In Alumni in Action

Pacifica Graduate Institute and the Pacifica Graduate Institute Alumni Association (PGIAA) are pleased to present Art and Psyche: The Illuminated Imagination – fourth in a series of conferences exploring the interactions between art and the human psyche – in cooperation with the Art and Psyche Working Group; the Art, Design & Architecture Museum at the University of California, Santa Barbara; the Foundation of the Works of C.G. Jung (Zurich); the Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism (ARAS); and the International Association for Analytic Psychology (IAAP).

The Illuminated Imagination follows three other Art and Psyche events, held at varying locations around the world and hosted by diverse institutions: San Francisco, 2008, New York in 2012, and Siracusa, Italy in 2015.

PGIAA delights in the 36 Pacifica Graduate Institute Alumni who will be presenting their work and research at this conference. 

Art and Psyche: The Illuminated Imagination combines the imaginative and creative processes of psychotherapists and members of the arts community in order to more deeply understand depth psychology through painting, music, poetry, and literature, as well as through psychological theories and clinical practices. C. G. Jung’s vividly illustrated The Red Book offers both a historical backdrop and wonderful examples of Illuminated Imagination that inspire artists and psychotherapists alike.

Conference presentations revolve around the theme of The Illuminated Imagination as represented in Jung’s The Red Book, which some liken to a medieval manuscript. The Red Book reveals one person’s psychological journey of individuation, relevant to us both today and into our shared future. The Red Book has inspired artists’ creative productions and psychotherapists’ deep perceptions of meaning and guidance in their day-to-day practice. 

The conference itself functions as an emergent community through the interaction of the participants in large group plenaries, performances, small group break-outs, and workshops. It is our experience from three previous conferences that such interactions have a synergistic and enlivening effect on all who attend.

All of the cosponsors eagerly anticipate this inspiring, creative event and hope to co-create it with you, the community!  For more information and details, please visit

Main Conference (University Center, Corwin Pavilion, University of California, Santa Barbara): 

  • Thursday–Saturday: 9:00am–9:00pm
  • Sunday: 9:00am–4:00pm

Continuing Education Credit:

This program meets qualifications for 20 hours of continuing education credit for Psychologists through the California Psychological Association (PAC014). Pacifica Graduate Institute is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing education for psychologists.  Pacifica Graduate Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  Full attendance is required to receive a certificate.

This course meets the qualifications for 20 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.  Pacifica Graduate Institute is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (#60721) to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs.  Pacifica Graduate Institute maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.  Full attendance is required to obtain a certificate.

For Registered Nurses this conference meets qualifications for 20 hours of continuing education credit through the California Board of Registered Nurses (provider #CEP 7177).  Full attendance is required to obtain a certificate.

