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Archive for March, 2011

Leslie Davenport Calendar – San Francisco, CA

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Leslie Davenport, MFT Calendar of Events near San Francisco, California

Leslie Davenport

Tapping into the heart’s wisdom through imagery is an ancient practice, but today guided imagery is enjoying a renaissance in a variety of medical, psychological, educational, artistic and spiritual practices. It is used in as part of treatment with medical conditions, post-traumatic stress disorder, addiction, phobias, writer’s block, athletic performance, and deepening spiritual practice.  I hope to see you at one of these upcoming events

April 16: Guided Imagery to Support Grief Sutter Hospice
10:30AM – 12:30PM, San Mateo, California

April 22 – June 10: Integrative Healing for Cancer Care: An Educational Support Group
California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco
Fridays 1:30PM – 3:30PM,  Free  415-600-3081

May 7: Shout! A Healing Arts Day for Veterans San Francisco, California Free 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

May 14 & 15: Revive, Thrive & Restore to the Core Wellness Retreat Renaissance ClubSport, Walnut Creek, California.

June 25: Spirituality & Religion in Psychotherapy
JFK University, Berkeley, California. CE Credit.

August 20: Spirituality & Religion in Psychotherapy
in Campbell, California  CE Credit.

September 10: Clinical Application of Deep Imagination
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Institute for Health & Healing, San Francisco, CE Credits


Leslie’s book Healing and Transformation Through Self Guided Imagery includes a self-facilitation worksheet with step-by-step instructions for unscripted guided imagery everyone can learn. It is available on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle editions.

To find out more about Leslie Davenport, visit her website:

Call for Proposals Sept. 30 – Oct. 2

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Imagery International Conference date Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 – Conference Proposals due May 6, 2011

From Jann Fredrickson, Conference committee chair:

Jann Fredrickson

Hi fellow Imagery lovers!!

It’s that time again!! The third annual Imagery International Conference co-sponsored by Beyond Ordinary Nursing is happening September 30-October 2, 2011 at Mercy Center in Burlingame, California, USA. We are now calling for proposals for workshops. Our theme this year is: Imagery: Hope and New Beginnings.

If you would like to be one of our presenters, please email the following information to me, Jann Fredrickson – /, by May 6, 2011:

1. All workshops are to be 90 minutes long.

2. Your name, address, and email address.

3. Brief biography ( 25-50 words) including expertise for presenting on your topic.

4. Title of the workshop and how it pertains to our theme.

5. Two objectives stated with one action verb per objective and in measurable behavior or outcome.

For example, say you are giving a workshop to teach folks how to use Emotional Freedom Therapy and Imagery. So your objectives would read:

a. At the end of the workshop, the participant will have a basic knowledge of what EFT is and HOW it can be used in combination with imagery.

b. At the end of the workshop, the participant will understand how effective the modalities of EFT and imagery are when used in conjunction with one another.

6. Course description (25-35 words).

7. Course outline.

8. What your audio/visual (AV) needs will be.

You can call me with any questions: 651-208-6458 during the hours of 12:30pm to about 3:30pm CST most days (this is walk time) or your can email me with questions.

We had a terrific lineup last conference and I know that this year it will be even better!!

Looking forward to hearing from YOU.

Jann Fredrickson
Conference Chair
call (651) 208-6458 between 12:30 and 3:30 PM CST

PS Click here to keep abreast of conference activities. And II members get a discount on registration fee.


Comparing Benefits to Risks in Integrative Medicine pt 2

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Integrative Medicine combines mainstream medical therapies and CAM therapies for which there is some high-quality scientific evidence of safety and effectiveness.” National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health

Martin Rossman, MD

Thank you for all your responses to my last email – it looks like there’s a lot of interest in this issue and related issues.

While responses were overwhelmingly positive to last week’s “Do No Harm” article, one respected colleague opined that no form of medicine is completely risk-free, and all interventions have potential harm. Two others wrote saying that they had, in fact, been harmed from ‘alternative medicine’ approaches, so let me address these important comments.

In discussing these principles of treatment I am assuming that practitioners are competent, ethical, and have good judgment. This lets us compare the value of approaches, rather than the quality of the practitioner, which is, in itself, a critical issue. Assuming competence and good judgment, there is certainly the risk of harm from “alternative” approaches, because anything that is not conventional can be labeled “alternative,” and there are a lot of wacky ideas out there about healing. In most cases, though, the major risk of pursuing reasonable alternatives is the risk of not accurately identifying conditions that are best treated by conventional medicine.

That is exactly why good, experienced Integrative Medicine physicians are important. When you study and practice two or more forms of medicine, you get a very different perspective of what constitutes medicine in the larger sense of the word. This broader perspective is especially important in working with people with chronic illnesses, hard to diagnose or treat illnesses, or in helping people cultivate wellness . A good Integrative Physician can help you find and navigate your path to healing through the maze of competing approaches to medicine.


