Black History Month

Posted by Guest on Feb 4, 2023 9:00:00 AM

Dear Pacifica Community,

The beginning of February marks the start of Black History Month, a time to celebrate Black Excellence, a term used to describe the individual contributions, perseverance, achievements, and successes of the Black community. The 2023 theme for Black History Month, set by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), is Black Resistance.

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Posted in: Pacifica News, Pacifica Graduate Institute, Message from the President

Evolution and Growth in the Integrative Therapy and Healing Program: An Interview with Juliet Rohde-Brown, Ph.D.

Posted by Angela Borda on Jan 25, 2023 11:25:53 AM

Evolution and Growth in the Integrative Therapy and Healing Program: An Interview with Juliet Rohde-Brown, Ph.D.

Juliet Rohde-Brown, Ph.D. is the Chair for the Depth Psychology: Integrative Therapy and Healing Practices doctoral specialization program at Pacifica Graduate Institute. I’m delighted to speak with her to hear about the program’s evolution and growth.

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Posted in: Education, Pacifica Graduate Institute, integrative therapy, Integrative Therapy & Healing Practices, Fulbright

World-Bridging and Shapeshifting: Touching Base with Mary A. Wood, Ph.D.

Posted by Angela Borda on Dec 20, 2022 4:09:26 PM

World-Bridging and Shapeshifting: Touching Base with Mary A. Wood, Ph.D.

Mary A. Wood, Ph.D., is the Chair of the M.A. Depth Psychology and Creativity with Emphasis in the Arts and Humanities program, which is currently accepting applications for Spring 2023 and Fall 2023 (visit the program here). She will be presenting the webinar “World-Bridging and Shapeshifting: Soul, Image, and Imagination in Gloria Anzaldúa, James Hillman, and C.G. Jung” on January 13th. I’m delighted to speak with Mary about her upcoming webinar and also about her program.

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Posted in: creativity, Education, depth psychology, Pacifica Graduate Institute, Engaged Humanities

Soulcraft™: A Guide to the Numinous Depths

Posted by Angela Borda on Oct 17, 2022 10:09:42 AM

Soulcraft™: A Guide to the Numinous Depths

An Interview with Brian Stafford, M.D., M.P.H.

“Soulcraft skills and practices evoke the world-shifting experience of soul encounter —the revelation of our unique mythopoetic identity, an identity expressed through symbol and metaphor, image and dream, archetype and myth, an identity embodied in a mysterious story that whispers to us in moments of expanded awareness and exquisite aliveness.”

“Introduction to Soulcraft™” with Doug Van Houten and Brian Stafford will be a zoom workshop from Pacifica, October 28-30, 2022. For more information, visit our website. Brian Stafford is “a guide to the wilderness of nature and soul” and “an agent of cultural awakening and transformation.” I’m delighted to be speaking with him.

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Posted in: The Psyche, Education, depth psychology, Pacifica Graduate Institute

Cultural Complexes and the Mythopoetic Imagination in the 21st Century: An Interview with Thomas Singer, Ph.D.

Posted by Angela Borda on Sep 29, 2022 9:24:01 AM

Cultural Complexes and the Mythopoetic Imagination in the 21st Century: An Interview with Thomas Singer, Ph.D.

Dr. Thomas Singer will be giving a keynote presentation, “Portals to the Imaginal in a Digital Era: Cultural Complexes and the Mythopoetic Imagination in the 21st Century,” for Pacifica’s upcoming event, “Portals to the Imaginal: Re-Visioning Depth Psychology for the 21st Century,” on October 7-9, 2022. An immersive learning event in celebration of the campus re-opening of Pacifica. For more details, visit us here.

