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Theme for 2014 Conference: The Healing Power of Imagery
October 24 – 26, 2014

Vallombrosa Retreat Center, Menlo Park, CA, on the Peninsula of the Bay Area

The focus of our conference is to gather lovers of guided imagery who wish to renew and grow both personally and professionally.

Call for Proposals has ended.

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We are meeting at theVallombrosa Retreat Center, on the Peninsula of the San Francisco Bay Area

We are meeting at the Vallombrosa Retreat Center, on the Peninsula of the San Francisco Bay Area, California


Below are the highlights of the 2013 Conference.

The Magic of Imagery

Imagery International’s 5th Conference
Sponsored by Natural Standard

October 4-6, 2013
Mercy Center, San Francisco Bay Area

****Click HERE to see some of our fantastic  Silent Auction Items***

We welcome all those interested in the practical application of Guided Imagery for healing and personal growth, including, but not limited to, nurses, doctors, psychotherapists, social workers, hypnotherapists, and somatic workers. Trained Guided Imagery practitioners will add to their techniques and strategies, and other professionals will gain an overview of how Guided Imagery may be used as a complementary practice in their work.


We’ll give you time to walk the gardens and the beautiful labyrinth at Mercy Center.

RNs who attend all workshops will receive 9 contact hours approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider # 13833. This program also meets the requirements for LCSWand MFT contact hours by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, provider # PCE 3201 through Beyond Ordinary Nursing.

Members receive a discount. Click HERE to join online with credit card.  Click HERE to see what benefits are available to members of  our peer-supported organization. Not sure if you are a current member? Click HERE to inquire.

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Carl Hendel, MD
Magic, Mysticism, and Imagery

Carl Hendel

Carl Hendel MD

Carl Hendel, MD has practiced Integrative Medicine in Santa Rosa, California for over 20 years. A former anesthesiologist, his study of mind-body medicine was initiated through a personal healing path. Carl has studied Chinese Medicine in China, and cultivated skills in manual medicine and behavioral medicine, with interests in hypnosis and interactive imagery.  He has studied and taught Tai Chi for over two decades and integrates all of these in his work.

To find out more about Dr. Hendel visit his website:

Click HERE. to read an interview with Dr. Hendel. Click HERE to listen to a podcast interview with him.


Daru Maer, MA, LPC and Judith Westerfield, MA, MFT, CCH & GIT

The Magic of the Mask: Therapeutic Creative Expression

M. Daru Maer

M. Daru Maer

Daru Maer, MA, LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Interactive Imagery Therapist in private practice in Oregon for 25 years.

Daru has been a faculty member with The Academy for Guided Imagery since 1990 leading Preceptorships and teaching the basics of Interactive Guided Imagery(sm).  She is a Mentor for Beyond Ordinary Nursing and a Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Specialist. One of Daru’s specialties is counseling people who are planning or have undergone Bariatric Surgery. She personally uses painting as a form of creative expression for her own self care and incorporates music and art into her practice as a powerful means of helping people find what is right with them rather than focusing on what is wrong.


Judith Westerfield

Judith Westerfield

Judith Westerfield MA, MFT, CCH & GIT is a Marriage, Family Therapist and Certified Clinical Hypnosis & Interactive Guided Imagery(SM) Therapist in private practice since 1986 in Laguna Niguel, California.

She has been a faculty member with The Academy for Guided Imagery since 1988 and trained hundreds of healthcare practitioners in the use of Interactive Guided Imagery (sm) for health and wellness.
A Passion of hers is the role creativity plays in healing and wellness. She is a continuing education provider for LCSWs and MFTs. Check out her free Therapeutic Creative Expression tutorials:

Click  HERE to read interviews with Daru Maer and Judith Westerfield. Click HERE to listen to a podcast interview with them.


Linda Blachman, MA., MPH, CPC

Anything Can Happen:  Transition as Transformative Journey towards Renewal of Self, Life and Story

Linda Blachman

Linda Blachman

Linda Blachman, MA., MPH, CPC, certified life transitions coach, certified AGI Imagery Guide and licensed Life Change Artist coach, practices in the San Francisco Bay Area and nationally. She has developed a unique process and set of tools synthesized from over 30 years professional experience for transforming the turmoil of life transitions into a creative journey towards growth, healing and renewal. Personally, she’s navigated the transitions of parenthood, divorce, single motherhood, career change, disability, empty nest, grandparenthood, retirement, “rewirement,” relocation, and bereavement without losing her sense of humor or capacity for joy. Linda is author of Another Morning: Voices of Truth and Hope from Mothers with Cancer.

To learn more about Linda Blachman visit her website:   Click HERE to listen to a podcast interview with her.


