Pacifica Graduate Institute

Trip Start Dec 02, 2013
Trip End Dec 15, 2013

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

I arrived at LA Union Station yesterday morning around 11:30,about six hours late.  Fortunately, the trip has me in a pretty relaxed mode, so 5:30 AM vs 11:30 AM - what's the difference? The LA station has beautiful architecture and it has gardens and a Spanish style courtyard - not bad for a train station. I had tentative plans to visit Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara about two hours north of LA, if I could. I am interested in taking some online courses there.  They have programs in Mythology and in Jungian Archetypes that I think are very cool.  So I hopped on the next train and got there by mid afternoon and spent about an hour talking to a rep.  It is a beautiful campus.  They have a library there where they have preserved all of Joseph Campbell's original manuscripts, research notes, etc.  There is a well known yoga center in Lenox, Massachusetts near where Irma and I go to our timeshare.  It is called the Kripalu Center.  The first time we went there as soon as I got out of the car in the lot and looked at the building I said "This was built as a Catholic seminary".  Sure enough, it was a Jesuit seminary.  Well, the Pacifica Graduate Institute is the same deal - it was a Jesuit novitiate. The buildings have "Salve Regina's" and "IHS" carved into the stone all over the place.  I stayed in a hotel last night and got a good night's sleep and a hot shower.  The next town over is Montecito and the cab driver was telling me about all the famous people who live there - Kirk Douglas (yes still alive), Michael Douglas, Steve Martin and most famous of all ... Oprah.  He took me past her house although you couldn't see the house, just the gate, actually two gates - an outer gate and an inner gate.

Back on the train today heading up the coast.  This is a spectacular ride.  I will post plenty of pics. I will be in Sacramento tonight and then from there it a long trek back to Chicago on the California Zephyr. It actually goes through Denver but Sarah is not in Denver, she is on the East Coast and we may actually meet up in Chicago as she is on her way back to Denver.  
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The online courses on Jungian archetypes sound intriguing. We have a common interest here. I taught a mini-term course on Campbell's Monomyth last June. Students read about Campbell and wrote their own personal monomyths. They also identified parts of themselves and one another with different archetypes. It was a lot of fun, but I still feel there's so much more I can learn about it all. The person I co-taught with was really knowledgeable.

The other weird coincidence - now that you mention that Kripalu was a former Jesuit residence, I think I may have been there with a Jesuit friend and some students back when I was at BC. It's interesting to think of how the place has reinvented itself.

The California leg of your trip sounds fantastic. We had a snow day here yesterday, and it barely got above freezing today. Enjoy the sunshine!

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