Stephen Aizenstat, PhD, is the Chancellor and Founding President of Pacifica Graduate Institute. He is a professor of depth psychology with a PhD in clinical psychology, licensed marriage and family therapist, and a credentialed public schools teacher and counselor. Dr. Aizenstat lectures and consults internationally, particularly with global corporations, and is affiliated with the Earth Charter International project through the United Nations.
Dr. Aizenstat’s book, Dream Tending (2009), describes applications of dreamwork in relation to health and healing, nightmares, the World’s Dream, relationships, and the creative process. Dr. Aizenstat’s methodologies extend traditional dream work to the vision of an animated world, where living images in dream are experienced as embodied and originating in the psyche of Nature as well as that of persons.
His other recent publications include The Pacifica Story: Money as Psychic Libido, Eranos Yearbook 72, 2013—2014; The Dangers and Opportunity of Cyberspace: A New Vision of Global Dreaming, Eranos Yearbook 71, 2012; Fragility of the World’s Dream, Eranos Yearbook 70, 2009—2010—2011; Imagination & Medicine—The Future of Healing in an Age of Neuroscience (co-edited with R. Bosnak, 2009), ‘Dream Tending and Tending the World,’ in Ecotherapy—Healing with Nature in Mind (2009), and ‘Soul-Centered Education: An Interview with Stephen Aizenstat,’ in Reimagining Education—Essays on Reviving the Soul of Learning (with N. Treadway Galindo, 2009).
His major work, Dream Tending, appeared also in Italian by Moretti & Vitali as Vegliare il sogno. Teoria e pratica del Dream Tending (2013).
As a business professional, scholar, and depth psychotherapist, Dr. Kathleen A. Barry is an unusual hybrid with a strong background in organization development and psychology. She began her career as an Executive Assistant and quickly rose to management positions. She proved herself by creating strong alliances at all levels, through exceptional performance, and by acquiring an MBA with a specialization in Human Resources Management. Her work in designing management and leadership programs, as well as developing strategies for conflict resolution and change management, drew her to the field of psychology. After 10 years in the corporate world, she earned two additional Masters degrees and a PhD. She has been a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in California for over 20 years and specializes in working with individuals, particularly women, at the crossroads of major life transitions.
Dr. Barry has enjoyed a variety of leadership roles, including management positions at Fortune 500 corporations, as the Chair of Strategic Planning for one of southern California’s top Family Resources Centers, as President of the Santa Barbara Chapter for Marriage and Family Therapists, as President of the Santa Barbara Chapter of the Association for Women in Communications, and as Co-Chair of the Opus Archives and Research Center’s Board of Directors housed at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She currently is a community activist, blogger, and educator in the Santa Barbara community. She can be reached through Email.
Dr. Pamela Bjork weaves connections via her passion for global cultures, love of the arts and narrative traditions. Pam’s serpentine journey includes 26 years as successful restaurateur in Colorado and Kansas with accolades for Business in the Arts. She’s traveled extensively, witness and participant to numerous ceremonies and healers. A BFA in Textile Design and avid collector of sacred objects, ethnic art and textiles led to a PhD in Mythological Studies from Pacifica; her dissertation Healing Presence in Balinese Textiles. Her exhibition of Balinese textiles, masks, photographs and film entitled Mythic Threads is on loan to Pacifica Graduate Institute.
Recently relocated to her Midwest roots, Dr. Bjork spends time with her young grandson, exhibits her photography and textile collection, paints and writes essays and memoir.
Melissa Jones Cantekin is a licensed Psychologist in private practice in Santa Barbara, CA and current President of the Santa Barbara County Psychological Association (SBCPA). Prior to this she practiced in Pittsburgh, PA for many years as a Jungian psychotherapist and as a group facilitator for the Dr. Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease and other wellness programs for BC/BS. She values the mind-body-spirit connection in finding balance and meaning in life and works to help others integrate physical, emotional and spiritual issues. “Cura personalis” or “care of the whole person” is what she aspires to in all areas of her life.
Dr. Cantekin’s expertise is in working with life transitions, relationships, dreams, grief and loss, trauma, sexuality, chronic illness, creativity, and self-development. She works with adolescents, college and grad students, mid-life and elderly individuals, couples, families and groups. She has also been a volunteer for the Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care of Santa Barbara for the past 7 years and a primary supervisor for graduate students in Psychology at various institutions in the area.
John is a long term resident of Santa Barbara, an artist / inventor who practices his craft through many mediums including film, video, sculpture, computer robotics and architectural design. His formal education was in business and film. He has used these skills as an entrepreneur, creating many successful enterprises over the years starting with a film production company in Los Angeles in the mid1970’s to his current personal real estate management business. John currently is also a board member of the Family Therapy Institute and the Citizens Planning Association for whom he created and coordinates the annual Santa Barbara Sandcastle Festival. He is currently writing a performance art production to further spread his concept of life as art. He is the proud father of two daughters and loves to travel especially when he is accompanied by the three women in his life.
Linda Schultz completed her PhD in Depth Psychology at Pacifica after almost 40 years in professional positions ranging from dental educator at the University of Southern California to coordinator of graduate Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University. She is currently the owner of SoulWorks, where she offers spiritual direction, education, clinical hypnosis, retreats and workshops, and various other undertakings related to holistic healing and spirituality. Depth psychological practices such as projective work with images and dreams, the interface of psyche and soma, and the integration of psychological and spiritual practices continue to be key interests and components of her practice.
Linda’s dissertation research was rooted in the world of addictive and compulsive behavior, and the recovery of the feminine on personal, cultural, and world-soul levels. She is interested in furthering research in this area with individuals and groups, and hopes to publish her work as an offering to the healing potential of depth work for those trapped in addictive cycles. Linda values all the treasured collections of OPUS, and has a particular interest in the archives and work of Marion Woodman, whom she considers to be a mentor and wisdom figure for her life and work.
In 1979 after a decade as an arts educator and production manager, director, and playwright on Broadway, off-Broadway, and in major regional theaters, Bob took an hiatus from the professional theater to begin working with Joseph Campbell, who subsequently named him editorial director of his Historical Atlas of World Mythology. In 1982, Bob, Campbell and Alfred van der Marck founded Van der Marck Editions, to develop and publish, not only Campbell’s Atlas, but also “works that contribute to an understanding of our cultural heritage, the complex world in which we live, and the uncertain future that we face.” When Campbell died in 1987, Bob, his literary executor, completed unfinished portions of the Atlas and supervised the posthumous publication of Volume I (two books) and Volume II (three books).
In 1990, Bob and Jean Erdman, Campbell’s widow, created the Joseph Campbell Foundation (JCF) “to preserve, protect, and perpetuate Campbell’s pioneering work,” and Bob was named JCF’s executive director. Appointed JCF president in 1998, Bob continues to serve as executive editor of the Collected Works of Joseph Campbell, supervising the print, audio, and video publication of Campbell’s oeuvre.
A founding Trustee of United Religions Initiative (URI) who formerly served as its Treasurer and a member of its Global Council, Bob is on the Advisory Board of Spring: a Journal of Archtype and Culture and the Board of Mentors of Immanence: The Journal of Applied Mythology, Legend, and Folklore.