Coming Home 2016

Vocation and Service, A Salute to the Soul Journey

When

Fri, Jan 29 -
Sun, Jan 31

Where

Pacifica Graduate Institute

Ladera Lane Campus

Cost

$185

Registration Fee
(includes meals)




This year, the Pacifica Graduate Alumni Association (PGIAA) and Pacifica Graduate Institute (PGI) joined forces to celebrate and honor ‘The Journey’. Who better embodies community than current and past members of our Armed Forces (Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, and Navy)? From the warriors who stormed the beaches at Normandy on D-Day to the brave men and women returning from Iraq and Afghanistan – our Veterans share a legacy of service that crosses generational lines and upholds the values upon which our Nation was founded: service to a cause greater than self.

We are proud to host this year’s tribute and welcome you to the campus of Pacifica Graduate Institute as we come together for our 2016 Annual Meeting!


Thursday, January 28, 2016

“Community, Service, Soul”


Registration & Check in Refreshments Available in Dining Hall
Logistics
Thursday
12:00 - 3:00pm
Lobby
PGIAA Board of Director Meetings
Lecture
Thursday
1:00 - 4:30 pm
Barrett Center
Walkabouts
Logistics
Thursday
4:30 - 5:00 pm
Chancellor / Alumni Relations Volunteer Dinner
Logistics
Thursday
5:30 - 6:30 pm
Salon with Dr. Elizabeth Nelson
& Dr. Sabine Oishi
Trauma and PTSD in Contemporary Culture: A depth psychological Conversation - Open to the Public

Elizabeth Nelson is core faculty and Dissertation Policy Director at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She teaches a broad range of courses in research process, methodology, and dissertation development along with courses in dream, imagery, literature, and cultural studies. Her own research interests include personal, cultural, and mythic expressions of the shadow, gender, and power. Dr. Nelson is the author of two books, The Art of Inquiry: A Depth Psychological Perspective (Spring Publications, 2005, coauthored with Joseph Coppin) and Psyche’s Knife: Archetypal Explorations of Love and Power (Chiron, 2012). A professional writer and editor for more than 30 years, she coaches aspiring authors across a variety of genres and styles.


Event
Thursday
7:00 - 8:30 pm
Classroom A


Friday, January 29, 2016

“A Salute to Service”


Registration & Check-in
Logistics
Friday
7:30 - 9:00 am
Lobby
Friday Breakfast
Logistics
Friday
7:45 - 8:45 am
Dining Room
Opening Ceremonies & Welcome with Stephen Aizenstat & Charles Caldwell Military Color Guard & Invocation (Allen Koehn)
Logistics
Friday
9:00 - 9:45 am
Barrett Center
Keynote #1 - Honored Guest Edward Tick, PhD Executive Director and Co-founder of Soldier’s Heart

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.

Dr. Tick is an internationally recognized educator and expert on veterans, PTSD, and the psychology of military-related issues. He has conducted trainings, retreats and workshops across the country and overseas. He has lectured and trained staff and worked with wounded warriors at West Point, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Fort Hood, Fort Knox, Altus Air Force Base and other Department of Defense facilities. The Department of Defense now uses his pioneering work and he was the U.S. Army’s 2012 trainer for its annual Chaplain Sustainment Training in PTSD.

He is a tireless advocate for war-healing and peace-making, lecturing around the world and leading semi-annual educational, healing and reconciliation journeys to Vietnam and Greece.


Lecture
Friday
9:45 - 11:15 am
Barrett Center
Alumni Voice:
Eduard Uzumeckis (2011 PhD Myth)
Duty, Honor, Country the Underworld Journey of a Soldier’s Soul”

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. His dissertation investigated the veteran’s inward journey and recovery upon leaving the service. Currently he works as a Veterans Service Officer with the Vietnam Veterans of America helping veterans and their families, of all eras, apply for and receive their veterans’ benefits.


