2020 Summer Dream Tending Workshop – July 10-12 2020

Dream Tending is a life practice that healers, storytellers, and poets have known by many different names for thousands of years. Passed on through generations, the art of tending living dream images emerges when the call to the see the natural world as alive becomes urgent.
Participants in this three-day workshop will build practical skills grounded in traditional and emerging methods of dreamwork. The Dream Tending methods developed by Dr. Stephen Aizenstat build on the methods of association, amplification, and animation pioneered by Freud and Jung, and expanded upon by James Hillman and Marion Woodman. Dream Tending puts animation into practice and allows us to experience dreams in their living, embodied reality. By hosting and tending relationships with the living images of dreams we discover new ways of experiencing life and achieve better psychological and physical health.

Workshop participants will:

  • Learn how to remember dreams and examine recurring dream themes
  • Practice dream tending skills with nightmares
  • Explore the multiple dimensions of psyche—the personal, collective, and world unconscious
  • Animate dream images and form relationships with figures in dreams
  • Discover how living images impact and inform our moods, behaviors, and perceptions
  • Learn how dreams can support and improve physical and psychological health

Participants will meet daily in four-person Dream Kivas to practice their dream tending skills. During these sessions, each member of the group will have the opportunity to work with their own dreams.

13 Continuing Education Credits available*

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General Information


The workshop will be held at Pacifica Graduate Institute’s Ladera Lane Campus, 801 Ladera Lane, Santa Barbara, CA 93108.


Parking is available on campus.


Pacifica’s Ladera Lane Campus – A limited number of rooms may be available for participants at Pacifica’s Ladera Lane Campus. Here is a link to lodging for more information. https://pacifica.secure.retreat.guru/program/summer-dream-tending-workshop-ladera-lane-lodging-2020/?form=1&lang=en

Best Western Carpinteria Inn – 4558 Carpinteria Avenue, Carpinteria, CA 93013; 805.684.0473 – A limited number of rooms are available for participants. Please mention Dream Tending to receive the special rate. Please note that Pacifica shuttles do not provide service to and from the Best Western for Public Programs.


It is the policy of Dream Tending and Pacifica Graduate Institute 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 (805.969-3626, ext 125), as all animals visiting campus must have pre-approval. For additional information regarding Pacifica’s policies, visit www.pacifica.edu/disability-services.aspx.


13 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 $25 fee will be charged for each certificate requested.


Please email heidi@dreamtending.com or call 805-770-0192 .