Welcome home alumni & Pacifica Community
Our theme for 2019, Stronger Together in Community, follows a year of tremendous destruction in the Santa Barbara area. Coming Home 2018 had to be postponed twice, and the Thomas Fire and subsequent mudslides caused the evacuation of both Pacifica campuses multiple times, for weeks on end. Tragically, our surrounding community reeled from deaths and property losses. PGIAA launched a CareLine for first responders and the community, offering free referrals for emotional and psychological support to anyone suffering from the stress and grief. We came to know, in ever deeper ways, the life-saving importance of Community.
COUNTDOWN TO COMING HOME
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“I have been away from PGI since my husband, Melvin, graduated last May. The concerns I had after witnessing on television the natural disasters in the Santa Barbara communities made me want to connect with the Alumni and attend this year’s Coming Home! I was surprised to discover how much I missed the energy at Pacifica and it felt good to come home! The speakers were dynamic and insightful, and it was fun to connect with old and new friends!”
"Wow what a wonderful afternoon. Keynote Nely Galán was amazing and shared perspectives that are often overlooked in white normative culture. Kelly Carlin was an amazing and at times funny MC. Jennifer Selig broke open the potential that lives between hope and despair in an amazing manner, and Daphne Dodson took us through a journey of the healing properties of imaginal remembering."
“How wonderful to be part of this remarkable community of authors at Pacifica Graduate Institute, where I am in the midst of my PhD in Depth Psychology with a Somatics Specialization. I am honored. ”
"Being board members of PGIAA along with my wife Dr. Sherrie Allen we had the honor to participated in the school’s “Coming Home” event on Saturday. This was another event included in my month long celebration of my life. Our keynote speaker was Nely Galán, she encouraged all women of color to participate in the world economy. I introduced Dr. Jennifer Selig, one of my favorite past professors, before she spoke on “Hope and Despair” and how the two are inseparable due to the tense that must exist between the two. Despair is the prerequisite to HOPE."
Mistress of Ceremonies: Kelly Carlin
Whether she’s talking on her podcast, “Waking from the American Dream,” teaching live or online workshops about seeing/transforming the stories we unconsciously live out, or interviewing today’s top comics on her SiriusXM show, “The Kelly Carlin Show,” Kelly Carlin, M.A. pursues the big questions, and reveals unmined perspectives that opens minds and hearts.