This is an educational/experiential workshop designed to support therapists and counselors, artists and creatives, meditators and those engaged in spiritual practices and anyone who wants to learn to work with their dreams in service of healing, creative or contemplative processes.
Workshop sessions will be convened via Zoom on Friday’s at 9:00AM Pacific, 10AM Mountain, 11AM Central and 12PM Eastern for one hour, over 10 consecutive Fridays – starting on January 15th, 2021.
Meeting dates: May 7, 14, 21, – (skipping May 28, & June 4) June, 11, 18, 25, (skipping July 2) July 9, 16, 23 (skipping July 30) and August 6 /2021
I prefer to have no more than 7 or 8 members in the group.
(For those who cannot attend weekday workshops, I do have an online subscription Seminar essay series, two essays each month, exploring dreams and visions from Jungian literature. There are well over 80 essays in the Seminar archives, all are available for subscribers. More information here.)
The workshop covers the structure and relationship between consciousness and the unconscious, understanding archetypes, anima/us and “the shadow, Jung’s method of dream “amplification,” the compensatory function of dreaming, “Big dreams” and dreams of the collective, healing and problem solving dreams, and contemplative and creative exercises that can help expand upon dream themes, an exploration of dreaming and synchronicity, and the relationship between the creative process and dream work. We will explore not only the useful aspects of Jung’s thoughts on dreaming, we will also confront and challenge the Eurocentric and misogynistic notions that exist in these texts and theories.
We will begin each session with a respectful and boundaried exploration of dreams that are either shared by a participant or selected from the available readings.
Also, remember that this is not a therapy group. Examining dreams may shed light on conflict or complexes or challenges which may be better processed in a therapy or counseling process than in a workshop. This group is supplemental to other therapeutic, creative, or contemplative processes – and not a replacement for appropriate therapeutic services, professional mentoring or spiritual direction.
You can read more about my work with dreams here in the New Yorker , and you are welcome to peruse the blog by searching for “dreams” to see my available essays about working with dreams and dream amplification.
NOTE: I would like to record this spring/summer session of the workshop to eventually offer to others as an asynchronous video subscription, behind a paywall, on my website. Please consider if you feel comfortable participating in a recorded workshop.
I am willing to significantly reduce or waive fees entirely for this session in exchange for recording. The fees and scholarship info described below are my standard fee structures.
Please determine based on your own assessment what fee/donation – if any- feels comfortable for you in these circumstances.
Registration and Fees:
The fee for the workshop is $500 – please be aware that partial scholarship funds are available for two members per session. Payment can be made via Venmo, Chase QuickPay/Zelle, or Paypal.
I will forward each registered workshop member a syllabus of optional readings as well as a pdf of my e-booklet of brief teaching essays on the Jungian concepts that we will be exploring. Members will also receive a free coupon code for one years subscription to my online subscription Seminar essay series. Some essays from my public blog will also be suggested. Additional reading will be suggested from The Portable Jung which is available to read free online or to purchase if you prefer. All reading is optional for those who are interested.
In order for me to make sure that members receive what they need from this group please copy, past and answer this brief registration questionnaire below – and email your responses to firstname.lastname@example.org
All answers will be confidential.
- What drew you to this workshop? What are your goals? What would you like to receive? Is your interest personal, professional, or both? If you have a professional interest in this workshop, please share your vocation.
- What is your familiarity and preconceptions, if any, of C.G. Jung?
- What is your experience of dream work in psychotherapy? Does your therapy include your dream life? Is your therapist receptive to dream work?
- Have you ever kept a dream journal? Do you remember your dreams regularly, occasionally, or not at all?
- Do you have a regular meditation, prayer, creative, or contemplative practice?
- Have you ever had significant difficulties with voice hearing, psychosis, addiction or psychiatric hospitalization? (Dream work can be too overwhelming when we are contending with such vulnerabilities – and it is important to be strong enough and able to stay grounded in consensual reality and secure in our impulse control.) If you have had difficulties or challenges in this area, how long ago and what/who are your current supports and disciplines that keep you grounded?
- Please let me know if you are in need of scholarship funding. I am able to offer some fee reductions based on need, depending also upon the make up of the group: N/A for this session of the workshop. Please just let me know what contribution feels appropriate for you.
- Do you participate in religious or spiritual processes or communities?
- Are you an artist? Either as a hobby or vocation? Do you ever use dream symbolism or images in making art?
- Is there anything else that you would want me to know about you or your participation in this group?
Feel free to email me at email@example.com with any questions.