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Applied Somatic Jungian Psychology

August 24th, 2024 – December 7th, 2024

4-month course | 16 CECs | Offered Live via Zoom

Program Description

What you will receive:

  • A Weekend Somatic Residency on the PGI Ladera Lane Campus
  • 8 Live Interactive Discussion Groups (via Zoom) with Q&A (listed in Pacific time)
  • 6 Pre-Recorded Learning Sessions
  • A Learning Resource Guide with Recommended Readings and Resources
  • A Private, online Discussion Forum
  • A Graduate Certificate in Applied Somatic Jungian Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute
  • 16 CECs

Course Description

Embodiment and somatic psychology have gained increasing attention in the last few decades. The new emphasis is old: recovering ancient ways of being and thinking that are critical to addressing individual, communal, and ecological suffering. Attention to somatics, which unlocks the unspoken stories held within the body, is an essential part of this recovery process. It is a necessary and welcome counterbalance to centuries of treating the body as an object to be coerced, judged, and manipulated, and to centuries of treating sensate perception with disdain, distrust, or suspicion.

Situating a somatic approach within a Jungian framework opens up the many ways in which the creative unconscious speaks a symbolic language via embodied expressions that can reveal transformative insights for resilience and growth. This 4-month certificate course in Applied Somatic Jungian Psychology provides students with an introduction to core concepts of somatics as an interdisciplinary field that deepens Jungian and archetypal theory in essential ways. The course is centered on two questions. We ask, What are the qualities and practices of a somatic Jungian psychology? And, How can I develop an applied somatic practice to enhance my own personal and professional life?

This course is ideal if:

  • You work in a therapeutic field and have an interest in learning how to incorporate Jungian and archetypal somatics as applied modalities in your practice.
  • You are a graduate student studying psychology or related disciplines and wish to deepen your understanding of Jungian and archetypal somatic psychology.

No previous knowledge or qualifications will be required to register.

The course offers a blend of learning experiences: an introductory live Zoom meeting, a 3-day residential somatic retreat on the beautiful Ladera campus of Pacifica Graduate Institute, and twice monthly pre-recorded video lectures followed by 90-minute live Zoom discussions with the course faculty.

Program Format:
Each month, you will learn from the following:

  • two recorded Presentations by leading experts in the field.
  • two live, online discussions with subject matter experts (these will be recorded for those who cannot attend a given week)
  • a list of required or recommended Readings/Videos/Resources
  • online Discussion forum with the other participants and instructors.
  • invitations to explore your responses to the topics will be offered.

Course Schedule

Course overview and introduction Saturday August 24th, 2024
Our course begins with a live 2-hour Zoom meeting to present foundational ideas of a somatic Jungian psychology, briefly discussing dreams, waking visions, symptoms, and synchronicity as ways in which the embodied psyche expresses itself.

You will be encouraged to pay attention to your dreams the weeks before the course begins and create a sketch or drawing of a dream moment, scene, or dream figure to bring to the opening residential weekend.

Residential Weekend August 31st, September 1st and 2nd (Saturday—Monday) 2024
This weekend retreat is an immersive exploration of the intersection of somatics and Jungian psychology, offering a unique blend of lecture, discussion, and experiential somatic work. Students will learn from leading experts in the field to deepen their theoretical knowledge with useful somatic depth psychological practices to enhance their personal and professional life.

Video lectures and live Zoom discussions (September through November)
Six topics exploring/explaining core elements of a somatic Jungian psychology. Includes 1-hour pre-recorded video and 90-minute live Zoom Q&A on the topic of the week, held on Thursday evenings from 5:00 to 6:30 PDT. Learners are expected to have watched the pre-recorded learning session prior to the live Zoom discussion. Proposed topics and schedule are as follows:

Saturday, August 24th, 2024
8:00 – 10:00 AM PT
– Elizabeth Nelson, Ph.D.
This live 2-hour Zoom meeting will present foundational ideas of a somatic Jungian psychology, briefly discussing dreams, waking visions, symptoms, and synchronicity as ways in which the embodied psyche expresses itself.

Thursday, September 5th, 2024
5:00 – 6:30 PM PT
Learning Module #1 – Elizabeth Nelson, Ph.D.
Psychological transformation is frequently represented in myth as a journey to the underworld, a symbolic death necessary for new life. The experience is often shocking, always disorienting, and accompanied by despair and grief: a somatic encounter with profound shifts in identity. This module teaches participants three stories of archetypal descent as narrative frameworks for embodied practices to feel into the depths of psychological transformation when it actively includes the flesh and blood, sinew and bone.


