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Liberating Soul: Strategies for Coping with Life’s Trials in Disheartening Times and a Shifting World 


Liberating Soul: 

Strategies for Coping with Life’s Trials in Disheartening Times and a Shifting World 

Saturday, November 4, 2017, 10:00 A.M to 1:45 P.M., Santa Barbara, CA

“Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging.” – Joseph Campbell


In today’s changing and uncertain times, many experience fear, confusion, and anxiety; we wonder if hope is sufficient to keep us safe. History has warned that failure to comprehend the past ensures that it will repeat itself. Our collective history is replete with wars, terror attacks, and life altering disasters. At such times, the universe as we know it appears to shift dramatically and may even seem to teeter on the brink of destruction. We feel disheartened, lost and impotent in the face of such uncontrollable external forces, and desire protection. More and more, individuals turn to external sources of ‘numbing’ in an attempt to maintain a facade of safety.

C.G. Jung, James Hillman, Michael Meade, and Brene Brown, are renowned for their research into the wonder of innate genius, the gift and strength of soul, and the power of vulnerability. This experiential workshop integrates the wisdom of these wise teachers with the result that a more ‘potent’ psychological medicine is distilled.

Participants will explore the innate nature of coping styles, and distinguish between those that mire us in ‘quicksand,’ versus strategies that are liberating. Workshop attendees will learn how to recognize what approaches lead us down the wrong path into a tangled maze and into a situation with greater dangers than those we are attempting to avoid.

Using art, sandtray, story, poetry, and music, participants will also envision what solutions may be hidden from consciousness, yet are waiting to be discovered.



Linda Naylor Dench, Ph.D. is a Jungian psychotherapist, Certified Sport Psychology Consultant, Registered Play Therapist, and Licensed Professional Counselor. Dr. Dench bridges depth psychology with sport psychology and play therapy, thereby working with the individual from a physical, psychological, and soulful perspective. She was the Executive Director of the Pottsville Family Service Agency for 7 years, and works with children, adolescents, adults, athletes, and families. Linda is a published author, educator, and counseling intern supervisor.


Darlena Dench, Ph.D. is a counselor, mythologist, teacher and retreat facilitator in Santa Barbara, CA. She has over 10 years of experience guiding individuals through travel programs and workshops. Dr. Dench’s published work and doctoral dissertation emphasize the psychological potency of place and meaningful journeys. She assists others through the challenging process of “re-souling” various aspects of their lives, be it their work, relationships or travels



Paseo Nuevo Mall, 705 Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (Next to Nordstrom’s, Sephora and the Parking Garage escalator.) Yes Dance is providing the space as part of its community event series!


Workshop payment is on a donation basis. Cash, check or Venmo@Darlena-Denchaccepted.Please email, text or call with your intentionto attend the workshop and include:your name, emailaddress and phone number.

Email: or Phone: 805-267-9815


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