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|September 9||Deep Dreaming – Fall series starts
|September 15||Salon: Dreams of Our Times
|September 16||Men’s Calling & Meaningful Work with Alan Ptashek
|Sept 22 & 23||The Craft of Dreamwork [CE]
|October 14||Community Dream Council
|October 21||A Good Night Sleep—panel [CE]
|November 17||Salon on Dreams & Dreaming
COMMUNITY DREAM COUNCIL
Saturday July 15 1–3pm $20-50 (sliding scale)
Sat October 14 1–3pm $20-50 (sliding scale)
Many people are having “collective dreams” in response to the uncertain, chaotic atmosphere today. These dreams are broad in scope and don’t stem from the dreamer’s own background but usually refer to public situations, public buildings, public events; and they make sense only when viewed through a larger lens. Cultures throughout history as well as many contemporary indigenous ones regularly turn to such dreams for inspiration and guidance.
This Dream Council offers a special opportunity to hear collective dreams, to tell them, and to jointly explore their imagery. They provide a fresh perspective on our current situation, giving it more meaning by revealing its mythic dimensions. Those who have been puzzled by having a collective dream may feel relieved as others who witness and receive the dream are enriched by its message. The program includes a dream re-entry in which participants meditate on an image or scene especially intriguing to them.
Open to all. Bring a dream you think might be collective or send it in with permission for it to be read. Come without a dream but bring an open, curious mind.
Suggested reading: Jerome Bernstein, Living at the Borderlands
“These mythological or collective dreams have a character that forces people instinctively to tell them. This instinct is quite appropriate, because such dreams do not belong to the individual; they have a collective meaning. They are true in themselves in general, and in particular they are true for people in certain circumstances.” —C. G. Jung (CW 18; par 250)
Facilitated by Meredith Sabini and Richard Russo
DEEP DREAMING – Fall series
Starts Saturday September 9
Also Oct 7, Nov 4, Dec 2
with Meredith Sabini and Richard Russo
Sliding scale: $80-150 for series 1-4pm
Deep Dreaming is a unique process in which dreams are not consciously chosen but invited to come forth during a group meditation. We then listen to all of them repeated together as one big dream for the collective, and jointly explore its themes and imagery. The process lets us observe and participate in the unfolding morphogenetic field. Even though we look at the dreams for collective rather than personal implications, you will see your own in new light. Please see our website for articles and more complete description.
First-time attendees must come to the September meeting at 12:30pm for instructions about the process. No exceptions!
Meredith Sabini, PhD, is director of The Dream Institute and a licensed psychologist specializing in dream training and consultation.
Richard Russo, MA, is past president of International Association for the Study of Dreams, editor of Dreams Are Wiser Than Men, and Associate Director at The Dream Institute.
Friday Sept 15 “Dreams of Our Times”
Friday Oct 27 “Dreams About the Body”
Friday Nov 10 “Creative Dreams in Art, Science & Literature”
7-9pm Sliding scale $10-100.
An informal Friday evening informal talk by the Director.
Drop in, bring relevant dreams, bring friends.
MEN’S CALLING & MEANINGFUL WORK
How Dreams Shape, Inspire, and Guide It
with Alan Ptashek, MA, CCHT
Saturday September 16 1–5pm $45–75
The dreaming mind knows our gifts and potentials, and dreams can help identify obstacles and illuminate new paths to consider and embark upon. Please join us for this exciting and innovative program, open to both men and women, where we will explore and reflect upon dreams about vocation, career, and the soul’s calling. How are we are to live with the work we’ve chosen? How do we attend to and nourish our work to keep it fresh and alive?
Choosing a vocation and securing a livelihood are very real demands upon men. What if these efforts were supported by an interior center—of dreams, imaginings, and the whispers of the soul? For many men, a timely turning inward guides them in how they can engage with the world. Drawing on his long background as facilitator of men’s groups, Alan will open this gathering by telling stories of dreams that guided men on their work path. Those present are invited to share recent, recurring, or significant dreams, whose array of images may provide a revitalizing sense of direction, passion, and purpose.