  1. To learn three stories of the mythic journey to the underworld
  2. To embody motifs from the myths as a means to deepen into the somatic dimensions of psychological transformation

Thursday, September 19th
5- 6:30 PM PT
Learning Module #2 Marco Sante Beghin, MA
Somatic practice helps us move through anything that stands in the way of our health and creativity. It is rooted in breath, movement, and engagement with sensory experiences. In this module, we will explore simple somatic activities while standing, sitting, and lying down to help us unearth unconscious habits, tensions, movement patterns, and emotional material in the body so we can learn to transform pain, disconnection, and creative blocks while nourishing our work and imagination.


  1. Identify and give expression to somatic resistances to foster openness and creative flow.
  2. Practice lying down and working with objects as a somatic framework for active imagination and dreamwork.

Thursday, October 3rd, 2024 5:00 – 6:30 PM PT
Learning Module #3 Arieahn Matamonasa-Bennett
Throughout human-history and through deep-time, cultures have created rituals and ceremonies to heal through connecting with the natural world, integrating all of life’s-stages/transitions and creating social/community cohesion. In today’s world, confronted with complex challenges, we find ourselves increasingly isolated and desperate for spiritual connection. This class explores the ways in which this ancient, sacred wisdom can be incorporated into healing practice and everyday life for individuals, families, and communities.


1. Understand and describe the cross-cultural, key elements for the creation of ritual and ceremony
2. Apply the principles of ritual and ceremony to individual, family and collective (community) healing.

Thursday, October 17th, 2024,
5:00 – 6:30 PM PT
Learning Module #4 Loralee M. Scott, MFA
Beyond movement as exercise or movement as performance, there is movement as revelation. Much like our dreams, our bodies hold deep mysteries not only about ourselves, but also about the collective. There is a prophetic element to creative somatic engagement that can offer a symbolic glimpse of what is soon to emerge not only in our personal world, but in the larger world. This is the work of the archetypal imagination. In this session, we will explore the work of world-recognized choreographers along with that of Carl Jung, Erich Neumann and James Hillman to learn to recognize when and how the archetypal imagination manifests in somatic movement.


  1. Participants will be able to identify three key considerations for working somatically with the archetypal imagination.
  2. Participants will be able to distinguish somatic movement that is ego-driven from that which is rooted in the archetypal imagination.

Thursday, November 7th, 2024, 5:00 – 6:30 PM PT
Learning Module #5 Elizabeth Nelson, Ph.D.
We live in an age that has decisively dissolved the human-machine interface to such an extent that few people in the first world can function without their mobile digital technology. One may meaningfully ask, how am I cyborg? What are the benefits and the costs—to body, mind, spirit, and soul? This session explores the impact of our “always on” digital life on daily life, including rest, sleep, dream, creative focus, and relationships.


  1. Sharpen awareness of the social, psychological and cultural implications of mobile digital technology
  2. Engage in somatic practices to experience the impact of digital life on body and mind.

Thursday, November 21st, 2024 5:00 – 6:30 PM PT
Learning Module #6 Jonathan Erickson
Indigenous traditions throughout the world have long viewed non-human animals as persons and as kin.  After centuries of dismissing animals as unfeeling machines, modern science has begun to acknowledge that animals are conscious beings with their own unique varieties of intelligence.  This session explores somatic attunement as a bridge between human and animal bodies—a way of understanding and relating to the animal experience without abstract language.  From this embodied perspective, participants are invited to rediscover animals as companions and teachers in life.


  1. To develop understanding of the similarities and differences in human and animal consciousness, and how the shared experience of embodiment can serve as a bridge between the two.
  2. To apply the understanding of somatic attunement in developing deeper and more meaningful human-animal relationships.

Thursday, December 5th 5:00 to 7:00 PM PDT
Closing Zoom meeting and presentation of final projects.
No prerecorded video lecture. Students seeking certification/credit for the course will post their projects on a shared page of the course learning platform (D2L) for all to view by Saturday morning November 30th. A live Zoom meeting and course wrap-up discussion with faculty and learners will conclude this course.

By the end of the course students will be able to:

  • Integrate core ideas of Jungian and archetypal theory with somatic psychology
  • Re-imagine individuation, the realization of the Self, and the cultivation of soul as a somatic experiences
  • Understand urgent, omnipresent cultural issues through the lens of Jungian somatic psychology
  • Distinguish between a structural and functional approach to somatic therapies as they are applied in professional practice
  • Apply Jungian somatic psychology to developing creative practices and rituals for oneself and one’s clients

(A detailed weekend schedule will be sent once you are registered for the certificate course).

