In this half day workshop we go deeper into the theme of Friday evening to learn how nature enters into our dreams and asks us for our engagement.
Dr. Stephen Aizenstat invites you into an innovative approach to dream work. Through story and example, Dr. Aizenstat shares Dream Tending methods that feature a process of discovery in which dreamers become “naturalists” of the psyche, observing the activity of the images in their unfolding dreamscape. He experiments with a worldview that playfully and soulfully sees the world as alive and always dreaming. He advocates we go to the very depths of experience, to the level of the anima mundi—the soul of and in the world—and listen. At this level of experience we engage the voices of the world’s dreams, effortlessly arising and speaking on their own behalf and asking for response. In this lecture/demonstration the “call to action” emerges from the dreaming psyche and is in service to the landscapes we hold dear.
About the speaker: Stephen Aizenstat
Stephen Aizenstat, Ph.D., is the Chancellor and Founding President of Pacifica Graduate Institute. He is a professor of depth psychology with a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, licensed marriage and family therapist, and a credentialed public schools teacher and counselor. Dr. Aizenstat has provided organizational consulting to companies and agencies and teaches extensively worldwide. Dr. Aizenstat has explored the potential of dreams through depth psychology and his own research for more than 35 years. His Dream Tending methodologies extend traditional dream work to the vision of an animated world where the living images in dream are experienced as embodied and originating in the psyche of Nature as well as that of persons. His work opens creativity and the generative process. His book, Dream Tending, describes multiple new applications of dreamwork in relation to health and healing, nightmares, the World’s Dream, relationships, and the creative process.