Coming Home 2015

Celebrate, learn and connect with Pacifica alumni.

When

Fri, Jan 16 -
Sun, Jan 18

Where

Pacifica Graduate Institute

Ladera Lane Campus

Cost

$209 - $499

Depending on
accomodations




Pacifica Graduate Institute's Annual Alumni Meeting is a 3-day feast packed with workshops, lectures, poster sessions, a film premiere, Pacifica Authors book-signing, Mythic art displays, reunions, awards, receptions, tours, and a community day honoring the dreams and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.!


Join us for a celebration of the works of our very own Alumni!

Contribute your ideas about how to steer our association, develop scholarship funds and community service projects.

Continue our mandate of tending soul in the world!



Friday, January 16, 2015


Event Registration & Breakfast
Logistics
Friday
8:15 - 9:45 am
Lobby / Dining Room
Welcome Ceremony with Stephen Aizenstat
Logistics
Friday
9:45 - 10:00 am
Barrett Center
Keynote #1 - Selden Edwards How to Knock Off a New York Times Bestselling Novel in only 30 Years

A veteran of the Myth Program, Selden Edwards began writing The Little Book as a young English teacher in 1974, and continued to layer and refine the manuscript until its sudden acceptance by a major publisher in 2007. It is his first of two novels, with a third in the works. He lives near Santa Barbara, California.

“I loved Selden Edwards’s first novel The Little Book and told everyone I knew about it. I just read his second novel The Lost Prince and think that Mr. Edwards has written his finest work so far.” - Pat Conroy

Edwards graduated from Princeton, for whom he played basketball, obtained a Master’s Degree in Education from Stanford, and topped off his education with a PhD in Mythology and Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. More at www.seldenedwards.com


Lecture
Friday
10:00 - 10:30 am
Barrett Center
Breakout Session - Brookes Nohlgren Self-Publishing with Excellence: The Author’s Journey from Manuscript to Print ... And Beyond

Brookes Nohlgren is an accomplished writer, editor, and book producer whose mission is to collaborate with authors on books that make a positive difference in the world. With experience guiding clients in every step of the publishing process—from concept to print—Brookes has to her credit 125+ books, including New York Times and national bestsellers On Becoming Fearless by Arianna Huffington of The Huffington Post; Free to Love, Free to Heal by the late Dr. David Simon, Co-Founder with Deepak Chopra of the Chopra Center; and Be Your Own Shaman by Hay House author Deborah King.

Brookes specializes in the topics of psychology, health, leadership, parenting, business, relationships, spirituality, and more. Many self-published titles produced under her wing have won multiple book awards. Graduating Phi Beta Kappa in Humanities from USC, with graduate studies in Spiritual Psychology from USM, Brookes lives in Los Angeles. More at www.BooksByBrookes.com


Workshop
Friday
10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Classroom G
Breakout Session - Zhena Muzka Elements of a Winning Book Proposal: Understanding a Publisher’s Point of View for Successful Book Proposals & Launches

Zhena was living off the grid in California and pursuing a writing career when she got pregnant with her first child, Sage, 13 years ago. The baby needed expensive surgeries to survive. With no health insurance and no cash, Muzyka drew upon core strengths: creativity, courage, and a deep knowledge of herbalism, aromatherapy and fine tea learned from her Gypsy grandmother. She began peddling custom-blended artisan teas in a Gypsy-themed street vendor's cart. Today, Sage is a healthy teenager and Zhena's Gypsy Tea is an award-winning premium brand -- hand-crafted, organic and Fair Trade-certified, and in more than 10,000 stores nationwide.

Zhena now coaches entrepreneurs and recently wrote Life by the Cup: Ingredients for a Purpose-filled Life of Bottomless Happiness & Limitless Success.


Workshop
Friday
10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Barrett Center
Breakout Session - Dara Marks, Ph.D. Inside Story: Harnessing the Power of Theme—and—Engaging the Feminine Heroic

A writer and leading international script consultant, Dara has devoted the last twenty years to the development of a groundbreaking approach to the transformational arc and screenplay structure. A graduate of Pacifica Graduate Institute, her unique method of story analysis has earned her top ratings by Creative Screenwriting Magazine as the best consultant in the business. She has worked with most major Hollywood studios and many independent filmmakers. Dara is a highly sought-after keynote speaker whose work is committed to the idea that a culture speaks through its stories. More at www.daramarks.com


Workshop
Friday
10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Classroom A
Breakout Session - Kathee Miller & Gaby Edwards Self-Publishing Your Dream Book

Associate Core Professor at Pacifica, Kathee teaches mainly in the MA Counseling program, but has also taught classes in the Depth Psychology Somatic program, Humanities, and the Psyche and the Sacred Program. In addition, Kathee is a Dance Photographer for various events, companies, choreographers, and dancers in Santa Barbara.

