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

Plenary sessions

Emergence in Imagination and Healing

Joseph Cambray
Emergence, the appearance of dynamic, holistic systems in our world, explores realms often fascinating and mysterious to ordinary consciousness. Human intuition for emergent forms was first codified in myths, especially creation myths. Over the past several decades scientific approaches to the study of complex systems that generate emergence have evolved. Thus more precise and articulated understandings of these forms is becoming possible in addition to their narrative potential. The importance and relevance of a combined approach for depth psychology, poised at the interface of imagination and medicine, is growing exponentially during the new millennium. In this presentation, we will review the history of the idea of emergence, followed by an exploration of the impact this has on our views of the mind and the imagination in their personal, collective, and planetary dimensions. Supplementing emergence in body-mind linkages, cultural and environmental features will be introduced in a search for an eco-emergent therapy.

Joseph Cambray, Ph.D., is past president of the International Association for Analytical Psychology, former editor of the Journal of Analytical Psychology, and author of several books including Synchronicity: Nature and Psyche in an Interconnected Universe. He has published numerous articles in journals and edited books and lectures internationally. He is Adjunct Faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute, teaching in the Depth Psychotherapy; Somatics; and Community Psychology, Liberation Psychology, and Ecopsychology Programs.

Dreams: Medicines of the Soul
Stephen Aizenstat
Rooted most elementally in the psyche of Nature, dream images have medicinal properties. Dreams speak to us not only of our afflictions, but also about our capacity to heal. The same bodily intelligence that knows how to fight infection can also work through the living images of dream to offer clues for well-being. In this lecture and experiential presentation, participants will gain Dream Tending skills useful in preventing and treating illness, particularly as an adjunct to traditional medical practices. Practical approaches that utilize indigenous, classical, and modern methods will be presented.

Stephen Aizenstat, Ph.D., is the founding president and current Chancellor of Pacifica Graduate Institute. He is a Clinical Psychologist, a Marriage Family Therapist, and a credentialed public schools teacher and counselor. Dr. Aizenstat’s Dream Tending methodologies extend traditional dream work to the vision of an animated world where the living images in dream are experienced as embodied and originating in the psyche of Nature as well as that of persons. His book, Dream Tending, describes multiple new applications of dreamwork in relation to health and healing, nightmares, the World’s Dream, relationships, and the creative process. For more information, visit

The Meaning of Illness
Lionel Corbett
Illness may be an initiation into new consciousness and may force individuation that otherwise might not happen. Illness is a part of being human, but the onset of illness has profound significance for the individual’s life because illness is much more than biological dysfunction. Our subjective experience of illness is as important as its objective physical effects. Illness throws everything into question; it disrupts our assumptions about the world and offers the chance to develop a new consciousness and to reflect on our life. Fortunately, the ability to find meaning in illness often has a positive effect on psychological well-being and the course of the disease. Rather than feeling alienated, the ill person has to find a way to be in the world in a new way. This session will describe ways in which one can find meaning in illness and make sense of what has happened. Dr. Corbett will describe the importance of finding a personal story which articulates a sense of coherence amidst the chaos of illness, a way in which story expresses our distress to others and allows others to witness and be empathic.

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, The Religious Function of the Psyche, and The Sacred Cauldron: Psychotherapy as a Spiritual Practice. He is co-editor, with Dennis Patrick Slattery, of Depth Psychology: Meditations in the Field and Psychology at the Threshold: Selected Papers.

Healing the Traumatized Self
Ruth Lanius
The experience of repeated traumatization can frequently lead individuals to experience a profound disconnection from their bodily feelings and emotions, to the point of feeling like their sense of self has vanished. This often leads the traumatized individual to feel utterly alone and estranged from others. As a result, personal connections and relationships can become profoundly disrupted. How does the brain respond to psychological trauma? How can we work with individuals who have suffered from such experiences? This lecture will bridge the clinical experiences of traumatized individuals and their neurobiological underpinnings using specific case examples. Implications for therapy using an integrative approach with the goal of reaching an embodied sense of self that is capable of self-compassion will be also discussed. Finally, implications for the intergenerational transmission of trauma will be described.

