Coming Home is About You.

On Campus AND Live Streaming

Coming Home 2019 takes place on Friday, March 1 – Saturday, March 2, 2019

Starting off with a treasure of a day-long writing workshop with Dr. Fanny Brewster on Friday, March 1, Coming Home 2019 continues on Saturday with a program of lectures, events, and performances centered on our theme, “Stronger Together in 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.

Our local emergencies echoed other emergencies around the world, and we witnessed communities coming together in the Carolinas (Hurricane Florence), Florida (Hurricane Michael), Indonesia (Earthquake and Tsunamis), Guatemala (Mount Fuego Eruption), Oaxaca (Earthquake), and so many more flooded communities. 

We humans need each other.  That includes people whose calling is to tend Soul in the world, like so many of our Pacifica Graduate Institute Alumni. 

We hope you can find support and strength through this year’s Coming Home theme, Stronger Together in Community, whether you can join us on campus, or via live-streaming. We welcome you to this event, available at no cost to participants. Please click the button below to register and get more information about the weekend’s schedule. 

Who is PGIAA?

Pacifica Graduate Institute Alumni Association seeks not only to provide alumni and the global community with opportunities for personal and professional growth, but also to serve as a path for making positive changes within society through service and education. Incorporated on April 17, 2013, PGIAA is a distinct, 501(c)3 non-profit organization supported by donations from our community.  For more information, see

Established in 1976 and treasuring over 4700 graduates, Pacifica Graduate Institute is an accredited graduate school offering master’s and doctoral degree programs framed in the traditions of depth psychology.

“It’s a feeling that’s hard to describe… a collection of things, tangible and intangible, that feed your soul. It’s that sense of calm and peace, that the world is ‘right’ as you step through the doorway. It’s that feeling of comfort, like a favorite pair of jeans. It’s where nothing needs to be said, no-one needs to be there, but you know you’ve just been greeted by your best friend.

It’s that one place in the universe where you can just be ‘you’, surrounded by the things you love, the memories you have, and where the people you care about are allowed ‘in’. At the heart of it, coming home is where you can be most vulnerable because you feel safe, and all your senses are fed.”

~Sheila Azeller

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