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San Diego Trance Camp 2024

Generative Trance and the Hero's Journey:
Reuniting the Human Mind with the
Heart and Soul of Consciousness


The 2023 San Diego “Trance Camp” Summer Intensive has just ended for this year. A tradition for over 30 years, 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 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 generative trance and the hero's journey.

Stay tuned for the announcement and open registration of San Diego Trance Camp 2024!


The 2023 session explored the greatest challenge of our times: how to generate an integral consciousness that can bring hope and healing to a troubled world.






We saw how the myth of the hero's journey talks about a shared calling to reunite some core break in our deeper consciousness, and how generative trance provides an exceptional map for how to make that journey. The hero's journey also emphasizes how each of us must feel and follow the calling to a unique path as the core basis for happiness, health, and being helpful to others.  Realizing this individual and collective transformation is the central focus for this year's camp.  

Trance Camp 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.

Welcome to Trance Camp 2023!!

What Do Participants Say About It?

Week 1

Trance Camp - Week 1

Generative Trance:
A method for sustainable transformation

July 1-6, 2024

Week 1 Syllabus

Generative Trance is not the traditional trance where the conscious mind is “put to sleep” and the unconscious is programmed with external suggestions. It is an open aesthetic conversation between the two human 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.

We will see how the human conscious mind is a virtual mind that can operate free from any binding to time or space or single position. When it is dissociated from the deeper creative consciousness of the world (as is increasingly the case), dark and destructive experience follows. But when we can reunite the two worlds, astonishing transformations and new realities are possible. Generative trance is an exploration of this integral conversation

Tuition (Week 1 only): 2024 Tuition Cost To Come
Room & Board Separate - Click HERE to make Reservations
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Information on Continuing Education Credit for U.S. Licensed 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 Jessie Shaw at For questions about CEs, contact Spiritual Competency Academy at

Week 2

Trance Camp - Week 2

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

July 8-13, 2024

Week 2 Syllabus

  • Tuition (Week 2 only): 2024 Costs To Come

  • Bundled Savings...
    Weeks 1 & 2: To Come

  • Room & Board Separate - Click HERE to make Reservations

In this second week, we focus on how generative trance (GT) can support life as a great hero’s journey (HJ), filled with happiness, positive contribution, and deep connection.  The HJ calls us to live in alignment with a deeper inner consciousness, discovering our own unique gifts.  This journey not only provides immense personal fulfillment, but it also helps heal some deep split or disconnection within one's self and, from there, the larger community.  In present times, this generally means integrating the dissociated worlds of the virtual mind (left brain/analytical mind) and the deeper "organic spirit" of creative unconscious (right brain/soul/heart).   In the HJ, each person must find their own unique calling and path to do this.  


Generative Trance is an extraordinary tradition for supporting this. It allows "emptying out" and "letting go" of the isolating, mechanical ego mind, and an immersion into the creative ocean of deeper consciousness.  From this deeper "trance," it becomes possible to discern and follow your unique path, listening and living what T.S. Elliot called the "music heard so deeply that it is not heard at all".  This "music" is equally universal and particular: You feel the anima mundi of universal consciousness, along with your own unique way of living it and expressing it.

Week 3

Trance Camp - Week 3

Creativity Beyond Technique: How Generative Trance Can Heal the Dissociated Shadows of the Creative Unconscious
Pre-requisite: Prior participation on weeks 1 & 2 or equivalent

July 15-19, 2024
  • Tuition (Week 3 only): To Come

  • Bundled Savings...
    Weeks 2 & 3: To Come

  • Bundled Savings...
    Weeks 1, 2 & 3: To Come

  • Room & Board Separate - Click HERE to make Reservations

Week 1 explores how to create and enter into a generative trance from which "infinite possibilities" of new forms and experiences can unfold, especially focusing on how to do this with a powerful 7-step model.  Week 2 goes deeper, seeing how GT can support life as a hero's journey.

Week 3 takes the journey further, exploring the deeper transformational work "beyond technique."  It is based on the consistent research finding that no matter how good your method is, it won't work in at least 1/3 of the cases.  In these "stuck" cases, we assume that the conscious mind is disconnected from key parts of the deeper unconscious. This dissociation results in creative power being lost, and a fear/agitation (about "being seen") makes clear thinking and deep connection impossible.

This is where the work gets really interesting: You will learn 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. Knowing how to do this will improve your life immensely.  

You will learn how to feel through shadow energies to connect with the deeper spiritual light of unconscious energies; how to release from conditioned patterns of ego locking and blocking; and how to become an avid anam cara ("friend of the soul"). 

Albert Einstein commented that perhaps the most important question we can ask is, Is the universe friendly?  This advanced exploration of GT will allow you to open-heartedly and clear-mindedly respond to this question with a yes, it is.

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