Workshop
Friday
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Classroom G
Friday Lunch
Logistics
Friday
12:30 - 1:45 pm
Dining Room
Pacifica Graduate Institute Faculty Offering:
Elizabeth Nelson, PhD
Dissertation Policy Director/Core Faculty: “Her Boots on the Ground: Exploring the Lived Experience of Female Soldiers”

Elizabeth Nelson is core faculty and Dissertation Policy Director at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She teaches a broad range of courses in research process, methodology, and dissertation development along with courses in dream, imagery, literature, and cultural studies. Her own research interests include personal, cultural, and mythic expressions of the shadow, gender, and power. Dr. Nelson is the author of two books, The Art of Inquiry: A Depth Psychological Perspective (Spring Publications, 2005, coauthored with Joseph Coppin) and Psyche’s Knife: Archetypal Explorations of Love and Power (Chiron, 2012). A professional writer and editor for more than 30 years, she coaches aspiring authors across a variety of genres and styles.


Workshop
Friday
1:45 pm - 3:00 pm
Barrett Center
Alumni Voice:
Michael B. Bogar (2011 MA Myth)
Soul-making: A Soldier's Purpose and a Family's Grief

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. He is available for guest speaking, coaching and teaching, and has a blog which can be reached via his web site at www.michaelbogar.com


Workshop
Friday
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Classroom A
Debrief & Remarks: Charles Caldwell, Stephen Aizenstat


Lecture
Friday
4:15 pm - 5:00 pm
Classroom D
OPUS Archives Tour Walkabouts, Small Groups & More
Logistics
Friday
5:00 - 6:00 pm
Barrett Center
Friday Dinner
Logistics
Friday
5:30 - 7:00 pm
Dining Room
The Chancellor’s Reception & PGIAA Awards Ceremonies Presentation of the Wendy Davee Award for Service, the Chancellor's Community Award, and the Chancellor's Award for Excellence
Event
Friday
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Classroom A



Saturday, January 30, 2016

“The Pacifica Experience: A Journey of the Soul”


Registration & Check-in
Logistics
Saturday
7:30 - 9:00 am
Lobby
Saturday Breakfast
Logistics
Saturday
7:45 - 8:45 am
Dining Room
Welcome / Faculty Presentation
- Glen Slater, PhD
Reflections on Individuation, Soul-making and Vocation

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. His areas of interest and research include psyche and technology, the psychology of religion and psyche and film.


Lecture
Saturday
9:00 - 10:30 am
Barrett Center
Faculty Presentation - Jennifer Selig, PhD James Hillman's Challenge to Us All: The Call for a Depth Psychology of Extraversion

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 Dr. Dennis Slattery, a Mythological Studies professor at Pacifica; and Integration: The Psychology and Mythology of Martin Luther King, Jr. and His (Unfinished) Therapy With the Soul of America.


Lecture
Saturday
10:45 - 11:45 am
Barrett Center
Saturday Lunch
Logistics
Saturday
12:15 - 1:30 pm
Dining Room
Faculty Presentation – Dennis Slattery, PhD Leading a Coherent Life

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. He is the author of several books including: The Idiot: Dostoevsky’s Fantastic Prince; The Wounded Body: Remembering the Markings of Flesh; Grace in the Desert: Awakening to the Gifts of Monastic Life; Harvesting Darkness: Essays on Literature, Myth, Film and Culture; A Limbo of Shards: Essays on Memory, Myth and Metaphor; Riting Myth, Mythic Writing: Plotting Your Personal Story; and Creases in Culture: Essays Towards a Poetics of Depth. With Lionel Corbett he has co-edited Depth Psychology: Meditations in the Field as well as Psychology at the Threshold. With Glen Slater, he has co-edited Varieties of Mythic Experience: Essays on Religion, Psyche and Culture. With Jennifer Selig, he has co-edited Reimagining Education: Essays On Reviving the Soul Of Learning. He is the author of three volumes of poetry: Casting Shadows; Just Below the Water Line; and Twisted Sky. He serves as the faculty advisor to Between, the student literary journal as well as The Mythological Studies Journal, the student on-line journal, both published by the Mythological Studies Program.


