Campus Updates

Last Updated:9:00 am Monday, March 26, 2018

Dear Pacifica Community,

As we enter the spring season with its archetypal energies of renewal we are very pleased to inform you that beginning in April we are fully reopening our Ladera campus for regular classes. While little damage was done to either of the campuses by the disasters, we did follow mandatory evacuation orders throughout the last several months–everyone has remained safe and secure. During these last months we kept the Ladera campus open to staff when possible, as the orders were lifted on various occasions. We also refurbished the sleeping rooms at Ladera. This time gave us additional opportunities to do some maintenance, the campuses have never looked better! Lambert has remained open, except for limited periods of evacuation and we have been able to continue everyone’s education without disruption.

At the present time there is one main road up to the Ladera campus, Ortega Ridge Road. Several bridges on other roads are under repair and we do not as yet have dates when the work will be completed, so we ask that you acquaint yourself with the location of Ortega Ridge Road so you will be able to get to campus without difficulty. We will continue to offer shuttle service from the Best Western to both campuses–if you have any questions about accommodations or shuttle service please contact our Guest Services Coordinator, Nicole Kitzmann at nkitzmann@pacifica.edu or 805.879.7368.

Pacifica was also a very active community member throughout the time of the disasters. We partnered with local fire departments and first responders to grant them use of both campuses, as safe and staging zones for their work, and as refuge areas for neighbors unable to evacuate. In turn a number of local institutions were helpful to us: UCSB’s Alumni Association lent us space on their campus; several groups in Carpinteria provided us alternative classrooms in the immediate aftermath of the January 9th debris flow, when we could not reach either campus for a few days. The local community has undergone some very difficult times, with losses in lives, property, and business, but the spirit of community in the face of these challenges has been truly remarkable. As we reenter a more regular time now, we wish to invite you to join us in our affirmations of renewal. All of us here at Pacifica Graduate Institue look forward to seeing you on campus.

With best wishes,
Joe Cambray, Ph.D.
President/CEO, Pacifica Graduate Institute


Last Updated:9:00 am Friday, March 23, 2018

Dear Pacifica Community,

Great news, at 5 pm on Thursday, March 22, the County of Santa Barbara lifted the evacuation orders for the areas near our campuses. We will be back fully operational on both campuses by Friday afternoon. Our staff will be returning to work in the morning and we will have students and Retreat Center guests by mid-afternoon.

During the recent evacuation, both of our campuses were used by local fire-fighting units as safe refuges and staging areas. While there was some minor flooding with small debris flows and power outages near us, the local community is intact and it feels to many as if a corner has been turned. It will take time for full vegetation to grow and serve as an environmental safeguard in the mountains above us, but this process is already underway.

As we enter the Spring season it is truly a time of renewal on many levels and the psyche of the region is becoming charged with hopeful, helpful energies. We invite you to visit and feel this for yourself.

In Communitas,
Joe Cambray, Ph.D.
President/CEO, Pacifica Graduate Institute


Last Updated:10:00 pm Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Dear Pacifica Community,

Today’s update: Wednesday saw significant rain with some local flooding and mild debris flows, especially in the Montecito area. Fortunately all of the main roads have remained open and our campuses are unharmed. However, the storm in the area is quite large and is anticipated to deliver more rain today, though it is still less intense than the one of January 9th. Nevertheless, to ensure your safety, we are closely following Santa Barbara County’s evacuation orders that are still in place and will keep our campuses closed until Friday after evacuation orders have been lifted.

On Wednesday the Fire Department did use our campuses as safety zones–we are glad to help our neighbors have a safe refuge should a significant weather-related event occur.

With warm wishes,
Joe Cambray, Ph.D.
President/CEO, Pacifica Graduate Institute


Last Updated:12:00 pm Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Dear Pacifica Community,

As many of you know Santa Barbara County (and much of Southern California) is experiencing a powerful rainstorm (from Tuesday afternoon through Thursday night). Normally this type of storm would be very welcome as it brings relief from the drought. However, with the burn scars from the fires in December the amount of rain we will receive over several days requires caution and careful monitoring for potential flash floods and debris flow. Fortunately both of our campuses are not only in safe zones, but are actually being used by the local fire departments as safe refuges sites to assist with those who might need assistance and were not able to evacuate.

While the storm is passing over our area we have taken the precaution of relocating our business operations to locations in Santa Barbara. We have suspended classes until Friday afternoon as an additional precaution, but are continuing all of our other usual activities, such as admissions and financial aid. We have developed a number of contingency plans and have been meeting with the County’s Office of Emergency Management to optimize the safety and security of staff, faculty and students. We will be providing daily update on the status of Pacifica and the local community, so please check back with us regularly.

Our telephone lines remain open, and we have full electronic services, email, website, D2L etc., so if you wish to contact we are here and most happy to be in touch. Let us know how we can assist you.

With warm wishes,
Joe Cambray, Ph.D.
President/CEO, Pacifica Graduate Institute