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25th Association for Music and Imagery Conference - June 19-22, 2019

Come Join Us.....

The 2019 Conference Committee invites you to join us in beautiful British Columbia, Vancouver for the 25th International Conference of the Association for Music & Imagery.

The 2019 Conference theme, “Myths for These Times”, reflects back to the difficult times that we are living in both politically and environmentally, and knowing the power of myth and images to guide, support, inspire, influence, comfort and transform societies. How can GIM help us access the collective and personal myths that we need in order to navigate and make meaning of these challenging times we live in?

Come join us and hopefully the rich presentations by your GIM colleagues, the local culture and the grand landscape of British Columbia gives you inspiration and meaning for your own lives as well as for your work.


Noele, Liz & Nancy

2019 Conference Committee


           Myths for These Times

                         University of British Columbia

                                Vancouver, Canada

                                  June 19-22, 2019


Featuring CE Day Speakers:  June 19, 2019 

                  "GIM in Times of Crisis" - Sierra Stokes-Stearns, PhD, MT-BC, FAMI

Mythic storyteller Jean Houston has declared, “we are now living in a time of parenthesis; the old Gods have left and the new Gods have not yet arrived.” Philosophers, scientists and indigenous peoples alike have foretold the severe challenges of these times. We are inundated with daily news of ongoing collapse and breakdown and it seems the Destroyer archetype is on the loose. Are we in the midst of a collective wakeup call? Can we do anything about it?  It is up to us as the human family to survive…or not.

What role might GIM play in facing this critical juncture, both personally and collectively? How might our craft help us and our clients through this difficult passage? This presentation will explore these questions through the lens of contemporary and ancient wisdom, Jungian perspectives, images, and music. My hope is together we might discover ways of navigating these times with courage and heart.

                  "GIM and Radical Sustainability" - Bolette Daniels Beck, PhD, Associate Professor Music Therapy, Aalborg University,   Denmark

How can we as GIM people respond to the world in ecological crisis, the governing principles of exploitation of the natural reserves and the equivalent exploitation of our own bodies and psyche in the chase for performance optimization? How can we dismount the false myths of our time to help us see the shift of consciousness that need to take place more truly? We will go on a journey that looks critically at the modern "myth" of evidence-based medicine – presenting the results of two first hand experiences with GIM RCTs (one with a stress-population and one with traumatized refugees), and which lessons were learned about GIM as a tool for the healing of disconnection and trauma.

According to Karen Armstrong myths are stories that hold the power to create meaning and to help us through hard times. The role of the myths in ancient time served to explain the interaction between the mundane life and the "otherworld" of gods and archetypes, and the same fundamental stories were reinterpreted for each new historical period. How does the GIM experience relate to ancient myths and shamanic wisdom, and how can we be empowered in the search of a new ecology of body, mind and nature?

AMI CE-Day Myths for These Times is approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) for [4 CMTEs] Continuing Music Therapy Education credits.  The Association for Music and Imagery P-042 maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria. 


Lodging Information:   


Residence Bedrooms

There are 2 options for Standard Suites

Gage Apartments: Private room with queen bed. Sleeps up to two people. Bathroom with shower (no bathtub). Fully equipped kitchen. Includes phone, TV, and wireless internet. Suite is equipped with air conditioning.

Ponderosa Apartments: Private studio room with double bed in bed sitting room with phone and internet. Sleeps one or two people. TV, washroom with shower (no bathtub). Fully equipped kitchen. Suite does not have air conditioning.  Ponderosa Apartments are located in a different area on the UBC campus, will NOT be affected by the construction (see below). However, please note the Ponderosa Apartments are approximately a 10-minute walk from the conference site. 

There are also 2 options for Budget Rooms in Shared Apartments

Premium Single Room at Gage Towers (4 Shared Room Apartment): Private single bedroom with high speed wireless internet. Sleeps one person. Guests share a lounge with TV and washroom with two showers (no bathtub) with three other guests. Located on floors 14 to 17 in each Tower. Room does not have air conditioning. 

Standard Single Room at Gage Towers (6 Shared Room Apartment): Private single bedroom with high speed wireless internet. Sleeps one person. Guests share a lounge with TV and washroom with two showers (no bathtub) with five other guests.  Located on floors 10 to 13 in each tower. Room does not have air conditioning.    

NOTE:  If you want to use the entire suite with people you know, you can choose who you want to stay with by inserting the person/s name/s in the booking comments section of the registration form and have the other person/s insert your name/s.   

