Imagination and Medicine Sidebar

Presentations by:
Stephen Aizenstat
Joseph Cambray
Cheri Clampett and Avahara
Lionel Corbett
David Cumes
Pamela Grant
John Hickey
Caylin Huttar
Michael Kearney
Alan Kilpatrick
Ruth Lanius
Elizabeth Nelson
Betsy Perluss
Tina Stromsted
Bernard Unterman
Willow Young

May 16 thru 18, 2014 in Santa Barbara, California

Friday, May 16
7–9 PM
Saturday, May 17
9 AM–5:45 PM
Sunday, May 18
9 AM–1:00 PM

11 CECs for MFTs, LCSWs,
and RNs

$380 General Admission
$330 Special Admission
 Full-Time Students, Pacifica
 Alumni, and Seniors

$300 Active Pacifica Students
Fees include Friday dinner; Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner; and Sunday breakfast and lunch. Extra meals available: Friday breakfast ($13) and Friday lunch ($19).

Optional Activities Register

All of us intuitively understand that the connection between body, soul, and the world we inhabit is too potent to ignore. We are all part of a living chain, inexorably linked to one another, the planet, and the universe around us. Everything arises from this core reality–our symptoms, our sufferings, and our healing.

Imagination and Medicine IV will allow participants to deeply explore the emerging connections between medicine, neuroscience, ecology, and depth psychology. It is now possible to validate, with empirical research, the foundational principle of depth psychology–that healing is grounded in the psyche. This is an exciting time for all who seek to restore an appreciation for our imaginative and intuitive selves. Our base of knowledge is rapidly expanding, and the wisdom of ancient healing traditions is being amplified with the powerful tools of modern science.

Conference presenters will take us to the leading edge of thought in the synthesis of depth psychology and contemporary science. We will examine:

  • How neuroscientific studies on large-scale brain networks are delineating the impact of trauma on mind and psyche;
  • Applications of complexity science to environmental and eco-psychologies, and how links can be forged between individuals and the planet;
  • Ancestral wisdom in healing body and mind;
  • The contributions of Marion Woodman and the embodiment of soul;
  • Practices such as yoga, qigong, meditation, dreamwork, and walking in nature;
  • New ways to look at death and living with illness.

Throughout the weekend, we will engage these fascinating topics with a spirit of curiosity and openness. We hope you will be able to join us and add your voice to the discussions as we envision the future of the healing arts.

Since the initial Imagination and Medicine Conference in 2007, Pacifica has provided a venue for an in-depth investigation of the evolving relationship between these two vital pillars of life. That first Imagination and Medicine Conference was conceived as a look into the future, examining possibilities that were only then emerging.

At the second gathering in 2010, the focus was on the body, reflecting on the profound interaction between psyche and biology.

The third Imagination and Medicine Conference in 2011 dealt with healing environments, exploring the roles of place and ritual in seeking wellness.

As we prepare for the fourth Imagination and Medicine Conference, we find it an exciting time to be a part of this evolving discourse. Pacifica is proud to continue to be able to provide a home for these important discussions.


The conference will be held at Pacifica Graduate Institute’s Ladera Lane Campus at 801 Ladera Lane in Santa Barbara, California. 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. This campus has on-site lodging, dining facilities, and parking.

Check-in for the conference will be Friday from 5:30-7:00 PM. The conference will begin Friday evening at 7:00 PM and end Sunday at 1:00 PM. Meals are provided to encourage ongoing dialogue and exchange throughout the conference.

The Saturday afternoon program includes multiple concurrent presentations from which to choose. Each session will be offered twice. Space in the presentations is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Indicate your preferences on the registration form. Pacifica students and alumni will offer poster sessions on Saturday. Optional Social Dreaming Matrix and Qigong sessions will be held Saturday and Sunday mornings.


Space is limited. Register early! To register, complete the form in this brochure and mail it to the Public Programs Department, Pacifica Graduate Institute, 249 Lambert Road, Carpinteria, CA 93013; register online at under the Public Programs section; or call the Public Programs Department at 805.969.3626, ext. 103. Full payment is required with your registration. 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 30 days before the event. Tuition less a $50 processing fee will be refunded ($20 processing fee for the pre-conference 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 and we are able to transfer your registration to someone on the waitlist, 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 a refund on accommodations at the Ladera Lane Campus, cancellation with a 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.

The conference and pre-conference workshops 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.

Pacifica’s Ladera Lane Campus
801 Ladera Lane, Santa Barbara, CA 93108
A limited number of rooms are available for participants at the following rates: $87 per night single occupancy (one twin or standard full size bed), $120 per night couple occupancy (one standard full size bed; not a queen), $132 per night double occupancy (two twin beds) plus 10% occupancy tax. Accommodations are simple, dormitory-style rooms with shared bath and shower. Reservations for rooms must be made through Pacifica’s Public Programs Department.

Best Western Carpinteria Inn
4558 Carpinteria Avenue, Carpinteria, CA 93013; 805.684.0473
A limited number of rooms are available for participants at the special rate of $99 per night plus tax. These rooms are held for our group at this special rate until three days before the program. Be sure to mention PACIFICA PUBLIC PROGRAM to receive the special rate. Please note that Pacifica shuttles do not provide service to and from the Best Western for Public Programs.

These 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 and include organic ingredients where possible. Please indicate on the registration form if you need a special vegan, gluten free, or vegetarian meal or if you have other medical dietary restrictions. Meals included in the pre-conference workshop fee are: Friday lunch. Meals included in the conference registration fee are: Friday dinner; Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner; and Sunday breakfast and lunch. For early arrivals, the following extra meals are available for an additional fee: Friday breakfast ($13) and lunch ($19) if not attending a pre-conference workshop. 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.

A limited number of financial need scholarships are available for those who find it prohibitive to pay the full fee. To apply, please fill out the registration form including payment information, and send a letter of request detailing your financial circumstances to Once your application has been reviewed, you will be contacted to approve processing of payment. Please note, incomplete applications will not be considered.

Continuing Education Credit
11 hours of continuing education credit are available for the conference and 6 hours for the pre-conference workshops 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.

Disability Services on Campus
It is the policy of Pacifica’s Public Programs Department to accommodate attendees with disabilities in compliance with state and federal laws and regulations. Please let us know in advance if you have special needs or require assistance due to a disabling condition while you are attending a public program. If you are accompanied by a service dog, please contact disability services directly (805.679.6124), as all animals visiting campus must have pre-approval. For additional information regarding Pacifica’s policies, visit