Saturday, November 3, 2018
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
249 Lambert Road, Carpinteria, CA 93013
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The $35 registration fee includes all of the day’s activities and lunch.


Office of Admissions

805.969.3626 ext: 305

Pacifica Experience

The Information Day welcomes prospective students who are interested in learning more about Pacifica’s graduate degree programs. The event offers an introduction to the distinctive educational features of the Institute.

This information day provides an excellent opportunity to:

  • Experience Pacifica’s unique interdisciplinary graduate degree programs through faculty-led, program-specific information sessions and presentations.
  • Hear from Pacifica students and alumni about their experiences and career outcomes.
  • Explore the grounds of the Lambert Road campus.
  • Learn more about the admissions process & financial aid.

The $35 registration fee includes all of the day’s activities and lunch. Pacifica’s $75 application fee will be waived for all attendees.

If you have any questions about this event please contact the Admissions Department at or 805-969-3626 ext: 305.

Featured Presentation: Mary A. Wood, Ph.D. (co-Chair Engaged Humanities and the Creative Life)

Psyche and Image: The Wonder and Danger of Aesthetic Experience.

Why do aesthetic encounters arrest our sensibilities, stopping us in our tracks with wonder—and just as often with fear? Over 2400 years ago, Plato recognized the superior, yet potentially dangerous power of poetry created by the poet seized by a type of “divine mania.” For Jung, the arts were a vital source of inspiration; he felt “driven” by his own creative daimon, yet he strongly rejected the label of “art” for his own creative expression. The topic of aesthetic response has always been contentious territory claimed by critics, philosophers, psychologists, artists, and most recently by neuroscientists. This talk will feature interconnected insights on the mystery and power of aesthetic experience from ancient Greece through the Renaissance, from C.G. Jung and James Hillman through contemporary aesthetic dialogue and neuroaesthetic studies.

Mary Antonia Wood

Mary Antonia Wood is the owner of Talisman Creative Mentoring, a practice that supports artists and creators of all types. Through one-on-one consultations, group workshops and classes, Wood assists creative individuals who desire a stronger and more authentic connection to the deepest archetypal sources of creativity. Wood has been as a visual artist for over twenty years, working in a variety of media. Her work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions and has been collected by both public institutions and individuals. In addition, she has collaborated with writers and artists on public art commissions. Wood received her doctorate in Mythological Studies from Pacifica Graduate Institute where her thesis was entitled, “The Archetypal Artist: Re-imagining Artistic Expression at the Crossroads of Fate and Free Will.” In addition to mentoring fellow artists, Wood is currently at work on a book for creators of all types based on her doctoral and post-doctoral research on the archetypal forces that shape a creative life.

Pacifica's Lambert Campus
Pacifica's Lambert Campus
Pacifica's Lambert Campus
Pacifica's Lambert Campus

General Information

Pacifica is currently accepting applications. You can conveniently apply online here. For all questions regarding program information and enrollment please contact the Admissions Department, 805.879.7305 or email Thank you for considering Pacifica Graduate Institute for your graduate degree.

Lambert Road Campus, 249 Lambert Road, Carpinteria, CA 93013

Lunch on the day of the Pacifica Experience is provided to encourage ongoing dialogue and community exchange throughout the day. Pacifica’s caterers make every attempt to provide healthful meals for our guests and include organic ingredients whenever possible.


Local Hotels
Best Western Plus
Holiday Inn Express & Suite

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 north of the Campus. Please reach out to the admissions staff if you need any information about ground transportation to and from Santa Barbara.

It is the policy of Pacifica Graduate Institute 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 (805.679.6125), as all animals visiting campus must have pre-approval. For additional information regarding Pacifica’s policies, visit Pacifica’s Disability Services web page.


Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Please contact the Office of Admissions at 805.879.7305.