Montecito Journal: An Interview with Dr. Leonie H. Mattison Surrounding Journeys of the Soul Week

In her recent interview with the Montecito Journal, Dr. Leonie H. Mattison, president and CEO of Pacifica Graduate Institute (PGI),  announced PGI’s newest weekend workshop with an open invitation to the public titled, Journeys of the Soul Immersive, scheduled for September 27 through October 1, at their 801 Ladera Lane, Carpinteria location.

The event includes a wine and cheese reception, films, panel discussions, immersive learning sessions, Soul Circles, a meditation workshop, and bookauthor salon.There is a dedicated website detailing the curriculum. Registration is offered at several discounted rates for the on-campus weekend event, including discounts for seniors, students, and alumni. Continuing Education Units can be added for an additional charge.

On the roster of speakers in addition to Mattison is Dr. Bayo Akomolafe, Psychologist & Poet; Dr. Thema Bryant, President American Psychological Association (APA); Dr. Camille Harris, PGI Clinical; Dr. Dylan Hoffman, PGI Jungian and Archetypal Studies; Dr. Emily Lord-Kambitsch, PGI Myth Co-Chair; Dr. Susan Rowland, PGI Depth Psych and Creativity, Jung Award Recipient; Janet Blaser, MA, MFT, Jungian Analyst, Sandplay Practitioner and Pacifica Alumna; Jemma Elliot, M.A., LMFT, LPCC, PGI Counseling Department Co-Chair; Roland Palencia, documentarian and filmmaker – UNIDAD: Gay and Lesbian Latinos Unidos; Dick Russell, journalist and author of The Life and Ideas of James HillmanAndrea-Marie Stark, Intuitive practitioner rooted in Hakomi, Shamanic, Trauma, Depth, and Animal Assisted Therapies; Minh Tran, MA, LMFT, graduate of PGI’s MA Counseling Program and current Ph.D. candidate in Integrative Therapy and Healing Practices; and Dr. Jaiya John, internationally recognized freedom worker, author, poet, and founder of Soul Water Rising, a global rehumanizing mission to eradicate oppression.


Take a look at the interview from the Montecito Journal:

To register for Journey Week, visit our website:


Dr. Leonie H. Mattison, Ed.D.
President and CEO of Pacifica Graduate Institute

Dr. Leonie H. Mattison, Ed.D, the fourth President, and Chief Executive Officer of Pacifica Graduate Institute, ushers in a new chapter as the first black female to assume leadership of the 45-year-old institution, with her term beginning in October 2022.

Dr. Mattison brought her extensive experience as a transformational, people-first philosophy to increase the impact of Pacifica. She will ensure Pacifica becomes a world-class institution that improves lives and communities through collaboration among students, alums, faculty, and staff. This starts with listening to the Pacifica community to ensure she can provide the highest-quality education to students and equip them with the tools to better the world. Since taking office, President Mattison has focused on engaging diverse voices on and off campus in conversation about Pacifica’s past, present, and future.

Born in Jamaica, West Indies, Dr. Mattison grew up learning from her mother, who taught her how to interpret dreams, and her grandmother, who taught her the power of turning imagination into reality through quilting. Moving to New York City in her teen years, she witnessed the potency of education to elevate people out of poverty and change lives, including her own. She earned a Master’s in Business from Georgian Court University and a Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership from Argosy University. Prior to Pacifica, she served as Chief Operating Officer of a community agency that provides education and support services for vulnerable Santa Barbara residents. Other leadership positions include adjunct professor and lecturer at Antioch University and Santa Barbara City College School of Extended Learning and Chief of Organizational and Talent Development at the County of Santa Barbara, where she was instrumental in developing the Employees University, an open-source university created through a partnership between the county and Santa Barbara City College that has provided high-quality training and cutting-edge leadership development for over 4,700 county employees.

She is the proud mother to her three daughters and a grandmother to one granddaughter. In 2018 she was recognized by the Pacific Coast Business Times as a 40 Under 40