August 31st – September 2nd, 2024
Pacifica Graduate Institute – Ladera Lane Campus

The Spherical Psyche: Somatic Explorations into the Subtle Energy Body
Cynthia Carse, PhD

The subtle energy body is an archetypal idea that has existed for thousands of years that is often visualized as an aura surrounding the physical body. Like the Jungian psyche, it bridges the spiritual and material worlds within the intermediate realm of human experience. In this workshop, participants will explore their own subtle energy body through somatic-oriented inquiry along with related lecture. Specific practices will be introduced to support the on-going development of subtle awareness.

1. To develop understanding of the subtle energy body as a collective idea, archetypal image and as a lived somatic experience.
2. To apply the understanding of the subtle energy body to personal development and professional practice.

Somatics and Eco-psychology: The body on the Earth
Betsy Perluss, PhD

Knowing our interconnectedness with the Earth is our birthright and responsibility. Yet, the trauma of separation has led many to forget this connection, causing further cultural and environmental damage. In this session, we will engage in a practice that supports a nature-informed consciousness, re-awakening us to the life-sustaining reality of the Anima Mundi. Our bodies are nature, divine incarnations, joined to Earth by Eros. By tending our bodies with love, we simultaneously tend the Earth.

  1. To foster a felt-sense awareness of our intrinsic union with the Earth and the specific lands on which we live, including those who have lived here long before our arrival.
  2. To gain practical ecotherapeutic tools that can be integrated into one’s life, empowering participants to continue cultivating their connection with nature beyond the workshop.

Working with the Imaginal Soul in Embodied Creative Practice
Loralee Scott, MFA

In a culture that conditions us to curate a persona for social media or a personal brand for professional advancement, more than to lean into our authentic self, movement offers us a connection to soul.  In this workshop we will engage in a series of movement exercises designed to help us reconnect with the imaginal soul that can emerge through movement.  We will work with somatic movement as an immersion into the “participation mystique” that Jung described as the secret to artistic creation and the life of the collective. This will be followed by a discussion of James Hillman’s process of “psychologizing” or seeing through, to begin to work with and integrate what has emerged.


  1. Participants will apply somatic approaches for connecting with the imaginal soul.
  2. Participants will be able to describe the process of psychologizing in working psychologically with somatic movement

Aging and the Body
Juliet Rohde-Brown, PhD

In a society that focuses on youth and anti-aging, there are few venues where one may explore what it means to be embodied in the process of growing older. A depth perspective offers a valuable framework for tapping into creative and somatic resources to address the changing landscape of the body and emergent feelings and meanings. This offering integrates lecture, interactive discussion, and experiential components in deepening the inquiry of aging and the body.

1. Participants will be able to describe how depth perspectives and practices impact the quality of one’s relationship to the body in the aging process.
2. Participants will apply somatic and creative experiential processes to address aging in therapeutic and integrative healing contexts

Program Details


August 24th, 2024 – December 7th, 2024

International participation is encouraged and welcome

Registration Fees

Please note that the registration fees listed below do not include the Weekend Residency lodging. You can choose your lodging option on the registration form.

  • $1,495.00 – General rate
  • $1,271.00 – Applied Somatic Jungian Psychology Certificate Program – Pacifica Alumni, Full Time Students, & Senior (65+) Rate
  • $897.00 – Applied Somatic Jungian Psychology Certificate Program – Pacifica Extension Student Member Rate
  • $30.00 – Continuing Education Credit (CECs) Fee
  • $150.00 – Residency Meal Package

You have the option of putting down a 50% deposit when registering for the program and paying the remaining balance in installments of your choice until October 24th, 2024. You can select this on the registration form.

**Please note that attendance to the On-Campus Residential Weekend is required to earn the Graduate Certificate for this program. You cannot register for only the online portion of this program.**

Limited scholarship and reduced tuition opportunities are available for this program. Please email retreat@pacifica.edu to request a scholarship application form. The deadline for scholarship applications is July 30th, 2024. Scholarships do not include the meal package.

Full attendance is required in order to earn Continuing Education Credits (CECs). Participants requesting CECs must attend all live Zoom sessions as well as the Weekend Residency order to qualify. Please make sure that your Zoom account name matches the name of the attendee requesting CECs. No Partial CEC Certificates will be issued.

