• July 26, 2015
  • 9:30am - 4pm
  • The GrailNorth Sydney

Overview

Dreams come in the service of life—weaving together memories, experience, wishes, fears and hopes. At transitional points and stages of our lives —youth, middle years, eldership we find that our dreams, if we are paying attention, signal a rite of passage and can help point to the necessary steps ahead.

‘Big Dreams’ which can have an anticipatory character often come in times of transition. Such dreams can help to illuminate the pathways we are following by alerting us to conflicts, oppositions as well as revealing motivations, sparks of hope, and new possibilities.

Jung wrote: ‘Sometimes, we accomplish our greatest deeds in dreams. Dreams are the guiding words of the soul. Dreams pave the way for life’.

Dreams are creative and we know that dreams can support us at times of crisis and when facing challenges of loss, of meeting change, of experiencing ill –health or anticipating death .

In this workshop we will be looking at the dreams of childen, of mature age individuals and seniors to consider how dreams from ours or others experiences of these stages of life can be best be engaged with . What do we know about these differing stages and what is the impact on our dreaming lives? What can we do to support ourselves and loved ones or clients through transitional stages using dreams as our vehicle?

Our workshop approach is experiential with a focus on creating safe, supportive group environments to encourage participants’ creative insights through dreams, stories, mindfulness, art and creative writing.

Cost

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Key Topics

  • How to talk about dreams with children
  • Supporting parents with children experiencing nightmares
  • Mid-life crisis point dreams—reflecting on meaning and finding renewal and turning points
  • Meeting the ancestors in our dreams
  • How to approach end-of-life dreams

Presenters

  • Susannah Benson
  • Lesley Hamlyn
  • Elaine Kennis

Venue

We will be meeting at the Grail: 22 Mchatton St North Sydney. The Grail is a peaceful and spacious meeting space with a large garden, easily accessible by car, train or bus and with ample street parking available. For those participants not wishing to bring their own lunch, the Waverton cafes are nearby.

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