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Caves of Painted Dreams 2.0: Dreams, Symbolism and ART in the Painted Caves of France

Carol Aalbers

September 13, 2019 - September 20, 2019

Pont de Cause, France

“What gives this art its power is that it makes us dream”  ∼ Jean Clottes

This workshop is an amplification of the original “Caves of Painted Dreams” Workshop. We will explore archetypal images in the caves, in our dreams, and in the beautiful landscape and villages of the Dordogne Valley, France, with instruction from an artist accomplished in many forms of artistic expression.

The painted caves of southwestern France are the perfect metaphor for the internal journey to the unconscious we experience each night in dreams. Art is a visual language of symbol and metaphor – the language of humans since the first dawning of consciousness.

Nowhere is that more evident than in these beautifully painted caves which likely functioned as sacred spaces for early humans. C.G. Jung and Jungian analyst Marion Woodman believe that by learning to remember and attend to our dreams, we can discover more about ourselves and our relationships to others. Utilizing active imagination and recording our own dream images with various art mediums, will enhance our experience and aid in our inner journey.

On a typical day we will have a dream workshop/drawing session after breakfast to connect/elucidate our own images. We will then visit one of the painted caves in the area. Lunch together provides time for discussion with some afternoons free to hike, kayak, bike, rest, or 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-making, mixed-media techniques, music, movement, and guided imagery.

We will stay at La Tour de Cause and at Auberge du Pont de Cause which are adjacent to one another. Both properties are renovated stone houses with lovely grounds that are near the tiny hamlet of Castlenaud-la-Chapelle near Pont de Cause, France.

Please visit the La Tour de Cause website http://www.latourdecause.com and http://www.votregiteendordogne.com to see the B&B and the Auberge, as well as pictures of the area and a map to orient yourself.

LODGING: Carol currently has the whole B&B and Auberge reserved for those dates and she will make your individual reservations when you send in your deposit. Most rooms have ensuite bathrooms with one large oversized queen bed. (One room has twin beds convertible to a king with a bath in the hall). Rooms AND beds are very comfortable for 2 people and she can assign a roommate if you so desire and one is available. There is one room that can accommodate either 2 or 3 people (one oversized queen bed and one twin bed)

Enrollment is limited to 10 participants. This small group will allow for discussion and a very personalized experience. Reserve your space as soon as possible.

Dreams in History and Pre-history
Importance of Honoring and Working with One’s Dreams
The Nature of Symbol
Common and Archetypal Imagery in Dreams and Art
Dream Amplification with Music, Art, Movement, Imagery
Active Imagination and its Historical Context in Art
Dreams Influence on Major Artists and Artistic Movements
Historical Context of the Cave Art and its Influence

Who should attend: The workshop is appropriate for psychotherapists and lay persons interested in the use of dreams in psychotherapy; beginning artists as well as advanced: anyone interested in dreams, art and archetype. 26 CEU’s are approved for Nevada MFT’s and Psychologists and are available for an extra fee of $50. Carol can give you the materials to request CEU’s from your state board.

Accessibility: Because of the accessibility conditions in France this workshop is not necessarily suitable for persons with some disabilities. Please call Carol to discuss the feasibility if you have severely limited mobility.

The journey to the caves is both physical and psychological. With the proper mindset we will be able to take the amazing and sometimes perilous journey to our inner selves through the world of art.

Dates: September 13, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - September 20, 2019 @ 11:00 am

Led by

Carol Aalbers

Additional Faculty:
Kirah Van Sickle
is an art historian, art educator, and award-winning artist and illustrator. The mixed media process in her semi-abstract landscape paintings is firmly rooted in symbol and dream imagery, exploring themes of liminality and our connection to nature. Kirah developed her custom courses and international workshops based on a mindful approach to fundamentals, often incorporating active imagination exercises, journal sketching, collage and printmaking techniques that open pathways and re-connection to our creative Self. She is active in the preservation of cultural and natural history with a passion for guiding artists in developing their authentic voice. Kirah knows the caves first hand, lectures on prehistoric art, and values the beautiful Dordogne as the perfect backdrop and context for dream work and art-making. Visit http://www.kirahfineart.com to learn more about Kirah’s work.

Workshop Fee
$3,050 Per Person Double Occupancy* (see below)
$3,775 Private Room

* Carol can assign a roommate if one is available. If your roommate cancels she may have to
 charge you the single room rate ( minus their deposit) unless another roommate can be found.
* Deposit of $500 of workshop fee due with registration
* 1/2 of remainder of fee due March 1, 2019
* Balance of workshop fee due by June 1, 2019
* Some people find it easier to send some money each month
* Fees include all breakfasts, all lunches at outstanding restaurants, and 3 dinners prepared at the B&B, all site admissions and tour guide services. Dinner other nights is a pot luck of local market finds hosted each night by a different room.
*$50 administration fee for therapists wanting CEU’s

NOTE: Carol is using a Euro exchange rate of $1.20 including the bank fee. If the Euro goes higher than 1.20 to the US dollar, she will have to charge you the difference for the items she pays for in Euros: the room, the entrance fees, meals, and guide costs. For instance if it goes to 1.24 including bank fees, she will have to ask you to pay approximately an additional $75.


: You need to arrive by 4:00 pm on September 13, but because of transportation schedules, you may want to arrive on the afternoon of September 12 – additional room fee of $135.00 will apply. Please advise Carol asap if you want me to reserve a room for you for September 12.

TRANSPORTATION: Transportation is not included in the costs of the workshop. Carol will be more than happy to help you figure out air, train or automobile transportation.

Carol will have a car and the group will need 1-2 more cars for the group, so please let her know if you are renting a car or arriving by taxi. Some of you may choose not to drive and will be able to ride with others. She recommends you contribute to the drivers rental costs and gas. Carol has found Auto Europe http://www.autoeurope.com to be a good reliable car rental agency.

Cancellation Policy: Your deposit is refundable until December 31, 2018. (After December 31, 2018, $300 of this deposit is refundable if someone takes your place). No refunds after June 1, 2019, unless someone takes your place.

Carol strongly advises you to purchase travel insurance to cover your travel and the cost of the workshop and lodging. If, for some unforeseen reason, the faculty was not be able to complete the workshop, they would return the portion of the fee that covers the workshop but would not be liable for your travel or lodging expenses.

To Register of For More Information: Contact Carol Aalbers at 775-882-0687, ext. 211, or 775-690-3247, or email her at carol.aalbers@gmail.com.


September 13, 2019 @ 4:00 pm
September 20, 2019 @ 11:00 am
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Carol Aalbers


La Tour de Cause
24250 Castelnaud La Chapelle
Pont de Cause, France
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