ALAN R. PTASHEK, MA, CCHT, SEP®, has been in private practice for 35 years, with offices in Berkeley and San Rafael. As a Certified Trauma Therapist, he conducts training programs in the US, Canada, Europe, and South America. His research and writing has been published in books, professional journals, and on DVD. Alan taught at the widely influential Men’s Conferences with poet Robert Bly, mythologist Michael Meade, and the late James Hillman. He was a presenter at The Redwood Men’s Center for many years and is a founding member of the San Francisco Bay Area Men’s Counseling Guild, a peer professional consulting group now in its 30th year.
Session I: September 22, 23
Session II: December 8, 9
Session III: March 9, 10
Fridays 1–5pm Saturdays 10–2
8 CEs $200 per session (CE certificate $25)
Series meets quarterly for two half-days.
Limited to 12 participants.
Interested in expanding how you work with dreams? Becoming more adept at opening up dreams so they are resonant with clients? Deepening your understanding of dream symbolism? This unique series offers the opportunity to experience and experiment with a broad array of available dreamwork methods. We will discuss the pros and cons of each and how to select methods suitable for the type of dream and the client. Innovative ways of opening “liminal space” to engage with clients will be demonstrated. Like naturalists on a foray we will let our curiosity and observational skills lead us into the wisdom of the dream. You will find that “meaning” is not an abstraction but emerges organically as the dream characters, scenes, and actions receive careful attention. Those taking this series will be well prepared to do meaningful dreamwork in any setting.
Suitable for psychotherapists, analysts, dreamworkers, spiritual directors, pastoral counselors, and others who work with dreams in professional settings. For interested participants, follow up meetings will be held monthly to do dreamwork.
If interested, please send a note (by mail, not email) or call the instructor to describe your experience working with dreams and your hopes for what this program could provide. Participants are welcome to attend a single session but are encouraged to take the series. Readings relevant to each dreamwork method will be provided by mail, so please register several weeks in advance.
MEREDITH SABINI, PhD, is a licensed psychologist in the field since 1972. After practicing psychoanalytic psychotherapy 1977-1997, she became a continuing education provider specializing in dream training and consultation. A widely published author and public speaker, she has demonstrated the relevance of dreams to somatic conditions, spiritual practice, ecological recovery, and contemporary social issues. She directs the Dream Institute of Northern California, in Berkeley.
Friday Sept 22, 1-5pm
Saturday Sept 23, 10-2pm
What kind of dream is it? Matching the dream with the dreamwork
Listening to dreams as one listens to poetry and jazz
Retelling a dream as an inductive method
Doing a dream inquiry to clarify details of the narrative
Opening “dream space” where you and client can jointly explore it
Ways of keeping associations relevant
For complete course description and learning goals of Session I,
see the CE page
Friday Dec 8, 1-5pm
Saturday Dec 9, 10-2pm
Finding the core image and emotion
Exploring the dream’s dynamic tension
Identifying the scenes as in a play
Tracking the dreamer’s stance and resources
Synthesizing the dream’s narrative
House and car as common symbols of the self
Friday March 9, 1-5pm
Saturday March 10, 10-2pm
Dream figures as the internal object world
Recognizing and amplifying archetypal symbols
Dialoging with dream figures
Re-entering and continuing a dream
Music and weather as flow and fluctuation of affect
Making images into art and ritual
SESSION IV June 2018 tba
This session will be devoted to methods of exploring dreams in groups
A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP
Panel with Julia Ross, Meredith Sabini,
Saturday October 21, 1-5pm
Open to the public $65-85 (sliding scale)
4 CEs $95
How many of us get a good night’s sleep these days? Would you like to sleep better? This program will explore a range of topics and research findings with a panel featuring guests knowledgeable in the field. You will learn: that sleep naturally has a first and second part, with a break in between for reflection and creative thought; how herbal preparations that promote general relaxation differ from animo acids that activate neurotransmitters responsible for sleep; and what effects EMFs and WiFi have on sleep. You will hear about the sleep/dream incubation ritual practiced for a thousand years in ancient Greece; and find out about modern sleep labs and what they offer. Bring your questions and concerns for a lively exploration of this vital topic.
Sign up in advance by emailing or calling the office: 510-845-1767