James-Paul Brown – Artist’s Donation

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

One of the difficulties in creating this website was finding suitable images. After much looking,  James-Paul Brown‘s artwork came to our attention.

James-Paul Brown

The beauty of his impressionist style is that it is much like the images one sees in dreams and Guided Imagery experiences.  The lively choices and bold splashes of color made for interesting combination with the content it frames.

We wish to acknowledge and thank James-Paul Brown for the contribution of the 4 paintings we use on our website.

We used only slices of each painting.  Complete images of the paintings can be seen on these two websites: and

We chose “Cupid Takes Aim” and centered on the heart in the painting.  Images are hard wired in the body and reveal one’s heart.  We also mean to show that client centered guided imagery without interpretation is a heart centered way to work with images.

Another painting we used is “Splendito Hotel Portofino”. We see boats on the water in one section and houses in another seen from far above. Interpretation might be that boats or houses represent people – or something else.

Oak Tree

“Tuscany Hillside” captures a hillside from the valley looking up the hillside to the sky. The clouds are rendered in soft pastels puffs and the hill and trees in vivid earthy colors.

“St. Tropez is captured from atop a hill with a tree and leaves framing the picture on the right and top.

“Oak Tree” might be a tree out in our field in spring time.  The yellow of wild mustard looks just like this. I imagine the bees buzzing in a warm vibrant spring day. All is good, healthy and well.

You can click on the refresh button to cycle through the various images on this page.

James-Paul Brown also contributed the cover of March’s issue of ImagiNews.  To find out more about the artist you can download the issue by clicking here and read more about him.

Podcast March 2011: Ellen Langer, PhD

Friday, March 18th, 2011

Mindfulness from a Western Perspective with Ellen Langer, PhD

Ellen Langer, PhD

Susan Ezra, Membership Chair and Dr. Ellen Langer, Harvard psychology professor have a lively discussion about mindfulness and imagery in our work and life.  Dr. Langers work, over four decades, explores a Western perspective of Mindfulness as a way to think and “notice everything as new.” Dr. Langer’s latest book is COUNTER CLOCKWISE; MINDFUL HEALTH AND THE POWER OF POSSIBILITY. To learn more about Dr. Langer visit her website

Catastrophe in Japan: Helping Kids Watch the News

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Dear Community,

Catastrophe in Japan: Helping Children Cope and Comprehend

Dr. Charlotte Reznic

“First it was this monster earthquake, followed quickly by the tsunami. Now there’s the possibilitiy of nuclear disaster. Normally the effects of a trauma are related to how far away one is. But with TV bringing intense images right into our homes 24/7, we are all affected – our children even more so.”

I’ve written on and given interviews about too many variations of this topic over the last several years. Starting with the 1994 Northridge earthquake in Los Angeles, through the LA riots following the Rodney King verdict, the horror of 9/11, over to Katrina, the Haiti devastation, the Chilean minors, and more. And each time I believe it’s important to remind ourselves how to help our children. Here my latest version continues, published in the Huffington Post…..

The emotional effects of watching such a catastrophe can be tremendous.  Children and teens can feel especially helpless when they see these images of the devastation, including homeless and injured Japanese children and orphans on the news. Kids absorb worry and sadness from their parents, or from classmates who have family ties in Japan.

One of the difficulties experienced by parents is that they have not had adequate time to deal with their own reactions when they are called upon to deal with the impact on their children.

Emotional reactions vary in nature and severity from child to child. Their responses to a disaster are determined by age, previous experiences, temperament and personality, as well as the immediacy of the disaster to their own lives.

If you know a child who is showing signs of stress, worry or fear that may be related to the Japanese earthquake and its aftermath – such as stomachaches, sleeplessness, bedwetting, or moodiness – I’d like to offer some ideas about how to help kids comprehend and deal with such a catastrophe.


ImagiNews: March 2011

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

A free electronic copy of March 2011 edition of ImagiNews is available here:

From the Editor’s Desk

By Bev Hollander, BSN, MS, HNB-BC

Bev Hollander

Welcome to the first issue of 2011! This one came together gradually and then in a sudden avalanche, thanks to your response to my request! I am excited to see so many contributions coming from you. Your Passion for Imagery is quite evident. Thank you once again.

Each of the articles in this issue reflect Passion in one form or another: Jann’s Passion for walking and Imagining; Juliet’s Passion for healing in the present moment with Imagery; two members’ expressions of Passion in the form of poetry; Dr. Epstein’s Imagery exercise to direct your Passion in a creative manner; the Passions of our new Board members; Judith’s Passion for art and writing and mine for the same! What more could one ask for? Well, there’s Helen’s story of her Passion as a hospice nurse working with a Passionate client. And then, how about a review of the Passionate book written by our esteemed colleague and President, Juliet Rohde-Brown? That about tops it all off, don’t you think?

