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  Jung in Dialogue
Practices of Soul Making

June 11-13, 2010
in Santa Barbara, California

Stephen Aizenstat
Joan Chodorow
Lionel Corbett
Phil Cousineau
Thomas Elsner
Susan Hill
Patricia Katsky
Carol Pearson
Suzan Pitt
Katie Sanford
Mary Watkins
Willow Young

“The years…when I pursued the inner images were the most important time of my life. Everything else is to be derived from this. It began at that time, and the later details hardly matter anymore. My entire life consisted in elaborating what had burst forth from the unconscious and flooded me like an enigmatic stream and threatened to break me. That was the stuff and material for more than only one life. Everything later was merely outer classification, the scientific elaboration, and the integration into life. But the numinous beginning, which contained everything, was then.."
                                                                                                                    —C.G. Jung

From 1913 until 1930, C.G. Jung recorded, revised, rewrote, recopied, and illustrated what he considered 'the numinous beginning' from which all the rest of his work derived. During his active imaginations, Jung found himself in a liminal place, as full of creative abundance as it was of potential ruin, believing it to be the same borderlands traveled by both lunatics and great artists.

The recent publication of C.G. Jung's Liber Novus or Red Book has created an opening in the collective awareness to the world of the psyche in new and practical ways. Living in a time of chaos not unlike the years in which he created this work, we search for ways to make sense and meaning of all that lives within and without. Utilizing many of the tools and practices that informed Jung and others, we too can be guided.

This conference will explore practices recognized by Jung and the post-Jungians, including active imagination, story and metaphor, alchemy, spirituality, authentic movement, and dreams, as we try to grasp the impact of the Red Book in our own lives and in contemporary culture. Drawing on the same interior sources, we will also explore social processes that unleash the imagination in order to promote healing, peace, and justice in the world.

Please join us for what promises to be a stimulating and provocative weekend.

Friday, June 11, 7:00-9:30 pm
Saturday, June 12, 8:45 am-5:30 pm
Sunday, June 13, 8:45 am-1:00 pm

$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)

10.5 Continuing Education Credits



All Pre-Conference Workshops
Friday, June 11, 9:30 am-4:00 pm
$140 (Fee includes Friday breakfast and lunch)
5 Continuing Education Credits
Space is limited in all workshops

Dream Tending: Awakening the Living Image
Stephen Aizenstat

Dream Tending is a life practice that healers, storytellers, and poets have known by many different names for thousands of years. Passed on through the generations, the art of tending living dream images emerges in a culture when the call to see the inner and outer worlds in new ways becomes urgent. We find ourselves in such a time now. This workshop will offer practices of Dream Tending that amplify and animate the friendly and fascinatingly fiendish figures, landscapes, and emotions in dreams.  Informed by the "intelligence" of the living psyche we will engage the dynamics of relationship, bodily affliction, and vocation. Vivifying images of the soul opens innate resources that sustain life's purpose. A variety of "skill-sets" will be taught and demonstrated with particular emphasis on the creation of "Dream Council," a bridge between the dream world and daily life.

Stephen Aizenstat, Ph.D., is the founding president of Pacifica Graduate Institute. He is a Clinical Psychologist, a Marriage Family Therapist, and a credentialed public schools teacher and counselor. For more than 35 years he has explored the power of dreams through depth psychology and the pursuit of his own research. His areas of emphasis include depth psychology, dream research, the psyche/soma connection in dreamwork, and imaginal and archetypal psychology. A major focus of Dr. Aizenstat’s original research is a psychodynamic process of “tending the living image," particularly in the context of dreamwork. He extends this work in ways that engage the healing forces of dreams through imaginal “medicines." Aizenstat’s book, Dream Tending, includes sections on dreamwork and addictions and the craft of transmuting dream images into medicines that can be adjunctive in physical healing. His other recent publications include: Imagination & Medicine: The Future of Healing in an Age of Neuroscience, “Dream Tending and Tending the World," in Ecotherapy:  Healing with Nature in Mind, and “Soul-Centered Education: An Interview with Stephen Aizenstat" in Reimagining Education:  Essays on Reviving the Soul of Learning. Dr. Aizenstat has collaborated with many masters in the field, including Joseph Campbell, Marion Woodman, Robert Johnson, and James Hillman; as well as native elders worldwide. For more information on Dream Tending, visit

Movement as Active Imagination
Joan Chodorow

In this experiential workshop, participants will explore inner-directed movement from multiple overlapping perspectives. Originated by Jung and his early associates in the early 1900s, movement as a form of active imagination was further developed in the 1960s by pioneer dance therapist, Mary Whitehouse.  Sometimes called “authentic movement," the process involves a mover, a witness, and the dynamics of their relationship. The mover-witness relationship is co-created, infused with multi-sensory images and emotions. Participants are invited to wear comfortable clothing and to bring a notebook and/or drawing materials to record their images and experiences. The workshop is limited to 45 participants.