Gaby taught English for thirty years at Cate School, where she was head of the English Department. A mother of three grown children and grandmother of seven, she grew up in the Sacramento Valley farming country and graduated from Stanford. Retired now, she writes poetry and is a collage artist. Gaby lives in Carpinteria with her husband Selden.

Kathee and Gaby have been in a local writing group for many years. They are currently producing their third well-received book of poetry and memoir from their group, using one of the many excellent online publishing houses. Kathee and Gaby will do a how-to on navigating the exciting world of self-publishing and show surprisingly professional examples of their own and others’ works.


Workshop
Friday
10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Classroom D
Friday Lunch
Logistics
Friday
12:00-1:30 pm
Dining Room
Keynote #2 - Corinne Bourdeau Storytelling for Change: How Books and Film can Change the World

Corinne Bourdeau is the president and founder of 360 Degree Communications, a boutique entertainment agency that specializes in inspirational and social change films dedicated to enriching the human spirit. She is the founder and Director of the Esalen Social Change Film festival.

Recognized as a dynamic and engaged speaker, Bourdeau gives presentations on the subjects of film and social change at film festivals, universities, and conferences around the world. She is writing a book, “The Passionate Filmmaker: How films can change the world.”

She has a B.S in Communications from Boston University and a Master’s Degree from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Depth Psychology, and Mythology. More at www.360degreecommunication.pixpasites.com


Lecture
Friday
1:30 - 2:00 pm
Barrett Center
Breakout Session - Catherine Ann Jones Heal Your Self with Writing

“We’ve become lopsided living only in our heads. Writing, in order to serve the soul, must integrate outer craft with the inner world of intuition and feeling.” – Catherine Ann Jones, NY Times interview

Catherine holds a graduate degree in Mythology and Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, where she also taught. She is an award-winning author, playwright, and screenwriter, whose films include UNLIKELY ANGEL, THE CHRISTMAS WIFE, and the popular series, TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL. A Fulbright Research Scholar to India studying shamanism, Catherine won a National Endowment for the Arts Award. Her books include The Way of Story: The Craft & Soul of Writing and Heal Your Self with Writing. Catherine works as a writing consultant, keynote speaker, and teaches internationally. More at www.wayofstory.com


Workshop
Friday
2:15 - 2:45 pm
Classroom G
Breakout Session - Jennifer Selig, Ph.D. To Publish or (Let Them) Perish?: Reviving and Revising Your Pacifica Papers and Dissertation for Publication

Jennifer is the successful author of: Thinking Outside the Church: 110 Ways to Connect With Your Spiritual Nature; Reimagining Education: Essays on Retrieving the Soul of Learning; The Soul Does Not Specialize: Revaluing the Humanities and the Polyvalent Imagination, which she co-edited with Dr. Dennis Slattery; and Integration: The Psychology and Mythology of Martin Luther King, Jr. and His (Unfinished) Therapy With the Soul of America.

Jennifer joined Pacifica’s faculty in 2005 and served as Department Chair and Research Coordinator in the Depth Psychology Department before moving into her current roles as Chair of Hybrid Programs and Academic Director of Web-Enhanced Learning. She is creating and running both the MA/PhD in Jungian and Archetypal Studies, and the MA in Engaged Humanities and the Creative Life programs. More at www.jenniferleighselig.com


Workshop
Friday
2:15 - 2:45 pm
Barrett Center
Breakout Session - Dara Marks, Ph.D. Engaging the Feminine Heroic

A writer and leading international script consultant, Dara has devoted the last twenty years to the development of a groundbreaking approach to the transformational arc and screenplay structure. A graduate of Pacifica Graduate Institute, her unique method of story analysis has earned her top ratings by Creative Screenwriting Magazine as the best consultant in the business. She has worked with most major Hollywood studios and many independent filmmakers. Dara is a highly sought-after keynote speaker whose work is committed to the idea that a culture speaks through its stories. More at www.daramarks.com


Workshop
Friday
3:00 - 3:45 pm
Barrett Center
Today in Brief - Selden Edwards
Lecture
Friday
4:00-4:30 pm
Barrett Center
Meet our Authors & Book Signing David Laughlin, PGI Book Store Manager, is proud to announce the following Alumni authors have answered the call and will be participating in our book signing!

