Archive for August, 2009

A Lecture and Workshop with Robert Bosnak, PsyA

I am pleased to announce that I will be co-hosting a lecture and workshop with Robert Bosnak in MN this fall together with the MN Jung Association. I hope to see many of you there.  Sheila

Robert Bosnak

Robert Bosnak


Date: Friday, October 2, 2009
Time:  7:30 to 9:30 PM
Location:   Northwestern Auditorium, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN
Cost:  MJA Members $15; Non-Members $20


Date:  Saturday, October 3, 2009
Time:  9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location:   Stub Hall Lounge, Luther Seminary, St Paul, MN
Cost: MJA Members $75; Non-Members $90

Registration:  Send a check to the Minnesota Jung Association, PO Box 14726, Minneapolis, MN 55414

Please include your name, address, phone number and e-mail address with your registration.  Space is limited, so be sure to register early to guarantee a space.


Lecture and Workshop Description

Embodied Intelligence in Dreaming, Memory, and Creative Imagination
A Lecture & Workshop with Robert Bosnak
October 2-3, 2009
St. Paul, Minnesota

Building on his recent book Embodiment: Creative Imagination in Medicine, Art and Travel, Robert Bosnak will explore the ways in which images in dreams and flashback memories present themselves as quasi-physical environments in which we unexpectedly find ourselves. These dreamed environments and their inhabitants behave in an apparently intelligent fashion.

The craft of embodied imagination is to create an interaction between waking intelligence and the embodied intelligences encountering us in the creative imagination of dreaming, memory, and art. Using the innovative techniques developed by the practitioners of embodied imagination, participants will be given demonstrations of the work and practical exercises to learn for themselves.

A presentation of theory ranging from phenomenology, alchemy, neuroscience of memory, and complexity theory to the works of C.G. Jung, Henry Corbin, and sense memory techniques in theater, will be woven in throughout.

Participants will learn to use the hypnagogic state of consciousness to facilitate flashbacks giving direct access to dreaming and memory.

Robert Bosnak Biography

Robert Bosnak, PsyA, is a Jungian psychoanalyst who left his native Holland in 1971to study in Zurich at the C.G. Jung Institute.Robert trains therapists, actors and other artists worldwide in the embodied imagination method he developed, which is based on the work of Jung, Hillman, Corbin, and Stanislavski.

In 2006 the International Society for Embodied Imagination was founded in Guangzhou, China. It now governs training programs in Los Angeles, Shanghai, Sydney, and Online.

Robert’s methods have been used as a rehearsal technique by many theater companies, including the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford. In 1977 he co-founded cyberdreamwork.com, the first interactive site for real-time voice and video work with imagery.

He co-organized, with Pacifica Graduate Institute, the 2007 conference on Imagination and Medicine, which was aimed towards the establishment of an integrative medical healing sanctuary in Santa Barbara. Proceedings from the conference were recently published by Spring Journal Books as Imagination & Medicine: The Future of Healing in an Age of Neuroscience. His latest book, Embodiment: Creative Imagination in Medicine, Art and Travel was published by Routledge in 2007.  He is the past-president of the International Association for the Study of Dreams.


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There’s nothing like making art to bridge cultures.  Last week I had the opportunity to host a workshop at my studio on experimental approaches to watercolor.  It was a resounding success.  I had students in from Japan, Shanghai, Rochester, MN and the Twin Cities with art being the common language.  Here are some photos from our three days together.  This coming week I’ll be hosting another workshop on design fundamentals for photographers.



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