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David M. Odorisio, PhD, serves as Director of The Retreat at Pacifica Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara, CA, and is Associate Core Faculty in Pacifica’s Mythological Studies graduate degree program. David received his PhD in East-West Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies and teaches in the areas of methodology, psychology and religion, and Christian mysticism.


Sabine is currently a health services researcher with the Greater Los Angeles Veterans Affairs (VA) Healthcare System, and she has participated in numerous qualitative and quantitative research projects at the VA and UCLA. She has a master's background in Public Health Epidemiology, a PhD in Depth Psychology from Pacifica, and a strong interest in depth psychological research methods and writing.


Blanca has a Ph.D. in Community Psychology from New York University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Puerto Rico. She has held several research and teaching positions in Puerto Rico and New York. Since 1995 she has been a faculty member in the Psychology Department and the Institute for Psychological Research at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedars Campus.


Marilyn’s teaching at Pacifica has developed through 20+ years of clinical work, and her previous 20 years’ experience in the Humanities, including poetry, music, and theatre arts. Her therapeutic approach was shaped by 15 years in Community Mental Health and her continuing education in Depth Psychology, particularly in the work of Marion Woodman. Witnessing the profound effects of trauma on the psyche, and the limits of traditional talk therapy, Marilyn completed training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy in 2014, and EMDR training in 2019. She now integrates somatic interventions, as well as imaginal/creative process into her daily work with adults and couples in Santa Barbara.