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Sandra Del Castillo

Sandra Del Castillo

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Depth Psychology with a Specialization in Jungian and Archetypal Psychology, Pacifica Graduate Institute
  • M.A., Depth Psychology with a Specialization in Jungian and Archetypal Psychology, Pacifica Graduate Institute

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. As a ritual artist, her art is inspired by the images of dreams, mythology, and active imagination, in other words, the language of the soul. Ritual art honors the image as psyche in Jungian understanding. By giving expression to the numinous images, the art form becomes a mythopoetic vessel for healing and transformation, for both the individual and the viewer/participant. Sandra has facilitated ritual for almost 30 years throughout California, Oregon, and at pyramid sites throughout Mexico. She mentors and teaches classes and workshops on “The Art of Living Ritual: Re-animating an Ensouled Worldview.”