2020 San Diego "Trance Camp" Summer Intensive



Trance Camp Week 2

Generative Trance:

‘A Method for Deep Identity Change.’

July 8-13, 2020

Trance Camp Week 1

Generative Trance:

‘A Process for Sustainable Creativity’

July 1-6, 2020

Trance Camp Week 3:

Generative Trance Advanced Intensive:

‘How to work creatively with “stuck points” and other major challenges’

July 15-19, 2020

Extra One Day Trance Camp Workshop:

(Please note that the One Day Workshops on July 9th and July 16th have to be purchased separately)

July 14, 2020

The Systemic Satir Model:
A Vehicle for Self leadership 

with Eva Wieprecht | $195

July 7, 2020

Somatic Explorations:
Moving Into Deep Connection

with Selene Vega | $195


We are happy to announce the 2020 San Diego “Trance Camp” Summer Intensive. This is the most highly acclaimed training of Dr. Gilligan’s, as people from many cultures gather in a beautiful community in the sunshine of San Diego to go “where no man nor woman has gone before.” The level of commitment, participation, and creativity is exceptionally high, as the community safely supports deep experiential learnings and skill development. This year’s theme is creativity—how generative trance can be used to create significant life changes in one’s professional world, personal relationships, and self-relationship. Generative trance is a unique new method with tremendous potential, we hope to see you in Trance Camp!

For 2020 there is a updated and revised program including a brand new advanced intensive for Week 3


Trance Camp Week 1:

Generative Trance: A Process for Sustainable Creativity

July 1st-6th, 2020
Tuition $1595, Deposit $300

  • Full Course Description of 2020's Week 1

    This course focuses on Dr. Gilligan’s Generative Trance work as a way to deeply awaken creativity—in reaching goals, transforming problems, being “in love” with your life, and opening the imagination. The course is practical, stimulating, deeply experiential, and transformative. There will be many demonstrations, group trances, and practicing with partners. You will learn new ways to help yourself and others to live a successful and fulfilling life, to release long-standing limitations, and to move through each day with wonderment, awareness, and connection. It is based on Dr. Gilligan’s 40 years of experience in hypnosis, trance, meditation, martial arts, and creative change work. It is original, practical, transformative, and lots of fun.

    Generative Trance is not the traditional trance where the conscious mind is “put to sleep” and the unconscious is programmed with external suggestions. A core underlying idea is that creativity is a conversation between two worlds—the “dreamer” or “visionary” world of the creative unconscious, and the “realist” and “practical” world of the conscious mind.

    Each requires and completes the other, and Generative Trance helps you to forge the integrated consciousness that “includes yet transcends” both minds.

    In this course, you will learn how, why, and when to use Generative Trance to create change in the three general life areas: professional (work) life, personal relationships (intimacy, family, friends), and self-relationship (body image, emotional history, “negative parts”).

    In the generative trance model, we see how human realities are created through “identity maps”, and how generative trance can deeply change these maps for the better. In this workshop you will learn how to:

    1. Identify the most important “dream life” or “positive goals” in a person’s life;

    2. Identify the core “identity elements” that are needed for making that positive change;

    3. Open a generative trance state that provides safety and high quality consciousness as a working base;

    4. Connect to each experience, especially persistent “problems,” as a “resource” and “competency” that plays an integral, essential role in creative change;

    5. “Download” the identify elements into the generative trance field, like a “quantum soup” holding many possibilities;

    6. Activate the “creative self” to transform these elements into a generative map, so that the dream can be achieved;

    7. Carefully ensure that the deep trance changes translate into the actual life reality; and

    8. Apply Generative Trance work with individuals, personal relationships, and groups.

    This is the newest development in Dr. Gilligan’s work. Come with a commitment to deep lasting change, and learn how to make your dreams come true. The training community deeply supports you in integrating this into your daily life. We hope and expect that you will come away from the training with an amazing sense of what’s possible for you and others in life.

 Trance Camp Week 2

Generative Trance: A Method for Deep Identity Change

July 8th-13th, 2020
Tuition $1750, Deposit $300

Prior participation on week 1 or equivalent is a prerequisite for participation on week 2

  • Full Course Description of 2020's Week 2

    This course explores how to use generative trance to make deep and lasting identity changes in individuals and relationship systems. GT sees creativity as the core dimension of human being and looks at how reality is created through filters (somatic, cognitive, and social). In this process, (identity) systems are the prototype filter; that is, we generate our realities via the (mostly unconscious) maps of who we are, and what the world is. These systemic filters can be held negatively (in neuromuscular lock) or generatively (in creative flow), resulting in either problems or positive solutions.

