Thar she blows—Our Whale Watching Expedition in Conjunction with the Course, The Epic Imagination.
But far beneath this wondrous world upon the surface, another and still stranger world met our eyes as we gazed over the side. For, suspended in those watery vaults, floated the forms of the nursing mothers of the whales, and those that by their enormous girth seemed shortly to become mothers. “The Grand Armada,” Moby-Dick.
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The Somatic Studies specialization in Pacifica’s Depth Psychology program is uniquely grounded in the tradition of depth psychology, with its emphasis on the unconscious, imagery, archetypes, meditation, and dreams. From a somatic and mind/body perspective, bodily experiences always relate holistically to physical health and environments, interpersonal relationships, social and cultural contexts, and the spiritual domain.
The Somatics curriculum is a blend of hard sciences—including neuroanatomy, neuroplasticity, and psychoneuroimmunology—and creative expressions of the humanities. The program incorporates interdisciplinary practices such as integrative medicine, shamanic traditions, and cultural studies, while drawing upon creativity and active imagination as a way of connecting image to sensation and following the dance of our dreams. Students explore the correlations between body and psyche, study the body’s role in the individuation process, and investigate how physical symptoms may be a direct reflection of the soul.
Graduates of the Somatic Studies specialization have the ability to apply a highly advanced knowledge of the body/psyche intersection to their chosen work—creating leadership, management, and training roles in a wide range of fields spanning higher education, post-doctoral research, integrative health care, social services, consulting, community non-profit development, book publishing, and many others.