dIvINg Into The wIld DReAm stReam
Exploring Soul-Centric Dreamwork
We have forgotten the river of dreams.
The ancients knew that the dream stream was the elixir of the “other” world. For the aboriginal peoples of Australia, the dream-time is more “real than” the middle-world space we inhabit. In the Judeo-Christian text (The Bible), there are numerous examples of dreams and visions. Most dreams were interpreted as communications from God. We might make a case that dreams are initiatory opportunities from the Self, aka God or Mystery. The dream-maker of the psyche offers nightly gifts as an opportunity to expand our consciousness into the consciousness of the imaginal and the underworld.
Monday thru Friday, November 15th - 19th from 9:00-11:30 am PT
Includes a 1 hour complementary mentoring session
In addition to entering the night-world of dreams, we will, not surprisingly, enter into the dream of the Earth and wander with dreams in nature and wilderness. We will employ soul-centric dreamwork, council, expressive arts, deep imagery, and wild wanders as we explore the wild dream stream. Join us and deepen into your dreams and your unfolding wild story!
During this 5-session online immersion, you’ll move from attempting to interpret dreams into allowing the dreams and its strange characters to alter your perspective; in fact, that’s the whole purpose of dreams, to initiate you into a wisdom beyond the ego. We will encounter characters of our wildness, our wholeness, our outcasts, our protector parts, deep mystery, and, if we are lucky, some nightmarish shadowy figures.
There will be time for wandering and delving into the practices between calls, so plan on setting aside additional time throughout these weeks for deepening into nature and your dreams. It is helpful if you have wild land close by on which to wander; however, we can also offer suggestions if you are in a city or suburban setting.
Prerequisites | This is an advanced program for participants with experience in Jungian dream work, or active imagination, or who have participated in our Eco-Ministry yearlong cohort or one of our other Seminary of the Wild offerings.
Program Outcomes | Participants will learn a soul-centric approach to dreamwork and deep imagery, how to amplify your dreams and images, deepening the experience through sacred art and journaling, several embodiment practices, and by creating your own personal practices for ongoing work with sacred imagery, and explore a non-western framework for understanding Scriptures and myth. Participants will engage in group work and council, and an opportunity for a mentoring session.
Co-Founder & Guide
Matt Syrdal is founder of Church of Lost Walls, Co-Founder of Seminary of the Wild, a Soul Initiation Guide in training with Animas Valley Institute, a "Wild Mind" human development guide and a student of world religions, dream work, shamanism,
eco-psychology, anthropology and myth.
Sleeping in the Forest
I thought the earth remembered me,
she took me back so tenderly,
arranging her dark skirts, her pockets
full of lichens and seeds.
I slept as never before, a stone on the river bed,
nothing between me and the white fire of the stars
but my thoughts, and they floated light as moths
among the branches of the perfect trees.
All night I heard the small kingdoms
breathing around me, the insects,
and the birds who do their work in the darkness.
All night I rose and fell, as if in water,
grappling with a luminous doom. By morning
I had vanished at least a dozen times
into something better.
- Mary Oliver