Dreaming in the Womb of the Great Mother: A Dream Workshop in the Dordogne Valley of France

Carol Aalbers and Martha de la Garza
September 13-20, 2012

The painted caves of southwestern France are the perfect metaphor for the internal journey to the unconscious that we experience each night in dreams.  Symbol and metaphor have been the language of humankind since the first dawning of consciousness and nowhere is that more evident than in these beautifully painted caves which likely functioned as sacred spaces for early humans. Jungian psychologists believe that learning to remember and attend to our dreams, we can discover more about ourselves and our relationships to others.

We will stay at La Tour de Cause owned by Californians, Caitlin and Albert Woodbury, who have renovated a stone barn and manor house to a beautiful B&B near the tiny hamlet of Castlenaud-La Chapelle in Pont de Cause.  Each day we will have a dream workshop after breakfast and will visit one of the painted caves in the area.  We will eat lunch together for discussion and most afternoons you will be free to hike, kayak, bike, rest, visit some of the other wonderful sights in this area including castles of all sorts, duck farms, foie gras factories and wineries.  We will reconvene in the evening to experience ways to further amplify dreams with art, music and movement, and guided imagery.

Please visit the La Tour de Cause website at http://www.latourdecause.com to see the B&B, pictures of the area and a map to orient you.  The closest town of much size is Sarlat, but Pont de Cause, St. Cybranet, France is readily accessible on the Google Maps website. 

• Dreams in History and Pre-history
• Importance of Honoring and Working with One’s Dreams
• Steps in Remembering and Interpreting Dreams
• The Nature of Symbol
• Common and Archetypal Imagery in Dreams
• Methods to amplify dreams

Workshop Leaders:
The workshop leaders, Carol Aalbers and Martha de la Garza, have both completed the BodySoul Rhythms® Leadership Training Program in 2003 taught by esteembed Jungian analyst Marion Woodman along with Ann Skinner and Mary Hamilton.

Magen O'Farrell, an American-born archeologist, will accompany us on some of the tours. She works at the Musee de Prehistoire in Les Eyzies and is an expert on all of the sights and the pre-history of the area.

September 13-20, 2012, 6pm, Thursday-11am, Thursday


The workshop is suitable for professionals as well as lay persons interested in dreams.

How to Register:

Contact Carol Aalbers at cjaalbers@yahoo.com or by phone at 775-882-0687.


You will pay for your room directly to the B&B in Euros or Euro travelers checks upon arrival. They cannot accept American cash or travelers checks. The cost for the room for the duration of the workshop is 92 Euros per night with a 10% discount for 7 nights is 580 Euros. This includes a discount for the stay of 7 nights. Carol currently has the whole B&B reserved for those dates and will make your individual reservations when you send in your deposit. All rooms are ensuite bathroom (fabulous showers especially by European standards) with a large oversized queen bed. So if you have a companion, you will need to make sure it is someone you want to share a bed with. You may want to visit the website http://www.latourdecause.com to see the rooms.
Because of transportation schedules, you will most probably want to arrive on the evening of the 12th of September. In that case your reservations will be for 8 nights, September 12- 19, departing on September 20. The cost for 8 nights is 663 Euro, which can be split with your roommate. Single rooms are slightly less expensive.

Transportation is not included in the costs of the workshop. Carol would be more than happy to help you figure out train or automobile transportation from Paris or Bordeaux or wherever else in Europe you are coming from. Flying into Paris and taking the TGV (high speed train) to either Bordeaux or Toulouse and then renting a car is the way she has found the most efficient. You can also fly to Bordeaux or Toulouse on Air France from Paris and rent your car. Rail Europe http://www.raileurope.com is a good source for train schedules. It is also possible to take the train from Paris all the way to Sarlat, or take the train from Paris to Souillac (which requires a pre-arranged taxi pick up – cost about 50 euros – to Sarlat) .

You will also need to rent a car either at another destination or once you arrive in Sarlat. Carol recommends a small car as the roads are well maintained but narrow and lane lines are non-existent on the most rural roads. If you want to share the cost of a car with someone, let Carol know and she will try to facilitate that. Carol has found Auto Europe, http://www.autoeurope.com to be a good reliable car rental agency and they have offices in Bordeaux, Toulouse and Sarlat. We will need at least three cars that seat 3-4 people in order to make this work.


$1700.00 – Deposit of $500 due with registration
Additional Deposit of $600 due by May 1, 2012
Balance of $600 due by July 1, 2012

Costs include workshop, guide fees, 6 lunches and 1 dinner, and entrance fees to the caves

Cost for a companion who is not attending for CEU’s, sharing the same room is $800.00
Companion Deposit of $200 due with registration
Additional deposit of $300 due May 1, 2012
Balance of $300.00 due July 1, 2012
(This person is a companion or spouse who is not taking the workshop for continuing education credit. This person is welcome to attend the dream workshop and visit the sites and engage or not engage as they wish in the group activities of the week. Their fee includes site fees, 6 lunches, 1 dinner, and the fee for our accompanying archeologist guide. )

The workshop leaders know this is an expensive trip and have been very careful to keep the costs of this adventure as low as possible. Carol is using a Euro exchange rate of $1.35 including the bank fee. If the Euro goes higher than 1.31 to the US dollar, she will have to charge you the difference for the items she has to pay for in Euros (the entrance fees, meals, and guide costs). If it goes to 1.4 including bank fees, for instance, she would have to ask you to pay approximately an additional $40 or $50.

Enrollment is limited to 7 people lodging in 4 rooms. This small group will allow for discussion and a very personalized experience. If you plan to attend please reserve as soon as possible.

Cancellation Policy:
Your entire deposit is refundable until July 1, 2012. Carol strongly advises you to purchase travel insurance to cover your travel and the cost of the workshop. If, for some unforeseen reason, the workshop leaders were not be able to complete the workshop, they would not be liable for your travel or lodging expenses.


The workshop leaders are applying for 26 CEUs for marriage and family therapists, licensed clinical social workers, and licensed psychologists.