About Pacifica Online

Pacifica Online Team

Caroline Mecartea

Caroline Coffman (Mecartea) is the Retreat/Pacifica Online Program Administrator. Caroline graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 2015 with a BA’s in Psychology and Communication, and has a professional background in marketing, sales coordination, event/logistics planning, and program administration. She joined Pacifica Graduate Institute in 2019 in the Guest Services department, and has since grown in her role with Pacifica Online. In her free time, Caroline enjoys getting outside, watching sports, and spending time with her husband and rescue dog.

Loralee M. Scott is the Director of Pacifica Online/The Retreat. In addtion to an MFA in inter-disciplinary studies, she brings over two decades of successful organizational leadership and a proven track record of post-graduate, Jungian informed curriculum design, development and delivery. A thought-leader, entrepreneur and sought-after speaker, she has lectured internationally in several countries. Her work as an award-winning choreographer was responsible for the passage of anti-trafficking legislation in Troy, NY and is featured in the book: Grief and the Expressive Arts published by Routledge.  She is passionate about creating communities where soulful engagement and transformative learning can happen.

Our Vision

Pacifica Online reimagines the online learning experience to create interactive communities of learners where connection, imagination, science and soul join together for a transformative educational experience.

Our vision is to make the depth-oriented, soul-based and forward-thinking scholarship that is representative of Pacifica Graduate Institute available to a broader world in a way that is relevant and applicable for today’s global professional and lifelong learners. This means that we offer you an extensive menu of learning communities and learning formats to choose from, so you can customize the approach and the themes that best fit your personal and professional goals.

Our Advanced Training Certificates feature PGI approved curriculum that offers a highly interactive and immersive learning experience. These programs are taught by PGI and internationally recognized faculty, each of whom are experts in their field. Pre-recorded sessions can be watched at your convenience and weekly live sessions give you the chance to engage with the faculty and course learners from around the world.  Additional resources, learning guides, films, case studies, and discussion forums enhance the learning experience. Graduates of the Advanced Training Certificate Courses receive a Certificate of Completion from Pacifica Graduate Institute. We currently offer four Advanced Training Certificates and we plan on expanding these offerings as part of our commitment to offering some of the most innovative and relevant depth-oriented online learning experiences.

Our Lunch Hour Learning Series are designed for the working professional. Each weekly, 60-minute online learning session offers CEs and is focused around a clinically applicable theme.

Our After Hours Café Series features some of the newest and most forward-thinking scholarship and themes that speak to the challenges of contemporary culture. Each 90-minute online session offers time to join with presenters and learners from around the world in conversation and community.

The content and style of presentation of this remarkable conference on the spiritual aspect of aging & later life establishes a new genre in the field of Continuing Education for therapists. In addition to personal experience, all therapists deal with patients who may experience challenges regarding the issues of aging, fear of loss of control, sickness, and death, and this conference provides for therapists a spiritual toolbox for themselves and for helping their patients to progress through this heretofore neglected area of the life cycle. Since "none of us get out of this alive," a regular offering of this conference on "The Inner Work of Aging: Shifting From Role to Soul" seems as relevant and necessary for all therapists' continuing education as the other required areas of CE, such as Treatment of Anxiety & Depression, Child & Elder Abuse, Substance Abuse, Suicidality, etc.

William Flaxman, PhD, MFTTestimonial from the Inner Work of Age Program

The Ladera Lane Campus


A short drive from its sister campus on Lambert Road, Pacifica’s Ladera Lane Campus is home to a conference center, classrooms, administrative offices, and branches of both the Graduate Research Library and Pacifica Bookstore. The Opus Archives and Research Center’s rare collections are also housed on this campus. Residential buildings offer lodging for students when classes are in session, and healthful meals are shared in the large communal dining hall. Spacious lawns present spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, Santa Barbara Channel Islands, and surrounding Santa Ynez Mountains. Beautiful gardens and wooded pathways afford spaces for quiet contemplation, and a network of hiking trails lead off into the wilderness.

Ladera Lane Campus Images
Lambert Campus Images

The Lambert Road Campus


Pacifica’s Lambert Road Campus is on the former site of a well known philanthropist’s 1920s-era estate. Beautifully restored and expanded, the campus is adorned with massive trees and extensive landscaping—all set in harmony with the unique history and ecology of the locale. It is a peaceful setting with fascinating walkways and inspiring views of the nearby Santa Ynez Mountains. In addition to classrooms and lecture halls, the Lambert Road Campus houses faculty and administrative offices, the Joseph Campbell and Marija Gimbutas Library, and branches of the Graduate Research Library and Pacifica Bookstore. An on-campus, organic mini-farm covers several acres and produces fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers that are enjoyed on both Pacifica campuses and throughout the local community.