Humanities Program Faculty
The Faculty members of Pacifica's M.A. in Engaged Humanities & the Creative Life bring a passion for education and a wealth of real-world experience into the classroom.
As leaders in the fields, the members of Pacifica's faculty include authors of international acclaim, artists, filmmakers, renowned lecturers, practicing psychologists, active psychotherapists, and philosophers.
All Engaged Humanities & the Creative Life faculty members share a passion for education and are dedicated to working with adult learners. To learn more about the faculty, read the individual descriptions below.
Susan shares, "This is one of my favorite quotations by Jung.
'For its reach is cosmic and earthy; it is down in the dirt as well as reaching for the stars. Even the loneliest meteor circles round some distant sun, or hesitantly draws near to a cluster of brother meteors. Everything hangs together with everything else... This is undoubtedly the same as the idea of an absolute God... But which of us can pull himself out of the bog by his own pigtail?' [CW9ii para. 221]
I call this Jung's "wild writing" because it is art about that founding epistemological division in western consciousness: between form and matter. Indeed in finding that very division to be a deep wound in the psyche, in arguing that we need to forge a connection between complex textual matter and abstract thought, between tacit and conceptual knowledge, Jung's wild writing is in the service of re-making an embodied and creative life."
Courses She Teaches: C. G. Jung, Individuation, and the Symbolic Life; Time, Place, Space, and the Ecology of Creative Expression; Project Workshop I: Creative Dialogue and Design (with Nancy Galindo); Project Workshop II: Creative Expression and Reflection; Engaged Shakespeare
Jennifer Leigh Selig, Ph.D., joined Pacifica's faculty in 2005, and has served in multiple capacities: as core faculty, Research Coordinator, and Chair of the Depth Psychology program; as teaching faculty in the Clinical, Depth Psychotherapy, and Engaged Humanities programs; and most currently as Academic Director of Hybrid Programs. In addition to her vocation of teaching, her avocation includes photography and writing (non-fiction and screenplays). Her screenplay Mary placed in the prestigious Nicholl Fellowship, sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and her screenplay One Good Man won first place in the Broad Humor Film Festival for Best Ensemble Comedy. 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.
"One privilege of teaching in this program is that I'm surrounded by students and faculty who honor creativity in all of its many manifestations, and who understand that the creative impulse is the primal force in the universe--indeed there would be no field called "the humanities" without it. What's more, we know we are constantly co-creating with the anima mundi, the soul of the world. Depth psychology gives us valuable insight into the generative process, and deepens our relationship with the dynamic psyche, the source of all acts of creativity." - Dr. Jennifer Leigh Selig, teacher, writer, photographer
Course She Co-Teaches: The Complex Nature of Inspiration
Nancy Galindo, Ph.D. received her doctoral degree in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute and her M.S. in Educational Psychology from California State University, Long Beach. She has been an educational and business consultant, college professor, guest lecturer, and public workshop leader.She is Associate Core faculty within Pacifica's Hybrid programs. Her publications include Tending the Living Dream Image, A Phenomenological Study. She has co-authored with Stephen Aizenstat, Ph.D.: "Soul Centered Education" in Reimagining Education: Essays on Reviving the Soul of Learning(Slattery, D. & Selig, J. Eds.); and "Wellsprings of Imagination, Creativity, and Innovation: An interview with Dr. Stephen Aizenstat" in The Soul Does Not Specialize: Revaluing the Humanities and the Polyvalent Imagination (Slattery, D., Selig, J. & Aizenstat, S., Eds). Her areas of expertise include depth psychology, dream work, and active imagination.
Nancy shares, "One day after being invited to teach a beloved subject, Active Imagination, in the Engaged Humanities and the Creative Life Program, I sat down to read the course descriptions, knowing I needed to get more familiar with the program. I began reading the first description which was the course on 'Creativity and Aesthetic Sensibility' and I had to stop because I found myself taking in too much breath, feeling quite deeply moved, and so excited that I had to stand-up. I voiced some grand exclamation like, 'Oh for gods' sake,' and finally sat down to finish reading the coursework. What a stunning program, I thought. How fortunate and wise our students are to choose this adventure and inspiration.