About the Teachers

Marco Sante Beghin, MA, is a somatic practitioner and multimedia artist living in Seattle, Washington. He works at the intersection of leadership, movement, creativity, and healing. He is dedicated to helping creative professionals and artists feel productive at work, safe in their bodies, and confident to lead in times of personal and environmental illness, uncertainty, and upheaval. He is an Alexander Technique teacher and a Somatic Experiencing® practitioner, with an MA in Depth Psychology and Creativity from Pacifica Graduate Institute in California. https://www.marcosantebeghin.com/

Cynthia Carse, PhD, recently completed a doctoral dissertation that explored energy healing therapy through a Jungian depth perspective as part of the doctoral program in Integrative Therapy program at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She holds an M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction and has been an educator for over thirty years with experience in classroom teaching, professional development, and curriculum writing. Cynthia’s private practice draws upon an extensive background in energy-based therapies, craniosacral biodynamics, bioenergetics, and traditional healing techniques. She also offers practitioner trainings in energy medicine.

Jonathan Erickson, PhD is assistant professor in the integral transpersonal psychology PhD program at the California Institute of Integral Studies and the author of Imagination in the Western Psyche: From Ancient Greece to Modern Neuroscience, as well as papers exploring creativity, imagination, spirituality, and ecopsychology. Jonathan previously worked as a somatic yoga teacher and holistic bodyworker trained at the Esalen Institute. He holds a Ph.D. in somatics from Pacifica Graduate Institute, an MFA in creative writing from Antioch University LA, and a BA in English literature and interdisciplinary field studies from UC Berkeley.

Arieahn Matamonasa-Bennett, PhD. is a cross-culturally trained healer, teacher, and licensed psychologist. She is an Associate Dean and Professor with the School of Continuing and Professional Studies at DePaul University, where she has taught for the past two decades. She has widely published and taught in multidisciplinary research areas: cross-cultural, ethnic minority, and Indigenous psychology, women’s psychology and the history, science and psychology of human-animal relationships. She maintains a small private practice on her horse farm, incorporating equine-assisted psychotherapy and experiential learning in nature as a part of holistic therapeutic practice.

Elizabeth Éowyn Nelson, PhD, faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute since 2003, teaches courses in archetypal psychology, somatics, technology, and dissertation development. Her books include Psyche’s Knife (Chiron, 2012), The Art of Inquiry (Spring Publications, 2017), coauthored with Joseph Coppin, and The Art of Jungian Couple Therapy (Routledge, 2025), co-authored with Anthony Delmedico. She teaches and speaks internationally and has published numerous scholarly papers on subjects including animals, dreams, feminism, film, mythology, research, somatics, and technology. A professional writer and editor for 40 years, she coaches aspiring authors across many genres and styles. elizabethnelson-phd.com

Betsy Perluss, PhD, is a wilderness guide and Jungian analyst. She has led nature-based ceremonies and trainings with the School of Lost Borders for over twenty years while maintaining a clinical practice in Grass Valley, CA. She teaches ecopsychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute and offers related courses throughout the U.S. and internationally. For more info, please visit her website at betsyperluss.com.


Juliet Rohde BrownJuliet Rohde-Brown, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and the Chair of the Depth Psychology: Integrative Therapy and Healing Practices doctoral specialization at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She has presented internationally at professional conferences and other venues and has led and co-led retreats and workshops. She has engaged in training in somatic approaches since the mid-1990s. Her writings may be found in Psychological Perspectives, the Journal of Jungian Scholarly Studies, and the Journal of Humanistic Psychology, among others.

Loralee M. Scott, MFA, is Senior Director of Pacifica Extension and International Studies. She holds an MFA degree in inter-disciplinary studies focused on somatic depth psychology and cultural transformation. Her work as an award-winning choreographer is featured in Grief and the Expressive Arts published by Routledge and was responsible for the creation and passage of anti-trafficking legislation. A respected thought leader, she has contributed to Jungian academic journals and lectured internationally in several countries.

General Information


Hosted Online


Cancellations 14 days or more prior to the program start date receive a 100% refund of program registrations. After 14 days, up to 7 days prior to the program start date, a 50% refund is available. For cancellations made less than 7 days of program start date, no refund is available.

For additional information, including travel, cancellation policy, and disability services please visit our general information section.


Registration Details

August 24th, 2024 – December 7th, 2024

  • Number of Classes: 14 Classes
    6 Pre-recorded Learning Sessions
    8 Live Zoom Discussions
  • Class Length: 90-120 min.
  • Class Time: Varies