Introduction to Dream Tending and Deep Imagination
May 6th-7th, 2023
A Two-Day Workshop | Offered Live via Zoom
Dream Tending is a life practice that healers, storytellers, and poets have known by many different names for thousands of years. Dreams prepare you for what is to come; they also reflect back to you what is happening now in your lives. Common dream themes like flying, falling, the intruder, finding valuables, water, animals, death, birth, journey, and many others can offer invaluable awareness, support, and guidance.
We invite you to join the upcoming Introduction to Dream Tending and Imagination Workshop on Saturday and Sunday, May 6-7th, 2023. This online workshop will provide you with a toolkit of methods you will need to tend to your personal dreams as well as those of others. During this workshop, Stephen Aizenstat, Ph.D., will demonstrate his approach of Dream Tending by working with dreams of participants’ live. He will then describe what tools he used and how these methods were utilized.
Workshop participants will learn these skills!
- Identify how to remember dreams
- Use dream journaling approaches to start decoding dream metaphors
- Develop Dream Tending skills: Association, Amplification, Animation
- Assess recurring dream themes; utilize interventions to change the pattern
- Discuss how to work with nightmare dream images
- Differentiate the multiple dimensions of psyche—the personal, collective, and world unconscious
- Create supportive relationships with figures in dreams
- Select and identify common dream themes and how they relate to your personal journey
At the end of the weekend intensive you will walk away with an understanding of the primary underpinnings of Dream Tending’s approach to working with dreams and imagination. This approach evolved out of Freudian and Jungian psychology and continues to be a cutting edge methodology of working with dreams through active imagination and living images. The Dream Tending method differentiates from dream interpretation. Dreams are not just a product of the logical mind and can’t be reduced to a label. The Dream Tending Method identifies dreams as image-based metaphors that require tending and opening in order to tap into your psyche’s innate intelligence.
Register today and receive a free Explorer’s Guide to Dream Tending at the workshop which outlines the hard skills used in working dreams.
Earn 8 Continuing Education Credits
8 continuing education credits are available for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs through the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (provider #67021), for RNs through the California Board of Registered Nurses (provider #CEP 7177), and for psychologists through the California Psychological Association (PAC014). Pacifica Graduate Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Full attendance at the program is required to receive a certificate. A $30 fee will be charged for each certificate requested.
The Creativity and Imagination workshop with Stephen Aizenstat was beyond my expectations. What I learned from this seminar has had applicable implications to my work as a clinician working with patients. Bringing in the world of the imaginal into the consulting room is a powerful portal in which we both can walk through that brings about a sense of well-being and play!”
– Mai Lai Breech
“Dream Tending is allowing for images to emerge that have as much to do with my inner struggles as with those of the world: the pain over the personal paths not taken as well as the missed opportunities for the healing of the planet. It also points me to unexpected allies – both in the dream group and dream time – that help materialize new strategies for being in, and with, this world.”
– R. Funke, educator and accompanist.
“I came to Dream Tending in a moment of mid-life identity crisis. Stephen models a way of being with dreams that inspires me to step into my life with greater authenticity and stronger vision.”
– Susanna M., Creator and Mother, MFA, PhD
“The workshop is still resonating in me. Dr. Aizenstat worked on a dream of mine during the workshop and the underlying emotion of guilt that has tinted my days has vanished in response to that work.”
– Susan Walcott, M.A.
“The skills I’m learning in Dream Tending are a great source of healing to me. They help me create a safe container for the ups and downs of my emotional life. Instead of reacting, I’m learning.”
– YP, writer.
“It was a wonderful event. I learned new skills to apply when working with my clients, especially how to be present and allow an imaginary field presence. It challenged my natural inclination to want to offer interpretation and led to deeper understanding of working with the subconscious/ unconscious. It was well organized, and Steve is great.”
– Cindy Chau, LMFT
“I enjoyed the workshop. I am grateful for this live introduction to Steve and am grateful for his scholarship and Dreamwork these many years. I am still looking forward to learning more.”
Daniel Davis, LMFT
“Thank you for this. This was my first ever experience with a community talking about dreams in any way. And, I loved it! I look forward to plugging in more.”
– Joshua Ramsey
“Thank you, Steve, for your presence as well as the many years of study and sharing of your expertise and compassion!”
– Tess Keehn
Saturday and Sunday, May 6th-7th, 2023
9:00am – 2:00pm Pacific Time
The Dream Tending and Deep Imagination Certificate I Program is a limited-enrollment program that takes place over four separate three-day sessions. The four modules reflect the multiple dimensions of psychic life and the dream.
- $225 General Rate
- $199 Pacifica Alumni, Full Time Students, & Senior Rate
To learn more about the Dream Tending Certificate programs, please get in touch with Myka or Samantha at programs@DreamTending.com or 805-770-0195 and schedule a phone call or Zoom video meeting to discuss questions, program price, and payment plan options. Limited spaces are available on a first-come-first-serve basis.
- $30.00 CECs (8 CEC’s: Available)*
*Live attendance at all Zoom sessions is required for verification of CEC hours (no partial CEC Certificates are offered). Please make sure that your Zoom account name matches the name of the attendee requesting CECs
Meet Dr. Stephen Aizenstat
Stephen Aizenstat, Ph.D., is the Founder of Dream Tending, Pacifica Graduate Institute, and Academy of Imaginal Arts and Sciences. He is a world-renowned Professor of Depth Psychology, an imagination specialist, and innovator. He has served as an organizational consultant to major companies, institutions, Hollywood films, and has lectured extensively in the U.S., Asia, and Europe. He is affiliated with the Earth Charter International project through the United Nations where he has spoken. He has collaborated with many notable masters in the field including Joseph Campbell, James Hillman, Marion Woodman, and Robert Johnson.
Cancellations 14 days or more prior to the program start date receive a 100% refund of program registrations. After 14 days, up to 7 days prior to the program start date, a 50% refund is available. For cancellations made less than 7 days of program start date, no refund is available.
Continuing Education Credit
This program meets qualifications for 8 hours of continuing education credit for Psychologists through the California Psychological Association (PAC014) Pacifica Graduate Institute is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing education for psychologists. Pacifica Graduate Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Full attendance is required to receive a certificate.
This course meets the qualifications for 8 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Pacifica Graduate Institute is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (#60721) to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. Pacifica Graduate Institute maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. Full attendance is required to obtain a certificate.
For Registered Nurses through the California Board of Registered Nurses this conference meets qualifications of 8 hours of continuing education credit are available for RNs through the California Board of Registered Nurses (provider #CEP 7177). Full attendance is required to obtain a certificate.
Pacifica Graduate Institute is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. Pacifica Graduate Institute maintains responsibility for each program and its content. Full day attendance is required to receive a certificate.
Continuing Education Goal. Pacifica Graduate Institute is committed to offering continuing education courses to train LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs to treat any client in an ethically and clinically sound manner based upon current accepted standards of practice. Course completion certificates will be awarded at the conclusion of the training and upon participant’s submission of his or her completed evaluation.
CECs and Online Program Attendance: Participants requesting Continuing Education Credits (CECs) for Online programs must attend all live sessions (offered via Zoom) in order to receive CECs. Please make sure that your Zoom account name matches the name of the attendee requesting CECs.
For additional information, including travel, cancellation policy, and disability services please visit our general information section.