Celebrating the Soul of the World

A Day in the Pacifica Gardens
A Workshop with Michael Sipiora and Marshall Chrostowski

The splendid grounds of Pacifica Graduate Institute’s Lambert Road Campus are the result of more than 20 years of thoughtful cultivation. The 13-acre campus has evolved from an abandoned horse ranch into a unique melding of Mediterranean gardens with native California flora and edible landscapes that form a green belt around the campus. In addition to applying the best horticultural and ecological principles, Pacifica has reintroduced garden elements reflecting historical occupations on the site.

Join Landscape Manager Marshall Chrostowski and Professor Michael Sipiora in an aesthetic and intellectual engagement with this beautiful location. Conversational presentation of relevant themes from Pacifica’s lecture halls—soulful engagement, poetic dwelling, and the thought of the heart—will be interwoven with tours of the gardens. We will focus on specific sites, highlighting the horticultural, ecological, historical, and psychological contexts in play. A healthful lunch will be provided utilizing food grown in the gardens.  

Michael SipMichael P. Sipiora, Ph.D., is core faculty at Pacifica, where he teaches Clinical Psychology, Depth Psychology, and Mythological Studies. He holds degrees in psychology and philosophy, and has published in the areas of phenomenology and archetypal psychology.

Marshall CMarshall Chrostowski is land manager for both Pacifica Graduate Institute campuses. He holds advanced degrees in soil science, plant, and tropical ecology, and ethnobotany. He first came to Pacifica in 1989 to renovate the grounds and orchards at the Lambert Road Campus.

General Information

REGISTRATION: Space is limited. Register early! To register, submit the form on this webpage or print and mail it to the Public Programs Department, Pacifica Graduate Institute, 249 Lambert Road, Carpinteria, CA 93013 or call the Public Programs Department at 805.969.3626, ext. 103. Full payment is required with your registration. An email confirmation letter will be sent within 5 days of receipt of your registration.

CANCELLATION: To obtain a refund on your registration fee, send a written cancellation request postmarked no later than thirty days before the event. Tuition less a $20 processing fee will be refunded. No refunds on your registration fee will be made after that time. In the event that the program is sold out with a waitlist and we are able to transfer your registration to someone on the waitlist, 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.

LOCATION: The workshop will be held at Pacifica Graduate Institute’s Lambert Road Campus at 249 Lambert Road, Carpinteria, CA 93013 (NOT the Ladera Lane campus).

MEALS: Meals are provided to encourage ongoing dialogue and community exchange throughout the weekend. Included in your registration fee is Saturday lunch. Pacifica’s caterers make every attempt to provide healthful meals for our guests and include organic ingredients where possible. Please indicate on the registration form if you need a special vegan, gluten free, or vegetarian meal or if you have other medical dietary restrictions.

TRAVEL: Major airlines provide service into the Los Angeles International Airport located 90 miles south of Santa Barbara and into the Santa Barbara Municipal Airport, approximately 18 miles from the Campus. Information on ground transportation to and from Santa Barbara will be included with your confirmation letter.

SCHOLARSHIPS: A limited number of financial need scholarships are available for this program. To apply, please fill out the registration form including payment information, and send a letter of request detailing your financial circumstances. Once your application has been reviewed, you will be contacted to approve processing of payment. Please note, incomplete applications will not be considered.

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT: 7 CE credits are 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.

DISABILITY SERVICES ON CAMPUS: It is the policy of Pacifica’s Public Programs Department to accommodate attendees with disabilities in compliance with state and federal laws and regulations. Please let us know in advance if you have special needs or require assistance due to a disabling condition while you are attending a public program. If you are accompanied by a service dog, please contact disability services directly (805.679.6124), as all animals visiting campus must have pre-approval. For additional information regarding Pacifica’s policies, visit