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Pacifica Graduate Institute
and OPUS Archives and Research Center



A Workshop with
Marion Woodman and
Stephen Aizenstat

in Santa Barbara, California

Friday, February 8, 7:00–9:00pm
Saturday, February 9, 9:00am–5:00pm
Sunday, February 10, 9:00am–12:00pm

$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)

Registration Form 

. . . We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep . . .
William Shakespeare
Lines 156-158, The Tempest

Dream images form the core of life and work for Marion Woodman and Steve Aizenstat. As Marion says time and again, “The more you work with dreams, the more you are stunned at the memory, knowledge of the future, subtlety of the emotion, and the hidden knowledge that is in the image.  In Steve’s experience, “The DNA of our individual and planetary evolution is coded in the seed images of dreams.  They not only live within us, but they exist all around us – in every animal, plant, and thing of this world.  Everything is dreaming.”

As students and teachers of dream, Marion and Steve hear the urgency pressed upon us by the breakdown of culture in today’s world.  Please join them for this weekend workshop as together they consider how dreams speak to the danger, yet also the promise of what the future holds.  As the world becomes one world, “keeping the dream alive,” is central to the epoch in which we are living.

Looking back over 80 years, Marion Woodman sees clearly that heartfelt dreams of her childhood shaped her life in ways that continue to reveal themselves today.  Through illness and health, in love and in sorrow, she has come to know, ever more profoundly, that she is indeed such stuff that dreams are made on.  The dreams at night give body and soul to the activities of her day.

In tending to the living images of dreams, Steve Aizenstat realizes as well that the figures of the dreamtime are the essentials that shape his life and muse his calling.  Experiencing the breath and pulse of embodied images ignites his imagination and animates the world around him.

These two gifted teachers of dream will share in lecture, in conversation with the audience, and with each other the fruits and discoveries of their explorations during their many years of dream work.  They will bring focus to what has been particularly important for each of them in their personal journeys.  Looking toward the challenges of the future, they will offer their insights about how each of us as individuals and we as a people can arise from sleep and wake up to the stuff of our dreams.

Marion and Steve invite you to bring those dreams that have been formative in your life to this workshop.  They will be weaving together lectures, conversations, demonstrations, and experiential ways of honoring the wisdom of dream.

Marion Woodman, LLD, DHL, PhD (Hon), is a Jungian analyst, teacher and author of numerous books, including Bone: Dying into Life, The Owl Was A Baker's Daughter; Addiction to Perfection; The Pregnant Virgin; The Ravaged Bridegroom; Leaving My Father's House; Conscious Femininity; Dancing in the Flames: The Dark Goddess in the Transformation of Consciousness (with Elinor Dickson); Coming Home to Myself (with Jill Mellick), The Forsaken Garden (with Thomas Berry, Sir Laurens van der Post and Ross Woodman, interviewed by Nancy Ryley), and The Maiden King (with Robert Bly. Marion has been exploring the relationship between psyche and soma through her work and teaching for 30 years. She has developed the BodySoul Rhythms intensives, together with her colleagues Mary Hamilton and Ann Skinner, to create an opportunity to study the inter-relatedness of dreams and body. A visionary and teacher, she has developed some of Jung's ideas in an original and creative way. Marion is a founding member of the Marion Woodman Foundation, sponsor of BodySoul Rhythms Work. For more information on Marion’s work, visit

Stephen Aizenstat, PH.D., is the founding president of Pacifica Graduate Institute and a licensed Clinical Psychologist. His areas of emphasis include depth psychology, dream research, and imaginal and archetypal psychology. Dr. Aizenstat’s original research centers on a psychodynamic process of “tending the living image,” particularly in the context of dreamwork. He has conducted dreamwork seminars for over 25 years throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. He has recorded “DreamTending,” a seven-hour CD released by Sounds True. Other publications include: “Dreams are Alive” in Depth Psychology: Meditations in the Field, edited by D. Slattery and L. Corbett, and “Nature Dreaming: Jungian Psychology and the World Unconscious” in Ecopsychology: Restoring the Earth, Healing the Mind. He is currently working on a new book, DreamTending: Teachings for a Dream-Centered Life. Last year, Dr. Aizenstat was featured in a film on DreamTending by local filmmaker Russ Spencer, and shown at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. For more information on DreamTending visit

This seminar is co-sponsored by OPUS Archives and Research Center

OPUS is a non-profit organization holding the archival collections of: Joseph Campbell, Marija Gimbutas, James Hillman, Marion Woodman, Robert Johnson, Jane Hollister Wheelwright and Joseph Wheelwright, and Christine Downing (partial list)

The mission of Opus Archives and Research Center is to preserve, develop and extend to the world the archival collections and libraries of eminent scholars in the fields of depth psychology, mythology and the humanities, particularly as they inform issues of social justice and environmental sustainability.

The Center is a "living archive," supporting interdisciplinary dialogue, education, grants, research opportunities, and public programs. For more information visit

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 sleeping rooms are available for participants at special rate of $95 per night plus tax at the Best Western Carpinteria Inn, 4558 Carpinteria Avenue in Carpinteria. To make a reservation, call the Best Western at 805.684.0473 and mention PACIFICA WOODMAN for the special rate. Rooms are held at this special rate until February 1. 

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. 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 click here to 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 January 31. Tuition less a $50 processing fee will be refunded. No exceptions will be made.

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
11 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. A $15 processing fee will be charged for each certificate requested.