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.
Selden Edwards, a PhD graduate of the Pacifica Graduate Institute Myth program, grew up on a farm in the Sacramento Valley and spent his 40-year career in private school education, first as an English teacher then a headmaster, in schools across the country. He has degrees from Princeton, Stanford, and Pacifica. During his entire teaching career he wrote fiction, both short stories and novels, with great enthusiasm but no publishing success. Then in 2008, by a miracle, the “Vienna 1897 novel” he had been writing and rewriting for 30 years was bought in a big deal and became a best-seller as The Little Book, appearing in nine languages, an “overnight success.” His second novel The Lost Prince, the World War One part of his story, came out in 2012. He is currently at work on his third novel, the World War Two part and final leg of the trilogy. He lives with his wife Gaby in Carpinteria, California.
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.
Interweaving psychology and imagery has been Lauren’s consistent passion through several decades and careers.
As an undergraduate, Lauren trained in Paris at the Sorbonne in semiology, which explores underlying meaning in film through the lens of psychoanalysis. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa in film theory from U.C. Berkeley and spent several years in film production. With her husband, Sascha Schneider, Lauren produced and edited a documentary of family, exploring how the trauma of the holocaust and the resilience of love is transmitted through generations: Chuppa, The Wedding Canopy won Best Feature Documentary at the Santa Barbara Film Festival in 1994.
As a psychotherapist in private practice, Lauren integrates systems theory, archetypal and eco-psychology, hypnotherapy, dream work and her pioneering method, Tarotpy®, as an innovative approach to psycho-spiritual counseling. Tarotpy® uses the rich symbolic imagery of Tarot and other archetypal images to lay the unconscious on the table and make conscious that which is vital for emotional, physical and spiritual growth. She lectures worldwide and facilitates dream and Tarotpy® groups for training therapists and laypersons.
She and her husband moved to Santa Barbara in 2017 where she does consultations with dream work and Tarotpy.
Lauren is certified in Advanced DreamTending and Embodied Imagination. An article about Tarotpy® is published in the Encyclopedia of Sleep and Dreams. Her chapter on “Eco-Dreaming: The Whale’s Tale”, is included in EcoTherapy: Healing with Nature in Mind, edited by Linda Buzzell and Craig Chalquist.
Willow serves as Core Professor in Pacifica Graduate Institute’s Counseling Psychology Program. Willow served as Program Chair, 2011-2018; Director of Clinical Training 2005-2011, and has taught Analytical Psychology, Clinical Practice, Cross Cultural Mores and Values, and Crisis Intervention. She has taught at the graduate level for 20 years and received the Distinguished Service Award in 2008 and the Star Service Award in 2014. Willow is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Jungian Analyst, and a CAMFT Certified Supervisor.
In her work with students, she integrates her training in analytic, archetypal, and cultural studies with solid theoretical and clinical skills of Marriage and Family Therapy and Professional Counseling. Willow values the presence of Psyche in our lives and engages the multifaceted expressions of psyche, listening deeply to that which wants to come into relationship. In her private practice, Willow works with a Depth Psychological approach that integrates a Jungian understanding of the psyche with complex systems theory and uses modalities appropriate to individual and family needs. Her research interests include Jungian theory and practice including alchemical symbolism, individuation and native healing practices. Additionally, Willow is interested in systemic processes in families and organizational leadership in education.
Willow has taught and presented internationally in Switzerland, Japan, and Holland, and serves as a Training Analyst at the C. G. Jung Study Center of Southern California. She will represent material from the Opus archive in her archival research to be presented at The XXI congress of the International Association for Analytical Psychology in Vienna. Willow is a Clinical Member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, Santa Barbara Chapter of CAMFT, American Association of University Professors, Jung Study Center of Southern California, and an Analytic Member of the International Association for Analytical Psychology.
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.