James Hillman and the Return of Soul

A Weekend of Reflections on His Life and Legacy
with Richard Tarnas

Understanding the significance and complexity of James Hillman’s contribution to our psychological and cultural life will require many years and many hands. This is partly because of the magnitude of his oeuvre—so many books, essays, and lectures—but also because it takes time to gain perspective, to swim out far enough from shore to see the greater context of his large estate.

James Hillman brought the very word “soul” back to psychology. He brought psychology out of the consulting room into the world, and he brought astonishing inventiveness, style, and learning to every sentence he wrote and spoke. The list of dangerous, two-horned topics to which he turned his extraordinary vision is nearly endless: ecology, aging, war, destiny, puer and senex, the city and urban design, architecture, economics, the men’s movement, racism, pornography, language, philosophy, cosmology, astrology, phenomenology, public education, art, animals, emotion, Shakespeare, the Renaissance, Romanticism, and Neoplatonism.

He contained so many paradoxes: He was wonderfully European, cultured, multilingual, and in touch with the primary sources of the grand tradition. But he did what he did as a born American, a jazzy irreverent rebel, always improvising, subverting the dogma of the old monarchy, vigorously asserting the common life of soul—the ambiguous many over the literal one. James was both postmodern and ancient. He saw through, endlessly, like a deconstructionist, and yet he saw, vividly, the gods, the spirits, the depths, like an ancient poet. He recognized essences without ever succumbing to essentialism. He had an allegiance to the fallen world, yet he risked a large vision. He was a poet of psyche and a psychologist of the polis.

Above all, James championed the imagination in its high rightful place at the center of human reality, with perhaps greater force and eloquence than anyone since William Blake. And he saw the anima mundi, the soul of the world, in ways no one had seen before, inspiring not just psychologists but scholars across the disciplines, and artists, poets, and activists on every front.

Join us this weekend as we recall and explore James Hillman’s thought and life, doing so using the many perspectives he himself contributed to: depth psychology, cultural history, archetypal astrology, philosophy, language, and art.

Richard TarnasRichard Tarnas, Ph.D., is professor of philosophy and cultural history at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, where he founded the graduate program in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness. He has also taught archetypal studies and depth psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. A graduate of Harvard and Saybrook, he is the author of The Passion of the Western Mind, a history of the Western world view from the ancient Greek to the postmodern. His most recent book, Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of a New World View, received the Book of the Year Prize from the Scientific and Medical Network in the United Kingdom. He frequently lectures abroad as well as at various Jung institutes and societies throughout the U.S., and is on the Board of Governors of the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco.

General Information

REGISTRATION: Space is limited. Register early! To register, submit the form on the 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 submitting 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 $50 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.

For a refund on accommodations at the Ladera Lane Campus, cancellation with full refund will be accepted up to 5 days before the event. Cancellations made 1-4 days before the event will receive a 50% refund. There will be no refund for cancellation on the day of the event.

LOCATION: The workshop will be held at Pacifica Graduate Institute’s Ladera Lane Campus at 801 Ladera Lane, Santa Barbara, CA 93108. Located on 35 acres in the foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountains overlooking the Pacific Ocean, this residential retreat center provides a unique and peaceful environment for these events. This campus has lodging, dining facilities, and parking.

Pacifica’s Ladera Lane Campus
801 Ladera Lane, Santa Barbara, CA 93108
A limited number of rooms are available for participants at Pacifica’s Ladera Lane Campus:
$87 per night single occupancy (one twin or standard full size bed)
$120 per night couple occupancy (one standard full size bed; not a queen)
$132 per night double occupancy (two twin beds)
plus 10% occupancy tax
Accommodations are simple, dormitory-style rooms with a shared bath and shower. Reservations for rooms must be made through Pacifica’s Public Programs Department.

Best Western Carpinteria Inn
4558 Carpinteria Avenue, Carpinteria, CA 93013; 805.684.0473
A limited number of rooms are available for participants at special rates of $149 per night plus tax. These rooms are held for our group at this special rate until three days before the program. Be sure to mention PACIFICA PUBLIC PROGRAMS to receive the special rate. Please note that Pacifica shuttles do not provide service to and from the Best Western for Public Programs.

MEALS: Meals are provided to encourage ongoing dialogue and community exchange throughout the weekend. Included in your registration fee are Friday dinner; Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner; and Sunday breakfast and lunch. No other meals will be available. 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: 12 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