodiment: Creative Imagination in Medicine, Art and Travel, was published by Routledge in 2007. He is past-president of the International Association for the Study of Dreams.

Workshop Location, Accommodations
The workshop will be held at Pacifica Graduate Institute's Ladera Lane Campus. 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 this event. The campus has lodging and dining facilities as well as a swimming pool (seasonal) and hiking trails.

A limited number of rooms are available for participants at special rates at the following locations.

Pacifica's Ladera Lane Campus, 801 Ladera Lane, Santa Barbara
$80 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. Please request for preference for accommodations at the Ladera Campus on the registration form.

Best Western Carpinteria Inn, 4558 Carpinteria Avenue, Carpinteria
$89 per night plus tax

To make a reservation, call the Best Western at 805.684.0473 and mention PACIFICA DREAMS for the special rate. Rooms are held at this special rate until October 15th.

Other accommodations in the Santa Barbara area may be arranged by calling one of these services: Coastal Escapes at 800.292.2222 or Hot Spot Accommodations at 800.793.7666.

Meals are provided to encourage ongoing dialogue and community exchange throughout the weekend. Included in your registration fee is Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner, and Sunday breakfast and lunch. For those who are departing late, the following meals are available for an additional fee and must be ordered in advance: Monday continental breakfast ($8), Monday lunch ($16.50), Monday dinner ($20).
No other meals will be available.

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 805.565.5796; e-mail to; or call 805.969.3626, ext. 103 or register online.

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.

To obtain a refund on your registration fee, send a written cancellation request postmarked no later than December 18. Tuition less a $50 processing fee will be refunded. No exceptions will be made. 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.

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. Both airports have shuttle service between the airport and Santa Barbara. Information on ground transportation will be included with your confirmation letter.

Continuing Education Credit
12 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. MCEP credit for psychologists is pending through the California Psychology Accrediting Agency (MCEP provider #PAC014). A $15 processing fee will be charged for each certificate requested.


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