Listen to “The Stories We Tell” at Coming Home to Pacifica 2020 Alumni Weekend, January 17-19, 2020

Pacifica Graduate Institute Alumni Association (PGIAA) is pleased to invite Pacifica graduates as well as the community at large to Coming Home to Pacifica, our annual Alumni Weekend, happening January 17-19, 2020. This year’s theme, “The Stories We Tell,” welcomes participants to share in the magic of personal, cultural, and mythic storytelling. Through story we not only access healing, teaching, and communicating, but we also celebrate diversity, lift up humanity, and promote intercultural respect. Opening with a gala awards banquet on the Ladera Lane campus, the weekend includes a special sneak peek of our upcoming 2020 Film Conference, the annual alumni Authors Spotlight, the launching of PGIAA’s brand new Community Network, and a moment to honor the story of Martin Luther King, Jr. during our “Remembering the Past, Celebrating the Future” legacy presentation.

Day 1, Friday, January 17: PGIAA offers a ‘sneak preview’ of Pacifica’s upcoming Film Conference-Festival scheduled for fall, 2020. The first seminar is an interactive story-creation session with Marvel’s John Bucher, called “TELLING A BETTER STORY: A Creative Seminar and Lab for Mythic Storytellers of Every Medium.” Following, Corinne Bourdeau will present, “Creating a Film Conference.”

In the afternoon, special guest speaker Alexandre O. Phillippe, a writer and producer, will host a panel discussion and screening of his film, “Memory: The Origin of Alien.”  The panelists include John Bucher, Devon Deimler, Will Linn, Patricia Danaher and Corrine Bourdeau, and will be moderated by Glen Slater.

The Annual Chancellor’s Reception and Awards Banquet takes place on Friday evening and is a private event by invitation only for Pacifica alumni. This evening the names of the recipients of the V. Walter Odajnyk Scholarship, Wendy Davee Award for Service, Chancellor’s Award for Service, Chancellor’s Award for Excellence, and President’s Scholarship Initiative will be announced.

Day 2, January 18: PGIAA’s new Board President, Harry Grammer, Ph.D., will give the morning’s welcome address, followed by a workshop called Coming Home 2020, The Stories We Tell: Cultivating Community at the Fates and Graces Mythologium, presented by The Fates and Graces themselves! (Joanna Gardner, Rachel Lugn, and Stephanie Zajchowski). In the afternoon, we present a breakout session with Kelly Carlin-McCall, daughter of the late comedian, George Carlin: “How to Build a Highly Profitable Business, While Building a Better World.” Co-presenter, Melissa McFarlane, internationally recognized coach and world-renowned speaker, joins Kelly.

At 7:00 p.m., our cherished annual, heartwarming, enchanting alumni Authors Spotlight evening takes place – a meet and greet with PGIAA authors who have recently published books. Attendees are invited to celebrate their powerful journeys as writers, scholars and plain everyday folk. The entire evening, including the book signing and reception, is open to public.

Day 3, January 19: the PGIAA Coming Home program culminates in celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with the theme of, “Remembering the Past ~ Celebrating the Future.”  This annual gathering honoring Reverend King features local community students, scholars, community activists, and more as they engage in discussions centered on The Beloved Community  A Society Based on Justice, Equal Opportunity, and love Of One’s Fellow Human Being. Panelists include Paul Hudson, JD, Harry Grammer, Ph.D., Aaron Jones, James Joyce III, Jordan Killebrew, Jeremy Scruggs, Darius Simpson, and Brandon Costa. The event is open to the public.

New this year is an Alumni Weekend pre-event, a “Lunch and Learn” Career Workshop entitled, “Are You Ready?” It will take place on Thursday, January 16, 2020 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Barrett Center, 801 Ladera Lane, Santa Barbara, CA and is open to Pacifica students, alumni, and the public. This presentation, in partnership with LinkedIn®, will provide opportunities for planning how to create a sustainable life and work where you thrive. Participants will 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. LinkedIn Relationship Manager Ryan Zervakos will present on how his company’s platform is a powerful tool for career advancement, networking, and job searching. This pre-event workshop is free; however, seating is limited. Please register at

According to Dianne Travis Teague, PGI’s Director of Alumni Relations, “Coming Home to Pacifica will offer a variety of thought-provoking programs designed to encourage support and foster deep dialogue, as well as serve as a springboard for personal and professional growth. With over 4,000 graduates from the U.S. and around the world, we strive to build strong and sustainable bonds between professors, administrative staff, graduates, students, and the Santa Barbara community. It’s one of the many ways we stay true to our motto, “Animae Mundi Colendae Gratia,” tending the soul of and in the world.

Registration fees for PGIAA Coming Home 2020 are $170.00 (general admission) and $120.00 (student admission.) Register at call (805) 879-7303. For more information about Coming Home to Pacifica, visit

Pacifica Graduate Institute Alumni Association  incorporated on April 17, 2013 as a California 501(c) Nonprofit Corporation for the purpose of developing an operational and charitable membership association supporting both the alumni of Pacifica Graduate Institute and the wider community in pursuit of developing their intellectual, spiritual, altruistic, and professional capabilities. Further information is also available at the association’s website,

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. For more information visit


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