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Leslie Davenport – IPY 2013

December 16, 2014

Honoring the Imagery Person of the Year – Leslie Davenport, LMFT
By Susan Ezra, President of Imagery International

Leslie Davenport (L) Susan Ezra (R)

Leslie Davenport (L) Susan Ezra (R)

Each year we have the distinct pleasure of awarding the Imagery Person of the Year for Imagery International. This person is chosen from our community because of outstanding contribution to the field of Imagery in general or to our organization in particular. This has been a tradition for over a decade now.

The award goes to Leslie Davenport, LMFT, who has devoted 25 years of her career to bringing Guided Imagery into the hospital-healthcare complex. With stylish grace and quiet fortitude she has created many programs and forged many bridges. It all begin in 1989 when she developed an internship program through the spiritual care department at Marin General Hospital in California to offer Guided Imagery and meditation at the bedside for patients and staff. In 1994, she went on to formalize a Marriage Family Therapist training program in guided Imagery, which greatly expanded services for patients.

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ImagiNews: December 2014

December 10, 2014

The December 2014 issue of ImagiNews is now available to members. If you are a non-member click on the rectangular button upper right in the banner that says “Please send me ImagiNews Free” to receive a complimentary copy.



by Bev Hollander, BSN, MS, HNB-BC

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Susan Ezra and Terry Reed Imagery Training

December 4, 2014

February-March 2015 master course offering techniques from Integrative Imagery Certification program


photoSue and TerryI wanted you all to know about the master course Terry Reed and I will be teaching in February-March, 2015.

It is being offered through Wisdom of the Whole Coaching Academy. And I am just finishing the coaching training.

The imagery techniques are ones from our Certificate Program in Integrative Imagery. So those who are Beyond Ordinary Nursing graduates may want a refresher of these techniques. Plus Terry will be presenting Emotional Freedom Technique. And if you have not taken the Integrative Imagery training, this teleclass will be a great introduction to it.
Let me know if you have any questions. We would love to have you in the course!

Click HERE to register.

Click HERE to download a flyer.

PS Early bird registration is till Janurary 21, 2015

With warm regards,

Susan Ezra

Leslie Davenport Imagery Trainings

December 3, 2014
Imagery Trainings
All are offered through John F Kennedy Unviersity Continuing Education Program, Berkeley Campus, California. For more information and to register, call (800) 557-1384.

January 10, 2015: Clinical Applications of Deep Imagination, Level I

February 21, 2015: Clinical Applications of Deep Imagination, Level II 

March 6, 2015: Resolving Complex Grief

March 6, 2015: Somatic Imagery to Relieve Stress and Anxiety 

April 18, 2015: Clinical Applications of Deep Imagination, Level I

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How Your Brain Gets Smarter

November 16, 2014

The Truth About How Your Brain Gets Smarter,” by Christine Camaford, Contributor

This excerpt is taken from Forbes Daily, Tuesday November 11, 2014

The Smarter Secret

Let’s assume “smarter” means making better choices, getting more of what you want and less of what you don’t. Let’s assume “smarter” means learning things faster, having more “ah ha” moments, breaking through mental barriers swiftly and with deep fulfillment.

Here’s how it works.

Roughly half of your brain is made of grey matter (where neural pathways are forged and reside) and the other half is made of white matter. First it’s key to know that neurons that fire together, wire together. This means to learn something new, to set a new habit in place, repetition is required. When you practice something deeply, intentionally and with some element of struggle a neural pathway is formed. Neurons are now firing together in a new sequence, and thus are wiring together as a collective. Repeated firing signals that this neural pathway is important. Repeated firing with deep practice and either struggle or ecstasy, alerts oligodendrocytes and astrocytes that this pathway needs to be upgraded, or insulated, and the process of myelination begins.

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Finding a Creative Path Towards a Fulfilling Life with Linda Blachman

November 6, 2014

Linda BlachmanWomen-only experiential gathering will help you connect with the key factors involved in successfully navigating change and crafting a handmade life.

Date: November 17, 2014

Time: Monday, 7 – 9 pm

Venue: Lafayette, CA

Cost: $15.00

Person holding the event:

TheWOWTalks; Presenter: Linda Blachman, MPH, MA, CPC, CIGI

Contact phone number and  email for the event:; 510.540.8755

To register:

Presenter’s web page:

The Challenge of Healing a Violent World

October 7, 2014

Interviews with conference speakers,
Julia Weaver, MFT and Laurie Marshall, MA

Julia and Laurie will be co-presenting: Healing Hearts Mandalas: Re-Wiring the Human Race!