Kate Sculti, RNP, MPH, FAMSF Docent
Image as Messenger of Meaning – Image as Healer: The Development of an Art and Healing program at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Kate Sculti

Kate Sculti

Kate Sculti has over 20 years experience in Women’s Health and has also worked in Community Health and Psychosocial Nursing. She has taught baccalaureate and graduate nursing students, medical students, health professionals and para-professionals in the community.  As a Nurse Practitioner, Kate has been devoted to providing women with expert screening, ongoing monitoring, informed guidance, and a plan for maintaining wellness.

Through Guided Imagery and Reiki, Kate offers support and empowerment to a wide variety of patients. Experiencing and witnessing the power of the image to bring meaning and healing into people’s lives has been transformative. In 2006, Kate completed a three-year training program in art at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. She is currently designing and developing an Art and Healing program for the museums. The program is envisioned to be one that will bring the healing power of the image, via artistic engagement, to populations of ill, injured and grieving patients.  Click HERE to listen to a podcast interview with Kate.


Tallulah Lyons, MEd
Distilling the Magic from Dream Imagery

Tallulah Lyons

Tallulah Lyons

Tallulah Lyons is co-creator and co-director of the Cancer Project (now called the Healthcare Project) conducted by the International Association for the Study of Dreams from 2005-2013. She is the author of Dreams and Guided Imagery: Gifts for Transforming Illness and Crisis (reviewed in Dec. issue of ImagiNews) and Dream Prayers: Dreamwork as a Spiritual Path.  She frequently writes articles including one in the Sept. issue of ImagiNews. She is on the staff of two cancer wellness centers in Atlanta hospitals, and has facilitated groups with cancer patients and offered presentations across the country for fifteen years. She is on the faculty of the Haden Institute Summer Dream Conference. Tallulah’s passion is to bring the power of healing imagery into all areas of integrative healthcare. To learn more about Tallulah Lyons, visit her website:  Click HERE to Read an interview with Tallulah Lyons. Click HERE to listen to a podcast interview with her.


Nina Redman,  MA LMHC
Invitation to Awe

Nina Redman

Nina Redman

Welcome to the world of sacred sound.  Invite and allow your ears to open to the long round tones of your own voice.  Imagine your mind quieting as your tones seek their own harmony throughout your body.  Perhaps you begin to feel gentle vibrations creating their own resonance, aligning themselves with mind and spirit.  Imagine the resonance extending to each other and to Divine energy.  Truly this is the Awe of Sound.

I have long been fascinated by the interplay between mind and body and pursued extensive training and study in interactive imagery and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). I am particularly skilled in helping people through life-threatening health crises by teaching mental interventions which benefit both physical and emotional health. Click HERE to read an interview with Nina Redman.  Click HERE to listen to a podcast interview with her.


Mercy has many lovely places to sit and meditate, or relax with a new friend.

Mercy has many lovely places to sit and meditate, or relax with a new friend.

Conference Schedule

Friday, October 4, 2013

3-5PM: Registration and check-in.

5Pm: Welcome and opening remarks by Susan Ezra, President of Imagery International.

6PM: Dinner

7-8:30PM:  Imagery International Membership Meeting and awarding of Imagery International’s Person of the Year award.



Mercy Center

This is Mercy Center’s main building which hosts the dorm rooms and conference rooms.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

8:00-8:30am: Breakfast

8:40-10:10am:  Tallulah Lyons: ”Distilling the Magic from Dream Imagery.”

10:30-12:00pm: Imagery International’s Emeritus Speaker, Carl Hendel: “Magic, Mysticism and Imagery.”

12:00pm-1:00pm: Lunch

1:10-2:40pm:  Judith Westerfield and Daru Maer: “The Magic of the Mask: Therapeutic Creative Expression.”

2:40-5:50pm:  Walk the labyrinth, take a nap, visit with a friend, have an Imagery Trade, or attend one of the optional mini-workshops we will offer.

6:00-7:00pm: Dinner

7:00pm to 9:00pm:  Imagery Social Hour.  Come drink wine, or sparkling water, eat cheese, tell a few jokes, and enjoy the company of your fellow “Imagers.”  Bid on the Silent Auction items! This time is always one of the highlights of the conference!  Who knows . . . some great singing talent may be found . . . .


Mercy Center has hand-carved walking paths on acres of beautiful grounds.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

8:00-8:30am: Breakfast

8:40-10:10am:  Nina Redman: “An Invitation to Awe.”

10:10-10:25 Break: Closing of the Silent Auction.  Place final bids.

10:30-12:00pm: Linda Blachman: “Anything can Happen: Transition as Transformative Journey Toward Renewal of Self, Life, and Story.”

12:00-1:00pm: Lunch

1:10-2:40: Kate Sculti: “Image as Messenger of Meaning-Image as Healer: The Development of an Art and Healing Program.”

2:50-3:30: Closing ceremonies and Evaluations.

Have questions? Contact our Conference Chair:

Jann Fredrickson Ramus, LICSW