Dreams form a wild, creative landscape within our minds each night. There are dreams that haunt us throughout the day, those that wake us with a start, others we will always remember, and many we forget altogether. We have found that exploring and embodying dream images can open the door to an inner world, bringing us understanding and wisdom otherwise lost.
Dreams offer us ways to integrate disowned parts of ourselves, complete unfinished situations, explore the unknown, and recognize choices. The Gestalt approach sees every dream image and situation as a chance meet ourselves and our lives. Movement gives us an embodied vocabulary to “enter the dream” through shape, rhythm, and movement.
Our investigation will include didactic presentation, movement exploration, and Gestalt awareness practices in different combinations each day. Participants need to bring a willingness to move as well as dive into words, alone and in partnership.
Stimulate dream recall by keeping a dream journal prior to the workshop. Record dreams, however brief or vague: images, plot, and sensory awareness. Participation does not rely on an abundance of dreams but does require interest in imagery as a door to self-exploration. Prior work with Andrea and Chris is encouraged but not required. This workshop has longer hours than a usual Esalen workshop. Learn more about Andrea Juhan by visiting www.OpenFloor.org. Learn more about Chris Price by visiting www.tribalground.com.