I'm honored to teach in this exceptional program and I'm reminded of a beautiful quote from Rumi: 'Who could be so lucky? Who comes to a lake for water and sees the reflection of moon.'"
Courses She Teaches and Co-Teaches: Project Workshop I: Creative Dialogue and Design (with Susan Rowland); Project Workshop II: Creative Expression and Reflection
Wendy Phillips, M.S, Ph.D., is a psychologist, an ethnographic researcher, and a visual artist. For the past ten years she has been working in communities of African and North American indigenous descent in coastal Mexico interviewing women about their traditional healing practices, conceptualizations of physical and psychological illness, and metaphysical beliefs. This work with the women informs her conceptual work. Wendy incorporates black and white photography as an element of her research. Wendy enjoys using traditional and alternative photographic processes and loves to work in the alchemical space that is the darkroom. Wendy enjoys working with other artists individually and in the form of the artists' collective. She has participated and collaborated in projects with artists in Cuba, Spain, and Mexico. She has presented a workshop on identity and individuation using photo portraiture and collage in the Women's Penitentiary in Brieva, Spain, and a workshop on the psychological aspects of photography at the Universidad Veracruzana, Departamento de Artes Plasticos, in Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico. Wendy's work has been recently exhibited at the Hammonds House Museum in Atlanta, Georgia, The Galeria del Jardin de las Esculpturas in Xalapa, Mexico, The Museum of the African Diaspora, in San Francisco, The Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and at Umbrella Arts Gallery. This spring, her work will be presented at Soho Photo Gallery in New York and at the Sonja Haynes Stone Gallery at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is excited to have joined the New Orleans Jungian Seminar in the fall of 2012 which is the first step in Jungian Analyst training.
At Pacifica, Wendy also teaches in the Clinical Psychology and MA in Counseling Programs.
Wendy shares, "I look forward to the beginning of the new Engaged Humanities Program, a place where I will be able to meld my interests in Depth and Archetypal Psychology, inquiries into the creative process and aesthetics, and the making of art. I look forward to being engaged with students who are visual and performing artists, writers, teachers, and others as we explore theory, engage in discourse, and actively participate in our own creative practices. I also look forward to working in cyberspace as we dialogue with each other and sample from its rich and inspiring artistic offerings."
Course She Teaches: Creativity and Aesthetic Sensibility
Maren Tonder Hansen, M. Div., Ph.D, earned her doctorate in psychology from Saybrook Graduate School, and her Masters in Divinity from Starr King School for the Ministry. Hansen is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister, and a licensed Marriage, Family Therapist. Her research interests include: the psychological dimension of myth; female psychology and spirituality; and depth psychological models of leadership. She is author of MotherMysteries, Teachers of Myth, and a public policy book on organic agriculture, for which she received an award from the Center for Science in the Public Interest. Hansen researched, designed and tested a myth curriculum for adolescents, designed to stimulate psychological development. Hansen is a ex officio member of the Board of Trustees for Pacifica Graduate Institute, and is a founding member of the Joseph Campbell Archives and Library. Her creative pursuits include improvisational singing in an ensemble, and songwriting.
Maren shares, "The interdisciplinary threads that we weave in the Humanities courses elicit rich understandings of our human and planetary condition. These multidimensional perceptions become the deep field out of which our vivified work and being emerges."
Course She Teaches: Joseph Campbell and the Mythmaker's Path.
