After a 15-year career in Marketing Communications in retail, technology, and media, Bonnie entered the field of depth psychology, completing Master's degrees at Sonoma State University and at Pacifica Graduate Institute, where she also earned her Ph.D.
Bonnie has been a boardmember for AWRT (American Women in Radio and Television) and for AHBI (Association for Holotropic Breathwork International) and has trained extensively in the Enneagram—a psycho-spiritual personality typology system, in Holotropic Breathwork™, and in various indigenous and spiritual technologies, completing a 2-year advanced training with African elder Malidoma Somé. She is also a certified Archetypal Pattern Analyst™ via the Assisi Institute. Bonnie frequently hosts an online radio show/podcast, "Depth Insights" where she and her guests take a depth psychological look at news, events, and phenomena in today's world, and is the Executive Editor of the semi-annual Depth Insights scholarly e-zine.
Bonnie's work has appeared in various anthologies, including Towards Beginnings: Images of End (The Journal of Archetypal Studies, 2012), Occupy Psyche: Jungian Perspectives on a Movement (2012), Rebearths: Conversations with a World Ensouled (World Soul Books, 2012). She has presented for Assisi Institute in Assisi, Italy; at JSSS (The Jungian Society for Scholarly Studies) in New Orleans; the "Aesthetic Nature of Change" International Conference hosted by the Institute for Cultural Change in Ojai, CA, and at "Conversations with a World Ensouled" at CIIS (California Institute for Integral Studies) in San Francisco and JFK University in Pleasant Hill, CA in 2011.
Bonnie's avid interest in the loss of species, habitats, cultures, and heritage led her to depth work with an ecological and anthropological emphasis in an ongoing effort to observe the relationship between culture and nature. She has conducted depth psychology related fieldwork on a Maya archeological site in Belize and at other archeological sites in Turkey, Greece, Egypt, and the American Southwest. She has been engaged in ongoing research of Colony Collapse Disorder and the mysterious disappearance of the honeybees since 2007 and is currently focusing on Culture Collapse Disorder, the psychological dynamics and implications of the destruction of our home places and planet.
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MEDIA with BONNIE BRIGHT, Ph.D.
April 2015: “Hungry and Homeless, Like the Bees,” interview published in America on the Couch: Psychological Perspectives on American Politics and Culture, 2015. Pythia Peay, Editor. Lantern Books.
03/05/15 — Greater than the Sum of Its Parts: Depth Psychology and the Honeybee Hive, guest blog post for Pacifica Alumni Association (pgiaa.org)
05/10/13 — Audio Interview: Bonnie Bright on "Patterns We Live By" radio hosted by Dr. Michael Conforti as they discuss Jungian psychology, honeybees, consumerism, and the underlying patterns at work in our current culture (30 mins - Please allow time for download)
12/28/12— Shadows and Light: Written Interview with Bonnie Bright by Willi Paul on www.NewMythologist.com
3/23/12 — Audio Interview: Bonnie Bright with Radio Show Host Jenny Sieck on Inner Voice Intuitive Hour discussing Depth Psychology Alliance, the free online Book Club, and more.
Past events with Bonnie Bright
7-26-15 —Panel Discussion:" On Poetry and Depth Psychlogy", Robert Romanyshyn Retirement Celebration, hosted by the Pacifica Graduate Institute Clinical Psychology Program, Santa Barbara, CA 6-5-15—Presentation: "Ecostalgia: Storienting the Displaced Psyche" by Bonnie Bright, at the Conference—Seizing an Alternative: Toward an Ecological Civilization, Pomona, CA
Synopsis: The ecological and environmental destruction of homeplaces is increasingly resulting in a tremendous displacement of both individuals and communities, echoing the profound displacement that has occurred in the modern western psyche as it perceives itself ever more separate from nature. Our modern transient mindset, lacking rootedness and connection to place, has left us disoriented and struggling to make meaning, thus engendering ecostalgia, the profound longing for a spiritual homeplace that can sustain us. This loss of soul can be mitigated through the power of myth and story which allows us to ritually enter into a realm of engagement and understanding of both the planetary and personal crises we all face, orienting us toward home.
5/9/15—"What is Depth Psychology?"—online panel discussion with Bonnie Bright and board members of Depth Psychology Alliance. (Audio recording available)
4/8/15-4/22/15—3-Webinar Video Series: "Conversations between a Psychologist and a Poet: The Healing Power of Language"- Robert Romanyshyn, PhD and poet Brian Tracy with Bonnie Bright, moderator
12/12/14—"Culture Collapse Disorder: Ecopsychopathy, Exile, and the End of 'Home'"—Oral Dissertation Defense at Pacifica Graduate Institute
03/21/14 Lecture: "Coming Home to the Hive: Bees, Black Madonna, and Exile from the Sacred Feminine" at Assisi Institute, Marie-Louise von Franz Conference, Brattleboro, VT
12/27/12 SECOND FREE Teleseminar Thursday, December 27: "Beyond Horror and Hope (PART 2): The Archetypal Intersection of Innocence and Evil," a depth psychological look at the Sandy Hook Connecticut school shooting by Jungian Analyst Michael Conforti, Ph.D., moderated by Bonnie Bright, M.A.
12/20/12 - FREE Teleseminar: "Beyond Horror and Hope: The Archetypal Intersection of Innocence and Evil," an exploratory conversation in response to the Sandy Hook Connecticut school shooting by Jungian Analyst Michael Conforti, Ph.D., moderated by Bonnie Bright, M.A.
8/18/12 San Francisco Bay Area Alliance Meetup: Craig Chalquist presents "EarthRise: A Beacon for a New Worldview" - Refreshments, commmunity, learning.
8/10/12 Presentation at JSSS (Jungian Society for Scholarly Studies) in New Orleans, August 8-11, 2012. >More info
7/28/12 San Francisco Bay Area Alliance Meetup: Book Celebration and Author Event,"Marked by Fire: Stories of the Jungian Way" with Jungian Analysts Patricia Damery and Naomi Ruth Lowinsky. Pre-registration required.
7/16/12: Archetypal Personality Patterns: Special presentation at the 24th Annual Assisi Conference, an interdiscplinary gathering on Arts, Archetypes, and the Transcendent The conference, Assisi Italy. >More info
6/2/12: Panel moderator on Transformation at the Climate Change Forum in Portland, OR, June 1-3, in conjunction with Deep Democracy Institute International (led by Jungians & climate scientists among others) >Download a PDF flyer >More info
3/23/12: San Francisco Bay Area Meetup and Speaker Evening for Depth Psychology Alliance featuring speaker Gary Bobroff, M.A.; hosted by Bonnie Bright
3/23/12: Interview: Bonnie Bright with Radio Show Host Jenny Sieck on Inner Voice Intuitive Hour discussing Depth Psychology Alliance, the free online Book Club, and more.
7/14/11: Assisi Institute's 23rd Annual Conference "Transcendent Wonder: Peering Beyond the Veil" featured Jungian James Hollis and Michael Conforti (founder of Assisi Institute) along with Bonnie Bright, and artist Makoto Fujimura in Assisi, Italy, July 2011.
7/14/11: Audio presentation at JFK University, Pleasant Hill, CA, of "Between Honey & Pain: Colony Collapse Disorder and the Colonization of the Wild" (based on the anthology "Rebearths: Conversations with a World Ensouled" approx 22 mins)