Lecture
Saturday
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Barrett Center
Faculty Panel Q & A With Glen Slater, Jennifer Selig, & Dennis Slattery
Workshop
Saturday
3:00 - 4:00 pm
Classroom A
Alumni Voice – Elizabeth Robinson, PhD (Includes Q & A)

As someone who has been on all sides of healthcare, Dr. Robinson has a unique perspective from which she speaks: as Nurse, as Patient, as Mythologist, and usually all three. In this presentation, Embodied Vocation, Dr. Robinson will explore the intersection between body and vocation. Elizabeth Ann Robinson, author of The Soul of the Nurse, is an advanced practice nurse. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Samuel Merritt University, her master’s degree in nursing from University of California, San Francisco, and her PhD in mythological studies and depth psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Dr. Robinson has been a staff nurse in oncology and cardiology at Stanford Medical Center, administrator at Duke Heart Center, and a Clinical Nurse Specialist in cardiology and critical care at Sequoia Hospital, Redwood City, and Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento. She lives in Santa Barbara, where her maternal grandmother grew up, and works as a clinical policy writer for the local hospital. She writes and speaks from the perspective of a nurse, a patient, and a mythologist.


Lecture
Saturday
4:15 - 5:15 pm
Barrett Center
Saturday Debriefing: Charles Caldwell
Lecture
Saturday
5:15 - 5:45 pm
Saturday Dinner
Logistics
Saturday
5:45 - 6:45 pm
Dining Room
An Evening w/Ground Operations
(Dulanie Ellis) Film w/Panel Discussion
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.

SYNOPSIS: Veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan face a difficult transition to civilian life, marked by high unemployment, prescription drug addiction and staggering suicide rates. They need a place to de-escalate from the high-velocity impact of combat. They are service-driven people who need a new mission. Coincidentally, half of American farmers have reached retirement age and the USDA is calling for one million new farmers and ranchers in the next 10 years to fill the coming gap. Agriculture’s problem is the veterans’ solution. Ground Operations follows an ensemble of young men and women who tell us why they joined the military, how the war changed them, how they’ve struggled to return home and ultimately, how they found organic farming and ranching to be the answer to a dream. These veterans blow the lid of any stereotypes and you’ll be rooting for them all the way to your local farmers market. In a world full of problems, Ground Operations is a story about solutions.


Producer/Director,
Dulanie Ellis
Dulanie Ellis had a career as a script supervisor on feature films for 20 years. She launched her own documentary company, Walk Your Talk Productions, in 2000 to address issues about protecting America’s food security. Ground Operations is her fifth film about sustainable agriculture.
Co-Producer/Editor,
Raymond Singer
Raymond Singer teaches film production at CSU Channel Islands, and his company, Cut to the Story, is a one-stop shop, equipped to take a project from script to screen. He is an award-winning screenwriter.

Event
Saturday
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Barrett Center



Sunday, January 31, 2016

"Celebrating the Journey"

Author's Spotlight


Sunday Breakfast
Logistics
Sunday
9:00 - 10:00 am
Dining Room
Authors Spotlight/Book Review
& Signing w/ Alumni Authors
with Corinne Bourdeau & Jennifer Selig. Click Here for Author Bios

Kelly Carlin-McCall

A Carlin Home Companion: Growing Up with George (2015)

Tracey Cleantis

The Next Happy: Let Go of the Life You Planned and Find a New Way Forward (2015)

Fr. Jim Clark

Soul-Centered: Spirituality for People on the Go (2015)

Creating Rituals: A New Way of Healing for Everyday Life (2011)

Joshua Cohen

Video and Filmmaking as Psychotherapy (2015)

Mary Harrell

Imaginal Figures in Everyday Life: Stories from the World Between Matter and Mind (2015)

Activist Art in Social Justice Pedagogy (2015)

Priscilla Hobbs

Walt’s Utopia: Disneyland and American Mythmaking (2015)

Jeffrey Hull

Shift: Let Go of Fear and Get Your Life in Gear (2013)

Renee Winters

The Hoarding Impulse: Suffocation of the Soul (2015)

Deanna, McKinstry-Edwards

Psyche, Eros and Me: A Mythic Memoir (2015)

Alison Poulsen

So…what I REALLY meant…Better Communication Better Relationships (2014)

Janet Rich

Hestia—Goddess of the Hearth: The Archetypal, Architectural, and Spiritual Functions of the Hearth as Home of the Human Soul (2014)

