Monday, June 7, 2010


is pleased to present

Riting Myth, Mythic Writing: Invoking the Embodied Energy of Presence with Dennis Patrick Slattery

Since analogy formation is a law which to a large extent governs the life of the psyche... - C.G. Jung

Each of our lives is, in part, a patterned reality whose shape and repetitions are not always easily discernible without deep reflection. Writing, which is also a riting of one’s self, is one effective means by which the imagination and memory conspire to help us see the way meaning clusters around our experiences. The word "riting" is used here to capture the felt sense of ritual in writing as an embodied way of recollecting, then bringing to presence, what normally moves below the threshold of daily consciousness. Words can shape worlds. The spiral is one archetypal pattern that we will use to show the oscillating move of soul to double back, return again, recapitulate, recollect the past in and through the present to reveal future possibilities. In this four-day retreat we will focus our attention on a number of themes designed to evoke the spiral and to provoke our mythic patterns into presence. During this time we will engage in many writing meditations, as well as in reading and writing poetry and in embodied movements to explore the presence of our personal myth through as many corridors as possible in order to discern its larger form and patterns. The retreat is limited to 40 participants.

About Dennis Patrick Slattery, Ph.D.

Dennis has been teaching for 40 years. He is currently the author, co-author, editor, and co-editor of 16 volumes, including four volumes of poetry. His works include The Wounded Body: Remembering the Marking of Flesh, Depth Psychology: Meditations in the Field and Psychology at the Threshold co-edited with Lionel Corbett, Varieties of Mythic Experience: Essays on Religion, Psyche and Culture co-edited with Glen Slater, and a collection of essays on teaching, Reimaging Education: Essays on Reviving the Soul of Learning co-edited with Jennifer Selig. Additionally Dr. Slattery has just completed Day-to-Day Dante: Meditations on the Divine Comedy for Each Day of the Year and he is currently working on a volume entitled Riting One’s Myth: Meditations on the Writing Life, from which some of the writing meditations are taken.

Two Separate Retreats Offered in Santa Barara, CA

August 12-15 or August 19-22

Thursday 6:30-8:30 pm
Friday 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Sunday, 9:00 am-1:00 pm

$550 General Admission
$500 Special Admission
(Full-Time Students, Pacifica Alumni, and Seniors)
$475 Active Pacifica Students
(Fees include Thursday dinner; Friday breakfast, lunch, and dinner; Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner; and Sunday breakfast and lunch)


(19 Continuing Education Credits for MFTs, LCSWs, RNs, and Counselors)

For more general information, scholarships, etc. click here.

See you in August!

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