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Redreaming a World in Crisis: Soul, Science and Imagination at the Edge of the Abyss

March 6, 2022 - May 15, 2022 (Sundays)

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Redreaming a World in Crisis: Soul, Science and Imagination at the Edge of the Abyss

“We can only make a future from the depth of the truth we face now.”

Ben Okri

Perhaps never before has the world been engulfed in such a trifecta of crises: the pandemic crisis, the climate crisis, and the ongoing mental health crisis have converged on this moment in history.   In a recent article in The Guardian, award-winning author, Ben Okri, writes:

“…we are on the edges of the biggest crisis that has ever faced us. We need a new philosophy for these times, for this near-terminal moment in the history of the human.” Okri goes on to propose something he calls, “existential creativity.”

With this idea of existential creativity in mind, Pacifica Online is pleased to present The 2022 Sophia Talks: Redreaming A World in Crisis  Featuring presentations from internationally recognized academics, analysts, and authors, the focus of this series will be to highlight new perspectives that offer relevant and related insights on the crises we are collectively facing, from the worlds of psychoanalytic psychology, archetypal psychology, art, and activism.

We invite you to join us for this Sunday Series of thought-provoking and culturally relevant conversations. Each presentation will be followed by a Q & A discussion with attendees.

Weekly Sunday Sessions:

Reconsidering Individuation in the 21st Century: When Archetypal Patterns Shift

Joseph Cambray, Ph.D.
March 6th, 2022

Over the past several years the upheavals and accelerating changes associated with the pandemic have impacted us all. From a depth perspective, the disruptions and uncertainties at societal and global scales point to a shift or transformation in the archetypal patterns emerging in the collective unconscious, while manifesting in our individual lives. The figure of the hero, as the basis of ego identity, is declining while appreciation of interconnectedness sustaining the psyche has become more evident. How can we best find our way through these times? An archetypal systems approach will be offered from which we can explore a reimagining of Jung’s notion of individuation.

Prophesy to These Bones! The Promise of Post-activism at the End of the World

Bayo Akomolafe, Ph.D.
March 13th, 2022

Writing the Flawed Woman as Hero in an Age of Crisis

Susan Rowland, Ph.D.
March 20th, 2022

Hope and Despair: Existential Dimensions of the Soul

Ursula Wirtz, Ph.D.
March 27th, 2022

Pandemic As Teacher: Minimalism, Creativity and the Soul

Elizabeth Nelson, Ph.D.
April 10th, 2022

An Alchemical Apocalypse: A Myth for Our Time

Evans Lansing Smith, Ph.D.
April 24th, 2022

Toward Existential Intimacy in Higher Education: A Case for Noetic Learning

Peter Rojcewicz, Ph.D.
May 1st, 2022

Phantom Narratives and the Uncanny in Cultural Life

Samuel L. Kimbles, Ph.D
May 8th, 2022

Alchemy, Jung and Remedios Varo: Cultural Complexes and the Redemptive Power of the Abjected Feminine

Dennis and Rebecca Pottenger
May 15th, 2022

Program Details


March 6, 2022 – May 15, 2022 (Sundays)

9:00-10:30am PT | 12:00-1:30pm ET | 6:00-7:30pm Zurich


  • $225 General Rate
  • $175 Pacifica Alumni, Full Time Students, & Senior Rate
  • $125 Pacifica Student Rate

Scholarships are available. Please contact for more information.

Program links will be sent out prior to the event. For those unable to attend live, the presentation will be recorded and the link shared after the event. Please note that the Q & A sessions after each presentation will not be recorded.

Featured Presenters


Joe Cambray, PhD, is President-CEO of Pacifica Graduate Institute; he is Past-President of the International Association for Analytical Psychology; has served as the U.S. Editor for The Journal of Analytical Psychology and is on various editorial boards. He was a faculty member at Harvard Medical School in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, Center for Psychoanalytic Studies; and former President of the C. G. Jung Institute of Boston.  Dr. Cambray is also a Jungian analyst now living in the Santa Barbara area of California. His numerous publications include the book based on his Fay Lectures: Synchronicity: Nature and Psyche in an Interconnected Universe, a recently edited volume, with Leslie Sawin, Research in Analytical Psychology:  Applications from Scientific, Historical, and (Cross)-Cultural Research and an earlier volume edited with Linda Carter, Analytical Psychology: Contemporary Perspectives in Jungian Psychology. He has published numerous papers in a range of journals and regularly lectures internationally.

