The Thomas Fire | Pacifica Graduate Institute

Posted by Nikole Hollenitsch on Dec 17, 2017 3:25:42 PM

Thomas Fire update from Pacifica Graduate Institute
Sunday, December 11, 2017 at 3:08 p.m.

Dear Community and Friends,

The past 11 days has been unique in Pacifica's history as our campuses have had to remain closed since Wednesday afternoon, December 6, due to the Thomas fire, which has threatened much of the local area. The sudden intensification of winds has made the job of fighting the fire much more difficult, yet through the remarkable efforts of the fire-fighters many residences have been saved—their skill, perseverance and generosity has been truly impressive to witness, we are most grateful to them. We join them in grieving the loss of Corey Iverson the young engineer and fire-fighter who tragically was killed during his work on the fire.

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Holding Your Fire

Posted by Nikole Hollenitsch on Dec 14, 2017 2:35:45 PM

A guest post by Craig Chalquist, Ph.D.

Now and then I’ve heard the criticism that depth psychology is not useful in emergencies. I beg to differ.

As I write this, the enormous Thomas Fire burns in the hills above Pacifica. Whether it remains there or sweeps down on the buildings below is largely up to the wind. Sitting with this disturbing fiery symbolism, I reflect that the dichotomy between psychologizing and safeguarding is a false one. We have taken all possible steps to make sure Pacifica people are safe. We have also removed vital equipment and materials, supported each other, and conversed every day about how to operate the school with the possible loss of buildings by fire.

Yet even as we act, we sit with the larger story of what this fire might mean. Why? Because in tending a different view, we make sense of apparent chaos and give ourselves a place to stand within the whirling sparks of uncertainty. A place from which to support our friends and neighbors and each other in a time of devastating loss.

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The Thomas Fire | Office of Admissions at Pacifica Graduate Institute

Posted by Nikole Hollenitsch on Dec 12, 2017 1:25:52 PM

Dear Prospective Students,

We want to thank you for your patience and understanding as we respond to the impeding Thomas Fire. As of right now, voluntary evacuation orders are in effect for residential neighbors near our Lambert Road Campus and mandatory evacuation orders have been given to our residential neighbors near our Ladera Lane Campus here in Santa Barbara.

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The Thomas Fire | Pacifica Graduate Institute

Posted by Nikole Hollenitsch on Dec 11, 2017 4:35:42 PM

Thomas Fire update from Pacifica Graduate Institute
Monday, December 11, 2017 at 4:32 p.m.

Dear Pacifica Community and Friends,

This is an update on Pacifica Graduate Institute’s status during the state of emergency due to the Thomas wildfires. At the moment we remain closed until further notice; we are waiting for our campuses to be free of any danger. Both campus are free from harm, though there is significant amounts of ash in the area. Our email systems have been removed to safety so unfortunately email communication is currently unavailable. We are exploring ways to update our website. However, in the meantime if you need to be in contact with us, please respond via our social media channel and we will attempt to direct inquiries to appropriate staff.

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Update from Pacifica Graduate Institute: Director of Financial Aid, Tracie Teague

Posted by Nikole Hollenitsch on Dec 11, 2017 2:20:36 PM

Pacifica Update: Monday, December 11, 2017 at 2:07 pm

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Thomas Fire Updates from Pacifica Graduate Institute: Sunday, December 10 at 12:37 p.m. PT

Posted by Nikole Hollenitsch on Dec 10, 2017 12:38:38 PM

Thomas Fire Update from Pacifica Graduate Institute
12/10/2017 12:38 p.m. Pacifica Standard Time

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New Thomas Fire Updates

Posted by Nikole Hollenitsch on Dec 8, 2017 4:29:09 PM

Dear Pacifica Community and Friends,

Santa Barbara County, our home, is experiencing a state of emergency due to the Thomas wildfires.  Our senior management team is meeting regularly by conference calls to assess the status of Pacifica during this crisis.  Both campuses are closed, and thankfully remain free from harm. Many of our employees have evacuated from their homes. Employees will not be asked to come to work until we can ascertain conditions are safe and secure. The earliest possible return date is  Monday, December 11 . Employees will be notified by their supervisors as to the exact date to return to work on the campuses.  We will assess this on a daily basis according to the most current information and provide updates via social media. For the present, all classes have been canceled for both campuses through the middle of this next week. In the meantime, our hearts are with the thousands of people impacted by these wildfires, and with the land and all the creatures who live here. In this time, we are keenly in touch with the preciousness of life, and the preciousness of our Pacifica campuses and community. Please stay safe!

In solidarity,
Joe Cambray
President/CEO, Pacifica Graduate Institute Read More

Posted in: Pacifica News, Santa Barbara

Pacifica Graduate Institute Closed Campuses Due to Extraordinary Conditions from Thomas Fire, as Precaution

Posted by Nikole Hollenitsch on Dec 7, 2017 12:59:12 PM

As a precaution, Pacifica Graduate Institute has closed its Lambert campus in Carpinteria, and its Ladera campus in Santa Barbara, as of 2:15 pm today, December 6, due to extraordinary conditions from the Thomas fire. Pacifica Graduate Institute plans to reopen Monday morning, December 11, 2017. Classes will not be held December 6 - December 10.

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Mythological and Archetypal Perspectives on Childbirth in Contemporary Culture

Posted by Nikole Hollenitsch on Nov 22, 2017 1:46:35 PM

Mythological and Archetypal Perspectives on Childbirth in Contemporary Culture: An Interview with Britta Bushnell, Ph.D.
A Guest Blog Post by Bonnie Bright, Ph.D.

When yoga teacher Britta Bushnell first became pregnant, it was natural for her to add prenatal yoga to the yoga classes she was already teaching. This move eventually led to her training with childbirth specialist, Pam England, the author of the classic birth book, Birthing from Within[1]. England had already formulated a remarkable method that integrated mythology to help parents prepare for birth as a rite of passage, and for Bushnell, the training was transformational—so much so that it ultimately led to the two women becoming business partners.

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Posted in: Mythology, transformative, Education, mythological, somatic, the body, rite of passage

Integration: Chinese Medicine, Somatic Studies, and Depth Psychology

Posted by Nikole Hollenitsch on Nov 22, 2017 10:48:38 AM

Integration: Chinese Medicine, Somatic Studies, and Depth Psychology. An Interview with Brian Falk
A Guest Blog Post by Bonnie Bright, Ph.D.

Chinese medicine has a long history based in a philosophical tradition, with its roots in Daoism, and later, Confucianism. Above all, it's essentially a system that's rooted in nature, explains Brian Falk, who has a clinical practice in Chinese medicine, and is currently completing his Ph.D. in Depth Psychology with Specialization in Somatic Studies at Pacifica.

The Chinese spent thousands of years developing a very comprehensive way of looking at humans in relationship to the cosmos, therefore, Chinese medicine can also be viewed as a type of cosmology, Falk notes. The way in which the Chinese conceptualize disease and health has a very different philosophical frame than that of Westerners. Using primary treatment tools like acupuncture, herbal medicine, massage, and cupping, Chinese medicine differentiates itself from allopathic medicine in the sense that it focuses on maintaining health and preventing illness.

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Posted in: The Psyche, Connecting Cultures, depth psychology, images, dreams, somatic, the body