Dr. Barbara Mossberg, President Emerita of Goddard College, is a prize-winning author, poet, professor, and scholar who works internationally to promote leadership education for "common genius," vital creativity and conscience for war and peace, civil and human rights, and environmental policy. She brings to Pacifica enthusiasm for its mission from her background as a public intellectual and humanities scholar weaving cultural history, social sciences, and sciences. Dr. Mossberg's activism as a scholar, board member, and leader in institutional, national, and international arenas is informed by her experience as actor and performance artist, radio host, dramatist, and poet. As an academic, Mossberg was tenured at the University of Oregon, including co-founding its interdisciplinary American Studies program. She has served the USIA (U.S. State Department) as U.S. Scholar in Residence, and American Council on Education as Senior Fellow. She has promoted interdisciplinary teaching and research as dean (University of Oregon, National University, California State University Monterey Bay), and president of Goddard College, among other roles. She directs the Integrated Studies Program at CSU Monterey Bay and teaches for the Osher Institute for Lifelong Learning, as well as the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. at Union Institute and University. She lectures and consults worldwide for organizational and individual development. As scholar in residence and keynote speaker on leadership and learning for organizations including the American Council on Education, Miami University, Union Institute and University, the Couchiching Conference, the Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching, Fulbright, and Phi Beta Kappa, and as Senior Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer, University of Helsinki, she interweaves emergent and ancient wisdom for 21st century mandates, opportunities, and challenges. Wishing to promote humanities in civil culture, Mossberg is Poet in Residence of Pacific Grove, California, and hosts a weekly hour radio show, The Poetry Slow Down.
Barbara writes, in an email to program director Jennifer Selig, "Have I told you that I am in love with this curriculum? The epigraphs, the way it is framed philosophically, and the courses described, are immensely appealing, with the benefit that they incorporate practical dimensions so that people can extrapolate how this learning can serve both their deep career, what I think of as work which expresses and develops the soul, and professional needs to generate increased creativity and productivity. To every course I am cheering you on, and considering it a dream job to be teaching these courses which express my own work and commitments, in research, teaching, and my own poetry and lectures promoting humanities. So count me in, and I am honored to join you."
Course She Teaches: Creative Influence Across the Humanities.
Ana Mozol, Ph. D., received her MA in counseling psychology and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. She is trained in the fields of Jungian, Psychoanalytic and Archetypal psychology including mythological studies. Ana is a core faculty member at the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Vancouver, BC. She has been teaching courses in depth psychology and dreamwork at Pacifica since 2006. She has extensive training in Trauma and Recovery and focused her doctoral research on the connection between ancient goddess mythology, women's contemporary dreams, and trauma as it relates to the individuation process in women personally and collectively. Ana has a private practice in Vancouver. Her main areas of interest and experience include: Dreams; Depth Psychology; Archetypal Theory; Human Sexuality; Sacred Feminine; Shamanism and Creativity.
Ana writes, "I am passionate about this program; I believe that it tends the Anima Mundi by providing students with an academic and archetypal container strong enough to withstand the psychic force required to produce truly inspired works of art."
Course She Co-Teaches: The Complex Nature of Inspiration.
Kim Hermanson, Ph.D., teaches creative process and psychology courses at Meridian University, the Sophia Center at Holy Names University and the Esalen Institute. She is the author of Getting Messy: A Guide to Taking Risks and Opening the Imagination for Teachers, Trainers, Coaches and Mentors (2009) and Sky's the Limit: The Art of Nancy Dunlop Cawdrey, which received an Independent Publisher Book Award in 2006. After receiving her Ph.D. in Adult Learning from the University of Chicago, she taught in the teacher credentialing program at the University of California Berkeley, and at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. In addition to her own publications, she has co-authored articles on adult learning with Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, author of Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, and Tony Bryk, the current president of the Carnegie Foundation.
Kim writes, "I feel honored to be part of this program, which takes us on a journey from words to image and into the beauty of a dimension where scholars don't normally tread. My quest has always been to try to understand how adults learn—not just intellectually, but in the more growthful, developmental way that facilitates social change. In my view, learning and social change are creative processes that happen on a metaphoric level, a place that's often referred to as the 'imaginal' realm. I'm delighted to be teaching this particular class—it was as if the imaginal dimension that has been guiding me all along was whispering, 'this is the next door.'"
