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The Return of Spring

Welcome to the Spring Issue, Los Angeles Region, of Pacifica Graduate Institute Alumni Association.

Spring: The season of new life. Persephone has returned from the underworld. We can awaken from a restful winter and begin to plant the seeds of life for 2015.

There are a couple of alumni events happening in April: one at the Getty Center Museum and the other at the Writer’s Guild. We hope something aligns with your interests.

There is an alumni who published in the Jewish Journal and is offering a workshop for the grandchildren of Holocaust survivors in May.
Would you like to post an event for other alumni to attend? Our newsletter notifies the Los Angeles area alumni of your interests and ideas to tend soul of and in the world. Our next issue will be sent out in Summer 2015. Give the details in an email to us and we will put it in.


Angelino Life After Pacifica

A place to announce YOUR events, articles, books, seminars, and special achievements

SGV Front Line for Veterans, First Responders, and Their Families


Medical and Psychological Management of
Chronic Pain on Tuesday April 7, 2015
Wean Khing Wong

Discussion and workshop followed by casual dinner and social.
Open to all interested community members!
Service providers are especially encouraged to attend to learn techniques that can be helpful for clients with chronic pain and stress.
This program will introduce practices that can be used at home along with, or instead of, other pain management routines. Helpful written material will be available at no charge.
Free will donations are appreciated for this program.
All are welcome regardless of ability to donate.

April 7th, 2015
6:30 to 9:30 PM
American Legion Pasadena, Post 13
131 N. Marengo Ave.
Pasadena, CA
Register Here!
Visit our website!

Wean Khing Wong is a patent attorney specializing in medical, biological, chemical, and material sciences. She serves as an appellate court mediator in intellectual property and real estate matters and is a designated Master Certified Negotiation Expert. She holds an M.A. in Counseling Psychology and a B.S. in Biology, and has served as a trainer for psychotherapy interns at Marina Airport Counseling Service.
SGV Front Line for Veterans, First Responders, and Their Families is a program of NAMI SGV, and is sponsored by American Legion Pasadena, Post 13

An Afternoon at the Getty Museum
Sunday April 12, 2015 @ 12:00 noon
Please join us at the Getty Center Museum to view the Play photography exhibit ( After our self guided tour, we will meet to the cafeteria area downstairs to talk about the photos we have seen and how play impacts our lives. Are we still playful or is our playfulness more of a memory?
Then at 3:00 PM we will attend a lecture on The Art of Play and the professional life. Cherise Smith, professor of art and art history at the University of Texas, Austin, and her brother, retired professional baseball player Gary Matthews Jr., discuss the complicated boundaries between work and leisure from the perspective of two professionals whose careers many people associate with leisure activities.
See the Getty Center website, and click on Exhibitions then In Focus: Play for more details.
We have reserved fifteen spots (the most we can do), so if you want to join us please respond to this email. We will send a confirmation email.
There is no entrance fee to the museum. Parking is $15.00 per vehicle.

With Dara Marks and Deb Norton
Sunday April 12, 2015

Dear Friends,
I hope you’ll join us for a wonderful one-day workshop on the Feminine Heroic in Los Angeles on April 12. As storytellers, we have the potential to impact the lives of others and the world community in which we live. However, manifesting our inner vision can often be a daunting challenge. This workshop will give you new insights and remarkable navigational tools for exploring the inner landscape of your narratives, bringing both story and characters to life.
Our event will be held at the Writer’s Guild of America, 7000 West 3rd Street in Los Angeles, on Sunday, April 12, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM. It is sponsored by Hedgebrook, a literary nonprofit that supports visionary women writers whose stories and ideas shape our culture. They offer writing residencies, master classes and salons at their retreat on Whidbey Island near Seattle.
Hope to see you there!
Dara Marks (Pacifica Alumni, Mythology)
Author of Inside Story: The Power of the Transformational Arc

Nattan Hollander publishes and co-leads a workshop on Sunday May 3 , 2015

Nattan Hollander, MFT, a Pacifica Alum (Counseling Psychology, 2012), was recently published in the Jewish Journal:
Tending the roots: Making meaning of the heritage of the Holocaust in my family
Additionally, Nattan is co-leading a workshop for grandchildren of Holocaust survivors on Sunday, May 3rd. For more info visit

Alumni Dream &

Alumni Peer Clinical Supervision

Groups Forming

Need a break from Los Angeles energy? Longing to connect with others from a Soul and Depth Perspective?

Join or Host either a Dream or Peer Supervision group in your area?

Contact: Rita Bazeley, MFT to make arrangements.

 Want to Create Your Own Event or Group?

Would you like to host an alumni group in your area? You might host a one time event/discussion group or you can make it any frequency that fits your schedule. Here are some ideas:
Round Table Discussion
Are you active in a community project already?  Want others Pacifica alumni to join your efforts? 
Please contact us at:
We can support your efforts by placing the information in our newsletter. You can help develop and/or continue the Pacifica Graduate alumni connection in your area of Los Angeles.

We want to promote your achievements!
Send the details, (and a photo if you wish) so we can let other Angelino alumni know what accomplishments you have achieved, honors you have received or articles/books you have published.
Send your reply to: and we will get it.
Our next newsletter will be out in Summer. Deadline for submission is June 1, 2015.

PGIAA Los Angeles Regional Coordinators
and Newsletter Editors

Rita Bazeley is licensed as an MFT since 2010 has a private practice in Studio City. She works with highly creative and artistic individuals and couples. She is an artist and teaches: art, paintings, collages, design,and sandplay. Her architectural background lends her to do historic research for the preservation of many buildings in LA. She is a volunteer at a retreat center. Her favorite little soul to tend these days, is that of her five-year grandson.  She received my MA in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica in 2006.
Robert “BJ” Jakala obtained his PhD in Depth Psychology from Pacifica in 2007. He has been licensed as an MFT for twenty-seven years with a private practice is in Woodland Hills. He works with individuals and couples in the second half of life. He has taught self-replenishment through play for the last ten years with The Circle of Caring in UCLA Lake Arrowhead Retreat Center.
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