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Kayleen Asbo

Kayleen Asbo


  • Ph.D., Mythological Studies with emphasis in Depth Psychology, Pacifica Graduate Institute
  • M.A., Mythological Studies with emphasis in Depth Psychology, Pacifica Graduate Institute
  • M.A., Psychology with emphasis in Expressive Arts Therapy, Meridian University
  • M.N., Piano Performance, San Francisco Conservatory of Music
  • B.A., Psychology and Women's Studies, Mills College, with honors, Phi Beta Kappa

Interdisciplinary scholar, cultural historian and musician Kayleen Asbo, Ph.D was educated at Smith College, Mills College, the San Francisco Conservatory, Pacifica Graduate Institute and the University of California and holds three master’s degrees: one each in music (piano performance), mythological studies and psychology with an emphasis on expressive arts therapy. Kayleen wrote her Ph.D dissertation at Pacifica Graduate Institute onon Passion and Paradox: The Myths of Mary Magdalene in Music, Art and Culture and has been a guest presenter and lecturer on the intersection of history, mythology, psychology, women’s studies and the arts at Oxford University in England, the Assisi Institute of Depth Psychology Conference in Italy, the Houston Jung Institute, the San Francisco Jung Institute, Chartres Cathedral in France, Grace Cathedral and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. As a pianist-composer, she has recorded three albums: Mozart’s Shadow, Dante’s Mirror and Music for Orpheus and was a faculty member of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music for nineteen years. Kayleen is currently a pre-concert lecturer with the San Francisco Opera, the Mendocino Music Festival and the music historian -in -residence for the Santa Rosa Symphony and the creator of the “Musical Mondays at the Museum” series in Sonoma County. Kayleen has been a consultant in archetypal psychology, myth and ritual for Proctor and Gamble and religious and spiritual organizations throughout the country, with a special focus on the contemplative and mystical traditions and the study of rediscovered scriptures of Early Christianity such as the Nag Hammadi Library. As the Creative Director and Resident Mythologist for the Mythica Foundation for Education, Contemplation and the Arts, Kayleen leads workshops and retreats throughout the country and offers a pilgrimage to sacred sites in Europe every year. Through Mythica, she teaches courses ranging from Jung’s Red Book to Dante’s Divine Comedy and the Heroine’s Journey. She is delighted to have returned to Pacifica where she teaches Christian Traditions. Learn more at