When the Ebola virus broke out in Guinea, West Africa, with Patient Zero, a 4-year-old boy who came down with the disease, Peace Corps volunteer Hilary Braseth was forced to return to the U.S. after three years of service.Once she landed in the very fast-paced, high-tech San Francisco Bay Area, though, it was a rough transition. She didn’t believe she could find a place in U.S. society that would allow her the space or the breathing room to integrate the “very real changes that occurred in the Peace Corps” with her new life in the U.S. After having spent so much time serving in a foreign country and making deep, lasting friendships with people so different from one’s self, how do you assimilate back to the “grind” of daily U.S. living, she wondered.Then, something magical happened…Read the full blog post or listen to the interview, "Peace Corps Meets Pacifica: Stories from Guinea"—An Interview with Coverdell Fellow and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Hilary Braseth, the 2nd in this March series spotlighting the stories of returned Peace Corps volunteers, in honor of the anniversary of the creation of the Peace Corps in 1961: http://www.pacificapost.com/peace-corps-meets-pacifica-stories-from-guinea

Bonnie Bright, Ph.D., Founder of Depth Psychology Alliance, is a Transpersonal Soul-Centered Coach certified via Alef Trust/Middlesex University, and a certified Archetypal Pattern Analyst®, via Assisi Institute. She earned Master’s degrees in Psychology from Sonoma State University, and in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, where she also finished her Ph.D. She completed a 2 1/2 year training in Indigenous African Spiritual Technologies with West African elder Malidoma Somé, and has has trained extensively in Holotropic Breathwork™ and the Enneagram. Bonnie’s path to soul began with a spontaneous mystical experience in 2006, and she continues her quest for awakening each day with a sense of joy, freedom, and gratitude at the magic afoot in the world. She continues to live into her gift and calling by helping others find their path to soul, and to learn to do the same for others.