Residential Workshop: “Dreams: Messages from the Depths” / 2nd-4th June
June 2 @ 4:00 pm - June 4 @ 4:30 pm
Led by: Stephen Bushell
Dates: Friday June 2nd – Sunday 4th
About the residential workshop:
“The dream shows the inner truth and reality as it really is”
C G Jung.
Our dreams reveal contents of the unconscious that are seeking to emerge into consciousness to bring us to greater wholeness. The psychology of C G Jung emphasises the spiritual significance of dream material for our development towards becoming the person we were born to be, the process he named ‘Individuation’.
While the content of our dreams can at times seem insignificant or confusing, once we respect them as symbolic images, the dream material becomes a rich natural source of wisdom. Our dreams, as recognised in all spiritual traditions, are messages from the deeper layers of our being and beyond.
In this weekend course we will be introduced to how to work with our personal dream material and develop the interpretive skills of compensation, association, image formation, symbol synthesis and active imagination. We will touch on major themes of Jungian psychology including:
- The psyche as conscious and unconscious
- Ego, persona, shadow
- Personal and collective unconscious
Participants will be asked to bring some dream material to the course and also to record dreams they have while on the course. The theory will emerge from the practical application of dream interpretation.
This course is aimed at counsellors and therapists who would like to develop their skills in working with dreams and anyone interested in exploring how dreams communicate to us and also to learn more about Jungian psychology and its practical application.
The course will be limited to a maximum number of 12 participants and will be taught in English.
The fee includes accommodation, all meals (vegetarian), teaching, optional meditation in the morning and late evening.
Please arrive by 4.00 pm on the Friday. The course will end with lunch on Sunday.
Friday June 2nd
2.00 – 4.00 pm arrive
4.30 pm tea
5.00 pm Introduction to the weekend & to each other
6.00 pm Conscious and unconscious: Theory session – introducing core concepts of Jungian psychology that will support our understanding of the dream as message from the depths.
7.30 pm Break.
8.00 pm Dinner
9.15 pm Meditation with gongs session (optional)
Saturday June 3rd
7.30 am Meditation (optional)
8.15 am Dream sharing. We start sharing our dreams from the night before or the dreams we have brought with us to share.
9.00 am Breakfast
10.15 am The format of dreams, structure, images, narrative. How to record them. Theory and personal work on a dream we have brought.
11.30 am refreshment break.
12.00 pm Dream interpretation 1. Feelings, emotions and Associations. Theory and personal work on our dream material, sharing in pairs and with the group.
1.30 pm break.
2.00 pm Lunch & rest/ relaxation
4.00pm Dream interpretation 2. Symbolism and amplification. Theory, personal work on our dream material and sharing.
5.30 pm Tea
6.00 pm Dream interpretation practice: how to listen to a dream and letting the dream speak to us. Dreams in the therapeutic space. Sharing in pairs and in the group.
7.30 pm Break
8.00 pm Dinner & relaxation.
Sunday June 4th
7.30 am Meditation optional
8.15 am Dream sharing
9.00 am Breakfast
10.15 am Dream Interpretation 3. Dreams and shadow work, how dreams bring to us the hidden parts of the psyche and how to work on integrating this.
11.30 am Refreshment break
12.00 pm Reviewing our dream work of the weekend, what have we learned, how might we take this forward? Discussion with questions.
1.30 pm Clear rooms
2.00 pm Lunch and depart.
‘Through the assimilation of unconscious contents, the momentary life of consciousness can once more be brought into harmony with the law of nature from which it all too easily departs, and the patient can be led back to the natural law of his own being.’
C G Jung The Meaning of Psychology for Modern Man (1933)
Course leader: Stephen Bushell.
Stephen is a Jungian Psychoanalyst. He trained in London with the Guild of Analytical Psychologists (GAP). He is a member of the International Association of Analytical Psychology and has worked with clients and their dreams for over 20 years. He has many years of experience in teaching Jungian psychology and has a particular interest in the inter-relationship of psychotherapy and spirituality. He also leads meditation retreats at Les Gavatxes.