Exploring Guinevere’s Search for Authenticity in the Arthurian Romance (2012)

Elisa Romeo

Meet Your Soul: A Powerful Guide to Connect with Your Most Sacred Self (2015)

Edward Tick

Practice of Dream Healing: Bringing Ancient Greek Medicine Into Modern Medicine (2001)

Golden Tortoise (2005)

War and the Soul (2005)

Warriors Return: Restoring the Soul After War (2014)

Robert Wagner

Moby-Dick and the Mythology of Oil (2012)


Lecture
Sunday
10:00 - 11:30 am
Barrett Center
Closing Remarks with Dr. Steven Aizenstat
& Closing Ritual with Jo Todd

Lecture
Sunday
11:45 - 12:30 pm
Barrett Center
Author's Luncheon
Logistics
Sunday
12:30 - 1:30 pm

Pacifica Graduate Institute Alumni Association (PGIAA) Proudly Announces the 2016 Recipients of The Wendy Davee Award for Service and The Chancellor’s Award for Excellence.

The Wendy Davee Award
for Service
Lizzie Rodriguez

It is with delight and honor that we introduce Lizzie Rodriguez, the winner of this year’s Wendy Davee Award for Service. Lizzie is a force of spirit, compassion and commitment, who shares her leadership and talents locally and beyond. During her studies at Pacifica’s MA in Depth Psychology (with an emphasis in Community Psychology, Liberation Psychology and Eco-psychology) program, Lizzie somehow found time to train as a mediator at the local Conflict Solution Center (CSC) on top of a job in hotel management. With her conflict resolutions skills, Lizzie volunteered to serve on the steering committee for Santa Barbara’s local partnership in the international non-profit organization, “Alternative to Violence Program”. In this capacity, and using facilitating experiential exercises, Lizzie helped bring new approaches to responding to conflict to youth and adults in schools and prisons. Read More

The Chancellor’s
Community Award
Aaqilah Islam

Aaqilah is an M.A. alum of Pacifica and a current doctoral student in the Community Psychology, Liberation Psychology, and Ecopsychology Specialization of the Depth Psychology Program. She is a pro bono teacher in the largest prison education program in California: the Prison University Project at San Quentin Prison. Their mission is " to provide excellent higher education programs to people incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison; to create a replicable model for such programs; and to stimulate public awareness and meaningful dialogue about higher education and criminal justice in California." As part of her community fieldwork at Pacifica, she taught a class in developmental psychology at the prison. She was aware that she had many fathers in her class and wanted the course to provide a space for reflection not only on their own developmental passages, but those of their children (and sometimes grandchildren). Read More

The Chancellor’s Award
for Excellence
“Tending Soul” Harry Grammer, Founder of New Earth

Harry Grammer is a poet/ musician and founder of New Earth. As the Founder and Director of Programs, Harry brings his leadership and visionary spirit, along with an extensive background in teaching poetry and self-expression to incarcerated and at-risk youth. Since the program’s inception in 2002, he has been an integral part of growing the organization. For ten years, Harry has been the head instructor for all New Earth programming offered to over 2,500 incarcerated and formerly incarcerated youth per year in Los Angeles County. In addition to developing and teaching core curriculum, and designing new programs, Harry also trains and manages New Earth teaching staff. He has a stellar track record—with an 83% success rate in keeping the kids he works with out of the juvenile probation system once they are released. Harry was the winner of the Los Angeles Social Venture Partner's 2013 Fast Pitch Competition as well as the recipient of the 2012 Josephine "Scout" Fuller Award from Psychologists for Social Responsibility (PsySR). Read More


Coming Home is a great opportunity to showcase your research, projects, publications or artwork. Posters will be displayed at prominently. Please submit your poster application today.


Ladera Library

Friday: 10:00am – 6:00pm

Closed All Other Days

Lambert Library

Thurs - Sunday: 9:00am - 7:00pm

Sunday: 10:00am - 7:00pm

Campbell Archive Closed Thursday


Please direct all questions and comments to Dianne Travis-Teague, Pacifica's Director of Alumni Relations.

805.879.7303

dtravis-teague@pacifica.edu