Julia Weaver, MFT, director of Art and Soul, is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice, with 30 years experience incorporating the arts with embodied spirituality. A passionate Environmental Arts Educator, she facilitates personalized rites-of-passage combining the Mandala Process with gardening, collage and rituals, promoting community re-vitalization, ecological healing and world peace. Since 1996, her workshops and art have been featured in numerous magazines and books. Most recently, Feminine Mysticism: Artists Envisioning the Divine. In response to the events of September 11th, 2001, she creates large-scale community interactive Peace Mandalas called “One World One Heart.” It is her deepest joy to invite others to experience their own embodied luminous divinity through private counseling, retreats, webinars and sharing her visionary art.  She loves to collaborate!

You can learn more about Julia at her website:

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Inner Strength Through Imagery – Charlotte Reznick

September 30, 2014

This article appears in the September 2014 issue of ImagiNews. ImagiNews is a benefit of membership. Click the link HERE to download and read the whole article.  Become a member and receive ImagiNews, a quarterly journal written by and for Guided Imagery practitioners

Chloe’s Story: Inner Strength Through Imagery

By Charlotte Reznick, Ph.D.

Charlotte Reznick

Charlotte Reznick

What better way to help a child find Strength than to start within. Chloe’s in-depth story gets to the heart of what Imagery (both guided and interactive) can accomplish – aim for resiliency throughout life. And with the help of Imagination tools, she also connects to other aspects of inner Strength such as self-appreciation and self-love.

Six-year-old Chloe described how she ran from the playground and hid in the bushes. She hated herself for having no friends. Other girls had easily formed a close group in soccer practice, while Chloe’s forte was swimming. Chloe felt excluded and rejected. She felt weak and didn’t know what to do.

Although Chloe’s parents tried to reassure her that her classmates would be lucky to be her friend, she didn’t believe them. “You have to say that,” she said. “You’re my parents.” At six, she had a history of losses. Her nursery school chum turned away from her in kindergarten. She found another friend around the block, but within six months that girl moved. Each felt like a betrayal that shook Chloe’s tender heart. So whenever a new friend appeared, it was natural for her to worry that her new friend, too, might leave. By the time her parents brought her to me, Chloe’s fragile sense of self was in tatters. She had no inner Strength to do anything but be sad. This seemed a critical time to help Chloe develop Strength through the positive aspects of Imagery and meditation.

To read the article click ImagiNewsSept-2014-Charlotte Reznick


2014 Conference Schedule

September 28, 2014




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


3-5PM:  Registration and check-in

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

6PM: Dinner

7-9PM: Imagery International Person of the Year Award and Imagery International membership meeting.


8:00-8:30AM: Breakfast

8:40-10:10AM:  Darcie Richardson: “The Faces Project: Looking Glass Reflections through Our Many Selves.”

10:10-10:25AM: Break

10:30-12:00PM: Julia Weaver and Laurie Marshall: “Healing Hearts Mandala: Rewiring the Human Race.”

12:00-1:00PM: Lunch

1:10-2:40PM: Andrew Wagner: “Sacred Moments: Healing at the End of Life.”

2:40-5:50PM:  Break – Walk the beautiful grounds, do an Imagery Trade, bid on Auction items, attend a mini-workshop or just take a nap!

6:00-7:00PM: Dinner

7:00PM-9:00PM: Imagery Social Hour:  Come drink wine or a non-alchoholic beverage, eat cheese, tell a few jokes, and enjoy the company of your Imagery Family members.  Kick back and have some fun! We may even have a spontaneous, fun performance or two!  You can also look over silent auction items and bid on what you want.


8:00-8:30AM: Breakfast

8:40-10:10AM:  Maureen Minnehan Jones: “The Modus Operandi Technique: Tap Into Your Inner Power to Heal.”

10:10-10:25AM: Break

10:30-12:00PM: Dorit Netzer: “Imaginal Resonance: Healing Ourselves, Healing our World.”

12:00-1:00PM: Lunch

1:10-2:40PM:  Denise Hughes: “Money Shadow Dancing: Healing our Relationship with Money.”

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

To find out more about the conference and register click the link:

Association News

September 25, 2014