San Diego Trance Camp

Stay Tuned for the Announcement of the 2023 San Diego
“Trance Camp” Summer Intensive!

A tradition for over 30 years, this is the most highly acclaimed training of Stephen's, as people from many cultures gather in a beautiful community in the sunshine of San Diego for deep transformational learnings, both personally and professionally. 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. An updated program for all three weeks is offered including a brand new advanced intensive in Week 3.

Trance Camp - Week 1

Generative Trance
A method for sustainable transformation

Dates to Come

Week 1 Syllabus

This course focuses on Stephen 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.

Tuition: TBD
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Information on Continuing Education Credit for Health Professionals

  • CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Academy (SCA) which is co-sponsoring this program. The Spiritual Competency Academy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Spiritual Competency Academy maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

  • The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.

  • LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFTs, and other mental health professionals from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board as to whether or not they accept programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.

  • SCA is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California. RNs must retain their certificate of attendance for 4 years after the course concludes.

  • For questions about receiving your Certificate of Attendance, contact Selene Kumin Vega at For questions about CE, contact Spiritual Competency Academy at

Trance Camp - Week 2

Generative Trance & The Hero's Journey
Pre-requisite: Prior participation on week 1 or equivalent

Dates to Come

Week 2 Syllabus

In this second week, we focus on how generative trance can support life as a great hero’s journey, filled with happiness, positive contribution, and deep connection.  This requires skilful connection with both the sufferings and the joys of life.  In activating a creative field before patterns take on specific form and value, generative trance allows one both to absorb and dissipate negative symptoms, and to actualize the seeds of positive realities.   In other words, generative trance can help release long-standing sufferings as well as fulfil deep longings. 

Week 2 is a deeper exploration of the creative process, and how to feel a connection with something much deeper and much bigger than yourself. Trance helps you locate the positive resources that you already have so you can assemble them to have this very high-quality creative life in the present.

Tuition TBD

Trance Camp - Week 3 (Happening Now!)

Advanced Intensive: Creativity Beyond Technique
Pre-requisite: Prior participation on weeks 1 & 2 or equivalent

Dates to Come

Week 3 Syllabus

Week 3 is based on how research shows that every model or method, no matter how brilliant or expertly applied, only works some of the time. In perhaps forty percent of cases, techniques fail, usually owing to unintegrated shadow patterns hidden to ego observation. This Advanced Intensive illuminates how this is where the deepest changes are possible. We will explore how to develop generative trances sufficiently deep and safe to: (1) open awareness beneath the conscious mind; (2) sense and invite the “hidden presences” into the creative conversation; and (3) allow a deep-level identity transformation to transpire from the integrated connections.  In developing a confidence and intelligent capacity to do this, you can live life in an open-hearted, skillful, and engaged way. 

This year, Week 3 is a brand new workshop, focussing on advanced Generative Trance practices. This Advanced Intensive illuminates how this is where the deepest changes are possible.

Tuition: TBD

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