Portals to the Imaginal: Re-Visioning Depth Psychology for the 21st Century
October 7-9, 2022
Summer Conference | Hosted on campus at Ladera Lane
We live in an epoch not only of political, but archetypal tumult. The meta-narratives through which we have historically come to understand ourselves and our world are being challenged, deconstructed and imploded. It can feel as if we have been thrown into a metaphorical sea of storm-tossed waves with navigational instruments that are not only outdated, but irrelevant, as even the heavens deny us a clear sight of the North star from which to navigate.
Times of personal as well as collective upheaval confront us not only with the archetypal tensions between chaos and rigidity, life and death, but also with the need for psychologies that can evolve to accommodate an emerging consciousness that transcends the limitations of psychological theory that no longer speaks to the challenges of the epoch.
The global challenges of recent times have constellated a re-emergence of apocalyptic languaging and symbolism. “Apocalypse,” however, understood archetypally, refers not only to the destruction of a world, but the creative emergence of new worlds. As award-winning poet, Ben Okri writes:
You will think that
Your world is being
Shattered for ever. It is.
But out of the destruction,
Out of all this thunder,
Something new will
~ “To Katya, aged seven, in a bomb shelter in Kyiv”
We invite you to join the distinguished faculty and alumni of Pacifica Graduate Institute, along with invited artists, as we offer creative, forward-thinking scholarship that both builds on and transcends the boundaries of Jungian and post-Jungian theory. This conference additionally celebrates the formal, public re-opening of our campuses. Join us, as we come together in creative community, to contribute to the hope that through engaging more deeply with one another – especially in these challenging times – something new will come.
“If you remain within arbitrary and artificially created boundaries, you will walk as between two high walls: you do not see the immensity of the world. But if you break down the walls that confine your view, and if the immensity and its endless uncertainty inspire you with fear, then the ancient sleeper awakens in you.”
~ C.G. Jung, The Red Book
Portals to the Imaginal in a Digital Era:
Cultural Complexes and the Mythopoetic Imagination in the 21st Century
Thomas Singer, M.D.
Claiming Presence and the Body Poetic in the “After Times”
Reconsidering Individuation in the 21st Century:
When Archetypal Patterns Shift
Joe Cambray, Ph.D.
Tradition and Lineage: Mythopoetics in the Writing of Africanist Women
Fanny Brewster, MFA, Ph.D.
The Imagination Matrix
Stephen Aizenstat Ph.D.
Music as a Window to the Imaginal through Dreamtime and Waking Reverie
Juliet Rohde-Brown, Ph.D. and Daniel Siuba, M.A., Ph.D.c
Emily Chow-Kambitsch, Ph.D.
Re-Imagining the Sacred:
Remembering How to be a People:
Exploring Psychological Belonging by Forming Conscious Groups
Peter Dunlap, Ph.D.
Transcending the Classroom and Consulting Room:
The Initiation and Invitation of Collective Trauma
Jemma Elliot, M.A., LMFT, LPCC
Eastern Spiritual Practices and the Process of Individuation:
Exploring Lived Experience
Pat Katsky, Ph.D.
The Occult Origins of the Unconscious in Jung’s Red Book
David Odorisio, Ph.D.
Depth Psychology is Transdisciplinary:
Introducing Jungian Arts-Based Research as a Methodology for Learning and Being in the 21st Century
Susan Rowland, Ph.D.
Art at the Abyss:
Recreating Depth Psychology for a World on the Edge
Mary Antonia Wood, Ph.D.
Learning from the Global South to Co-create Pathways Towards the Ecocene Beyond the 21st Century
Nuria Ciofalo, PhD
Vows, Shadow Vows, and the Creative Life: Reflections on Metaphorical Polyamory
Elizabeth Nelson, Ph.D.
The Necessary Angel: Poetry and the Archetypal Imagination
Evans Lansing Smith, Ph.D.
