Past Retreats


Landscapes of Transformation and the Creative Imagination

Friday, May 30th – Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Toskana Therme, Bad Orb, Germany, and the famous
Liquid Sound Temple (

Offered by Veronica Goodchild, Ph.D
and Robert Romanyshyn, Ph.D

At this crucial time of change, it is more important than ever to respond to the environmental and institutional crises of our time by offering a new vision of our place in nature and the cosmos.

This 5 day residential workshop at Bad Orb, Germany, a spa situated in parkland and forest, is envisioned as inner journeys in the outer world, which restores our broken bonds with creation. The purposes of this workshop are to help each of us find our part in a new vision and to develop practical ways of implementing it in our daily lives. Thermal water soaking and therapies—especially in the Liquid Sound Temple at Bad Orb—are sanctuaries of deep transformation. Within this context, the practices in this workshop foster the creative imagination.

These practices slow us down, free us from distractions, and help us to remember who we are and are meant to be, often lost in the rapid pace of life.

Journal writing and walking in nature are encouraged throughout the workshop. In addition, there are spa treatment options available, as well as nourishing food and wine.

Participants will engage in transformative practices through a variety of modalities that aim to activate the creative imagination necessary for this vision and its implementation:

  • daily dream work focuses on embodiment of the characters and landscapes of the dream;
  • music as a process of meditation;
  • poetry and finding one’s own voice;
  • film and expanding one’s vision;
  • conversation and creating community.

Friday, May 30th, 17:30 (5:30 PM), Wine Reception and Introduction

Daily workshop format:
09:30 – 10:45 Dream Work
10:45 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 12:15 Music and Meditation or Poetry and Finding One’s Voice
12:15 – 12:30 Break
12:30 – 13:00 Conversation
Afternoon reserved for Thermal Water Soaking and Spa Activities, Walking and Journaling
Evening: Films – 4 evenings of film
Antarctica: Inner Journeys in the Outer World – Robert’s presentation of the Antarctic as a landscape of spiritual renewal using the DVD he created of his journey there.

Crop Circle film – Veronica’s explorations of signatures of a new worldview as described in her book, Songlines of the Soul, in the context of a film on crop circles.

Cave of Forgotten Dreams – Robert’s and Veronica’s explorations of prehistoric caves and their art as ‘transformation chambers’ in the Dordogne region in France in the context of Werner Herzog’s film.

Contact – An exploration of our connections with other worlds and other dimensions of reality as seen through the lenses of science and spirituality.

Wednesday, June 4th, 9:30 to 12:00, Embodying our vision: Practical next steps.

Workshop fee: $850 / 620 Euros. To be paid directly via check to Veronica Goodchild or Robert Romanyshyn: P. O. Box 815, Summerland, CA 93067, USA

Earlybird registration: $800 by March 1st, 2014.

Room and Board at the Hotel an der Therme Bad Orb (2 options):

Option 1 – Half board, includes Breakfast Buffet, and Dinner: 3 Course Menu or Buffet;

Option 2 – Bed and Breakfast Buffet only.

Both options include unlimited use of the Toskana Therme waters, Liquid Sound Temple, and Sauna during opening hours, and Bathrobe during your residence. There will be water and apple juice available in the conference room. Participants are responsible for any other meals outside the Room and Board Option Plan selected.

Total for 5 days:

Option 1: 465 € (approx. $637 @ 1.37 euros to dollars) per person in double occupancy. Option 2: Eur 335 (approx. $458) per person in double occupancy.

Option 1: 625 € (approx. $857) in a double room used as a single room. Option 2: Eur 495 (approx. $678) in a double room used as a single room.

Option 1: Eur 572.50 (approx. $785) single room with single bed. Option 2: Eur 442.50 (approx. $606) single room with single bed – there are not many of these rooms.

Visitor’s tax is Euro 2.50 per person/per day, or Euros 12.50 for 5 days.

As these are special rates made in kind agreement with the hotel, please make your Room/Board Reservation directly with Lisa Möller at the hotel, and mention the Goodchild/Romanyshyn Workshop:

Lisa Möller – Hotel an der Therme Bad Orb
Tel. +49 6052 88133 (from the USA, International code is 011)
Fax +49 6052 88135

Note: The Room and Board fee is in addition to the workshop fee. Participants are responsible for their travel arrangements to Bad Orb.

Closest Airport: Frankfurt, Germany. Transportation to Bad Orb: The most convenient way is for Hotel an der Therme Bad Orb to arrange a group pick up at the airport. The cost is Euros 90 one-way divided between the number of people. Or, you can go by train from Frankfurt main station at the airport to Wächtersbach, and then a taxi to Bad Orb.

Veronica Goodchild, PhD, spent the summer of 2013 exploring prehistoric caves and cave art in the Dordogne, Black Madonna and Mary Magdalene sacred sites in Provence, goddess temples in Malta, and walked part of the Camino de Santiago, “path of stars,” on one of the oldest pilgrimage routes in France. She is Core Faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute since 1999. Educated at London and Columbia Universities, she has practiced as a Jungian psychotherapist for over 30 years, and is an Affiliate Member of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts. She is the author of two books: Eros and Chaos, The Sacred Mysteries and Dark Shadows of Love (2001, 2008); and Songlines of the Soul: Pathways to a New Vision for a New Century (Foreword by Thomas Moore) (2012), which will be used as a resource for this workshop.

Contact info:

Robert Romanyshyn, PhD, is a storyteller, teacher, writer, and psychotherapist. An Affiliate Member of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts, he is a senior core faculty member in the Depth Psychotherapy Program at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Author of six books, including The Wounded Researcher (2007), Ways of the Heart: Toward an Imaginal Psychology (2002), and The Soul in Grief: Love, Death and Transformation (1999), he has given keynote addresses at international conferences, and presented lectures and directed workshops at universities and professional societies in the U.S., Canada, UK, Europe, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. Antarctica: Inner Journeys in the Outer World, a multi-media psychological reflection on the melting polar ice, will be one of the films presented at the workshop.

Contact info:

Please contact Veronica Goodchild or Robert Romanyshyn directly via email for further information about this workshop. If you prefer to call, our phone number is: +1 (805) 722-7758.

There is a limit of 20 participants for this workshop.