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Call for Proposals Imagery International 2017 Conference

February 17, 2017

The 9th Annual Imagery International Conference, Menlo Park, CA, October 20-22, 2017


This year we begin with curiosity surrounding the imagery that lives within our bodies as we delve into the wisdom, mystery, and vitality of the mind-body connection. We ask the questions:

What is mind-body awareness?
How do images that reside within influence our bodies?
What is important in learning more about the mind-body-imagery connection?

Imagery International invites you to submit a proposal as we initiate a lively conference focusing on the power of imagery and the mind-body experience. Offer your professional, imagery-based 90-minute workshop, with an emphasis on participant involvement and experience! Please submit:

1. Name, address, telephone and e-mail.
2. 25-50 word biography including your area of expertise and/or your resume.
3. Title of the Workshop and how it directly relates to working with mind, body, and imagery
4. 150 word workshop abstract.
5. Course outline which reflects the interactive nature of your session, ie., not entirely lecture.
6. Clearly state three learning objectives and applications for practice.
7. What are your space needs, AV needs, or special accommodations, if desired?

Send applications to Darcie Richardson at: or by mail,

120 State Avenue NE, PMB 1013, Olympia WA 98501. Contact Darcie with additional inquiries.

October Oct 20 – Oct 22, 2017
Vallombrosa Retreat Center
Menlo Park, California

Teleseminar: Compassion Fatigue 03-22-2017

January 31, 2017
A Free II Teleseminar on Compassion Fatigue
March 22, 2017
4:00 PM Pacific Time

Professional Resilience: Helping Doesn’t Have to Hurt

with Marette Monson, LCSW, MBA

This presentation draws from the Accelerated Recovery Program for Compassion Fatigue and the Certified Compassion Fatigue Specialist Training to provide an informative 30 minute presentation for professional helpers to prevent compassion fatigue and other work-related stress disorders. Created by Dr. Eric Gentry, the Accelerated Recovery Program for Compassion Fatigue has been published in several journals and is recognized as an effective treatment for the symptoms of compassion fatigue. The presentation is a potent alchemy of didactic information, experiential processing, and transformative techniques that assist the professional and/or volunteer care provider in resolving symptoms of compassion fatigue while, at once, developing resiliency skills and practices that prevent compassion fatigue symptoms in the future.  The keynote will serve to dispel common myths about compassion fatigue and its prevention and treatment and encourage and empower professional caregivers to seek care and support each other.


Marette Monson, LCSW, MBA is the only Certified Expert in Compassion Fatigue and Resiliency in the United States. She is a Certified Compassion Fatigue Educator from the Figley Institute. Marette has been personally mentored by J. Eric Gentry, Ph.D., LMHC is an internationally recognized leader in the study and treatment of compassion fatigue. In 1997, under Dr. Charles Figley’s direction, Gentry developed the Accelerated Recovery Program for Compassion Fatigue with Anna Baranowsky, Ph.D., and Kathleen Dunning.  The ARP has demonstrated powerful effectiveness for treating the symptoms of compassion fatigue. Marette is trained and certified in the techniques from the ARP and her agency and private practice in Holladay, UT, called the Center for Counseling Excellence, is one of the only compassion fatigue treatment centers in the United States. Marette just finished co-authoring a workbook on professional resilience, which will be available on Amazon in the Spring of 2017. She is a seasoned speaker who has presented at workshops and conferences around the United States. Her commitment to her mission to serve caregivers helping them to become evermore effective with minimal symptoms is evident throughout this keynote. You will be challenged, inspired, and uplifted by Marette Monson and this address.

ImagiNews: December 2016

December 12, 2016

The December issue of ImagiNews is online and now available for members to enjoy. Visit to view the beautiful cover art. From this link, members can access the complete issue in the Members Only Area, and we hope that those of you who are not yet members will be encouraged to join us so you too can read our beautiful and entertaining ImagiNews journal.


This issue highlights our 8th annual Imagery Internation Conference: On the Wings of Expansion. Many beautiful memories were formed and friendships strengthened. Please consider being a part of our 2017 conference, The Movement of Imagery, to be held October 20-22, 2017. You can find details on our website,

In this issue, you’ll also find inspiring poetry, informative and fun articles and an interview with the 2015 Imagery Person of the Year, Eligio Stephen (Steve) Gallegos. Congratulations!

Please check it out!

Bev Hollander

Teleseminar: Dynamic Public Speaking 01_18_2017

December 1, 2016

Teleseminar: Dynamic Public Speaking

a Free II Teleseminar
January 18, 2017
4:00 PM Pacific Time

Dynamic Public Speaking

Nancy Seagal

      Nancy Seagal

So often sole proprietor business owners, particularly in the healing arts field, find it challenging to represent themselves in a dynamic effective manner. Learning the art of public speaking is a tremendous asset whether you are working with a client one on one or addressing a large group. In this Telesminar I will provide information and processes to assist, you, the business owner in speaking with clients, media, and an audience with confidence. This will support business growth and getting the essential message and purpose of your work out in to your communities. I know that each of you are doing important work and that is what has drawn us together via Imagery International. It is vital that we step out of our comfort zones and live our purpose in life! 

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About our Presenter:

Best Selling Author, Nancy Seagal has been a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist since 1997. She is a seasoned Corporate Wellness keynote speaker. Nancy’s story includes one of overcoming adversity

E.S. Gallegos, II Imagery Person of the Year 2015

October 29, 2016


E.S. Gallegos, Phd is awarded Imagery International’s Imagery Person of  the year 2015.

