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

Pre-conference workshops
Space in all workshops is limited and open to conference participants only.

Friday, May 16, 9:00 AM-4:30 PM
$140 Fee includes Friday lunch;
Friday breakfast is available for $13.00
6 Continuing Education Credits for MFTs, LCSWs, and RNs

Wilderness “Rapture” and Personal Transformation: The Healer and Healing in Nature
David Cumes
The Garden of Eden archetype can be experienced in wilderness, and if we study the hunter-gatherers we can begin to comprehend its full scope. Shamanism and its medicine began at least 30,000 years ago and arose out of the African Garden of Eden experience. Wilderness and nature are preferred environments for personal transformation and healing. Although we cannot be hunter gathers and are remote from our primal roots, we can take indigenous consciousness with us into nature and find our own “Yoga” or inner union. This workshop will include short video clips and experiential techniques for being “Inward Bound.”

Dave Cumes, M.D., is originally from South Africa, received surgical training at Stanford and moved to Santa Barbara to practice as a urologist. As his career as a surgeon continued, he sensed an inner calling to return to South Africa and learn about indigenous understandings of illness and healing. He was initiated as a sangoma in 2002 and practices this alongside allopathic medicine. Dr. Cumes teaches at Pacifica Graduate Institute. For more information, visit

A Flair for the Dramatic: Active Imagination, Interpersonal Neurobiology, and Dream Tending
Elizabeth Nelson
C.G. Jung used the metaphor of theater to describe working with dreams, and argued that embodied, fully autonomous dream figures want to compel participation. James Hillman extended this metaphor, asserting that psychodynamics is truly psychodramatics. Marion Woodman’s pioneering work on the body helped return psyche to its home in soma. Stephen Aizenstat’s Dream Tending honors Woodman’s focus and inscribes the theatrical metaphor in a powerful four-stage approach to dream in which we tend these figures. In this workshop, participants will learn an embodied Dream Tending process developed by Elizabeth Nelson and reflecting current findings in affective neuroscience and interpersonal neurobiology.

Elizabeth Eowyn Nelson, Ph.D., is core faculty and Dissertation Policy Director of Pacifica Graduate Institute, where she teaches courses in research, dissertation development, imagery, and literature.

Psycho Sclerosis, Change, and Healing: Ancient Chinese/Daoist Strategies
Bernard Unterman
Softening that which is rigid will bring change. The state of consciousness/mind that causes disease, cannot be the same state of consciousness that heals us. If we don't make a change, the disease has no option but to stay. Healing begins inside us. In order for the healing to be more than short term, it requires engaging our spirit/soul. In this workshop, we will discuss and practice several ways to bring about change, including daily activities which strengthen and deplete each aspect of the soul. We use movement, sound, intention, and specific essential oils. All these can enliven, nourish and recruit the aspect of our soul that will facilitate change. The essential oils will be provided.

Bernard Unterman OMD, L.Ac., has practiced Chinese medicine for 27 years, and has taught both domestically and abroad. His early interest in indigenous spirituality took him to Peru where he lived in the Andes for 5 years (1977-1982). There he was immersed in Inkan language, culture and medicine. For the past 15 years, Bernard has been a student of Dr. Jeffrey Yuen, an 88th generation Daoist priest and doctor.

Awakening Soul’s Body: Marion Woodman’s BodySoul Work® and Dreamdancing® as Pathways to the Self
Tina Stromsted
Our bodies and dreams are our closest links to the unconscious. Movement that emerges from a genuine source, when made conscious and integrated into lived experience, is by its very nature transformative. Our morning exploration engages essential elements in your dream through Dreamdancing®, an inner-directed movement process. With sensitive inner listening, gestures emerge from the nonverbal, emotional midbrain where images form, moving the dream’s message toward consciousness. Our afternoon will explore “The Dance of 3” developed by Marion Woodman’s BodySoul Rhythms® approach. This practice supports our capacity to be present, evoking deep respect and empathy for ourselves and others. In the process, we may contact the foundations of the emotional, imaginal, relational and sacred dimensions of embodied life as they manifest in our work and in our daily lives. No experience in dance is necessary. Please bring a dream you would like to work with.

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 Program at Pacifica Graduate Institute; and internationally. Her work explores the integration of body, mind, psyche and soul.