Ruth Lanius, M.D., Ph.D., is a professor of psychiatry and the director of the Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Research Unit at the University of Western Ontario. She established the Traumatic Stress Service and the Traumatic Stress Service Workplace Program and holds the Harris-Woodman Chair in Mind-Body Medicine at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Western Ontario. Her research interests focus on the neurobiology of PTSD and treatment outcome research.

Marion Woodman and the Embodied Soul
Tina Stromsted
Tina Stromsted is a Jungian analyst whose work in embodied therapies draws upon pioneer Dr. Marion Woodman’s BodySoul Rhythms® approach to integrative healing. Dr. Stromsted will reflect on Woodman’s work in bringing consciousness to the body/psyche/soul split suffered by many modern women and men, which often manifests in somatic symptoms. Working with dreams in the body, Jungian concepts, movement, art and voice are important tools in accessing the wisdom of the body. As Woodman’s long-time student, colleague and friend, Dr. Stromsted will discuss the relevance of Marion’s work to the practice of contemporary medicine, neuroscience, and psychotherapy. Illuminated by filmed footage of Woodman describing her life and work, this talk will be interwoven with Tina’s experience with integrative healing using case examples and personal reflection. Dr. Stromsted will also explore how she has built upon Woodman’s work in bringing the body into analytic practice.

Tina Stromsted, Ph.D., BC-DMT, is a Jungian analyst, Dance/Movement therapist, author, and former Co-founder of the Authentic Movement Institute. Based in San Francisco, she teaches at the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, the Marion Woodman Foundation, the Somatics Studies Program at Pacifica Graduate Institute, and internationally. Her work explores the integration of body, mind, psyche, and soul.

Concurrent Sessions
Participants will have the opportunity to attend two of the following six concurrent sessions.

Therapeutic Yoga as a Gentle Path to Self Healing
Cheri Clampett and Avahara
Therapeutic Yoga guides you through the inner landscape of your own body and invites you to turn towards the places within that are calling for healing and connection. Meditative, restorative yoga poses (where the body is held by bolsters and blankets), gentle yoga movements, breathing techniques, guided meditation and healing touch all facilitated by a nurturing guide, can enable the accessing of deeper information from the psyche and soul. The safety and support created by the practice provides deep relaxation and stress relief in such a way that facilitates healing and wellness. This session will include a verbal introduction to the practice and an experience of the practice itself. Live ambient music by Avahara will accompany your journey within.

Cheri Clampett, CYT, ERYT-500, is the founder and director of the Therapeutic Yoga Training Program and co-author of the Therapeutic Yoga Kit. Cheri has presented Therapeutic Yoga at Beth Israel Medical Center and Rusk Institute at NYU Medical Center, and currently teaches yoga at the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara. She provides therapeutic yoga at the Santa Barbara Healing Sanctuary.
Avahara creates gentle ambient music with shamanic intent. His albums include Slow Wave Journey and Angels In The Atmosphere.

Exploring the Daoist Roots of Chinese Medicine: An Acupuncture Energetic Creation Myth Embodied in Each of Us
John Hickey
As we emerge from the womb and a state of prenatal oneness, severing our support from the navel and taking our first breath, our postnatal energetics are awakened and activated establishing the circulations of our separate individual life. Drawing from the Daoist Canon, we will explore the 12 Mu, or ‘Collection’ points on the front of the torso that are the pooling of the Essences of the 12 internal organs. By following the creation cycle of the 5 Elemental Phases and examining the classical names of the 12 Mu points we will tell the Daoist mythology story of the embodiment of the soul and its journey through a human life.

John Hickey is a licensed acupuncturist who has been practicing and teaching Chinese medicine since 1980. From 1987 to 2002 he was co-founder and academic dean of the Santa Barbara College of Oriental Medicine. He has been studying classical Chinese medicine and its Daoist origins since 1998. He currently practices at Shiatsu Rincon in Carpinteria, California.

The Cultivation of Equanimity: Buddha’s Teaching on the Interdependence of Body and Nature
Caylin Huttar
We live in a mostly artificial world that has led us not only to the disruption of the ecosystem, but also to the imbalance of our personal health and wellbeing. As indigenous cultures know, living close to nature is a healing force that can offer a corrective for the many ills of today. In this session participants will learn the Six Element meditation practice Buddha taught over 2500 years ago and discover the liberating effects of embodying the elements of Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Space and Consciousness. Participants will have the direct experience of dis-identifying with one’s body as a permanent, separate, self-enclosed phenomenon that keeps one cut-off from the deeply interwoven fabric of the natural world. By touching into the fluid and interdependent relation our bodies have with nature, we remember that we are nature itself. This practice directly opposes the poison of conceit and leads to the cultivation of equanimity, offering an opportunity for health to return.