    In the Generative Trance model, an Identity system has six dimensions: (1) the present state; (2) the intention or desired values; (3) resources; (4) obstacles; (5) action ideas, and (6) the underlying context in which all these dimensions are held (COACH or CRASH)

    We will see how generative trance can open a fluid and positive underlying conversational space, so that each identity dimension can be welcomed and moved into positive, fluid, and relationally connected constellations. The resulting generative state allows deep and sustainable identity changes to be made.

    More specifically, we will see how each identity dimensions can be used in three general ways. First, a deeply each dimension can be used to develop a unique and client-based trance. Sensing these multiple entryways for trance development allows tremendous freedom in creating many different types of learning states and creative spaces, thereby enabling deep and meaningful changes.

    Second, we will see how trance phenomena—age regression and progression, deep trance identification with another person, time distortion, somatic changes—are the generative versions of the underlying psychological modalities of identity construction. Thus, we create our reality through our relationships to time, memory, body, personal identity, etc.; when each of these dimensions is fluid, new realities and transformation of long-fixed realities can occur.

    Third, the fluid connection to each dimension, as a “part and whole” of the identity matrix process, allows the development of specific transformational work that is deep and lasting. IN other words, we will see how a trance session can be used to realize major identity changes.

    Taken as a whole, the Deep Identity Change model provides an in-depth exploration of the incredible positive changes that we human beings can make. You will learn a general framework, specific methods of generative trance, and numerous methods for transformational change (e.g., creating positive futures, transforming negative habits and addictions, pain control, positive intimacy, healing childhood wounds, and self-love).

    The training is intensive and deep. You will learn a general framework, specific methods of generative trance, and numerous methods for transformational change (e.g., creating positive futures, transforming negative habits and addictions, pain control, positive intimacy, healing childhood wounds, and self-love).

    Generative Trance sees life as a great journey of consciousness. Many people say this is one of the deepest life experiences they’ve ever had. We welcome you to such a process.


Trance Camp Week 3

Generative Trance Advanced Intensive: How to work creatively with “stuck points” and other major challenges

July 15th- 19th, 2020
Tuition $1800, Deposit $300

Prior participation on weeks 1&2 or equivalent are prerequisites for participation on week 3

  • Full Course Description of 2020's Week 3

    Generative Trance is a method for translating dreams into successful realities. It is based on harmonizing the two human intelligences—the social-verbal “conscious mind”, and the “creative dreamer” unconscious mind—in a generative relationship. In Week 1 of the training Level 1, we use a 7-step model to focus on how, when, and why to use generative trance for health, happiness, and success. In week 2, we go deeper into hypnotic learning and see how to use the 7-step model as a generative holon, like a piece of beautiful music.

    In this Week 3 Advanced Training, we especially see how to creatively engage and transform the unique characteristics of each system, especially the obstacles encountered at each step. We see how the real creative work must go beyond what you already know and do, and how generative trance helps you develop new solutions and developments to the most important areas of your life. We will see how trance allows deep curiosity and calm in the face of confusion and “problems”, as well as a wisdom and intelligence to generate success and deep healing.

    We will focus on each of the six steps in turn, identifying the core question/process of that step and the prototype methods covered in earlier trainings, then through demonstration and small group work identify the major problems/”stuck points” for that step. A set of questions will be used to identify the underlying pattern of disconnection/negative meanings operating, and a set of generative methods that can bring the process to a generative level where the problem dissipates and creative movement can occur.

    The learning will be intense and experiential. We will have many demonstrations, group trances, exercises, and some supervision by both Dr. Gilligan and the team. You can expect to have very deep learning experiences, and also develop your understanding and competence of Generative Trance at the next advanced level.


Book Week 1 and 2 together for $2950

Book Week 2 and 3 together for $3495

Book all 3 weeks for $4495


Who Should Attend?

Trance Camp is designed for both personal development and professional application. Many people are in the helping professions; others are primarily there for personal development. The work assumes that to help others connect with their creative imagination, you must first be able to do it within yourself. As Gandhi said, Be the change you want to see in the world.  Thus, Trance Camp is a highly experiential workshop where deep personal transformation is possible—many people have shared that Trance Camp transformed their lives.  It also helps you deepen your capacity to help others to also have “trance-formative” experiences.  Thus, each day includes some presentation(s) by Dr. Gilligan, group trances, demonstrations, practice exercises, and group discussion and sharing.  So you will learn by listening, watching, going inside and experiencing, practicing with partners, and then integrating with the group.  We have people from cultures around the world, making it an exceptional learning community.

One of the best parts of Trance Camp is how multi-cultural it is.  For example, the approximately 50 people from last year’s TC were from over 20 countries!  For at least half the people, English is not their “mother tongue”; but no worries, we speak the human language of creative connection, and encourage people to blend different languages in the trance work with others. (Most people report this is one of the best parts of the work!) So your English doesn’t have to be perfect, just come prepared for human connection.