Joan Chodorow, Ph.D., is a Jungian analyst and faculty member of the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, with deep roots in dance and dance therapy. Her interest in active imagination and early development led to her studies of emotions and their forms of expression and transformation. She is the author of Dance Therapy and Depth Psychology, editor of Jung on Active Imagination, and a new, soon to be published book, Active Imagination: Healing from Within.

Myth, Dream, and the Movies
Phil Cousineau

It's as if the spark has leapt from the artist's brush to the movie camera.
                                                      —Joseph Campbell

For thousands of years human beings have told stories around magical fires. In the modern world one of the most powerful ways to experience numinous storytelling is in the dark cave of the movie theater. With all the marvels of technology at our disposal we are still striving to ask and answer the same timeless questions: Who are we? Where did we come from? Where are we going? Who is going with us on our journey through life? Though the storytelling styles may change, every generation is challenged to answer these profoundly mythic questions, which is one reason why movies often feel so hauntingly familiar. In this workshop veteran documentary filmmaker, Phil Cousineau, a protege of mythologist Joseph Campbell, will combine storytelling, poetry, filmclips, script analysis, and group discussion to explore the myriad ways in myth, legend, and folklore are used—and sometimes abused—in the modern movie business. This workshop is for movie buffs, as well as teachers, psychologists, parents, and coaches, in other words, anyone who is haunted and fascinated by the mythic power of movies.

Phil Cousineau is an independent writer, filmmaker, photographer, script consultant, teacher, adventure tour leader, and youth baseball coach. He has published over 25 books, including Once and Future Myths, The Hero's Journey: The World of Joseph Campbell, Stoking the Creative Fires, and Wordcatcher: An Odyssey into the World of Weird and Wonderful Words, and has written or co-written more than 15 documentary films. Currently, he is the host and co-writer of “Global Spirit," a nationally broadcast television series on LINK TV.

Practicing Soul in the Workplace
Carol Pearson

The workplace provides the opportunity to live out one's vocational calling. In the process, it can be one of the key places where we face challenges that often tap into our most difficult issues. If approached consciously, the place where we spend so much of our waking hours can contribute to one’s individuation in a significant way. This workshop is designed for people who are grappling with questions which range from “what am I doing here" or “should I stay or should I go" or “how can I be here and be true to my soul's purpose" to "how can I rise to the occasion to bring what is needed here" and, finally, "how can I deepen and grow though the experience of fully showing up in the mythic story or stories I find here"? Drawing on the work of C.G. Jung, James Hillman, and Dr. Pearson’s own work in organizational development, this workshop will apply various modalities of active imagination—art, narrative, movement, storytelling, and imaginative journeying—to explore the nature of the mythic experience participants are having and its call to adventure, its challenge, its potential happy and tragic endings, and the human virtue it asks us to develop or enhance in ourselves.  

Carol S. Pearson, Ph.D., is the Executive Vice President and Provost of Pacifica Graduate Institute and the author of The Hero Within: Six Archetypes We Live By; Awakening the Heroes Within: Twelve Archetypes That Help Us Find Ourselves and Transform our World and Maturing the American Dream. She is the co-author of Educating the Majority: Women Challenge Tradition in Higher Education; Magic At Work: Camelot, Creative Leadership and Everyday Miracles; The Hero and the Outlaw: Building Extraordinary Brands Through The Power of Archetypes; Mapping the Organization Psyche: A Jungian Theory of Organizational Dynamics and Change; and What Story Are You Living? Dr. Pearson’s scholarly, administrative, and teaching have always been in the service of helping people live and work at a deeper level of awareness, allowing individuals, groups, and organizations to be more successful as the people in them also experience a greater sense of joy and personal fulfillment. She has promoted these ends in practice in administrative and teaching positions at the University of Maryland, Georgetown, Goucher College, and the University of Colorado.


Jung and Active Imagination
Joan Chodorow

In the intensity of the emotional disturbance itself lies the value,
the remedy the state of reduced adaptation.
                  —C. G. Jung

Jung discovered active imagination in mid-life. Fearful and lethargic moods threatened to overwhelm him, but he could find no rational explanation and no relief. Faced with a desperate situation, he made the conscious decision to open himself to the raw material of the unconscious. A rush of emotion led him to enact the symbolic play of childhood, releasing a flood of fantasies that ultimately reshaped his future. He wrote them down as carefully as possible in a series of notebooks, then many more years of profound concentration and precision as he drew, painted, and elaborated them in the Red Book. Jung’s understanding of active imagination developed over time. Building on his early studies of the multi-sensory nature of the image and the central role of emotion, he seemed to be laying the groundwork toward active imagination as a comprehensive analytical method of psychotherapy, drawing in a natural way from the age-old cultural forms (religion, the arts, philosophy, society), seen through the central, self-reflective psychological attitude (“Know Thyself").

Joan Chodorow, Ph.D., is a Jungian analyst and faculty member of the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, with deep roots in dance and dance therapy. Her interest in active imagination and early development led to her studies of emotions and their forms of expression and transformation. She is the author of Dance Therapy and Depth Psychology, editor of Jung on Active Imagination, and a new, soon to be published book, Active Imagination: Healing from Within.

Jung in Dialogue with the Soul:
Is Analytical Psychology a Religion?

Lionel Corbett

The Red Book is filled with dialogues between Jung and his soul. This presentation will focus on one of these exchanges wherein the soul tells Jung that he has received a revelation that he should not hide, that his calling is the new religion and its proclamation. Perhaps because of this dialogue with the soul, 12 years later Jung was able to write that: “We stand on the threshold of a new spiritual epoch, and that from the depths of man’s own psychic life new spiritual forms will be born." Is Jung’s approach to the psyche really the revelation of a new form of spirituality—what Edinger calls the new dispensation—or is this idea merely a symptom of inflation? If Analytical Psychology is indeed an emerging form of spirituality, what does that look like in practice, how does it compare with traditional religious forms, and what are the implications for the practice of psychotherapy and for our culture?

Lionel Corbett, M.D., trained in medicine and psychiatry in England and as a Jungian analyst at the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago. Dr. Corbett is a core faculty member at Pacifica Graduate Institute, teaching depth psychology. He is the author of Psyche and the Sacred: Spirituality Beyond Religion and The Religious Function of the Psyche. He is co-editor, with Dennis Patrick Slattery, of Depth Psychology: Meditations in the Field and Psychology at the Threshold: Selected Papers. He is currently working on a forthcoming book, Psychotherapy as a Spiritual Practice.

Telling Our Stories, Forging Our Souls
Phil Cousineau

Our species thinks in metaphors and learns through stories.
                    —Mary Catherine Bateson

We know of cultures that existed without wheels, books, certain foods and medicines, but we don’t know of any culture that has existed without stories. Without a story of our own there is no culture, no meaning, no way to express what Jung called “our inward vision." From the shaman spinning stories around the campfire to the psychologist listening to the dreamer recalling dreams, the journalist seeking the hard truth through tough interviews, to the screenwriter’s attempt to put her finger-on-the-pulse of the times, human beings have been making sense out of the chaos of our lives through the alchemy of storytelling. In this talk we will explore one of the secret strengths of storytelling, perhaps the most mysterious dimension of all, which is that stories save our souls by making them—by soulmaking—which is the forging of our inner life, the deepening of our imagination, the discovery of what is timeless in our lives. Our focus will be on what is most numinous in stories, the powerful presence of the archetypes, and the promise of … transport … to another realm for a few pages, a few hours, a few waking dreams.

Phil Cousineau is an independent writer, filmmaker, photographer, script consultant, teacher, adventure tour leader, and youth baseball coach. He has published over 25 books, including Once and Future Myths, The Hero's Journey: The World of Joseph Campbell, Stoking the Creative Fires, and Wordcatcher: An Odyssey into the World of Weird and Wonderful Words, and has written or co-written more than 15 documentary films. Currently, he is the host and co-writer of “Global Spirit," a nationally broadcast television series on LINK TV.

Alchemy, The Red Book, and the Myth of Our Time
Thomas Elsner

The experiences of the alchemists were, in a sense, my experiences,
and their world was my world.

This was, of course, a momentous discovery.
—C. G. Jung

In the Epilogue to The Red Book, written in 1959, two years before Jung’s death and almost thirty years after he stopped his active engagement with that book, Jung wrote, “I worked on this book for 16 years. My acquaintance with alchemy in 1930 took me away from it. . . . To the superficial observer it will appear like madness. It would also have developed into one, had I not been able to absorb the overwhelming force of the original experiences. With the help of alchemy, I could finally arrange them into a whole." Alchemy was decisive for Jung because it became the connection between his personal experience of the archetypal imagination and its historical and archetypal roots. Jung rediscovered alchemy as “another Red Book," in other words, as a form of active imagination that initiates psychosomatic transformation through a creative encounter with the unconscious. This is why Jung’s work on alchemy infuses all his later writings. Today we can be informed by the images and writings of the alchemists and of Jung, much as Jung was informed, in our own search for understanding, meaning, and healing. The Red Book is the last great alchemical treatise, but anyone is an alchemist who gives expression to unconscious psychic processes and actively engages them.

Thomas Elsner J.D, M.A., is a certified Jungian Analyst, core faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute, and a training analyst and past President at the C.G. Jung Study Center of Southern California. Born and raised in Southern California and trained as a lawyer, he left these roots to travel to Switzerland and study at the Centre for Depth Psychology according to C.G. Jung and Marie-Louise von Franz. There he wrote his thesis on Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and developed a passionate interest in the patterns of the archetypal imagination as they appear in literature, folklore, and alchemy. Since that time he has lectured and taught on the subject of alchemy and depth psychology in Switzerland, England, and throughout the United States. His most recent essays scheduled for publication are “Alchemy and Socio-political Transformation" and “Animals and Analysis: The Grimms’ Tale The Three Languages."

Soul, Image, and Movement: The Process of Making Art
Suzan Pitt

Artist and filmmaker Suzan Pitt discusses her creative process including daydreaming, undirected thought, figural identity and association, and the imagining of “episodes" and connecting events. The psyche—engineer of the soul, hungry for stimulation, amusement and emotional “acting out"—pours forth naturally (more freely without guidance) images, each one touching the shoulder of the next in an endless game of association. Aesthetic choice making and the defining of that which is truthful to one’s soul is the daily practice of the artist. Works created from an understanding of one’s nature, within Mother Nature, are those that in some way reflect the archetypal architecture of being. In this way the making of art is akin to the psychological sense making of therapy and analysis. Or in alchemical terms the works of art themselves are the calcinatio or dried manifestation of creative abundance, mimicking the nature of eternal transformation. The presentation will include projections of designs for the stage, paintings, watercolors from the rainforest, and a screening of Asparagus, an animated film about the erotic nature of the creative process.

Suzan Pitt's works have pushed the boundaries of the animated film form, thriving in both the art world and the television, theatrical, and festival venues. She has had major exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Holly Solomon Gallery in New York, and the Stedlijk Museum in Amsterdam. A retrospective of her animated films was presented at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2006 and her award winning films have been presented at the over 100 venues around the world, including the Sundance Film Festival, The Film Forum in New York, Ottawa International Animated Film Festival, Morelia International Film Festival in Mexico, and the Image Forum Film Festival in Tokyo, Japan. Pitt is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Fulbright Scholar Award, three National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, and a Rockefeller Fellowship.

 “Up Against Walls":
Practicing Imagination and Reconciliation in a Divided World

Mary Watkins

The practices of active imagination and dreamwork that Jung prescribed invite the marginalized into dialogue in an effort to replace division and exclusion with reconciliation.  While he likened such inner dialogue to needed efforts to reconcile with the “strangers" in our midst, he largely stopped short of efforts to engage in practices to do so. Searching for the integrity of our practices with ourselves and others, what can we learn from the imagination that erupts in the face of the dividing walls in our lives? This talk will be a meditation on reconciliation, reflecting on art and images from dividing walls at the U.S./Mexico border, Northern Ireland, the Berlin Wall, the Separation Wall in Israel/Palestine, and on community efforts to create bridges.