Caylin Huttar, Ph.D, L.Ac., was introduced to meditation practice in 1985 and later had the great fortune of meeting Tibetan Lama Anam Thubten from the Dharmata Foundation. After completing the Dharma Apprenticeship Program (DAP) Anam Thubten ordained Cally and asked her to teach in the Nyingma lineage. Cally is also an acupuncturist and holds a doctorate in depth psychology, is core faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute, and is the Chair of the M.A./Ph.D. Depth Psychology Program with an Emphasis in Somatic Studies.

What Does it Mean to “Die Before You Die”?
Michael Kearney
An ancient axiom says, “Die before you die so that when you die you will not die.” What does this mean? Is it possible? And, if so, what are the consequences? We will discuss ideas from James Hillman’s “Suicide and the Soul,” look at examples from clinical practice, and have the opportunity to participate in a guided meditation that has been designed to facilitate the radical letting go that is at the heart of healing. This session will explore the importance of metaphorical death in finding a way to live with illness and with dying.

Michael Kearney, M.D., has over 30 years experience in palliative care. He trained and worked at St. Christopher’s Hospice, London. He later worked as Medical Director of Our Lady’s Hospice in Dublin, and in Canada, as visiting Professor at McGill Medical School. He is based in Santa Barbara, California, where he works as Medical Director of the Palliative Care Service at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and with Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care. He teaches internationally and has published two books on psychological and spiritual healing at the end of life: Mortally Wounded: Stories of Soul Pain, Death and Healing and A Place of Healing: Working with Nature and Soul at the End of Life.

The Shamanic Trance: A Workshop with the Unconscious
Alan Kilpatrick
For thousands of years, indigenous folk healers around the world have been employing a powerful transformative vehicle known as the shamanic trance to access and harness the energies of the human unconscious. But what is the shamanic trance? How does this altered state of consciousness differ from other modes of self-induced inner visualization such as active imagination or hypnosis? Moreover, how can we employ the shamanic trance to balance our own energies, enhance our personal happiness, or apply it as a therapeutic tool to help others? Utilizing knowledge gained from his years of fieldwork in Mexico and Peru, Dr. Kilpatrick will illustrate some of the dynamics involved in this ancient psychoactive process. This workshop is designed for holistic practitioners as well as those individuals who are simply curious about the efficacy of alternative healing traditions.

Alan Kilpatrick, Ph.D., is Professor of American Indian Studies and Anthropology at San Diego State University and a faculty member of the Depth Psychology Program at the Pacifica Graduate Institute. He has won many academic awards including an Irvine Teaching Fellowship (Stanford University), a Beinecke Fellowship (Yale University) as well as two Fulbrights (Sweden and Spain). His writing credits include television documentaries for KNBC, articles in academic journals, as well as the non-fiction book, The Night Has a Naked Soul: Witchcraft and Sorcery among the Western Cherokee.

The Medicine Walk: Sourcing from the Wellsprings of the Wild
Betsy Perluss
In a society in which most of us spend the majority of time within four walls, it is no surprise that we feel restless, constrained, fearful of nature and of our bodies. In such a state, our connection to nature has sunk into the unconscious, where the wild continues to live itself out through dreams and symptoms. Jung understood this when he said, “Deep inside us is a wilderness. We call it the unconscious because we can’t control it fully.” The “medicine walk” is a means for tapping into the healing wisdom of our inherent wildness. By stepping across a threshold with the intention to attend to the natural phenomenon, both inner and outer, we can more fully enter into a space where we no longer perceive ourselves as separate from nature. When we truly begin to realize that we are nature, and not just a part of nature, we begin to trust this ancient wisdom more fully. This experiential session will include a short lecture, solo time in nature, followed by storytelling and reflection.

Betsy Perluss, Ph.D., is a wilderness guide and trainer with the School of Lost Borders, a non-profit dedicated to wilderness rites of passage. She teaches ecopsychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute.