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).
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.
Linda Buzzell, LMFT, a psychotherapist for over 40 years, has done pioneering work in the fields of ecopsychology and ecotherapy. She and Craig Chalquist, PhD edited the Sierra Club Books anthology Ecotherapy: Healing with Nature in Mind, a core text in clinical ecopsychology. She is on the Editorial Board of Ecopsychology, the peer-reviewed journal of the field, and was a keynote speaker at the June 2014 Ecotherapy Symposium at the University of Brighton in Britain. She co-hosts the Canadian Ecopsychology Network video series “Ecopsychology Voices” with Carol Koziol, interviewing luminaries in this rapidly growing field. Linda is the founder of the International Association for Ecotherapy, edited its publication Ecotherapy News for many years and is now an active moderator for social media groups focused on ecopsychology and ecotherapy. Her essay on the necessity for a reciprocal healing relationship between humans and the rest of nature was published in Ecotherapy: Theory, Research,and Practice, a 2016 anthology edited by UK ecopsychologists Martin Jordan and Joe Hinds.
In addition to her M.A. in Social Science, she holds a Masters in Journalism in TV News and Documentary Film from UCLA and was an official contributor/blogger on ecopsychology and ecotherapy for The Huffington Post from 2009 – 2017. Linda worked in the entertainment industry for many years, doing research and program development for ocean explorer/environmentalist Captain Jacques Cousteau’s television series, and as Vice President of Development for actor Carl Weathers’(he played Apollo Creed in the “Rocky” films with Sylvester Stallone) production company at Columbia Pictures TV and Lorimar. She is the founder of the 3300-member International Documentary Association.
In 2006 she received her Permaculture Design Certificate and with her husband Larry Saltzman has created a 1/3 acre food forest around her Santa Barbara home that serves as her ecotherapy office. In 2008 she and Larry won the “Local Heroes” award from the Santa Barbara Independent for their work on green issues. She is a board member of the Santa Barbara Rose Society.
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.
Sheryl Robinson McMillan is a professional development consultant living in Corpus Christi, Texas. A graduate of Texas A&M University-College Station, Sheryl specializes in development for non-profit organizations, offering a wide array of services, including researching and preparing local, state and federal funding proposals and private and corporate foundation grant applications, identifying individual prospective donors and conducting capital campaigns. Sheryl also offers organizational development, long term strategies, and innovative answers tailored to the specific needs of the organization.
Realizing the need for professional development services, Sheryl began consulting with non-profit organizations to help them achieve their goals. An independent business owner since 1994, Sheryl has represented a wide variety of non-profit organizations in the fields of health, the arts, religion, education, housing, and human service. Sheryl provides professional writing services for those wanting to develop websites, newsletters, and respond to requests for proposals.
To date, Sheryl has raised nearly $75 million for non-profit agencies. Sheryl has also assisted private, for-profit corporations in successfully responding to requests for proposals and winning a number of multi-million dollar contracts throughout the country.
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.