Pacifica Graduate Institute Celebrates 40th Anniversary

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Pacifica Graduate Institute, an accredited higher education graduate school, announces 2016 40th Anniversary Celebration

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Pacifica Graduate Institute is pleased to have a 40-year history of academic excellence, and to have been accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges for nearly 20 years.

Pacifica Graduate Institute, a higher education graduate school, is celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2016. “Pacifica Graduate Institute is pleased to have a 40-year history of academic excellence, and to have been accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges for nearly 20 years. Pacifica’s rigorous masters and doctoral graduate programs continue to expand, fostering creative learning and cutting-edge research in the fields of psychology and mythological studies, framed in the traditions of depth psychology,” stated Chancellor and Founding President, Dr. Stephen Aizenstat.

Chair of Pacifica’s Board of Trustees, Dr. Thyonne Gordon stated, “During the past 40 years, Pacifica has grown from a two room school in Isla Vista to a two campus academic institution in Carpinteria and Santa Barbara. The Board of Trustees is proud of our many Pacifica alumni who have graduated during the past 40 years. They are demonstrating their involvement in the global arena, influencing the personal, cultural and planetary concerns of our era, while supporting Pacifica’s motto: “for the sake of tending soul in and of the world.”

Pacifica Graduate Institute’s 40th Anniversary year includes over 25 events. The April 2016 conference, Climates of Change and the Therapy of Ideas, is the 40th Anniversary Featured Event, which will be held on the Pacifica Graduate Institute campuses. Academic luminaries from the global field of depth psychology will present at the conference, including Stephen Aizenstat, Patricia Berry, Mermer Blakeslee, Joseph Cambray, Edward Casey, Chris Hedges, Toshio Kawai, Margot McLean, Michael Meade, David Miller, Thomas Moore, Safron Rossi, Susan Rowland, Vandana Shiva, Michael Sipiora, Glen Slater, Dennis Patrick Slattery, Per Espen Stoknes, Richard Tarnas, Mary Watkins, and Willow Young. Pacifica welcomes the community to register and participate in most of the events. Please view the events below and visit Pacifica Public Programs for more information.

APRIL 21-24, 2016



  • January 23, February 20, April 2, June 4, July 8, August 13

The Pacifica Experience: An Introduction to Pacifica’s Graduate Degree Programs

  • January 29-31

Coming Home: Pacifica’s Annual Alumni Gathering

  • February 12-14

Depth Psychological Approaches to Suffering
A Seminar with Lionel Corbett

  • February 21-24, May 8-11, July 24-27, Oct. 9-12

Dream Tending Certificate Program
A Four-Session Program with Stephen Aizenstat

  • March 4-6

Alchemical Active Imagination
A Workshop with Thomas Elsner

  • March 10-June 9

On Becoming A Supervisor in Depth
A Ten-Week Evening Class with Joseph Cambray, Patricia Katsky, Lionel Corbett, Avedis Panajian, and Linda Carter

  • March 18-20

Your Story Accelerator:
Bring Your Story to Life and Put Your Ideas into Action A Workshop with Thyonne Gordon

  • April 15-16, May 20-21, June 24-25

Dreaming the Earth, Earthing the Dream
A Certificate Program with Craig Chalquist and Patricia Katsky

  • April 21-24

Climates of Change and the Therapy of Ideas
See list of presenters above.

  • May 13-15

Ecotherapy: Nature Reconnection as a Powerful Transformational Healing Practice
A Workshop with Linda Buzzell

  • May 19-22

Global Leadership: Awareness and Engaged Action
A 4-Day Intensive with Paul Orfalea and Mark Juergensmeyer

  • June 3-5

Introduction to Dream Tending: A Practical Approach to Dreamwork
A Workshop with Stephen Aizenstat

  • June 24-26

C.G. Jung and Erich Neumann: A Creative Relationship
A Symposium

  • July 8-10

The Myth of Genius, The Genius of Myth
A Workshop with Michael Meade

  • July 11-August 21

Deep Storytelling and Archetypal Activism
A 6-Week Online Program with Craig Chalquist

  • July 15-17

Yoga Meets Depth Psychology
An Experiential Workshop

  • July 16-17

Artifice of Eternity: Aging and Long-Term Care
A Workshop with Matthew Bennett

  • August 5-7

Men’s Calling to Soul: A Critical Gathering on Purpose and the Soul-Centered Life
A Men’s Weekend with Stephen Aizenstat, Ed Santana, and others

  • August 26-28

Living Deeply: The Art and Science of Transformation
A Film and Workshop with Marilyn Schlitz

  • August 27

Dreaming Depth Psychology Forward: On Racism
A Workshop with Matthew Silverstein

  • September 9-11

Alumni Film Festival

  • October 14-16

Psychology at the Cross-Roads
A Conference


  • Creating a Personal Relationship with Nature, Building Sustainability, and Dreaming the Anima Mundi

A Certificate Program with Catherine Rose, Marshall Chrostowski, Stephen Aizenstat and others

  • Transformational Storytelling: Mastering the Art of Narrative from the Inside Out

An Online Certificate Program with Dara Marks and Deb Norton

  • Sanctuary Medicine

A Practicum with Robert Bosnak, Stephen Aizenstat, and others

  • Leadership and Myth

A Certificate Program with Thomas Steding

Pacifica Graduate Institute continues its dedication to cultivating and harvesting the gifts of the human imagination and plans to continue doing so for next 40 years. For more information on Pacifica Graduate Institute’s 40th Anniversary, please contact Heidi Townshend, Director, External Affairs: 805-879-7374 or


Pacifica Graduate Institute, with two campuses in Santa Barbara, California, is a WASC-accredited graduate school offering masters and doctoral degree programs in depth psychology, mythological studies, and the humanities. The Institute has established an educational environment that nourishes respect for cultural diversity and individual differences, and a rigorous academic community with a spirit of free and open inquiry. Students have access to an impressive array of resources including the Opus Archives and Research Center.

The mission of Pacifica Graduate Institute is to foster creative learning and research in the fields of psychology, the humanities, and mythological studies, framed in the traditions of depth psychology. Consistent with and supporting this vision, Pacifica Graduate Institute is employee-owned, and practices shared stewardship.

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