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Posted in: Mythology, Education, depth psychology, mythological, Pacifica Graduate Institute, Spiritual

Walking the Labyrinth: The Feminine Voice in Myth

Posted by Angela Borda on Sep 19, 2022 12:43:53 PM

Having come through the pandemic as a strong community at Pacifica, there is a delight and a joy in convening once again on campus for the 2022-23 school year, which our reopening conference, “Portals to the Imaginal: Re-Visioning Depth Psychology for the 21st Century”, will celebrate. Emily Chow-Kambitsch, Co-Chair and Associate Core Faculty in our Mythological Studies program, will be presenting a paper on “Women’s Memoirs in Greek Tragedy,” as well as facilitating “Mythic Meditation: Labyrinth.” I’m delighted to be speaking to Emily about her work.

Angela: Let’s begin with the thing that first caught my eye and imagination, the labyrinth. I count visiting the labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral, cast in the colors of stained glass reflections, as one of the most beautiful experiences of my life. Yet that is a representation of the labyrinth that is far from the mysterious maze in which one might become lost, might never emerge, and beware the Minotaur lurking at the heart of it. Do you conceive of the labyrinth as a metaphor for the psyche, that when we explore within, we may expect to meet the mystery, become lost, and face what we fear? Why would anyone set foot into a maze they might not emerge from?

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Posted in: Mythology, Education, depth psychology, meditation, Pacifica Graduate Institute, Spiritual

Becoming Beautiful: An Interview with Dylan Hoffman, Ph.D.

Posted by Angela Borda on Sep 13, 2022 3:16:17 PM

Dylan Hoffman, Ph.D., is a relatively new addition to the faculty of Pacifica’s Jungian & Archetypal Studies program. I’m excited to learn more about his perspective and teaching.

Angela: You began your career at Pacifica in our M.A./Ph.D. program in Jungian & Archetypal Studies (DJA). What attracted you to Pacifica, and in particular the study of Archetypes?

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Posted in: archetypes, C.G. Jung, Education, depth psychology, Pacifica Graduate Institute, Spiritual, Jungian & Archetypal Studies

Reimagine Your Calling: Psyche for the 21st Century

Posted by Guest on Aug 23, 2022 12:21:07 PM

The margins of consciousness have shifted. The original conception of “the unconscious” as a meaningful and influential force needs reformulation. Ideas associated with depth psychology have been increasingly adopted into the mainstream of modern culture, such as the ubiquitous influence of unconscious processes on behavior or archetypal elements operating in society. But if depth psychology is to retain relevancy, it needs to be contemporized and revitalized—What might that mean? And how might we go about it?

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Posted in: graduate school, Education, depth psychology, Pacifica Graduate Institute

Pacifica Graduate Institute's Response to the Overturning of Roe v. Wade

Posted by Krystyna Knight on Jul 7, 2022 2:23:16 PM

Dear Pacifica Community,

The Supreme Court’s recent ruling, overturning Roe v. Wade, erodes almost 50 years of precedent protecting equitable access to women’s reproductive health, right to make private, informed choices about their health care, and their futures.  This move towards increasing political activism by the court in removing reproductive rights threatens lives, well-being and security for many in our country.  This decision is of grave concern to Pacifica Graduate Institute as it is antithetical to our mission and values.

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Posted in: Social Justice, Education, Pacifica Graduate Institute, world issues

The God-Image from Antiquity to Jung: an Interview of Dr. Lionel Corbett

Posted by Angela Borda on Jun 10, 2022 10:28:23 AM

Dr. Corbett serves as a professor of depth psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. He is the author of several books, the most recent of which is The God-Image from Antiquity to Jung. I am delighted to speak to him about his work with the God image in the context of Jung’s scholarship.

 The God-image described by religious traditions and sacred texts such as the Bible, which people may believe in without necessarily having experienced, might be intellectually and emotionally satisfying, but belief is not as convincing as a personal numinous experience. Such experiences can be understood psychologically without recourse to the dogma or doctrine of any specific tradition.” –Dr. Lionel Corbett, The God-Image from Antiquity to Jung

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Posted in: C.G. Jung, Education, depth psychology, Pacifica Graduate Institute, Spiritual