The program will be held at Pacifica Graduate Institute’s Ladera Lane Campus, 801 Ladera Lane, Santa Barbara, California, 93108 (NOT the Lambert Road Campus). Located on 35 acres in the foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountains overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the residential retreat center provides a unique and peaceful environment for this event.

The climate is mild and usually sunny, with cool evenings and occasional foggy mornings. We recommend comfortable clothing, shoes that work on the lawn, sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat for shade, and a jacket or sweater for morning and evening.

Wireless Internet service is available throughout the campus. Direct service connection is also available in the Computer Resource Center. Guests wishing to be contacted should direct callers to 805.969.3626, ext. 301. Faxes are received at 805.879.8270.

Important Information

Friday, September 9
1:00- – Check-In in the Ladera Lane Lobby
5:00-8:00 – Opening Reception and Events – Ladera Lane Patio & Lobby

Saturday, September 10
7:15-8:45 AM – Social Dreaming Matrix (The Yurt)
7:45-8:45 – Breakfast in the Dining Room
9:00-9:15 – Gathering in Barrett Center
9:15-11:45 – Presentations in Barrett Center (Break from 10:15-10:30)
11:45-1:00 PM – Lunch in Dining Room (Lunch served 11:45-12:45)
1:00-5:15 – Events in Barrett Center (Breaks from 2:15-2:30 and 3:45-4:00)
5:15-6:30 – Dinner in Dining Room (Dinner served 5:15-6:15)
6:30-7:30 – Outdoor Event
7:45-8:30 – Awards Ceremony in Barrett Center

Sunday, September 11
7:15-8:00 AM – Social Dreaming Matrix (The Yurt)
7:45-8:45 – Breakfast in the Dining Room
9:00-11:15 – Events in Barrett Center
11:15-12:15 – Lunch in the Dining Room
12:00-4:30 – Special Events

  • Inner Light Gospel Choir
  • Reading of 9/11 Victims Names
  • Meditation
  • Interfaith Service
  • Santa Barbara Drum Circle

Pacifica’s Ladera Lane Campus, 801 Ladera Lane, Santa Barbara, CA 93108; 805.969.3626, ext. 301
Accommodations are simple, dormitory-style rooms with shared bath and shower. All reservations and changes in accommodations must be made through Pacifica’s Alumni Relations Office, 805.969.3626, ext. 303. Cancellation for accommodations with full refund is accepted up to 5 days before your scheduled arrival. Cancellations made 1-4 days before your scheduled arrival will receive a 50% refund. There will be no refund for cancellations on the day of your scheduled arrival. Check-in is 3:00 PM. Check-out time is 11:00 AM.

Due to county CUP guidelines, only those attending a program may sleep overnight. No animals are allowed on campus except for service animals.

It is the policy of Pacifica’s Alumni Relations Office to accommodate attendees with disabilities in compliance with state and federal laws and regulations. Please let us know in advance if you have special needs or require assistance due to a disabling condition while you are attending a public program. If you are accompanied by a service dog, please contact disability services directly (805.679.6124), as all animals visiting campus must have pre-approval. For additional information regarding Pacifica’s policies, visit

Meals are provided to encourage ongoing dialogue and community exchange throughout the weekend. Included in your registration fee are: Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner; and Sunday breakfast and lunch. No other meals will be available. Pacifica’s caterers make every attempt to provide healthful meals for our guests, using organic ingredients whenever possible. If you did not indicate your special dietary needs on your registration form, please contact us for vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, or other medical dietary restriction meals.
Pacifica Graduate Institute at Ladera Lane, 801 Ladera Lane, Santa Barbara, California, 93108
805.969.3626, ext. 301
Click here for directions

The Santa Barbara Airbus offers seven round trips daily between LAX and Santa Barbara. Charges are $88 for a prepaid round-trip or $46 for a prepaid one-way. Contact the Airbus at, 805.964.7759 or 800.733.6354. The best pick-up/drop-off location is at the Hyatt Santa Barbara as taxi service is readily available from Santa Barbara. There is also a pick-up/drop-off location at the IHOP in Carpinteria; however, cab service in Carpinteria is not readily available. The Airbus driver will call for a taxi to pick you up at your stop if requested.

Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) is approximately 18 miles from Pacifica’s Ladera Lane Campus. Rental car information is available at

Taxi Services to both of our campuses are available in Santa Barbara from the airport, the train station, and from the Airbus drop-off points. Pre-arranged taxi rates are approximately $40-$45 to/from SBA or $20 to/from the Santa Barbara Train Station and Hyatt Santa Barbara Airbus stop. Please note, Fly by Night Taxi is the only company based in Carpinteria with pre-arranged rates to/from the Carpinteria Train Station and Airbus Stop.