Dennis Archambault (Myth 2010)

Androgeny JOY, Odyssey Dreams

Lois West Bristow (Depth 2009)

Death Comes Not as a Stranger

Brad Chabin (Depth 2011)

Adolescent Males and Homosexuality: The Search for Self

Craig Chalquist (Depth 2003)

Terrapsychology: Reengaging the Soul of Place, Ecotherapy: Healing with Nature in Mind, Storied Lives: Discovering and Deepening Your Personal Myth, Deep California: Images and Ironies of Cross and Sword on El Camino Real, Rebirths: Conversations with a World Ensouled

Maura Conlon-McIvor (Depth 2004)

She's All Eyes, FBI Girl

Selden Edwards (Myth 2002)

The Lost Prince, The Little Book: A Novel

AnnaMarie Fidel-Rice (Clinical 2003)

The Alchemy of Grief

Catherine Anne Held (Depth 2006)

Delia’s Book: Guidance for Cancer Healing

Catherine Ann Jones (Myth 2003)

Heal Yourself With Writing, The Way of Story: The Craft & Soul of Writing

Ruth Meyer (Depth 2005)

Clio’s Circle: Entering the Imaginal World

Maureen Murdock (Myth 2011)

The Heroine’s Journey: Woman’s Quest for Wholeness, Unreliable Truth: On Memoir and Memory, The Heroine’s Journey, The Heroine’s Journey Workbook, Spinning Inward: Using Guided Imagery with Children for Learning, Creativity & Relaxation, Father’s Dauther: Breaking the Ties that Bind, Monday Morning Memoirs: Women in the Second Half of Life

Elizabeth Nelson (Depth 2001)

The Art of Inquiry, Psyche’s Knife: Archetypal Explorations of Love and Power

Dara Marks (Myth 2005)

Inside Story: The Power of the Transformational Arc

Terry Pearce (Myth 2007)

Leading Out Loud: A Guide for Engaging Others in Creating the Future

Anne Perrah (Myth 2006)

Taken to Heart: Parenting Our Children and Re-Parenting Ourselves, Through the Healing Power of Story

Elizabeth Robinson (Myth 2011)

The Soul of the Nurse

Janet Buber Rich (Myth 2009)

Hestia: Goddess of the Hearth, Exploring Guinevere’s Search for Authenticity in the Arthurian, Romances: The Thousand-Year Quest of a Mythic Woman

Jennifer Selig (Depth 2004)

Integration: The Psychology and Mythology of Martin Luther King, Jr., A Tribute to James Hillman: Reflections on a Renegade Psychologist, The Soul Does Not Specialize: Revaluing the Humanities and the Polyvalent Imagination, Reimagining Education: Essays on Reviving the Soul of Learning, Thinking Outside the Church: 110 Ways to Connect with Your Spiritual Nature, What Now?: Wise and Witty Advice For Life After Graduation, Marianne Tauber, Ph.D. (Clinical 2005), Soul's Ministrations: An Imaginal Journey Through Crisis

Susan Vorhand (Clinical 1999)

Mosaic Within: An Alchemy of Healing Self and Soul


Event
Friday
5:00 - 6:30 pm
Lobby
Friday Dinner
Logistics
Friday
6:30 - 7:30 pm
Dining Room
The Chancellor’s Opening Reception Presentation of the Wendy Davee Award for Service and the Chancellor's Award for Excellence

Featuring Harp Performance by Jeanne L. Martin, Ph.D.

Dr. Martin is a professional harpist, instructor and performer. She lectures widely on the timeless connections between music and medicine found in ancient mythology and archetypal psychology. Her emphasis is on end-of-life care and music for transition. She is a therapeutic harp practitioner for Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care. Jeanne received her B.A. degree from Cornell University and M.A./Ph.D. in Mythological Studies from Pacifica Graduate Institute. She resides in Santa Barbara, CA.


Event
Friday
7:30 - 9:30 pm
Classroom A



Saturday, January 17, 2015


Saturday Breakfast
Logistics
Saturday
7:30 - 8:30 am
Dining Room
Saturday Introductions Chancellor’s Welcome - Dr. Steven Aizenstat
Greetings from PGIAA Board President - Tom Lyon

Lecture
Saturday
8:45 - 9:30 am
Barrett Center
State of the Association - PGIAA Board Business Session
Q & A

Lecture
Saturday
9:00 - 9:30 am
Barrett Center
Mythic Threads: Art, Healing & Magic in Bali with Pam Bjork

Pamela Bjork is a 2012 graduate of the Mythological Studies Program at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Her 20-year passion and intrigue in Balinese culture and mythology led her to the topic of her dissertation, Hospitality of Color: Healing Presence in Ceremonial Balinese Textiles.

