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"Vocation and Service, a Journey of the Soul"

Pacifica Graduate Institute Alumni Association (PGIAA) Coming Home 2016 celebration is just around the corner! Reconnect with cohorts and faculty, meet new alumni and friends and celebrate with your Pacifica family January 28-31, 2016. 

" understand war we have to get at its myths, recognize that war is a mythical happening, that those in the midst of it are removed to a mythical state of being, that their return from it seems rationally inexplicable, and that the love of war tells of a love of the gods, the gods of war; and that no other account--political, historical, sociological, psychoanalytical--can the depths of inhuman cruelty, horror, and tragedy and to the height of mystical transhuman sublimity."  ~A Terrible Love of War, James Hillman


Coming Home 2016 festivities offer a special welcome to our military (active and veterans). The weekend will include an honored guest, Dr. Edward Tick, Director and Co-Founder of Soldier’s Heart, a hugely-popular Chancellor’s Reception, Faculty Lectures (including Glen Slater, Jennifer Selig, Dennis Slattery, and Elizabeth Nelson), Military Honor Guard, Alumni Voices, premiere of the movie Ground Operations, Reunion Gatherings, Alumni Authors’ Spotlight and much more! Alumna Bonnie Bright will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies.


Click here for a schedule of the Coming Home weekend. Activities are free but some require registration.  We are, for the first time, offering a sliding scale fee for registration and airline discounts are available.  Our Friday events will honor military service. This year’s celebration welcomes alumni/ae, students, faculty, staff and friends of Pacifica for meals on Friday in the Dining Hall. If you are not an alumnus, Click here to make your meal reservation.

All are invited to the Chancellor’s Reception at 7:30 p.m. Friday Evening in Classroom A, where we will honor two very special alums for their contributions to Pacifica and their communities via presentation of the Wendy Davee Award for Service and the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence.  


There’s something for everyone at PGIAA’s 2016 Coming Home. Please include #ComingHome2016 on your social media posts allowing us to capture and publish a post-Coming Home gallery for all to enjoy!


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 has 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. Dr. Thyonne Gordon, Chair of Pacifica’s Board of Trustees, 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 and Coming Home 2016 serves as the launch for this milestone!

Edward Tick, Ph.D.
Executive Director and Co-founder
Soldier’s Heart

Edward Tick, Ph.D., Director and Co-founder of Soldier’s Heart.  He is also a Soldier’s Heart Senior Program Leader and Trainer.

Honored for his groundbreaking work in the spiritual, holistic and community-based healing of veterans with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Dr. Tick has been a psychotherapist for 41 years, specializing in working with veterans since the 1970s. He is the author of Sacred Mountain, The Practice Of Dream Healing, The Golden Tortoise, Wild Beasts and Wandering Souls and the award-winning book War And The Soul. Ed’s most recent book, Warrior’s Return, was published in November 2014.


Glen Slater, Ph. D., is a Pacifica core faculty member and Associate Chair of the Jungian and Archetypal Studies program. He has taught Jungian and archetypal psychology for over twenty years and contributed a number of articles to Jungian journals and essay collections. Glen also edited and introduced the third volume of James Hillman’s Uniform Edition, Senex & Puer, as well as a volume of essays by Pacifica faculty, The Varieties of Mythic Experience.  Learn More >
Dennis Patrick Slattery Ph.D. received the prominent rank of Distinguished Core Faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute where he helped shape the development of the Mythological Studies program. He has been teaching for 44 years from elementary to secondary, undergraduate, and graduate programs. His areas of emphasis include the poetic imagination, writing and reading as mythic activities, the relation of psyche, spirit and matter, and the place of contemplation within the academic setting.  Learn More >
Jennifer Selig, Ph.D. joined Pacifica's faculty in 2005, and has served as Chair and Research Coordinator in the Depth Psychology program before moving into her current role as core faculty. Her books include 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.. Learn More >
Elizabeth Nelson, Ph.D. is a core faculty member and Dissertation Policy Director at Pacifica Graduate Institute, teaching a broad range of courses in research process, methodology, and dissertation development along with courses in dream, imagery, and cultural studies. Her own research interests include personal and cultural expressions of the shadow, gender, and power, with a particular fascination with how we construct, encounter, and understand the monstrous. Learn More >

Alumni Voices
Michael Bogar M.Div. Th.M. MA. is the spiritual director at the Bainbridge Island Spiritual Enrichment Center. He is an adjunct instructor at the Holmes School of Consciousness Studies, and teaches regularly at the Seattle Center for Spiritual Living and other venues in the Pacific Northwest. He is currently completing his doctoral degree in Mythology and Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. He is writing a book titled, Watching God Grow Up: Reading the Bible as Stages of Consciousness.  Learn More >
Eduard Uzumeckis is a veteran of the Vietnam War, having served in Vietnam from 1969 to 1970. He received his MFA in Art from Arizona State University in 1982. He taught photography, digital media, and digital storytelling for more than 25 years. He is the former Director of the Dana Atchley Center for Digital Storytelling at Yavapai College in Sedona Arizona.  In 2011 Eduard received his Ph.D. in Mythological Studies and Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Learn More >

Mistress of Ceremonies

Bonnie Bright, Ph.D., graduated from Pacifica’s Depth Psychology program after defending her dissertation on “Culture Collapse Disorder" in December 2014. She is the founder of Depth Psychology Alliance, a free online community for everyone interested in depth psychologies, and of, a free-to-search database of Jungian and depth psychology-oriented practitioners. Learn More >


GROUND OPERATIONS: Battlefields to Farm Fields
is an award-winning documentary film and social action campaign created to strengthen the growing network of combat veterans transitioning into organic farming, pastured livestock ranching and artisan food production. The documentary won the Audience Favorite award at DocUtah International Film Festival and the Solutions Award for the Aware Guide’s Transformational Film Festival.


Alumni Authors’ Spotlight

Co-sponsored by the Pacifica Bookstore
Our 2016 roster of alumni authors is astonishing and we encourage you to take this opportunity to meet some of the most prolific writers of our times.  Join us as Corinne Bourdeau and Jennifer Selig host this year’s Authors’ Spotlight.  Co-sponsored by the Pacifica Bookstore, these alums are taking Pacifica into the world with their wit, wisdom, savvy and storytelling. 

Poster Submissions
  • PGI CLE Program
Information Booths/Tables:
  • PGIAA Film Festival Steering Committee
  • PGIAA Membership Committee
  • PGI Public Programs
  • Depth Psychology Alliance
  • The Soldier’s Project
  • Veterans for Peace
PGIAA Sponsor Discounts
Airlines Hotel 
  • Best Western Carpinteria Hotel
Travel Agent
Registration FormCLICK HERE to Download
Poster Submission FormCLICK HERE to Download
General Information SheetCLICK HERE to Download 

PGIAA Board of Directors
Charles Caldwell, President
Tom Lyon, Vice President
Beth Boardman, Secretary
Kay Todd, Treasurer
Joseph Fontana
Dori Koehler
William James Jones
John Michal O’Neal
Patricia Taylor
Jo Todd
For additional information, please contact:
Office of Alumni Relations
Pacifica Graduate Institute
801 Ladera Lane
Santa Barbara, CA 93108
Tele:  805-679-6179
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