Course She Teaches: The Purpose and Power of Image
Elizabeth Fergus-Jean, MFA, Ph.D., is a nationally recognized interdisciplinary artist, author and lecturer on visual thinking, creativity and archetypes in media. She received her Ph.D. in the Mythological Studies Program at Pacifica and her M.F.A. from the University of Washington. Her artwork is widely exhibited and is held in numerous public and private collections. It has also appeared on the covers of several international myth and depth psychology journals and books, including all eight issues of Mythosphere. Her recent publications includeIlluminating Letters: Paintings and Essays on the Kabbalah (Art & Psyche), and several articles on image and psyche. Fergus-Jean has been a community arts advocate for over 30 years focusing on the expanding role of the arts in education, and serving as the Chair for grants, artist-in-schools, and technology integration committees. She currently teaches in the Media Studies and English/Philosophy departments at Columbus College of Art and Design, has a creativity consulting practice, and is working on two art installations, Memory Stories: Community Reflections and Memory: Land, Water, and Ecology. Elizabeth was one of our founding faculty members of the Humanities Program at Pacifica.
Elizabeth shares, "I am both thrilled and honored to be a part of the Humanities program that shares my passions of exploring and celebrating the creative spirit, giving voice to personal and cultural images, and working in a creative, artistic and collaborative environment. I look forward to learning about each students' unique story, and guiding them as they deepen and enrich their own creative voice."
Course She Teaches: The Purpose and Power of the Moving Image
Maureen Foley, MFA, is a writer, artist, and Zen practitioner who grew up on an avocado ranch in Southern California. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Wired, Santa Barbara Magazine, Carpinteria Magazine, Caesura, Skanky Possum and elsewhere. She received her Masters of Fine Art in Prose from Naropa University. Over the last ten years, she taught English, writing and literature at Louisiana State University and various creative writing and art workshops in Baton Rouge, Santa Barbara and Boulder. Her art has been exhibited in many juried shows and galleries throughout Louisiana and California. Her writing and art convey the Zen Buddhist notions of "nothing special" and "living in the present moment" into physical form. Currently, she lives in Carpinteria with her cattle dog, Rua, and husband, the writer James Claffey.
Maureen shares, "Creativity is a subversive, revolutionary act. Start now. Make your own reality, mark by mark, line by line. I watch my students struggle against the void, against the nullifying, deafening, dulling emptiness of mass culture. They are constantly told what to think and feel. The increase in information has, ironically, made it harder to be original. I encourage students to find their own words and ideas. I give them permission to experience joy."
Course She Teaches: From Starving Artist to Working Artist
Kathryn LaFevers Evans, M.A., is a practitioner and researcher of esoteric, Neoshamanic techniques and rituals since 1972, referring to her path as "reading the book of nature." She is a native Californian and Native American of the Chickasaw Nation, as well as of French heritage. Kathryn received her M.A. in Literature & Writing Studies from California State University San Marcos, and her B.A. in Comparative Literature & Research in Consciousness from Maharishi International University, which included practice of Patanjali's yoga sutras/siddhis. She is a lifelong writer of nature and devotional poetry, and has performed in 12 cities. Her academic papers are also performative, applying the Literary critical theories of Archetype-Myth and Phenomenology-Hermeneutics. Kathryn's work—combining theory and practice within contemporary secular spirituality—compares Depth & Archetypal Psychology with Renaissance Neoplatonism & Natural Magic, claiming C. G. Jung's The Red Book: Liber Novus as Jungian Natural Magic.
Kathryn shares, "I am truly honored to teach in the Engaged Humanities program. The Red Book, our central focus in HMC200, embodies humankind's archetypal, wholly-interpenetrating wisdom that can be traced through esoteric lineages such as: Shamanism & Indigenous-Aboriginal spirituality; Yoga-Sutras & Mandala in Hinduism & Buddhism; Neoplatonism & Natural Magic; Neoshamanism & Paganism; Jungian Depth & Archetypal Psychology. Pacifica's Engaged Humanities program carries forward into the new millennium this deepest study and experience of humankind."