Shah Taxi 805.708.1403 (Ask for Shah or Tony)
Tom’s Taxi Service 805.451.0104
Fly-by-Night Taxi 805.745.8294

LB Transportation Airport Shuttle offers shuttle service between SBA and the Ladera Campus, the Lambert Campus, and the Best Western Carpinteria Inn. Pre-arranged rates (24 hours in advance) are $36 for one passenger one-way plus $9 for each additional passenger for the same time to the same location (subject to change per provider). Contact LB Transportation at or 805.455.6384.

Roadrunner Shuttle Service offers comfortable, courteous and reliable door-to-door airport shuttle transportation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for Ventura and Santa Barbara counties with service to or from LAX, Burbank, and the Santa Barbara Airport. For a price quote and reservation, visit or call 800.247.7919.

Parking is available in the lots in front and along the side of the Administration Building. Additional parking is available behind the Residence Building. NOTE: PACIFICA SHUTTLES WILL PROVIDE SERVICE FROM THE BEST WESTERN TO THE LADERA CAMPUS FOR PONDERING PEACE.PUB
Friday, September 9th
4:30 p.m. – Departure from Best Western to Ladera Lane
5:30 p.m. – Departure from Best Western
8:00 p.m. – Departure from Ladera Lane to Best Western
8:30 p.m. – Departure from Ladera Lane
*Request additional service at Reception Desk

Saturday, September 10th
7:00 a.m. – Departure from Best Western to Ladera Lane
7:30 – Departure
8:00 – Departure
*Request additional service by calling 805.896.1887 or 805.896.1888
9:00 p.m. – Departure from Ladera Lane to Best Wester
9:30 p.m. – Departure from Ladera Lane

Sunday, September 11th
7:00 a.m. – Departure from Best Western to Ladera Lane
7:30 – Departure from Best Western
8:00 – Departure from Best Western
8:30 – Departure from Best Western
4:00 p.m. – Departure from Ladera Lane to Best Western
4:45 p.m. – Departure from Ladera Lane

Other Information

Pacifica’s bookstore offers an online textbook store for students currently attending our school. Pacifica was orignally established in 1976 in Carpinteria, California and our institute is presently run by Chancellor Stephen Aizenstat. The great news about our location is that it is just 13 min (7.6 mi) via US-101 S from Santa Barbara. Here at Pacifica our motto is Animae mundi colendae gratia which stands for “For the sake of tending soul in and of the world”.

Ladera Lane Bookstore Hours for Pondering Peace will be:

Friday, September 9th: 10am-8pm
Saturday, September 10th: 10am-6pm
Sunday, September 11th: 10am-6pm

A yurt is an ancient shelter used by traditional nomadic peoples of Mongolia and surrounding regions, and has been widely used for thousands of years. Key factors in defining a yurt are that it is portable, circular, has an accordion lattice wall, a tension band, radial rafters leading up to a central compression ring and is covered in felt or fabric. The decision to construct the yurt came from a need for expansion at our Ladera Campus. The yurt at Pacifica has been expertly constructed over the past month, and will be utilized as an additional program space for both students and the public. The circular nature of the structure symbolizes the shared goal of communitas and represents a sacred gathering space for students and guests, as well as faculty and staff. Its location on the Ladera campus is quiet and secluded, providing a natural space for reflection and contemplation. Stay tuned for more exciting info to come as we continue to dream into the fullness of what this new space can offer us.
The Pondering Peace Kid’s Zone will be facilitated by Kids’ Arts Ventura, a free, comprehensive arts experience serving the youth of Ventura County for over 30 years. Children are welcome to stop by the Kids’ Arts Peace Station to use their unique talents to create a peace flag which will be placed on Pacifica’s campus to commemorate this joyous event. There will also be coloring sheets to complete and take home, bubbles to blow and special gifts for little ones.

Hours:  10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Saturday

Saturday 11:50-12:10 & 5:20-5:40

Global Dreaming Network

The planet is facing challenges of significant consequence now and for generations to come. The Global Dream Initiative unites individuals and organizations in listening to the landscapes and creatures of the world as they speak through the images of dream. Through the intelligence of dreams, we aspire to listen to the voice of the earth and serve as a source of education, orientation, and support for dreamers worldwide.
We invite you to participate in creating a Global Dream Initiative collage, and take an active part in Pondering Peace in a World of Turmoil. The creation of multiple 3’ x 3’ Collages will take place in Classroom A and all are welcome to participate. Participants will find pictures and images that resonate with them, or perhaps which come from a dream, and include the pictures and images in the Pondering Peace Collage for the Global Dream Initiative. We hope you will join us in creating this special offering for Peace.