Physical Campus Closure - Institute has transitioned to operating remotely (see further details)
Maren Tonder Hansen

Maren Tonder Hansen


  • Ph.D., Psychology, Saybrook Graduate School
  • M.Div., Divinity, Starr King School for the Ministry


  • L.M.F.T., CA

Maren is founder, and Ex-Officio Board of Trustees member. She is also a founding faculty member of the first hybrid learning program at Pacifica. Her research interests include the psychological dimension of myth, female psychology and spirituality, ritual, and depth psychological models of leadership. Dr. Hansen is a founding board member of the Joseph Campbell Library and Archives. She studied with Joseph Campbell for years and teaches a course on Joseph Campbell.. She is author of the books Mother Mysteries and Teachers of Myth. Hansen researched, designed and tested a myth curriculum for adolescents, designed to stimulate psychological development. Her creative pursuits include improvisational singing in an ensemble, and songwriting.