Course She Teaches: Active Imagination, Dreams, and Psychic Creativity
Geoffrey Jacques, Ph.D. is a poet, essayist, editor, and critic whose essays on literature, the visual arts, and other subjects have appeared in the Killens Review of Arts and Letters, ArtForum, American Literature, Cineaste, NKA Journal of Contemporary African Art, and elsewhere. His research explores poetics, modernist literature, African Americans and the visual arts, and the nuts and bolts of creativity. His own poetry has appeared, most recently, inPing-Pong and Black Renaissance/Renaissance Noire. His books include a literary-critical study, A Change in the Weather: Modernist Imagination, African American Imaginary, and Just For a Thrill, a book of poems. Jacques has taught writing, English, American Literature, African American Literature, and American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston, York College, CUNY, John Jay College, CUNY, and in the Liberal Studies program at New York University.
"Some people make a distinction between aesthetic pleasure, leisure, and work," says Jacques. "I am interested in how we each can make a life that fuses these interests together. I grew up admiring the way musicians, painters, and poets lived their lives as a fusion of work, creation, and play. My interest in the creative process has not just been limited to writing criticism and the problems involved in writing poetry. I've also learned a great deal from studying and thinking about what creative people can teach us about how to live our lives. The Creative Influence Across the Humanities course at Pacifica is a place where we'll be able to bring together and explore with others an integrated approach to understanding the relationships between the arts, aesthetics, and other aspects of the creative life." Course participants, he adds, "will explore how artists and other creative people use influence as an interactive instructional process that helps them achieve that synthesis we call the creative act."
Course He Teaches: Creative Influence Across the Humanities
Priscilla Taylor, MFT, Ph.D. is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has worked in community mental health agencies and in private practice for twenty years. She has a Ph.D in Mythological Studies with Emphasis in Depth Psychology. Priscilla has taught in Masters level Psychology and Humanities programs at Phillips Graduate Institute in Los Angeles, Meridian University in Petaluma, and CIIS in San Francisco. At Pacifica she has blended interests in psychology, mythology, and theater to teach a variety of courses including Psychopathology, Foundations of Mythology, Psyche and Landscape, and Mythodrama. Her early academic studies in theater and drama experiences were driven by the sense that deep personal transformation can occur when we engage our minds, emotions, bodies and spirits in the exploration of archetypal themes through character development and telling stories. In her therapy work in private practice and hospital group settings Priscilla incorporates expressive arts through sandplay, guided imagery, drawing, writing, and role-playing. A fascination with the interplay between ritual, theater and personal healing inspires her to utilize Playback Theater and Psychodrama exercises in many of her Psychology classes and intern trainings. She sees creative expression as an avenue that gives voice to the marginalized in society, offering individualhealing and ultimately leading to greater vitality for the collective.
Priscilla shares, "This Engaged Humanities and the Creative Life program is incredibly unusual and I am thrilled to be a part of it. I believe the creative urge to express ourselves is innate, but for most of us very fragile—you might even say it is shy—and thrives best in an environment of psychological safety. But once it is given freedom to actualize it is very powerful: the process of healing that occurs in the individual resonates out in ripples and connects us to the wider world. Graduates of this program will have a significant healing impact in the myriad ways they choose to express their creative selves out in the community."
Course She Teaches: The Healing Power of Creativity
Thomas Lane, Ph.D. received his doctorate in Comparative Literature at Yale University after graduating from Dartmouth College with a degree in the same subject. He then worked for an extended period in the Los Angeles-based film industry, where he did production and project development at Disney, HBO, Tri-Star and Interscope, among other studios and production companies. During this time, he also taught film courses at UCLA. In the late '90s, he began also doing program development and production in interactive and new media, where his focus has been media-rich human development and behavior change systems and programs. He has been teaching courses in mythology, literature, philosophy, and psychology in the Pacifica Engaged Humanities program since 2009. He has also been authorized to teach Buddhist meditation by the Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and he and his wife Tina Chappel own and operate Yoga Jones, a hatha yoga studio in Ventura, California. They live in the Ojai Valley.
Tom shares, "I am fascinated by and deeply involved in the interaction between technology and creativity, and especially by the impact, for better and worse, of the web and related media. I greatly enjoy teaching in Pacifica's Humanities program because it allows me to integrate my literary, academic background with my vocation in the arts and the creative interests of my students."
