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Virtual Coming Home 2018

Saturday, May 19th, 2018
Ladera Lane Campus
Live and Via Zoom
Pacifica Graduate Alumni Association (PGIAA) and Pacifica Graduate Institute (PGI) are delighted to invite you to our annual alumni reunion event. This year our theme is “Coming Home 2018:  Community & Connections – Inspiring Resilience and Hope.” This special event takes place both on campus and online.
As you may know, 2018 has been a challenging year for both Pacifica campuses and the entire Santa Barbara area. Staff, faculty, and students were evacuated multiple times and for weeks on end as the community reeled under the onslaught of wildfires and mudslides. Pacifica’s signature Coming Home event for 2018 was postponed—twice!—along with numerous classes and events.
At the same time, in the wider world, we continued to witness challenges and disasters on many fronts. Yet, there is much to sustain us, even in the throes of distress. The gift of community, especially one that is steeped in understanding of depth psychology and the workings of the unconscious, shores us up across the distances that seem to separate us.
For all these reasons, this year, Coming Home will be a half-day hybrid event. Speakers will be presenting either on-campus or online, with satellite student and alumni groups gathering in various locations to participate through live video feed. For those who are able to attend live at the Ladera Lane campus, we welcome your presence, along with all those individuals attending via computers and mobile devices from around the world.
Join us for some inspiring presentations on the theme of Community & Connections – Inspiring Resilience and Hope.(Click here for full speaker bios)

“A Self-Made Journey to Congruence: How Depth Psychology Sparks Resilience and Growth”

Keynote PresenterNely Galán, a Pacifica alum of the Clinical program, and a self-made media mogul. author of the New York Times Best Selling book, SELF MADE, Becoming Empowered, Self-Reliant and Rich in Every Way (2016).

“Imaginal Remembering: Finding the Crossroads of a Resilient Self and a Hopeful Imagination”—by Daphne Dodson, Ph.D., a research psychologist, writer, and an excavator and curator of the stories of our lived experiences who completed her Ph.D. in the Jungian and Archetypal Studies program at Pacifica.
Jennifer Leigh Selig, PhD. is an alum and is on the teaching faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She’s been an educator for 30 years, and is the author of many books, articles, screenplays, and a few bad poems from her early 20’s that are best forgotten. Her forthcoming book, Deep Creativity: Seven Ways to Enliven Your Creative Life (Shambhala Publications), is based up on the principles of depth psychology, and co-written with fellow Pacifica alum Deborah Anne Quibell, PhD, and emeritus faculty member Dennis P

Host/Mistress of Ceremonies is Kelly Carlin, M.A., teacher, producer, monologist, Internet radio host, and author of A Carlin Home Companion: Growing up with George. Kelly is an alum of the Counseling Psychology program at Pacifica and will join us via Zoom from the Los Angeles area.
We also invite you to submit your original art, essays, or poetry inspired by our theme of “Community & Connections – Inspiring Resilience and Hope.”  Email your submission to Each submission that is accepted will be published on an online showcase created specifically for Coming Home 2018.
Do you have some words of encouragement or compassion for others who are facing obstacles in life? We invite you to write a “Letter of Hope” to be delivered to a family or individual in need by local charities in the Santa Barbara area. More details coming soon. 

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