Psyche and the Sacred

A Depth Psychological Approach

A Six-Month Intensive with Lionel Corbett

Psyche and the Sacred



2012 Session Dates
February 17-19
March 23-25
April 27-29
June 1-3
June 29-July 1
July 27-29

Session Times
Fridays 10:00AM-5:00PM
Saturdays 9:00AM-5:00PM
Sundays 9:00AM-12:00PM

90 Continuing Education Credits for MFTs, LCSWs, and RNs

$2,600 General Admission

$2,400 Special Admission
(Full-Time Students, Pacifica Alumni, and Seniors)

$2,200 Active Pacifica Students

Other Fees
Meal Fee $500
Fee includes Friday,
Saturday, and Sunday lunch; morning and break refreshments.

Intensive to be held at Pacifica’s Lambert Road Campus

Accommodations are available at the Best Western Carpinteria Inn

A new, psychologically-oriented approach to spirituality and a new God-image are emerging alongside and within the Judeo-Christian tradition. Our understanding of the sacred is being re-imagined both inside and outside traditional cultural containers. This form of spirituality expresses itself from the depths of the psyche, and stresses personal experience rather than belief or sacred texts. Depth psychology gives us a contemporary way to express this evolving step in the history of religious consciousness. This unique six-month intensive, created by Lionel Corbett, M.D., integrates depth psychology, nonduality, and the study and experience of the sacred.

A psychological approach to spirituality seems to be helpful to at least two groups of people. For some of us, traditional ideas about God and religion do not express our personal spirituality, because we experience the sacred in ways that are not fully articulated in the traditional teachings. For those of us who are committed to a traditional religious practice, depth psychology can deepen our relationship to the tradition and our understanding of its archetypal underpinning. Sometimes a new language enables things to be said that have not yet been articulated, and depth psychology is providing this voice.

This course will have both an academic and an experiential component. The academic focus will explore various religious ideas through the lens of depth psychology, in order to unfold the archetypal structures that underlie traditional assumptions. The experiential aspect will focus on personal experience of the numinosum, or the holy, its relationship to the psychology of the individual, and its effects within the personality. Because we have no presuppositions about the ways in which the numinosum may appear, the depth psychological approach is open to personal manifestations of the sacred that may not be recognized as such within traditional Judeo-Christian thought. The depth psychological approach to the sacred focuses on revelation by means of dreams, synchronistic events, creativity, relationships, the earth, the body, sacred places, and attention to our complexes. A background in either depth psychology or religion is recommended.

Lionel Corbett Lionel Corbett, M.D., trained in medicine and psychiatry in England and as a Jungian analyst at the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago. Dr. Corbett is a core faculty member at Pacifica Graduate Institute, teaching depth psychology. He is the author of Psyche and the Sacred: Spirituality Beyond Religion, The Religious Function of the Psyche, and The Sacred Cauldron: Psychotherapy as a Spiritual Practice. He is co-editor, with Dennis Patrick Slattery, of Depth Psychology: Meditations in the Field and Psychology at the Threshold: Selected Papers.

General Information

LOCATION: The intensive will be held at Pacifica Graduate Institute’s Lambert Road Campus, 294 Lambert Road, Carpinteria, CA 93013. Located on 13 quiet, wooded acres nestled between the coastal foothills and the Pacific Ocean, the campus is a unique and peaceful environment for contemplation and study. The campus has dining facilities and limited parking. Information on parking and shuttle service will be included in your confirmation materials.

ACCOMMODATIONS: A limited number of rooms are available at special rates at the Best Western Carpinteria Inn. Rooms are held at the special rate until two weeks before the program. Mention PACIFICA PUBLIC PROGRAM to receive the special rate.
Best Western Carpinteria Inn
4558 Carpinteria Avenue, Carpinteria, CA 93013; 805.684.0473

$90 per night single or double occupancy plus tax

MEALS: Meals are provided in order to encourage ongoing dialogue and community exchange throughout the programs. We make every attempt to provide healthful meals. Please indicate on the registration form if you need vegan or vegetarian meals, or if you have medical dietary restrictions. 

TRAVEL: Major airlines provide service into the Los Angeles International Airport (90 miles south of Santa Barbara) and the Santa Barbara Airport (18 miles from the Campuses). Information on ground transportation to and from Santa Barbara will be included with confirmation.

REGISTRATION AND CANCELLATION: Space is limited. Register early! To register, please complete the form and return it to Pacifica Graduate Institute, Public Programs, 249 Lambert Road, Carpinteria, CA 93013; fax to 805.879.7392; e-mail to; call 805.969.3626, ext. 103, or register online at Please include your email address as an email confirmation letter will be sent within 5 days of receipt of your registration.

To obtain a refund on your registration fee, send a written cancellation request postmarked no later than February 1, 2012. Tuition less a $100 processing fee will be refunded. Cancellations made from this date through the start of the program will receive a refund less a $200 processing fee. No refunds will be issued after the first two sessions. In the event of cancellation after instruction begins, a pro-rata refund on the tuition will be based on the portion of the instruction already completed. In the event that the program is sold out with a waitlist, if you return your seat to our office, and we are able to transfer your registration to someone on the wait list, we will issue you a refund less the processing fee. Any registration transfers that do not go through our office will be assessed the processing fee onsite.

SCHOLARSHIPS: A limited number of partial scholarships are available (except for the Introductions to Pacifica). To apply, send a letter of request with your registration and payment. Please be specific regarding your financial circumstances. If accepted, you will be contacted to approve processing payment.  

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT: 90 hours of continuing education credit is available for RNs through the California Board of Registered Nurses (provider #CEP 7177) and for MFTs and LCSWs (provider #PCE 2278) through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. A $15 processing fee will be charged for each certificate requested.