Bayo-AkomolafeBayo Akomolafe is the Chief Curator of The Emergence Network, a speaker, author, fugitive neo-materialist com-post-activist public intellectual and Yoruba poet. But when he takes himself less seriously, he is a father to Alethea and Kyah, and the grateful life-partner to Ej as well as the sworn washer of nightly archives of dishes. Bayo was born in 1983 into a Christian home, and to Yoruba parents in western Nigeria. Losing his diplomat father to a sudden heart complication, Bayo became a reclusive teenager, seeking to get to the “heart of the matter” as a response to his painful loss.



Susan RowlandSusan Rowland, PhD, is Chair of the Engaged Humanities and the Creative Life Program at Pacifica Graduate Institute, and teaches in the Depth Psychology Program with Specialization in Jungian and Archetypal Studies. She is author of a number of books on literary theory, gender and C.G. Jung including Jung as a Writer;Jung: A Feminist RevisionC.G. Jung in the HumanitiesThe Ecocritical Psyche: Literature, Evolutionary Complexity and Jung; and The Sleuth and the Goddess in Women’s Detective Fiction, and Remembering Dionysus: Revisioning Psychology and Literature in C.G. Jung and James Hillman. Her forthcoming book is, Jungian Arts-Based Research and the Nuclear Enchantment of New Mexico (July 2020).


Ursula WirtzUrsula Wirtz, Ph.D., graduated from the C.G. Jung  Institute Zurich in 1982. She has a doctorate in literature and philosophy from the University of Munich. Besides maintaining a private practice in Zürich, she is a training analyst, supervisor and faculty member of ISAPZurich. Dr.Wirtz has numerous publications on trauma and spirituality. Her most recent book is : Trauma and Beyond. The Mystery of Transformation. Routledge.



Elizabeth-NelsonElizabeth Nelson, PhD, has been a member of Pacifica’s core faculty since 2003. She specializes in scholarly writing, research process and strategy, methodology, and dissertation development and also teaches courses in dream, imagery, and cultural studies. Her own research interests include personal and cultural expressions of the shadow, gender, and power, with a particular devotion to dangerous women in text, film, and life. Elizabeth has bridged her professional experience in technology with her background in literature and expertise in depth psychology to teach courses on the profound impact of digital technology. Elizabeth is the author of two books, The Art of Inquiry: A Depth Psychological Perspective, coauthored with Joseph Coppin, which is now in its third edition (Spring Publications, 2017). Her second book is Psyche’s Knife: Archetypal Explorations of Love and Power (Chiron, 2012). Prior to her teaching career, Dr. Nelson worked with Silicon Valley startups for 18 years as a professional writer, editor, and marketing consultant.

Evans SmithEvans Lansing Smith, PhD, is Chair and Core Faculty of the Mythological Studies Program at the Pacifica Graduate Institute, in Santa Barbara, CA. In the 1970s, he traveled with Joseph Campbell on tours of Northern France, Egypt, and Kenya. He has taught at colleges and institutes in Switzerland, Italy, France, Maryland, Texas, and California, and is the recipient of awards for distinguished teaching from Midwestern State University in Texas, and the Pacifica Graduate Institute in California. His Ph.D. is from The Claremont Graduate School, and he has an M.A. in Creative Writing from Antioch International (London and Dublin), and a B.A. from Williams College. He is the author of ten books (including a recent volume of poems) and numerous articles on comparative literature and mythology. He has given presentations for the C.G. Jung Institutes in Küsnacht and New York City, the Seattle Friends of Jung, the Modern Language Association, the American Association for the Study of Popular Culture, the Study of Myth Conference at Pacifica Graduate Institute, the Ojai Writer’s Conference, and the Casa dei Pesci at Circeo San Felice, in Italy. His edited volume of Joseph Campbell’s writings and lectures on the Grail Romances was published in 2015, and his edition of the Selected Correspondence of Joseph Campbell is forthcoming.


Peter Rojcewicz, Ph.D.,


Samuel L. Kimbles is a psychologist, Jungian analyst, member and former president of the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, and a clinical professor (VCF) in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. He has a private practice in San Francisco and Santa Rosa, California, and works as a clinical consultant to organizations. In addition to lecturing and presenting widely, he has published several works on the cultural complex. Phantom Narratives: The Unseen Contributions of Culture to Psyche explores the themes of psyche in groups and society. This book Intergenerational Complexes in Analytical Psychology: The Suffering of Ghosts continues the processes of exploring the unconscious at the level of culture and groups.


Dennis Pottenger is a Jungian-oriented psychotherapist and award-winning literary journalist based in the USA. Rebecca Livingston Pottenger is a licensed psychotherapist, feminist scholar, and adjunct faculty member at Pacifica Graduate Institute, USA.



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March 6, 2022 - May 15, 2022 (Sundays)

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