Programs from The Retreat at Pacifica


January 11, 18, 25 | February 1, 8, 15, 22 | March 1, 2022 (Tuesdays)
This eight-week program introduces participants to an understanding of archetypal patterns in cinema. Perspectives from the study of mythology and depth psychology, particularly those associated with Joseph Campbell, C.G. Jung, and James Hillman will be explored in relation to selected films. After setting out basic concepts, the instructors will make weekly presentations in relation to assigned viewings and readings, followed by group engagement.
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January 20 & 27, and February 3 & 10, 2022
When one has been moved by Spirit, one never forgets it. We never forget experiences of touching Something greater than ourselves. In this special series, four gifted women in the arts will share how they access non-ordinary wisdom and open alchemical spaces for others. The series will be facilitated and led by Kim Hermanson, author of Deep Knowing.
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January 31 – April 29, 2022
This unique program, offered online over the course of 13 weeks, has the distinct advantage of combining four perspectives from four internationally renowned authors, educators, and transformational leaders in the fields of Ecopsychology and Ecotherapy.
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February 7, 2022 – August 3, 2022
The Dream Tending and Deep Imagination Certificate I Program is a limited-enrollment program that takes place over four, three-day sessions. The four courses reflect the multiple dimensions of psychic life and the dream. Learning in dream theory and methodology is both content based and experiential.
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February 11 – 12, 2022
If your completed thesis or dissertation still feels vitally alive and relevant to contemporary culture, this 12-hour seminar will help you begin the process of reworking your research so that it may become “the ideal text” that publishers seek and very rarely find: solid works of scholarship that hold wide appeal for a general audience.
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February 17, 24; March 3, 10, 17, 24, 2022 (Thursdays)
The Collected Works of Marie-Louise von Franz is a 28 volume Magnum Opus from one of the leading minds in Jungian Psychology. The first volume, Archetypal Symbols in Fairytales: The Profane and Magical Worlds, released on her 106th birthday, January 4th, 2021 and is to be followed by 27 more volumes over the next 10 years.
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March 10, 17, 24, 2022 (Thursdays)
Join internationally renowned Jungian analyst, artist, and poet, Fanny Brewster in this special three-part series introducing dreams, active imagination, and cultural dreamwork.
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March 15, 22, 29, 2022 (Tuesdays)
There is a strange loop lurking behind psychedelic experiences. Like dreams, these unique visions are often ineffable, intensely personal and impossible to share directly. And yet they have inspired countless people throughout time to make visionary art, to craft objects and images that channel something of those sublime, bizarre, mythopoetic realms into our shared human world. But here is the loop: this art in turn shapes and influences later voyagers, becoming part of the cultural “set and setting” that always informs even the most singular psychedelic experience.
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March 25 – 27, 2022 | December 3 – 4, 2022 | June 29 – July 3, 2022
A 9-Month Certificate with Maureen Murdock and Jennifer Selig
at Pacifica Graduate Institute's Ladera Lane Campus

April 7, 21, 28, 2022 (Thursdays)
James Hillman was my dear friend, from whom I learned much at our dinners, on walks and drives, and during collaborations in writing and speaking. He was devoted to the ideas of C.G. Jung and yet was fiercely willing to go his own way. He was always on the lookout for soul, always the therapist, even when he turned his attention away from individuals to the world.
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October 4 – December 10, 2021
Known by many names – psychedelics, entheogens, sacred or plant medicines, allies, hallucinogens – the substances opening the psyche to the depths of the personal and collective unconscious are once again in the news in the midst of what has been called a “psychedelics renaissance.”
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