Course He Teaches: Technology and the Psyche
Neale Lundgren, Ph.D. has been a professional musician and composer with major record labels, has experienced a seven year sojourn as a Benedictine monk, and holds a doctorate from Emory University in psychological, philosophical and religious thought. With over twenty years of scholarly research in the areas of philosophy, religion, and psychology Dr. Lundgren has developed an understanding of literature of the perennial traditions and utilizes these as a vehicle to acquaint students with the role of intuition, imagination and inspiration in the shaping of the self as a work of art.
"Live your questions now, and perhaps even without knowing it, you will live along some distant day into your answers." ~Rainer Maria Rilke
Course He Co-Teaches: The Complex Nature of Inspiration (with Jennifer Selig)
Dara Marks, Ph.D. is a leading international script consultant, seminar leader, and the author of one of the top-selling books on screenwriting, Inside Story: The Power of the Transformational Arc. Dara has specialized in the analysis of the modern screenplay for the past two decades, and Creative Screenwriting Magazine has consistently rated her the top script consultant in the film business. She has worked in that capacity with many of the major movie studios and independent film companies throughout the world. Marks received her doctorate degree in Mythological Studies from Pacifica Graduate Institute, focusing her dissertation on "The Transformative Function of Story." Her continuing work in this field is devoted not only to deepening the craft of writing, but to moving modern storytelling into the realm of transformative art. Currently, Dara is writing a new book entitled Engaging the Feminine Heroic, which utilizes epic feminine mythologies as an archetypal guide into the soulful (Underworld) depths where the incorruptible connection to the essence of the human story can be recovered and given voice.
Dara shares one of her favorite quotes:
I cannot tell my story without reaching a long way back.
If it were possible I would reach back further still – into the very first years of my childhood, and beyond them into the distant ancestral past. [. . .]
Every man is more than just himself; he also represents the very special and always significant and remarkable point at which the world's phenomena intersect, only once in this way and never again.
That is why every man's story is important, eternal, sacred; [. . .]
Each of us—experiments of the depth— strives toward his own destiny.
—Hermann Hesse (Demian, 3)
Course She Teaches: Mythic Narratives: Eternal Sources and Contemporary Inflections
Carol Burbank, Ph.D., is an independent scholar, mentor and teacher specializing in archetypal, mythic and indigenous approaches to exploring the stories that shape our identities, experiences, expectations, erformances and roles, from the world of the arts to leadership studies, organizational and social change movements. She has a Ph.D. from Northwestern University's Performance Studies Department (1998), and MA in Creative Writing/English from Boston University (1984). She is also trained in traditional Hawaiian culture and healing practices, and combines transformative talk story, community-based healing (ho'oponopono) in her coaching work with core stories and somatic healing. Her interdisciplinary research combines methodologies and theories from literary studies, psychology, ethnography, sociology, anthropology, women's studies, queer theory, critical theory, indigenous cultural studies, and organizational development. She has served as faculty and graduate advisor at multiple universities, including the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, the University of Maryland, College Park, Union Institute and University, Gonzaga University, the University of New England, and Pacifica Graduate Institute. Publications include book reviews, poetry, plays, journalism and scholarship. Most recently, she has published reviews and commentary for Indigenous Issues and Culture, and scholarly articles about leadership and narratives/archetypes in Business Leadership Review (2012), Integral Leadership Review (2013), and the volume of essays, The Transforming Leader: New Approaches to Leadership for the Twenty-First Century (JosseyBass, 2012).
Course She Teaches: The Artist as Activist and Agent of Social Change
Jim Kline, Ph.D., earned his doctoral degree in psychology with a Jungian studies specialization from Saybrook University, San Francisco, and received an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University, Los Angeles. He has contributed articles on zombies, Orpheus, Anne Frank, and the archetypal dimension of silent era cinema to such publications as Spring Journal, The Portland Tribune, The San Francisco Jung Library Journal, and Psychological Perspectives. He is also the author of The Complete Films of Buster Keaton(1993). Dream analysis, cinema, consciousness, shamanism, the hero archetype, essay writing, and folklore and mythology are some of the topics and activities that are of interest to him. As an adjunct for Pacifica's Humanities program, Jim has taught courses in Jung and the Humanities, Joseph Campbell, and archetypal patterns in cinema. During his most recent professional position as Chair of the Languages and Humanities department of Northern Marianas College, located on the island of Saipan in the western Pacific, he expanded the department's course offerings by developing both in-class and online folklore and mythology classes, as well as creating an online general psychology course with an emphasis upon a humanistic and transpersonal approach to the study of psychology. He currently lives with his wife Beatriz and his four cats in southwest Washington.
