2021-2022 Dream Tending Certificate II Program with Stephen Aizenstat, Ph.D.

Now Accepting Applications
(Limited Space Available)
The Certificate program will occur online and on the Pacifica Lambert Campus

The Dream Tending and Deep Imagination Certificate Program II introduces the cutting edge of Dr. Stephen Aizenstat’s new work on the Imagination Matrix in relation to Dream Tending. The Certificate program includes a time of “creative incubation,” a time to imagine, innovate, and tend dreams as portals into deep imagination. The work will be deeply personal as well as community oriented. As part of this new cohort, you will journey into the metaverse of the dreamtime.

Throughout the four modules of Certificate II, you will have access to individual and group mentorship within residential and online mediums. Over the months of the program, particular attention will be given to creating and deepening a heart-felt dream tending community. Community building and networking will be a primary emphasis of the gatherings. With protection and care, you will embrace the love, pain, and, too, fun that comes with tending dreams and deep imagination.

Contact Heidi Townshend for registration, pricing, payment plans, and partial scholarship information. heidi@dreamtending.com or 805-770-0192.

Dream Tending and Deep Imagination Certificate II Program Content

Module One
June 28, 29, 30, 2021 (Online Session)

Module One will extend the framework of Dream Tending to include a fourth-dimension dream tending, beyond the personal, collective, and world unconscious. Here in Deep Imagination you will be offered skills, tools and methods of working in the realm of the autonomous psyche. Each participant will receive a newly evolved “study guide” listing the next generation of emerging methods and applications. I will present case examples. The new work will blend the Dream Tending skills we have experienced to date with the new tools that we will be learning. Session One also offers a historical context of psychic life reaching back to Elders over thousands of years and extrapolated forward to the healers of the next generations. (as an aside: I am passionate about teaching this new material.) Readings for Session One include new perspectives and findings in the fields of philosophy, psychology, technology, humanities, cosmology, and science.

Module Two
September 20, 21, 22, 2021 (Online Session)

Module Two will extend our work with the “nightmare” into a deeper consideration of the dream and the underworld. We will deepen into relationships with Ancestors, Elders, and Angels. Readings will reach back to the “Egyptian Book of the Dead” and forward to the new work exploring the “Lament of the Dead.” Emphasis will be brought to right-placing “nightmares” in “underworld” awareness. In addition, we will tend to “contemporary nightmares” and explore how these forces offer portals into the necessary creativity and innovation that is being asked of us now. As in all the sessions, we will engage in ritual and artistic expression of body, mind, and spirit. In one of the sessions, special attention will be given to what Russell Lockhart names “The Last Interlude.” We will explore how dreams reveal new possibilities in the later stages of life.

Module Three
November 15, 16, 17, 2021 (Simulcast – Online and On Campus)

Module Three will extend our work on the World’s Dream. Dreaming in the Technological Age offers access to an interactive experience that I name the Deep Imagination Cycle.  We will participate in a working laboratory, complimented with individualized supervision, Together, we will explore the confluence between deep ecology, depth psychology, new technology, and indigenous cosmology. Our attention goes to supporting and further developing networks of dream sharing communities. Current readings in various fields of contemporary dreamwork inquiry will be offered. In addition, we will participate in “hands-on experiences” with new technologies and ancestral dream practices.

Module Four
February 28, March 1, March 2, 2022 (Simulcast – Online and On Campus)

Module Four will extend, in a more applied way, the “Medicines of the Soul” dream tending practices. We will construct and participate in an actual “Healing Sanctuary.” I will teach particularized ways of applying “Sanctuary Medicine.”  Current outcome research and readings will be distributed and discussed. Participants in the group who are experiencing an affliction or an illness will be invited to participate directly in the Healing Sanctuary. All participants will practice, in their unique capacities, the ways of the Wounded/Healer. Our closing ritual of Certificate II will bring together the multiple aspects of the Dream Tending praxis. A healing portal will be opened for each of us personally and for those who are dear to us. Focused regard will be extended to those creatures and places of the world that are making a plea for our attention.

We will not hold back. On the contrary, we will bring the healing powers of dreams and imagination more fully into our lives and into the world.

Program Dates and Registration Process

Registrations for the 2021-2022 Dream Tending Certificate II are being accepted for those who desire to deepen their Dream Tending and Deep Imagination praxis. More information will be coming in relation to pre-readings and preparation prior to the start of the program. The Certificate II program will be offered in an online format and modules three and four may be offered simultaneously on the Pacifica Lambert Campus.

2021-2022 Dream Tending Certificate II dates:

  • June 28, 29, 30, 2021 (Online Session)
  • September 20, 21, 22, 2021 (Online Session)
  • November 15, 16, 17, 2021 (Simulcast – Online and On-Campus)
  • February 28, March 1, March 2, 2022 (Simulcast – Online and On-Campus)

Program Price and Registration:

Contact Heidi Townshend for registration, questions, program pricing, payment plans, and partial scholarship information. heidi@dreamtending.com or 805-770-0192.

Dr. Stephen AizenstatStephen 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.

General Information

An enrollment invitation will be sent via email to those who are accepted into the program. Payment for registration fees will be processed at that time. Applicants for this program are required to have attended Dr. Aizenstat’s Dream Tending Certificate I, Dream Tending 6 Month Intensive, or Dream Tending 9 Month Intensive. 

The tuition for the Dream Tending Certificate program includes instruction and selected reading material. Additionally, all participants pay the Meal Fee, which includes all meals and break service. Please contact heidi@dreamtending.com for program pricing.

*Continuing Education Credit:
76 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.

A limited number of partial scholarships are available to those who find it prohibitive to pay the full cost of the seminar. To apply, send a letter of request explaining the situation with your application. Please be specific regarding your financial circumstances.

Program Cancellation: 
To obtain a refund on your registration fee, send a written cancellation request postmarked no later than May 28, 2021. A refund, less a $100 administrative fee, will be provided until May 28. No refunds for tuition will be issued after May 28, 2021 and credits will be provided for future programs.  Meal refunds will be determined based on the time of cancellation.