Los Angeles

EMBODIED IMAGINATION® PROGRAM

Los Angeles

2023-2026

LA6

This three-year training program, leads to an international certification as an Embodiment Therapist or Practitioner and a membership in the International Society for Embodied Imagination®, initially established in Guangzhou, China in 2006.

The first 2 years of the training are a general curriculum and in the 3rd year, the trainee follows a therapy or a creative arts track.

The training will be an online program with three intensive Saturday through Sunday sessions online, each year for three years: along with interactive online audio/video supervision, Brief and In-Depth sessions and partner practice sessions. An in-person weeklong intensive in Malinalco, Mexico may occur at the end of the training and can be attended on a voluntary basis.

Embodied Imagination® is a technique applicable to psychotherapy, the treatment of trauma, medicine (triggering the self-healing reflex,) and creative endeavors such as theater (character embodiment,) film, writing, the arts, business, and research.

The first principle of embodied imagination is to encounter images from the point of view of dreaming, not waking. From this perspective an image is a live environment that surrounds us and presents itself as self-evidently real and embodied. Images belong to the involuntary imagination and embody their own intelligence. This program explores images in dreams, flashback memories, the imagination and art, the physical body, and relational fields.

Embodied Imagination® is a technique which takes dreaming as the paradigm for all work with images. From the dreaming perspective, an image is an environment in which we find ourselves. The Embodied Imagination® technique has developed ways to flashback into the image, whether it is a memory from waking life or from dreaming, and explores the image environment from a variety of perspectives through feelings and sensations manifested in the body. The body becomes the theater for a vivid complexity of states, leading along ‘alchemical’ lines to profound transformation.

The academic areas covered consist of:

  • The neuroscience of dreaming
    • The scientific study of the placebo effect
    • Complexity theory
    • Imagination in gender, race and ethnicity, and in other political
    issues (e.g. ecology)
    • Phenomenology
    • Alchemy as a metaphor system of embodied imagination
    • A study of mimesis and theater
    • Enactment in relational fields
    • Trauma and dissociation studies
    • A history of dream incubation and intentional dreaming
    • Brief and In-Depth Psychoanalytic Work
    • A history of psychoanalysis via the Jungian, post-Jungian, and relational schools
    • Groups [psychotherapeutic and dream groups that explore the imagination].

Year One:                                       2023

                              Two-day, online sessions on ZOOM to include:

                                       Theory, Dreamwork, and Supervision

                                                     The first session is:

                                                February 18 and 19, 2023

                                  The rest of the first year’s two day sessions:

                                                   TO BE ANNOUNCED

EXAMPLE – SCHEDULE SESSIONS

                                                        February 18, 2023

                                                  1st hour Theory/Lecture

                                                     2nd hour Discussion

                                                   ( This  session is taped)

                                                       February 19, 2023

                 2 hours…. Image work [memories, dreams] Exercise/Demonstration

                     Everyone will receive a Zoom link two days before the sessions

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 Additional Training In:

  1. Brief and In-Depth Intervention:

Embodied Imagination® is a radically new technique which views imagery – dreams and memoryflashbacks — as embodied environments in which we find ourselves. Working on images from this perspective stimulates unfamiliar states of consciousness and helps to contain them in expanded body awareness. Combined with incubation techniques from the dawn of Western medicine, this method has demonstrated healing effects in people with physical illness and survivors of trauma, stimulates creative bursts in artists, as well as in-depth solutions to psychological and relational problems.

Brief and In-Depth Intervention combines ancient incubation techniques with 8 weekly sessions that are centered on an area in an individual’s life that feels important to explore. Each participant will have two opportunities to experience Brief and In-Depth sessions over the course of the program. One eight-week experience will be with Robbie and one with Jill.

2. A Joint Group Supervision session over the Internet with other Online EI

3. Six 90-minute supervision sessions each year for three years working dreams with your dream partners (3 with Robert Bosnak and 3 with Jill Fischer each year).

4. All didactic sessions will be taped

5. Each participant will be assigned a partner every six months on a rotating basis. Both will arrange to meet and work on each other’s dreams at their

 

Years Two and Three:            2024– 2025 ~   2025 –2026

                     Three, two-day, online sessions to include Theory, Dreamwork,

                                                          and Supervision

                                                     TO BE ANNOUNCED

It desired:  In your third year, emphasis can start to be placed on specialization in tracks related to: Medicine (Physical Illness), and Psychotherapy (Group and Individual work with memories, dreams) and the Arts (Actors and Writers).

Work with partners online and Brief and In-Depth Sessions will continue.

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    Zoom will be used for work with partners online and for Brief and In-Depth Sessions.

    Institute Fees:

    For Information regarding tuition fees, please e-mail Jill Fischer:

    jillyfisch@mindspring.com

                                                               Session Time Zones

    The following are the times we will be meeting according to your time zones.

    In the USA and Canada:

    California (PST): 12 noon – 2:00PM

    Texas: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

    East Coast and Canada: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

    Western Europe:

    Holland: 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM

    Germany: 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM

    United Kingdom: 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

    Australia:

    Sydney and Melbourne:  Sunday Feb 19 and Monday Feb 20 – 7:00 AM – 9:00 AM

    China:

    Sunday Feb 19 and Monday Feb 20 – 4:00 AM – 6:00 AM

    For more information contact:

    Jill Fischer…jillyfisch@mindspring.com 

     

    Embodied Imagination