Summer Conference

Dream Tending for Our Times

Resilience, Emergence, & Empowerment

A Live and Interactive Conference

July 9 & 10, 2022 | 9:00am – 2:00pm PDT

The Summer Dream Tending Conference will be an exploration of past, present, and future visionaries in the field of depth psychology, dreamwork, and imagination.

The weekend’s journey begins with rare video footage from some of Depth Psychology’s most prolific founders such as Joseph Campbell, Marion Woodman, and James Hillman. Keynote speakers include distinguished visionary, Dr. Jean Houston who will share some of her new work titled, The Possible Human Emerges; Dr. Stephen Aizenstat will follow, presenting on Dream Tending and Imagination for Our Times. Additionally, Dr. Aizenstat will demonstrate the Dream Tending method live by working with two dreamers attending the Summer Conference to help illustrate the methods of this work.

The weekend will conclude with a glimpse into the future with distinguished Mentor’s of the Academy of Imaginal Arts and Sciences leading numerous breakout sessions. You will get to participate in smaller groups presenting and exploring cutting-edge topics in somatic psychology, depth psychology, dream work and invoking deep imagination.

This program is ideal if you want to:

  • Establish a connection with your dream life and deep imagination
  • Enhance your capacities for responding to what is happening in your life, and the world around you, from a place of inner calm, clarity, and compassion
  • Journey into deep creativity, imagination, and innovation through dreamwork
  • Learn how dreamwork can support and improve physical and psychological health
  • Gain greater clarity, vision, direction, and understanding of what your unconscious is asking of you

In today’s world we are faced with many challenges, and within, the seeds of new opportunity. Resilience, emergence, and empowerment are not just buzz words. They are what is being asked of us now. Come together with like-minded others and together, in community, let’s dream anew the emergent possible.

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The cost of the Summer Conference will be credited to the cost of the Certificate I Program upon application and acceptance into the program.

Featuring rare video footage from some of Depth Psychology’s most prolific founders such as Joseph Campbell, Marion Woodman, and James Hillman.

Featured Presentations

The Possible Human Emerges

Jean Houston, Ph.D.

This presentation will build on my research and lifetime of work in the field of enhancing human capacities. You will learn how to gain access to hidden images, ideas, and sensory-based memories that increase your potential. You will be introduced to a comprehensive theory for conscious creativity, In addition you will be guided through an experiential learning sequence designed to actualize your creative potential.

Through story and humor, you will learn to draw on your inner resources and employ strategies that have been used successfully by writers and artists, teachers and therapists, actors and athletes, scientists and business executives. Yes. This presentation is a capstone, infused with fresh and contemporary resonance, of what I have been offering to people worldwide for over fifty years.

Dream Tending for the World: The Story-Web of Deep Imagination

Stephen Aizenstat, Ph.D.

There are many kinds of homecoming. Coming home to your relationships with elders, ancestors, and beloveds opens portals to the Story-Web of Deep Imagination. Psyche’s authentic desire for story fuses your life with purpose and the emergent possible.

In this presentation, I will offer tools and methods for deepening your relationship with dreams and the Story-Web of Deep Imagination. Through dreamwork and active imagination, you will discover what storylines shape your genuine and generative calling. In the world of today, aligning with your authentic stories is central to living a life of purpose.

Mentor Presentations

Healing Landscapes: Dream Settings and the Numinous Image | Randal Lea

In this breakout session, we will focus our attention not just to the healing images of dreams, but also to the pulsating, breathing presence of the dreamscape as Healing Container. Examples from DreamTending clients will trace the interactions between dreamer, affliction, complex, and medicine.

Creativity in Crisis | Myka Hanson

This session will explore how we can keep our creative well filled in times of world crisis. After a meditation offering peace to those in crisis, we will work with specific techniques around writing, music, and movement to bring forward abundant creativity and imagination.

Personal Creativity as a Spiritual Practice and Path | Kathie McCutcheon

Creativity and spirituality are closely connected. When we engage with our own personal art-making or other creative acts just for ourselves, we feel a deep connection to our own inner self and that which is greater. This session is designed for any spiritual care provider or spiritual being who feels that creativity is their spiritual path.

Embodied Imagination and Dream Tending | Louise Rosager

This class will use Dr. Stephen Aizenstat’s Dream Tending techniques combined with breath, gentle movement and Embodied Imagination to show how to animate your dream figures creatively, and how working with dreams can be a portal to creating your most resonant and authentic artistic work.

Dancing the Dream Forward: Embodied Dream Tending | Monica Tweet

Experience the dream’s desire, sharing in the wisdom, creativity, generativity, and healing offered by numinous dream-time images. We engage the body and soul of dreamer and dream image by integrating Dream Tending methods and skills with Somatic Experiencing.