The exhibition consists of Balinese ceremonial textiles; photographs of sacred rituals, mythic dance, and Balinese people; dance masks, mythological stories, Ketut Liyer’s magic drawings (of Eat, Pray, Love fame) and other cultural artifacts collected over the past twenty years. An accompanying short film, produced by Pamela Bjork, provides sounds and visions of ritual ceremonies, sacred dance, healers, and peoples of Bali. http://www.pamelabjork.com/


Lecture
Saturday
11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Barrett Center
Saturday Lunch
Logistics
Saturday
12:15 - 1:30 pm
Dining Room
Poster Sessions with Kay Todd, Moderator The Other Woman: A Journey to the Whole Woman Ginger Swanson, MA (Depth, 2010) - Although she has been with us for eons, the other woman’s true identity has been all but erased from existence. She has been buried in the shadows of society’s taboos and burdened with carrying negative projections of an ill-begotten stereotype. Using Carl Jung’s theories of the archetypes and complexes, the researcher explored the lived experiences of other women portrayed in film and history over the last hundred years, including Anais Nin and Sabina Spielrein. Portrait of the Artist as Creative Project Research Developer and Educator Satya Keyes, MA (Engaged Humanities & Creativity, 2014) - Keyes’ vision is to facilitate through praxis the creative intelligence needed to forward and nourish any educational culture through holistic acknowledgement of Self (tending of Soul) and contributing to a world that works. She has already accomplished much, including the following: established the first mindfulness/meditation program for a 5-diamond resort spa; created a music/therapy project for performing and serving arts; developed a health/wellness program for university campus cultures combining Jungian active imagination and mindfulness/meditation techne; as well as a Next-Gen project for the evolution of social media worldwide. Games as Theater for Soul: An Archetypal Psychology Perspective of Video Games Susan Savett, PhD (Depth, 2014) - The question of soul-making within video games is rarely approached. Millions of people are spending billions of hours each week playing digital games. These astonishing numbers point to a vast reservoir of psychic material that has been relatively unexamined by the field of depth psychology. Yet, in a realm of virtual games where image is primary and fantasy is played out, soul (psyche) is clearly present in its various disguises. Games are a new domain for soul, and archetypal psychology may provide designers a new access path for game designs to evolve into new directions. Hades’ Angels: An Inside View of Women Who Love Lifers and Death Row Inmates Charlyne Gelt, PhD (Clinical, 2001) - Hades’ Angels offers a close look at women in committed relationships with lifers and death row inmates who did not know him prior to incarceration. Dr. Gelt raises consciousness about the occurrence and the nature of such relationships. These dynamics offer a world of information that can be applied to certain outwardly successful, emotionally submissive women in the general population who get caught up in destructive relationships with men on the outside. If mutual attraction to a partner has its basis in similar needs and fears, then what is it that binds a Hades’ Angel to her imprisoned partner? Thinking From the Heart in Clinical Practice: Emotion Regulation with a Probation Youth with Immigrant Background Using the HeartMath Method Barbara Lutz, MA (Depth, 2010) - Congruent with indigenous wisdom, current research confirms the important role of the heart in creating the base for strategic and creative thinking: emotional regulation. By monitoring their heart rhythm, clients and clinicians alike can recognize that consistent emotional patterns either reduce or renew their physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. This case study provides an introduction to HeartMath methodology which shows heart rhythm variability as an indicator of emotion regulation, and coherence as a harmonious state, where we can connect to our deepest selves, to others, and to the earth. The Alchemy of Adolescence Beth Anne Boardman, PhD (Myth, 2012) - Like Egyptian Osiris, who gets trapped in a coffin, thrown into the Nile, murdered, dismembered, and reborn, adolescents follow a trajectory of profound musculoskeletal, neural, and endocrinal restructuring on the way to adulthood—a process that sometimes feels like an endless night-sea journey. This poster traces the visual, musical, and written imagery of contemporary adolescent popular culture in the United States and draws comparisons with an Alchemical process of solve et coagula, a falling apart in order to refine and reconfigure. Twenty-Two: Mystical Letters and Numbers of the Hebrew Alphabet Jeannette Jet Nesa Bland, PhD (Myth, 2014) - The Hebrew alphabet’s twenty-two core letters vibrate with a poetic essence drawn from stories, dreams, and lineages. Stories secure memories and details of oral traditions. Through these oral traditions, symbolic concepts evolve into shaped writing systems. Letters grew organically from these shapes and images. This book connects the meaning and mystical nature of Hebrew letters with the stories from which they emerged. The impact of the project results in a presentation of the Hebrew alphabet as a vibrational force that blends physics, art, and philosophy.
Workshop
Saturday
1:30 - 2:45 pm
Classroom A
Saturday Happenings
  • Dissertation Nuts n’ Bolts: From Forms to Timelines! With Robyn Cass, Senior Dissertation Administrator (Classroom B)
  • OPUS Archives and Research Center Tours (OPUS Office)
  • Campus Walkabouts, Lambert & Ladera (shuttle service available)
  • Cohort Reunions
  • Mythic Threads Exhibition (Art Exhibition)

