01. July 2021 - 16:00
The Rancho Bernardo Catalina Ballroom
United StatesSan Diego17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive

2021 San Diego Trance Camp, The Rancho Bernardo Catalina Ballroom, Thursday, 01. July 2021

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!


Trance Camp Week 1

Generative Trance: A Process for Sustainable Creativity

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:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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. Generative Trance sees every life in terms of

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:

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

 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 **** 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.  

Thursday, 01. July 2021, The Rancho Bernardo Catalina Ballroom, 2021 San Diego Trance Camp

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