Deborah Anne Quibell, PhD

“How on earth can I design a logo that captures your many lives?”

This, a direct quote from Deborah’s first branding expert.

Deborah’s creative path began as a child when she started writing poetry around the age of five.

She fell in love with the mystics in her teens, and began a life of insatiable spiritual inquiry.

This led her to journey around the world as a perpetual seeker, already living on four of the seven continents.

After many humanitarian pursuits, which included living with and caring for HIV/AIDS orphans in South Africa and working with adolescent girls in a rural India, she found herself constantly questioning the nature of existence, suffering and inequality.

In response to this, she began studying healing and meditation in her early twenties under the personal guidance of Master Choa Kok Sui, the founder of modern Pranic Healing and Arhatic Yoga.

As a professional writer, healer and teacher, Deborah believes passionately in breathing grounded knowledge from scholarly pursuits into the fields of mysticism and spirituality, while staying accessible to a wide audience.

She has published in various academic journals, and has embraced the online publishing world, engaging with some of the top international and widely-followed publications.

Her debut collection of poetry, Soulbird: Poems for Flying, was published in early 2019.

She holds a Ph.D. in Depth Psychology with emphasis in Jungian and Archetypal Studies, is a senior instructor for The Institute for Inner Studies, and teaches pranic healing, yoga and meditation in studio, corporate and online environments.

She is regularly invited to speak at large international conferences and festivals and has made both television and radio appearances.

She now lives in Rome, Italy with her beloved husband and son, and is constantly searching for the magic and meaning amidst the beautiful mess of modern day life, as a wife, writer and mom.



Jennifer Leigh Selig, PhD

The author Carol S. Pearson, upon bestowing Jennifer with a leadership award several years ago, said of her, “She gets more done by 9:00 in the morning than most of us do all day.”

The same could be said of her creative life, that she got more done creatively by 9-years-old than many people do in a lifetime.

By that age she had, amongst other dubious accomplishments, created her own greeting card company, “JENMARK”; a school newspaper called “School Scoops”; a family newsletter called “All in the Family”; a neighborhood carnival called “Clearview Carnival”; and an original (and very bad) trumpet solo which shall remain nameless.

As a lifelong educator of over 4000 students with 30 years of classroom experience, she’s been known for constantly creating new courses and innovating programs.

At Pacifica Graduate Institute, she put all that creative energy and history to good work as the designer and the founding chair of the innovative master’s degree program in Engaged Humanities and the Creative Life, and a doctoral degree program in Jungian and Archetypal Studies.

After leaving her faculty position there, she designed and currently teaches courses in deep memoir and deep vocation, drawing upon the principles of deep creativity.

Along with teaching and photography, writing is her passion. She is the author of dozens of newspaper articles, book reviews, journal articles, 3 screenplays, and is either the author, editor, contributor, or publisher of over 16 books (and she has another half dozen she’d like to complete by 9:00 in the morning tomorrow).

She is a frequent invited speaker both nationally and internationally at conferences, symposiums, and workshops.



Dennis Patrick Slattery, PhD

Dennis has taught for the past 45 years, beginning with Elementary Special Education, then high school, undergraduate and for the past 20 years, Mythological Study students as well as those in Depth Psychology, Depth Psychotherapy, Counseling and Clinical Psychology programs at Pacifica Graduate Institute.

He is the author, co-author, editor or co-editor, of 24 books including seven volumes of poetry, two with accompanying CDs; he also co-authored one novel.

He has published over 200 articles on popular culture, mythology, psychology, cultural phenomena in book chapters, newspaper and magazine articles and on-line publications.

As a result of writing this collection of essays on creativity with Jennifer and Deborah, Dennis has designed and now implemented a course on Creative Writing and Personal Myth, which he is currently teaching to second year Mythology students at Pacifica Graduate Institute.

Expanding beyond the written word, Dennis took classes in mixing glazes and creating pottery both on the wheel and free-hand.

For the past seven years in New Braunfels, Texas, he has taken formal acrylic painting classes and has recently completed his eleventh 16x20 painting. He is now creating paintings in water color.

He has been a frequent guest on radio talk shows and has offered “riting” personal myth retreats across the United States, Canada, Ireland and Switzerland.

He has the unique ability to speak to and connect with a wide variety of audiences, from young people to older participants interested in using writing and drawing to explore the mythology that moves within them and helps them to shape the person they are continually becoming.

He has found that from a depth psychological and mythical perspective, people are fundamentally the same in their desires, feelings, wants, and aspirations. Tapping into those common human elements through writing has been most rewarding for him, allowing him to extend his boundaries beyond the classroom.


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