He says,
 “The route of healing was known within each person. I as a therapist or as a psychologist did not need to know how to go about healing a person. In fact I couldn’t. I didn’t know how to heal a person.  But what I recognized was there is something within each one of us that does know where we are injured and how we need to go about our healing and they take care of that remarkably quickly. The real injury that has happened to us, usually in childhood, is that we’ve been taught to doubt our imaginations rather than working to recognize how our imagination fits into our other ways of knowing.”

To watch his acceptance speech click HERE.


Conference: On the Wings of Expansion, October 21-23, 2016

October 5, 2016

Register for the 2016 Conference

Darcie Richardson

Darci Richardson, Conference Chair

Two weeks till the conference begins.  A few rooms on the lovely campus are still available.  Daytime rates apply for commuters.



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ImagiNews: August 2016

August 4, 2016

The August issue of ImagiNews has been published and the online version is now available for members to enjoy. Visit to view the beautiful cover art. From this link, members can access the complete issue in the Members Only Area, and we hope that those of you who are not yet members will be encouraged to join us so you too can read our beautiful and entertaining ImagiNews journal.

Cover Aug. 2016 

No Direction But Its Own Bright Grace” came on a late spring day when I painted by the Piscataqua River in Eliot, Maine.

This day, I felt stirrings inside, and I wanted to find something different, something hidden, something that went unnoticed, yet in its quiet strength continued on, no matter the obstacles. Something worthy even though it would never call attention to itself; something that served with no expectation of reward. I found a secluded spot near a pier and saw a patch of sea grass in the water near the shallows. It swayed in the breeze and caught the sun, with the river undulating and sparkling around it. There was movement, stillness, light, shadow, all the elements and opposing forces that make up Life. Yet even in its beauty, it was humble. It called me, and so I tried to capture that elusive something it evoked in me.

When it was finished, I kept thinking of the word Grace and a line from Pablo Neruda’s poem “Water.”

Dawn Boyer 

In this issue, you’ll find inspiring poetry, informative and fun articles and calls to nominate new members for our board and a recipient for Person of the Year Award.


Free Teleseminar: Cinematherapy: A Transformative Catalyst

August 2, 2016
Cinematherapy: A Transformative Catalyst
A Free Teleseminar hosted by Imagery International
September 6, 2016
4 p.m. PST

Join us for a talk with psychotherapist Bronwyn Robertson about her recent publication by the American Counseling Association: “All things connect: the integration of mindfulness, cinema and psychotherapy.” Her article explores how the integration of cinema within psychotherapy can be a powerful, transformative catalyst for personal growth and healing. As noted in the article, she has integrated cinematherapy within an experiential, mindfulness-oriented approach with well over a thousand clients, ranging in age from three-years-old to 70, with remarkable results. She will discuss how this multisensory, multilayered approach to therapy reaches people at a very deep level, emotionally, spiritually and even neurophysiologically.

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Bronwyn Robertson is an integrative psychotherapist who has lectured and published internationally on mindfulness-oriented cinematherapy, mindfulness-based psychotherapy, and the treatment of anxiety and trauma. She is in private practice in Virginia and also provides therapy for youth in foster care and in the adoptive process via a nonprofit community agency.


2016 Conference Register Now!

May 17, 2016

Imagery International Annual Conference 2016

On the Wings of Expansion

When: October 21, 22, 23, 2016

Where: Vallombrosa Retreat Center, Menlo Park, CA

Why: To explore the power of Imagery with others who also appreciate its magic! Enjoy a series of dynamic, educational, expansive workshops that are all about imagery!

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Topics include:

Spiritual Imagery of the Shaman
with Hypnotherapist and Counselor, Pamela Albee

Active Imagination
with Professor Nancy Galindo, PhD, Pacifica Graduate Institute

The 5-Elements, Photography and Contemplative Practice
with photographer Monique Fay and Professor Juliet Rhode-Brown

A Collaboration of Poetry and Imagery
with poet and artist Cecily Markham, RN

Investigating the Trickster Archetype and Story
with Life Coach Karen Hawkwood

Explore the practice of Spirit Breath Flow
with Reiki Practitioner Janice Baker, M.Ht.

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Looking forward to seeing you there.

Teleseminar with Leslie Davenport: Transformative Imagery

May 2, 2016
Transformative Imagery! A Talk with Leslie Davenport
June 2, 2016
4 p.m. PST
A Free Teleseminar hosted by Imagery International

transformative_imageryJoin us for a charged talk with Leslie Davenport about her second book on guided imagery: Transformative Imagery: Cultivating the Imagination for Healing, Change, and Growth. This powerful book is a collection from 24 leading pioneers in imagery, artfully edited by Leslie. It includes imagery’s contributions to the medical field, depth psychology, the arts, wisdom traditions, and as a vehicle for social change, and 30 imagery scripts that will enable professionals to tailor guided imagery to their individual practice. Leslie will share the inspiration behind this work as well as some of it’s original content. There will be a call-in option for questions and answers. Join us on the call as we dig in to share the seeds of awareness of the power of imagery!

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Leslie Davenport

Leslie Davenport

Leslie is an integrative psychotherapist and founding member of the Humanities Program at Marin General Hospital, which evolved into the Institute for Health & Healing in collaboration with California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. She helped build the program over twenty-five years, which included a Guided Imagery internship, and imagery at the bedside and in the Integrative Clinics. She is currently in private practice, on faculty at California Institute of Integral Studies and JFK University, and is completing a third book which includes how imagery has a role to play in reversing climate change.