Santa Barbara Honoring Women in Psychology

These Women! is a celebration of the women whose life work shaped and expanded the evolution of psychology. The field of psychology has been greatly influenced by the thinking and writings of “These Women” … they challenged and continue to challenge the sanctioned authority of Sigmund Freud and C.G Jung. Through their challenges they have created “space” for the writings of women and others whose writings and theories are typically marginalized and silenced.

Many of these women are local Santa Barbarans: Ginette Paris, Mary Watkins, Hendrika De Vries, and Chris Downing (part time in Santa Barbara).

The intellectual and stimulating contributions of these women adds to the shift of personal and cultural consciousness, laying down a legacy for all who are to come. Their journeys provide examples of courageous imperfections and inner resiliency that we can all gain from in these current pivotal times.

Join us for this first annual event to honor: Pat Berry, Lyn Cowan, Christine Downing, Nor Hall, Ginette Paris,Hendrika de Vries, Mary Watkins, and Marion Woodman.

Event Sponsored by Institute for Cultural Change

Co-Sponsored by OPUS Archives & Research Center at Pacifica Graduate Institute


Patricia Berry, Ph.D. is a Zurich-trained Jungian Analyst. She is the author of Echo’s Subtle Body: A Contribution to Archetypal Psychology and numerous articles. In 1991 she was the first Scholar in Residence at Pacifica. She lectures internationally and has served as president of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts and of the New England Society of Jungian Analysts. Currently she has a private practice in West Bath, Maine

Lyn Cowan, Ph.D., has been a practicing Jungian analyst since 1980, Director of Training for the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts for six years and past president of the Society, held a Professorship for ten years in the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at Argosy University (Minneapolis). She has lectured throughout the United States and internationally and teaches regularly in training seminars of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts (the largest training institute in the United States). She is the author of three books: Portrait of the Blue Lady: The Character of Melancholy; Tracking the White Rabbit: A Subversive View of Modern Culture; and Masochism: A Jungian View.

Chris Downing, Ph.D., was the first woman president of the American Academy of Religion. These academic firsts presaged a career of leadership in the academy as well as in the evolution of feminist thought and writing. After teaching at Rutgers University, she moved to San Diego State where she was the chairperson of the Department of Religious Studies. During her years in San Diego she also served as a member of the core faculty of the California School of Professional Psychology.

Dr. Downing currently serves as core faculty of Pacifica Graduate Institute in the Mythological Studies department. She also teaches in the Ph.D. Depth Psychotherapy Program, Ph.D. Clinical Psychology Program and the M.A. Counseling Psychology Program.

Her Books: The Goddess: Mythological Images of the Feminine, Journey Through Menopause: A Personal Rite of Passage, Psyche’s Sisters: Re-Imagining the Meaning of Sisterhood, The Myths and Mysteries of Same Sex Love, Women’s Mysteries: Toward a Poetics of Gender, Gods In Our Midst: Mythological Images of the Masculine, A Woman’s View, Editor, The Long Journey Home: ReVisioning the Myth of Demeter and Persephone For Our Time, The Luxury of Afterwards, Preludes: Essays on the Lucid Imagination, 1961-1981,Gleanings: Essays 1982-2006.

Nor Hall, Ph.D., is a writer, archetypal thinker, psychotherapist and theatre-collaborator. She has worked with Pan theatre (in Paris),Shawn McConneloug’s Orchestra (Minneapolis) and Archipelago (Chapel Hill) where she contributed to the development of seven award-winning pieces for the stage between 1997 and 2010, notably Those Women, Eulogy for a Warrior and Out of the Blue. She recently opened the Third International Cast Iron Artists Conference in Ironbridge, England and has lectured at the Walker Art Center, the Minneapolis College of Art & Design, Eranos Institute and Pacifica Graduate Institute. She works with the Center for Victims of Torture in Minnesota and is distracted by thirteen grandchildren. Ages ago Hall got a PhD at Santa Cruz in the History of Consciousness.

Author of The Moon and the Virgin: Images of the Archetypal Feminine, Those Women, Brood males, Irons in the Fire, Dreaming in Red and a poetry chapbook, Traces. Hall was awarded a Jerome Travel Study grant in 2005.

Ginette Paris Ph.D., is a psychologist, therapist and writer and core faculty at the Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara. Sh ehas translated many works including, James Hillman’s Blue Fire. She has authored numerous articles for collected books and journals. Her books include: Pagan Meditations; Pagan Grace, The Sacrament of Abortion; Wisdom of the Psyche: Depth Psychology After Neuroscience; and just published, Heartbreak: New Approaches to Healing.

Hendrika de Vries, LMFT has been a licensed Jungian-oriented Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in Santa Barbara for over twenty years. Her extensive training in depth psychology and a background in theological and mythological studies combined with her intuitive wisdom guide her therapeutic approach. She has been actively involved with Pacifica Graduate Institute since 1986 both as a conference presenter and as adjunct faculty in both the Mythological Studies and Counseling Psychology programs.

Her published articles and public presentations include: The Chrysalis Experience: A mythology for Times of Transition, Beyond Forgiveness: Re-Weaving the Remains of War, Seeing in the Dark: the Power of Mythic Perception in Troubled Times, Sacred Play: the Whimsical Seriousness of Dreaming. Mythic Imagination in Relationships: An Archetypal Approach to Relationship Conflicts and Possibilities.

Mary Watkins, Ph.D., is a core faculty member in the M.A./Ph.D. Depth Psychology Program at Pacifica Graduate Institute,coordinator of its community and ecological fieldwork and research. Mary works at the interfaces between Euro-American depth psychologies and psychologies of liberation from Latin America, Africa and Asia. She has worked as a clinical psychologist with adults,children, and families, and has also worked with small and large groups around issues of immigration, peace, alternatives to violence, envisioning the future, diversity, vocation, and social justice. She is a Peace building Associate of the Karuna Center for Peace building, and a member of the national Steering Committee for Psychologists for Social Responsibility (PsySR).

She is the co-author of Toward Psychologies of Liberation and Talking With Young Children About Adoption, author of WakingDreams and Invisible Guests: The Development of Imaginal Dialogues, and a co-editor of Psychology and the Promotion of Peace.

Marion Woodman, LLD, DHL, PhD, is a Jungian Analyst, teacher. She is the author of The Owl Was a Baker’s Daughter; Addiction to Perfection; The Pregnant Virgin; The Ravaged Bridegroom; Leaving My Father’s House; Conscious Femininity; Dancing in the Flames(with Elinor Dickson); Coming Home to Myself (with Jill Mellick); The Forsaken Garden: Four Conversations on the Deep Meaning of Environmental Illness, Marion Woodman, Ross Woodman, Sir Laurens van der Post, and Thomas Berry, edited by Nancy Ryley; The Maiden King (with Robert Bly); and Bone-Dying Into Life. A visionary in her own right, Marion Woodman has worked with the analytical psychology of C.G. Jung in an original and creative way. She is the former Chair of the Marion Woodman Foundation


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