One of his favorite quotes from Jung appears in Symbols of Transformation: "…[The god] appears at first in hostile form, an assailant with whom the hero has to wrestle. This is in keeping with the violence of all unconscious dynamism. In this manner the god manifests himself and in this form he must be overcome….The onslaught of instinct then becomes an experience of divinity, provided that man does not succumb to it and follow it blindly, but defends his humanity against the animal nature of the divine power." [CW 5, para 524]
Jim comments: "The quote appeals to me because it demonstrates the dual nature of the Self, one's inner god power, as both a divine and demonic force within, beyond human morality, capable of possessing and overwhelming consciousness and also challenging the individual to channel this onslaught of instinctual powers to benefit personal growth and creativity."
Course He Teaches: The Expressive Power of Archetypes
Jonathan Young, Ph.D. played an important role in Pacifica's formative years, including serving as founding curator of the Joseph Campbell archives as well as the James Hillman and Marija Gimbutas collections. He also created and chaired the Mythological Studies program. More recently, he's been lecturing in academic settings such as Oxford, UCLA School of Medicine, and Notre Dame. He especially enjoys making presentations for arts organizations, including the San Diego Opera, Edinburgh International Festival, expressive arts therapy conferences, and screenwriting programs. A psychologist and storyteller, he also leads workshops at C.G. Jung Societies in various parts of the world. Jonathan currently teaches film studies at Meridian University in Petaluma, and does trainings for psychotherapists around California through his Center for Story and Symbol. Jonathan also consults on films for major studios, tells stories at folklore festivals, and appears as a mythology expert on the History Channel. His books and articles focus on personal mythology.
Jonathan shares: "It's great to be back at the homeland of imaginal studies. This program is pure genius. The low-residency innovation makes the riches available to students at great distances. For me, it allows teaching for Pacifica to fit into a busy travel schedule. Those who seek out the program are part of a rare breed. I love working with thoughtful visionaries who want to make a difference. It is rewarding to help nourish the creative spark in people who have a sense of calling. Years ago, I wrote a poem welcoming new Pacifica students. Here are a few lines:
You are in the right place, if trusting the emerging mystery of the imagination is what matters to you. You have come, after all, to listen to that voice only you can hear, and follow the path only you can see. It is a rare thing to find such reinforcement for the longings of the heart."
Course He Teaches: Joseph Campbell and the Mythmaker's Path
Past and Current Faculty and Guest Lecturers
Stephen Aizenstat, Ph.D., earned his doctorate in Clinical Psychology and is the founding president of Pacifica Graduate Institute. He is also a Marriage Family Therapist, and a credentialed public schools teacher and counselor. Dr. Aizenstat's Dream Tending methodologies extend traditional dream work to the vision of an animated world where the living images in dream are experienced as embodied and originating in the psyche of Nature as well as that of persons. His work opens creativity and the generative processes. Aizenstat's book, Dream Tending, describes multiple new applications of dreamwork in relation to health and healing, nightmares, the World's Dream, relationships, and the creative process. His other recent publications include: Imagination & Medicine: The future of Healing in an Age of Neuroscience (co-editor with Robert Bosnak), "Dream Tending and Tending the World," in Ecotherapy: Healing with Nature in Mind; and "Soul-Centered Education: An Interview with Stephen Aizenstat" (with Nancy Treadway Galindo) in Reimagining Education: Essays on Reviving the Soul of Learning.
