The Hieroglyph of The Human Soul: Archetypal Foundations in Life – weekend retreat – May 19th 2017, 7:30 pm – May 21st 2017, 1:00pm (12 CE hours) – La Casa de Maria, MONTECITO, CA

This immersive weekend  retreat (at La Casa de Maria Retreat and Conference Center), that will include lecture, process group exercises, and guided painting, is dedicated to experiencing the idea that consciousness is an art form.  We will investigate, interpret, and play with imaginative energies that form the human personality, all as a part of navigating the question of what it means to be human.  Artist Leigh McCloskey and psychologist Matthew Bennett will explore a mythic and psychological journey towards emotional completeness.  Referencing ancient mythological narratives as well as contemporary theories of personality development, presenters provide a map of human emotional experience called the Hieroglyph of the Human Soul.  The seminar will include visual and lecture presentations, conversation and discussion with participants, and meaningful interaction with Leigh’s evocative art. Participants can choose to stay at the center for the whole weekend -  Residential Reservation (Includes all meals, tuition, and shared lodging) or commute  every day -  Commuter Reservation (Includes all meals and program tuition only). 

Seminar offered through:

La Casa de Maria,
an Interfaith Retreat and Conference Center

12 CE's  for  Psychlogist MFT LCSW and Nurses

      The CE is offered through  Casa de Maria Center

Matthew Bennett Psy.D
licensed psychologist, psychotherapist, and lecturer, teaches clinical psychology and psychotherapy at Pacifica Graduate Institute and Reiss-Davis Child Psychoanalytic Institute.

Leigh J. McCloskey
author, actor, artist and visual philosopher, has written, illustrated and published six books. He lectures nationally and internationally on his holographic art and visual philosophy.


DATE: Friday 5/19/2017 -7:30 pm to Sunday 5/21/2017- 1:00 pm

La Casa de Maria
Retreat and Conference Center
800 El Bosque Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93108


  • Commuter Reservation--- $300  
    Includes all meals and program tuition
    For participants seeking CE  hours ----$335

  • Residential Reservation  --- $400
    Includes all meals, tuition, and shared lodging
    For participants seeking CE  hours ----$435


During the weekend retreat, psychologist Matthew Bennett and visual philosopher Leigh McCloskey will explore the keys of consciousness as they manifest in human personality and through art…taking the point of view that one is a form of the other.  We will explore, interpret, and play with imaginative energies that underwrite personality types as described in the work of Dr Matthew Bennett:  

"Perceptives" are thoughtful, introverted personalities who feel safe with space around themselves, and tend to become preoccupied with issues of personal authenticity.

"Imperials" are organized around projection of power and the consolidation of an effective and agentic sense of self.

"Radiants" are warm and relational people prone to abandonment anxieties and regression.

"Penitents" are self-conscious, hyper-conscientious personalities who tend to be particularly hard on themselves and view life through a moral lens.

Each of these perspectives tells a different story, but all part of the question of what it means to be human.  Through a combination of lecture, small group exercises, and guided painting, the psychologist and the artist underline the need for selfhood in a world which devalues internal work and internal values, explicitly honoring the needs of both psyche and soul in the journey towards Selfhood. 

Check out Leigh McCloskey recent video about his art and his approach to creativity (click on image to see the video).



CEs for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC) which is co-sponsoring this program. SCRC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SCRC maintains responsibility for the program and its content. California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP10318) for licensed nurses in California through the cosponsorship of the Institute of Noetic Sciences. California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for license renewal by LCSWs and MFTs for programs from approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.   For questions about CEs visit or contact David Lukoff, PhD at

Course Objectives

Participants will be able to:
1)   Identify archetypal foundations of four personality styles

2)   Recognize and name basic defensive operations used by individuals in order to modulate affect and avoid emotional pain or pressure.

3)   Analyze key features of interpersonal behavior in such a way as to develop tentative hypotheses about underlying character organization.

4)    Critique popular and culture-based lay perspectives on narcissism which lead to misunderstanding and ineffective approaches to narcissism.

5)   Identify at least one way in which gender affects the development of histrionic personality.

6)   Develop effective communication strategies with schizoid, narcissistic, histrionic, and depressive personalities.

7)   Identify their own personal reactions to affective and symbolic characteristics of schizoid, narcissistic, histrionic, and depressive personalities.

8)  Describe characteristics of different types of anxiety as described in the psychodynamic literature, including annihilation anxiety, abandonment anxiety, and moral anxiety