Workshop
Saturday
1:30 - 2:45 pm
Faculty Lecture - Jonathan Young Taking Your Work into the World

Does it feel like you have survived your studies only to find yourself in the gap between the life of the imagination and practical applications? Joseph Campbell reminded us the quest is not complete until we share the boon. Our beautiful discoveries are not to be hidden; we are to take these wonders to those who would benefit. The task is to make the connection. Following a calling takes us into learning experiences we may not have expected.

This time together will bridge the visionary and practical dimensions of meeting the needs of the collective. Discussion will emphasize how to frame expertise to reach audiences and clients. We will focus on effectively promoting skills for career advancement. The format will include mythic stories and discussion of images with reflection on the soul of the workplace.

The goal is to get past hesitation and find solid openings that will allow you to realize your dreams. It is crucial to connect inner and outer realities. The art of weaving the two realms takes practice. There are times to pull back and review the big picture, then zero in to do the specifics. We must absorb new information we as we go along. Some fantasies will have to go. We might have to get out of our own way. In the end, there will be deeper connection to who we always were, along with exciting changes ~ as we develop in unforeseen ways.

Dr. Young is a psychologist and storyteller who assisted Joseph Campbell at seminars and was the Founding Curator of the Joseph Campbell Archives. As a long-time core faculty member, he created and chaired the Mythological Studies Department. After a being away for a number of years on other projects, he now teaches in the hybrid programs. His books and articles focus on personal mythology. He presents continuing education courses for professionals nationally through the Center for Story and Symbol and is a commentator on mythology for the History Channel.


Lecture
Saturday
3:00 - 5:30
Residence Lounge
Faculty Lecture - Gary White, M.A. Beyond Process: Foundational Skills Redux

This discussion will be a refresher and a reminder of the basic counseling skills picked up in the first year of training—that usually become more than just counseling skills in the lives of practitioners. While learning how to listen deeply to our dyad partners and clients, this discussion will remind us how these skills rubbed off on us in ways that we had no idea they would, when struggling with finding those friends, and friends of friends, to complete the assignments and pass the Process classes. And remember those fishbowls!

Originally from Philadelphia, Mr. White has been in Santa Barbara for 25 years, coming here for an internship and choosing to remain in California. Mr. White serves as a member of the Adjunct Faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute and has also worked in the mental health field for over 25 years. He has worked with emotionally disturbed teens, developmentally disabled and autistic young adults, offenders and survivors of sexual violence, and general sexual issues, including issues of sexual identity, oppression, homophobia and heterosexism. In addition to his work at Pacifica, Mr. White maintains a private practice with a wide variety of clients, including children and families, and is the Director of the Disabled Students Program at UCSB.


Lecture
Saturday
3:00 - 5:30
Executive Dining Room
Faculty Lecture - Dennis Patrick Slattery Leading a Cohearant Life

The above spelling of “cohearant” seeks to capture the sense of a multiple hearing when one is called to a unique and authentic life. The call to a cohearant life is heard by the person as one is now as well as the person who responds to the call to be shaped into someone new, or at least one edited and shaped along new contours. A cohearant life is one that enjoys not the absence of conflict, strife and suffering or contradiction but in their presence, an accord of the pieces with some larger organic and resonant whole. By returning to the story of Moses as well as literary figures who responded to a new cohearance when called, we will explore what the contours of such a life might look like and how that call is fundamentally mythopoetic. We will also engage one writing meditation on our own calling and our subsequent yielding to or refusing the call to cohearance.

