Speaker Biographies

Jenny Garrison, RN: “Expanding Open-Heartedness: Imagery as a Spiritual Practice

Jenny Garrison


Jenny has been teaching and practicing imagery since 1991. She is the author of Imagery In You: Mining for Treasure in your Inner World. She is trained by the International Institute for Visualization Research and The Academy For Guided Imagery. Her current focus is on the expansion of open-heartedness through imagery as spiritual practice. With a teaching style that is informal and experiential, she welcomes all. See more about Jenny on her website – http://www.imageryinyou.com/



Robin Gayle, PhD, MDiv, MFT: “Metaphoric Dialogue: Bringing Hope Alive

Robin Gayle

Robin’s private psychotherapy practice spans over 20 years in Kentfield, Marin County, California.  She enjoys counseling people from all walks of life and from all around the world. Leading psychotherapy groups in a variety of formats (time-limited, on-going, and multi-decade) has taught her that a meaningful life grows, beyond a doubt, through authentic and effective interaction. See more about Robin on her website – http://www.robingaylephdmft.com



Susan Gold, MA, CHt: “Using Imagery to Overcome Creative Blocks

Susan Gold


Susan Gold is a fiction writer, teacher, and hypnotherapist practicing in the San Francisco Bay Area. She holds an M.A. degree in creative writing and specializes in using hypnosis and guided imagery to help writers and artists overcome blocks, reconnect with their creativity, and develop discipline in their craft. Please visit her website:  http://www.susangold.net/



Carl Hendel, MD: “The Neurobiology of Hope

Carl Hendel

Dr. Hendel  has practiced Integrative Medicine in Santa Rosa, California for 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. See more about Dr. Carl on his website – http://www.doctorcarl.org/




Lea Houston, MA: “Move, Breathe, and Imagine: Activating the Triple Power Keys to Body mind Healing and Transformation!

Lea Houston

Lea Houston, M.A., bodymind and soul coach, transformational speaker, teacher and author, is gently powerful, warmly inviting, playful and profound. With extensive training in psychology, energy healing, yoga, dance, chi kung, expressive arts and healing arts, Lea has, for over fifteen years, integrated imagery, breath and movement for individuals and groups in hospitals and boardrooms, wellness programs, retreats and private coaching. She helps people transform pain, tension and anxiety into healing, creativity, joy and love and to shine their gifts into the world with ease. Creator of numerous audio meditations, articles, visionary interviews and a hospital manual for patients with chronic pain, Lea is the author of the forthcoming book, The Power of Midlife Love. See more about Lea on her website – http://replenishyoursoul.com


Said Osio: “Getting to a Newer, Richer Self by Accessing a Deeper Guided Imagery Pattern

Said Oslo

Jose’ Said Osio is the founder of the Guided Imagery Collective – http://www.guidedimagerycollective.org. He co-founded in Asheville the Health Village Collective, a grass roots healing initiative. He is currently developing training tools and workshops for holistic nursing retreats and guided imagery practitioners. He has been in the creative arts field and a guide / senior teacher in the Sufi tradition for over 35 years. He was trained in the Alchemical Retreat process by his guide, the late teacher Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan. Working from the platform of creative intelligence (an impression-expressionism form) Said has developed a visual language process called “Engaged Guided Imagery” which incorporates a form of visual intelligence and pattern language influenced by the principles of a universal architecture of space and place, and the four elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water.

This work is a synthesis of the healing energy of the neuroscience of emotion and draws from the breath, mindfulness and creative imagination.


Jeanne M. Schul: “Dancing the Dream Image: Out of the Nightmare, Into the Light

Jeanne Schul

Jeanne M. Schul is a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist with ISMETA, a Certified Land to Water Yoga instructor with Eastwest Somatics Institute, a Reiki Master, and an advanced trainer in Dream Tending with Dr. Stephen Aizenstat. She is currently completing her Ph.D. in Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She earned her M. A. in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, her M.A. in Dance from Texas Woman’s University and her B.A. in Dance and English from the State University of New York at Brockport. She also studied at Nottingham University; Louisiana College; Louisiana State University at Alexandria, Webster University, and Brigham Young University. See more about Jeanne on this website: http://www.thescottcenter.com