Construction Notification:  Please note that as of June 17, 2019, a large construction project will be underway adjacent to the hotel suites at the Walter Gage Residence. While guests will not be allocated to rooms facing the construction site, guests should expect noise, traffic, and parking disruptions. Construction work will begin at 7:30am until around 5:00pm on weekdays and may also take place on weekends if required.

To reserve your room, click on this link or copy in your browser:

1.  Review the tabs Standard Suites or Budget Rooms in Shared Apartments.
2.  Enter dates between June 14 to 25 (if you would like dates outside of these dates, you will need to contact UBC Conferences and Accommodations for further instructions.  T (604) 822-1000 | TF 1-888-822-1030 | F (604) 822-1001  Email:
3.  Enter the number of guests. This will be 1 guest for the budget shared apartments and if you know the people you are sharing with than list them in the comments. If there will be 2 people in a double or queen suite, than one person will reserve the room for 2 people.
4.  Click "Search"

You can then choose the room you would like and will know the total cost in Canadian dollars of your stay to complete the booking process

UBC Conferences and Accommodations  

T (604) 822-1000 | TF 1-888-822-1030 | F (604) 822-1001) 


The cut off date to book your room is May 17, 2019.


Conference Venue Address:    

University of British Columbia Map

Walter Gage Residence & Conference Venue
University of British Columbia
5961 Student Union Boulevard
Vancouver, British Columbia,  Canada


Travel to Vancouver  

By Air:  (YVR)      Vancouver International Airport  


Entry into Canada

From United States and other countries: A valid passport is required


Canadian Travel ETA


Travel to the University of British Columbia Campus:

Taxis and Limos from the airport:  

"Zone fares" apply from Vancouver International to UBC.  Please click on the link: The rate is $36, not including gratuities.

Taxis are available on Level 2 of the Domestic and International Arrivals Area at YVR. 


Public Transit and the Canada Line Skytrain

The Skytrain/bus from VIA to UBC has several routes on Google Maps, all taking between 55 minutes and an hour visit,


Enjoy Vancouver:  

Vancouver Tourism

Vancouver has been ranked as the third most livable city in the world: convenient public transportation, easy access to parks and nature, beaches, world-renowned restaurants, and more. In addition, Vancouver has undertaken an initiative to make it the greenest city in the world by 2020.

It is also the largest city in Western Canada, located at the southwestern corner of the province of British Columbia. Situated between the North Shore and coastal mountains and the edge of the Pacific ocean, Vancouver is recognized as one of North America’s most beautiful cities.

The UBC campus is located at the end of a peninsular with a breathtaking view of the mountains and walking distance to several beaches. With public transport one can get to more urban neighborhoods with plenty of nightlife and restaurants, like Kitsilano (close to Jericho Beach) in about 20 minutes and downtown in about 40 minutes.

The vibrant downtown core offers all of the amenities of an international destination — from hundreds of restaurants and clubs, to countless parks and recreation facilities, to world-class entertainment. UBC’s downtown campus, UBC Robson Square, is also located in the heart of the city. We hope you’ll have an opportunity to explore some of the many local attractions in and around Vancouver while you are here for the Association for Music and Imagery 2019 Conference.


Average Weather in June in Vancouver Canada

Daily high temperatures from 65°F to 69°F.

Daily low temperatures from 52°F to 56°F


Conference Information:

Please download and review the TENTATIVE SCHEDULE to see the Conference schedule times.

Please download and review the Myths For These Times brochure. 

                       Click Here to Register for the Conference On-Line.

Full Registration Includes:

Conference fees

Welcome Reception (Wednesday night)

Breakfast (Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

Lunch (Thursday, Friday, (Box Lunch Saturday))

Dinner (Friday)

Break/snack (Thursday am/pm, Friday am/pm, Saturday am)


Single Day Registration Includes:

Conference fee

Breakfast (Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

Lunch (Thursday, Friday, (Box Lunch Saturday))

Break/snack (Thursday am/pm, Friday am/pm, Saturday am)


Friday Dinner and Activities – Paid Separately when not attending full conference. 


Cancellation Policy

Refunds: Registration fees are refundable upon written request (minus a $55 cancellation fee before May 17, 2019). No refunds after May 17th.


Further Information:

Noele Bird, MMT, MTA, RCC, FAMI

Conference Chair



Maryann Najpaver

AMI Office


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