Psyche as a Creative Process--Writing Down the Soul: Intensive Course with Robert Romanyshyn

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Psyche as a Creative Process--Writing Down the Soul: Intensive Course with Robert Romanyshyn

Time: June 1, 2012 to August 5, 2012
Location: Pacifica Ladera Campus
Street: 801 Ladera Lane
City/Town: Santa Barbara, CA 93108
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Event Type: intensive, course
Organized By: Pacifica Graduate Institute Public Programs
Latest Activity: Jun 14, 2012

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We will explore the creative process as an expression of embodied soul making. Guided by the image of the erotic play between the sensual body and the sensuous world we will begin with a few experiential exercises to illustrate how the creative process begins with being called into a work, even seduced by it.

Using music, film, story, photography, drawing, movement and poetry to shape a space of reverie, we will then examine the role the embodied unconscious plays in the creative process and present procedures modeled on Jung’s process of active imagination to engage those depths and foster diaue with the inner figures/characters of soul.

We will especially focus on how working with dreams and fantasies in an embodied way allows those figures/characters of soul to become vital companions in creative work. Over the course of the intensive we will identify some of the key elements in the creative process such as the timing and places of writing down the soul, We will also explore other variations of the creative process in addition to writing.

A major goal of the intensive is for participants to experience creative work as memoirs of homecoming, as tales told in many forms of the intertwining of the outer and inner world. Recommended readings will be given prior to each session. The program will be limited to 30 participants. 

Meets June 1-3, July 6-8, August 3-5.

Robert D. Romanyshyn, Ph.D., is a teacher, writer, and psychotherapist trained in phenomenoy and Jungian psychoy. An Member of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts, he is a Senior Core Faculty Member of the Clinical Psychoy Program at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Author of six books, including The Wounded Researcher, over forty book chapters, and numerous journal articles, he has given keynote addresses at international conferences, and presented lectures and directed workshops at universities and professional societies in the U.S., Canada, Europe, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. Antarctica: Inner journeys in the Outer World, available on line at, is a multi-media psychoical reflection on the melting polar ice. For more information on Dr. Romanyshyn’s work, visit




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