Dream as Portalway to Creative Awakening | Marna Hauk

In this interactive session, we play with waking or sleeping dream images that unfurl into doorways of creativity. We work with broad somatic sketching and distilling imaginal phrasings (similar to Progoff’s crystal mantras process) to attend and activate these portals to the worlds of the imagination.

Expressing the Living Images of Dream | Susan Benaron

When the image takes form, something is born.” An interactive workshop with an active artist-dreamer who shares her creative process with vibrant examples, then leads an experiential to create dream figures: the beloved, the nightmare figure, and the transformational figure.

Featured Presenters

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.

Dr. Jean Houston, Ph.D. is a world renowned scholar, futurist, and researcher in human capacities and social change. She is one of the principal founders of the Human Potential Movement and one of the foremost visionary thinkers and doers of our time. She is also a founder of the field of Social Artistry, “Human development in the light of social change.” She has worked intensively in over 40 cultures, lectured in over 100 countries, and worked with major organizations such as UNICEF, UNDP, and NASA, as well as helping global state leaders, leading educational institutions, business organizations, and millions of people to enhance and deepen their own uniqueness. She is powerful and dynamic speaker, and renowned for her gifts as a mythic storyteller. Dr. Houston is the co-author of the Future Humans Trilogy with Dr. Anneloes Smitsman.

Featured Mentors

Randal Lea, MA, LADAC, QCS
Randal Lea is a licensed addictions counselor with thirty years of clinical and administrative experience. Lea received master’s degrees in Counseling from Trevecca Nazarene University and in Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Mr. Lea has been a frequent presenter on such topics as Assessment, Sexual Behavior in Children, Ethics, and Trauma. He is a certified practitioner of DreamTending and a Qualified Clinical Supervisor in addictions counseling.

Myka Hanson, Ph.D.
After teaching high school English for nearly 20 years, Myka desired a life of working with teens and young adults without the confines of a school structure. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in depth psychology and somatic studies at Pacifica Graduate Institute and launched her coaching business, Teen Forward, to be able to connect with teens, parents, and families during one of the most important stages of life: adolescence. In addition to her Ph.D., Myka also has a Master’s degree in special education, is a published author, a certified yoga instructor, and a level 3 Dream Tender. Myka believes in incorporating all of her gifts into her work with teens and families.

Kathie McCutcheon
My mission and vision is to share with seekers the potency and power of their own dreams, deep imagination and living images. It is an honor to companion individuals as they come to understand the deep messages from their own souls and experience emotional and spiritual healing, growth and insight.

Louise Rosager
Originally from a Shakespeare theatre background, Louise has fifteen years of experience in scripted content development. She served as Executive Producer of WILL, a dramatic TV series about the life and times of William Shakespeare, which aired on TNT in 2017. She works with some of the most prominent artists and writers in today’s TV/Film landscape, teaches Shakespeare for actors and facilitates dream groups for people from all walks of life.

Monica Tweet
Monica has been working with dreams all her life. She has completed 3 years of education in the skills and methods of Dream Tending with Steven Aizenstat, PhD.  She is currently enrolled in the Mentors of the Academy Program learning advanced and emerging Dream Tending methods under the mentorship of Dr. Aizenstat. Monica, a physical therapist of over 28 years, holds a depth and breadth of experience with clients of all ages from diverse populations.  She specializes in craniosacral and somatoemotional release therapies for treatment of orthopedic injuries, post-surgical and dental procedures, brain injuries, PTSD, trauma, and concussion. In addition, Monica has completed a 2- year mentorship training in ancient Celtic shamanic traditions. The wisdom of the Celtic teachings is applied, when appropriate, with sacred reverence to support healing methods and dream work.

Marna Hauk
Marna has been facilitating earth dream work, earth dreaming retreats, and virtual dream temple groups since 2012. With fifteen years of experience facilitating poetic inquiry and poetic medicine, and five years training in Dream Tending, Marna is a certified spiritual director and facilitator of Joanna Macy’s Work that Reconnects. She holds a doctorate in education, has designed more than seventy courses of innovation, and has published and presented in more than 100 refereed, international contexts. She is ready to support your expansion, imaginal initiatives, and creative journey.

Susan Benaron
Susan’s professional life has given her the opportunity to assist clients in their healing paths as a Jungian-based psychotherapist, a dream tender, a Women’s healthcare Nurse Practitioner and  Hospital-based Registered Nurse. Her personal life as a mother, grandmother, wife, a dreamer, a person with a lifelong medical illness and near-death experience has provided her with the gift to be able to be a companion to folks on their healing paths. Her love of art expression has grown out of dreaming and dream-tending practice.  As she brings to life the dream figures through drawing and painting she feels a powerful healing for the world. She wishes to share this offering with interested clients.

General Information


The workshop will be held Online.


To learn more about the Dream Tending programs, please contact Samantha or Jillian at 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 in our programs on a first-come-first-serve basis.