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Sandra del Castillo is a teacher, storyteller, and ritual artist. She moved to Mexico with her children to explore her ancestral roots and stayed fifteen years. A deeply transformative experience, she lived in four different states, studying, teaching, and learning. Her dissertation on the Mexican Day of the Dead was inspired by her experience living in Michoacán, in a region of Mexico renowned for its celebration of the Day of the Dead, and her ancestral heritage. Sandra brings a Jungian lens to Mesoamerica, gleaning the archetypal wisdom of their cosmovisions, philosophy, poetry, and mythology, and delves into their significance in this Kairos moment, as humanity faces our Sixth Great Extinction.


Brian Dietrich, Ph.D. , LMFT is a licensed psychotherapist, certified guided imagery practitioner, clinical supervisor, teacher and author. Brian was a clinical faculty member and training supervisor for the California Pacific Medical Center's Integrative Medicine Education Program where he taught expressive arts therapy and interactive guided imagery. He served as adjunct faculty and clinical supervisor for the California Institute of Integral Studies, Integral Counseling Psychology Program. Brian is an adjunct professor for John F. Kennedy University’s Deep Imagination Certification Program and a psychotherapist in private practice. He is also an analytic candidate at the C. G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles.


Alonso has provided direct clinical care to a diverse population for over 25 years. His service includes working with at-risk youth at the ERAS Center, and at the Kruks/Tilsner Center where he served as a youth advocate, case manager, and residential manager. He later transferred to the Tarzana Treatment Center in the San Fernando Valley and helped develop their youth department and coordinated treatment for the Sylmar Juvenile Drug Court, which was honored as a national mentor youth drug court by SAMSHA.


Christine is a core faculty member in the Mythological Studies Department, she has made extensive scholarly contributions to the fields of Religious Studies, Mythology, and Gender Studies. She is Professor Emeritus in Religious Studies from San Diego State University where she taught for almost twenty years. She has also taught concurrently at the San Diego campus of the California School of Professional Psychology, and at the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich.


Peter T. Dunlap is a psychologist working in private and political practice. He is engaged in research at the interface between Jung’s thinking about the role of the psychological attitude in the future transformations of the human species, systems-centered group theory and practice, and emotion-focused psychotherapy for individuals and groups.


Jemma is Department Co-Chair and Core Faculty for Pacifica Graduate Institute’s Counseling Psychology Department. She supports administrative, curricular, and developmental aspects of the Counseling Program, as well as teaches both research and clinical courses in the program. Jemma has a clinical focus on adoption and separation trauma, and has provided trainings and spoken on panels to advance the understanding of the needs of children and families on the adoption spectrum throughout Los Angeles County.


Michael serves as core faculty in the Masters in Counseling Psychology program and is the current President of the Academic Senate, a member of the Senate Leadership Committee, and Counseling Psychology Program Development Committee. He is an invited member of the Institute's Shared Stewardship Coordinating Committee and also teaches courses in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program.


Wendy’s teaching focuses on integrating the body into a depth -oriented model. At Pacifica, she teaches Somatics. Her passion is to include the body in all conversations concerning the psyche. As a Dance-Movement Therapist, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, Authentic Movement Facilitator, Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation Instructor for over 30 years, she integrates a wealth of information into the learning environment through deep experientials, creative resourcing, and self-reflection processes.


Thomas is a certified Jungian Analyst and licensed as a Research Psychoanalyst with the California Medical Board. Thomas trained as an analyst at the Center for Depth Psychology according to C.G. Jung and Marie-Louise von Franz in Switzerland and specializes in the role of dreams and the symbolic life in clinical practice. He has a private practice in Santa Barbara. Tom teaches in the depth sequence courses. He is an Analytic Member of the International Association for Analytical Psychology.


Megan is Adjunct Faculty and teaches Process of Psychotherapy, Family Systems and Domestic Violence, Ethics and the Law: Child Abuse Assessment and Treatment. Megan is a Clinical Member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor.


Jonathan Erickson is an author, educator, and holistic life coach, whose research and writing explores the intersections of imagination, neuroscience, consciousness, and transformation. He holds a Ph.D. in depth psychology with an emphasis in somatics from Pacifica, an MFA in creative writing from Antioch University Los Angeles, and a BA in English literature and interdisciplinary field studies from the University of California at Berkeley. Prior to Pacifica, Jonathan worked as a somatic yoga teacher and holistic bodyworker after training at the Esalen Institute.


Elizabeth is a nationally recognized interdisciplinary artist, author and lecturer on visual thinking, creativity and archetypes in media. She received her Ph.D. in the Mythological Studies Program at Pacifica and her M.F.A. from the University of Washington. Her artwork is widely exhibited and is held in numerous public and private collections. It has also appeared on the covers of several international myth and depth psychology journals and books, including all eight issues of Mythosphere.


Dr. Jesica Siham Fernández is a transdisciplinary scholar, blurring disciplinary boundaries between social, community and liberation psychology, Critical Race & Ethnics Studies, especifical Latinx Studies, and Youth Studies. She is the author of the forthcoming book, "Growing Up Latinx: Coming of Age in a Time of Contested Citizenship" (New York University Press, 2022).


David Fetterman, Ph.D., is an evaluator who founded empowerment evaluation. Author of Empowerment Evaluation: Knowledge and Tools for Self-assessment, Evaluation Capacity Building, and Accountability; and Ethnography: Step by Step.


Kesha is a sociocultural anthropologist in private practice as a somatic bodyworker and movement therapist. She practices the Danis Bois Method (DBM), a perceptual enrichment practice that evolved from osteopathy, in addition to Kathy Kain's somatic touch approach. Kesha previously taught as Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Florida and at the University of Chicago.


Carolyn is a writer, performer and cultural geographer. As a professor in Geography at the University of Kentucky, she is deeply interested in issues related to identity, difference, creativity, and resilience. In particular, she explores how issues of difference impacts participation in decision-making processes designed to address environmental issues. More broadly she likes to trouble our theoretical and methodological edges that shape knowledge production and determine whose knowledge counts.


Matthew is a licensed psychologist with a private practice in Sherman Oaks, California. His depth psychological practice incorporates Jungian analytic, psychoanalytic, existential, and mindfulness-based approaches. Both his dissertation (The Evocative Moment: A Study in Depth Psychological Poetics) and Master's thesis (Eclipse: Illuminating the Tragic Shadow of the Puer Aeternus) were part of a journey, and a calling, to make a home for theory, phenomenology, and poetry in depth psychological inquiry. At heart, his research embraces subtle, often elusive, experiences, and the via poetica that may give them voice and form.


Stephen serves as Director of Faculty Development at Trident University International. Dr. Fitzgerald has published books on decision- making and organizational models (Capstone Publishing, UK), numerous book chapters, journal articles, and conference proceedings, and co-edited a special issue of the AI Practitioner.


Sukey has been on the faculty of Pacifica since 2000 and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who practices Jungian-based psychotherapy in her private practice in Santa Barbara. She brings her creative background in film and writing to her current work as an educator at Pacifica.


Cynthia is a passionate proponent in the field of mental health. She received her Master’s degree in Counseling from Pacifica Graduate Institute with an emphasis on Depth Psychotherapy. As a young adult, Cindy was introduced to Jungian Analysis, which led her to her passion for Alchemy, Fairytales, dreams, and copper etching.