Mary Watkins, Ph.D., core faculty member at Pacifica Graduate Institute, is the founding coordinator of the Community and Ecological Fieldwork and Research portion of the Depth Psychology Program. She is the co-author of Toward Psychologies of Liberation and Talking With Young Children About Adoption, author of Waking Dreams and Invisible Guests: The Development of Imaginal Dialogues, and a co-editor of Psychology and the Promotion of Peace. She works at the interfaces between Euro-American depth psychologies and psychologies of liberation from Latin America, Africa and Asia.She has worked as a clinical psychologist with adults, children, and families, and has also worked with small and large groups around issues of immigration, peace, envisioning the future, diversity, vocation, and social justice. She was a member of a participatory research team at PUEBLO, a Latino rights grassroots organization. Their work collecting testimonios from immigrants without documents in Santa Barbara has resulted in a book In the Shadows of Paradise. Her work on border art comes out of her participation in human rights delegations to the U.S./Mexico border, as well as attention to the borders within her home community.


Social Dreaming Matrix: Dreams Speaking to Dreams
Throughout human history, people have been telling dreams in community. This ancient lineage of dreams and dreaming carries great significance in many of the world's older cultures, and this lineage is trying to find voice in our modern world today. The Social Dreaming Matrix is an experimental container for sharing dreams and images arising from the deep psyche. This opportunity to share dreams, without interpretation, with a dream calling out its response through another dream or an image, helps us to see into each other and into ourselves in compelling and evocative ways. Sharing this process can seed our dreams and inner experiences for long periods to come, offering us inspiration and meaning. Optional social dreaming matrix sessions will be held on Saturday and Sunday mornings before the program begins and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. The sessions will be facilitated by Pacifica core faculty members, Willow Young and Patricia Katsky.

The Space
Conference participants are invited to spend time in The Space—for creative experiential opportunities—to companion the discussions and to invite individual experiences in “active imagination." The Space, created and facilitated by artist and Dream Tender Susan Hill, is a dedicated room consisting of a surprising array of fine art supplies and intriguing natural materials for participants’ free and voluntary use without limits or project goals. Work will be purely personal, created in alliance with the materials selected, as deep intuition and creative impulse moves within each individual. As art supplies disappear to become realized work, The Space will transform to an installation site, ritually gathering and presenting the works for shared viewing.

The Serpent and the Cross:
Healing the Split Through Active Imagination
Art Exhibition and Fireside Chat with Katie Sanford

In 2006, Katie Sanford, then 89 years old published The Serpent and the Cross, which in many ways parallel’s Jung’s engagement with his unconscious and the publication of The Red Book. In both instances, images and narrative resulting from dialogue with the soul, or active imagination, over a period of years reveal insights and interpretation into their process of individuation. OPUS Archives and Research Center, the fortunate recipient of Katie Sanford’s 30-year collection of paintings, will exhibit the work during the conference and host an optional Fireside Chat with Katie on Saturday evening after dinner.

Alumni Concurrent/Poster Sessions
Saturday afternoon concurrent sessions will feature the work of several alumni from Pacifica’s graduate degree programs. Detailed information will be included with confirmation materials sent to all participants.


The conference 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, and parking onsite.


Accommodations at the Ladera Lane Campus are currently sold out. We are taking reservations on a waitlist only. Click here for additional housing possibilities.

A limited number of rooms are available for participants at Pacifica’s Ladera Lane Campus.
$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 are provided to encourage ongoing dialogue and community exchange throughout the weekend. 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. Meals included in the pre-conference workshop fee are: Friday breakfast and lunch. Meals included in the conference registration fee are: Friday dinner; Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner; and Sunday breakfast and lunch. For early arrivals not attending a pre-conference workshop, Friday breakfast ($12.50) and lunch ($17.75) are available for an additional fee. For late departures, the following meals are available for an additional fee: Monday continental breakfast ($9), lunch ($17.75), and dinner ($21.75). All optional meals must be ordered in advance through the Public Programs Department.

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 in all events. Register early!
To register, please click here and complete the online form or mail and return it to Pacifica Graduate Institute, Public Programs, 249 Lambert Road, Carpinteria, CA 93013; fax to 805.565.5796; e-mail to; call 805.969.3626, ext. 103. 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 for the conference and a $25 processing fee for the workshops. 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 a 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.

A limited number of partial scholarships are available to those who find it prohibitive to pay the full cost of the program. 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
5 hours of continuing education credit for the pre-conference workshops and 10.5 hours of continuing education credit for the conference 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.  

Images reprinted from The Red Book by C. G. Jung© The Foundation of the Works of C. G. Jung.
With permission of the publisher, W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.


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