Dr. Slattery has been teaching for nearly 40 years, the last twelve at Pacifica Graduate Institute. While the majority of his teaching is done through courses in the Mythological Studies Program, Dr. Slattery also teaches in the MA Counseling Program and the Depth Psychology Program. He is the author of over 200 articles and book reviews in newspapers, magazines, journals and chapters in books. A talented and celebrated poet as well as a writer of literary analysis with an emphasis in depth psychological perspectives, Dr. Slattery’s special areas include Psyche and Nature; Literary Classics; Genre Theory; Theories of Mytho-poeisis; Pedagogy; Body and Psyche; Epic Narrative; Phenomenology; and Joseph Campbell's Theory of Myth.


Lecture
Saturday
3:00 - 5:30
Barrett Center
Faculty Lecture - Robert Romanyshyn Is Depth Psychotherapy Still Relevant in a Wired World?

Depth psychology is not only still relevant today, it is also increasingly necessary. In an age consumed by the belief that everything can be explained, psychology would present itself to the public as a STEM discipline. As such it seeks to mandate that all psychological training be modeled on science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and that the humanities be excluded. Since the way we speak about things reflects how we already imagine them to be, and how we imagine them to be draws from us the words we speak, the exclusion of the humanities in psychology marginalizes those voices—art, mythology, drama, poetry, film, philosophy, history, and religious studies, among others—that portray, tell, and embody the cultural and historical records of how we have over time struggled to understand who we are, and what our place is within the larger contexts of creation.

Dr. Romanyshyn is a beloved former core faculty of Pacifica Graduate Institute, who just recently retired to focus on public speaking, poetry, and new writing projects. A self-described “intellectual vagabond,” Dr. Romanyshyn describes his work thusly: “ . . . I have roamed across the boundaries and lingered on the margins of psychology, philosophy, history, art, physics and poetry in order to explore the abysmal edges and dark alleyways of the soul while trying to learn and practice the art of soul making. A lover of the ghosts who inhabit the imaginal landscapes of the soul, I count as my companions and mentors the likes of Jung, Rilke, Merleau-Ponty, Heidegger, and a host of painters, poets, and physicists as well a several mentors and friends who are still alive.”


Lecture
Saturday
3:00 - 5:30
Boardroom
Faculty Lecture - Elizabeth Nelson The Art of Inquiry

If your completed dissertation still feels vitally alive and relevant to contemporary culture, this 2-hour seminar will help you begin the process of reworking your research so that it may become “the ideal text” that publishers seek and very rarely find: solid works of scholarship that hold wide appeal for a general audience. You will learn how to transform the research question and outcomes of the study into the book’s central promise; think about different ways to organize the content so that it has narrative drive; reflect upon your audience and consider the issues of voice, tone, and style; know what portions of the dissertation or thesis to keep and what to cut, and discover strategies for preserving the depth of the original scholarship (and make sure it is up-to-date) while speaking in language that appeals to non-specialists.

Dr. Nelson is a core faculty member at Pacifica Graduate Institute, Research Coordinator in the Depth Psychotherapy program, and Director of Pacifica's Dissertation Office. She has been teaching courses in research, writing, and dissertation development at Pacifica since 2002. In 2005, she and co-author Joseph Coppin published The Art of Inquiry, used across programs at Pacifica and at other graduate schools, which expresses many key ideas about inquiry centered on the living psyche. Dr. Nelson’s interest in research is the flowering of 30 years professional experience as a writer, editor, and book coach for aspiring authors. Her own research interests focus on mythologies of feminine power and cultural expressions of the shadow and evil.


Lecture
Saturday
3:00 - 5:30
Classroom G
International Guest Lecture - Bernardo Nante Human Vocation

Human Vocation refers to the inner calling every human being receives to develop his or her own potentialities. This call is not limited to a professional vocation but includes it. It is the unique and unrepeatable vocation that consists in being ourselves; far from binding us to an egotistic attitude, it obliges us to a commitment to our essence, with others, with the world, and with transcendence. When we devote ourselves to the discovery and development of who we truly are, only then can we give and receive from the world. Where is vocation to be found? At every step our inner and outer circumstances speak to us about our vocation. Should we choose to invest in our vocation, life itself invites us to commit to this call that does not end with time but renews itself permanently. We shall discuss both theoretical and practical means of pursuing the discovery and development of human vocation.