We so hope you enjoy this edition of ImagiNews and look forward with Passion and enthusiasm for your next submissions to me or Judith via email to: bev@ sheppardwest. com or The theme is “Portals” and submissions are due May 15th

Not Fearing Death

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Click on the title to visit David Spero, RN’s blog: Not Fearing Death

from David Spero RN’s blog Reason to Live: Healing stories and Self-Care Strategies For Chronic Illness, Depression, and Hard Times

When I worked at Mt. Zion Hospital in San Francisco, I had an 82 year old cardiac patient named Wilson.  First name Mel, but he preferred just “Wilson.” He was one of those classic crotchety old guys, wrinkled, with a scruffy white beard.  He had been a Merchant Marine and could swear like it if he felt it necessary.

David Spero

But he also had a gentle sense of humor and was a favorite of the nurses, because he could make us laugh.

Wilson had come to hospital because of a heart attack, and he was still having frequent angina (chest) pain, requiring nitroglycerin for relief.  One day, Dr. Simon, the hospital’s top cardiac surgeon, a tall distinguished looking man in a suit, not a lab coat, came in and told Wilson, “We need to do coronary artery bypass surgery on you.”

“I don’t like that idea much,” Wilson replied, as flatly as if he was deciding on the lunch menu.

“Well,” said the doctor, “If you don’t have the surgery, you’ll die.”

Wilson immediately brightened up.  “You mean,” he asked with apparent excitement, “if I have this surgery, I won’t die? Great! When did you guys come up with that?  I’m surprised it hasn’t been in the papers.”

Dr. Simon had to backtrack, looking somewhat embarrassed and bemused at the same time. “I’m afraid you misunderstood,” he said.  “What I meant is, you won’t die from these blocked arteries.”

“Oh,” replied Wilson, as if greatly disappointed.  “So we’re just talking about timing then. You had me going for a minute. In that case, get out of here.  Keep your hands off my heart.”


2010 Conference photos are posted

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Hi Everybody,

We are pleased to show you pictures of our second annual conference on our gallery page. Our next conference is September 31 to October 2, 2011.  We are currently asking for submission of proposals. For more information check our conference page.

Imagery trade in progress


We offered an experiential segment where participants could do an imagery trade.  Those who came to find out what Guided Imagery was all about had first hand experience with a practicing Imagery Guide.  Jann Fredrickson Ramus gave instructions and support. Following the experiential segment art materials were available so the image could be drawn or rendered in clay.



We laughed a lot. Laughter is good for your health. For those of us so used to being serious – which I suppose means we hope we are taken seriously – laughter felt goooood. It loosens tight chests, releases tension in neck and shoulders. Belly laughs encourage abdominal breathing.

Immensely enjoying ourselves

Past and future presidents


We were delighted that founder Carl Hendel and founding president Rich Barrett front left and middle came and joined the fun.  Back row left to right is Bev Hollander, outgoing president  Jann Fredrickson Ramus, past president, Juliet Rohde-Brown incoming president and far right Sandra Warnken, past president. Front row far right is Terry Reed, past president.




Line up of speakers

Our outstanding presenters take a curtain call here . Back row left to right are Jeanne Martin, Randy Kasper, Maureen Imperial, Jann Fredrickson Ramus, and Denise Huges.  Front row left to right, Leslie Davenport, Janine Tompson and Melissa Jones Cantekin.




A Cancer Resource

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

The Guided Imagery Collective’s vision is to see Guided Imagery and other forms of imagery related therapies being at the forefront of a new wellness/self-care movement that empowers the client/patients to become a major part of their own deep healing process.

This is a website inspired by a family member’s struggle with colorectal cancer.  It contains a wealth of beautiful images and information.

A case for tool building and a deeper guided imagery through pattern language
February 28, 2011

From Cobb to Winkelman to Alexander. A winding path into pattern language and guided Imagery

The intention for this blog is to share a rich synthesis of two works as kind of scaffolding for a deep guided imagery that has evolved from a third work which has been explored in earlier blogs, that of Christopher Alexander’s concept of a pattern Language. Each, reflect a holistic spirit mindbody integration and supports the spirit (neuro-theological if one sees living systems as luminous) conversation that is core for a guided imagery pattern language and additive on its own merits to the already well researched/documented evidence-based studies for guided imagery generally; Edith Cobb’s The Ecology of Imagination in Children and Michael Winkelman’s Shamanism – A Biosocial Paradigm of Consciousness and Healing.

Click here to read the rest of the blog.