HEALING AND MOVEMENT TO ADDRESS COLLECTIVE TRAUMA AND STRESS, FEAR AND ANXIETY

Posted by Krystyna Knight on Mar 20, 2020 10:13:57 AM

A guest post by Mary Watkins, Ph.D.

I am hoping you are each well and taking great care to protect yourself and to help your family, friends, and neighbors in need. Our struggle with Covid-19 is both physical and psychological. As our daily routines are upended and many of us are working and conducting our lives from home, there are important healing and centering mind-body practices that we can learn and then pass on to others.

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BEING CERTAIN ABOUT UNCERTAINTY

Posted by Krystyna Knight on Mar 17, 2020 2:15:31 PM

A guest post by Dennis Slattery, Ph.D.

Uncertainty continues to grow and expand and deepen around us, creating perhaps, its own virus, a virus in the heart. We hear the words today, “everything is so fluid and we don’t know what’s next.” My own levels of anxiety continue to rise, so I returned to one of my favorite books by a beloved writer to calm myself: When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times by the Buddhist nun, Pema Chodron. In addition to her gift for bringing some fundamental ideas of Buddhism into the Western world, she explores the place of compassion and sacredness in our lives, especially when the bottom begins to shred beneath us. I share a few insights from her writings that have helped me during this time when groundlessness may be the instigator of panic, binge shopping and hoarding.

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Self-isolating Is Not Self Isolation!

Posted by Krystyna Knight on Mar 17, 2020 11:35:03 AM

A guest post by Susan Rowland, Ph.D.

We have choices. We do not have a choice about whether we are going to have this pandemic. We do have a choice about how we have this pandemic. Self-isolating is not self isolation, nor has it ever been. Not only do we need people “out there” to put the toilet paper back on the shelves, but the world needs help and we can give it.

A huge part of the threat facing us is psychological. Fear, loneliness, panic are all natural results of the insidious spread on the coronavirus. It is our nature that is challenged, our psychic nature as well as the suffering body. The shadow is out there and in here – for everyone. While there is a material aspect of this shadow in the actual virus itself, it is far more pervasive and unstoppable in psychological form. This is in-spirited shadow and the in-spiration is dark and potent for alchemical transformation.

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Pacifica Experience: an invitation to explore and learn

Posted by Angela Borda on Feb 13, 2020 3:52:04 PM

by Angela Borda

Some places you have to experience first-hand to understand just how special they are. The first thing you will notice about Pacifica is the beauty of our campuses: richly green, peaceful, a bounty of organic fruit trees, flowers, and the Santa Ynez Mountains rising above us. The campus at Lambert Road is a restored 1920’s-era estate, and higher up toward the mountains is the beautiful retreat of the Ladera Lane campus. One of these campuses will be the setting for your Pacifica Experience Day.

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New Beginnings at Pacifica: Welcoming a new provost and a new Psy.D. program

Posted by Angela Borda on Feb 7, 2020 12:52:28 PM

An Interview of Pacifica President Joseph Cambray

by Angela Borda

Angela Borda: We are fortunate to have Dr. Peter Rojcewicz as our new provost, a post which you previously held in conjunction with the post of president. Please describe why Peter was your choice for provost. How is his background in psychology, administration, and poetry a good fit for Pacifica?

Dr. Joseph Cambray: While I made the final choice among the candidates for the position, I would extend this to say that Peter was Pacifica’s choice. We began with an extensive national search with two rounds of committees. The first one vetted the qualified applications and then the second, a selection committee developed criteria and choose the top two candidates to bring to Pacifica. We held a day and a half set of interviews with each of the candidates, in which we introduced them to the president’s council then the IMC. They each gave a presentation open to the entire community, town hall fashion, relating their vision and style of leadership as they would imagine it for Pacifica. 

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"One Last Conversation in Prima Materia"

Posted by Angela Borda on Jan 30, 2020 11:23:27 AM

Montecito Journal's Steve Liebowitz's article on Pacifica alum Cheri Steinkellner and her new play, "Prima Materia." Cheri is a graduate of the Engaged Humanities and the Creative Life M.A. program at Pacifica Graduate Institute. 

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Coming Home to Pacifica, January 17-19

Posted by Angela Borda on Jan 10, 2020 3:37:03 PM

For the full schedule, visit cominghometopacifica.com.

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“Loving Medusa, Redeeming Athene: A Mythopoesis of Female Blood, Embodiment, and Sovereignty." An Interview of Dr. Jaffa Frank by Devon Deimler, Ph.D.

Posted by Devon Deimler on Jan 9, 2020 1:16:47 PM

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Faculty Spotlight: Mary A. Wood & Susan Rowland, Engaged Humanities and the Creative Life

Posted by Angela Borda on Nov 4, 2019 1:48:00 PM

An interview by Angela Borda of Mary A. Wood & Susan Rowland, Pt. III of III

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Faculty Spotlight: Mary A. Wood & Susan Rowland, Engaged Humanities and the Creative Life

Posted by Angela Borda on Oct 28, 2019 10:28:00 AM

An interview by Angela Borda of Mary A. Wood & Susan Rowland, Pt. II of III

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