What Shapes a Life From Field to Form, From Archetype to Living Reality A Master Class with Michael Conforti

Pacifica Graduate Institute invites you to participate in a Master Class
on the Ladera Campus of Pacifica Graduate Institute

Space will be limited in order to accommodate ample opportunity for reflection and discussion.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011, 1:30-4:30 pm
followed by a reception and book signing 4:30-5:30 pm

What Shapes a Life

From Field to Form, From Archetype to Living Reality

A Master Class with Michael Conforti

Like graceful dancers, there are times in our lives when we effortlessly glide across the floor, while at other times, find that are feet are leaden, and discover that we are living in a world devoid of inspiration and creativity. With each step we take, if we listen carefully, we can hear a quite voice far off in the distance, a refrain that has touched the hearts and souls of humanity since the beginning of time. As mercurial as a gossamer dream, we sense that we have glimpsed something of the eternal- something transcendent-and perhaps even an intimation of our destiny. Our lives are profoundly influenced by these archetypal rhythms, and it is essential that we learn to live in accord with these forces which bring us closer to and, at times, farther away from the life we are meant to live.

In 1944 Edwin Schrodinger, biologist and physicist wrote one of the most important works of his time entitled:  What is Life? We will follow a similar thread in these talks, as we look at the archetypal underpinnings of life. Beginning with a discussion on Jung’s work on the Objective Psyche, we will move to a an investigation of dreams, the clinical situation, cinematic images, and discoveries emerging from the new sciences of  emergence and complexity theory, to see the extent to which individual and collective experiences are shaped by these archetypal  influences.

Michael Conforti, Ph.D., is a Jungian Analyst and the founder and director of the Assisi Institute. Dr. Conforti’s work has resulted not only in a training institute based on his discoveries, but also the development of a new discipline, Archetypal Pattern Analysis. He has been a faculty member at the C.G. Jung Institute of Boston, the C.G Jung Foundation of New York, and for many years served as a Senior Associate faculty member in the Doctoral and Master’s Programs in Clinical Psychology at Antioch New England. A pioneer in the field of matter-psyche studies, Dr. Conforti is actively investigating the workings of archetypal fields and the relationship between Jungian psychology and the New Sciences. He has presented his work to a wide range of national and international audiences, including the C.G. Jung Institute of Zurich and Jungian organizations in Venezuela, Denmark, Italy and Canada. He is the author of Threshold Experiences: The Archetype of Beginnings and Field, Form and Fate: Patterns in Mind, Nature and Psyche. Dr. Conforti maintains a private practice in Vermont, where he also serves as a state-appointed advisor to the Board of Psychoanalysts. He provides his insights as a sought-after consultant to businesses, government institutions, and the film industry. He has served as script consultant on a number of films, including the recently released Pride and Glory, and has also consulted on the application of field theory to the understanding and resolution of international border disputes. He was selected by The Club of Budapest and the University of Potsdam to be part of a 20 member international team of physicists, biologists, and dynamical systems theorists to examine the role and influence of informational fields. He is a recipient of the Vision Award presented by the Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis, and recently recognized as a “Socio Onorari”, by the Instituto Mediterraneo di Psicologia Archetipico, in Catania, Sicilia.

Dr. Conforti is a Senior Fellow of the James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership at the University of Maryland. He is currently working on a new book, Hidden Presence: Archetypes, Spells, Possessions and the Complex.

Reservations and Cancellations
Advance registration is required. Space is limited to 50 participants.
The registration fee is $100 and includes the class, reception, and CEUs. To register, please call the Public Programs Department at 805.969.3626, ext. 103.

To obtain a refund on your registration fee, send a written cancellation request via email no later than Monday, March 28. Tuition less a $15 processing fee will be refunded. No refunds on your registration fee will be made after that time. In the event that the program is sold out with a waitlist, if you return your seat to our office, and if we are able to transfer your registration to someone on the wait list, we will issue you a refund less the processing fee. Any registration transfers that do not go through our office will be assessed the processing fee onsite. A confirmation will be sent via email.

Pacifica’s Ladera Lane Campus
The class will be held at Pacifica Graduate Institute’s Ladera Lane Campus, 801 Ladera Lane, Santa Barbara, California, 93108.

A limited number of rooms are available for participants on a first-come, first-served basis at the rates below (plus 10% occupancy tax) at Pacifica’s Ladera Lane Campus.
$82.50 per night single occupancy (one bed)
$115 per night couple occupancy (one double bed)
$125 per night double occupancy (two twin beds)
Accommodations are simple, dormitory-style rooms with shared bath and shower. All reservations and changes in accommodations must be made through Pacifica’s Public Programs Department. Payment is due at the time of your reservation. Cancellation for accommodations with full refund is accepted up to 5 days before the event. Cancellations made 1-4 days before the event will receive a 50% refund. There will be no refund for cancellations on the day of the event.

Included in your registration fee is the wine and cheese reception following the lecture. If you are staying overnight on Wednesday night, the following meals are available for an additional fee and must be ordered through Public Programs in advance: Thursday continental breakfast ($9.00) and lunch ($17.75). No other meals will be available. Our caterer makes every attempt to accommodate special medical dietary restrictions if we know your needs in advance.

Continuing Education Credit
3 Hours of Continuing education credit is available for RNs through the California Board of Registered Nurses (provider #CEP 7177), for MFTs and LCSWs (provider #PCE 2278) through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, and for National Certified Counselors (provider #5436), through the National Board of Certified Counselors. Pacifica adheres to NBCC continuing education guidelines.

For more information and registration, contact:
Pacifica Graduate Institute
Public Programs
249 Lambert Road, Carpinteria, CA 93013
805.969.3626, ext. 103