Robert D. Romanyshyn, is a Core Faculty Member at Pacifica Graduate Institute. He is the author of six books, including The Soul In Grief: Love, Death, and Transformation, Ways of the Heart: Essays Toward an Imaginal Psychology, and numerous other publications. He is currently finishing a book of poems and taking acting lessons. He writes, "Mind and soul meet in the dream, and while we might forget our dreams they do not forget us. The art of memoir is one way of re-collecting those aspects of 'our' dream life that have been left by the side of the road. But 'who' writes the memoir? In the lecture I want to explore memoir as an archetypal document and how its creation requires one to surrender to being re-membered by the multiple voices of the psyche. I will also illustrate this theme with an example drawn from a journey I took in Nov. 2009 to the Antarctic, a journey that began more than 30 years ago with a dream."
Allen Bishop, Ph.D., is a psychoanalyst, teacher, and pianist living in Montecito, California, with his wife Dena. Allen is the immediate president of the Santa Barbara Music Club, and is the founding Director of the Santa Barbara Beethovenfest.
In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors of the American Beethoven Society. While Allen has had a life-long interest in the piano and the music of Beethoven, it is only in the last 10 years that he has had the opportunity to study seriously with teachers including Peter Yazbeck, Betty Oberacker, and Glory Fisher. He has performed frequently in the Music Club Concert Series and the Beethovenfest. As co-founder of the Montecito Chamber Players, he has performed at numerous retirement venues in and around Santa Barbara.
Allen continues to teach in the Clinical Psychology Department at Pacifica Graduate Institute.
Evans Lansing Smith, Ph.D., traveled with Joseph Campbell on study tours of Northern France, Egypt, and Kenya, with a focus on the Arthurian Romances of the Middle Ages and the Mythologies of the Ancient World. He is the author of eight books, including The Hero Journey in Literature, Sacred Journeys: Sacred Couples in Quest, and The Complete Idiot's Guide to World Mythology, and numerous articles on comparative literature and mythology, and has taught at colleges in Switzerland, Maryland, Texas, and California, where he is currently Co-Chair of the Mythological Studies Program at the Pacifica Graduate Institute.
Ginette Paris, Ph.D., is a core member of the faculty at Pacifica. She was originally trained as a Social Psychologist at the University of Montréal, Canada, and was concurrently trained and licensed as a Clinical Psychologist. She taught for 20 years in the Department of Communications at the State University of Québec before joining Pacifica in 1995. Her books include: Pagan Grace andPagan Wisdom which explore the archetypal way of understanding Greek and Roman gods. Her latest book, Wisdom of the Psyche: Depth Psychology after Neuroscience (Routledge, 2007) has been translated into several languages and brought her invitations to lecture internationally. She teaches and lectures in Jungian and post Jungian approaches, especially the theory and practice of Archetypal Psychology.
Jerry Wennstrom, is an artist, author of The Inspired Heart: An Artist's Journey of Transformation (book and audiobook) and subject of Parabola and Sentient Publications documentary videos, "In the Hands of Alchemy" and "Studio Dialogue." He lectures and offers film presentations internationally and has written monthly articles for Inferential Focus, a New York City think tank and consulting firm. Many of his articles are featured in "Mythic Journeys" Magazine. And Jerry's art is featured in the film Mythic Journeys. There is feature film based on Jerry's life currently in production by Danish filmmaker Hans Fabian Wullenweber. The tower that he built on his Whidbey Island, Washington property and his life's story is featured in the book, Holy Personal by Laura Chester.
At age 29, he set out to discover the rock-bottom truth of his life. For years he questioned the limits of his creative life as a studio painter. After destroying all of his art and giving away everything he owned, Jerry began a life of unconditional trust, allowing life to provide all that was needed. He lived this way for 15 years and then moved to the state of Washington, where he married Marilyn Strong and produced a large new body of art. Marilyn and Jerry's charming Whidbey Island home is now filled with his unique sculptures and paintings. Jerry has presented at the Birmingham Art Museum, the Seattle Art Museum, Kauai Museum, the EMP (Experience Music Project,) Pacifica Graduate Institute, Glen Arbor Art Association, UCS-NAROPA (Wisdom University,) the Vancouver Public Library, Western New Mexico University, California Institute of the Arts and New York University. He has done over 60 media interviews and art features.