Born in Buenos Aires, Dr. Nante is a Professor of Philosophy of Religion at the Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires. Dr. Nante primarily investigates the interrelation between Psychology, Religion, and Comparative Western-Oriental Philosophy. A visiting Professor in various national and international universities and institutions, Dr. Nante is also Founder and President of the Fundación Vocación Humana (Human Vocation Foundation) He specializes in the sources of Jung’s works and in translating and commenting on alchemical studies. He edited several volumes of the Spanish edition of Jung’s Collected Works, published in Madrid, and edited the Spanish edition of The Red Book, published in Buenos Aires. His recent publications include El Libro Rojo de Jung: Claves Para la Comprensión de Una Obra Inexplicable (Jung's Red Book: Keys for the Understanding of an Incomprehensible Work) and Guida alla Lettura del Libro Rosso di C.G. Jung (Guide to the Reading of the Red Book of C.G. Jung)


Lecture
Saturday
3:00 - 5:30
Classroom H
Faculty Lecture - Nuria Ciofalo The Diversity Inclusion Dream in Transformative Education: A Story Told by the Diversity Committee

This community gathering will be dedicated to the reflection of the dreams, visions, critical dialogues, and proposals for action that emerged within our learning community and, particularly, Pacifica's Diversity Committee. The last Update Report containing recommendations for action will be used as dreams to attain the telos of transformative education. Diversity will manifest itself in the rich narratives of praxis that generate hope, social justice, peace building, and environmental sustainability.

Dr. Ciofalo is co-Chair of the Community Psychology, Liberation Psychology, and Ecopsychology specialization. Dr. Ciofalo taught for five years as a professor of psychology before serving as chair of the Psychology Department for the next five years at University of Xochicalco (Mexico). She also taught for two summers in an M.A. psychology summer program at University of Las Americas. Dr. Ciofalo has worked in a wide variety of research situations in the U.S. and Mexico, training others to do research and managing and evaluating large-scale research projects. For the last seven years she has been a Senior Evaluation Analyst at The California Endowment. Her research centers around Depth psychology applied to community studies; Jungian approaches to youth development; Ethno-cultural aspects in depth psychology; Indigenous psychologies, Participatory action research; Indigenous approaches to knowledge generation; Depth psychology and psychodrama; Archetypal psychology and cultural issues; and Liberation Psychology


Lecture
Saturday
3:00 - 5:30
Classroom D
Faculty Lecture - Matthew Bennett Character as Compass: How Personality Shapes Relationship

Psychoanalytic and Jungian perspectives take different approaches to defining character: the Jungian perspective emphasizes the tidal pull of unconscious archetypal harmonics, and the psychoanalytic perspective emphasizes the ways in which the mind defends itself from uncomfortable realities. This presentation will integrate both perspectives in order to illuminate four primary character styles: the schizoid, narcissistic, histrionic, and depressive characters, with an emphasis on how the styles perceive and interact with each other.

Dr. Bennett is a licensed clinical psychologist, lecturer, and administrator, with experience in public sector mental health and substance abuse treatment. Broadly experienced in program development, Dr. Bennett was formerly founder and first Director of Training for the Ventura County Behavioral Health Pre-Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology, and Chair-Elect of the Psychology Department at Ventura County Medical Center in. His research interests include personality disorders, comparative personality theory, and internet applications for mental health, as well as psychology in literature and art.


Lecture
Saturday
3:00 - 5:30
Classroom B
Faculty Lecture - Steve Aizenstat Dream Tending for Alumni

Sparking new interest among many, Dream Tending finds new ground in the psyche of persons and world. The relationship between the world's dream and the dreams of persons opens us to the actualities of living in contemporary culture. Offering new tools of Dream Tending, we support our mission of tending the anima mundi, as well as to the circumstances of everyday life. From the consequences of cyber space to the impact of climate change, our human condition calls for the intelligence alive in the dreamtime. I will work with participants and dreams describing new approaches to dream work that I believe helpful in greeting the joys and sorrows alive in the circumstances of modern times.

Dr. Aizenstat the Chancellor and Founding President of Pacifica Graduate Institute. His renowned Dream Tending work explores the power of dreams through depth psychology. His methodologies extend traditional dream work to the vision of an animated world, where the living images in a dream are experienced as embodied and originating in the psyche of Nature as well as that of persons. Dr. Aizenstat’s work opens creativity and the generative process.


Lecture
Saturday
3:00 - 5:30
Classroom A
Saturday Dinner
Logistics
Saturday
5:30 - 6:30 pm
Dining Room
Santa Barbara Premiere - Finding the Gold Within

Feature-length documentary Finding the Gold Within by award-winning filmmaker Karina Epperlein follows six young Black men through the trials and triumphs of their first three years of college.

