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“The Stories We Tell”

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Welcome home alumni & Pacifica Community

Our theme for 2020, The Stories We Tellwelcomes participants to share in the magic of cultural, personal, and mythic storytelling. Through story we celebrate diversity, lift up humanity, promote intercultural respect. Opening with a gala banquet on the Ladera Lane campus, the weekend includes a special sneak peek of our upcoming 2020 Film Conference, the annual Authors Spotlight, Awards presentations, the launching of PGIAA’s brand new Community Network, and a moment to honor the story of Martin Luther King, Jr. Come Home and share in the story!  


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New! PGIAA Community Network

New! PGIAA Community Network

Introducing our new PGIAA Community Network!

Here you can network with other alumni, see who's in your area, search for jobs, find out about events, read about alumni news, and more.

The website is exclusive to our alumni, current seniors, and faculty and staff. What are you waiting for? Register now -- it'll take 60 seconds.


PGIAA & LinkedIn present.. A Coming Home Bonus Event
ft. Ryan Zervakos, Relationship Manager, LinkedIn

Thursday, January 16th, 2020

Our workshop will provide opportunities for how you can create a sustainable life and work where you thrive. Learn about resources and gain tips for an effective job search, including how to create a winning resume, prepare for a successful interview, and use networking to your full advantage.


  • Corinne Bourdeau Alumni Panel

    Corinne Bourdeau, (M.A. Engaged Humanities, 2010) is the founder and president of 360 Degree Communications, a boutique entertainment marketing company dedicated to social change films. 

  • John Bucher

    John Bucher is a writer, strategist, and communicator based out of Hollywood, California. Disruptor named him one of the top 25 influencers in Virtual Reality in 2018. He is the author of six books, including the best-selling Storytelling for Virtual Reality, named by BookAuthority as one of the best storytelling books of all time.

  • Alexandre O Phillippe

    Alexandre O. Philippe is a Swiss film director best known for the documentary films Doc of the DeadThe People vs. George Lucas, and the 2017 post-modern documentary examination of the Psycho shower scene directed by Alfred Hitchcock entitled 78/52 which premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

  • Joanna Gardner

    Joanna Gardner, Ph.D., is a writer, mythologist, and magical realist. Her fiction, poetry, and nonfiction have appeared in a variety of venues. Her recent research focuses on creation myth
    and the creative process.


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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!”

     Sherrie Sims Allen, PhD
    Sherrie Sims Allen, PhD Beverly Hills, CA
  • "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."

    Karin Zirk, PhD
    Karin Zirk, PhD San Diego, CA
  • “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. ”

    Heather McCloskey Beck, PhD(c) Depth Psychology with a Somatics Specialization
    Heather McCloskey Beck, PhD(c) Depth Psychology with a Somatics Specialization Port Washington, NY
  • "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."

    Melvin Allen, PhD Depth Psychology
    Melvin Allen, PhD Depth Psychology Beverly Hills, CA

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.

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