Name Degree & Date Presentation Title Date & Time Room
Allison Blackwell MA DPJUVAR, 2017 Alchemical Eye Music: Embodying Archetypal Images with American Sign Language Sunday,
Lobero Room
Annika Andersson Myth Ph.D, 2018 Understanding Image Friday,
Flying A Room
Barie Wolf-Bowen MA HMNENG, 2015 The Practice of Service as a Form of Individuation Thursday, 3:15-3:30PM Lobero Room
Catharine Jones Myth Ph.D, 2013 Unfolding: Toward Individuation Sunday, 2:30-3:00PM Flying A Room
Darcie Richardson DPJUAR Ph.D, 2016 Mirroring Self, Mirroring Soul: A Transformational Process Friday, 8:15-9:00PM Harbor Room
Darlena Dench Myth Ph.D, 2014 Myth and Ritual in Social Dance: Illuminating the Potential for Dance to Deepen Psychological Connection and Discovery during Challenging Times Thursday, 3:00-3:30PM Flying A Room
Dennis Pottenger MA Counseling, 2011 Art as a Mode of Deep Inquiry: Alchemy and Individuation in the Paintings of Remedios Varo Saturday, 3:00-3:30PM State Street Room
Devon Deimler Myth Ph.D, 2013 Ultraviolet Concrete: Dionysos, Dennis Hopper, and the Ecstatic Play of Aesthetic Experience Saturday, 2:30-3:00PM Harbor Room
Diane Coffey (with Gregory Scott Baisden) Myth Ph.D, 2011 I Llumination: An Interior Experiment Theatre Friday, 7:30-9:00PM State Street Room
Dylan Hoffman DPJUAR Ph.D, 2016 Imagining Wholeness: Art as Illumination in C. G. Jung and Tibetan Buddhism Thursday, 5:30-6:00PM Lobero Room
Enrique Giraldo MA HMWENG, 2016 Public Spaces and Symbolic Imagination Saturday, 2:00-2:35PM Flying A Room
Gabrielle Milanich Depth Ph.D, 2013 Jung and a Luminous Debris: Encountering Earth’s Own Imagining Friday, 11:30AM-12:00PM Corwin Pavillion
James Perrin MA Myth, 2016 Separatio & Da’ath: A New Kabbalistic Komah in the Ripley Scrolls Saturday, 5:00-5:30PM Lobero Room
Jemma Elliot (with Matthew Bennett) MA Counseling, 2010 Unquiet Truths: The Role of the Shadow in Imaginal Expression Thursday, 7:30-9:00PM Corwin Pavilion
Juliette E. Brown MA Humanities, 2013 Wind Dancer Thursday, 3:45-4:15PM State Street Room
Kiley Laughlin DPJUAR Ph.D, 2016 Color Symbolism in Jung’s Red Book Thursday, 2:00-2:30PM SB Mission Room
Kim Bateman Clinical Psychology Ph.D, 2000 Symbolmaking and Bereavement: A Tlingit Folktale and the Temples at Burning Man Friday, 12:30-1:00PM SB Mission Room
Lisa Pounders DPJUAR Ph.D, 2016 Illuminating a Jungian Perspective of Art: Engaging Jung’s The Red Book and Salomon’s Life? or Theater? Friday, 7:30-8:15PM Harbor Room
Lori Pye Myth Ph.D, 2002 Ecology of Creativity Saturday, 2:00-3:50PM Chumash Room
Malia Davenport Myth Ph.D, 2005 Thawing ICE in Portland, Oregon: How Illuminated Imagination Seeds Archetypal Activism and Poetic Protest Thursday, 2:45-3:15PM Lobero Room
Marianne Tauber Clinical Psychology Ph.D, 2005 Mining the Alchemical Gold from Prima Materia, One Little Morsel at a Time Saturday, 4:15-4:45PM Flying A Room
Mary Wood Myth Ph.D, 2015 Psyche as Palimpsest: The Potency of Image and Image Making in C.G. Jung, James Hillman and Ben Nicholson Thursday, 2:30-3:00PM State Street Room
Maureen Murdock (with Brendan Murdock) Myth Ph.D, 2011 The Earth Cries Out for Rescue: Art at San Quentin State Prison Thursday, 3:45-4:15PM SB Mission Room
Mitchell T. Foy MA Counseling, 2012 Cross Directions: Pursuing Imagination into Symbol Formation, Individuation, and Art Saturday, 3:45-4:15PM State Street Room
Nicholas Literski MA DPJUAR, 2017 Chauvet Cave as a Paleolithic Red Book: Ancient Artists and Modern Spiritual Renewal Thursday, 2:30-3:00PM Corwin Pavilion
Odette Springer Myth Ph.D, 2017 The Indigenous Psyche: Changing Woman and an Artist in Dialogue Friday, 12:00-12:30PM Harbor Room
Pam Bjork Myth Ph.D, 2012 Absence and Presence: Mysterious Portraits of Ancient Egypt Friday, 7:30-7:45PM Chumash Room
Sam Christopher Allevato MA DPJUAR, 2018 The Alchemy of Divorce: A Soteriological Journey of Soul Saturday, 3:45-4:15PM SB Mission Room
Sarah Dungan Norton MA DPJUAR, 2013 Arctic Imagining: Illuminating Ice through The Red Book Friday, 12:30-1:00PM Lobero Room
Susan Paidhrin Myth Ph.D, 2010 Image: Psyche’s Poiesis: (The Artful Expression of the Psyche) Thursday, 4:15-4:45PM State Street Room
Susan Weir-Ancker Myth Ph.D, 2009 Tri-Obelisk: Funerary Ritual [guided tour of Ladera campus sculpture] Wednesday (Pre-Conference), 2:30-3:30PM Ladera Campus
Suzanne Ecker MA Counseling, 1998 Risky Moves: The Dangerous Dance of Renewal Thursday, 5:30-6:00PM SB Mission Room
Vicky Jo Varner DPJUAR Ph.D, 2017 A Qualitative View of Psychological Types through Visual Imagery Friday, 12:00-12:30PM Lobero Room
William Linn Myth Ph.D, 2015 Technopoesis and the Man of Steel Saturday, 5:00-5:30PM State Street Room
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