Graduates of the unique Ohio mentoring program Alchemy, Inc. – founded by Pacifica Graduate Institute alumni Dr. Kwame Scruggs – they are hell-bent on disproving society's stereotypes and low expectations. They grow before our eyes and we are able to witness the power of myth.

Join for a screening, Q & A and reception honoring the filmmaker. Learn more at www.goldthefilm.com


Event
Saturday
7:00 - 10:00 pm
Barrett Center



Sunday, January 18, 2015

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Youtube Screening! Special Guests!


Sunday Breakfast
Logistics
Sunday
8:00 - 9:00 am
Dining Room
Sunday Invocation & Introduction with Reverend Dr. Maren Hansen and Steve Aizenstat
Lecture
Sunday
9:00 - 9:15 am
Barrett Center
Jennifer Selig Discussing Martin Luther King, Junior, Creative Maladjustment, and the Beloved Community
Lecture
Sunday
9:15 - 10:15 am
Barrett Center
Martin Luther King Panel A panel discussion of his work, faith and legacy.
  • Dr. Thyonne Gordon, Board of Trustees, Pacifica Graduate Institute
  • Salud Carbajal, First District Supervisor, County of Santa Barbara
  • The Honorable Helene Schneider, Mayor of City of Santa Barbara
  • Willow Young, Chair Counseling Psychology, Pacifica Graduate Institute
  • Aaron Jones, Assistant Director for Community Affairs, UCSB Student Services
  • Dr. Wallace K. Shepherd, Jr., Pastors – Second Baptist Church
  • Dr. Jennifer Selig, Associate Chair Hybrid Programs, Pacifica Graduate Institute, Moderator

Event
Sunday
10:15 - 11:15 am
Barrett Center
Dreaming the Dream Forward
Event
Sunday
11:30 - 12:00 pm
Barrett Center
Reconnecting as Community
Event
Sunday
12:00 - 12:30 pm
Barrett Center
Closing Ritual & Reception
Event
Sunday
12:30
Barrett Center / Dining Room

Pacifica Graduate Institute Alumni Association (PGIAA) Proudly Announces the 2015 Recipients of The Wendy Davee Award for Service and The Chancellor’s Award for Excellence.

The Wendy Davee Award for Service Dr. Jill Griffin (Myth 2012)

Dr. Griffin is the recipient of our Second Annual Wendy Davee Award for Service, which honors alumni/ae who exemplify Wendy's dedication and spirit of soul tending through service in the community.

Dr. Griffin represents a glowing example of a Pacifica Alumna’s best work in the world. She enriches her community, leads by example, promotes civic responsibility through the philosophies and concepts she teaches her “girls’ circles,” encourages healthful practices, fosters and exhibits innovative thinking and projects, and most importantly, teaches her girls to embrace all of who they are, to listen to their unique voices while at the same time working together toward the future. Dr. Griffin’s Squash Blossom Leadership work, and her service as a PGIAA Regional Coordinator showcase her commitment to the welfare of teenage girls from all backgrounds, and to staying connected with Pacifica’s principle of tending the soul in and of the world.

Read more about Dr. Griffen and the Wendy Davee Award for Service.


Chancellor’s Award for Excellence Dr. Mark Whitehurst (Myth 2010)

Dr. Whitehurst is the recipient of the Association’s first Chancellor’s Award for Excellence, created to acknowledge and provide recognition for consistently superior professional achievement and to encourage the ongoing pursuit of excellence.

A community advocate, Dr. Whitehurst is a lifelong lover of the arts and a decades-long, steadfast supporter of the Santa Barbara arts community. He is the publisher of CASA Magazine and serves on the boards of Santa Barbara Beautiful, Downtown Santa Barbara and the Park and Recreation Community Foundation. He co-teaches (along with his partner Kerry Methner) an Adult Education psychology class called “Turning Points in Thought from Film”.

We are very proud to aknowledge Dr. Whithurst's incredible work in our community and continued support of Pacifica Graduate Institute.

Read more about Dr. Whitehurst and the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence.


Coming Home is a great opportunity to showcase your research, projects, publications or artwork. Posters will be displayed at prominently. Please submit your poster application today.


Ladera Library

Friday: 10:00am – 6:00pm

Closed All Other Days

Lambert Library

Thurs - Sunday: 9:00am - 7:00pm

Sunday: 10:00am - 7:00pm

Campbell Archive Closed Thursday


Please direct all questions and comments to Dianne Travis-Teague, Pacifica's Director of Alumni Relations.

805.879.7303

dtravis-teague@pacifica.edu