Alumni Panel Discussion
Community as Classroom: Listening to and Learning From Each Other
Please join the Office of Admissions at Pacifica Graduate Institute for a presentation on our admissions processes, application requirements, new-student timelines, and a brief overview of our academic programs and services.
Attendees will also have the chance to ask questions to our panelists. We look forward to seeing you all.
October 7-9, 2022
Pre-Conference Included with Registration
- Friday: 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Alumni Author Spotlight & Reception – Sponsored by Pacifica Graduate Institute Alumni Association (PGIAA)
- Friday: 6:00 – 6:45 PM
Wine & Cheese Reception
- Friday: 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Opening Keynote Presentations with Marissa Chibas – Mythic Imagination: Claiming Presence and the Body Poetic in the “After Times” & Thomas Singer – Portals to the Imaginal in a Digital Era: Cultural Complexes and the Mythopoetic Imagination in the 21st Century
- Saturday: 9:00 – 10:30 AM
Keynote Presentations with Joe Cambray: Reconsidering Individuation in the 21st Century: When Archetypal Patters Shift & Fanny Brewster: Tradition and Lineage: Mythopoetics in the Writing of Africanist Women
- Saturday: 11:00 AM – 5:15 PM
- Saturday: 5:00 – 9:00 PM
Grace, Grit & Gratitude – A Gala Event Honoring Chancellor Emeritus Stephen Aizenstat (Off Campus), Sponsored by Pacifica Graduate Institute Alumni Association (PGIAA). Tickets: https://paybee.io/quickpay.html?handle=pgiaa&ppid=1#optionList
- Sunday: 9:00 -10:00 AM
Keynote Presentation with Stephen Aizenstat: The Imagination Matrix
- Sunday: 10:00 – 11:30 AM
“Community as Classroom” Live Alumni Panel Discussion, Sponsored by Pacifica Graduate Institute Alumni Association (PGIAA)
- Sunday: 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM
Community Break-Out Sessions
Each of the live Zoom sessions is about one hour in length.
- $225.00 Pacifica Student Rate
- $275.00 Pacifica Alumni, Full Time Students, & Senior Rate
- $325.00 General Rate
- Saturday Alumni Gala Dinner TBD
$25 Continuing Education Credit Fee (8 hours)
CECs are available for Live Conference only
Live Stream (Keynote Presentations & Panel Discussions only – live via Zoom)
Participants requesting Continuing Education Credits (CECs) must attend all live sessions and sign in on the attendance sheet provided in order to receive CECs.
All registration fees include meals, beginning with a light reception on Friday evening through lunch on Sunday.
About the Teachers
Thomas Singer, M.D.
Thomas Singer, M.D. is a psychiatrist and Jungian psychoanalyst who trained at Yale Medical School, Dartmouth Medical School, and the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco. He is the author of many books and articles that include a series of books on cultural complexes that have focused on Australia, Latin America, Europe, the United States, and Far East Asia countries. He serves on the board of ARAS (Archive for Research into Archetypal Symbolism) and has served as coeditor of ARAS Connections for many years.
Joseph Cambray, Ph.D.
Joe Cambray is CEO-President at Pacifica. He is also past President of the International Association for Analytical Psychology; he has served as the U.S. Editor for the Journal of Analytical Psychology and is on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Analytical Psychology and The Jung Journal: Culture and Psyche. He has been a faculty member at Harvard Medical School in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, Center for Psychoanalytic Studies. Dr. Cambray is a Jungian analyst in Santa Barbara, CA. His numerous publictions include the book based on his Fay Lectures: Synchronicity: Nature and Psyche in an Interconnected Universe.