So please join us!


IAGC Certification in Generative Trance

The first two weeks (12 days) of Trance Camp constitute the IAGC Basic Certification Course in Generative Trance.  (Additional requirements include testing and completed session work.)    The IAGC is the training organization developed by Stephen Gilligan and Robert Dilts. It should be noted that the requirements for licensing (and advertising) one’s self as a hypnotherapist vary by country and state/province.  


How to Book and Pay

Payment in Full:

You can pay for your attendance in full through Eventbrite. We will collect your registration details and then you can pay via Paypal. If you do not have a Paypal account you can also pay by all major credit/debit cards through Paypal. 

Paying by Deposit:

Deposit for one week is $300, deposits for two or more weeks is $500

You can either pay by deposit and Paypal/Credit/Debit Card through the eventbrite system below. Select the deposit option you want to book and follow the booking Procedure. 

The remainder of the invoice will be due by June 26th. Again this can be paid by Bank Transfer or Paypal.


All cancellations made before April 1st 2020 are subject to a $75 cancellation fee.

Cancellations between April 1st 2020 up to April 30th are subject to a 50% cancellation fee

Cancellations between May 1st 2020 up to May 31st are subject to a 75% cancellation fee

No refunds are available after June 1st 2020


All card payments  are collected through Paypal

If you do not have a Paypal account or would rather pay with a credit/debit card that is not linked to your existing paypal account, select the option to check out as a guest when you get to the paypal payment screen.



Paying by invoice:

If you would like to pay by invoice to your business, wire transfer or cheque then use this option. You can also contact the office to pay with a card over the phone

How to pay by invoice:

If you would like to pay by invoice then please select 'other payment options' under the 'Order Now' button. Click the 'Pay Offline' button and you can then choose to pay by invoice. We will invoice you for an immediate deposit amount payable either through Paypal or Bank Transfer. The remainder of the invoice will be due by June 26th. Again this can be paid by Bank Transfer or Paypal


The Generative Change Audio Series

You can now purchase a copy of the Generative Change Audio series, at a special price of $360, with your Trance Camp registration via Eventbrite.

This series is a great way to get practice the core tools and principles that you will be exploring during Trance Camp

For more information on the series click here

  • Trance Camp Guidelines and Participant Agreements

    To give a further sense of the nature of Trance Camp, here are the “guidelines and agreements” that each person is asked to abide by: Guidelines and agreements for 2020 Trance Camp

    1. Education and personal development, not psychotherapy. “Trance Camp” (TC) is intended to help participants have deep, meaningful experiences with their own inner intelligence or “unconscious wisdom,” especially in terms of how to deepen a positive relationship with this inner intelligence. These experiences are designed for educational and personal development purposes. TC is not group or individual psychotherapy, nor is it intended to be a substitute for psychotherapy. If you are currently in psychotherapy, please discuss your plans to participate in the workshop with your therapist. Also, if you are taking any psychiatric medications or have any significant health concerns, please let Dr. Gilligan know, so that your needs can be best served. Of course, any such information will be held in strict confidence.

    2. Creative skills trainings, not psychotherapy training. TC is not a program to train people to do psychotherapy. It is designed to explore how to help yourself and others have a healthy, productive relationship with your/their creative processes and inner intelligence. Some people in the workshop are health professionals, others are not. So we hope and expect that the training will help you to be better at whatever you are doing: therapist, friend, artist, business person, self-healing, etc.

    3. Commitment to ethical and appropriate use. In this regard, we ask you to make a commitment to only use the work in ethical and appropriate ways, for example, by only working in areas of your competence and training, and by not using trance in any exploitative or unethical ways (e.g., stage hypnosis).

    4. Self-commitment and personal integrity. Finally, we ask you to make a sincere commitment to yourself to be in the training in the best possible way for you. Remember your deepest interests in coming, and be true to them. Take time for yourself, and be responsible for your own process. One of the great parts of TC is the deep community connections, which always start with self-connection.

    5. Respect for each person. Please be mindful and respectful in your relationships with others at TC, keeping in mind that it is primarily a space for deep personal development (rather than a social meeting place). Be attentive to boundaries and emotional sensitivities, both within yourself and others. Communicate directly to the best of your abilities. For any help in perceived boundary violations, please consult with any of the assistants (or with Steve).



Extra One Day Trance Camp Workshops

July 14, 2020

The Systemic Satir Model:
A Vehicle for Self leadership 

with Eva Wieprecht | $195

July 7, 2020

Somatic Explorations:
Moving Into Deep Connection

with Selene Vega | $195

These extra one day workshops need to be booked separately , simply select the workshop you want to attend from the list below. 

Please scroll through to see all options: