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Myth Salon: Imagination Matrix with Stephen Aizenstat

Updated: Dec 11, 2023

The Myth Salon is honored to present Steve Aizenstat upon the occasion of the release of his newest book: The Imagination Matrix: How to Access the Greatest Power You Have for Creativity, Connection, and Purpose.

Event Description: We are born with a living blueprint, the essential design to evolve our imagination. Each of us enters the world with the capacity to make creative leaps of consciousness and quantum leaps in learning. In this one-day workshop I will introduce the ways of accessing the deepest capacities of your imagination, The Imagination Matrix. We begin with a basic shift in consciousness that is the basic tool necessary to initiate the journey within. You will start by opening the Curious Mind. This form of active awareness engages with realms seen and unseen. We then deepen this engagement with the process I call the Dig. In this inward journey, you will encounter elemental and Imaginal figures who offer support and guidance. I call these figures Soul Companions. Accompanied by these soul figures I will offer tools to discover and enhance your Imaginal intelligence and your Innate Genius.

Dr. Stephen Aizenstat is the founder of Pacifica Graduate Institute, Dream Tending, and the Academy of Imagination. He conducts dreamwork and imagination seminars throughout the US, Europe, andAsia. Formore than 35 years, he has explored the power of dreams through depth psychology. He has collaborated with Joseph Campbell, Marion Woodman, Robert Johnson, James Hillman, and Native elders worldwide. He is the author of Dream Tending and just released, The Imagination Matrix.


Bree Beltran is the Executive Director of Dream Tending. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Organizational Leadership and a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology. Bree has worked as a mental health clinician, providing services to youth and their families. She has a background in operations management with over 20 years in the renewables industry and has spent the last 10 years in education services, focused on supporting education equity throughout the United States.

Myka Hanson, Ph.D. has advanced training in Dr. Aizenstat’s Dream Tending methodology and serves as a Mentor for the current Dream Tending Certification Programs. With a Ph.D. in depth psychology and somatic studies, Dr. Hanson utilizes the mind-body connection as a foundation for exploring the dreamscape and the Imaginal. Dr. Hanson owns and operates Teen Forward, life coaching for teens and young adults navigating adolescence and “adulting.”

Kelly Carlin - Author, performer, and founder of Humans on the Verge, a coaching program which helps people live into a more authentic and deeply fulfilling next chapter in their lives by helping them discover what is longing to emerge and dismantle long-established unconscious limitations. It provides the structures and support that deepens their learning and forwards their action towards the life they’re meant to live. Kelly will be guest teaching for the upcoming Dream Tending Certificate Program.

Vanessa Valdez - Vanessa Valdez is a: Journalist and Life Coach with an M.A. in Spiritual Psychology and a PhD candidate in Depth Psychology with a specialization in integrative healing practices. You may know her from the series she hosted for KCRW, Transforming Consciousness.

Kayleen Asbo, Ph.D is a cultural historian, musician, writer and teacher who weaves myth, music, psychology, history and art with experiential learning. She is also the founder and Creative Director for Mythica, which offers Online Salons around Music, Poetry and Art; as well as in person pilgrimages to sacred sites in Europe and workshops at the intersection of Myth and Jungian Psychology.

Dennis Patrick Slattery, Ph.D. is a Distinguished Emeritus Professor in the Mythological Studies Program At Pacifica Graduate Institute. He has authored, coauthored, edited or coedited 33 volumes of poetry, non fiction and fiction. His most recent titles include The Way of Myth: Stories' Subtle Wisdom and The Fiction in Our Convictions. His web site, contains a series of blogs, paintings, adventure invitations and online courses.


Dana White, Ph.D. a contributing faculty member to Pacifica's myth degrees and author of numerous volumes on mythology. Over the course of his career, Dana has worked in radio and industrial television, as a vice president of marketing for Merrill Lynch, and as an academic department chair at an art college. He edits and designs books, produces films and motion media for universities, corporations and non-profits, and is a professional photographer with more than 40 books to his credit.He currently produces and hosts the Myth Salon, a venture he co-founded in 2016 with Dr. Will Linn,


Will Linn, PhD, Will is a Creative Mythologist. For three seasons and thirty episodes, he anchored the Sky, ZDF and History Channel TV show, Myths: The Greatest Mysteries of Humanity as one of the two recurring “meta experts.” He is the founder of and Head Mythologist for Fascinated by Everything—a visionary experience company that creates narrative art in next-generation mediums. Will served as a leader for the Joseph Campbell Foundation over an eight year period and was the founding chair of an innovative film and performing arts college called Relativity School in Los Angeles Center Studios. From 2015-2023, he taught myth, anthropology, writing, story and philosophy at the college while leading high school, graduate and professional coursework in the United States and Europe. His media and conference appearances, publications and roundtables have been focused on the poesis of nature and technology, meta-narratives of transformation, historical arcs in the mythic imagination and the archetypal revolution of meteor-steel.


The Myth Salon is all about cultivating community – bringing people and ideas into a delicious convergence every month to explore ideas of substance. Dr. Will Linn and Dr. Dana C White, the indefatigable moderators of our Myth Salon, congregate the mythological community to explore upon this rich and fertile path, and increase the amperage of myth and substance wherever we are. When we nurture and sustain our community relations and involvement, we all benefit! The full playlist of Myth Salons since the Spring of 2020 can be found Here.

MYTHOUSE INVITATIONS - Mythic Calendar: The Mythic Calendar integrates the world’s major holidays into a single calendar of media and information rich portals that explore the mythic dimensions of each holiday, sign of the zodiac, flower of the month, birth stone and celestial event. Check in with the mythic calendar each month and with every holiday to stay engaged with mythic time.

Mythology Channel: Explore ten years of mythic radio series, round tables, myth salons and special events in the Mythology Channel’s content library.



The Oracle’s Invitation: If you’ve always secretly felt like the world is full of magic, and that you are too, you’re right. In my work, I focus on helping you access the magic that already moves through you, awakening your capacity to thrive. Visit  to book workshops and sessions with Amanda Yates Garcia.


Raïna Manuel-Paris, Ph.D.

Robert Jonas' Invitations

 Dennis Slattery’s Invitations:

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Will Linn’s Invititations:

  • Climate BootCamp: The Climate Bootcamp was designed for the Harvard Alumni Society Committee for the Climate and Climate Reality with the help of Mythouse to serve as a virtual course to support those ready to bring change within an organization.

Special Thanks to the continued support of the Pacifica Graduate Institute Alumni Association.


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