The Way It Is
Over and over we break
open, we break and
we break, and we open.
For a while, we try to fix
the vessel — as if
to be broken is bad.
As if with glue and tape
and a steady hand we
might bring things to perfect
again. As if they were ever
perfect. As if to be broken is not
also perfect. As if to be open
is not the path toward joy.

The vase that’s been shattered
and cracked will never
hold water. Eventually
it will leak. And at some
point, perhaps, we decide
that we’re done with picking
our flowers anyway, and no
longer need a place to contain them
We watch them grow just
as wildflowers do — unfenced,
unmanaged, blossoming only
when they’re ready — and mygod,
how beautiful they are amidst
the mounting pile of shards.

by Rosemary Wahtola Trommer

Congratulations Graduating Class of 2020!

May you tend to the unfolding of new chapters in your lives!

Visible and Invisible

Working Together (by David Whyte)

We shape our self

to fit this world

and by the world

are shaped again.

The visible

and the invisible

working together

in common cause,

to produce

the miraculous.

I am thinking of the way

the intangible air

traveled at speed

round a shaped wing


holds our weight.

So may we, in this life


to those elements we have yet to see

or imagine,

and look for the true

shape of our own self,

by forming it well

to the great

intangibles about us.

(Published in his book, River Flow)

We Are Home

Integrative Therapy and Healing Practices at Pacifica Graduate Institute

Ph.D. in Depth Psychology with Specialization in Integrative Therapy and Healing Practices

Yin Yang in Mercy garden

Solidarity and Compassion May 16th Santa Barbara

beach walk Florida…/solidarity-compassio…/

Compassionate Engagement: An Interfaith and Humanistic Perspective

The Dalai Lama says, “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion; if you want to be happy, practice compassion.” As we realize our interdependence, we notice a longing to act for the welfare of others; and that gives us a sense of belonging, meaning, and even happiness.
On this Solidarity and Compassion evening, we will discuss together with Dr. Mary Watkins, Rabbi Steve Cohen, Imam Yama Niazi, Rev. Julia Hamilton, Radhule Weininger and Michael Kearney how we can draw insight and strength from different philosophical and spiritual perspectives for our engagement with this world in challenging times.

Wednesday, May 16th 7 pm-8.30pm, Trinity Episcopal Church, 1500 State Street, Santa Barbara
donation only

The Meaning of Integration in the Context of Healing

An Information Session for the Integrative Therapy and Healing Practices Specialization

Join us for an online information session with faculty members:

Juliet Rohde Brown, Program Chair

Lionel Corbett, Core Faculty

Elizabeth Nelson, Core Faculty

Thursday, May 3rd at 6:00 PM PDT

Sign up here:



Seeing with New Eyes

singing bowl


One Dharma Sangha and non-profit organization, Mindful Hearts ( offer another evening at Trinity, of which I will be a presenter. For a full description, please go to their website or to Dr. Radhule Weininger’s website at This is their third evening that is focusing on themes from Joanna Macy’s Work that Reconnects. Tonight’s main topic will be on Seeing with New Eyes and “how to face the challenges in our lives and in our world, with vision, intuition, and a deeper perspective….Practicing meditation, praying, listening to dreams, working with intuition, welcoming emergence and synchronicity, can shift our perspective…”

Dr.’s Michael Kearney and Radhule Weininger are the hosts and they have invited me to speak and share a song tonight along with Dr. Catherine Gautier and Wolf and Lisa Wahpepah.


Imagery, Forgiveness, Psychotherapy


Altar of Passage


If you are a Marriage and Family Therapist in the Ventura area, please join us as I present:

Imagery, Forgiveness, Psychotherapy

Continuing Education: 1.5 units

Presented by CAMFTP, Ventura Chapter

Date: May 11, 2018

Time: 11:15am to 1:30pm

Association for the Study of Women & Mythology


I had the pleasure of presenting at the ASWM conference this past weekend. The theme of the conference was Scholarly Speculations: Animal, Earth, Person, Story. My presentation was entitled The Ivory and Mahogany of Embodiment and Remembrance and I included snippets from a beautiful story written by Joe Rohde in my framework of ecofeminism. Below is an image compliments of Joe (copyright Joe Rohde).


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