Fanny Brewster, Ph.D., MFA
Fanny Brewster, PhD., MFA is Core Faculty in the Depth Psychology specialization of Integrative Healing and Therapy Practices. Dr. Brewster completed her training to become a Jungian analyst at the C.G. Jung Institute of New York. Her writing includes the publication of books and poetry, the most recent publication is Racial Legacies: Jung, Politics and Culture (Routledge 2022), that she co-authored with Helen Morgan. She has received three Gradiva Award nominations for her writing from the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis (NAAP). The Racial Complex: A Jungian Perspective on Culture and Race (Routledge), was nominated in 2021 for the Gradiva Award
Marissa Chibas is an award winning Cuban American writer, filmmaker, actor and a #1 new release author on Amazon for her book, Mythic Imagination and the Actor. Marissa is a Sundance Screenwriting Fellow. Marissa is on the Theater School faculty at California Institute of the Arts where she is Director Duende CalArts.
Stephen Aizenstat, Ph.D.,
Stephen Aizenstatis Chancellor Emeritus, Founding President of Pacifica Graduate Institute, and Ex-Officio Board of Trustees member. He is a professor of Depth Psychology with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, a licensed marriage and family therapist, and a credentialed public school teacher and counselor. He has served as an organizational consultant to companies and agencies worldwide, and teaches extensively. He has explored the potential of dreams through depth psychology and his own research for more than 35 years. His Dream Tending methodologies extend traditional dreamwork to the vision of an animated world, where the living images in dream are experienced as embodied and originating in both the psyche of nature and the psyche of persons. His main book, Dream Tending, describes multiple applications of dreamwork in relation to health and healing, nightmares, the world’s dream, relationships, and the creative process. He is the Founding President of the Academy of Imaginal Arts and Sciences (Carpinteria, USA).
Hosted on campus at the Ladera Lane Barrett Center, 801 Ladera Ln, Santa Barbara, CA 93108
Negative COVID Test Requirement:
Leadership at Pacifica Graduate Institute has recently issued new COVID-19 guidelines for our campus re-opening this Fall. Due to the spread of the BA.5 variant and changing health guidelines, everyone wishing to come to campus must now submit proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Upon arrival and check-in at the Conference Reception site, each individual must show proof of either a negative PCR test taken within 3 days of arrival on campus, or an antigen test taken within 24 hours of arrival on campus. There is no longer the vaccination requirement or ability to submit proof of that as approval to be on campus. At home COVID-19 tests can be easily ordered here: https://special.usps.com/testkits
In order to guard the health and safety of all attendees, anyone failing to provide required documentation will not be permitted to attend any conference sessions or events. A refund will not be issued if this occurs.
The leadership of Pacifica Graduate Institute thanks you for your cooperation in working together to offer a safe and healthy on-campus learning experience.
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.
Learning Objectives for CEC Attendees (6 Hours):
Objective #1 – Dr. Joseph Cambray’s Presentation: Participants will be able to state the origin and history of the concept of individuation in Jung’s psychology.
Objective #2 – Dr. Joseph Cambray’s Presentation: Participants will be able to identify three applications of complex adaptive systems to a contemporary reformulation of individuation.
Objective #3 – Dr. Stephen Aizenstat’s Presentation: Participants will be able to explain and apply three Depth Psychological principles of Deep Imagination to challenging current events in the world of today.
Objective #4 – Dr. Stephen Aizenstat’s Presentation: Participants will be able to identify two “shadow” dynamics inherent to Deep Imagination that underpin the phenomena of conflict and war in the 21st Century.
Objective #5 Dr. Fanny Brewster’s Presentation: Participants will be able to differentiate two ways in which projections embedded within cultural narratives affect ego identity of colonized populations.
Objective #6 – Dr. Thomas Singer’s Presentation: Participants will be able to describe 4 characteristics of a cultural complex and how the recent disruptions on a global scale have precipitated a shift in the archetypal patterns emerging in the collective and how this affects presenting symptoms in the individual and the collective.
Continuing Education Credit
This program meets qualifications for 6 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 6 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 6 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) must attend all live sessions and sign in on the provided form in order to receive CECs.
For additional information, including travel, cancellation policy, and disability services please visit our general information section.
- Number of Days: 3 Days
- CECs: 6
October 7-9, 2022
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.